of Scituate, Massachusetts
First Parish
Unitarian Universalist Church

Join Us for a Service

Services are held on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. at 330 First Parish Road in Scituate MA. Everyone is welcome. The Rev. Pamela Barz is our minister. Join us—for reflection, music, and fellowship (and our thriving youth program)!
Easter Sunday, April 1     

6:15 am   Ecumenical Sunrise Service at the Lighthouse
Join Pamela Barz and other members of the Scituate clergy and community for this annual Easter dawn celebration.  

(Regular 10:30 am service)   A Crazy Risk
Easter is a celebration of the power of life over death. But having the courage to trust that new life will emerge often requires us to be out of sync with the world – to be regarded as fools. Like Jesus and Martin Luther King, Jr. murdered fifty years ago on April 4, 1968, how can we have the courage to be fools for new life. Pamela Barz preaching.

Children will receive Easter flowers at the end of the service and then will be invited to join in an Easter egg hunt, and a petting zoo with 4H members.
Sunday, April 8   Saying No. And Saying Yes – The Rev. Ms. Mary Margaret Earl
We welcome Mary Margaret Earl, Executive Director and Senior Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry, back to our pulpit this morning. She writes about her sermon:  “There is much we must stand against in these times. Many of us over the past year have marched and kept vigil to say No to hate. But changing course means also means seeking ways to say Yes to transformation.”  The choir will sing When the Poor Ones.
Sunday, April 15   Earth Day: Justice for Each Generation
We will celebrate Earth Day a week early in this multi-generational service on the risks needed to care for our Earth. After the service we will go outside for our annual Spring grounds clean up. Please come in your gardening clothes, bring work gloves, rakes, and other tools.

Upcoming Community Events at First Parish

KNIT FOR PEACE
Sundays, March 25 and April 29 
3:00 - 4:30 pm
Scituate Public Library's Book Group Room

First Parish's new monthly knitting and fiber arts mini-retreat.: A time of reflection, silence, conversation, and the practice of your craft with others.

Because even super heroes need to take a break!
COMMUNITY BOOK DISCUSSION
UNDERSTANDING THE ISSUES OF OUR TIMES
Tuesday, May 22 at 6:30 - 8 pm (Scituate Public Library, Book Group Room)

Open to all. Please join us to discuss the book, how to be an ally in the fight against institutional racism, and how this relates to our local and global communities.

As we continue our discussions of race and privilege, our next gathering will focus on the best-selling young adult novel, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Several copies of the book are available at the church and many are in the library system. 

Previous community discussions in this series have been lively and thought-provoking. We looked at issues of poverty, privilege, race, and power through Tar Baby by Toni Morrison, Passing by Nella Larsen, Jesmyn Ward's Salvage the Bones and The Men We Reaped, Sherman Alexie's The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, John Howard Griffin's Black Like Me, and James Baldwin's Going to Meet the Man.
INQUIRER'S LEARNING CIRCLE
Mondays: April 23, May 21, June 18
(7 - 8:30 pm)
Free, open to all. 

Want to learn about the Bible in a place where all questions, all faiths, and all perspectives are welcome? Each session in basic biblical literacy assumes no prior knowledge of the Bible and is not biased toward any particular Christian tradition. This adult education program (newly renamed) has been deepening participants' understanding of world religions and the history of the Bible over the past four years.

The next course of study will be to read and discuss Proverbs of Ashes: Violence, Redemptive Suffering, and the Search for What Saves Us by Rita Nakashima Brock and Rebecca Ann Parker.   Parker (a UU minister and scholar) and Brock (a UCC scholar) combine memoir and theology to look at the ways Christianity has used images of violence and suffering to imprison people. The book, written in 2001, has renewed relevance with the #MeToo movement. Copies are available used on Amazon. 

The class will meet on Mondays April 23 (to discuss the Prelude and Part 1); May 21 (Part 2); and June 18 (Part 3 and Postlude). The group is limited to 12 people and is filling up: please speak with Pamela Barz soon if you would like to participate.

Parish Notices

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION (grades pre-K–12)

Registration is rolling. Registration form is here.

We have about 50 kids in our program. Learn ALL about our classes and activities for kids and youth here!
MONDAY NIGHT MEDITATION
(2nd and 4th Mondays, 7:00 - 8:30 pm) Led by Brian Sutton

Would you like to incorporate meditation into your spiritual practice? 
Would you like to learn how to meditate? 
Would you like to add the energy of others to your already existing practice?

All are welcome. Cushions are provided, or bring your own.
FPUU serves the Scituate Food Pantry
April is First Parish's month to help staff the Scituate Food Pantry. Please sign up at the SignUp Genius page, or at church on the sign-up sheet, or contact Alan Donaldson if you can help. We are also collecting food at church to deliver to the food pantry at the end of the month, especially:
  • Paper towels and toilet paper
  • Canned protein (salmon, tuna, meat)
  • Peanut butter
  • Coffee, instant coffee, and sweeteners
  • Shampoo and toothpaste
Socks for the Homeless
With the help of the Frey family, First Parish is distributing clean socks for homeless men and women on an ongoing basis to Haley House and Rosie's Place. Packages of new socks can be placed in the basket in the Sloop Room.
Baskets from Zimbabwe
First Parish member Jenn Mackey has connected us with the Zienzele Foundation. The organization supports women who are caring for AIDS orphans; their handmade baskets are sold in the US to provide funding for school for the children. The baskets range in size and shape and are priced from $10-$60. Jenn will show them upon request and at our church fairs.
Photo credits this page: Ali Crehan, John Phelan, NPC/CA

Our Vision


WE ASPIRE TO BE a beacon of liberal faith, strong community, and transformative service, rooted in love.

First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church of Scituate MA is a vibrant, inclusive community of faith. We are a non-credal church stressing love, service, and religious freedom. Grounded in our Unitarian Universalist principles and purposes, we affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person, and we support each individual's unique search for truth and meaning.

We welcome you, wherever you are in your search for deeper meaning, to join us in exploring “the big questions” and cultivating ways to live the answers amidst today’s modern challenges. Our congregation seeks ways to build community, guide our children, deepen spiritually, and to make a positive difference in the world. We celebrate the interconnectedness of all things. Join us for sermons, service, or celebrations!
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