of Scituate, Massachusetts
First Parish
Unitarian Universalist Church

Join Us for a Service

Sunday services are currently being held remotely, followed by a virtual coffeehour via Zoom.
When the time is right, we'll return to regular services held on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. (Sept-June) 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)!
Ongoing worship and community...

Video services will be live and interactive via Zoom at 10:30 Sunday mornings; afterwards, the recorded service will be posted and available to watch anytime.
  • The Zoom meeting info is found in each latest weekly newsletter to the congregation.
    Here is a guide to using Zoom.
  • For the recorded service, use the Facebook or YouTube buttons above.

Beginning with the March 15 service, our services moved online in accordance with physical distancing recommendations. But we are all still together: by video, on the phone, and running errands for each other. Connect via the newsletter and the Friends of First Parish Facebook page.

June 28 - Sept 6:   Summer Services

Sunday, June 28 we will all attend the UUA's General Assembly Sunday worship together. This is the largest annual gathering of UUs joining in worship. The Rev. Ms. Joan Javier-Duval will preach on Beyond the Water’s Edge: "These are uncertain and volatile times. These are times that call on us to work towards our collective liberation while also tending to our spiritual needs and caring for others. How do we ready ourselves for what is being asked of us? How do we keep moving even when we don’t feel ready." Ms. Javier-Duval serves as minister of the Unitarian Church of Montpelier, VT.  The service streams at 10 a.m. More information on how to access it and the First Parish coffee hour which will follow will be shared next week.
 
Sundays, July 5-September 6  we are joining with other UU congregations in New England to share services. Each congregation will take a turn hosting worship - they will plan, lead, and record the service which will then be shared over YouTube. We will watch the service at 9 a.m. on Sundays (the time of our regular summer services) and then gather to reflect on it and share news of our lives over Zoom coffeehours. First Parish will lead worship on Sunday August 30 for a blessing of the backpacks as the new school year begins.
A message from the minister:
Dear friends,
Living in uncertainty is one of the hardest things we human beings do. As the Buddhist teacher Pema Chodron wrote, “We can never know what will happen to us next. We can try to control the uncontrollable by looking for security and predictability, always hoping to be comfortable and safe. But the truth is that we can never avoid uncertainty. This not-knowing is part of the adventure. It’s also what makes us afraid."
Usually when one of us is immersed in this adventure - waiting for a test result, a job offer, a possible move - others around are feeling more stable and are able to offer support. Novel for all of us is that we are all uncertain now together.  But we are still together.
If you are worried about your health, your work, or your emotional state, please let me know. I am happy to connect over the phone or Skype.  Please also reach out to one another. As I said in my earlier sermon on “Sanctuary”, the sanctuary is not the building – we are sanctuary to one another. That sanctuary still holds and connects us, even when we can’t be in the building together.
— Rev. Pamela Barz

Community Events 

Events are supported by First Parish - locations vary  

SCITUATE RACIAL JUSTICE EVENTS
Ongoing Weekly Standouts 

in support of Black lives and the memory of George Floyd

  • Tuesdays, 7:00 - 7:45 p.m. at First Parish   Summer 2020 Solidarity Series
    We will be reading words from Black, Indigenous, and People of Color who have powerfully spoken across generations for racial justice. We start with a candlelight silence for 8 minutes and 46 seconds.
    Bring a chair or blanket if you'd like for personal comfort. If it rains, the event is canceled (since we cannot meet inside). A livestream is recorded on the First Parish Facebook page for those who would like to attend virtually or watch the replays.
    Any BIPOC community member who would like to share their lived experience is very welcome, as well as volunteers to read aloud some words by a BIPOC author or ally in whatever form (brief literary passages, poems, Tweets, speeches, etc). Previous selections include Frederick Douglass, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, Susette La Flesche Tibbles, Audre Lord, Maya Angelou, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

  • Sundays, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. at First Parish:  We followed the lead of black clergy leaders from across Boston who asked suburban UUs (and people of all faiths and none) to hold standouts in their own towns, starting June 7. You are invited to gather on the front lawn of First Parish to bear witness for that hour. Please wear a mask and bring a sign if you would like.
  • Mondays, 4:00 p.m. at the Lawson Common: to witness and protest.
  • Tuesdays, Thursdays, 7 a.m. at the 3A Rotary: to witness and protest.
*Artwork by Scituate High School students Noni Louisma and Makayla Soares
STRIDE 
Scituate Together for Representation, Inclusion, Diversity and Equity
Fourth Wednesdays: Aug 26 from 7:30 - 8:30 pm on Zoom

The agenda for the July meeting includes introducing the individuals that the Steering Committee has found for different leadership roles, and working with them on defined goals that we can begin working towards as a group. Also on the agenda is how to support the One Community, One Book reading of Debby Irving's 'Waking Up White.'

STRIDE continues the former Unity Council's progress, often in partnership with Hingham and Cohasset groups, shaping this volunteer organization into something that feels right for our community. They welcome volunteer time/talent for four subcommittees focused on: Community education and engagement; school partnerships and advocacy to pilot a reading program in elementary classrooms where parents share books with DEI themes and lead discussions; action and response when incidents happen in schools or the broader community; and organizational development for STRIDE.
Members of First Parish have been involved with the Unity Council since its beginning; let's continue to join with others for this important work.

Meetings are now held via Zoom. To RSVP or to be put on the mailing list, please follow this link
MONDAY MEDITATIONS
Calm your spirit and connect with others
Morning and evening options. Zoom info in every newsletter.

Monday mornings (thru Aug 31) from 8:40 - 8:55 am
Mindful Monday Mornings
Lauri Klein will offer a brief period of mindful meditation and suggest something to reflect on for the week. Everyone is welcome, no matter what level of experience.

2nd and 4th Mondays, from 8:00 - 9:00 pm
Monday Night Meditation   Brian and Patty Sutton will host from their home. There will be a time to check-in, a time of shared meditation, and a little instruction on meditation if that's helpful for those who gather.
THE BLUE BOAT COFFEEHOUSE
***We are looking into bringing performances online while physical distancing rules are in place.***

The Blue Boat Coffeehouse sets sail across the soundwaves about 4 times every year here at First Parish, to highlight the incredible talent of local adults and youth, while raising funds for a local non-profit organization, and providing a fun, safe evening out for the whole community. This alcohol-free, substance-free, family-friendly event is open to the public. Visit the Blue Boat Coffeehouse Facebook page for details or to ask about performing.
UNDERSTANDING THE ISSUES OF OUR TIMES - Community Book Discussion
Thursday, March 19 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm    ***Update: March event cancelled***
(Book Club Room at Scituate Public Library)

Open to all. Please join us to discuss the book and how its message relates to our local and global communities.

Bryan Stevenson's memoir "Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption" describes his work with prisoners on death row and the ways that race, class, ability, and wealth affect our system of justice.  The book was made into a 2019 movie, so watching that is an option as well.  The movie and the book are available through the OCLN system.  There is also a young adult version of the book if you'd like to invite youth to join our reading and conversation.

The current focus of the group is nonfiction that challenges us to look at ourselves and others in a different way, and work towards more empathy in the world (previous titles in this series: White Fragility by Robin Diangelo, All About Love by bell hooks, and There There by Tommy Orange). The group first met to discuss works about race and privilege, then last year delved into the books that are studied by 6-12th grade students in the Scituate school system.

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!

FPUU serves the Scituate Food Pantry
Our drop box at the front door is normally available 24/7 for community convenience, and food collected during every church service. However...

As of late March, to minimize handling and volunteer gatherings, the Pantry is asking that if people want to help, to please consider mailing  a monetary donation to the Pantry at:
Scituate Food Pantry, P.O. Box 120, Scituate, MA 02066

Thank you to Eagle Scout Barak Laciner for constructing the drop box.
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. Baskets are availble at the new online store 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!
Online giving can be used for one-time or recurring charges for pledges, capital campaigns, memorial donations, class registrations, and more, easily tracking your tax-deductable donations.
SAVE OUR STEEPLE!
The steeple of First Parish is undergoing storm damage repair. Any contributions help keep this Scituate landmark stay shipshape! (Use the Giving button above.)
FUNDRAISING SWAG!
Our "Love Shows Up" design on lawn signs and t-shirts supports both First Parish and the UU Urban Ministry.  Place order here.

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