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)!
Sunday, Nov 26  Hope Is the Thing with Feathers  (and the Greening of the Church)
The title comes from a poem by Emily Dickinson and introduces our Advent theme of birds as symbols of hope, peace, love, and joy. We will light the first candle of Advent and begin bringing in the symbols of the season. You are invited to bring birds to decorate the church.
Sunday, Dec 3  Finding Peace at Rick’s Cafe
The movie Casablanca had its premiere 75 years ago this week. What does it say to us today about today’s Advent theme of peace? Pamela Barz preaching. Please bring doves, paper cranes, and other birds of peace to decorate the sanctuary. The Choir will sing The Peace Carol.
Sunday, Dec 10   The Robin Sang Rejoicing
A service of words and music celebrating birds and their special place in the season led by Elizabeth Dubuisson and the choir. Please bring robins, turtledoves, geese and other birds to decorate the sanctuary as we light the red candle of love. The Choir will sing Something Told the Wild Geese and Manx Lullaby.
 
Sunday, Dec 17   FPUU Holiday Pageant
Given this year's world religions curriculum, the children's holiday pageant is a Scituate retelling of a Hindu tale, a parable about our stressed-out Western minds discovering the powerful peace in the eastern practice of meditation. The Choir will sing The Holidays are Here Again.
CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES      Sunday, December 24

10:30 a.m.    Christmas Preparations
On Christmas Eve morning, Pamela Barz will offer a story for all ages; we will reflect on getting ready for Christmas and ready the sanctuary for Christmas Eve services. You are welcome to come in pajamas!   

4:00 p.m.     Children’s Carols and Candlelight service  
The first of the evening services offers the traditional story and carols, just in a less formal setting than the later service. This year the telling of the story of Jesus’ birth will involve the children in placing symbols at a nativity set.
Guitarist Peter Mundt will once again lead the music for this service.  

7:00 p.m.    Candle-lit Christmas Eve service
A reflective service of lessons and carols led by Pamela Barz and Elizabeth Dubuisson, with music from the choir and cellist Caroline Hine.

Upcoming Community Events at First Parish

BIBLE LITERACY SERIES
Third Mondays
(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 6-session course in basic biblical literacy assumes no prior knowledge of the Bible and is not biased toward any particular Christian tradition.  The curriculum we'll use is in both Protestant and Catholic churches, and in groups that mix church folks, agnostics, and atheists.

Space is limited - please let Pamela Barz know if you would like to register for the series.  There is no fee, but participants are asked to purchase a copy of the student guide for Introducing the Old Testament, available at Amazon, and to bring that and a study Bible to each class.
  • Fall 2017:  Introducing the New Testament
    This is the third session in the series (runs Oct - March). Participants have learned a lot and laughed a lot as they talked about the history, archeology, theology, and world views of the people who wrote and read these ancient scriptures. For this final session, we will explore the figure of Jesus in three distinct ways: A man like other men, a Jewish rabbi, and the Christ of Christian faith. Then it's on to the cantankerous Paul, the other New Testament authors, and the wild and baffling book called Revelation. Learn what Nazareth was like in the first century, see what scholars know and don't know about Jesus as a historical figure, and decide for yourself whether Paul deserves either the stature or the censure that he so often receives. And who is the Antichrist anyway?
         Previous sessions in the series included "What Is the Bible?" (Fall 2016) and "Introducing the Old Testament" (Spring 2017)
Community Book Discussion
UNDERSTANDING THE ISSUES OF OUR TIMES

Tuesday, Dec 12 at 6:30 - 8 pm (Book Group Room, Scituate Library)

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. John Scopelleti will again lead the discussion.

For November, we selected Passing, by Nella Larsen, an influential writer of the Harlem Renaissance.

Previous community discussions in this series have been lively and thought-provoking. We looked at issues of poverty, privilege and power through Jesmyn Ward's Salvage the Bones, 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.

Parish Notices

Fourth-Sunday Offering (Nov 26) Last month's offering went to help fund transportation of food and water to our fellow citizens in Puerto Rico. Many in our congregation have expressed a desire to support the island. Our offering will help offset the cost of a shipping container, a project organized by First Parish, Taunton, and other local churches (UU and others). Please follow the progress of this project at this link
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION (grades pre-K–12)

Registration is rolling. Registration form is here.
Learn ALL about our programs 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.
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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