of Scituate, Massachusetts
First Parish
Unitarian Universalist Church
by First Parish on November 13th, 2019

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by Pamela M. Barz on October 27th, 2019

Today in my annual Halloween sermon, we’re exploring what wisdom and examples the Neflix series Stranger Things might offer us.  Every year I choose a topic thinking it will be funny and campy, and every year I find the topic offers a serious connection to our world.  This year is no different.  For in many ways we are living in a Stranger Things world.  Read the rest of the sermon here: 

by First Parish on October 23rd, 2019

by Pamela M. Barz on October 23rd, 2019

"This idea of living in an I-Thou relation with the earth and all its inhabitants is at the heart of our Unitarian Universalist faith.  Our Unitarian ancestors broke away from the traditional Christians of their time because of their belief in the inherent goodness of humankind.  In this church that happened in 1825.  Our Transcendentalist ancestors enlarged that goodness to encompass the natural world as well, finding the divine inherent in birds, beasts, flowers, trees, and stones.  Though none of them of course used the 20th century concept of the I-Thou relationship, their theology leads to it – for if all is inherently good, then it is not to be used, but to be cherished, that what is best for the other may unfold along with what is best for you.  Unlike other Christian traditions which have to push against their traditional understanding of physical matter as sinful and only spirit as good, our tradition celebrates the holiness of all of life.  And we need to draw on this holiness NOW to help us work with others to save what still can be saved.  We need to believe and live the belief that the earth is not here for our enjoyment but for the shared enjoyment and nurture of all life forms."   Read the whole sermon here:

by First Parish on October 16th, 2019

by First Parish on October 9th, 2019

by Pamela M. Barz on October 6th, 2019

"Confessing our sins is not a “woe is me” action; it is not an act of self-flagellation.  It is a clear-eyed assessment of our power to help and heal and make whole ourselves and the world, of the ways we have not taken up the power which is ours, and of the ways we will move into our power more fully in the new year ahead.  Confessing our sins is an act of hope, promise, and strength.  It demonstrates our faith in the power of life as we move through a season of death.  As we turn towards taking up our power and our commitments, we say “yes” to life, to love, to the universe, to God."  Read the rest of the sermon here:

by First Parish on October 2nd, 2019

by Pamela Barz on October 2nd, 2019

One of the main contributions of our Unitarian ancestors to the Western Christian tradition was to connect the awe that one feels in nature with religion.  Before the Transcendentalists, Christianity focused on the largeness of God and the smallness of humankind.  ...  It took the Transcendentalists to name that sense of awe one feels in nature as also part and particle of the divine.  They brought God outdoors. Read the entire sermon here:

by First Parish on September 25th, 2019

by Pamela M. Barz on September 22nd, 2019

Despair is solitary.  Hope is communal.  Hope depends on community and on compassion.  Both words begin with the same prefix, “com” meaning with.     “Community” refers to individuals coming together, while compassion means to suffer with, to feel another’s pain as if it were your own.  We act when we feel and when we know we are not alone.  And that’s when things begin to happen. ...
                        Friday’s marches were not an end in themselves.  They changed nothing.  But they enabled us to feel the spirit flowing.  And that is the beginning of change.  Read the whole sermon here:

by First Parish on September 18th, 2019

by Pamela M. Barz on September 18th, 2019

As we begin this worship series Cherishing the Earth and Ourselves, I invite you to consider the stories we tell about the earth and how those stories shape our understanding of our relationship to our planet home.  So today I have three stories for you..... Read the stories and the rest of the sermon here:

by First Parish on September 12th, 2019

RE kicks off this Sunday with all new classes!  Read all about it here:

by First Parish on September 11th, 2019

by First Parish on September 4th, 2019

by First Parish on August 28th, 2019

by First Parish on August 28th, 2019

On Sunday August 25, Pamela Barz led the congregation in a reflection process of the poem The Silence of the Stars by David Wagoner.  You can do your own reflection on it here:

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