of Scituate, Massachusetts
First Parish
Unitarian Universalist Church

Join Us for a Service

Services are 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)!
Sunday, May 12   Matt Meyer, guest worship leader
UU educator and musician Matt Meyer joins us again to lead the service and play his drums. He will accompany the choir as we sing Primavera by Jason Shelton.
Sunday, May 19  Celebrating Community Building  (ANNUAL MEETING)
Today we celebrate a year past and our year to come, with a special service incorporating new members plus a baby dedication, and a tribute to all our community builders. Our annual meeting voting is integrated into this service, and we'll conclude with Flower Communion.
Sunday, May 25   We Remember
In honor of Memorial Day, historically a time to remember those who have died in wars, we will remember the American soldiers killed since last Memorial Day. First Parish member Richard Kermond, who is a retired U.S. Coast Guard Commander and teaches history at Scituate High School, will offer a reflection. The choir will sing In Flanders Fields.

Upcoming Community Events at First Parish

THEATRE AND THE SPIRIT:  Broadway and Faith
Monday, June 3 from 7 - 8:30 pm
(monthly series, meets at St Luke's Episcopal Church)

We begin a new series this month, using plays as a prism for faith. Local playwright, director, and theatre professor Lisa Rafferty will lead this monthly series along with Pamela Barz and Natasha Stewart, Priest-in-Charge of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. Our discussion will be based on listening to songs and reading aloud passages from the script. No advance preparation is necessary.  

During the first session, March 18, we looked at Fiddler on the Roof (book by Joseph Stein, music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, based on stories by Sholom Alecheim). Following discussions will focus on Godspell (Monday May 20) and The Savannah Disputation (Monday June 3). 
UNDERSTANDING THE ISSUES OF OUR TIMES
Community Book Discussion
Tuesday, May 21 from 6:30 - 8pm (Book Club Room at Scituate Public 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. Discussions led by John Scopelleti and Pamela Barz.
This month we will be discussing Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt.

After many months discussing works about race and privilege, the group has decided to delve into the books that are studied by 6-12th grade students in the Scituate school system. Our April reading was Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson.  (following up Lois Lowry's The Giver; Yoko Kawashima Watkins' So Far From the Bamboo Grove; Monster, by Walter Dean Myers; and Paul Fleischman's Seedfolks). We'll discuss the book and how it may - or may not - promote empathy, especially towards communities of color. Copies of the book are available in the library system.
THE BLUE BOAT COFFEEHOUSE
Dates for Fall 2019 to be announced...

The Blue Boat Coffeehouse has anchored for the season! We set sail about 4 times every year 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 to learn more.

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!

We welcome our new Director of Religious Ed! Bill Ketchum is a 2017 graduate of Andover Newton Theological Seminary. Retired from a career in business, he is continuing a lifelong calling for working with adults and youth as a chaplain, mentor, coach, and teacher.
MONDAY NIGHT MEDITATION 
(2nd and 4th Mondays, 7:00 - 8:30 pm) - May dates 5/13 and 5/27
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.
"DO NOT BE AFRAID": A Small Group Gathering

This winter, two small groups gathered for a five week conversation about the work of Brene Brown, professor at the University of Houston, on fear, shame, and vulnerability. Her TED Talk The Power of Vulnerability has become one of the most-viewed talks.The groups found the conversations so powerful, they are continuing the discussions. Using Brown's book The Gifts of Imperfection, the group will continue to reflect on how we can move out of fear into more hope, peace, love, and joy.
FPUU serves the Scituate Food Pantry
*** Saturday, May 11 is the annual Food Pantry / Post Office food drive - help will be needed! ***
Our drop box at the front door is available 24/7 for community convenience. We also collect food during every church service. Please consider donating:
  • Paper towels, tissues, and toilet paper
  • Canned protein (salmon, tuna, meat); peanut butter
  • Coffee, instant coffee, and sweeteners
  • Shampoo, toothpaste, floss
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!
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