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)!
The theme for worship this fall is "Cherishing the Earth and Ourselves"
Sunday, Sept 8   Stone Soup
Celebrate our community and the start of the new church year with our annual blessing of the backpacks, computer bags, or whatever symbolizes the work of this season for you. We will also be collecting school supplies for Scituate schoolchildren who cannot afford them (see the newsletter for details). Pamela Barz will lead this service; the choir will be back in full voice.
Sunday, Sept 15   What's the Story
We begin a new worship series based in creation spirituality, the understanding that the Earth and every bird, bug, stone, tree, and human being are good and interconnected. During the next six weeks we will explore how this understanding can inspire and empower us to protect our Earth. On this first Sunday, Pamela Barz will look at the stories which help shape our understandings of our relationship to the Earth. As the Religious Education program begins a new year, we will bless all the participants before they go off to their classes. The Choir will sing What a Wonderful World.
Sunday Sept 22   But What Can I Do?
In the second of our series "Cherishing the Earth and Ourselves," Pamela Barz will reflect on the powerlessness we often feel and what we can do. On this first Sunday of autumn, the Choir will sing
Turn, Turn, Turn (to Everything there is a Season).

Community Events 

Events are supported by First Parish - locations vary  

UNDERSTANDING THE ISSUES OF OUR TIMES
Community Book Discussion
Tuesday, Sept 17 from 6:30 - 8pm (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. Discussions led by John Scopelleti and Pamela Barz.
In September we will be discussing All About Love by bell hooks. In this short book, the first of a trilogy on love, author, professor, and feminist bell hooks offers a re-definition of love, not as romance but as the basis of a social ethic for individuals and nations.

The current focus of the group is nonfiction that challenges us to look at ourselves and others in a different way. 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. 
MONDAY NIGHT MEDITATION 
(2nd and 4th Mondays, 7:00 - 8:30 pm) - Sept dates 9/09 and 9/23
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.
Supporting Diversity and Community in Scituate
Thursday, Sept 26 (6:30- 8:00 pm) at Gates Middle School Dining Commons

All interested community members are invited to attend this meeting, to learn about the work of Scituate's Unity Council and how we can explore, discuss, and engage with issues of diversity and pathways to unity. The Unity Council has been meeting for a few years, offering opportunities for conversation about issues arising in town and in the world, and is looking to refocus those efforts as it also begins to work with the Unity Councils of Cohasset and Hingham. For more information, speak with Pamela Barz.
Vigil for Children in Detention
Friday, Sept 13 (7:00 - 9:00 pm) in Kingston MA

The First Parish Church of Kingston invites us to join them at a Vigil for Children in Detention to bring attention to the conditions under which children are being held on our southern border. 

The Vigil will be held outside the church, 223 Main St. in Kingston. Parking is available across the street at the Beal House (their parish house) at 222 Main Street. Please bring flashlights and votive candles in glass containers if you have them.
THE BLUE BOAT COFFEEHOUSE
Season 4 shows: Saturdays: Sept 28 ~ Nov 16 ~ Jan 11 ~ March 14
Here at First Parish Scituate

The Blue Boat Coffeehouse sets sail across the soundwaves 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 for details or to ask about performing.
Womensphere UU Retreat for Women
Sat.-Sun, Sept. 28-29, in Wooodstock CT

Womensphere, a Unitarian Universalist women's group in south-eastern New England, invites ALL women to the 2019 Fall Retreat "Circle of Women - Circle of Friends" at Senexet House in Woodstock, CT.

Come, explore ritual in our lives and honor Gaia and our world. Join singing, dancing, crafts, games, meditation, and sharing. For more details, email bcdwomensphere@gmail.com

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.
"DO NOT BE AFRAID": A Small Group Gathering

This past 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
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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