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 5   Across the Bounds of Death and Time
This is our annual multigenerational celebration of All Souls Day, when we remember loved ones who have died and our Universalist good news that they are still connected to us through love. Pamela Barz will lead a theme conversation on our connections, and the service will close with the invitation to place lights in remember of people we have lost. You are invited to bring photographs and other mementos of people you are remembering to place in the sanctuary.
Sunday, Nov 12   Take Fate By The Throat - Richard Stower preaching
We welcome Richard Stower, our Minister Emeritus back to the pulpit this week.
Is the story of our life already written and we are merely acting out a play? Or is it something more? Something mysterious? Something ineffable?
The choir will sing Along the Road of Peace.
Sunday, Nov 19  Gratitude for the Whole
On the Sunday before Thanksgiving we will celebrate the gifts of our lives with special guest musicians Earth Harmony (Michelle Glidden, guitar, Ted Mello, upright bass, and Christina Nordstrom, guitar) joining Elizabeth Dubuisson and our choir; a soup lunch; the dedication of our new church sign; and by distributing the Guest at Your Table boxes to support the work of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. Pamela Barz will preach. Please bring something that symbolizes what you are thankful for to decorate the communion table.
The Choir will sing Simple Gifts.

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, Nov 7 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 Salvage the Bones, by Jesmyn Ward. Salvage the Bones, published in 2011 and winner of that year's National Book Award, is the story of a family in Mississippi dealing with Hurricane Katrina.  With so many people still dealing with devastation from hurricanes this year, it seemed especially appropriate. Jesmyn Ward was just announced as a 2017 recipient of a MacArthur "Genius" Award

Previous community discussions in this series have been lively and thought-provoking. We looked at issues of privilege and power through 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.
Blue Boat Coffeehouse
Saturday, November 18 (6:00-9:00 pm)

Yes, we "can"!  First Parish is proud to present our fifth Blue Boat Coffeehouse to highlight the incredible talent of local adults and youth while raising funds for a local non-profit organization ... this time, the Scituate Food Pantry.
This community organization, sponsored by the Scituate Clergy Association, is run by an all-volunteer staff and distributes food to eligible families from a facility provided by the Satuit Lodge of Masons. The Pantry works with churches, clubs, schools and individuals throughout the town to bring awareness of the issue of hunger in our community.  Since 1993, they have assisted over 500 families.
          Please help us help our community. Suggested donation is $5 and/or canned or boxed food items for the pantry. Baked goods and other refreshments will be available for purchase, with all proceeds going to the food pantry. Performance details on the Blue Boat Coffeehouse Facebook page.
THE SNOWFLAKE FAIR
Saturday, Dec 2  (9:00 am to 2:00 pm)


Our annual holiday fair features only the finest quality:
  • Fresh-cut Vermont trees and decorated wreaths
  • Delicious homemade fudge and other sweets
  • Baked goods for gifting or treating yourself
  • Gourmet jams and jellies
  • Handmade and vintage jewelry
  • Knitted wear for children and adults
  • The best gift baskets in town
  • .... and THE RAFFLE! (Celtics tickets and more)
As always, fresh coffee and hot chowders and chilis are served!

Church members (aka Flakes): Click here for the sign-up!

Parish Notices

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION (grades pre-K–12)

We are currently taking sign-ups for Fall 2017; 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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