of Scituate, Massachusetts
First Parish
Unitarian Universalist Church
Ministries

Our Vibrant Parish Life

Our ministries illustrate how we live out our committment to each other and our community,
as promised in our covenant:


"Love is the spirit of this church, and service is its law.
This is our great covenant:
To dwell together in peace, to cherish the living earth,
to seek truth in love, and to help one another."
 

Pastoral Care

Our minister provides pastoral care tending personally to those in need, but each of us also ministers to the others:
  • Pastoral Companions are trained to offer company for someone who cannot get to worship, to listen when times are hard, or to be there when someone could use the warmth of compassion.
  • The Cares & Concerns committee lets us know who is in need and how to fill those needs with cards, calls, meals, or rides.
  • The Men's Ministry puts their faith in action with trucks, rakes and paintbrushes, whether unloading supplies at the Food Pantry, cleaning up the beach, or repairing someone's home.
  • Our Prayer Shawl group, the Piecemakers, has been active since 2005. Many hands knit, crochet and quilt to create and bless their gifts of comfort, which go to men, women and children in the community.
  • The Building and Grounds committee keeps our own building shipshape.
  • The Hospitality committee puts out the call for ushers, flowers, and refreshments, not just to keep our Sundays welcoming to all, but for collations to sustain guests at special occasions.
     
"May these symbols of the ways we are fed, comforted, and offered joy, awaken in us a yearning for justice and generosity, so that all peoples can enjoy the gifts of abundant food and abundant life."
(Apple Communion prayer)
 

Spiritual Deepening

Faith is a journey. For adults as well as children, beliefs and values can change, and our understandings of the world and of truth can deepen and evolve.
  • The Religious Services committee and the Committee on Ministry ensure that we can explore new paths towards ethical, social, and spiritual growth.
  • Special worship services include meditation sessions, or special guest speakers, and lay-led services structured on a theme.
  • The Scituate Young Adult Connection, which plans and supports safe, sober, gatherings for young adults, grew out of our "Faith in the World" conversations this spring.
  • Reading and discussion groups are focused on a timely theme for each year, and are led by the minister. Currently, our theme is "Understanding the Issues of Our Times", which delves into issues of economic inequalities in our country. Last year's focus was on "Justice, Equity and Compassion" through short fiction by Alice Munro, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Jhumpa Lahiri, Raymond Carver, and others.
  • We support members, staff, and youth who plan to attend spiritual retreats, such as at UU centers Star Island and Ferry Beach.

Social Justice

"Be the change you want to see in the world."
The First Parish congregation has a proud history of social activism and service. The Social Justice Committee helps turn passions into purpose, bringing awareness to the congregation and the community at large and taking action on such topics as addiction, homelessness and affordable housing, domestic violence, ethics in investment, and environmental stewardship. We sponsor documentary viewings, take part in vigils and marches, promote petitions for change, and donate our time, energy, and collections to many causes.

"The central task of the religious community is to unveil the bonds that bind each to all. There is a connectedness, a relationship discovered amid the particulars of our own lives and the lives of others. Once felt, it inspires us to act for justice."
—UU Rev Mark Morrison-Reed
 

Fellowship

Ministries may function under the umbrella of a given committee, but it's rare that they do not overlap—Social Justice might partner with the youth program to organize a service project, for example—and it is always a given that fellowship and communion are to be found. The Social Programs committee supports many efforts, including charitable fundraisers; holiday celebrations; and all-ages events like ice-cream socials, soup dinners, and concerts. The Unity Club is a social club—in its 79th year!—with a mission of making charitable donations on behalf of First Parish. It also handles our most significant fundraiser, the annual December Snowflake Fair. The Fididdlers group also supports the Fair with their talents in cooking, crafting, and jewelry-making.

"We come together... taking the time to look into one another's faces
And see there communion: the reflection of our own eyes."

—UU Rev Kathleen McTigue

Sustainability

One of the UU principles that guide us is a reminder to live out our respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

Or, as we interpret it for the children:
We care for the earth which we share with all living things. We clean up our messes, we don't waste food, and recycle whatever we can.
 

First Parish supports Sustainable Scituate, earns meter credits from the solar panels on our roof, and is continually seeking ways to reduce our footprint.

Regular Meetings

Please check the calendar to confirm dates
(ON SUMMER BREAK!)
Committees meet on 2nd Sundays directly after coffee hour. Childcare will always be available.
Exceptions:
  • Parish Committee (1st Weds at 7 pm)
  • Fiddidlers (Weds at 10:30 am)
  • Men's Ministry (1st Sats at 8 am)
  • Piecemakers (Sundays, see newsletter)
  • Alliance/Unity Club (2nd Weds at 6:30 pm, in Oct, Dec, March, and May)
  • Committee on Ministry

Current Series

(SUMMER BREAK! Check back for Fall '17 dates)
  • Exploring the Bible course
  • Spirit Sundays
  • Meditation
  • Walk-and-Talk
  • Concert Series
  • Reading and Discussion Group

Recent Events

May 6: Another great all-ages movie night with an anime film from Studio Ghibli: "The Wind Rises."
April 2: A group of youth and adults attended the open house at Islamic Center of New England in Quincy, on the state's 1st Open Mosque Day. This was a formative experience for all. 
April: Our drive for the Scituate Food Pantry netted 1,000 servings of food for the community.
March 23: The "Understanding the Issues of our Times" group explore local issues of economics, color, and class in Boston, focusing on the study The State of Equity in Metro Boston 2017 and an interview with the economist Jeffrey Sachs.
March 18: The Blue Boat Coffeehouse celebrated a sober St Patrick's Day with song and Irish stepdancing! Donations benefited South Shore Peer Recovery, a local group of volunteers who offer support to individuals and families in recovery from substance use disorders.
Feb 23: The "Understanding the Issues of our Times" group explored issues of economics, color, and class in "Strangers in their own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right" by sociologist Arlie Hochschild.
Feb 11: The Blue Boat Coffeehouse asked local talent to sing for science; proceeds supported the Scituate STEAM Collaborative and their work bringing science programming to Scituate families.
Jan 29: We joined an interfaith movement on this day to ring church bells at noon and stand vigil outside to show support for refugees and immigrants. Months later, this weekly vigil continues, affirming our belief in the inherent worth and dignity of every person.
Jan 13: The Social Justice Committees of South Shore UU parishes presented the first event in a series: a presentation on "Criminal Justice Reform: Ending Pretrial Incarceration" at First Parish of Duxbury.
Dec 3: A very merry Snowflake Fair! We sold lots of fresh trees and beautifully decorated wreaths, handmade and vintage jewelry, baked goods and candies, and handcrafted items.
Nov 20: Through the hard work of the youth program, the church raised $300 this Soup Sunday to support Heifer International.
Nov 20: Matt Meyer returned this year to lead another energizing service. Matt is a musician and community organizer who has led hundreds of services for UU congregations across the country. He is a graduate of Berklee College of Music and has also studied with musicians in Cuba, Ghana, and Central America. Matt is a founding resident of the Lucy Stone Cooperative in Roxbury.
Oct 2: On our annual service trip to Cradles to Crayons, we delivered donations and worked sorting clothing.
Sept 25: The second Blue Boat Coffeehouse joined the national movement "Concert Across America to End Gun Violence." Performers sang for peace and raised $600 for the South Shore Women's Resource Center.
April 9: The Blue Boat Coffeehouse was launched! It was a full house and raised $700 for the Friends of Scituate Music.