of Scituate, Massachusetts
First Parish
Unitarian Universalist Church
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by Pamela M. Barz on June 17th, 2020

Pamela Barz reflects on sustaining ourselves for the long struggle for justice - with joy.  Read the sermon here:  http://cloud2.snappages.com/5624a7c26130d73fd8bc02853fb40190b5aa1249/The Struggle and the Joy - June 14, 2020.pdf

by Pamela M. Barz on June 10th, 2020

"We come to church to practice the harder job of love.   Love takes others.  And here we find others committed to the practice.  Our worship is just the start of our practice.  And so if we’re going to lean in so that love may flow out, I’d like to invite you to think about church differently.  It’s not a time or place you pop into when you need to be fed.  It’s a commitment to a practice.  We show up to practice loving, to learn about how we may love more widely, more deeply, and more effectively.  We show up to hear how others are succeeding and failing in their attempts to love and to encourage, commiserate, and celebrate with one another.
The world needs us to lean in and flow out. "  Read the whole sermon here:

by First Parish on June 1st, 2020

So, it is spring– A time for renewal and rebirth … for shedding our winter coats, basking in the warmth of the sun …  anticipating the promise of summer – the beautiful summer that comes to our very special community by the sea. And yet, this year, in this time, everything is more than just a little bit different. ... Read the rest of Mary's reflection here:

by First Parish on May 17th, 2020

"During this pandemic I am unable to go into
as many rooms, we are not allowed to hold hands, my mask is always
on, I pray into door cracks, I take pauses with nurses, and remember I
don’t actually have any more control than I did before the pandemic. I
have never been a doctor, I have never been able to heal, instead I try
every day to do what we did during the pastoral prayer. I try to fill
myself with all the suffering and breathe out beauty, wonder, and
compassion to everyone.  Read the whole sermon here:

by First Parish on April 3rd, 2020

"Love will not stop disease nor protect our bodies from what may come.  We are mortal.  But love does offer our spirits a softer journey over the road we travel, cushioning us from the fear for the future which makes the present worse.  Love’s twist, like the Mobius strip, rounds our lives into a wholeness comprehending all.  Let us rest in this love whatever the coming days may bring."  Read the whole sermon here:

by First Parish on April 3rd, 2020

Here you can print out and color your own palms for Sunday:  

by First Parish on April 3rd, 2020

Here is the order of service for this Sunday if you'd like to follow along:  

by First Parish on March 26th, 2020


by Pamela M. Barz on March 9th, 2020

Spirit without religion is like breath without a body.  It’s like light without a refractor.  But by religion I don’t mean a system of doctrines to which one must assent.  By religion I mean the ways we try to make meaning.  Read the whole sermon here:   

by First Parish on March 4th, 2020


by Pamela M. Barz on March 2nd, 2020

The idea of sanctuary in many ways goes against our natural human inclinations.  Sanctuary is an ideal we strive for.  Our English word comes from the Latin word “Sanctuarium,” from sanctus, holy, and arium, a container.  As an aquarium contains aqua, water, a sanctuary contains sancti, the holy ones.   So though we call the building the sanctuary, what is important, what is holy, is that which it holds.  Us.  We are what is holy here.  Read the whole sermon here:

by Pamela M. Barz on February 12th, 2020

If you do any research into Louisa May Alcott’s novel Little Women the question which comes up over and over is “Why?”  Why has a book about four young white women in 19th century Concord, Massachusetts, continued to be read and admired for 150 years?  It has been translated into over 50 languages, adapted for plays and movies, including the most recent, directed by Greta Guerwig and up for 6 Oscar nominations tonight, including best adapted screenplay.  Writers from Patti Smith to John Green, from Simone de Beauvoir to JK Rowling have credited the novel with inspiring them to write.  Even Teddy Roosevelt said he “worshipped” (his word) Little Women and its sequel Little Men.   What is the universal and timeless appeal of this seemingly provincial story?  Read the sermon here:

by Pamela M. Barz on February 2nd, 2020

People sometimes characterize Unitarian Universalism as a religion where you can believe anything you want.  But that is not true.  We may not have creedal statements to which we must assent, but we do have some shared beliefs and the first of them is that humankind is good.   Read the whole sermon here;

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