First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church • 330 First Parish Rd, Scituate MA 02066

Welcome to First Parish

WE ASPIRE TO BE a beacon of liberal faith, strong community, and transformative service, rooted in love.

Love shows up at First Parish!
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.

Where are you on your spiritual journey? Wherever you are, we're curious to meet you. 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.
All are welcome—come as you are!
Each of us has worth and dignity. As Unitarian Universalists, we welcome persons of all sexual orientation, gender and its expression, religious background, marital status, family structure, age, mental and physical health and ability, racial and cultural identity or background, and educational and socioeconomic status. We value diversity and see it as a spiritual gift. We work for LGBTQ justice and equity as a core part of who we are. All may share in the fellowship and leadership, blessings and joys of our congregation's life.
All of who you are is sacred.
All of who you are is welcome.
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Welcome to First Parish!  The Rev. Pamela M. Barz is our minister. Join us for reflection, music, and fellowship — and our thriving youth program. Everyone is welcome. 

Services are held on Sundays at 10:30 a.m.  

Worship services are mask-optional. Anyone who wishes to continue masking is certainly welcome to do so. We will continue to make masks available at the church. 
Youth program: Registration is now open for the Fall 2022 childrens and youth Religious Education programs (click here for the online registration form). Classes began September 18 but you can sign up anytime.
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Schedule of services

Our worship series for the Advent and Christmas seasons will be "Reflecting the Sacred,” putting forth that the sacred inherent in all things, or as the Unitarian educator Sophia Fahs put it, “Each night a child is born is a holy night.” 

Sunday, Nov 27   Reflecting the Sacred:  Sacred Time 

(First Sunday in Advent)  Our worship for the Advent and Christmas seasons will focus on our theology of this season that, as the Unitarian religious educator Sophia Fahs put it, “Each night a child is born is a holy night.” We believe that the story of Jesus’s birth acts as a prism, showing us one facet of the light which is in all people and the power each of us has to bring greater goodness and love to the world. In a week when we have been reminded of the power of violence, Pamela Barz will reflect in her sermon on how this season can give us hope to continue to bring the power of Love to the world.

Sunday, Nov 20    An Indian in King Arthur's Court?

The Rev. Ms. Danielle Di Bona returns as our guest preacher this Sunday. Danielle served as our sabbatical minister earlier this year and continues to serve as the Palliative Care chaplain at South Shore Hospital. She writes about her sermon: “This is a Sunday I always refuse to preach. As a matter of fact, my friend and mentor, the Rev. Marjorie Bowens Wheatley, and I would trade Sundays... I would preach MLK day for her and she would preach the Sunday before Thanksgiving Day for me. This Sunday before Thanksgiving is always a little awkward for me. Let's step into the deep end together and see how it goes.” Pamela Barz will join Danielle in leading the service.

Sunday, Nov 13   True to Our Values

On the day oral arguments on the Harvard and UNC admissions case were to be heard in the Supreme Court, Lawrence Bakow, president of Harvard University wrote, “We now await the final decision of the court with earnest anticipation. Whatever it is, we will honor the law while also remaining true to our values.” As we contemplate the results of the November 2022 midterm elections, how do we remain true to our values, following the law and creating a just society? Pamela Barz preaching.
Our service will include the dedication of Naomi, daughter of JoAnn and Mike.

Sunday, Nov 6   Love That Outlasts Death   (All Souls Day)

In our annual All Souls Day remembrance of loved ones who have died, we will read the names of church members, family, and friends who have died since last November 2. You are welcome to bring pictures of people you are remembering.