We're glad you're exploring our church!
If you are seeking a new spiritual home, or curious about Unitarian Universalism in general, please browse around the website, send questions, or visit ... we're different! People who learn about this faith tradition sometimes remark they've "been UU all this time and didn't know it!" So, if you have a respect for religious teachings or you value ethical or moral frameworks, but don't want to be part of an institution that requires certain beliefs in order to belong or be accepted... you might have been UU all this time! Our country was founded on the principle of freedom of religious thought by Unitarians like John Adams and John Quincy Adams. Other Unitarians since — abolitionists and suffragists; Transcendentalists, naturalists and humanists; scientists and artists — from Elizabeth Cady Stanton to Pete Seeger, have continued through the years to promote visions of a loving, rational, and just society.
First Parish Scituate's mission & vision:
We aspire to be a beacon of liberal faith, strong community, and transformative service, rooted in love.
- Liberal faith We commit to participate side-by-side across generations in worship, religious education, social activities, environmental protection, and social justice work — learning, sharing, and growing together.
- Strong community We commit to care for one another, nurture the light that shines within each of us, and support each other’s individual search for truth and meaning.
- Transformative service We commit to pursue diversity, justice, equality, reason, and discourse; provide inspiration through music, creativity, and the arts; and work cooperatively to affect positive change in our community and beyond.
About Our Staff
About Our Faith Tradition
About Our Church Community
- The esteemed Minister, Rev. Pamela Barz;
- The dynamic Coordinator of our youth program;
- Our gifted Music Director;
- Our Administrator extraordinaire;
- And the self-governing congregation!
We are a modern liberal religious tradition with two-century-old roots in the Protestant Christian churches. First Parish is guided by the UUA, a voluntary association of autonomous local churches and fellowships, which have freely chosen to pursue common goals together. Our congregation governs and funds itself. We covenant together for trust, safe staffing, and respectful communication and conduct.
We are the "Old Sloop" Church — a thriving multi-generational community based in a meetinghouse rich with Scituate history. We are united in shared experience: Open and stirring worship services, religious education, and rites of passage; our work for social justice; our quest to include the marginalized; our support for one another.
About Our Pursuit of Service
First Parish is committed to turning passions into purpose, bringing awareness to the congregation and the community at large. Putting our faith in action — through education, service, and advocacy — we host speakers and forums, take part in vigils and marches, participate in community organizations fighting for social justice and equality. We donate our time, energy, and funding.