Welcome to First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church

Serving Duxbury, Marshfield, Pembroke and surrounding communities
Weekly Services Sundays at 10:30am

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News & Events

Halloween Family Fun

Sunday, October 30th 4-6pm


We are looking forward to Halloween and everyone is invited! We will be doing all the traditional fun Halloween activities. There will be a haunted house, pumpkin craving, tricks for treatsand, of course, the Ceilidh – a wonderful celebration with song and stories. But, this year we are combining all the activities into one, super-fun afternoon. So, bring your kids, your grand kids, your neighbors kids – everyone! Come in costume and enjoy the activities starting at 4 PM, followed by the Ceilidh at 5PM. Spread the word, this is going to be a fun, old-fashioned, family-style Halloween.


Nurturing Loving Hearts…

Curious Minds & Joyful Spirits!


Children and youth programming has begun for the year, but no worries if you missed opening Sunday, our programming is designed to welcome new participants every week!   We can hardly wait to share all that we have planned!  Check out our new video Welcome to First Parish!

First Parish  has a different theme each month. We build worship, children’s RE and other activities around this theme.  We really like the feeling that we are all on the same page, upstairs and down, young and not so young!  Our themes come from a new UU service called “Soul Matters.” Many UU churches have adopted the theme-based approach.

When I saw that November’s theme was to be “Story” I was so pleased. I love to tell stories. I think it is so much easier to remember a story that teaches a lesson, than a lesson that teaches a lesson. But I also love to listen to stories. It is by listening to others’ stories that strangers become not-so-strange. It seems especially important in these highly partisan and polarized times to take the time to listen to the stories others tell. It can be hard to really hear the story of someone who is different or doesn’t agree with you. But it is the only way we can ever heal this country or come together. I am taking it as a personal exercise in spiritual growth to seek out and really listen to the stories the people I disagree with tell. If you decide to try this exercise too, perhaps we can talk about it.     In Faith, Ruth Owen, Director of Lifespan Education


 Music of the Troubadours

December 10th@7pm


A concert of Renaissance and Medieval music and verse will be presented at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, at First Parish Church in Duxbury by the early music trio We Minstrels 3. We Minstrels 3, based on Martha’s Vineyard, consists of guitarist Eric Johnson, woodwind player Ed Merck and spoken word performer Niki Patton. They specialize in the music and poetry of the troubadours and minstrels who roamed Europe and England from the 12th through the 17th centuries.

The intimate, candlelight concert will recreate the informal spirit of the troubadours, with songs on themes of love, war and the human condition. We Minstrels 3 describe the program as “entertainment for the heart.” Among the composers represented will be the medieval master Bernard de Ventadour and the English poet and composer Thomas Campion.

Ed Merck, who plays recorders and the ancient instrument called the cornetto, has been an early music performer for the past 50 years, as well as having been chief financial officer at several universities and colleges. Eric Johnson is both a classical and jazz guitarist. He was an assistant professor at Berklee College of Music for eight years and has recorded numerous jazz albums. Niki Patton has been an actress and spoken word performer on the Vineyard for two decades.

First Parish Church, Unitarian Universalist, is located on Tremont Street (Route 3A) at Depot Street in Duxbury, next to the Old Town Hall. A reception with the musicians will follow the concert. Tickets at $20 per person ($10 for teens and students, children under 12 free) are available in advance online at Eventbrite.com. 


Is it possible to move from grief to gratitude after suffering a heart-breaking loss? The answer is "yes." In the tradition of the Day of the Dead, children and adults are invited to bring a photo or other
object to share in commemoration of departed loved ones, people & pets, in our annual ritual honoring those who are no
longer among us. Children will begin the morning in the Sanctuary.

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First Parish Church Duxbury-Unitarian Universalist shared Tuneful Brew Coffeehouse's event. ...

Tuneful Brew Coffeehouse with Catie Flynn

November 4, 2016, 8:00pm - November 4, 2016, 9:00pm

First Parish Church (Duxbury, Massachusetts)

Tuneful Brew Coffeehouse, a new concert series for performers and audiences of all ages, presents its next open mic night on Friday, November 4, from 8 to 10 pm at First Parish Church’s Harvey Assembly Hall, 842 Tremont Street (Rte. 3A), Duxbury. A one-hour open mic session kicks off the event at 8 pm, followed by the region’s finest musicians appearing as featured performers at 9 pm, this month featuring singer/songwriter Catie Flynn. Open to the public, the Tuneful Brew Coffeehouse invites performers to entertain diverse audiences at the open mic session with their unique talent in vocal, instrumental, or theatrical performances. A sound system and piano are available for performer’s use. Featured acts scheduled to appear this season include South Shore singer/songwriter Jay Psaros, singer/songwriter Matt York and fiddler Christine Hedden. Admission is $10 at the door, children 12 and under are free. Homemade baked goods, a variety of tea and coffee are available, donations are greatly appreciated. The Tuneful Brew Coffeehouse continues monthly on each first Friday. The series is sponsored in part by First Parish Church and Michelle McGrath PR | Media Relations to the Arts, mcgrathpr.com. For directions and more information about the Tuneful Brew Coffeehouse, visit www.tunefulbrew.com or email tunefulbrew@gmail.com.

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Jr. & Sr. Choir
October 30, 2016 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
October 30, 2016 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Buddhist Meditation
October 30, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Location: Parlor
October 30, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Amazing things happen when we get together.