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Welcome to Second Parish

We are delighted that you have found us and hope that you will feel at home on our website and ultimately at our church.

As Unitarian Universalists, we are open and welcoming to everyone. We believe that learning, worshiping, and working together will help us in our constant quest to serve others and to appreciate the mysteries of life.

Our Sunday morning service is at 10 am. We will be worshiping together in person, and you may also join us through our livestream.  Please consider visiting us to explore what Second Parish has to offer.

Time to Shred!

 

Bring your old documents for shredding at our mobile, on-site event. Documents will be shredded before the truck leaves for the day.

 

Fees will be per bag or box, rather than by the pound. Please adhere to standard size paper grocery bags and standard size bankers boxes (approximately 12 x 16 x10) as much as possible. Larger bags often rip when carried and larger boxes are too heavy for volunteers to lift and carry. It does not have to be a bankers box specifically but that approximate size is a manageable weight (usually 23-35 pounds).

 

Fees:

$10 per standard paper grocery bag

$15 per standard bankers box

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We are open in person and online!

We resumed in person services in September with our traditional Water Communion. While we are joyful about returning to our beloved sanctuary, we are mindful of the ongoing risk of COVID and ever vigilant about protecting our congregation, our wonderful minister, our music folks, and our volunteers. To that end, we ask that all who attend in-person services wear a mask and maintain social distance from those who are not in your family group. To assist with this, we will have masks available for adults and children at the entrances and we will cordon off every other pew. Please do not share pews outside your family group.

 

Sunday Adventures will be held out of doors when possible and in Cushing Hall if it rains.

 

At this time, we will not have a coffee hour in Cushing Hall but we do encourage everyone to gather outside on the front lawn after the service for a few minutes of fellowship, weather permitting.  We hope to resume coffee hour in some form at a later date, including a Zoom component for our long distance friends.

 

If you are unable to attend in person, our Sunday services will be livestreamed on Facebook and YouTube. Instructions for joining are below.

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Who We Are

We are a welcoming, intergenerational community that enjoys spending time together.

Join Us

We will meet in person and also continue to live-stream our services on Facebook & Youtube.

 

Instructions for joining are below.

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Sunday Adventures

Kids meet with Leigh Baltzer outdoors, in-person (or indoors, socially-distanced) on Sunday mornings.

Upcoming Sermons

November 7  Apology and Action

The last in a three-part series of sermons on apologizing, Apology and Action will focus on Heinrich Niemöller, a Lutheran pastor in Germany who initially welcomed the Nazis but then changed his mind and apologized through his actions. This sermon will tell some of his story in the context of what steps can follow a verbalized apology.

 

November 14  Confucianism, Integrity and the Seven Principles

Guest Minister Rev. Claire Donaldson’s sermon,  Confucianism, Integrity and the Seven Principles, will ask what is integrity and how do we keep it.  We will look at the complimentary thoughts of Xunzi, a Chinese Confucian from the third century B.C.E. and our UU Seven Principles and how ritual helps us learn and strengthen our integrity.  Bass trombonist Douglas Wauchope will be our guest musician.

November 21  Songs of Thanksgiving

With Susannah Thornton as our soloist and Mark Slawson on keyboard, we’ll enjoy and learn about singing thanks from the time of the Pilgrims to the present. 

November 28  Strangers at the Stable

We’ll begin the season of Advent by revisiting the unusual and unexpected assortment of people gathered in the traditional Christmas story.  What can their ability to meet in harmony despite such varied backgrounds suggest to us about the way we interact with others?

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Founded in 1746, Second Parish is 275 years old.  Read more about our planned celebrations this year.

Grant Opportunity

As part of our 275th anniversary celebration, we are offering mini grants of $275.  As our covenant calls for “service to our neighbors”, five grants will be awarded to those applicants who best answer the question: “What could I do with $275 to serve the community or a neighbor?” This award is open to all: adults, children, town officials, churches, town clubs and organizations.

 

Please write a paragraph describing your idea and email it to the church at secondparish@yahoo.com, or mail a hard copy to 275th Mini Grant, Second Parish, 685 Main Street, Hingham, MA 02043.

 

All grant applications are due by November 20, 2021.

Prior Services

Our worship services were live streamed on YouTube and Facebook during the COVID pandemic.  Click the links below to view prior recordings.

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/SecondParish

YouTube Channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8xj6Ffk47Z9ZxI2UtKeBYA

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Thank you for your support!

Your contributions help support the work of Second Parish. To donate, you may mail a check to:

Second Parish

685 Main Street

Hingham, MA 02043

Or click the button below to donate through PayPal.