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Second Parish in Hingham

Unitarian Universalist


Welcome to

Second Parish

   e 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, confident that knowing you will help us understand the world more fully and that worshiping and working with you will help us in our constant quest to serve others and to appreciate the mysteries of life.


Please consider visiting us to explore what Second Parish has to offer.



Sunday Morning Worship at 10 am

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Religious Education Classes for Children
and Youth

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Ways We Work to
Give Back to the Community

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

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Sermons for December


December 2  "Bah, Humbug!"

While many people welcome getting into the Christmas spirit on this first Sunday of Advent, there have always been those who want to keep their distance from celebrating Christmas - the Puritans for theological reasons, Scrooge for economic reasons, and the Grinch for plain old orneriness are just a few examples. Today we'll explore the tension present in celebrating the holiday.


December 9  "Sore Afraid"

The shepherds were indeed "sore afraid" when angels told them that a "a savior has been born unto you." How natural to be afraid when receiving messages from heavenly beings; life changing messages at that! The Christmas story offers great insight into how we hear and respond to profound invitations.


December 16  Christmas Pageant

Our children will present the Christmas story to us once again, complete with costumes and dramatic tableaux!


December 23  "'Twas The Night Before"

"A Visit From St. Nick" offers a view of Christmas many find more familiar than the original Christmas story. Where does it get its power? Why has it proved so influential?


December 24 Christmas Eve Service, 5 pm

The community is invited to join in as we celebrate the arrival of Christmas with a joyful service of readings and carols.


December 30  Circle Worship

We will meet in Cushing Hall for an informal worship service.


Meet Our Minister,
Rev. Stephanie Shute Kelsch u

Upcoming Events

Men's Breakfast, Saturday, December 1

The next Men's Breakfast will be on Saturday, December 1 at 8:00 in Cushing Hall. All men of the parish are cordially invited to attend. We will continue our tradition of hearty breakfasts with some healthy foods included. Please email Lou Belknap at lsbelknap@gmail.com or call him at 781-749-5519 if you can attend. There is no agenda, but come prepared to discuss whatever is on your mind.


Puppet Story Time with Leigh Baltzer

Saturday, December 1, 10 am

Come have fun with puppets! Listen to stories! Sing songs! Give high fives and hugs! Free for everyone!


Christmas Wreath Pick Up Time

Saturday, December 1, 9:30 to 11:30

If you placed an order for a Second Parish wreath, they will be available on Saturday.


Adult Religious Education: Spiritual Leaders

Sunday, December 2, from 4:00 - 5:00 PM

Radical reformer and activist. Co-founder of monthly newspaper"The "Catholic Worker" and houses of hospitality for the poor. Convert to Catholicism currently under consideration for sainthood. The complicated and tireless Dorothy Day will be the next person discussed in the adult RE course "Spiritual Leaders" meeting Sunday, December 2nd at 4:00 PM.


Each session is stand-alone, so please join us whether you were able to come to the first meeting or not.  Stephanie plans to send out very brief reading material ahead of the meeting-- please email her if you would like to receive the readings.


Monthly Program for Young Children: Values Quest

Sunday, December 2, 4:00 to 5:00 pm

This monthly class, which will explore determination using activities and stories, will meet at the same time as the monthly religious education program for adults.  This program is open to all children, especially those who do not attend church regularly.


Women's Coffee, Tuesdays at 9:30

We will be meeting every other week (the week that the Hingham Food Pantry is not using Cushing Hall) at 9:30. It's a chance for women to talk, drink coffee or tea, sew, knit, color, relax… All are welcome, including children who may accompany their mothers and hang out with the group.

In December, we will meet on the 11th.


The Hingham Singers Winter Concert

Saturday, December 15, 2018, 7:30 pm

"Many Lands, Many Faiths"

Tickets $15 in advance - call 781-749-7507

and $20 at the door.


Produce Packing for Hingham Food Pantry's

Christmas Distribution

Sunday, December 16, 11:30 am

Join us as we organize fresh produce for the Hingham Food Pantry's Christmas distribution.  This fun service project is enjoyed by all as we fill our pews with bags containing fresh potatoes, squash, onions, broccoli, carrots, apples and bananas to help clients of the food pantry celebrate Christmas.


Hingham Chess Club at Second Parish

The Hingham Chess Club meets on Thursday afternoons and evenings in Cushing Hall.  Lessons are taught by Chess Master, Farzad Abdi, and operate in a 12-week cycle.  There will be three levels of instruction, beginner, intermediate and advanced.  Visit the Hingham Chess Club Facebook page for more information on registration and fees.


Check out

Newton's Neighbors!

Newton's Neighbors is a show about a young puppet named Newton who tries to figure out what he wants to be when he grows up. He visits professionals and hobbyist in the town of Hingham to explore their crafts and take part in some participatory activities.  His first interview is with Rev. Steph!

Watch it on Youtube here: Newton's Neighbors

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