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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 May


May 5   Symbols of Scale

Human beings have always had powerful reactions to the treatment of treasured symbols. When there are shootings in places of worship, a fire at Notre Dame Cathedral, and vandalism in cemeteries we feel outrage more deeply given the violation of symbolically sacred space. “Symbols of Scale” will consider our relationships with symbols - and where we unite in our feelings for them.


May 12  (Mother’s Day)  Mothering Through History

The roots of Mother’s Day can be traced back to celebrations of ancient “mother” goddesses, but the holiday began in the United States in the early 20th century. In all that time, many aspects and understandings of mothering have altered as society has changed. This sermon will look at developments in expectations of mothers in the last century, focusing on the question of what is the essence of mothering another human being?


May 19 Flags at High Street Cemetery

We will gather at the High Street Cemetery (less than half a mile down Main Street going towards north; turn left through the cemetery gates just after the High St./Main St. traffic light) to replace flags on the graves of military veterans.  There will be brief opening words, the work of replacing the flags, and then we will return to Cushing Hall at Second Parish for coffee hour.


May 26  (Memorial Day Weekend) Serving Alone Together

Given the many ways there are to serve a country, it is easily possible to neglect honoring those who serve with intentional anonymity -  a group that includes intelligence operatives, or spies. A look at the work of Virginia Hall, who worked undercover in Europe during World War II, reveals some of the qualities necessary for anyone who would serve without benefit of external affirmation or ready fellowship.

Meet Our Minister,
Rev. Stephanie Shute Kelsch u

Arts Festival Events

Open daily from 10 am to 8 pm,

Sundays noon to 4 pm


Wed, May 1, 7-9 pm Opening Night

Live music and refreshments


Thurs, May 2, 5-8 pm Junior Exhibit Opening

Live music and refreshments


Sat, May 4, 7 pm Hingham Singers Concert and Reception

Featuring the music of Peter, Paul and Mary

Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at the door.


Fri, May 10, 5-8 pm, An Evening of Art and Wine

Sponsored by Main Street Market and Deli

Upcoming Events


Adult Religious Education: Spiritual Leaders

Sunday, May 5, from 4:00 - 5:00 pm

The Adult Education Group studying Spiritual Leaders will meet May 5th in the Minister's Study at 4:00 to talk about Sophia Lyons Fahs.  Fahs was an extraordinary Unitarian Universalist who exerted a profound influence on UU religious education with her commitment to learning based on experience -- an approach she designed to foster children's original work in understanding religion and spirituality.


Monthly Program for Young Children: Values Quest

Sunday, May 5, 4:00 to 5:00 pm

The Values Quest program will meet on Sunday, May 5, from 4 to 5 pm. This program concentrates on a specific value and a famous person who exemplifies this value. The lessons are activity-based and aimed for Kindergarten to 4th grade. Older children are welcome to visit and help the younger children.


The Values Quest program in May will focus on the value of innovation. We will be exploring the art of Jackson Pollock. Please wear clothes that you won't mind getting paint on. We will be going outside, weather permitting, to create a Pollock-esque piece of art.  All are welcome!


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 May, we will meet on the 14th and the 28th.


Ladies' Night Out, Friday, May 17

Julie Horte has offered to host a Ladies' Night Out on Friday, May 17 at her home in Norwell.  Stay tuned for more details.


Men's Breakfast, Saturday, May 18

The LAST Men's Breakfast of the year will be on Saturday, May 18 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.

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