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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 October


October 7  Rev. Beverly “Buffy” Boke  Walking on the Floor Sometimes we are so concerned with the dramatic events occurring in the world and around us, we neglect to notice the gift of the ordinary. Mrs. Boke will share some thoughts about a high-wire artist and how, when we give up our efforts to be somebody special, we make it easier to become the unique creatures we are capable of being.


October 14  Happy Harvest?

We work hard and expect a reward. But that doesn’t always happen and our reactions can range from increased resolve, to sudden discovery of a god we blame, to loss of hope. How do we balance our efforts, our expectations,  and our responses?


October 21  Vows and Promises

A vow seems more serious than a promise. An oath seems more serious than a vow. And then there are covenants. This sermon will explore the “degrees” of agreement and what makes them succeed or fail.


October 28  200 Years of Frankenstein

In 1818, Mary Shelley  published the classic novel Frankenstein,  the result of an informal competition in writing ghost stories held with her circle of friends. Themes in the novel reflected a drastic change in the focus of “the monster,” suggesting  some key insights into what scares us even today.

Meet Our Minister,
Rev. Stephanie Shute Kelsch u

Upcoming Events

The Pumpkin Patch is Open!

The Pumpkin Patch opened the last weekend of September and will be open on weekends from 9 am to 5 pm.  Plan to come pick your favorite and enjoy the photo opportunity.  We also have homemade apple pies for sale!


Story Time, Saturday October 20, 10 AM

In conjunction with the Pumpkin Patch, Leigh Baltzer, our Coordinator of Religious Education, will hold a story time on Saturday, October 20.  Leigh's stories are aimed at younger children, from preschool age up to early elementary grades. Invite your friends and neighbors!


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 October, we will meet on the 2nd, 16th and 30th.


Men's Breakfast, Saturday, October 6

The next Men's Breakfast will be on Saturday, October 6 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.


Adult Religious Education

Starting November 4th, on the first Sunday of month,

 from 4:00 - 5:00 PM

Adult Religious Education is open to Second Parish and the wider community this year. Watch for a sign-up sheet in Cushing Hall! If there’s interest, we can run both day time and weeknight evening sessions of the first class. The day time sessions would meet the first Sunday of the month, starting November 4th, and run from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Each course offers separate “stand alone” sessions and participants are welcome to attend all or some of the sessions.


One course being offered is entitled “Spiritual Heroes” and will consider a different outstanding spiritual thinker in each session. We’ll begin with a brief introduction to the hero, which I’ll present, and then discuss some key quotations from the individual. Depending on your preference, I can provide the quotations at the session (they won’t be lengthy) or send them out ahead of time.


The other course, “In Your Life,” will be based on the book Everyday Spiritual Practice: Simple Pathways for Enriching Your Life which offers a series of short essays on a variety of ways to incorporate spirituality into your routine. Participants would read the essays for discussion ahead of time and bring their thoughts to our meeting time.


Hingham Chess Club at Second Parish

The Hingham Chess Club meets on Thursday afternoons and evenings in Cushing Hall starting on September 20.  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.



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