who we are
Welcome to First Parish in Hingham, Unitarian Universalist, known as Old Ship Church.
We are a liberal Unitarian Universalist community of about 250 members of all ages. More than 100 children and youth participate in our religious education programming. We worship in an historic Meeting House and we hold religious education classes and gather after services in
our Parish House across the street. Our minister, Rev. Kenneth H. Read-Brown, has been with us for more than 25 years.
Our Meeting House, a National Historic Landmark, has stood on Hingham’s Main Street since 1681. It is the only remaining 17th-century Puritan meeting house in the U.S.
Our community encourages personal spiritual growth through worship, engagement and service to others.
We do not require adherence to a specific creed. We affirm the Unitarian Universalist (UU) Principles and Sources, and we support each individual's unique search for truth and meaning. We are proud that our community is both a "Welcoming Congregation" and a "Green Sanctuary," both official designations from the Unitarian Universalist Association. We cherish diversity of religious backgrounds, racial and cultural identities or backgrounds, ethnicities, national origins, ages, ranges of ability, sexual orientations, gender expressions, financial means, educations, and political perspectives. We welcome all to share in congregational life.
tours of Old Ship Meeting House
We love to give tours!
During the summer from Fourth of July until Labor Day, the Meeting House is open to visitors from 1:00 - 4:00 pm daily with volunteer tour guides on site.
Free, but donations are appreciated.
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We are very pleased to welcome you to Old Ship. We want you to feel comfortable among us.
From September through mid June, our worship service, held in the Meeting House at 90 Main St., begins promptly at 10:25 am and lasts about an hour.
Childcare is available before and
during Sunday services.
Our Parish House, where we hold religious education classes, child care, fellowship hour,
meetings, etc. is across Main Street from the Meeting House at 107 Main St.
Click here for what to expect on Sunday
upcoming worship services
Summer Services are held beginning June 26 in the Parish House at 10:00 AM. They are lay-led services to which all are invited. Child care is provided. Come and join us in these meaningful services.
August 7 Elizabeth Torrey "Annual Poetry Service" Meaningful poetry shared with music.
August 14 Lera Chitwood "Scientific Soul Search"
Is there a "heaven" or a place that souls or consciousness goes after death of the body?
New scientific revelations further confuse as well as arouse curiosity about our continuing cosmic consciousness.
August 21 Diane Morrison, Ginny Perelson , Kate Philbin. "Midlife Spirituality - Old Maps No Longer Work" (liberally based on themes discussed in Joyce Rupp’s Dear Heart Come Home).
August 28 Jim Livingston " Life: What’s the Better Story?" The subtext of the movie and book “The Life of Pi” is that life is a story, we can choose the story, and a story with God is the better story. But science offers a story of life, from the Big Bang to evolution, without any mention of God. Which is the better story? Why?
Life Learning classes will begin in September. A full color brochure is in the works, but you can get a preview of upcoming classes by clicking here. Below is one class being offered in September:
Emerson and Friends – four sessions, Wed., September 14 – October 5 , 7:00,
led by Rev. Ken Read-Brown
Ralph Waldo Emerson was the philosophical leader of the literary and religious movement known as transcendentalism – which had a formative influence on Unitarianism… still felt today. We will be introduced primarily to Emerson, with nods to Margaret Fuller, Henry David Thoreau, Walt Whitman, and others.
We are in search for a Music Director.
See the job description by clicking here.
.• All events are listed on the calendar
• This month's e-newsletter here
meeting house preservation
Old Ship is proud to announce that the Meeting House Restoration Project completed in 2014 has received a significant award: The 2015 Massachusetts Historical Commission Preservation Award, given for Restoration and for Stewardship. You may read the full nominating document complete with photos describing the scope of the work done on the project here. Congratulations to everyone who worked on and supported this spectacular project!
Curious about the early history of Old Ship
and of Hingham?
Purchase this excellent DVD, televised in 1998 on The History Channel®. Details here…