Here at Old Ship we strive to bring the values of mind and heart into the work of our hands. Our shared social values are expressed in Old Ship's third purpose, which affirms our intention to "act for ecological and social justice," and by Unitarian Universalist Principles which call us to work for "justice, equity, and compassion in human relations," and toward "the goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all."
Our efforts are supported by the Social Justice Council whose mission it is to explore opportunities for the Old Ship community that sustain social justice programs or initiatives on a local, nation, and global basis.
In 2014 the congregation voted to focus our social justice work particularly on those experiencing Homelessness and Hunger (food insecurity).
Opportunities to Serve Others:
Collecting non[perishable food for the Hingham Food Pantry:
The food pantry has ongoing need for non-perishable food donations. Please refer to the list on the Serving Others section of the Old Ship website for suggestions of foods/supplies they need regularly. Our donation boxes for the food pantry can be found in the vestibule of the Meeting House, and the front and rear entryways of the Parish House. Donations can also be left at the following locations around Hingham: Hammond Real Estate, 13 Leavitt Street, Alpaca Suri, 28 South Street, and Henry's Shoe Repair, 104 North Street. Thanks!
Father Bill’s Shelter for the Homeless urgently needs supplies for residents
new twin sized sheets
new twin sized blankets
shampoo and conditioner
new men and women's undergarments (size large)
If you can help by donating any of the items above, put them in the Father Bill's box in the front entryway of the Parish House. Members of the Father Bill's cooking teams will take them to the shelter when they take meals in October and November.
Upcoming SJC Actions
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee’s Guest at Your Table is an annual tradition in which congregations learn about and are encouraged to support several people with whom UUSC is working. This year the focus will be on people who have empowered others to realize their human rights. These people are your “guests,” and you are asked to share your blessings with them to support our shared mission. We will begin our Guest at Your Table campaign November 24th, the Sunday before Thanksgiving.
Note: If you are involved in serving others in other ways and would like to let our Old Ship community know how they too could become involved, please contact Brenda Black, Chair of the Social Justice Council to have such opportunities included in future newsletters.
Religious Education: Social responsibility for all ages
The religious education program is designed to encourage our young people to develop a sense of social responsibility and to take action to influence change.
Our young people help with projects sponsored by the larger Old Ship community; this year the church is aiming to improve “Access To Education” with programs helping The Mather School, UU Urban Ministry, Roxbury Presbyterian Church’s Social Impact Center, Brockton BCC Afterschool Program and Wellspring Multi-Service Center. Other volunteer opportunities include : Father Bill’s Meals Teams, Growing Vegetables for Father Bill’s (at Holly Hill Farm), Interfaith Food Pantry, and Wellspring Multi-Service Center.
The children and youth also initiate projects and activities that improve our world and the health and well-being of its inhabitants.
For almost four years The Old Ship Youth Group has been making/administering dozens of microloans through Kiva, an online lending platform that allows individuals in the developed world to loan to small business people in the developing world. Other recent projects include: an annual bike drive for Bikes Not Bombs, a Tie-Dye Fundraiser to raise funds for Camp Wowayanke in Rosebud, South Dakota, a rebuild trip to post-Katrina New Orleans and a mission/service/education trip to Washington DC.
Beverly Tricco, DRE
Trish McAleer, Chair of Children's RE