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 focus is "Protecting Vulnerable Populations". The mission of the Social Justice Council is to explore opportunities for the Old Ship community that sustain social justice programs or initiatives on a local, national, and global basis, and provide guidance and support to any in the congregation who would like to lead an action to help a vulnerable population.
Social Justice Council
Ministry: Serving Others
Council Members: Brenda Black-Pollara, Ginny Perelson, Diane Morrison, Carol Valentine, David Murphy, Kate Philbin, Davalene Cooper, Belinda Arams, Patti Smith
Having invited suggestions from the congregation and having heard from congregation members at the Social Justice Forum held on 4/2/2017, we proposed that the next focus for our Social Justice efforts be "Protecting vulnerable communities".
We envision continuing many of our recent social service actions which have received considerable support from the congregation and provide that this focus will provide a framework to support new interests and actions that likely will evolve from the changes our country is currently undergoing and the interests of the congregation. The Social Justice Council will offer guidance and support to any in the congregation who would like to lead an action to help a vulnerable population and will help with communicating about opportunities to act in service to such vulnerable groups.
The Social Justice Council plans to continue to lead Old Ship's efforts to:
We hope the Children's RE program will continue to provide bag lunches for Father Bill's residents on a monthly basis and that the Youth Group and Coming of Age groups will continue to identify actions they can take to serve others such as providing meals at Rosie's Place (a Boston women's shelter) and social justice service trips.
We welcome ideas and suggestions for projects and are ready to support all who are ready to tackle this social justice issue with us.
The Social Justice Council welcomes new members who would like to plan and support Old Ship's social justice activities.
Contact: Brenda Black or Kate Philbin
Social Outreach Committee
This 5-member committee, appointed by the Board of Trustees, considers requests for grants to outside organizations from our Social Outreach Endowment Fund and makes grant recommendations to the Parish for vote at our annual meeting in May.
In the recent past grant awards have been made to Wellspring Multi-Service Center,
Holly Hill Farm, Father Bill's Place, St. Rock Haiti Foundation, and South Shore
Friends of the Homeless.
Click here for the Social Outreach Grant Application Form.
Opportunities: become a committee member, coordinate a grant request
Contact: Any of the current members - Joan Bledsoe, Maggie
Merrill, Mary Sofis, Susannah Thomas, Heather Thomson
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