UU service opportunities
Ballou Channing District of the Unitarian Universalist Association
UUA districts connect individual congregations to each other and to the Unitarian Universalist Association. Old Ship is a member of the Ballou Channing District. Like other districts, BCD offers professional, religious and education services to the 46 congregations in Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod and the Islands and Rhode Island. BCD is governed by 14 officers and directors elected from member congregations. Old Ship also belongs to BCD's South Shore Cluster, 12 parishes along the South Shore. Cluster meetings provide informal places for congregation leaders to share common experiences.
Opportunity: Staff local collection sites for district-wide food pantry drives.
Contact: Belinda Arams or Ralph Brown
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee
We contribute in a variety of ways to the UUSC's global and domestic programs in support of human rights, peace, and social justice. A portion of our Christmas Eve offering is designated for the UUSC. We promote the annual Guest at Your Table program to generate financial support for UUSC, and we host Old Ship's "Coffeehouse on the Square," a monthly folk coffeehouse whose proceeds benefit the UUSC.
Opportunities: Attend UUSC meetings and bring information back to Old Ship; join one of the many issue committees of the UUSC
Contact: Davalene Cooper
Contact for Coffeehouse: Jim Watson
Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry
The Boston-based UUUM serves the needs of youth in Roxbury, women and their children who are victims of domestic abuse, men in transition, and the disadvantaged Asian American community in Boston. We support UUUM through a fall fund drive for their shelter, Renewal House.
Opportunities: tutor students in Roxbury programs, teach ESL to foreign mothers, organize a Saturday Explorer's Club event, cook a Wednesday supper for students
Contact: Diane Walcott