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 Meeting House built in the 17th century in the United States that still exists.
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. Our community is both a "Welcoming Congregation" and a "Green Sanctuary", both official designations from the Unitarian Universalist Association, of which we are very proud.
Tours of Old Ship Church:
We are happy to give tours! Tours are by appointment only. Please call the office in advance with a minimum of two days notice if at all possible. Old Ship is open on Sunday mornings for worship and anyone is welcome to come early (9am-10am) to view the inside of the building.
Mailing Address: 107 Main Street, Hingham, MA 02043
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 9 am - 2 pm
(Please note: the church office is not located inside the historic Old Ship Church. It is in a separate building across the street.)
Phone Number: 781-749-1679
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We are very pleased to welcome you to Old Ship. We want you to feel comfortable among us.
Our Sunday worship service from September through June, 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
Sunday, May 10
“Mostly Music Sunday” - held each year at Old Ship on Mother’s Day - this year will feature selections from “Come Ye Sons of Art” by Henry Purcell. Not to be missed!
Ken’s sermon will be “Spiritual and Religious” - a reflection (inspired in part by the life and work of Huston Smith) on the nature of both spirituality and religion and the relationship between the two.
Sunday, May 17
The service on this, the day of our Old Ship Annual Meeting, will be held in the Fellowship Hall. Ken’s sermon will be “First Things First.”
Our Annual Meeting will follow the service. All voting members of the Parish are encouraged to attend in order to hear reports and vote on the budget for the upcoming fiscal year (July through June). If you are not a member, you will not be able to vote - but you are still warmly invited to attend the meeting and learn more about Old Ship.
Sunday, May 24
Memorial Day has its historical roots in what was originally called Decoration Day - a day to “decorate” the graves of the soldiers who had lost their lives in the Civil War. This spring marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, a war whose consequences for good and ill are still affecting us.
Ken’s sermon - “Judgments Inexorable” - reflecting on some of these consequences and reflecting on our nation’s history of wars, will draw on the newly re-published edition of Walt Whitman’s civil war poems, “Drum-Taps” - from which the sermon title is taken.
Sunday, May 31
“Are You a Buddha without Knowing It?” will be Ken’s sermon. This is the time of year that many Buddhists celebrate the birth and enlightenment of the Buddha. And many Unitarian Universalists (and others of course) have been drawn in recent years to the teachings of the Buddha and Buddhism. What is the enduring appeal, and what is the particular appeal in our time of this ancient teacher and ancient teaching?
Short clip of Rev. Ken speaking at the People's Climate Justice March in September 2014! Preach!
Thanks to UU Planet for the clip!
Field Trip for Adults! Join other Old Shippers on a visit to the new headquarters of the Unitarian Universalist Association, and meet UUA President Rev. Peter Morales.
The Life Learning Committee has arranged a tour of the headquarters building, which in December won the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design's platinum certification, the highest level of the designation awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council.
The committee decided to arrange the tour to let members of the Old Ship congregation connect with the larger Unitarian Universalist community.
The visit will take place during the afternoon of Tuesday, May 5. A caravan of carpooling cars will leave Old Ship at 11:30 a.m. The visit will start at 1:00 p.m. and last until 5:00 p.m.
Space for the visit is limited. Please sign up soon with Elizabeth Torrey, committee chair, (781-749-0543, firstname.lastname@example.org), or Ralph Brown, committee member (781-925-9197, email@example.com). Please let them know if you are willing to drive a carpool car.
• All events are listed on the calendar
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Old Ship Annual Fund Drive / Canvass
What does Old Ship mean to you? Please show your commitment to the Old Ship community by making a pledge of financial support.
Click here for the pledge card, letter and informational materials. Please return your pledge by May 10! Thank you.
Curious about the early history of Old Ship
and of Hingham?
Purchase this excellent DVD, televised in 1998 on The History Channel®. Details here…