religious growth and learning
The religious way is the deep way, the way that sees what physical eyes alone fail to see, the intangibles of the heart of every phenomenon. The religious way is the way that touches universal relationships; that goes high, wide and deep, that expands the feelings of kinship. -Sophia Lyon Fahs
The Old Ship Religious Education program creates a meaningful community that values individuals and awakens their sense of wonder, reverence, and self-awareness through fellowship, worship, education, and service.
In fulfillment of this mission, the R.E. program:
At Old Ship we work to provide a warm and supportive community of Unitarian Universalist faith in which children, youth and adults can grow spiritually, intellectually and ethically.
We understand ourselves to be a community of learners, all of us on a lifelong path of personal discovery, of religious and spiritual growth, of human “becoming.”
Our teachers, mentors and advisors are primarily volunteers, lovingly invited into this most important work. In addition to the subject matter of each course, our program seeks to inspire wonder and wondering, empathy and compassion, truth-searching and decision making.
We hope that we will all experience what it means to belong to a local community of caring, as well as what it means to be a part of a world community.
To see our 2017/2018 Religious Education brochure click this link:
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Our Director of Religious Education: Beverly Tricco
Beverly Tricco has been serving First Parish in Hingham, Old Ship Church (Unitarian Universalist) since July of 2008. From 1995 until 2008, she served as Director of Religious Education at Unity Church of North Easton (Unitarian Universalist). Before having children she was an accountant with Harvard University and Putnam Investments… and before that, she worked at Stoddard’s, the oldest cutlery store in the U.S.
When not working for pay, Beverly has explored spirit through religious journeying, art, poetry, prose and parenthood. Her writing has been published in collections, such as The Unitarian Universalist Poets: A Contemporary American Survey, Hunger Enough: Living Spiritually in a Consumer Society and Light Me Through (a meditation manual), as well as in quarterlies, including The Café Review, SageWoman, Earth’s Daughters and The Aurorean.
Beverly currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Unitarian Sunday School Society, whose mission is to provide grants in support of religious education projects. Her own rites of passage curriculum, written for age-of-reason children in 1997, has been used in congregations as nearby as First Universalist Society in Franklin, Massachusetts and as far away as Nora Unitarian Universalist Church, in Hanska, Minnesota.
How to reach Beverly:
Old Ship Church 90 Main Street Hingham, Massachusetts 781-749-1679
Office Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday - 10:00 – 5:00
The most efficient way to contact Beverly is by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
AND Read Beverly's Blog, Old Ship DRE
Dear Children & Youth: Since you probably can’t contact me or make a meeting with me in between Sundays, you get first dibs on my attention on Sunday morning, and ANY time you are at Old Ship…
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From our minister...
"Welcome to the world of religious growth and learning at Old Ship! At Old Ship we think of religious education as lifelong. And though these pages focus on classes and programs, we also think of religious education as not simply one of many activities here at Old Ship, but rather as a dimension of just about everything we do. So we hope that our "religious growth and learning" spills out of the classroom, even out of the Parish House or Meeting House into the lives we share. May everyone at Old Ship, whatever their age, find their place in our community of teaching and learning, of worshiping and serving."
- Rev. Ken Read-Brown, minister