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Welcome to Salem!
The First Church is an active congregation with a long and fascinating history. We are proud of our open-minded approach to matters of faith informed by our past and inspired by our values.
Today, we are a growing, multi-generational Unitarian Universalist church still grounded in the Biblical tradition but open to many different religious paths that we all encounter here in the 21st Century. We call it our "walk together" as our old covenant so elegantly states it.
We are a member congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Association dedicated to the ideals of individual conscience, a reverence for the sacred, the dignity of all people, the interconnectedness of all things, and a vision of world community. We are a gathering of people from different backgrounds, traditions and perspectives coming together to celebrate, to serve, to enjoy one another’s company, and make a difference in our world. And we do this in a variety of engaging and inspiring ways each and every Sunday.
We invite you to join us for a service or attend one of our programs. Explore our historic Meetinghouse (built by Unitarians in the 1830’s), ask questions, introduce yourself to a few people, and take a few minutes to attend Fellowship Hour after the service.
If you are visiting, feel free say hello to one of our ushers before church or stop by our Welcome Table after church, located near the piano in the parlor (aka the Cleveland Room). We offer great programs for kids and have infant and toddler care each Sunday. We are always happy to meet new people and make connections. Before the age of computers this is what “friending” was all about!
We know how limited our time is and how many options all of us have on Sunday mornings. But we also believe in the difference just one hour can make in how we live our lives—an hour set aside for reflection, spirit, joy, and community.
Welcome to the First Church!
Wintertime Book Group
Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
Starts January 19, 7:30pm*
*Will meet every other Thursday at 7:30 pm
Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.
A deeply moving memoir with its share of humor and vividly colorful figures, Hillbilly Elegy is the story of how upward mobility really feels. And it is an urgent and troubling meditation on the loss of the American dream for a large segment of this country.
Thur, Jan, 19, pages 1-50; Thur, Feb. 2, pages 51-100
Boston Women’s March for America
Saturday, January 21
11am - 3pm; First Church group leaving on 9:24am train from Salem
People all over the world will be marching on January 21 to march in solidarity with communities most affected by the hate, intolerance and acts of violence being perpetrated throughout the nation -- among many are communities of women, immigrants, people of color, and people who identify as LGBTQIA and people with disabilities.
For more info on the Boston March go to http://bostonwomensmarchforamerica.org/
Conversation Circles continue “Rolling” and Conversing
Sunday, January 22
On Sunday, January 22, we continue our Conversation Circles. These small group discussions are held each week after church for 15 minutes or so during Fellowship Hour (or at some other scheduled time). Each Circle is a space for people to be in conversation as they share information and ideas and express their fears, hopes, and resolve for our community, region and country.
Many of us suspect that we are about to live during a highly unusual set of social and political circumstances, perhaps even unprecedented in our nation’s history, (at least recent history). Churches like ours, with capable, free-thinking and informed people in our midst, become more relevant at a time like this, not less.
Taking on Income Inequality Program
Thursday, January 26 at 6:30pm at First Church in Salem
Sponsored by Essex County Campaign for Economic Fairness
Concerned about election results and what’s happening in Washington? Find out more about the Raise Up Massachusetts Campaign to Raise the Minimum Wage, win Paid Family Leave, and pass the Fair Share Constitutional Amendment. Get involved here in Essex County with a grassroots movement of community organizations, religious groups, and labor unions committed to build an economy that works for all of us.
Lew Finfer - Executive Director of Massachusetts Communities Action Networkand Co-chair of Massachusetts Raise Up
Dr Alexandra Pineros Shields - Executive Director of Essex County Community Organization.
Tue, January 17
7:30pm Social Justice Cmte Mtg
Thu, January 19
7:30pm Book Group, p. 1-50
Sat, January 21: Women’s March
9:24am Train Leaves Salem for Boston to participate in the Boston Women’s March
Sun, January 22
Tue, January 24
7pm Community Forum on Sanctuary Cities at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Salem
Thu, January 26
4pm Salem Pantry Bagging
6:30pm Program on Inequality
Sat, January 28
9am Choir Rehearsal
9am Salem Pantry Distribution
4:45pm Lifebridge Dinner
Sun, January 29
Thu, February 2
7:30pm Book Group
Sunday, February 5
12pm Fellowship Meeting
Sunday, February 12
Chocolate Sunday Fellowship!