Wouldn't it be great if there were a church...
...that truly welcomes all people regardless of religious background, age, race or sexual orientation?
...that is grounded in a long and amazing history yet embraces current forms of inspiration and the cultivation of soul?
...that refuses to concede the Bible to mean-spirited and literal-minded interpretations and instead holds up the clarion calls for compassion and justice we hear in the scriptures?
...that encourages people to bring their whole selves to a service on Sundays and not simply check their brains at the door?
...with a long history of working for social change that actually speaks to the major issues of the day?
Well, there is a church like this, and we invite you to come check out our services and programs.
Welcome to the First Church in Salem!
Universally Accessible and Universally Welcoming!
The First Church in Salem, Unitarian is one of the oldest continuing Protestant churches in North America and the first to be governed by congregational polity, a central feature of Unitarian Universalism.
We are proud of our history and excited by our present.
Sunday Services 10:30am
Childcare is provided.
Our building is recently renovated and universally accessible
(with a full elevator).
We are a Welcoming Congregation!
Rev. Jeffrey Barz-Snell
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Sat, Dec 7
10am-1pm Decorate the church
Sun, Dec 8
9:00am Choir Rehearsal
10:30am Sunday Service, Choir
12pm Pageant Rehearsal
Special Meeting of the Society to Elect New Members
Tue, Dec 10
12pm Monthly Lunch with Pastor
1pm-4pm Decorate the Church
Sat, Dec 14
10:30am Choir Rehearsal
Sun, Dec 15
10:30am Sunday Service
12pm Pageant Rehearsal
Tue, Dec 17
7:15pm Standing Committee
Wed, Dec 18
5pm Salem Pantry Bagging
Sat, Dec 21
9am Salem Pantry Distribution
5:30pm Pageant Dress Rehearsal
Sun, Dec 22
9am Choir Rehearsal
10:30am Christmas Sunday, Choir
Annual Pageant & Holiday Party
Tue, Dec 24
7pm Christmas Eve Lessons & Carols Candlelight Service
Sun, Dec 30
10:30am Annual End of Year Service & Janus Ritual
Help Deck the Halls!
Saturday, December 7 - 9:30am-1pm
Join us as we put up our Christmas Trees and decorate the Meetinghouse for the season. Many hands make light work. We will finish with a common meal of cider and stew.
Tuesday, December 10 1pm-4pm
We will host a midweek chance to Deck the Halls at the church. Our time will conclude with a "High Tea" with the Minister, served by the fire in the Cleveland Room.
Sun, Dec 8: Special Meeting of the Society to Elect New Members
Immediately following the service, there will be a brief Special Meeting of the Society to Welcome New Members.
2013 First Church Pageant Volunteer Sign Up
We are thrilled to announce this year's pageant, to be performed on Sunday December 22nd during our service. Christmas Party to follow, and it's a Community Fellowship. IT IS A BIG DAY and we really need to work as a team! Please help the day run as smooth as possible by signing up to provide assistance for the pageant and party. Please note that "Kid Wranglers" do not miss the pageant, but you do walk kids up and downstairs and get them ready for their entrances. Thank you for any help you can provide.
One of the strongest hurricanes / typhoons ever to be measured struck the east coast of the Philippines last week. Thousands of people have been killed and ten of thousands more have been injured and left with very little in the way of shelter and food presently. The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee has set up a fund to help the survivors in the most devastated areas. The UUSC can do this by working with their network of well regarded and trustworthy aid groups. To make a donation, please leave a check in the plate payable to the UUSC or go online at: http://www.uusc.org/
FREE Lecture Series: Climate Change in New England
December 10 - "Preparing for Coastal Climate Change: How Do We Assess Vulnerability and Plan to Adapt?"
Dr. Paul Kirshen, Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, UNH, is a climate expert in developing strategies to help adapt coastal urban infrastructures to address climate change.