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Boston Women's March
Saturday, January 21
Trains and travels to the March! 

Tomorrow, there will be Women’s Marches sponsored in major cities all around the country.  Join many of your fellow members and friends as we gather at Boston Common for a historic program and gathering.  Some of us will be meeting at the Salem Train Station at 9:15 AM and will take the 9:24 train into North Station.  Others will be driving into Boston (good luck with that!) or parking and taking the subway.  (FYI, there is construction on the Blue line tomorrow).  We plan to meet as a group at the Boston Common Visitor Center at 10:45 AM, which is situated along Tremont Street just down the hill from the Park St. Greenline Station.  Join us if you can!

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. 
 
Community Forum:  Should the City of Salem adopt a Sanctuary City ordinance?
Tue, Jan 24, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church

Come and learn more about what it means to be a Sanctuary City, including information on current public safety practices and the benefits of living in a city that protects the rights of all Salem residents.  Sponsored by the Salem Interfaith Association at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
 
Taking on Economic Inequality
Thur, Jan 26, 6:30 pm            
First Church in Salem, UU

Learn about the Raise Up Massachusetts Campaign to Raise the Minimum Wage, win Paid Family Leave and pass the Fair Share Constitutional Amendment.  Hear more about the movement to build an economy that works for the many, not just the few.  Featuring Lew Finfer, Exec. Dir. Of the Mass Communities Action Network (MCAN) and Dr. Alexandre Pineros-Shields, Exec. Dir of the Essex County Community Organization.  Sponsored by Together North Shore.
 
Reflections on the March and Photos
Sun, Jan 29, after Church

Join us for a special after-church program with some of our members and friends who travelled Washington and went down to Boston for the Women’s Marches held on Sat, Jan 21.
Featuring Liv Radue, Jess Kane, Mary Collari and Brenda Marean, among others.  
 
Wintertime Book Group
Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
Next Meeting: Thursday, February 2

*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, Feb. 2, pages 51-100

UPCOMING CALENDAR

Sat, January 21
11am Boston Women's March
*FC Group leaving on 9:24am Train

Sun, January 22
10:30am Service
Conversation Circles
 
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
9am Choir Rehearsal
10:30am Service
Reflections on the March
 
Thu, February 2
7:30pm Book Group
 
Sunday, February 5
10:30am Service
12pm Fellowship Meeting
 
Sunday, February 12
10:30am Service
Chocolate Sunday Fellowship