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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!
August Guest Preaching Schedule
August 19: The Rev. Tony Lorenzen, Minister of the Unitarian Church in Hopedale
August 26: Marlyn Miller, Former RE Director at First Universalist Society in Salem
Family Promise Returns August 26 through September 2
Our guest families will be arriving on Sunday August 26, and will be spending evenings and nights within our church until their departure on September 2. We are in need of volunteers to act as overnight hosts, dinner hosts or donate meals. Sign up here to volunteer! With the week falling on a holiday weekend we wanted to let everyone know about it now so you can put a note in your calendar! If you have questions, and/or wish to be added to the Family Promise email list, please contact Jessica.Kane email@example.com
Water Communion and Homecoming Sunday on September 9
Join us as we celebrate the start of a new church season. On Sunday, September 9 we will once again hold a water communion as part of the service. People of all ages are invited to bring some water from their summertime journeys and adventures, be they far or near, to share during the service. We will invite people to come forward to pour their water into a ritual bowl and celebrate the many ways we are connected by and through water.
Note: A great way to bring water to the service is in a used water bottle or jar. You do not need a lot. For the absent minded among us (and we've all been there), we will have water and containers on hand.
Sun, August 19
The Rev. Tony Lorenzen
Sun, August 26
Sep 2 Labor Day, No Service is planned
Sun, Sep 9 Homecoming Sunday, with First Church’s new interim minister, the Rev. Terry Sweetser
10:30am Service with Choir
Religious Education Resumes
Sun, Sep 16
4:45pm Lifebrdge Dinner Team
Sat, Sept 22
4:45pm Lifebridge Dinner Team
Sunday, Sep 23
Thu, Sept 27
4pm Salem Pantry Bagging
Sat, Sept 29
9:30am Salem Pantry Distribution
Sunday, Sep 30