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
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
10:30am Service
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
10:30am Service
Thu, February 2
7:30pm Book Group
Sunday, February 5
10:30am Service
12pm Fellowship Meeting
Sunday, February 12
Chocolate Sunday Fellowship!