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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!
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
Sat, January 21
11am Boston Women's March
*FC Group leaving on 9:24am Train
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
9am Choir Rehearsal
Reflections on the March
Thu, February 2
7:30pm Book Group
Sunday, February 5
12pm Fellowship Meeting
Sunday, February 12
Chocolate Sunday Fellowship