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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!
Family Promise Volunteers Needed!
August 11-18: https://signup.com/go/oVHhmso
First Church in Salem will be hosting Family Promise during the week of August 11-18. We know it's summer vacation- cool off with some time in the AC, enjoying a tasty dinner with our guests or sleeping over on the new air mattresses (in rooms with AC!). We will plan fun outdoor activities for the kids, too. Feel free to bring your kiddos! Thank you, and have a happy summer!
Kickoff Rally: ECCO Solidarity Pilgrimage
Monday, August 19, 2019 at 10 AM – 11 AM
15 Sudbury St, Boston, MA 02203
Pastor Elizabeth will be attending this rally on Monday, August 19. If anyone from First Church or the community is interested in meeting up and going into the city together please feel free to email the church office and we can put everyone in touch.
Join ECCO as we rally outside of Elizabeth Warren's headquarters, demanding that our elected officials and presidential candidates commit to ending all detention and deportation until Congress passes just and human immigration reform!
The violence being perpetrated against immigrants of color in our country is a moral crisis, intensifying each day with increased raids and separations of families. Our elected officials are not taking action to stop raids, detentions, and deportations - we must demand that they act now.
After the kickoff, continue with us on our 70-mile solidarity pilgrimage toward the Stratford detention center in Dover, NH. Walk with us for a day, two days or more of our 70-mile funeral procession carrying a child-size coffin that bears the names of children and others who have died senselessly at the hands of ICE or unjust US immigration policy.
The first ordination at First Church in Twenty Years!
Sunday, September 22
As we ready for Homecoming Sunday on September 8, we are also preparing for the ordination of Pastor Elizabeth Ide at 4pm on Sunday, September 22. We will be honored to host distinguished guests and Pastor Ide’s family for several events, and we will need your help. Please contact our administrator Catherine Bertrand at email@example.com to indicate your interest in participating in this momentous occasion.
And so the bell rang.
32 times. Because she’s the 32nd minister.
Plus one more. Because she’s the first female minister in our 390 year history.
On Sunday, May 5, 2019, First Church in Salem, Unitarian Universalist overwhelmingly and joyously called Pastor Elizabeth M. Ide as our 32nd minister.
Candidate Week was a whirlwind. Through 23 occasions in nine days (including one that ended with deep conversation by candlelight when the power failed), Elizabeth eventually met the entire staff and the majority of our active members. Her intense interest in our church community was palpable, whether during worship, in meetings, or socializing. She spoke quietly and confidently from her heart about things that matter to her and to our community. She is our minister now, and we are her congregation.
The work of the search is over, and the work of a new shared ministry begins. Our walk together continues and the First Church community is thrilled at the prospect.
Sun, August 18
Rev. Claire Donaldson Preaching
Sun, August 25
Pastor Elizabeth Ide Preaching
No service Labor Day weekend—Sunday, September 1. We then return on September 8.
Saturday, September 7
9am Choir Rehearsal
Sunday, September 8
9am Choir Rehearsal
10:30am Homecoming Service
Sunday, September 15
Sunday, September 22
4pm Ordination of Pastor Ide
Sunday, September 29
Sunday, October 6