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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!
Lifebridge Dinner Team
Sun, Jan 21 and Sat, Jan 27 at 4:45pm
The Lifebridge teams of the First Church serve dinners at 56 Margin Street on the third Sunday and the fourth Saturday of every month. You can sign up in the Barnard Room or send Alan Hanscom an email (email@example.com) to be put on the email list. Additionally you can sign up using these links: Saturday Group or Sunday Group.
Wintertime Book Group
Continues Thursday, February 1, 7:30pm: Part One
Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning and Connection for the America We Want
By Frances Moore Lappé and Adam Eichen
Join us as we gather to read one of the UUA’s Common Reads for this new year. Americans are distraught as tightly held economic and political power drowns out their voices and values.
Starts January 11 and will meet on Thursdays in February at 7:30 pm. Everyone is invited to attend, even if you can’t finish the reading. In addition to our own good discussion, we plan to watch several videos and talks together about the state of our democracy.
Thurs, Feb 1, pp. 54-108
Thurs, Feb 8, pp. 109-138
Thurs, Feb 22 pp. 139-165
A Free Screening of the film TOMORROW
Friday, Feb. 2 (Part 1) and Friday, Feb. 9 (Part 2)
First Church in Salem, 316 Essex Street, Salem
Sponsored by Citizen’s Climate Lobby North Shore, Team Tomorrow, and Salem Alliance for the Environment.
Join us on Groundhog Day in Salem, for the first of two screenings and community discussions of the award winning and hopeful documentary film, Tomorrow. On February 2 we will watch part one, and February 9 part two. Tomorrow depends on the human race living more sustainably. Come and hear stories about people doing just that, today.
This FREE screening is sponsored by Citizen’s Climate Lobby North Shore, Team Tomorrow, and Salem Alliance for the Environment (SalemSAFE.org).
Watched over two succeeding Friday nights: Part 1 will be February 2 and Part 2 February 9.
6:45 - 7:00 PM Refreshments / Social Time
7:00 - 8:00 PM Film
8:00 - 8:45 PM Discussion & Refreshments
Location: First Church in Salem, 316 Essex Street, Salem, Snow date: February 16
For more information: Jeff Barz-Snell, firstname.lastname@example.org
Chatting and Cheer-ing with the Minister this Winter
Pint with the Pastor,
Sunday, Feb 11, 4:00 – 5:30 pm at O’Neill’s Pub
Washington Street in Salem
Stop by and help Jeff ring in the new year and order up a new tradition this month. He will have a table at O’Neill’s starting at 4pm and is happy to have folks join him. There will be a copy of the Sunday NY Times as he wont to possess on a weekend afternoon. The music will be live and Irish, and the conversation stimulating. You never know who might drop by.
Lunch with the Pastor,
Tuesday, Feb 13 at 12 noon at First Church
Join Jeff and an eclectic and very articulate group of regulars on the second Tuesday of the month for a brown bag lunch. Conversation often ventures into current events, local history, religion and … you name it.
Cakes for the Queen of Heaven, Curriculum by Shirley Ann Ranck
Classes to be held at First Church Salem in January and February
A five-session religious education course in feminist theology for adults and older youth. The course is a woman honoring adult RE curriculum that examines pre-Abrahamic cultures that may have seen the female as sacred and divine. How would your life have been different if, when growing up, the divine had been imaged as female? Participants are encouraged to share their own experiences and beliefs, creating trust and strong bonds of friendship.
Registration & all five sessions are required. Participants age 15 and older are welcome. For info or to sign-up contact: Melody Lee/ email@example.com; Jerrie Hildebrand/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Wed, January 17
7:15pm Standing Cmte Meeting
Sat, January 20
9am Choir Rehearsal
Sun, January 21: MLK, Jr. Sunday
9am Choir Rehearsal
10:30am Choir Service
12:30pm Music & Worship Committee
4:45pm Lifebridge Dinner Team
Thu, January 25
4pm Salem Pantry Bagging
Sat, January 27
9am Choir Rehearsal
9am Salem Pantry Distribution
4:45pm Lifebridge Dinner
Sun, January 28
9am Choir Rehearsal
Thur, February 1
7:30pm Wintertime Book Group
Daring Democracy, pages 54-108
Fri, February 2
6:45pm Screening part 1 of film, Tomorrow
Sun, February 4
10:30am Service, Sermon: Taking a Knee
Super Bowl Themed Fellowship Hour
Wed, February 7
7pm HR Committee Meeting
Fri, February 9
6:45pm Screening part 2 of film, Tomorrow
Sun, February 11: Chocolate Sunday
4pm Pint with the Pastor at O’Neill’s Pub