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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!
July at First Church
The First Church will not be holding services during the month of July. The Church Office will be open on a summer schedule, which is Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 9am-1pm. In the event of a pastoral emergency or to reach the Minister, please call the church office and then Ben Waxman, the Chair of the Standing Committee. For a specific pastoral concern, contact Deacon Claire Donaldson, Chair of the Pastoral Care Committee.
Salem Garden Club Presents "A Stroll Through the Gardens of Salem"
A Garden Tour in the McIntire Historic District
Saturday, July 8, 2017 ~ 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM ~ Rain or Shine
Tickets will be sold at the First Church in Salem at 316 Essex Street on the day of the tour - $20 or Pre-tour by July 6 - $18 by clicking here!
Sat, July 8
10am-4pm Salem Garden Club Tours
Sun, August 6
Our Annual Founders Day Service, commemorating the founding of our community 388 years ago. Jeff Barz-Snell preaching