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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!
Wintertime Book Group
Final Mtg Thursday, February 22 at 7:30pm, p. 139-165
Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning and Connection for the America We Want
By Frances Moore Lappé and Adam Eichen
Did you know Wicked Good Books, right here in Salem, offers a 20% discount to our First Church book clubber?? Head on over and check out our local book store for First Church book club picks today!
Join us as we gather to read one of the UUA’s Common Reads for 2018. Americans are distraught as tightly held economic and political power drowns out their voices and values. Legendary Diet for a Small Planet author Francis Moore Lappé and organizer-scholar Adam Eichen offer a fresh, surprising response to the core crisis. They begin with an essential truth: It’s not the magnitude of a challenge that crushes the human spirt. It’s feeling powerless. In this case, fearing that to stand up for democracy is futile. It’s not! With riveting stories and little-known evidence, they demystify how we got here and then highlight how Americans are responding. Americans are uniting across causes and ideologies to create a “canopy of hope,” with local grassroots groups sprouting up all over the country.
The group will meet to discuss a section of the book. We will have access to multimedia, so participants are invited to share articles, talks and videos that they think are relevant and meaningful. Note: Everyone is invited to attend, even if you can’t finish the reading.
Resistance Sunday, February 25
Leslie's Retreat Community Reenactment 2.0
Mark the Occasion! Join the Ranks for a fun and informal reenactment of Colonel Leslie's 1775 march to the Salem Bridge, the taunting by the townspeople, and the compromise crossing of the North River. We will all then retreat together to the First Church for some warm refreshment.
10:30am - Service at First Church in Salem featuring singing group Norumbega Harmony. The service will conclude with the call that “The British are coming!”
11:30 am - Meet at Hamilton Hall - bring your recorders and slide whistles - leave the muskets and bayonets at home. Be ready to walk up to a mile (weather dependent).
11:45 am - Meet at First Church in Salem UU and mingle in the church yard to greet the congregants who will join the crowd in opposition of the British march.
11:50 am - Corner of Federal and North Streets. The theatrical confrontation between Colonel Leslie and Captain Felt will need an angry crowd in the background. All surly colonists invited.
Colonists and British soldiers are then invited back to First Church for warm drinks and refreshment (12pm-1pm).
Hosted by the First Church in Salem UU, Salem Historical Society and Historic Salem Inc.
Lifebridge Dinner Team Members
Next Dinners: Sun, Feb 18 & Sat, Feb 24 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. 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: Sunday Dinners or Saturday Dinners.
First Church Spaghetti Dinner
Friday March 2nd at 6:30pm
Community Humanity Friendship Spaghetti?
Please join us for delicious spaghetti and sparkling conversation in celebration of our Church community.
Our Congregation IS this Church. We drive everything that happens here.
There’s so much to celebrate and be thankful for.
Babysitting will be available.
Fellowship Hosts Needed!
Sign Up HERE.
Members and friends of The First Church volunteer to host Fellowship each week. One or two people volunteer to host the adult table in the Cleveland Room or the Children's Table in the Barnard Room. Some people find that co-hosting can be more fun and make the hosting easier. Fellowship Committee members are available to assist any "first-timers", or to help pair someone up with another co-host. For information click here!
Meeting House Flowers: Sign Up Here
Flowers beautify the spaces of our church and are a gift to those who attend our worship services. A contribution of altar flowers also provides an opportunity to honor or memorialize a loved one or to celebrate an event. The Garden Committee invites you to participate in this meaningful tradition:
You can supply the arrangement. We are happy to loan you a vase or a basket.
You may make a donation ($15, $25 or $45) to the Meeting House Flower Fund, and we'll handle the details in consultation with you.
Committees are encouraged to participate annually to highlight an aspect of their work.
Your commemoration will be acknowledged in the Sunday Order of Service.
If possible plants will be re-used in the foyer or the Churchyard Garden. Or if you've provided the arrangement it can be returned to you.
You can sign up online here. Additionally, a signup sheet is available in the Barnard Room or you may email Catherine in the office at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Jan Eschauzier directly at 978-969-1820 or email@example.com.
Upcoming Youth Group Events
Feb 25 (Sun) 6:30pm-9pm - Board game night with pizza! Bring your favorite game
March 18 (Sun) 4:45pm-6pm - Serving dinner at Lifebridge
March 24-25 (Sat-Sun) - Youth conference; overnight in Sharon
April 18 (Wed) - 5:00pm - Trip to Sanctuary Boston
We will also be painting the youth room, planning a heritage trip to Boston, and discussing General Assembly.
Tue, February 13
12pm Lunch with Pastor/ Mardi Gras
Wed, February 14
Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day
Fri, February 16
7pm Cakes for the Queen in Heaven Program
Sat, February 17
9am Choir Rehearsal
Sun, February 18: 1st Sunday in Lent
9am Choir Rehearsal
10:30am Communion Service
4:45pm Lifebridge Dinner Team
Thu, February 22
4pm Salem Pantry Bagging
7:30pm Winter Book Group: Daring Democracy
Sat, February 24
9am Choir Rehearsal
9am Salem Pantry Distribution
4:45pm Lifebridge Dinner
Sun, February 25: 2nd Sunday in Lent
Resistance Sunday & Reenactment of Leslie’s Retreat
9am Choir Rehearsal/Norumbega Harmony Workshop
Wed, February 28
7:15pm Standing Committee
Fri, March 2
6:30pm Spaghetti Dinner