Wouldn't it be great if there were a church...

...that truly welcomes all people regardless of religious background, age, race or sexual orientation?

...that is grounded in a long and amazing history yet embraces current forms of inspiration and the cultivation of soul?

...that refuses to concede the Bible to mean-spirited and literal-minded interpretations and instead holds up the clarion calls for compassion and justice we hear in the scriptures?

...that encourages people to bring their whole selves to a service on Sundays and not simply check their brains at the door?

...with a long history of working for social change that actually speaks to the major issues of the day?

Well, there is a church like this, and we invite you to come check out our services and programs.

Welcome to the First Church in Salem!

Universally Accessible and Universally Welcoming! 

The First Church in Salem, Unitarian
is one of the oldest continuing Protestant churches in North America and the first to be governed by congregational polity, a central feature of Unitarian Universalism.

We are proud of our history and excited by our present.

First Church
Sunday Services 10:30am
Childcare is provided.

Our building is recently renovated and universally accessible
(with a full elevator).

We are a Welcoming Congregation!

Rev. Jeffrey Barz-Snell

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Please note that summer church services will take place at 10:30am this year.
August 31: Labor Day Weekend No Service September 7 10:30am Homecoming Sunday with Water Communion September 9 12pm Lunch with the Pastor September 10 7pm S.A.F.E. Sea Level Rise in Salem Forum September 14 9:00am Stewardship Meeting 10:30am Service 12:30pm Apple Picking   September 16 7:15pm Standing Committee September 21 9am Choir Rehearsal 10:30am Choir Service 12:30pm Apple Picking RAIN DATE September 24 5pm Salem Pantry Bagging 7:30pm Music & Worship Committee September 27 9am Salem Pantry Distribution 4:45pm Lifebridge Dinner Team September 28 10:30am Service 12pm Family Promise Presentation 1pm Standing Committee Retreat  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~  

Homecoming Sunday/
Water Communion
September 7, 2014

Join us as we celebrate the beginning of a new church season.  This year on Homecoming Sunday we will once again hold a water communion as part of the service.  People of all ages are invited to bring some water from their summertime journeys and adventures, be they far or near, to share during the service.  We will invite people to come forward to pour their water into a ritual bowl and celebrate the many ways we are connected by and through water. 
Note:  A great way to bring water to the service is in a used water bottle or jar.  You do not need a lot.  For the absent minded among us (and we've all been there), we will have water and containers on hand.

Sea Level Rise in Salem Forum

Wednesday, September 10 at 7pm at First Church

A program with Prof Steve Young, Professor of Geography at Salem State University

Join the Salem Alliance for the Environment (SAFE) for a presentation by Prof. Steve Young on his recent research and maps of Salem that estimate potential flooding here as a result of sea level rise and storm surge over the next 50-100 years.  The program and discussion will feature Prof. Young’s map of Salem and will compare this to the City of Salem’s recently completed study of local potential impacts from climate change.  Anyone who owns property in this coastal community should be interested in these potential impacts.


The First Church is a member society of the
Unitarian Universalist Association.