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.

The First Church in Salem is recognized by the Unitarian Universalist Association as a Welcoming Congregation!

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

Services and


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Tue, Feb 17
7:15pm Standing Cmte
Sat, Feb 21
6pm Family Promise Potluck
Sun, Feb 22
9:00am Choir Rehearsal
9:00am Stewardship Cmte
10:30am Choir & Communion Service
11:30am Downton Abbey
Fellowship Hour

Thu, Feb 24
7pm Book Club

Sat, Feb 28
4:45pm Lifebridge Dinner Team

Sun, Mar 1 
10:30am Service
12pm Race Discussion Group
7pm Youth Group

Sun, Mar 8 
9:00am Yoga
9:00am Morning Movie
10:30am Service

Tue, Mar 10 
12pm Lunch with the Pastor

Sun, Mar 15
10:30am Jazz Sunday Service



Winter Book Discussion Group: Cultivating Happiness
Next Meeting: Tuesday, February 24 7pm
Join us for our winter book discussion.  We will be reading together, The Happiness Hypothesis, by Prof. Jonathan Haidt.  Using the wisdom culled from the world's greatest civilizations as a foundation, social psychologist Haidt comes to terms with 10 Great Ideas, viewing them through a contemporary filter to learn which of their lessons may still apply to modern lives.  To sign up, speak with the Minister or call the Church Office. 

Discussion Group on Race in America and on the North Shore
Next Meeting: Sunday, March 1

We still live in a mainly segregated society.  Why is that?  The Minister is hosting an ongoing discussion program on race in America, basing the conversation on the book, "Afraid of the Dark: What Whites and Blacks Need to Know about one Another,” by longtime USA Today reporter, Jim Myers.  Discussions also include pieces offering perspectives from Latino and Asian Americans. 
“Afraid of the Dark” is a guide for anyone who has contact with people of another race—in companies, schools, neighborhoods, or other social situations—this book asserts that race is not the unfathomable mystery it is usually made out to be. In a revealing, accessible, and stimulating discussion based on little-known facts and innovative research, this book explains why many whites are uneasy about blacks and how blacks react to this, why numerous blacks suspect the worst from whites, why white explanations don't hold up, why myths about sex remain so prevalent, and what both races can do together to make their relations better.
Copies of the book are available for sale at the church for $6.  Please see Rev. Jeff or Charlene Long.  

Second Sunday Yoga
Next Meeting: Sunday, March 8

Join us for the start of a new monthly program at the First Church, Second Sundays.  Each month, we will host a 50-55 minute yoga class in the Cleveland Room from 9 AM to 9:55 AM.  The class will be taught by Liz Gruenfeld, a teacher and practitioner of yoga for 16 years.  It will be geared towards beginner and intermediate skill levels.  So bring your mat and any blocks you might have and join us for Second Sundays at the First Church.  Note: While there is no formal charge, this program welcomes donations of $5-15 by those willing to support great events at the First Church.

Morning Movie
Next Meeting: Sunday, March 8

Drop the kids for a morning movie in Willson Hall and stay for yoga in the Cleveland Room before church!

Capital Campaign Draft Plaque on Display

The "first draft" of the recognition plaque for our capital campaign is now on display in the new vestibule by the Office Entrance. All those who made a donation are recognized for their generosity. Please check to make sure that your name is listed correctly.

And for those who missed the opportunity to make a donation to our campaign for our recent renovation project, it's not too late! We would love to have your name join the many others that will be recognized here for decades to come.




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