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 Universalist 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, UU 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

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Sat, June 20
12pm North Shore Pride Parade
March with First Church!

Sun, June 21                   
9:00am Choir Rehearsal
10:30am Question Box Sermon
4:45pm Lifebridge Dinner Team
6pm Vespers Service at FUSS

Wed, June 24
4pm Salem Pantry Food Bagging

Thur, June 25
7pm Living with Coyotes

Sat, June 27
9am Salem Pantry Food Distribution
4:45pm Lifebridge Dinner Team

Sun, June 28                   
General Assembly Sunday,
Bonnie Hurd Smith Speaking

Wed, July 1
6:30pm Family Promise Training


Lifebridge Team of First Church
Join the new Facebook group for the Lifebridge Dinner Team by clicking above!

March with First Church in the North Shore Pride Parade!

Saturday, June 20 at 12pm
The 2015 parade will take place in Salem, kicking off in front of the Post Office on Margin St., turning right on Norman St. and heading down New Derby. It will continue to Derby St. and onto Hawthorne Boulevard where it will end up on Salem Common, where the Pride festival will follow!
Parade registration starts at 10 a.m. and the Parade kicks off at noon!
To march with First Church contact Rev. Barz-Snell at minister@firstchurchinsalem.org.

The Annual Question Box Sermon 
Sunday, June 21
Do you have any item or subject that you would like to see addressed from the pulpit.  Well, here’s your chance.  The Question Box is ready and waiting.  Feel free to email the Minister or place your question in the box sitting on the piano in the Cleveland Room.
Vespers Service
Sunday, June 21, 6pm at First Universalist
Members of First Universalist Society in Salem invite members of the First Church to join them for a vespers service and potluck on Sunday, June 21 at 6:00 pm.  Members of the First Parish in Beverly are also invited.  Join us as we discuss the future of Unitarian Universalism here on the North Shore.

Living with Coyotes
Thursday, June 25, 7:00-8:30pm

First Church in Salem, 316 Essex St., Salem, MA. Coyotes, one of the most misunderstood and remarkable animals in North America, have been increasingly spotted in our area. Belmont Animal Control Officer and wildlife enthusiast John Maguranis explains how humans and coyotes can co-exist peacefully. Topics include coyote behavior and habits, facts and myths, and pet and human safety. Refreshments and Q&A. Sponsored by Salem Alliance for the Environment, Salem Sound Coastwatch, Salem Community Gardens, City of Salem Winter Island Park and Olde Salem Greens Golf Course, Plummer Home Farm Project, and Marblehead Conservancy. For more info, contact salemsafe@gmail.com or 978-744-9141.

Our Final Service before the July Break
Sunday, June 28 Bonnie Hurd Smith Speaking

John Murray: The Father of Organized American Universalism, and the First Salem Universalists
Join local author and speaker Bonnie Hurd Smith for a special Father’s Day service on Sunday, June 28, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at the First Church in Salem, Unitarian Universalist, 316 Essex Street, Salem, MA 01970. All are welcome. Coffee hour follows the service. For information: 978-578-9307.

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