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

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Wed, May 27
4pm Salem Pantry Bagging

Fri, May 29
7pm Game Night

Sat, May 30
9:00am Garden Clean Up
9:00am Salem Pantry Distribution
Sun, May 31
10:30am Service
Annual Church Picnic to follow service, with
Rain date on June 6

Sat, June 6                       
9am-12pm Standing Cmt Retreat

Sun, June 7
10:30am Morning Service

Sun, June 14                   
Religious Education Sunday and Bridging Ceremony

Sun, June 21                   
The Annual Question Box Sermon

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


Save the Date: Plant it Forward
Garden Clean-up and Planting Day,
Saturday, May 30, 2015  9am-12pm
Join us on Saturday, May 30 to help finish the clean up of our garden. Bring your gloves and garden tools!

Open Forum with the Treasurer
Sunday, May 31 at 9:30am
Have you ever wondered how many bags of Equal Exchange Coffee we go through in a year?
Have you ever wondered how many reams of paper we use in the Office each year?
Well, here's your chance to find out! 
On Sunday, May 31st, beginning at 9:30 am Bill Henning, Treasurer, will be offering an open forum to discuss the finances of the church. Any topic can be discussed: from how the church is doing in its current fiscal year to how budget planning is going for next fiscal year; or Equal Exchange expenses or Fundraising Income, etc.  The possibilities are endless. You can drop for a few minutes or stay until service starts. Or just stop by, say hello and have a bagel. This is your chance!
If you have any questions or if there is a specific topic you would like addressed, please feel free to send Bill an e-mail:  treasurer@firstchurchinsalem.org or give a call: 978-500-8527. See you on the 31st! 

Annual Church Picnic
Sunday, May 31
Please join us for our annual church picnic in our beautiful garden on Sunday May 31 right after service.  Hamburgers, hot dogs and veggie burgers will be served.  We are asking members and friends to bring a salad, a side dish or a desserts.  Coolers and folding chairs also needed! Suggested donation to cover costs are $5/adult and $2/children.

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