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 UUA 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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Upcoming Services



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[Includes Fellowship, Flowers,
Lifebridge Dinner Team and E-Giving]

October 21
7:15pm Standing Committee
October 25
4:45pm Lifebridge Dinner Team
October 26
10:30am All Hallow's Eve Service

November 2
9:00am Choir Rehearsal
10:30am Choir Service
12:30pm Family Promise Training

November 8
10am Choir Rehearsal
November 9
9:00am Stewardship
10:30am Service

November 11
12pm Lunch with the Pastor

November 16
9:00am Pancake Breakfast
November 22
10am Choir Rehearsal
November 23
9:00am Choir Rehearsal
10:30am Thanksgiving Sunday


Jack–O-Lantern Silent Auction

Sponsored by Religious Education and Youth Group. All proceeds benefit Youth Group.
Celebrate Halloween in Salem! Carve (or paint) a super scary or funny Jack-o-Lantern and donate to our annual silent auction. Be creative! Or bid in our silent auction to win a unique individual creation to use in your Halloween decor. The silent auction will be held during Fellowship on October 26.
Bring Jack-o-Lanterns to the Cleveland Room before service on Sunday, October 26th.
Questions? Email debd01970@comcast.net or call the church office at 978-744-1551.

Annual All Souls and Candlelighting Service

Sunday, November 2

Come and light a candle in memory of a dearly departed loved one.

First Church Game Night

Friday, November 5

Join us on Friday, November 5 at 6pm for our November Game Night and Potluck.

Pancake Breakfast

Sunday, November 16

Our Annual Pancake Breakfast is back and will take place Sunday, November 16 at 9:00am! Come join us as we share breakfast with all the fixings. More details coming soon!

Social Justice Committee

The new Social Justice Committee wants to hear your voice. What causes are you passionate about? What change do you want to make in the world? Take a moment to fill out this survey so the Social Justice Committee can learn what causes our congregation is passionate about.

Take a look at our Facebook Page:

First Church Social Justice Facebook Page 



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