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

Services and Announcements

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Upcoming Calendar Items,



Lifebridge Dinner Team

Fellowship Hosting

Interested in automatic giving for your pledge? Click on the link below for the authorization form. Complete and return to office administrator. 

E-Giving Form


Sun, October 11
9:00am Second Sunday Yoga
10:30am Service

Tues, October 13
12pm Lunch with the Pastor

Fri, October 16
6pm Halloween Family Fun Night

Sat, October 17
8am-12pm Family Promise Walk
1pm-4pm First Church Garden Planting Party

Sun, October 18
9:00am Choir Rehearsal
10:30am Choir Service
After Service: Blessing of the Animals
Third Sunday Cultivating Soul:
"Cultivating Soul and Living our Values"
7pm Youth Group

Sat, October 24
10:00am Choir Rehearsal

Sun, October 25
10:30am Service



8:00 AM:   Registration Confirmation / T-Shirts / Coffee / Pastries  – Arrive early!

9:00 AM:   Start 5K Walk (3.1 mile loop)

11:00 AM:  Celebration with refreshments, prizes, music and much more!

Upcoming Lifebridge Dinners
Sat, October 24
Lifebridge Dinner Team now serves dinner on the third Sunday and fourth Saturday of each month starting in November
The next Lifebridge dinner will take place on Saturday, October 24 at 4:45pm. If you would like to help shop, prepare or serve dinner please sign up in the Barnard Room after one of the services, or contact Duncan Cox at coxes3@verizon.net or Amanda Roeder at roedermusic@gmail.com
Sunday Programming
First Sunday Big Ideas –
A program or talk that features the latest research and ideas that contribute to creating community and goodness and making the world a better place. Typically a 30-40 minute program after church, sometimes before.

Second Sunday Yoga –
Come for yoga, stay for church.  This is a 55-minute session taught by local teacher Liz Gruenfeld and geared towards beginner and intermediate practitioners.  We have mats and blocks.  Just show up at 9 AM.

Third Sunday Cultivating Soul –
Practicing our values in our lives and in our world, through prayer, discussion, meditation, and hands-on learning.  Sometimes before church and sometimes afterwards.
Youth Group Meeting Dates
October 18 
November 15
December 13
January 10, 2016
February 21 (which is the end of the school vacation week)
March 20
April 10
May 15

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