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 Announcements

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Upcoming Calendar Items,




Sunday, March 29: Palm Sunday
9am Choir Rehearsal
10:30am Choir Service
Easter Egg Dyeing

Thursday, April 2
7pm Maundy Service at First Universalist
211 Bridge Street

Friday, April 3
Good Friday & First Night of Passover

Sunday, April 5: Easter Sunday
9am Choir Rehearsal
10:30am Choir Service

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Sat, Mar 28
9am Salem Pantry Distribution
10am Choir Rehearsal
4:45pm Lifebridge Dinner Team

Sun, Mar 29: Palm Sunday
9:00am Choir Rehearsal
10:30am Service

Thu, April 2
7pm Maundy Service at First Universalist
211 Bridge Street

Fri, April 3
Good Friday & First Night of Passover

Sun, April 5
Easter Sunday
9am Choir Rehearsal
10:30am Choir Service

Tue, April 7
7pm Social Outreach Cmte

Sat, April 11
Last Night of Passover

Sun, April 12
9am Second Sunday Yoga
9am Morning Movie
10:30am Service
11:45am New Member Orientation

Tue, April 14
7:15pm Lunch with the Pastor
7:15pm Standing Committee

Sun, April 19
10:30am Earth Day Service
11:45am New Member Orientation

Wed, April 22
Earth Day

Sun, April 26
10:30am Service

Sun, May 3
10:30am Service
Annual Meeting of the First Church


All things Eggs!
Believe it or not Easter is just around the corner. This Sunday there will be egg dyeing following the service. Please have your child bring a dozen hard boiled eggs.
First Church will host our annual Easter Egg Hunt on April 5th, Easter Sunday. We have found when it comes to hunting Easter Eggs the more the merrier! Please be sure to bring in your plastic eggs filled with wrapped candy and drop them in the bin at the door to the meeting house before the service on any of the next 3 Sundays. Thank you!

Fellowship this Sunday, March 29
Please join us for a special Fellowship Hour today hosted by the Social Justice Committee. They have prepared an example of the meal we serve each month at the Lifebridge Homeless Shelter to share with all of us here today.

New Member Orientation
There will be a New Member Orientation on the next two Sundays: April 12 and 19. All those interested in First Church membership are encouraged to attend. Members will be voted in and welcomed at the  Annual Meeting on May 1. If you have questions, please see Rev. Jeff Barz-Snell.

Walk for HAWC
Sunday, April 26
The Annual Walk/Run for HAWC will take place on Sunday, April 26, starting at noon (registration at 9) on the Salem Common. To donate to the UUWannaWalk Team click here! To sign up to walk contact Ben Waxman

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