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,




Why is a mainly "white" New England congregation hanging a "Black Lives Matter" banner above our door?

Click here to find out why!


Video of Recent Islam in America     Speaker Series

"The Life of Mohammed"

by Majed Ashy, PhD

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First Church Lifebridge Dinner Team

Sign Ups for Lifebridge and Fellowship will be available in August.

Thank you!

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


Founders Day Service
Sunday, August 7

Our Annual Founders Day Service, commemorating the founding of our community 387 years ago.  Jeff Barz-Snell preaching.


July Office Hours
The First Church will not be holding services during the month of July.  The Church Office will be open on a summer schedule: Tuesday through Thursday 9am-12pm.

In the event of a pastoral emergency or to reach the Minister, please call the church office and then Mary Collari, the Chair of the Standing Committee (juma98@hotmail.com).  For a specific pastoral concern, contact Deacon Claire Donaldson (13cmd@comcast.net), Chair of the Pastoral Care Committee.

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