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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Tue, January 13
12pm Lunch with the Pastor
Wed, January 15
7pm Music & Worship Cmt
January 18
9:30am Winter Pageant Rehearsal
10:30am MLK, Jr. Sunday
Mon, January 19
4pm MLK Convocation at SSU
Jeff Barz-Snell participating
Tue, January 20
7:15pm Standing Committee
Thu, January 22
7pm Winter Book Group
Sat, January 24
4:45pm Lifebridge
6:30pm Social Justice Potluck
Sun, January 25
8:30am Winter Pageant Dress Rehearsal
10:30am Service & Winter
Pageant with
First Church Youth
Fri, January 30
6pm Family Fun Night

Discussion Group Forming on Race in America and on the North Shore

Join us after our service next Sunday for first in a series of discussions about race and class here on the North Shore.  We still live in a mainly segregated society.  Why is that?  The Minister is will hosting a short discussion program on race in America, basing the conversation on the book, "Afraid of the Dark: What Whites and Blacks Need to Know about one Another,” by longtime USA Today reporter, Jim Myers.  Discussions will also include pieces offering perspectives from Latino and Asian Americans.  Copies of the first few chapters of the book are available on the Piano in the Cleveland Room (i.e. the parlor where we have Fellowship Hour). 

“Afraid of the Dark” is a guide for anyone who has contact with people of another race—in companies, schools, neighborhoods, or other social situations—this book asserts that race is not the unfathomable mystery it is usually made out to be. In a revealing, accessible, and stimulating discussion based on little-known facts and innovative research, this book explains why many whites are uneasy about blacks and how blacks react to this, why numerous blacks suspect the worst from whites, why white explanations don't hold up, why myths about sex remain so prevalent, and what both races can do together to make their relations better.

To sign up and/or support this program, please call the church office or speak with the Minister.

Winter Book Discussion Group: Cultivating Happiness

Join us for our winter book discussion.  We will be reading together, The Happiness Hypothesis, by Prof. Jonathan Haidt.  Using the wisdom culled from the world's greatest civilizations as a foundation, social psychologist Haidt comes to terms with 10 Great Ideas, viewing them through a contemporary filter to learn which of their lessons may still apply to modern lives.  To sign up, speak with the Minister or call the Church Office.  Program meets every two weeks beginning on Thur, Jan 22.

Trustees Information Session

The Trustees of the First Church Society and representatives from Cabot Wealth Management Inc. will host an information session after fellowship on Sunday, February 1, 2015.  The Cabot team will show a brief presentation of their investment strategies both in general and specifically with respect to our endowment. The program will then be open for a question and answer session about the strategy and general investing approach by the Trustees and the Cabot team. All church members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Elizabeth Schultz, Peter A. Copelas, Nicole McLaughlin, Trustees

Capital Campaign Draft Plaque on Display

The "first draft" of the recognition plaque for our capital campaign is now on display in the new vestibule by the Office Entrance. All those who made a donation are recognized for their generosity. Please check to make sure that your name is listed correctly.

And for those who missed the opportunity to make a donation to our campaign for our recent renovation project, it's not too late! We would love to have your name join the many others that will be recognized here for decades to come.




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