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,



Sun, September 6 No Service, Labor Day Weekend

Sun, September 13 Homecoming Sunday
9am Choir Rehearsal

9am Second Sunday Yoga Resumes
10:30am Homecoming Service with Water Communion & Choir
Rosh Hashanah, begins at sundown

Tue, September 15
12:00pm Lunch with the Pastor

Wed, September 16
7:15pm Standing Committee

Sat, September 19
10am Choir Rehearsal

Sun, September 20
10:30am Service
12pm Race Discussion Group
4:45pm Lifebridge Dinner Team

Wed, September 23
4pm Salem Pantry Bagging
Yom Kippur, begins at sundown

Sat, September 26
9am Salem Pantry Distribution
4:45pm Lifebridge Dinner Team 

Sun, September 27
10:30am Service



Sunday, September 13: Water Communion
Join us as we celebrate the beginning of a new church year.  This year on Homecoming Sunday there will be a water communion as part of the service.  
People of all ages are invited to bring some water from their summertime journeys to share during the service.  We will invite people to come forward to pour their water into a ritual bowl and celebrate the many ways we are connected to and through water. 
Note:  A great way to bring water to the service is in a used water bottle or jar.  You do not need a lot.  For the absent minded among us (and we've all been there), we will have water and containers on hand.

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