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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First Church is looking for a Youth Advisor!

The First Church in Salem, Unitarian Universalist seeks a dynamic part-time Youth Advisor to lead our high school youth ministry. Our youth are enthusiastic about social justice, community projects, gatherings with other UU youth, spiritual exploration, and just plain hanging out together.

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Fri, September 23
2pm-5pm Trails and Sails

Sat, September 24
9am Choir Rehearsal
9am Salem Pantry Distribution
1pm-5pm Trails and Sails
4:45pm Lifebridge Dinner Team
Sun, September 25
9am Choir Rehearsal
10:30am Service with Choir  
During Service: COA Mentor Sunday
During Fellowship: Committee Fair
1pm-5pm Trails and Sails

2pm Apple Picking!
4:45pm Lifebridge Dinner Team
Sun, October 2
World Communion Sunday
10:30am Service
Sun, October 9
10:30am Service
Tue, October 11
12pm Lunch with the Pastor
Thur, October 13
7pm Islam and America
Fri, October 14
Fall Story Telling Slam


Trails and Sails at First Church!
Sept 16-18 and Sept 23-25

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First Church will be participating in Trails and Sails this year! With the Essex National Heritage Area's Trails and Sails you can explore Essex County’s cultural, historic, and natural sites during two weekends of 150+ FREE events! 
At First Church tours on What’s Behind Those English Gothic Walls? will be available! See stained glass windows by Tiffany and LaFarge, the “Hawthorne Pew,” named for Nathaniel Hawthorne, magnificent Victorian décor, furnishings, works of art, rare books, and centuries-old documents. Learn how Puritan First Church, founded in 1629, evolved into a community of mavericks, mystics, and mariners. Hear the stories of some of our members including Witch Trial victims Rebecca Nurse; Giles Cory; and Rev. Thomas Barnard, who convinced the British to leave Salem in 1775. So much of the history of Salem is reflected and on display within the walls of the First Church and its grounds.

Apple Picking Outing to Ipswich
Sunday, September 25 from 2 - 4 pm
Join us for our annual apple picking outing to Russell Orchards in Ipswich (143 Argilla Rd, on the Crane's Beach).  This event has now become an annual tradition and is a fun way to welcome the fall season together.  If you would like a ride, please speak with the Minister or Deb DiGuilio and we will see what we can arrange.  Bribery with cider donuts is always encouraged.

Committee Fair
Sunday, September 25 During Fellowship Hour
Ever wondered about the various committees making a difference here at the First Church?  Are you curious about how different groups are organized?  Here's your chance to learn more and meet some great people along the way. 
The Standing Committee (our board) is hosting a Committee Fair after church on Sep 25.   We will have tables set up and hosted by many our committees, all accompanied by some tasty treats and Fair Trade coffee and tea.  This is a great way to meet fellow members and friends and learn more about the many different activities and ministries of the congregation.  There are so many ways and opportunities where we can make a difference, and enjoy one another's company. 

Bread Bakers Wanted 
Sunday, October 2

October 2 is World Communion Sunday.  It is the largest, most widely observed ecumenical event in the world each year.  The First Church holds a communion service that morning and is looking once again for two to three people willing to bake bread that we can then share during the service and fellowship hour.  If you are interested and willing, please speak with the Minister. 
Walk to End Homelessness
Saturday, October 15

Join Pastor Jeff, Jess Kane and others in the Walk to End Homelessness! Family Promise third annual fundraiser is a gorgeous walk around Beverly Harbor, beginning and ending at Lynch Park. 8am Registration with Coffee and Pastries, 9am start time, and sandwiches provided at the end! Support the walk here!

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