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

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Wed, Aug 26
4pm Salem Pantry Bagging

Sat, Aug 29
9am Salem Pantry Distribution

Sun, Aug 30
10:30am Service

Sun, Sep 6 Labor Day Sunday, no service

Sun, Sep 13 
9am Second Sunday Yoga resumes!
9am Choir Rehearsal
10:30am Homecoming Sunday with Water Communion, with Choir and resumption of our Religious Education programs


August Preacher Schedule
Sun, Aug 30 Church Deacon Claire Donaldson

Summer Giving
It’s a great time of year in New England!  A time when people relax and go on vacation and the church functions at a much slower pace.  Unfortunately, with no services held at First Church in July and generally low attendance in August, giving decreases during the summer, but the invoices and bills still need to be paid!  Please remember the church with your usual contributions during the summer months so that we don’t have to dip into our cash reserves to make ends meet.  You can mail contributions to the church, drop them off in the church office or send them via the bill payment service of your bank. If you have any questions about any of these very important topics, please contact the Stewardship Committee at stewardship@firstchurchinsalem.org or 978-744-1551.

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.