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.

Homecoming Sunday and Water Communion
Sunday, September 11
Bring some water from your summertime experiences to share during our annual ritual of regathering and celebration of community.

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

Thank you!

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Fri, Aug 26 - Sun, Aug 28
CUUPS Convocation

Sun, August 28
8:00am Family Promise moves cots and bedding in for the week.
10:30am Service
Morning Service in the Church Garden hosted by CUUPS led by church member Jerrie Hildebrand and the Rev. Shirley Ranck.
Sun, September 4: Labor Day Weekend
No Service 
Sat, September 10
9am Choir Service
Sun, September 11: Homecoming Sunday
9am Choir Rehearsal
10:30am Water Communion and Choir Service
Tue, September 13
12pm Lunch with the Pastor
Wed, September 14
7:15pm Standing Committee Meeting
Thu, September 15
7pm Islam and America
Sun, September 18
10:30am Service
Thu, September 22
4pm Salem Pantry Bagging
Sat, September 24
9am Choir Rehearsal
9am Salem Pantry Distribution
4:45pm Lifebridge Dinner
Sun, September 25
9am Choir Rehearsal
10:30am Service with Choir  


Family Promise at First Church
August 28 - September 4

The First Church will host families overnight in our upstairs classrooms during the week of August 28.  We need many volunteers to help us including people willing to prepare a meal for 11-14 parents and kids.  We also need two volunteers to sleep at the church each night for the seven nights we are hosting. Sign up here to volunteer. Please contact Jess Kane (jesskane07@gmail.com) or Rev. Barz-Snell (minister@firstchurchinsalem.com) with further questions.

CUUPS Convocation: Awakening Our Tribe
August 26-28
This year's Convocation is the first in a decade and it's time to awaken the spirit of Unitarian Universalist Pagans. Join CUUPS for this special gathering as they return to the roots for inspiration. Click here for more information. 

Islam and America Series Continues with
Sufism - The Heart of Islam

Thursday, September 15, 7pm
Presented by local educator Yusef Hayes
Sufism is a path of the heart, whose practitioners cultivate non-dual qualities such as love, peace, and compassion. Sufi beliefs and practices are at the center of what it means to be a Muslim for both Shi’i and Sunni adherents.  
Join Yusef Hayes for an exploration of the law (haria), path (Tariqa), and truth (Haqiqqa), as taught in traditional and modern Sufism.
There are millions of moderate minded Muslims here in the U.S. and hundreds of millions around the world. Come hear some of their voices and perspectives.
Saturday, October 15

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