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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Why is a mainly "white" New England congregation hanging a "Black Lives Matter" banner above our door?

Click here to find out why!


Video of Recent Islam in America     Speaker Series

"The Life of Mohammed"

by Majed Ashy, PhD

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Sat, May 28
9:30am Salem Pantry Distribution
Sun, May 29
10:30am Memorial Day Service
Fri, June 3
7pm Story Slam
Sun, June 5
9am Choir Rehearsal
10:30am Choir Service
Church Picnic to follow
Wed, June 8
7:15pm Standing Cmte Meeting
Fri, June 10
6pm Henny Penny Year End Play
Sun, June 12
10:30am RE Sunday Service
(Church Picnic Rain Date)
Mon, June 13
7:15pm All Committees Meeting

Sun, June 19
9am Choir Rehearsal
10: 30am Choir Service
Father’s Day Sunday
Sun, June 26
10:30am Annual Question Box Sermon


First Church Story Slam Returns!
From Here to There: Stories of Journeys, Travels, and Transitions

Friday, June 3 at 7pm-9:30pm
The "Moth Radio" style open mic evening of storytelling returns next month! Adults and high schoolers are welcome. Childcare will be available. Storytelling is entirely optional, so feel free to come just to listen. We will also have a potluck of snacks, desserts, and adult beverages. Stories will kick off promptly at 7:30. Come share in grand adventures, simple observations, and poignant transformations.

Annual Church Picnic
Sunday, June 5

Join us for one of the most favorite days of the church year.  We provide burgers, hotdogs, drinks and all the fixings. Please consider signing up to bring a side, salad or dessert.  Requested donation: $5 per person / $12 for families, just so we break even. Our Grill Masters this year will once again be Chefs Doug Pini and Richard Biondo.
RE Sunday
Sunday, June 12

Join us in our annual celebration of our children and their work and journeys over this last year.  Each child will receive a book and a flower, a longstanding tradition here at the First Church.  We will also recognize our high school seniors who are moving on to the next chapter in their lives. 

The Box Beckons!
The Annual Question Box Sermon,  Sun, June 26

Do you have any item or subject that you would like to see addressed from the pulpit?  Well, here’s your chance.  The Question Box stands ready and waiting.  Feel free to email the Minister or place your question in the box sitting on the piano in the Cleveland Room (i.e. the parlor where we have Fellowship Hour).  No question is too big or too small...This will be our Final Sunday before our July break.  Join us for lemonade, cookies and summertime inspiration.
Founders Day Service
Sunday, August 7

Our Annual Founders Day Service, commemorating the founding of our community 387 years ago.  Jeff Barz-Snell preaching.

Sunday Programming

First Sunday Big Ideas –
A program or talk that features the latest research and ideas that contribute to creating community and goodness and making the world a better place. Typically a 30-40 minute program after church, sometimes before.

Third Sunday Cultivating Soul –
Practicing our values in our lives and in our world, through prayer, discussion, meditation, and hands-on learning.  Sometimes before church and sometimes afterwards.

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