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

Scroll down for 

Upcoming Calendar Items,





Lifebridge Dinner Team

Fellowship Hosting

Interested in automatic giving for your pledge? Click on the link below for the authorization form. Complete and return to office administrator. 

E-Giving Form


Wed, November 18
4pm Salem Pantry Bagging

Sat, November 21
9am Salem Pantry Distribution

Sun, November 22: Thanksgiving Sunday
*Canned Food and Product Drive*
9am Choir Rehearsal
10:30am Service with Choir
12pm RE Pageant Casting 

Sat, November 28
4:45pm Lifebridge Dinner Team

Sun, November 29
10:30am Service
11:30am New Member Orientation
Decorate the Church

Wed, December 2
Time TBD Decorate the Church

Sat, December 5
10am Christmas in Salem

Sun, December 6
9am Choir Rehearsal
10:30am Service & New Member Welcome
12pm Christmas in Salem

Youth Group Meeting Dates
Sundays at 7pm:
December 13
January 10, 2016
February 21 (which is the end of the school vacation week)
March 20
April 10
May 15


Upcoming Lifebridge Dinners
Saturday, Nov 21
Lifebridge Dinner Team now serves dinner on the third Sunday and fourth Saturday of each month starting in November
The next Lifebridge dinner will take place on Saturday, November 21 at 4:45pm. If you would like to help shop, prepare or serve dinner please sign up in the Barnard Room after one of the services, or contact Duncan Cox at coxes3@verizon.net or Amanda Roeder at roedermusic@gmail.com or click here to sign up online

Christmas in Salem
December 4-6
First Church will be the headquarters for Christmas in Salem and will be open for ticket sales at 10:00 AM on both Saturday and Sunday.

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.

Second Sunday Yoga –
Come for yoga, stay for church.  This is a 55-minute session geared towards beginner and intermediate practitioners.  We have mats and blocks.  Just show up at 9 AM.

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.