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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Upcoming Calendar Items,



Volunteers Needed for Family Promise

First Church in Salem will be hosting Family Promise during the week of November 6-13. We would greatly appreciate any help folks can offer! Provide a meal, sleep over, or simply sit and enjoy a meal with our guests. Anything you can contribute has a lasting impact. Click here to sign up!

First Church has a Youtube channel!

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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


Tue, October 18
12pm Lunch with the Pastor
Thu, October 20
4pm Salem Pantry Bagging
Fri, October 21
6pm Family Fun Night Halloween Party
Sat, October 22
9am Salem Pantry Distribution
4:45pm Lifebridge Dinner
Sun, October 23
10:30am Diwali Service
During RE: COA Parent Sponsored House of Worship Visit; Grades 2-7 Walking Field Trip
Sun, October 30
10:30am All Hallow’s Eve Service
Halloween Parade and Party
Monday, October 31: Samhain


Dinner Groups Forming for the Fall
For the last few years, we have organized dinner groups of 8-12 people who gather for a meal 3 to 4 times over the course of a year, more if they wish.  These have been very popular and we are going to form a few more groups this fall.
If you would like to join a dinner group please click one of the links below!  Then, in October we will send out invitations to the new groups to gather and share a meal together.  It's a simple and fun way to get to know people. Sign up to Host, Attend or Both! 


Halloween Family Fun Night
Friday, October 21 at 6pm

The theme this year is Monster Mash!! This is one of the great parties of the year here at First Church. There will be cupcake decorating, crafts, pizza and games. Denise Granniss along with some of our talented teens will be heading up the ever popular Halloween skits! This is a cooperative party so please be sure sure to sign up to bring a snack, beverage or dessert and to help out during the party. Many hands make light work! See Bob Soucy or Deb DiGiulio during Fellowship or send an email to Deb at firstchurchdre@gmail.com.

Diwali Celebration
Sunday, October 23

Join us for a ritual celebrating the Hindu New Year.  Wear white or light clothing. 

Pancake Breakfast Volunteers Needed
Sunday, November 6

Sign ups are available in the Barnard Room to help set up, cook and clean up for the Pancake Breakfast.
All Souls’ Day Candle Lighting Service
Sunday, November 6

All those in attendance are invited to come forward and light a candle in memory of a dearly departed loved one. 

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