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 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 is recognized by the UUA 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


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November 30
10:30am Service
11:45am New Member Orientation
12:15pm Pageant Rehearsal

December 7
10:30am Service
*Special Meeting of the Society*
12:15pm Pageant Rehearsal

December 9
12pm Lunch with the Pastor

December 14
10:30am Service
12:15pm Pageant Rehearsal

December 20
4pm Mandatory Pageant Rehearsal

December 21
Christmas Sunday
10:30am Choir Service & Pageant



Simplify the Holidays: From the Center for a New American Dream
Want your holidays wrapped in more meaning — and less stuff? The holidays, meant to be a time of peace, reflection, and celebration, too often exhaust rather than uplift us. If you sometimes feel trapped by the shopping, spending, and frenzied preparations, you aren’t alone.

Increasingly, Americans are tired of the commercialization of the season and want more of what matters… not just more stuff. This year, you don’t have to rack up credit card debt or get swept up in the season’s commercialism. Instead, consider creating holidays that instill more meaning into the season and encourage more sharing, laughter, creativity, and personal renewal.

With our Simplify the Holidays campaign, New Dream is here to help you get started. We hope our tips and resources will help you reduce stress and increase personal fulfillment during this holiday season.

Click here for the booklet offering tips for less stress and more joy. 

Sunday, November 30 at 11:45am
New Member Orientation
Interested in joining the First Church and deepening your involvement with our liberal religious community?  We welcome new members twice a year, in December and May.  Towards that, we offer two opportunities to learn more about the church and meet some of our leadership and members.  The next New Member Orientation session will be offered after church on Sunday, November 30.  Anyone wishing to join in December is encouraged to attend.  New Members will be voted in during a Special Meeting of the Society immediately after church on Sunday, December 7.  To sign up or learn more, please speak with Rev. Barz-Snell or call the Church Office.  

Sunday, November 30 at 6pm
Worlds AIDS Day
A community commemoration of World AIDS Day 2014 with a vigil featuring readings, testimonies, and prayers; attendance from the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence; and remarks from Rev. Jeff Barz-Snell. Hosted by Gary “Duchess Gigi” Gill.

The Stocking Project is Back 
Starting next Sunday and in December, members of the church will once again team up with the Salem YMCA to help provide presents and clothes for 15 local families that are having a hard time. People can team up or "adopt" a famiily (with one or two kids) on their own. For more information, call the Church Office, or speak with Jim Ognibene of Social Outreach Committee. And look for the Stockings on display in the Cleveland Room.
Rides to Church
If you know someone who needs a ride to church, please call the Church Office. We have a small group of folks who are happy to provide rides as time and schedules permit. Currently, we are looking for someone who could provide transportation one or both ways on Sundays for someone coming from Wenham and takes the train. If you can help, let us know.

Capital Campaign Draft Plaque on Display
The "first draft" of the recognition plaque for our capital campaign is now on display in the new vestibule by the Office Entrance. All those who made a donation are recognized for their generosity. Please check to make sure that your name is listed correctly.

And for those who missed the opportunity to make a donation to our campaign for our recent renovation project, it's not too late! We would love to have your name join the many others that will be recognized here for decades to come.

Social Justice Committee

The new Social Justice Committee wants to hear your voice. What causes are you passionate about? What change do you want to make in the world? Take a moment to fill out this survey so the Social Justice Committee can learn what causes our congregation is passionate about.

Take a look at our Facebook Page:

First Church Social Justice Facebook Page 



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