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,



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


Sun, February 7
10:30am Intergenerational Service
12pm First Sunday Big Ideas: Telling Our Story

Tue, February 9
12pm Lunch with the Pastor
7pm Book Group

Wed, February 10 Ash Wednesday
7:15pm Standing Committee Mtg

Sun, February 14
10:30am Service
Chocolate Sunday during Fellowship
7pm Youth Group

Sun, February 21
10:30am Choir Service
11:45am Third Sunday Cultivating Soul
4:45pm Lifebridge Dinner Team
7pm Youth Group

Tue, February 23
7pm Book Group

Wed, February 24
4pm Salem Pantry Bagging

Fri, February 26
First Church Storytelling Slam

Sat, February 27
9am Salem Pantry Distribution

Sun, February 28
10:30am Service

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



Game Night at First Church

Friday, February 5, 6pm
Game Night at the First Church, 6 pm kids, 7 pm games for older people begin.  Join us for what is a seriously amusing evening.

Sunday, Feb 7 10:30 am        Special Sunday Musical Service for Kids and Adults

Two of a Kind is coming to the First Church to lead an intergenerational service of songs and stories that is not to be missed. 

Join us on the first Sunday in February as our service and song leaders will be Two of a Kind, the singing duo David and Jenny Heitler-Klevans.  Friends of Ellen Brandenburg, we are fortunate to have David and Jenny come and lead a service here.  This award-winning husband-wife duo presents concerts for families and children of all ages, including songs, puppets, movement, and stories – all with an emphasis on interaction and participation. 

Two of a Kind helps people of all ages feel that they can create music and that they can make a difference in the world.  They love bringing people together and building community through music. Their beautiful harmonies accompanied by David’s powerful, rhythmic guitar playing and Jenny’s multi-ethnic percussion instruments create magic on stage. 


Book Discussion Group 
Between the World and Me
Tuesday, Feb 9 and 23 7pm
To sign up speak with the Minister.
An "open letter" and memoir written for his son by the African-American journalist and author, Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Vote Henny Penny Best Preschool

We received word the Wicked Local Reader's Choice Awards have a category for "Best Preschool" in their Best In Town survey for 2016!  If you feel Henny Penny Nursery School is the Best Daycare/Preschool in Salem, please submit a ballot on our behalf!  All entries are due by February 10th, 2016.  We received an Honorable Mention last year !

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.