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.

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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First Church is excited to announce that we are now offering automated electronic giving!

Electronic giving offers benefits to First Church and our community. It gives a much-needed donation consistency to the church and is convenient for us—no more writing checks or forgetting to write them! Automated electronic giving pulls monthly offerings directly from individual deposit accounts and transfers it directly into the First Church account.

 Starting in October, automatic drafts will occur on the 15th of every month, and the enrollment form must be received by the 10th.


Lifebridge Dinner Team

Meeting House Flowers

Fellowship Coffee Hour

September 24: Rosh Hashanah Begins at Sundown 5pm Salem Pantry Bagging 7:30pm Music & Worship Committee September 26: Rosh Hashanah Ends at Sundown September 27 9am Salem Pantry Distribution 4:45pm Lifebridge Dinner Team September 28 10:30am Service 12pm Family Promise Presentation 1pm Standing Committee Retreat 7pm Youth Group October 5 10:30am World Communion Sunday October 12 9:00am Stewardship 10:30am Service October 13 12pm Lunch with the Pastor October 17 6pm Halloween Family Fun Night October 19 10:30am Service October 21 7:15pm Standing Committee    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~  

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. Click here for survey (https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DQFSPS5) .

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.