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,



Homecoming Sunday and Water Communion
Sunday, September 11
Bring some water from your summertime experiences to share during our annual ritual of regathering and celebration of community.


Why is a mainly "white" New England congregation hanging a "Black Lives Matter" banner above our door?

Click here to find out why!


Video of Recent Islam in America     Speaker Series

"The Life of Mohammed"

by Majed Ashy, PhD

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First Church Lifebridge Dinner Team

Sign Ups for Lifebridge and Fellowship will be available in August.

Thank you!

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

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Sun, August 21
10:30am Service
Deacon Claire Donaldson preaching, Member of the Standing Cmt and Chair of our Pastoral Care Cmt

Mon, August 22
5pm Rebel Shakespeare in the Garden!

Thu, August 25
6pm First Church Games on the Common

Fri, Aug 26 - Sun, Aug 28
CUUPS Convocation

Sun, August 28
8:00am Family Promise moves cots and bedding in for the week.
10:30am Service
Morning Service in the Church Garden hosted by CUUPS led by church member Jerrie Hildebrand and the Rev. Shirley Ranck.
Sun, Sept 4
Family Promise Hosting Week Ends. No service for Labor Day weekend. 



First Church Game Night on Salem Common!
Thursday, August 25
On Thursday, August 25, the Radue Family will be hosting an outdoor games evening for First Church members on the Salem Common starting at 6:00 pm. There will be bocci, croquet, bean bag toss, badminton, and more. The event will also be a potluck picnic and attendees are encouraged to bring a summer dish to share.

Family Promise at First Church
August 28 - September 4

The First Church will host families overnight in our upstairs classrooms during the week of August 28.  We need many volunteers to help us including people willing to prepare a meal for 11-14 parents and kids.  We also need two volunteers to sleep at the church each night for the seven nights we are hosting. Sign up here to volunteer. Please contact Jess Kane (jesskane07@gmail.com) or Rev. Barz-Snell (minister@firstchurchinsalem.com) with further questions.

CUUPS Convocation: Awakening Our Tribe
August 26-28
This year's Convocation is the first in a decade and it's time to awaken the spirit of Unitarian Universalist Pagans. Join CUUPS for this special gathering as they return to the roots for inspiration. Click here for more information. 

Saturday, October 15

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