Congregational Support

Annual August Collection for our Partner Church

Again, this August we will continue our tradition of collecting needed items to send to our partners in Simenfalva, Transylvania. Our partner minister, Rev. Sandor Szen, suggests that easy-to-read books for beginning English students would be appreciated. The English teacher reported that some books we sent earlier were too difficult for the students, so let’s … Continued

Share the Plate Recipient for July 2017 is Salem for Refugees

Salem for Refugees is in place to help more than 100 local refugees fleeing persecution and conditions in war-torn countries such as Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Bhutan, Burma . These new residents get help with basic necessities, and with housing, healthcare, education, employment, and navigating English and a new culture. Funds go to fiscal sponsor, Salem … Continued

August 2016 Share the Plate Recipient is Family Building Blocks

 Our August Share the Plate recipient is Family Building Blocks. This agency’s mission is keeping children safe and families together in Marion and Polk counties. The agency focuses on families with the greatest needs. Services include home visits, child abuse prevention programs and early Head Start. Brandy O’Bannon, Senior Resource Development Director, will speak to … Continued

Share the Plate Recipient for June 2017 is Mid-Valley Literacy Center

The mission of the Salem-based Mid-Valley Literacy Center is to empower adults with the literacy skills and other training to improve their economic stability. The center offers language classes, computer training and pre-CNA courses.  UUCS has a history of supporting the center.

Should UUCS Become a Sanctuary Congregation?

This is the important question that we’ve been considering in a series of meetings and services during April and May. The last Sanctuary Congregation Discernment discussion groups will be held this Sunday, May 14. On May 21, we will vote on the resolution at our May 21 Annual Congregational Meeting. To get more information: You … Continued

Share the Plate Recipient for May 2017 is HOME Youth and Resource Center

May’s Share the Plate recipient is HOME Youth & Resource Center in Salem, a drop-in spot for at-risk and homeless teens in Salem. There they can also get help and get access to resources. The region has no homeless youth shelter and the program addresses a critical need in our community. Originally a grassroots organization of concerned … Continued

Cordon Road Cleanup on Earth Day – April 22

Please come help with the Cordon Road Cleanup effort on Saturday, April 22 (Earth Day) from 9 am to 12 noon. Twice a year, UUCS congregation members pick up litter along the segment of Cordon Road adjacent to our property. With some dedicated volunteers showing up to keep this one-mile stretch of roadside clean, we can have our name … Continued

Share the Plate Recipient for April 2017 is Oregon UU Voices for Justice

The Oregon UU Voices for Justice is a statewide advocacy network that mobilizes and works with Unitarian Universalists and their congregations to promote public policies in the state that embody the UU principles of justice, equity, compassion in human relations and global stewardship.  During April 9 services former UUCS Intern Minister Katie Larsell, the current executive … Continued

The March 2017 Share the Plate Recipient is the Partner Church Fund

The March Share-the-Plate recipient is our Partner Church Fund. This is our annual fund raiser, which we use for committee administrative costs and funds we share with our partner church in Simenfalva, Romania.   We have had a relationship with Simenfalva since the late 1990’s, and cemented our connection in 2002 when both churches signed a … Continued

The February 2017 Share the Plate Recipient is the Oregon Prison Project

The Oregon Prison Project is a state nonprofit that offers nonviolence training in prisons, post-prison and other settings with the overall goal of making safer communities. Such training, done by trained volunteers, has been shown to decrease aggressive behavior and increase empathy. The SJAT picked this group to support training at the Oregon Penitentiary in Salem … Continued