Congregational Support

Share the Plate Recipient for January 2018 is SIHN

The January 2018 Share the Plate recipient is the Salem Interfaith Hospitality Network (SIHN). This is a group of churches who minister to homeless members of the greater Salem community.  Each church hosts homeless families for one week, providing morning and evening meals, companionship to families and children in the evening, and a place to sleep in … Continued

Share the Plate Recipient for November 2017 is Salem Rainbow Youth

Salem Rainbow Youth exists to serve the needs of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth in Marion and Polk counties. Activities include weekly groups with dinner, public meetings, workshops, gatherings, and social events. More information is available on the Salem Rainbow Youth website or Salem Rainbow Youth on Facebook.

Share the Plate Recipient for October 2018 is UUCS Microfinance Project

The UUCS Microfinance project makes small loans to people living on the edge, so they can increase their earning power, escape poverty, and make a better living for their families. Often, poor people are not able to borrow money to buy small equipment items or materials necessary for their businesses. Banks are few in rural … Continued

Share the Plate Recipient for September 2017 is the Minister’s Discretionary Fund

The Minister’s Discretionary Fund provides invaluable assistance to UUCS members and friends who are financially hard pressed by adverse circumstances. Know that your generous donation to this fund is an act of compassion and will eventually help provide badly needed relief for someone in our beloved community. Given the great need of those suffering from … Continued

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 2017 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