Social Justice

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

Sanctuary Team News

The Sanctuary Team and the Social Justice Action Team continues to promote immigrant justice, and to form an interfaith coalition among churches in Marion and Polk counties. Following the May 21 congregational vote for UUCS to become a sanctuary congregation, a press release was sent out to local media. Salem Weekly ran the entire press release while … 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

Covenant Group Offerings This Fall

You’re invited to join a covenant group for the 2017-18 year, beginning this fall. Whether you’re a long-time member with lots of connections, a newcomer beginning to make those connections, someone returning after an absence and looking to reconnect, or anywhere else in between, you will enjoy this connection. Covenant groups are an opportunity to … 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

Results of the Annual Meeting

At the UUCS Annual Congregational Meeting on May 21, 2017, in keeping with our bylaws, the following items were approved by the congregation. The slate of candidates for board directors and officers The candidate for the nominating committee The 2017-2018 proposed annual budget The renewal of our status as a Welcoming Congregation. UUCS will become … 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

UUCS Annual Meeting, Sunday May 21 after 10:30 Service

The Annual UUCS Congregational Meeting will be held in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday May 21st at 11:45 am following the kickoff of our Single Service Summer.  On the agenda are election of Board and Nominating Committee officers, voting to approve the 2017-18 annual congregational budget, and a vote on the Sanctuary Congregation resolution.  There … Continued