Virtual Animal Blessing Service October 4

Sunday October 4 is the annual Animal Blessing Service and this year is especially poignant with the fires bringing into strong focus the love we have for all beings, human and animal. To honor our animal friends, please send a photo or two of an … read more.

Can You Provide Special Music for a Service?

We are resuming Special Music as a part of our services! Volunteer musicians will participate in our live-streamed services on Sunday mornings, in a responsible environment where social distancing and mask protocols are observed. Anyone interested in making a musical offering to our services and … read more.

Help Wildfire Relief Efforts through United Way

The latest list of needed items posted by United Way includes Colman stoves, propane canisters, canopies, wheelbarrows, brooms, shovels, large tarps, cots, and heavy rakes.   All donated items  can be dropped off at the Truitt Receiving Center, located at 1330 Front St. NE, Salem. … read more.

Sign Up for Sunday Fellowship Time!

Starting September 13 at noon (following the Water Communion service), we will all get an opportunity to see our smiling faces through a 30-minute Zoom Fellowship Gathering! In order to be part of this you do have to sign up, but only once to get an … read more.

What’s Happening with Streaming Services?

Thanks to the congregation for their patience as we work to make viewing our online services a smooth process. It has been an unanticipated steep learning curve for us all, as we work with our technology, our equipment and our dedicated volunteers. 

For the latest from … read more.

Join the Engagement Team

Volunteers are needed to make connections in our UU community. The membership team is starting an “Engagement Team” to do quick check-ins with members/friends. This has become especially important in this time of isolation.

Members of the Engagement Team would have a list of UUCS members/friends … read more.

Share the Plate Recipient for September 2020 is Causa

What is Share the Plate?  During each Sunday service, we take a collection. This voluntarily given money is then shared between our congregation and an organization from the local community which has goals that align with Unitarian Universalist principles. This month’s Share the Plate recipient … read more.

Help Save the Plants!

A plea from the UUCS indoor plants: “We are in desperate need of quality care. Since the closing of the building, our care has been neglected. We lack the human interactions, water and nutrients and regular care that we need to thrive. Sadly, some of … read more.

World Religions RE Class By Rev. Rick and Don Wolf

For this programming year, Rev Rick and Don Wolfe will be co-leading an adult RE class using Huston Smith’s The World’s Religions. This class will meet via Zoom on the last Tuesday of each month beginning September 29 from 6:30 – 8 pm. The required … read more.

Artworks Calls for Your Creations

Have you done any artwork while staying at home because of the virus?

The Art Works Team invites congregants of all ages to submit photos of their artwork to be used on the Welcome slide at the beginning of our streaming services. Send a photo (jpeg … read more.

Men Meet “In-Person, But Socially Distanced” Bi-Weekly

The UUCS Men’s Group, which had been meeting “virtually” on Zoom, is now meeting in-person outside, weather-permitting at 8 am every other week.
The meeting on Sunday, August 16 was at the Minto-Brown Park picnic shelter at the end of the road, near Parking Lot #3. … read more.

Please Wear Masks Inside Our Building

A friendly reminder to all that, if you are inside the building, you need to wear a mask at all times! If you have a personal work space (desk or private office) you can remove your mask at your workspace as long as social distancing … read more.

Call to Action for Social Justice in Salem

As Unitarian Universalists, we are called upon by our 7 Principles to confront and combat the injustices that our country and our community have been fighting in the recent weeks following the death of George Floyd and other Black and Brown people.  Here in … read more.

Beware of Email Scams Using Rev. Rick’s Name

Recently, another person sent information to the office about an email scam where the email APPEARED to be from Rev. Rick. The writer asks the recipient to purchase gift cards for various people at “Hope Children Homes”. Rick reminds the congregation that he would … read more.

Meditation Online Wednesday and Saturday!

UU Compassionate Mind Sangha is offering twice weekly online meditation & Dharma talks.
Email to learn how to join us using the Zoom Cloud Meetings app. We offer online meditation from 7:00-8:00 pm each Wednesday and 7:30-8:30 am each Saturday.

Register to Vote in May Primaries by April 28

The last day to register to vote in the Oregon primary elections is April 28, The primaries will be held Tuesday, May 19.
Kathy Randall will be at the Social Justice table in the fellowship hall after the service every Sunday up to and including … read more.

Share the Plate Recipient for November is 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.

Find out more on their website, or visit Salem Rainbow Youth on Facebook.

Fall Equinox Celebration September 22

Please join the Salem Covenant of UU Pagans (CUUPs) for our Fall Equinox Celebration, Friday Sept 22.  Day and night are equal length. It is also the time to pause in gratitude of the second harvest. 

Gathering and potluck at 7:00 pm with ritual  starting at promptly at 7:30 … read more.

RE Notes for Fall 2016


REGISTRATION is being done through a google document.  A link has been sent to all of the parents currently on the google email list.  If you are new to our congregation and have yet to have been added to the google group, please pick-up a … read more.

Another Streaming Attempt September 13

We are constantly learning, here Behind The Chalice, and this week we learned that the Sanctuary just doesn’t get enough WiFi to make a smooth live stream experience. At the moment. But, never fear dear readers, this is going to be looked into as far … read more.

Streaming September 6

On September 6, we tried our first Live Stream! There was a little hiccup with the “stream” part, but that should be fixed now, and the recording of the service went quickly up, so folks did get to see it on Sunday. The few people … read more.