Share the Plate Recipient for October 2023 is Salem for Refugees

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.

Parents’ Night Out September 29

Mark your calendar for Children’s Movie Night and Parents’ Night Out! We provide dinner, games and a movie (the newly released movie, Elemental) on a big screen on September 29 from 6:00 to 8:30 pm Childcare will be by volunteers that are background check approved and … read more.

Ballroom and Latin Dance Classes Begin September 27

Join us for beginning Ballroom and Latin dancing classes this fall! Payment is due at the first class, on Sep 27. Cost is $60 per person for 8 weekly sessions. Sessions are 60 minutes each.

The possible dances we may cover are Waltz, Foxtrot and Swing. … read more.

2024 General Assembly Delegates Needed

General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) for conducting business of the Association. As a democratic organization, UUA has member delegates vote on issues in front of the Association. 

Our congregation can have 5 voting delegates and next year’s meeting will … read more.

Communications R Us – Can You Help?

The Communications Team is looking for a few new members. We would welcome a proofreader/editor to give our volunteers some time off. And, a back-up publicity person would be very helpful, to post news online, and to write press releases and design posters for … read more.

Admire our New Benches!

Before the pandemic, UUCS hired a tree service company to remove some Douglas firs in Bateman Woods that had grown along the barbed wire fence on the east property line. The trees were getting too tall for the site, and starting to shade out some … read more.

Coffee Service Schedule for All Members

Once again, as part of the shared ministry campaign, we are asking that all members of the congregation help with coffee service one or two times throughout the year. See the schedule for the days you are assigned to help. We are hoping this … read more.

Join the Men’s Group Sundays and Wednesdays

All who identify as men are welcome to join the Men’s Group twice a month.

On Wednesday evening, September 13, from 6 to 8 pm, meet for a pot luck in Rev. Rick’s office. These meetings happen every 4 weeks. The subsequent meeting will be October … read more.

Banned Book Library

YOU are invited to participate in our new BANNED BOOK LIBRARY! Here’s how:

FIND the Banned Book Library bookcase in the Fellowship Hall.

BORROW books using the sign-up sheet.

DONATE books that have been banned anywhere in America. There’s a list on the bookcase, or you can google … read more.

Oregon UU Voices for Justice Meets October 14

The OUUVfJ Annual meeting on October 14 is being hosted by the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Eugene this year. It will be multiplatform. The theme is Connecting Communities for Justice. Speakers: Rev. Allison Miller, First Unitarian Church, Portland and Brenda Smith, Executive Director of High … read more.

Landscape Work Parties Second and Fourth Saturdays

Look at all the land our congregation has. Now, who takes care of managing the upkeep of this beautiful space? No hired landscape firm, no master gardeners looking for experience, not some other one, alone. You and I can share that Saturday mornings. It’s … read more.

Celebrating Sunday Service Through the Lens of the Celebrant

Are you someone who finds meaning in our Sunday services and would like to expand your spiritual growth and learning, collaborate with the Minister and a great team of dedicated people who are interested creating a welcoming, compassionate, and inspiring community through Sunday Service?  Then … read more.

General Assembly in Pittsburg June 21-25, 2023

Faithfully Becoming is the theme of the annual UUA General Assembly in Pittsburg June 21-25 2023. Over a 5-day immersive experience that can be either in-person or virtual, attendees will participate in inspirational worship services and informative workshops, reconvene with friends and colleagues, and experience … read more.

Men’s Retreat

There is a lot of interest in a UUCS men’s retreat, including Reverend Rick! We are starting to investigate locations. It will probably a weekend, within an hour of Salem, hopefully this Fall.

But… we need an idea of how many MIGHT go…so please send an … read more.

Lots of Firewood Available

The Facilities team needs to find a home for the 2021 ice-storm firewood stacked in Bateman Woods, before next winter. If you are or might be interested in receiving some not later than this September, e-mail or call Tom Lancefield by June 1. We originally … read more.

Collecting Cans for Retreat Scholarships

Returnable bottles and cans are still being collected to fund the scholarship fund for the Women’s Retreat to be held next fall or spring. Bottle Drop bags are available on the credenza in the foyer. Just fill the bag with your returnables and drop off … read more.

Reopening Guidelines Drop RSVP for Service

With sensitivity to our vulnerable and immunocompromised friends, the Reopening Team has determined guidelines to be in place as of April 13, 2022. The major change is that it is no longer necessary to RSVP to come to the service. These guidelines are subject … read more.

Women’s One-Day Retreat Planning

The UUCS Women’s Retreat, the annual tradition which brings women together for a day, or a weekend, of companionship, sisterhood, sharing and growing has been on hiatus due to the pandemic. Although we are not ready to return to a full weekend retreat, we are … read more.

Choir and Music Volunteers Wanted!

Want a fun, stress relieving activity that provides proven health benefits and is completely FREE? Join choir! The UUCS choir rehearses every Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:00 pm and performs once a month. Come meet some new people (or say hello to long time friends) and help contribute to … read more.

Contribute to Marion Polk Food Share

Marion Polk Food Share comes by the first Monday of each month to pick up donations generously given by UUCS members, visitors, and Staff. The donation site is the beautiful Red Wagon in our Foyer. Let’s try to fill the wagon each month with food … read more.

Use the Publication Request Form

The Worship Team encourages UUCS Teams, Committees and Members to use the Publication Request form to communicate information about groups and activities to our UUCS community. The Communications Team does a good job of putting this information out in the weekly Friday This Week emails, … read more.

General Assembly in Portland June 22-26, 2022

General Assembly is the annual gathering of Unitarian Universalists for conducting business of the Association, exploring the theological underpinnings of our faith, and leaning fully into our mission and principles. In 2022 it is in Portland, and is offered as an in-person meeting or online.

The … read more.

Men’s Group Meetings Schedule

The next Men’s Group meeting will be Sunday, November 21 at 8 am. All identifying as men are welcome! Men attending will check-in and there will be discussion. All that is discussed will be kept confidential unless the safety of a participant or someone … read more.

Coffee Service – Part of Our Shared Ministry

We celebrate the return of in-person Sunday services and fellowship time with coffee! As part of the shared ministry campaign, we are asking that each member of the congregation help with coffee service one or two times throughout the year, beginning November 7. We are … read more.

2021-22 Celebrating Diversity Music Concerts

Celebrate the cultural diversity of the Salem area through a nine-concert series (now Live!) this fall through spring! The UUCS Music department is planning the concert series for Tuesdays or Fridays each month from October 12, 2021 to June 14, 2022. Series planner, … read more.

Invitation to Join UUCSLIST Electronic Bulletin Board

We are in the midst of revitalizing the UUCSLISt into an email “Electronic Bulletin Board.”

We are offering signups to members and friends of the UUCS community.

We envision the UUCSLIST as our electronic bulletin board, especially now that we have limited access to our building … read more.

Using our Online Directory is a Breeze!

Breeze is our Online church directory accessible from your phone or computer, if you have an email listed in the directory. Everyone who has an email listed in the directory can see pictures and names of everyone in the directory. Those who are members of … 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.

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.

Learn About/Register For OWL Sept. 17

Beginning this fall UCCS is offering Our Whole Lives (OWL) Sexuality Education for children in grades 7, 8 and 9. The course will consist of fifteen classes held on Sundays at 12:30 at UUCS on these dates: October 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, November … read more.

Roy Zimmerman September 22

He’s Coming Back! Roy Zimmerman Is Coming Back to UUCS in September!

He shows up here regularly like a “good penny” with his progressive take on our times. He’ll have several new songs and stories to tell. In a recent message to us Roy said “Melanie … read more.

Meet Our Board September 17

What are you doing Sunday September 17 after the service?  Well, the UUCS Board is going to be waiting for you in the Sanctuary, their coffee cups in hand, to chat about various things.  Maybe start off – who is on the Board anyway?  Update on … read more.

Water Communion September 10

Water Communion Sunday, September 10, is the official start of the liturgical year. Bring a small vessel of water to symbolize what the gift of water means to you.  It could represent some place you have been recently, or the gratitude for the recent brief … read more.