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.

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.

Badges: All You Wanted to Know

Our finely honed system of making and distributing name badges at UUCS still remains a mystery to many people. Here is the management’s attempt to clear up the fog.


Anyone who regularly attends UUCS may request a badge. You do not have … read more.

“Sparkle and Clean” September 3

Following our service this Sunday, please join us as you are able in our annual “Sparkle and Clean” activity to spruce up our spiritual home.

Join the Men’s Group Sundays and Wednesdays

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

On Sunday mornings beginning August 27, 8-10 am, join the men’s group for breakfast in Hanneman Hall. These breakfasts will be held every 4 weeks (next is September 24).

On Wednesday evenings beginning … 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.

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.

Volunteers Needed to Be Hosts This Fall

The Membership Team is recruiting hosts for this coming fall. An important part of every Sunday service is the friendly hosts that greet people as they enter. If you are a friendly person who enjoys talking with others, this may be for you. This is … 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.

Help Still Needed for Family Promise August 13-19

UUCS will be hosting families through the Family Promise program from Sunday, August 13 through Sunday morning, August 20. There are still volunteer slots that need to be filled.

Sunday, August 13: Evening host
Monday, August 14: Overnight Host, Dinner Host, Evening Host
Wednesday, August 16: Overnight Host
Thursday, … read more.

Choir? Check It Out August 24

If you are interested (or simply curious) in the UUCS Choir, our season begins with a rehearsal on Thursday, August 24 at 6:30 pm. We will gather in the sanctuary at UU and connect or reconnect. Hope to see you there!

Jon Chinburg, Music Director

Social Justice Notes August 2023; One Stop Donating!

Every month a percentage of that month’s Sunday service offering is shared with a local nonprofit, which is commendable. However, those nonprofits touch a fraction of those in need of help. I feel UUCS can and should do better than sharing a percentage of the … read more.