Welcome to First Congregational United Church of Christ in Salem, Oregon
We are a Just Peace and Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ. This church welcomes everyone without regard to race, gender, age, sexual orientation, ethnicity, economic class, marital status, or physical/mental abilities and encourages all to share in the life and leadership of this congregation. No matter who you are, or where you are on life's journey, you're welcome here. Here at the United Church of Christ.
Join us for worship at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays
Our address: 700 Marion Street NE, Salem, Oregon 97301
Map of our address: maps.google.com/maps
We are wheelchair accessible and have an elevator that services all floors.
Screening of "Traces of the Trade."
Friday, July 24 at 7 p.m. Free admission.
In the feature documentary Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North, filmmaker Katrina Browne discovers that her New England ancestors were the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. She and nine cousins retrace the Triangle Trade and gain powerful new perspectives on the black/white divide.
First Congregational UCC Council Laments Charleston Shooting
At its meeting on July 8, 2015, the Council of First Congregational United Church of Christ in Salem unanimously endorsed an emergency resolution to lament the Charleston shooting. The resolution was originally approved at the recent General Synod of the United Church of Christ in Cleveland, Ohio. The racially motivated shooting took place at the Mother Emanuel AME church in Charleston, South Carolina on June 17 and resulted in the deaths of nine African American church leaders. The resolution reads, "Our hearts are broken and our resolve is strong. We will stand in witness to the faith, courage of all affected, and pray that 'Violence shall no more be heard in your land, devastation or destruction within your borders; you shall call your walls Salvation and your gates Praise' (Isaiah 60:18) We will stand we will rise, and we will act." First Congregational UCC launched a "Sacred Conversation on Race" beginning at noon on Sunday, July 12. Click here for the text of the invitation to the Sacred Conversation on Race.
Pastoral letter to the Congregation about the placement of a porta- potty in our church's parking lot. June 18, 2015 Click here.
First Congregational UCC of Salem, Oregon part of downtown taskforce on public restrooms --June 2015
UCC steps up to respond to crisis in Baltimore
The UCC is among other faith communities reaching out with clergy support and moral support to the fractured city of Baltimore in the wake of the death of Freddie Gray in police custody and subsequent riots, looting and unrest. Please click on the following links for more information about how UCC leaders and clergy of all faiths are responding to the crisis. http://www.ucc.org/news_baltimore_area_clergy_work_for_peace_during_protests