First Congregational United Church of Christ
Sunday, October 23, 2016
Salem, Oregon


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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. 


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Join us for worship at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays.

Our address: 700 Marion Street NE, Salem, Oregon 97301

We are wheelchair accessible and have an elevator that services all floors.

Special Event: 

Fighting the Good Fight -
Obed Dickenson & the Struggle for Racial Justice in Oregon

Friday, October 28, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
First Congregational United Church of Christ
700 Marion St. NE

Join us for the first in the Obed & Charlotte Dickinson Lecture Series. Willamette University history professor Dr. Jennifer Jopp discusses the period of time when Obed Dickinson, the first pastor of Salem's First Congregational Church, preached against the sins of slavery.

To learn more about the United Church of Christ and the "God Is Still Speaking" Campaign, go to and 

 First Congregational United Church of Christ
700 Marion Street NE
Salem, Oregon 97301
All are welcome, always.

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Artapotty movement was on Koin TV on December 22, 2015



Artapotty movement comes to theatre near you, gets local and national media attention

Documentary Film Screening:  "Arta Potties:  An American Tale" premieres at 5 & 7 PM on Wed., Oct. 7 at the Reed Opera House, Verona Studio.  Free admission.

Come see the story behind the "Artapotty" movement spearheaded by Rebecca Courtney of the Reed Opera House, Verena Wessel of NW Human Services, our Pastors Emily and Janet, and Pamella Watson.  This story is trending!    This effort to bring 7 artistically wrapped port-a-potties to downtown Salem is getting the attention of local media and going viral.  

For recent media coverage see, USA today at and Wednesday's Statesman Journal "Holding Court" segment, at


 Watch the Arta Pottie Trailer here:

Listen to the interview Pastor Janet Parker gave on July 16, 2015 about the Arta Potties project here:

"Homeless welcome porta-facilities" by Helen Caswell. Salem Weekly Volume 12 issue 5 --June 25, 2015-July 8, 2015Type text here.

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