Peace and Justice are actions we take every day toward building the Beloved Community and the members and friends of FCUCC Salem have a longstanding commitment to collaborations and initiatives that support a more just and peaceful world.
These past few years it has been a particularly challenging time to engage in these ministries due to the impact of the Global Pandemic. However, we have continued to live into our mission by developing new opportunities to engage in dialogue, offer support and participate in activism based in our understanding of the Greatest Commandment.
"Love the Lord your God with all of your heart, mind, strength and soul," and to "Love our neighbors as yourself." Matthew 22:36-40
Here are a few initiatives that you can help support with your time, talent and treasure. Prayer is always welcome!
Family Promise - we work with FP to support unsheltered families as they move toward more stable housing. While we are not yet able to offer space for these families as we have in the past, we provide meals and financial support to help this important ecumenical ministry in Salem.
Tool Time - we work with the Bridge and other faith-based programs and collect tools for those moving into transitional housing.
Food-based ministries - we have several members and friends who are involved with food-based ministries to the unsheltered.
As we emerge from the Pandemic we will be looking at ways to reengage with Peace and Justice initiatives, both new and old. These may include
Climate Change Activism
Refugee Resettlement Programs
The Poor People's Campaign and Moral Mondays
Universal Health Care
Criminal Justice Reform
Treaty and Land Rights
Get Out The Vote
Letters to Legislators
We are a Open and Affirming, Just Peace congregation and we seek to make the world and more just and peaceful planet for all.
Here in Salem, Oregon, we remember that our homes and our lives are built within the watershed of the great Willamette River and upon the aboriginal lands of the Kalapuya peoples, who today belong to the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon. As we open our hearts to all who call this place home, we acknowledge the harm that has come to the native peoples of this place through settlement and land appropriation, often by the church itself. We acknowledge the harm that has come to the native species of this sacred land through our own human actions. We ask forgiveness this day as we commit ourselves to restoring the communion of all creation, here and throughout the earth.
FCUCC's Sacred Circle
During the Pandemic, members of FCUCC community were invited to create a Sacred Circle by an immigrant rights' group, Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice.
For over a year we have been meeting independently as a spiritual support group for those working on racial justice and immigrant's rights.
If you are interested in working on social justice issues and think an experience like this could support your work, please contact
Laurie Hoefer at
RACIAL JUSTICE NETWORK - central pacific conference
Justice & Ministry Team meets on the first and third Wednesday of the month at 11am on Zoom. The network exists to provide resources, accountability and support for anti-racist practice. All members of the CPC are welcome.
Zoom link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82041077789