Who we are?
South Salem Friends Church is an intergenerational meeting of Christ-centered Friends (Quakers) located in the South Gateway Neighborhood in Salem Oregon.
As community we desire that people have an opportunity to experience and know Jesus Christ, to grow in Christ by learning to listen and obey his teachings, and to become a people who love others the way Jesus would.
If you are interested in learning more about us, the best way is to join us on a Sunday morning and attended one of our gatherings.
What to expect on Sunday mornings. Our gathering starts at 10am and lasts about a hour. During gatherings we typically will consist of praise music, prayer, a sermon and traditional waiting worship in the manner of Friends. If you have children they are more than welcome to join us in our regular gathering but we also offer a children’s Sunday school as well.
South Salem Friends Church is affiliated with Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends. (NWYM)
- Jesus Christ is present.
Jesus Christ is actively present with us as Savior, Teacher, Lord, Healer, and Friend. Christ is immediately accessible to all who believe in Him. Those who take time to listen to Christ can hear His voice and follow Him, individually and collectively.
- Scripture calls us to account and helps us know God’s will.
The Bible, as interpreted by the Holy Spirit, shows us what God requires of us and provides authoritative and unfailing spiritual guidance for our lives today.
- God is the source of life, and all human life is sacred.
All life has its origin in the creative work of God, and human life is to be regarded as a sacred gift from God. Because all persons have equal value and are created in the image of God, we must treat others with respect and dignity, regardless of human measures of merit or value.
- The Holy Spirit transforms and empowers us.
The Holy Spirit enlightens our paths and transforms our lives. As we yield our lives to God and become immersed in the life of the Spirit, things change. Despair gives way to hope, and weakness gives way to empowerment. All things indeed become new.
- We are called to be and to make followers of Christ.
Christ through His Spirit transforms us to be more like Himself. He enables us to live lives of integrity and righteousness and calls us to bring others into this relationship. We listen to Christ, we obey Him, and we teach others how to do the same.
- We are called to live out Christ’s love.
Jesus reveals the fullest measure of God’s love by His example in His death on the cross. As we become more Christ-like, we hope to display this same quality of love corporately and individually to those around us.
- We are called to be agents of God’s peace and love to everyone.
We are called to work for justice and to be agents of peace in a broken world. Whether situations of conflict and confusion are personal, national, or global—within the church or beyond it—we are called to be agents of the same healing and love we have received from God.
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