Community Advocacy

WHAT IS JUST PEACE?

Just Peace is a recognized designation for activities which are intentional and purposeful to alleviate inequities and injustices which may lead to violence. A Just Peace congregation recognizes there can be no true peace without justice for all, including Just Peace in the Community – so that all may live free from fear.

A Plymouth committee was formed to study how the Just Peace pronouncement would affect Plymouth and to recommend (or not) to Plymouth’s Church Council that Plymouth be designated a Just Peace Church. As a Just Peace Church, Plymouth would seek justice and peace in every sphere of life. The committee presented the proposal to the Church Council in September 2017, and it was approved unanimously at the October 2017 Church Council meeting. Plymouth is proud to be a Just Peace church!

Just Peace Covenant

This proposal was read at the September Church Council meeting and was adopted by a unanimous vote at the October Church Council meeting.

At Plymouth Church we resolve to grow in love of God and neighbor as a Just Peace congregation, affirm our intention to seek justice and peace in every sphere of life, and recognize there can be no true peace without justice for all. The scriptures speak plainly of God’s call for justice. We believe that by the grace of God and with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, peace sustained by justice is possible.

We seek Just Peace
In the community—so that all may live free from fear.
With the earth—so that all life is sustained.
In the marketplace—so that all may live with dignity.
Among the nations—so that all lives are protected.

We affirm that living as a Just Peace church is a continually evolving and intentional process, rather than the assumption of a permanent status.

Human Trafficking Task Force

Advocacy focus: Legal protections and community support of human trafficking survivors. Collaborate with a wide range of grassroots service, education, and law enforcement agencies to effect change. Shirlee Reding.

Renew Family Literacy

Service focus: Refugee families in need of language skills and caring community. Saturday afternoons and Wednesday mornings Plymouth volunteers teach English and literacy to refugee families in an atmosphere of respect and hospitality.

Transition from Prison Ministry

Service focus: Men and women recently released from incarceration. Volunteers work in pairs with same-gender individuals referred to us by Bridges of Iowa and other community half-way houses. Partners work together for six months or so to build healthy relationships, envision new goals and add support through the transition to life on the outside.

PLYMOUTH GROUNDS COFFEE SHOP

Plymouth Grounds – open 8:30 a.m.-noon, Monday-Friday – is staffed by intellectually disabled students from the Des Moines-area schools.

When you stop in for coffee or a pastry, students have the opportunity to practice academic, social and work skills that they have learned in the classroom and apply them to the real world. Many Plymouth Grounds baristas have graduated from Des Moines Public Schools and moved on to jobs in the private sector. Plymouth Church volunteers work side-by-side with the students in the not-for-profit coffee shop.

While your experience at Plymouth Grounds may take a little longer than at a traditional coffee shop, you have the satisfaction of knowing you are helping these students brew more than just coffee!

To make your coffee experience a little smoother, Plymouth Grounds now offers reserved parking in the circle drive off 42nd Street during shop hours. Buzz in, park close, and pick up a cup of coffee, latte or iced tea to take with you or enjoy in the shop or on the patio!

Women’s Career Closet

Located at the Wellmark YMCA, Plymouth women donate goods and volunteer at the Career Closet, which is the only place in the metro area where need-based women can come for free career clothes and be treated to an excellent shopping atmosphere. Each customer can select three or four complete outfits.

WILLITS LGBTQ COMMITTEE AT PLYMOUTH CHURCH

As an open and affirming congregation, Plymouth Church embraces diversity in our congregation and community. We affirm the dignity and worth of every person created in the image of God.

We honor the guiding principle that discrimination is incompatible with Christ’s message of unconditional love.

We welcome into full membership and participation in all aspects of our church life persons of every race, language, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, physical or mental ability, economic or marital status and faith background, and we affirm and celebrate all loving and committed relationships.