Core Values

Through a congregation-wide survey, the input of Listening Circles and a two-day leadership retreat, we identified five core values that are a part of our congregational DNA.

Community Engagement

We believe that faith needs to find expression in service. From our earliest days we have been involved with the world around us: feeding the hungry, housing the homeless and engaging in advocacy alongside and on behalf of society’s victims.

Excellence in Worship

We value worship that stirs the soul and engages the mind. Through outstanding preaching and wonderful music we seek to lift spirits and give lives motivation and meaning.


We have always valued the place of education in the life of faith. From the founding of colleges like Harvard, Yale and Grinnell…to establishment and support of public education…to the Plymouth Nursery School…to the Center for Spiritual Growth…to the Transition into Ministry Program, Plymouth embraces the principle that growing through education is one way we express our love for God.

Progressive Theology

Our Pilgrim forebears came to these shores with the conviction that God “…hath yet more light and truth to break forth from out [God’s] holy Word.” The conviction that “God is still speaking” still informs our desire to experience and envision God in new ways. Throughout the life of Plymouth Church we have embraced the motto, “We agree to differ, we resolve to love, we unite to serve” as a means to keeping our minds and hearts open to new truth.

Openness and Inclusivity

An outgrowth of our Progressive Theology, in recent years a hallmark of Plymouth Church is a spirit of welcome. When we gather for worship, we make it plain that “No matter who you are, no matter where you are on life’s journey, you are always welcome here.” This welcome finds concrete expression in our Open and Affirming declaration of 1993 and our Marriage Equality policy statement of 2010.


News Digest for June 4

  When the foundations are being shaken…what are we to do? We are living in tumultuous days: newly urgent calls for racial justice, a global pandemic, economic uncertainty. And it can feel so overwhelming. But there is one thing that we can and will do at Plymouth Church this summer: we will take these days... Read More

A Pastoral Response to the Events of the Past Week

  Dear People of God at Plymouth,   Your pastors have been holding you and our whole community in especially deep prayer over the last week. Our nation rages and grieves as we have been forced once again to confront our original sin of racism.   Last week an unarmed black man named George Floyd... Read More

DM Register Op-Ed: The conversation about faith we should be having (instead of the one about reopening)

Did you see Matt Mardis-LeCroy’s op-ed in the Monday, June 1 Des Moines Register? Read it here.    ... Read More

Plymouth Goes Solar

Plymouth Church is looking on the sunny side. Solar panels may be installed in the coming months on the south-facing roof that overlooks the driveway between our church and St. Augustin’s Catholic Church. This solar array is a landmark in our church-wide effort to live more sustainably and protect God’s creation. As heard from the... Read More

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