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.

Education

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

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Plymouth Church is humbled in gratitude for all that we have freely received from God. We continue to grow in generosity by giving to the less fortunate food, clothing, furniture and money. We want our monetary gifts to flow out from Plymouth Church and into the hands of organizations or initiatives serving people most in... Read More

Food Donation Sunday Kicks Off in Church School

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On the Limits of Wisdom

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Christmas Special Offering Grants 2018

Plymouth Church is humbled in gratitude for all that we have freely received from God. We continue to grow in generosity by giving away of our possessions that include food, clothing, furniture and money. We want this monetary abundance to flow out from Plymouth Church and into the hands of deserving organizations for people most... Read More

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