Theology of the Purposes of the Church, winter–spring 2019

Audio recordings from the course team-taught by clergy, staff and Deacons, examining the reasons for and meaning behind our Purposes of the Church; please click on the relevant date for the audio. Please see below for the Purposes.

Jan. 6, 2019

Jan. 13, 2019

Feb. 3, 2019  Paula Northwood also presented Nurture the Capacity to Love (PPT, now PDF)

Feb. 10, 2019

Feb. 17, 2019 Please note that, due to a timing issue, the first few minutes of the presentation were not recorded.

March 10, 2019 Paula Northwood also offered a PowerPoint on Deepening Our Understanding of Our Faith Tradition (now a PDF)

March 24, 2019 Paula Northwood led the discussion, including a PowerPoint presentation on investing time, talent and treasure (now a PDF).

The Purposes of the Church
We, the people of Plymouth Congregational Church, humbly seek and serve God within, among, and beyond ourselves.

Within—We find sanctuary for our spiritual journey in the Congregational tradition.
Seek the sacred in ourselves and all others.
Cultivate our deepest and best selves.
Nurture our capacity to love.
Live in the hope of renewal and transformation.

Among—We walk together in covenanted Christian community.
Care for one another.
Cultivate a spirit of gratitude, love, joy, compassion and inclusion.
Honor many pathways to the sacred.
Deepen our understanding of our faith tradition.
Nurture a welcoming culture to all.

Beyond—God’s creation benefits from our love lived out in the world.
Invest our time, talent, and treasure consistent with our values.
Serve people in need.
Advance human rights.
Further social, economic, racial and environmental justice.
Share our vision of progressive Christianity, while respecting all faith traditions.