Tuesday, June 28
In-person and Online
ATTENTION ALL PLYMOUTH MEMBERS:
Please join us at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28, for our third police encounter dilemma and discussion. It is not necessary to have participated in the first or second discussion. All are welcome. We will hold our discussion live and in person at the church, but will also offer a Zoom streaming option.
Minnesota Department of Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington has given us our third police encounter dilemma scenario for feedback, a dilemma he faced as a young police officer, involving an encounter at night, answering a frantic 911 caller’s demand for police support.
Commissioner Harrington has thanked participating congregations for our feedback from the first two sessions and is eager to have our continuing feedback from this third session.
PLEASE REGISTER TO JOIN FELLOW PLYMOUTH MEMBERS FOR THIS THIRD SESSION DISCUSSION
As with our first two sessions, this third session will focus on a specific police encounter dilemma that Commissioner Harrington has prepared for each faith community’s detailed discussion and feedback. We will view a video about this dilemma, followed by a discussion of our immediate and visceral reactions to this dilemma. Then Rev. Dr. DeWayne Davis will introduce a faith reading that bears on this dilemma, and we will break into small groups to discuss how the values of our faith tradition may change our views about this dilemma. This feedback will be given to Commissioner Harrington.
Important to Note: During this session, we will be showing a video that discusses police fear in the dark of night about a possibly armed and non-compliant suspect. We encourage everyone to prepare themselves emotionally for this and to mute and/or turn off video if you sense that this may be traumatizing to you.
Registration is required.
June 12, 2022
Notice of Annual Meeting
Notice is hereby given that the Annual Meeting of Plymouth Congregational Church of Minneapolis will be held on Sunday, June 12, 2022, at 12:15 p.m. at the church. To ensure that all who wish to attend will be able to do so, the meeting will be available via Zoom as well as in person.
Approve minutes from:
June 13, 2021 Annual Meeting
Roll Call of:
New 50-year Members
Budget for Fiscal Year 2023**
Election of Church Leaders
No other business may come before the meeting.
If you wish to attend virtually, you may register to attend via Zoom at the church’s website (www.plymouth.org).
Information regarding how to participate via Zoom will be provided to registrants in advance of the meeting. To participate via Zoom, you will need either a smartphone, electronic tablet, laptop, or computer.
*While observers are welcome, only Plymouth Church members may vote on the Action Items.
**Materials for the 2023 fiscal year budget will be available at Plymouth.org.
“Without a moral or spiritual awakening, we will remain forever trapped in political games fueled by fear, greed, and the hunger for power.” – Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow
“Can we swim together in the same pool or not? It’s a political question, yes, and one with economic ramifications. But at its core, it’s a moral question. Ultimately, an economy – the rules we abide by and set for what’s fair and who merits what – is an expression of our moral understandings. So, if our country’s moral compass is broken, is it any wonder that our economy is adrift?” – Heather McGhee, The Sum of Us
We live in a country that is not only founded on violence but is also founded on lies, and they go hand-in-hand. Lies lead to violence, and violence leads to lies; it’s a vicious circle of moral ineptitude. We have lied about our history, we have lied about the supremacy of white people, we have lied about the inferiority of black and brown people. We have recently had a president who lied at a rate unprecedented in our history. His lies led to violence on Jan. 6, 2021.
We are called to love our neighbor as ourselves; is that even possible as we swim in centuries of lies and violence? Are we a nation that is spiritually and morally bankrupt? I’m not always sure.
And there is hope. And we are that hope. Lent for me is a time for self-reflection. A reflection not only on my personal failures and sins, but also a reflection on my participation in our communal and systemic failures and sins.
Grant us God, the wisdom to see our failures. The courage to change, and willingness to work to make our city, our state, our country, and our world a better place for all people and for all of creation. Amen.