The Purpose of Theater 45° is to use the theatrical experience to deepen the many facets of being human. We intend to present stories that engage the spiritual side of the human person regardless of — but not ignoring — religious experience. These stories are rooted in questions and not answers. As a community of story-tellers and story-receivers, we strive to give an experience of collaboration and intersectionality while valuing and honoring the many voices that get pushed to the margins. We will present stories that are meant to nurture transformation and deepen how we navigate our encounters with ourselves and those that we may consider to be others. This is theater as spiritual practice.
Ashawnti Sakina Ford is a proud Twin Cities artist raised by Twin Cities artists! Her work is rooted in cultural expression, social justice, and arts accessibility. Under the umbrella of theatre Ashawnti acts, directs, and produces work that reaches audiences around the globe. She is a proud member of Blackout Improv and also the co-founder/co-artistic director of the Black Ensemble Players.
Seth Patterson, Artistic Director, is one of the founders of Theater 45°. He holds an MFA in theater performance from Florida Atlantic University and an MDiv from the University of Chicago. He was a professional actor in southeast Florida, Milwaukee, Chicago, and the Twin Cities, a Lead Teaching Artist with Upstream Arts, and the Managing Director of Torch Theater. Seth believes that theater is an exploration of the power and necessity of embodied storytelling to deepen the many facets of being human. He is now the Minister for Spiritual Formation & Theater at Plymouth Congregational Church and lives in south Minneapolis with his theater artist and community advocate spouse and his intelligent/playful/compassionate daughter.
Introducing Plymouth’s Green Fund, presented in collaboration with
the Climate & Environmental Justice Committee (Board of Outreach)
Learn about Plymouth’s new green initiative, the Green Fund, a voluntary carbon offset program that benefits the Plymouth campus,
our members, our local community, and the Earth. Plymouth members can make gifts to the Green Fund based on their self-calculated carbon footprint. These donations will be held in a separate account to fund sustainable and carbon-reducing projects on the Plymouth Campus or in our community.
Curious about how the Green Fund works? Come with your ideas and questi
ons, such as, “What project is going to be funded this first year?” “What’s a carbon credit program?” “How do I calculate my carbon footprint?” “How can I make a gift?”
Jan Neville would like the Green Fund logo added once it’s finalized.
Rick Neville is a 33-year Plymouth member currently serving on the Board of Finance & Administration, and the Stewardship and Climate & Environmental Justice committees.
Fred Quirsfeld is a 30-year Plymouth member currently serving on the Investment and Climate & Environmental Justice committees.
Dave Homans is a 40-year Plymouth member and co-chair of Climate and Environmental Justice committee and Third Sunday Meal volunteer
The High School Ethics Bowl: Conversation, Collaboration, and Citizenship
Good citizenship requires us to engage in dialogue with one another — especially about issues of central, ethical importance. Our Minnesota High School Ethics Bowl is a collaborative competition that invites students to hone the empathy, skills, and intellectual engagement necessary to effectively discuss challenging and difficult topics.
Catharine (Cat) St. Croix is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Minnesota, focusing on
epistemology (theories of evidence, belief, and knowledge), logic, and feminist philosophy. Their main interest is in how our social contexts — who we know, where we live, when we live — shape our knowledge. Cat is the Minnesota Regional Organizer of Ethics Bowl. The Roosevelt High School Ethics Bowl team will be joining us to share their experience.
Old School resale store is our neighbor across Nicollet Avenue from Plymouth’s east entrance. Learn about the history of the store and what kind of donations they accept as well as how the store uses donated goods. They will also discuss volunteering at Old School and how Plymouth Church can help.
Joe Partyka and Molly Johnson run Old School by Steeple People. Joe is the Store Manager and Molly is the Assistant Store Manager.
Explore your community and your faith through our robust alignment of topics and discussions.
Plymouth Congregational Church is a progressive faith community grounded in the Christian tradition. In mutual care and with respect for our diverse understandings of God, we seek to embody the radical love and justice found in the life, teachings and spirit of Jesus.