Spiritual Exploration Classes

Our classes and workshops are distinguished by openness and a commitment to deepening spiritual experiences. Available classes and descriptions are listed below.

Available Classes

God & Justice in Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye

Book Study

In Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, the author confronts the devastating impact of monstrous hatred and demonization of Blackness on the most vulnerable person in society: a Black girl.

The novel invites readers into a story that begs fundamental questions about life and meaning amid great suffering. Where is God? Where is justice? What new insight about God and justice might an engagement with literature yield? In reading The Bluest Eye, we will explore the deadly interaction of racial self-contempt and the desirability and privileging of whiteness to discern potential new insights into the nature of God and justice for our own time and witness.

Join Lead Minister DeWayne Davis to explore the image of God and the presence of justice in The Bluest Eye. To reserve your space, contact DeWayne Davis at dewayned@plymouth.org. Please secure a copy of the novel before the first meeting.

Class Dates:

Classes will be held via Zoom, Free
September 23 & 30
October 7 & 14
5:30 p.m.

Seeing White Podcast Series

Have you ever asked the question: “What can I personally do to recognize my white advantage and become more antiracist? I really care about this, but I don’t know where to begin.”
Whether you’ve been involved in racial justice issues your entire life, for a couple of decades, or just a few months, the podcast series “Seeing White” is a superb way to familiarize yourself with how the concept of whiteness has shaped our nation.
All Plymouth members are invited to listen to this series at their own leisure and to then join a Zoom discussion focused on each episode.
Co-sponsored by Racial Justice Initiative

14 sessions (total)
Podcasts may be listened to individually, and join a group Zoom discussion once a month.
Registration for the podcast or discussions is not required, and you do not need to attend every session.

Class Dates:

NEW DATES!!!

Classes will be held via Zoom, Free
October 21, November 18, and December 16.

Zoom Discussion and Podcasts

Podcasts and the link to the Zoom discussions are available on the Plymouth website at /www.plymouth.org/act/advocate/rji/

Illuminating The Way Study Group

Join the Plymouth Church “Illuminating the Way” Study Group! We explore a book each month about spirituality and/or meditation, and then discuss it online for 90 minutes on the first Sunday of each month, 3-4:30 pm.

We would love to have you join us online on Zoom September 5 or future Sundays, whether you’re from Plymouth Church or not—and whether you have fully read, just skimmed, or not had time to read the material! Some of the books we’ll be discussing in the coming months are by Thomas Keating, Joan Chittister, Rami Shapiro, Thomas Merton, and others you are welcome to suggest. (Past authors/subjects included St. Theresa of Avila, Cynthia Bourgeois, Gospel of St. Thomas, Amy-Jill Levine, Richard Rohr, St. Theresa of Avila, et al.)

Please contact Chris Lance at clance730@gmail.com for more information.

Led by Chris Lance

Class Dates:

Classes will be held on Zoom, Free

September 5, 3 – 4 p.m.

October 3, 3 – 4 p.m.

November 7, 3 – 4 p.m.

Book Study:

When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir

Patrisse Kahn-Cullors and asha bandele’s memoir When They Call You a Terrorist is a coming-of-age story that reveals the depth of racial targeting and its impact on Black families and neighborhoods during Kahn-Cullors’ time growing up in Los Angeles.  The book also explores the ways in which these experiences led Kahn-Cullors to co-found Black Lives Matter with two other women.

Join Peter Eichten and Ann Manning for a rich discussion of this book with its focus on racial injustice perpetuated by America’s War on Drugs during multiple presidents’ terms and the effects this policy had in criminalizing a generation of Black people.  The class will also look at the work white people, especially, have to do to uncover and change the messages in this country about Black people and criminality.

Join us for this two-part session, via Zoom.

Led by Peter Eichten and Ann Manning

Class Dates:

Classes will be held on Zoom, Free, Ages 15+

Thursday, October 14th & 21st  6:30 p.m.- 8 p.m.