At Plymouth, our commitment to Christ's teachings is lived out in many ways. The church – and people’s individual faith perspectives - must be continually renewed and nurtured for each era and life stage.
Plymouth Church UCC is a Christian Community open to the transforming Spirit of God.
Growing people of faith who participate in God’s work in the world
Believing God’s love transcends all human distinctions, Plymouth welcomes people of all races and cultures, social and economic conditions, gender identity and sexual orientation. Open and affirming of all people, we call all people to the cost and joys of Christian discipleship.
Plymouth Church shares with other United Church of Christ congregations an "extravagantly" inclusive faith perspective where all are welcome as God's beloved people. Our open communion table, where all are welcome, demonstrates our beliefs. Other themes include:
In the essentials we seek unity, in nonessentials diversity, in all things charity. Unity requires mutual understanding and agreement as to which aspects of Christian faith and life are essential.
Unity of the church is not of its own making. It is a gift from God. Expressions of unity are as diverse as its community of individuals. Love is the common thread as testified to by Jesus Christ.
Testimonies of faith. Because faith may be expressed in many different ways, United Church of Christ sets no specific formula that is a 'test' of one’s faith. Through the centuries, Christians share their faith through creeds, confessions, catechisms and other statements of faith. The Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed, the Heidelberg Catechism and the Cambridge Platform and the Kansas City Statement of Faith (more info here) are all honored as authentic testimonies of faith.
In 1959, the General Synod of the United Church of Christ adopted a Statement of Faith prepared especially for the United Church. We use this statement as a common affirmation in our worship life and as a basis for study and reflection.
There is yet more light and truth to break forth from sacred texts. This classic statement underscores the primacy of the Bible as the source for understanding the good news and as the foundation for all statements of faith. It recognizes that the Bible, written in specific historical times and places, still speaks to us in our present condition. It declares study of the scriptures as unlimited by past interpretations; study is to be pursued with expectancy for new insights and help in today's world.
The Priesthood of all believers. All people in covenant with the United Church of Christ are called to minister to others and spread the good news of Jesus Christ. We are called to participate as equals in the common worship of God.
Recognition is given to those among us who have received special training in pastoral, priestly, educational and administrative functions. Ordained ministers are regarded as Christ’s servants. Their task is to discern and encourage each person’s gifts in support of the church's local and wider mission and ministry.
Responsible freedom. Each local church is free to act in accordance with the collective decision of its members, guided by the working of the Holy Spirit in light of the scriptures. We are also called to live in covenantal relationship with other congregations to share insights and for cooperative action under Christ's authority.
Our congregational life together supports each person’s individual faith journey. We honor conflicting views and challenge one another, while maintaining a solid ethic of love to unify us across our differences.