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Jul 13, 2020

In God We Trust

Suzanne Sanderson, Plymouth Church Librarian

Do you remember starting every school day by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance? It was right up there with roll call and collecting everyone's milk money. The Pledge of Allegiance was written by a man named Francis Bellamy in 1892, but it wasn't formally adopted by Congress until 1942. This was the original pledge: "I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the…  MORE >>

Topics: Faith

Jul 6, 2020

Democracy and Plymouth Church

Suzanne Sanderson, Librarian

Some of you may be pondering on  the present day challenge to democracy. Around eighty years ago, this is how Plymouth Congregational Church faced the issue. I am reprinting an article I wrote in July, 2017, as part of my look at Plymouth's 150 year history (and read on for more information on Wendell Fifield, reprinted with permission from

A few months…  MORE >>

Topics: Faith

Jun 29, 2020

The African American Experience: Books from Plymouth Library

Suzanne Sanderson, Plymouth Church Librarian

In response to recent events, I would like to offer you more suggestions of books to read. One of the most timely is The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. This is the description of the book from the publisher's annotation: "Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these…  MORE >>

Jun 22, 2020

Pride and Plymouth Church

Suzanne Sanderson, Librarian

Back in 2005, the General Synod of the United Church of Christ voted to support marriage equality. You may remember the consternation and dismay amongst some UCC churches and some UCC members. At that time, only one state (Massachusetts) had legalized same-sex marriage.  In the following years, more and more states joined in legalizing same-sex marriage and in June, 2015, the U.S. Supreme…  MORE >>

Topics: Faith, General
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