Plymouth Demonstrates Love in Action 

January 12, 2021

This week, a seditious mob of racist thugs committed domestic terrorism at our nation's Capitol. White supremacy is starkly visible in the police response, in the media coverage, and in the self-righteousness of those taking selfies as they looted and desecrated one of our houses of government. In this midst of feeling anger, grief, and helplessness this week, I also felt gratitude for Plymouth Church. As I've been pondering our year-round Stewardship theme of "Love in Action," I wanted to lift up some things that I love about this church community, and some actions that we can take together. 

  1. I love that Rev. Dr. Kelle Brown is a prophetic voice calling this predominantly white church to repentance, accountability, and reconciliation with God and with each other. I value her leadership and her clarity of vision. When I was feeling despair this week, I trusted that Sunday's sermon would light a fire in my heart. How do we turn that love into action? We can amplify her voice, by sharing her words and our worship services with others who might be hungry for inspiration. 
  2. I love that social justice is part of our church DNA, and that we're finding new ways to live that out in 2021. How do we turn that love into action? For white folks-- fortify your personal commitment to antiracism. Join the "Plymouth Reads" group and discuss How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi, or ask a church member to be your accountability buddy and get to work. Bring racial justice work into all your committees, boards, and action teams.
  3. I love the Plymouth community. How do we turn that love into action? Call, text, video chat, email, or write a card to another member. We may be unable to meet in person, we may be physically isolated, but we're not alone. It's been an emotional week, so let's check in with each other and reinforce our shared connection. We can also hold each other and this church in prayer. Our prayers, pledges, and presence keeps our community strong. While not everyone has the financial means to support our church (and thank you to those who do!), we all contribute to Plymouth when we show up for each other. 


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