October 2, 2018
Congregational Council member Michael Pierson recently shared about his life and how he serves at Plymouth. An attorney for 35 years, including 30 at Seattle law firm of Riddell Williams (now Fox Rothschild), Mike says he enjoyed the challenge, variety of the work and satisfaction of working with great colleagues, many of whom continue to be good friends. “I’m now mostly retired,” he says. “And I’m grateful for the freedom and flexibility — and the self-chosen busyness -- that comes with that.”
Tell us why you are on Council, how you currently serve and how you have served in recent years.
“I joined the Council earlier this year. It seemed a great way to help contribute to Plymouth during a particularly exciting time in the life of the congregation. I also help coordinate our Sunday morning greeters and am one of the Deacons.”
How long have you been involved with Plymouth?
“My wife Caroline and I started coming to Plymouth about 30 years ago. We have two sons, Daniel and Thomas. Daniel lives and works in San Francisco. Thomas attends college in Eugene, Oregon, where I grew up. I have been involved with Plymouth in many ways over the years, including various boards and as Moderator 2006-7.”
What do you like most about Plymouth?
“I like being part of a community that seeks to be an authentic, impactful voice for Christianity in Seattle and beyond, being surrounded by people committed to social justice, living lives of integrity, caring for each other and fighting against complacency and discouragement. I enjoy the music, in its many forms (while wishing I had a more pleasing voice to contribute). My single favorite moment at Plymouth is watching the congregation come forward for communion, from people I have known for 30 years to those I am seeing for the first time. It always moves me.”
How does who you are spiritually inform your role at Plymouth and how has your involvement with Plymouth changed you?
“I enjoy other people and making connections with them — with me, with others, with something they are or might be called to do. When I think of how Plymouth may have changed me, I think of how it has helped me learn to find my own voice and also of many models I have found in others at Plymouth: people who speak their truths, even when painful or difficult; people who give to others, without seeking the spotlight; people who continue to challenge themselves and others; and much more.”
What are other ways you enjoy your ‘busyness’?
“I love to be in the mountains, whether it’s for a day hike or a backpacking trip. If I can keep identifying companions who will carry more than their share of the load, I hope to do it for a really long time.”