Reflections on the Conversation 

October 22, 2019

For I know the plans I have for you, says the Eternal, plans for peace, not evil, to give you a future and hope – never forget that. (Jeremiah 29:11, The Voice Translation)

Over 80 Plymouth members and friends gathered in Hildebrand Hall after church last Sunday for a congregational conversation. As you may know, we have received a site study from the Meriwether Group exploring the opportunities for redevelopment of our church building and land. In order to discern whether redevelopment is something that we as a church want to pursue, we are engaging in conversations about where we are as a church and what God is calling us to be and do in the future. Ideally, these conversations will help create a shared picture of where we are now, elicit shared aspirations, and develop shared intentions for the future. At the conversation on Sunday, we broke into small groups and discussed two questions:

1. Who are we as a church?

  • Focus your discussion less on who we have been as a church in the past and more on who we are now.
  • Think about what is going on in our context – in the local community, in the wider culture, and in the wider church.
  • What is Plymouth’s charism (specific spiritual gifts)?
  • What are Plymouth’s core values?

2. What is the church here to be and do? What is our role?

  • Who is our neighbor?
  • Why does it matter that we are here?
  • What impact do we make on peoples’ lives? What impact would we like to make?
  • What might God be calling us to do in the future?

Each group had a recorder and the notes are now in the process of being compiled. If you weren’t present but would like to add your voice to the conversation, please feel free to email me your thoughts in response to these questions at jcastle@plymouthchurchseattle.org. Conversations will be held after church on the third Sundays in November and December, and conversations will be happening in neighborhood groups as well. Thank you for being part of this important conversation.



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