Reflection on Genesis 1 & 2 and our Journey Together at Plymouth 

February 17, 2015

Last week, I wrote that we will be having gatherings and conversations on the endowment, governance, mission, staffing and right-sizing ourselves for a new era at Plymouth. As part of our process, I asked you to hold a theological arc and the questions and insights it raises during our work together. 

Our theological framework begins at the beginning with Genesis 1 and 2 and the theme of creation and change.

Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation” . . . Let the waters teem with life. . .Let the land produce living creatures.” When God invites the earth to “bring forth” it does. Creation and creatures have a genuine vocational role in enabling creation to become. God's approach to creation is communal, relational. 

God blessed them [man & woman] and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, fill the earth and subdue it.” From the beginning, God chooses not to be the only one with creative power and the capacity and obligation, to exercise it. The word “subdue” suggests that when God pronounced creation “good” this did not mean that creation was “perfect,” as in needing no further development or attention. Creation is therefore not a static state of affairs, but a dynamic situation in which humans drawing the world along to its fullest possible potential.

God's creation is built to go somewhere; the potential of "becoming" is built into the very structure of things. Creation is not a “finished product,” to be preserved as it was originally created. God creates a dynamic world in which the future is open to a number of possibilities.


  1. What do you see as your vocational role in enabling the communal and relational creativity of Plymouth to unfold?
  2. God established an interdependent relationship with creation and amongst its creatures by working from within the world rather than outside of the world. In what ways do we work from ‘within’ and in what ways are we inclined to impose from ‘without’?
  3. Have we seen ourselves as a “finished product” to be preserved?  What would it feel like and look like to be open to a dynamic future with a number of possibilities?

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