Our Open and Affirming Church
Plymouth Church is an “open and affirming” church. We welcome and affirm God’s blessing for people of all ages, races, shapes, sizes, nationalities, economic levels, sexualities and abilities.
We include people who are single, married, partnered, divorced, widowed, LBGTQ.
We practice the “extravagant welcome” that Jesus taught us. We say YES! To one another, help each other, and thank God for our diversity!
Why do we call ourselves
The Jazz & Justice Church?
The justice part isn’t so hard to explain. Micah 6:8 tells us to “do justice, love kindness, and to walk humbly with our God.” Time and again, Jesus stands with those who are least valued and most oppressed. We are called to love one another, and justice is love made visible.
The jazz connection began because Plymouth Church is blessed that some of the best jazz musicians in the Bay Area have found a spiritual home with us. Jazz has also become a metaphor for our walk of faith. Jazz is an improvisational art form that relies on the musicians’ willingness to play without knowing in advance all of what is going to happen, a willingness to try out new combinations of sounds and chords, a willingness to trust, if you will, in a higher power. It’s a metaphor for the way that God invites us into the process of co-creation – stepping up to do our part to create a better and more just world while also leaving room for the Spirit’s guidance.