Jazz and Justice Every Day of the Week
No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you're welcome here!
Diverse and Inclusive
Our congregation reflects the diversity of the Bay Area -- our community includes people of African American, Latino/a, European and Asian American heritage; queer, trans, straight, and cis people; single folks, couples, and families of all shapes and sizes; people who are wild about Jesus and people who aren't so sure what they believe, but seeking spiritual community. At Plymouth, you're welcome not in spite of but because of your unique story.
Here at Plymouth, we're a justice-seeking people who follow a justice-making God. You will be encouraged to see yourself as a beloved child of God and a “co-conspirator” in building a world where God's dream of dignity and respect for all people is realized.
Our worship is joyful, vibrant and filled with fabulous music. Folks often say that Sunday worship at Plymouth is one of the best concerts they’ve ever attended! Our congregation includes some of the Bay Area’s most celebrated jazz and blues musicians, and their gifted artistry is the heartbeat of our Sunday morning worship.
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At Plymouth church we don't stand much on ceremony. Our Sunday services aren't stiff and our faith isn't either. We love music, dancing, clapping, and praising our God with laughter, while loving God and our neighbor with radical justice and fierce kindness.
We welcome you however you show up -- whether you want a little quiet and space up in the balcony, or you're eager to chat with everyone before worship. Some of our folks like to dress up fancy for church, and some wear jeans and a tee-shirt; what matters is that you feel at ease.
Your kids are always welcome in worship, as are their shouts of praise, cries of lament, and all their wiggles. We also have childcare available, for parents who prefer some time to themselves.
Our Pastor, Rev. Marjorie Wilkes Matthews
Rev. Marjorie Wilkes Matthews has served as Pastor of Plymouth Church since October 2013. Before being called as our Pastor, she served for four years as our Associate Pastor.
Pastor Marjorie is a fifth-generation educator, descended from several generations of women who dedicated their lives to teaching and improving educational opportunities for disadvantaged children. She co-founded and co-directed the West Oakland Community School, a charter school for grades 6 – 8.
In addition to being ordained in the United Church of Christ, Pastor Marjorie is trained as a spiritual director, providing support to individuals, couples, and groups seeking to deepen their relationship with God. She believes that her responsibility, as pastor and spiritual director, is to help people embrace belovedness – to grow in love for God, themselves, and others.
Pastor Marjorie is a graduate of Princeton University and Pacific School of Religion. She is married to Rev. Bob Matthews.