Plymouth Church UCC

No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here.

Plymouth Church UCC, located at the corner of E. Hampshire and N. Hackett on the eastside, traces its Milwaukee roots back to 1841. We join with other progressive congregations to form the United Church of Christ.

We are a people of prayer, turning to God for strength, guidance, challenge, and comfort. We practice a radical welcome, and seek to follow Jesus, to do the work of love, reconciliation, and service, which he calls us to do. We speak to the great questions and challenges of justice and mercy in our personal lives and in our society. We care for the wounded, the hurting, and for those experiencing crisis in their lives.

We seek an informed faith and welcome questions. We acknowledge what we don't know, even as we sincerely affirm the truth we do know. We take the Bible seriously, but not literally. Preaching at Plymouth is informed Bible preaching.

We are a playful people who believe in living joyfully. We love to sing, to create, and to be moved by the Spirit. We enjoy lively worship, dance, and music.

We respect, share, and work with other churches, as well as people of other faiths. Our community is comprised of people from all walks of life, economic conditions, and backgrounds, all ages, and all races and cultures. We warmly welcome gay and lesbian persons, their families and friends.

We love this city and what it represents in vitality and diversity. Members of our church come to Plymouth from throughout the city and surrounding areas to join in our diverse and loving family.

NOVEMBER 21, 2022

When Open and Affirming congregations gathered Sunday to honor our transgender and nonbinary neighbors who have lost their lives to hatred, we were stunned by the news that a young man inside an LGBTQ club in Colorado Springs shot and killed at least five people and injured 25 late Saturday night.

Once again, lives have been irretrievably lost by the rising tide of hatred and gun violence in America.

As I heard the news Sunday morning, my thoughts went to Jeremiah 31, verse 15:

Thus says the Lord:

A voice is heard in Ramah,

lamentation and bitter weeping.

Rachel is weeping for her children;

she refuses to be comforted for her children,

because they are no more.

This week, we join in prayer for each person murdered or injured last night in Club Q. In the coming days we will know their names. We also pray in union with the Rocky Mountain Conference and especially with our Open and Affirming churches in Colorado Springs: First Congregational UCC, Vista Grande Community UCC and Black Forest Community UCC, as well as Church in the Wildwood UCC in neighboring Green Mountain Falls.

It is not easy to hope in a time like this. We are overwhelmed with shock, bewilderment, grief and anger. Our emotions now cannot simply dissolve into hope. It will take time to heal. But there will be a time to hope again. The prophet Jeremiah continues in verses 16 and 17:

Thus says the Lord:

Keep your voice from weeping,

and your eyes from tears;

for there is a reward for your work,

says the Lord:

they shall come back from the land of the enemy;

there is hope for your future,

says the Lord:

your children shall come back

to their own country.

Sunday was also the feast of the Reign of Christ. As a movement, Open and Affirming churches like yours are working for the vision of God’s future realm, where everyone is wanted, everyone is needed, no one is lost to hatred. But that future realm is also taking shape here and now: in your congregations and your families in more than a thousand communities across America. So there is reason for hope. Your mission is to save lives, and there will be a reward for your work: the beloved community where all of God’s children can return home.

Yours, trusting in Christ,

The Rev. Andrew Lang

Executive Director

Open and Affirming Coalition

Advent & Christmas Events

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  • Nov 20 - Hanging of the Greens

  • Nov 28, Dec 5, 12 & 19 - Online Advent Worship

  • Dec 2 - Planetarium & las Posadas

  • Dec 4 & 11 - Advent workshops for all ages

  • Dec 7 - First Wednesday Dinner

  • Dec 17 - Plymouth Chorale concert

  • Dec 18 - Children's pageant during worship

  • Dec 18 - Grief support workshop

  • Dec 24 - Christmas Eve Lantern Walk (4:30) and Worship Service (7:00)

  • Dec 25 - Christmas Day worship service

  • We are an Open & Affirming congregation who embrace the LGBTQIA+ community as we strive to be an inclusive church sharing the life and teachings of Jesus as a healing manifestation of God’s love and presence in the world.

  • As a Just Peace church and Immigrant Welcoming congregation, with an Intentionally Accessible building, we affirm diversity in all of its forms, striving to recognize the ways that we have contributed to human injustices or oppression based on race, sexual orientation, ableness or religious beliefs, and seeking ways to challenge these practices toward a more just community of faith.

  • Toward a spirit of truth and reconciliation, we acknowledge that Plymouth United Church of Christ has been on land whose indigenous caretakers are the Menominee, Potawatomi and Ho-Chunk people.