Welcoming All, Growing in Faith, Working for Justice and Peace
Plymouth was founded in 1853 by a group of Syracusans who wanted to create a Christian abolitionist bulwark in the city. Since then, we have fought against slavery, poverty, and war; for immigrants’, natives’, workers’, LGBT, and women’s rights; and sought to be agents of mercy in a hurting world. We believe in beauty, laughter, the struggle for peace with justice, taking risks for God, and the Way of Jesus Christ.
Our faith is over 2,000 years old; our thinking is not!
We are Open and Affirming
We believe God calls us to welcome all people and their gifts regardless of gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, race and ethnicity, physical ability, socioeconomic status, or religious background.
We are Just Peace
We covenant to live actively within the holy longing that weds justice with the quest for peace – within us, between us, in community, and across the globe. We covenant to affirm the sacredness of all life and to honor and preserve creation.
We are Sanctuary
We provide a space of physical, emotional, and spiritual safety for immigrants without documents, and specifically pledge to the principles of the national New Sanctuary Movement.
We are Progressive Christians
We try to walk in the way of Jesus Christ, our brother and savior. We believe God speaks new meanings for new days, and that She does so not only in the church and the ancient words of the Bible, but through the insights of science, the arts, the revelations of other religions, and the best strivings of the human spirit. We believe God has granted us a purpose, and that life is too short for long-faced religion. Join us!
Plymouth Church is a member congregation of the United Church of Christ. Our denomination marks as its beginning the year 1957, when it completed a process of conversation resulting in the union of two denominations: the Congregational Christian Churches and the Evangelical and Reformed Church. Both denominations were animated by an urgent desire for freedom of worship, a respect for diversity while remaining committed to a covenant, and an eagerness for spiritual guidance that would foster individual engagement in the wider community. Our own congregation’s roots are in the Congregational tradition, which can be traced back to the Pilgrims and Puritans who settled New England.
UCC churches have a profound respect for each other, but they are not bound by hierarchical control. The covenant we share allows individual churches to be “informed but not instructed,” able to care and respond in unity in the world, but with a regard for divergent voices. Each local church is autonomous in matters of its leadership. Each calls and supports its own pastors, manages its own resources, and creates and sustains its own liturgical practices. Yet we draw strength from our covenantal connections with other congregations and with the wider church. Indeed, the UCC takes as its motto Jesus’ prayer, “that they may all be one” (John 17:21).
In the UCC, we emphasize personal faith, guided by the Holy Spirit and scripture, as well as the social responsibility that derives from Jesus’ teaching that we are to minister to others. The UCC is a pioneering denomination in many ways—in the quest for religious freedom, in the struggle against slavery, in the furthering of access to higher education, in the ordination of African-Americans, women, and gay and lesbian people, and more.
Plymouth Church is a member of the Oneida Association of the New York Conference of the United Church of Christ. For more information about the United Church of Christ, visit ucc.org