Fri, 23 Mar 2018 21:27:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 132661224 Lenten Worship Schedule and Speakers Announced Sat, 10 Feb 2018 01:59:24 +0000 Continue reading

You are cordially invited to join us for a series of Thursday evening services in observation and celebration of the 2018 Lenten Season. Lent is the time of year in which we reflect on the journey of Jesus and look inward with hopes of furthering our spiritual development. We will meet each Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. for worship and reflection. The theme for the current year is:

What Do We Really Value?
Scripture Focus: Matthew 6:19-21

Our speakers will be:

February 15, 2018
Minister Crystal S. Lewis
Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ
(Meal Hosted by the Diaconate)

February 22, 2018
Imam Johari Abdul Malik
(Meal Hosted by the Ministerial Team)

March 1, 2018
Rev. Barbara Breland
Lincoln Temple United Church of Christ
(Meal Hosted by the Trustee Board and the Greeters)

March 8, 2018
Rabbi Charles Feinberg
Interfaith Action for Human Rights
(Meal Hosted by the Youth Ministry and the Board of Christian Education)

March 15, 2018
Rev. Venita George
People’s Congregational United Church of Christ
(Meal Hosted by the Men’s Ministry)

March 22, 2018
Rev. Anthony Moore
Carolina Baptist Church
(Meal Hosted by the Plymouthites and the Usher Board)

We sincerely hope that you will join us for these times of worship and reflection.

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This Week At Church – Please mark your calendars… Fri, 09 Feb 2018 14:56:00 +0000 Continue reading

Dear Members and Friends: The following events will take place at PCUCC over the next week. Please mark your calendars. Feel free to direct any questions to the church office, either by phone (202-723-5330) or email.

Easter Sunday April 1, 2018
10 am

Saturday April 7, 2018
Diaconate Meeting and Sanctuary Set-up beginning at 10 am in the Sanctuary

Communion Sunday, April 8th, 2018 

  • Worship Service at 8 am and 11 am in the Sanctuary
  • Rev. Cerros at 3 pm in the Chapel

Mid-week Services (Thursdays On-Going)
6:30 pm

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Register Today: “A History of Black Liberation Theology” (Eight-Week Course) Thu, 04 Jan 2018 03:14:46 +0000 Continue reading

It’s our pleasure to announce that registration is now open for our upcoming eight-week history course titled “A History of Black Liberation Theology,” which will examine various streams of liberation-centered theological thought during the period spanning from slavery to the Civil Rights era. The course will be offered every Wednesday night, starting on February 7th and ending on March 28th. You need only register once via Eventbrite to enroll in the eight-week learning immersion. The cost is $60 per person. Please see the links below:

Register Online at Eventbrite –

Event Flyer (Feel free to share!) –

More Information: “A History of Black Liberation Theology” will involve two hours of classroom instruction each Wednesday evening beginning on Wednesday, February 7, 2018, and will be supplemented with online discussions. Note: your one-time registration will provide access to all eight nights of this learning event.

This course is being presented by Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ, and will be taught by Dr. Rhone Fraser, who is a scholar, educator, independent writer and journalist. Dr. Fraser earned his Ph.D. in African American Studies at Temple University. His dissertation — a literary and historical analysis of Pauline Hopkins, A. Philip Randolph and Paul Robeson – was supervised by Pulitzer Prize winner and historian Dr. Heather Ann Thompson. He is an historical dramatist of five works, most recently, The Original Mrs. Garvey, and has published in the Third World Press, CLA Journal, Callaloo, and most recently the Caribbean Quarterly. A native of Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Fraser now resides in the Washington, DC metropolitan era.
All course materials will be provided by Plymouth UCC. The planned course syllabus includes:

Defining a Reformist Liberation Theology Tradition (18th Century)

  • Week 1: Examining writings by Richard Allen, Richard Newman, Maurice O. Jackson
  • Week 2: The beginning of Womanist Liberation Theology; the writings of Jarena Lee. The influence of the Haitian revolution on theology as remembered by Richard Allen and Pauline Hopkins

Revolutionary Liberation Theology (19th Century / Abolition Era)

  • Week 3: The Denmark Vesey and Nat Turner rebellions
  • Week 4: David Walker’s Appeal
  • Week 5: John Brown’s Raid on Harper’s Ferry
  • Week 6: Henry McNeal Turner & the narrative of Osborn P. Anderson

Liberation Theology and Garveyism (20th Century / Jim Crow Era)

  • Week 7: Examining “The Philosophy and Opinions of Marcus Garvey,” his battle with U.S. Zionism, and theological ideas found in his 1937 “Message to the People”

The Cuban Revolution (Mid-20th Century)

  • Week 8: The influence of antebellum theology. A discussion of excerpts from “Fidel and Religion”.

The deadline to register for this course is Monday, February 5, 2018. The registration fee is $60 per person. Please feel free to download and share the flyer for this event ( We hope to see you there!


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“Zionist Indignation” by Miko Peled Tue, 21 Nov 2017 02:11:15 +0000 Continue reading

Zionist righteous indignation would be a lot more convincing if it wasn’t covered with so much crap. In response to an upcoming lecture planned in London where Dr. Azzam Tamimi and I are to speak at University College of London, UCL, the Jewish Chronicle came out with an article titled: “Jewish UCL students ‘horrified by anti-israeli event.” They never seem to be horrified by the reality Israel imposes on Palestinians. They are not horrified by the racist laws, the slow death by lack of water and medical care imposed on people in Gaza, they are not horrified by the bombing and killing of innocents, nor are they horrified by thousands of political prisoners tortured by Israeli secret police. What horrifies them is, apparently Dr. Tamimi and I pointing these things out. Well, they ought to brace themselves because the truth can be horrifying.

I recently returned from Palestine where as always I left my Palestinians friends behind and personally I cannot help but feel a combination of anger, sadness a sense of disgust by a world that seems to care very little for Palestinian lives. Palestinian mothers and fathers may at any moment be arrested or shot, may at any day and any moment see their children arrested or shot, may at any moment have their home demolished; Palestinian kids are being pulled over, beaten and harassed by police and soldiers who are motivated by racism and hate and armed to the teeth with the finest weapons. Being in Palestine one is never more than an hour or two drive from the concentration camp which is the Gaza Strip where two million people are caged in and dying a slow death. This is horrifying to people of conscience but apparently not to the writers and editors of the the Jewish Chronicle.

What is even more horrifying is the often cold, measured and academic attitude people take toward Palestine. It is like seeing people trapped under the rubble of a demolished building, unable to get out while the rest of us debate their fate. We are free to walk away while they must take very shallow breaths, trying not to inhale the dust and the fumes and the smell of death all around; they have to negotiate with the large pieces of concrete and stone that threaten to squeeze them and their children, and with pieces of metal that threaten to impale them if they make a wrong move and we are free to leave them there without access to food or water, and what makes it worse is that we engage in academic debates and walk freely in the country that was once theirs.

under the rubble

The dignity with which Palestinians cary themselves and their burden should not give way to thinking it is a bearable burden. Palestinian resolve to exist and to live and to raise children who have faith in the future should be seen in the context of a horrible impending holocaust. Palestinians face a powerful enemy, the State of Israel, which is determined to destroy them to the point of extinction. It is not merely oppression, it is attempted genocide. Israel does this by using bombs, denying Palestinians water and medical care, destroying crops and demolishing homes; Israeli authorities use deportation and denial of the right to return home, denying Palestinians to marry other Palestinians because of where in Palestine they reside, limiting or denying the the right to travel, and the list goes on and on. It is a well planned and well thought out campaign of genocide that must not be taken lightly.

Palestine stands, and Palestinians survive but only by the grace of their resolve to exist, and not through any help. We on the outside must follow the Palestinian call to impose boycott, divestment and sanctions against the state of Israel. It is a campaign which merely demands the end of the military occupation of 1967, equal rights and the right of the Palestinians to return to their homes and lands. But we must go further – Israel must unconditionally end the siege on Gaza, release all Palestinian prisoners and give Palestinians unlimited access to water and medical care.

Israel and its supporters will pretend to be horrified and blame the entire world for being anti-Semitic. But we who are not under the rubble are duty bound to do all that is humanly possible to expose Israeli crimes and to pull Palestinians out of this impending death. We must speak up and expose the reality in which Palestinians live and whic Israel and its cronies try to hide. We must insist on the truth, interrupt any debate the legitimizes Israel, boycott, isolate and fight relentlessly until Palestine is free and its children are free.

This article was originally published on November 8, 2017, on the website belonging to Miko Peled. The author retains all rights to this material.

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Spiritual But Not Religious Happy Hour – Fri., Oct. 27th Sun, 15 Oct 2017 00:15:53 +0000 Continue reading


Please come out to enjoy food, drink and inspiring conversation at this week’s Spiritual But Not Religious Happy Hour, which will take place on Friday, October 27, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.

Cuba Cuba Art Gallery Café
2309 18th Street, NW (Adams Morgan)
Washington, DC  20009

All are welcome. We hope to see you there!

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Annual Autumn Art Expo – Oct. 29th, 1 p.m. Thu, 28 Sep 2017 03:15:41 +0000 Continue reading

You’re invited to attend the 2017 Annual Autumn Art Expo, at which over 200 beautiful art pieces by L & D Fine Art will be for sale. The expo will take place on Sunday, October 29, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Lower Hall. Light refreshments will be served.

The expo is being sponsored by Lori Williams – event planner and member of Plymouth. A donation from this event will go to support the work and ministry of the church.

Please contact Plymouth’s church office for any further questions at The event is also advertised on Eventbrite.

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Midweek Study – “Holy Currencies” – Starts 10/12/17 Tue, 26 Sep 2017 00:15:13 +0000 Continue reading

Rev. Carolyn Boyd will lead a six-week study of a book titled “Holy Currencies,” which is a resource that explores the six commonly untapped non-monetary resources found inside churches. The current flyers and other materials for this study state that the study will begin on October 5th, however the start date has been pushed back one week. The six-week study will begin on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 6:30 p.m., and will replace our usual mid-week worship service.

Plymouth has purchased copies of the book for all who may wish to attend; books will be provided for free. Please join us!

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Annual Meeting – Wednesday, Oct. 4, 7 p.m. Sun, 24 Sep 2017 02:56:17 +0000 Continue reading

Plymouth’s Annual Congregational Business Meeting will take place on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 in the Sanctuary at 7:00 p.m. The Statutory Requirements are as follows:

  • The regular election of Officers will take place
  • The Church Clerk’s annual report will be presented
  • The Diaconate’s annual report will be presented
  • The Board of Trustees’ full report will be presented
  • The Treasurer’s annual report will be presented
  • The Audit Committee’s report will be presented
  • Annual reports of clubs’ finances and activities will be presented
  • Other Business:
    • Consideration of the 2018 operating budget
    • Consideration of the Cornerstone Loan Repayment Strategy

We ask that you attend to hear the reports and provide feedback. Thank you for your continued support of the church.

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The March for Racial Justice – Sept. 30, 2017 Sat, 16 Sep 2017 03:19:13 +0000 Continue reading

On Saturday, September 30, 2017, you’re invited to march through downtown DC and rally for racial justice. We will be lining up at Lincoln Park on Capitol Hill between 10 a.m and 12 p.m, marching to the Capitol and past the Department of Justice at 12:30, before culminating at the National Mall between 4th and 7th Streets. Organizers describe the march in the following way:

“The March for Racial Justice is a black and indigenous led multi-community movement united in our demands for racial equity and justice. We are calling for a reversal of laws, policies and practices that hasten inequality, dehumanize people of color and maintain white supremacy. We march because as long as U.S. laws, policies, and practices remain steeped in white supremacy, basic human rights and civil rights for all—our universal and constitutional rights—will never be fully realized.” Learn more about the march by visiting its website.

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Church Picnic – Sligo Park – Sept. 9th! Tue, 05 Sep 2017 17:46:38 +0000 Continue reading


The Church Picnic hosted by the Men’s Ministry (Rain Date) has been rescheduled to Saturday, September 9, 2017 at from 12 noon until 4:00 p.m. The location is:

Sligo Avenue Neighbor Park (Sligo Urban)
500 Sligo Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910

For more information, please call the church office at (202) 723-5330

Se you there!


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