Macalester Plymouth United Church is an Open and Affirming, Just Peace, and Earthwise congregation located in the heart of St. Paul, adjacent to the campus of Macalester College. Their history mirrors that of the United Church of Christ: four congregations joining together as one. We carry the history and traditions of Macalester Presbyterian Church (1887), Plymouth Congregational Church (1858), Merriam Park Presbyterian Church (1884), and Lexington Parkway Presbyterian Church (1911), and they delight in creating new traditions and experiences together.
The congregation is passionate about community engagement and social justice. Their Caring for Creation group, racial justice book study, and regular service projects in and around St. Paul are just a few ways this congregation seeks to grow God’s love in the world. Just last week they became a co-sponsoring congregation for a refugee family from the Congo via Rwanda. From collecting furniture and household furnishings, to deep-cleaning the family’s new apartment, to meeting them at the airport, to accompanying them on the many difficult “settling in” errands, the dedication to this new relationship has been beautiful to witness.
Sunday mornings at Mac Plymouth are characterized by authenticity, curiosity, and community. On average, 130 of people join together each week for worship services that engage hearts and minds in equal measure, with diverse musical offerings and opportunities for intergenerational connection. Sermons come from their pastors, Rev. Adam Blons (Lead Minister) and Rev. Corinne Freedman Ellis (Minister of Congregational Life), as well as guest preachers, often members of their congregation. This Advent they are excited to welcome Process Theologian Rev. Jeanyne Slettom to their staff as the first Theologian in Residence. Mac Plymouth offers education opportunities for all ages after worship, from a Music Garden for the littlest congregants to powerful guest speakers on issues impacting their community and the world, and so much in between. You are invited to connect with them on Sunday mornings at 10 am or at book groups, Bible studies, and community groups throughout the week!