UCC Minister and President to Help Celebrate 400+ Years of Pilgrimage in Plymouth

UCC Minister and President to Help Celebrate 400+ Years of Pilgrimage in Plymouth

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Concerts, talks, a community exchange with local organizations, tours of nearby points of historic interest, and a free box lunch by reservation with be some of the ways Plymouth will be celebrating 400+ Years of Pilgrimage during October 29-30, 2022 -- and the UCC will be front and center.

A schedule of the two-day event, and more information, including ticket/registration details, is noted on our event page, but here are some highlights:

The Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer, General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ, will be at the Church of the Pilgrimage, UCC, on Saturday at 10 am and speak about “The Shame and Scandal of Christianity.“ On Sunday at 10 am, he will preach on “That They All May Be One” (John 17:20-23), recalling the formation of the United Church of Christ. 

On Saturday morning starting with Devotions, representatives from SNEUCC congregations will bring forward copies of their Church Covenants. to honor the historic Covenant of the Pilgrims of Scrooby England, Leiden Holland, and Plymouth -- which bonded them together as continuous worshiping communities -- and to illustrate the continuing central practice of covenanting in the United Church of Christ.

Following Rev. Dorhauer’s presentation, which is based on the 1865 Burial Hill Declaration of Plymouth, there will be a question-and-answer session. Afterwards, participants can view the Community Exchange, which showcases a combination of community organizations and church ministries. One can also take a tour of Burial Hill with graves of our religious forbears or the Howland House, enjoy a light lunch of soup & sandwiches, as well as hear an Indigenous View of the 400+.

Later, at 3:30 pm, there will be a Choral Concert of the newly revised Pilgrim Canticle with the words of Governor William Bradford, as well as the premier performance of Out of Small Beginnings, composed by Carson Cooman and dedicated to Rev. Dr. Peter Gomes and Rev. Gary Marks, both late of Plymouth.

For more information, visit our event page.
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