Every year the Youth Forum Ministry of Plymouth Congregational Church UCC, Seattle, WA class develops a mission trip to deepen our faith, build our community and serve the world through education, direct service and/or working for justice. In 2017 the group wanted their trip to connect to the work that the congregation at Plymouth and the church conference had been doing to undo institutional racism, dismantle systems of white supremacy and to continue to work for justice in the world.
The Youth Forum Ministry was connected to Suzzanne Lacey and Museum Without Walls through Rev. Kelle Brown and Indigo Brown, who had both been on a Museum Without Walls trip about 11 years prior. Suzzanne graciously took on putting together their trip and worked tirelessly over a 6 month period with her co-leader Nicole Czubin. Without their leadership and organization this trip would not have been possible.
On April 8th, 2017 the group embarked on a week-long educational civil rights pilgrimage. They traveled across Georgia and Alabama to locations that were the front lines of the civil rights movement in our country; Atlanta, Birmingham, Montgomery, Selma, Anniston, and Tuskegee. The trip centered on engaging with faith, community and civil rights leaders to connect both past and present fights for racial justice.
As a predominately white congregation in downtown Seattle, Plymouth is deeply committed to working every day through their faith community to become an anti-racist congregation that is actively working to dismantle systems of oppression and white supremacy. The Youth Forum ministry worked through a year-long anti-racisim and white privilege curriculum to prepare for the trip as a way to serve young leaders in the larger Plymouth community.
"Plymouth Church has been a part of the movement for justice since their inception. As the young leaders of our faith community, we are committed to continuing that legacy."