PLYMOUTH — The Rev. Paulo Gustavo França will be installed as pastor at Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ (UCC), one of the oldest continuously active Christian communities in Central New Hampshire, on Sunday June 15 at 3 p.m. The public is invited to attend.
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Rev. França was the first Protestant Christian in his family. After graduating from Pharmacy School in Rio de Janeiro, Rev. França embarked on a journey of discernment that led him to the United States to pursue a Master's in Divinity at the Union Theological Seminary and the Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, Virginia. He also completed a Master's in Theology at the same institution.
In 2000, Rev. França joined a group of "promising young pastors" as a Pastoral Resident at the Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, Illinois where he served as a Lily Fellow. Thereafter he served churches large and small in places as diverse as Copacabana, Brazil, Chicago, IL, Hartford, CT and Cleveland Heights, OH. It was during his time in Ohio that Rev. França aligned himself with the more progressive, inclusive and social justice oriented United Church of Christ (UCC).
Rev. França is committed to an inclusive, welcoming, mission oriented and Spirit-filled church. He is passionate about social justice, human rights and a theology that affirms God's extravagant love for all creation. He has sought to work in churches that seek to enlarge their understanding of the sacramental essence of life and that are willing to blur the boundaries between the sacred and the secular to minister to all people regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, religious affiliation or social status.
Excited about the long history and ministries of the Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ and looking forward to the possibilities the future has for his congregation, Rev. Paulo Gustavo França invites all to join him and his Open and Affirming congregation in worship on Sundays. Services are held at 9:30 a.m. at the white Meeting House located on the commons.