The Congregational Church of Plymouth and the Reverend Eric Jackson, pastor, are delighted and honored to have the Reverend Brian E. Konkol, Dean of Hendricks Chapel at Syracuse University, deliver a Lenten pastoral message to the church. Sunday March 13. 2022, which the church invites residents of the city and surrounding communities to hear at 10:00 a.m. that day. Plymouth Congregational Church is located at 232 E. Onondaga Street in downtown Syracuse.
Reverend Brian E. Konkol, Ph.D., as Dean of Hendricks Chapel, guides, nurtures, and enhances the religious, spiritual, and ethical life at the University and its broader community. Appointed in 2017, Konkol works to strengthen the chapel’s role as the spiritual heart of the campus and a model of diversity and inclusion of philosophies and religions. He is also a professor of practice in the Department of Religion in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Konkol came to Syracuse from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, where he has served as college chaplain since 2013. In this role, he provided strategic direction for the Office of Chaplains and served as a faculty member at Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies Curriculum. He also served as the faculty liaison to the men’s basketball team.
Said Reverend Konkol: “Since its founding in 1853, the Congregational Church of Plymouth has always dared to embody the Gospel as a vibrant vessel of amazing grace. To be invited as a guest preacher is an honor and a pleasure, and my hope is to strengthen historical ties in ways that will spark and sustain future collaborations in service to our beloved community. I can’t wait for March 13and and way beyond!
As the heart of Syracuse University, Hendricks Chapel leads in service of the common good as a student-centered global home for religious, spiritual, moral, and ethical living. Hendricks Chapel opened its doors to the university community in September 1930. Since then, the university has grown from a relatively small Methodist academy to the large, multi-denominational university it is today. With an emphasis on belonging and nurturing of the whole person, Hendricks Chapel remains fully committed to religious and spiritual expression and serves as a center of activity for all members of the campus community. Syracuse University.
Hendricks Chapel is home to all student religious and spiritual groups on campus. These groups cover a wide variety of religious traditions and spiritual interests and are open to all students. Although each group serves a particular religious constituency, all work together as part of SAIL (Student Assembly of Interfaith Leaders) on issues of interfaith engagement, student welfare, and spiritual programming.
Plymouth Congregational Church is an open and assertive congregation, just for peace, welcoming to immigrants, progressive Christian and sanctuary. Reverend Eric Jackson was called to Plymouth in the fall of 2019 and was installed as senior pastor on May 23, 2021.
Plymouth was founded in 1853 by a group of Syracusans who wanted to create an abolitionist Christian bulwark against slavery. Since then, the congregation has continued to live out its faith by opposing racism, white supremacist culture, poverty and war; defend the rights of immigrants, indigenous peoples, workers, women and LGBTQ people; and seeking to be agents of mercy in a suffering world. People believe in beauty, laughter, fighting for peace with justice, taking risks to build a diverse, equitable and inclusive community beloved in God, and the way of Jesus Christ which is love and compassion for ourselves and our neighbours.