Rev. Fred Plumer- Bio
After an extensive background in building management, real estate development and restaurant ownership and management, Fred Plumer made a career shift in 1981. He earned his M.Div. degree at the Pacific School of Religion while doing work in an inner city community center. In 1984 Rev. Plumer was called to the Irvine United Congregational Church in Irvine, California to lead a UCC new start church. The church became known throughout the denomination as one of the more exciting and progressive mid-size congregations in the nation. Rev. Plumer served on the Board of Directors of the Southern California Conference of the United Church of Christ (UCC) for five years, and chaired the Commission for Church Development and Evangelism for three of those years. In that time the Southern California Conference put in place one of the most aggressive church development plans in its history. Rev. Plumer regularly gives workshops on church growth. He became a member of the Executive Council for The Center for Progressive Christianity in 1995 and has written The Study Guide for TCPC’s “eight points.”
He has had several articles published on church development, building faith communities and redefining the purpose of the enlightened Christian Church. Always interested in the latest and best scholarship, Rev. Plumer has been involved with the Jesus Seminar since his graduate work in the early eighties. Rev. Plumer was the executive producer of a video and workbook on the Open and Affirming process in the UCC. This highly acclaimed video, “A Journey of Faith,” has now been used in five countries and in thousands of churches of several denominations as a teaching tool for those interested in studying the subject of the church and sexual orientation issues. In 1990 he was the recipient of ECCO’s Humanitarian Award for his work in this area.
Rev. Plumer has been active in the inter-faith dialogue since his seminary years. In 1989 under his leadership the UCC church agreed to host a small group of Jews who wanted to start a Reconstructionist Synagogue. The congregations shared space, operating expenses, teaching forums, mission outreach projects, special services and meals for over 15 years. The synagogue became one of the fastest growing congregations in the nation with nearly five hundred families when they found it necessary to build their own facility. The unique relationship between the two congregations was the subject of numerous newspaper articles and radio talk shows providing Rev. Plumer many opportunities to speak of the importance of inter-religious dialogue. In 2000 with the support of the synagogue, a Mosque joined in this unique mix of religious traditions sharing space and ideas. The new relationship was covered by numerous newspapers, two talk shows and was a special feature that ran on CNN news, Christmas Eve and Christmas day.
In September of 2004 Rev. Plumer retired from the Irvine church so he could devote more time to writing and his passion – reclaiming the message of Jesus. In January of 2006 after Jim Adams, founder of TCPC retired as President, Fred was elected as the new President.
To read all of Fred’s Articles, go to the Global Directory and search for Fred Plumer. Then click on his name. A Panel will open up, click on History. Each article is a live link. Click here for Fred’s full profile, click on the History Tab for a full list of his articles.
Here is the full list:
The Path of Aging
A Reason to Celebrate Easter
A Lenten Journey
We Live In a Violent World
Study Guide for the 8 Points of Progressive Christianity 2012
A Light in the Darkness
Why Am I Here?
The God Thing
Thank You Ross Douthat; A Discussion on Liberal Christianity
Progressive Christianity and the Bible
Progressive Christianity and Emergence
Progressive Christianity and Prayer
Progressive Christianity and Faith
Progressive Christianity and God
Progressive Christianity and Jesus
What Is Progressive Christianity?
Oneness with Divinity
Occupy Wall Street
The Magic of Christianity
Leaders or Obstructionist?
I Love Richard Dawkins!
A Tribute to James R. Adams
Summer’s End Update By President Fred Plumer
Fred’s Summer Reading
Dandelions in the Cracks of the Sidewalks; Is there a future for the church?
What Are You Looking For?
To Hell with Hell
How Far Are We Willing to Go?
A Magical Christmas
Join Us In Bringing a New Christianity to the World
How Far Are We Willing to Go?
Aren’t We All Christians?
Words Do Matter
A Conversation with Rev. Fred Plumer of the Center for Progressive Christianity
What Do We Mean When We Say, “I am Christian?”
Excerpts from Are We Living the Progressive Faith or Are We Just Dreaming?
Fred’s Full Presentation from the Common Dreams 2 Conference – Are We Living the Progressive Faith, or Are We Just Dreaming?
What Have We Done?
Not the Easy Way
Myth and the Genesis Stories
Trying to String Things Together
A Quiet Lazy Summer
Hope – An Action of Creative Transformation
Spirituality of Mother Earth
Always A Seeker
Perplexed–Discussion Between Fred Plumer and TCPC Reader Rev. R
Engaging the Recovering Christians
What Else Could I Have Done? A Maundy Thursday or Good Friday Reading
The Times They Are A-Changin
Are We Progressing?
Don’t Go There
An Epic Change
Speaking of My Religion
Who Will Lead Us? Maybe Our Lay People
I Learned About God There
Changing the World, One Child At A Time
Into the Future
Breakfast with the Dalai Lama
It Must Be True (Easter)
Christian Laauve (Love)
Time To Break For Lunch
The Magic of Christmas
Giving Thanks as a Life Changing Dynamic
What is Progressive Christianity Anyway?
Nurturing a Progressive Christian Spirituality
Practice, Practice, Practice!
Build and Sustain Faith Communities by Feeding the Hungry
A Grand Event
Churches Have More than Just Good Music
Progressive Faith vs. the Illusion of Control