The Rev. Dr. Shawnthea Monroe

Denomination: United Church of Christ (UCC)
Organization: Plymouth Church UCC, Shaker Heights, OH


The Rev. Dr. Shawnthea Monroe became the senior minister of Plymouth Church staff January 15, 2008.

A native of South Dakota, she hold degrees from the University of Minnesota, Yale Divinity School, and Chicago Theological Seminary  

Dr. Monroe has served on the board of the Louisville Institute, and the Deaconess Foundation. She is a member of the American Academy of Religion and has taught courses in preaching, contemporary culture and theology, and grant writing for non-profit organizations.

An accomplished writer, she is the author of Not So Desperate: Fantasy, Fact and Faith on Wisteria Lane (Chalice Press, 2006) and co-author of Living Christianity: A Pastoral Theology for Today (Fortress, 2009).

Shawnthea lives in Shaker Heights with her husband Neil Mueller and their three children. Before coming to Plymouth Church, Dr. Monroe served First Congregational Church UCC (Moorhead, MN), Trinitarian Congregational Church (Concord, MA) and Colebrook Congregational Church (Colebrook, CT).


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Shawnthea Monroe: Present Perfect

Tuesday December 06, 2016
As Mary and her cousin Elizabeth meet, Mary responds with the beautiful song we know as the Magnificat, in which Mary tells of the great and glorious things God has done. What strikes Shawnthea Monroe about it is the tense--the present perfect tense. Mary is not praising God for what God will do, she’s acknowledging what God has done--and yet it really hasn’t happened yet.

Shawnthea Monroe: Repent and Reset

Tuesday November 29, 2016
In her sermon for the 2nd Sunday of Advent, Dr. Shawnthea Monroe notes that John the Baptist doesn’t say repent OR the kingdom of heaven will come near, nor does he say repent AND the kingdom of heaven will come near. What he tells us is that we are no longer the key variable in this equation””what is happening in Jesus Christ is God’s doing. We can choose to be part of it, but ready or not, here he comes.