More Light Worship First Presbyterian Church
Worship begins at 10:30. Transportation leaves at 9:30
Jessica Vasquez Torres, preaching
Jessica Vazquez Torres is an Organizer/Trainer with Crossroads Anti-Racism Organizing and Training.A native of Puerto Rico, Jessica identifies as a “1.5 generation Queer ESL Latina of Puerto Rican descent.” From 1999 until the Spring of 2006 Jessica worked in the Office of [Racial] Reconciliation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Indianapolis, IN. From 2006 to 2008 she worked as National Religious Outreach Coordinator with Interfaith Worker Justice, and from 2008 to 2010 as Director of Master Level Recruitment and Admissions at McCormick Theological Seminary (both in Chicago, IL). Currently, Jessica is working on a Masters of Theological Studies at the Chandler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. When not studying she works as a consultant and core/organizer trainer for Crossroads. Rev. Vazquez Torres holds a BA in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL and a Masters of Divinity from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, IN.
Founded on November 15, 1817, we are the oldest congregation in our Presbytery and one of the oldest churches west of the Mississippi. Our current sanctuary was built in 1928 and recently underwent a substantial renovation to celebrate our 200 years of ministry. In the process, we unbolted our 14-foot pews from the floor, had them shortened, and added chairs. Our new sanctuary floor, which won our flooring company “Project of the Year”, is polished concrete with an inlaid Meditation Path in the back. This is a welcome addition to our outdoor Labyrinth. All the sanctuary seating is flexible and can accommodate a wide range of worship experiences and community gatherings. We have already had two church dinners in the sanctuary and a yoga class practices weekly on the Meditation Path. Our church was the home church of minister and abolitionist Elijah P. Lovejoy and we are inspired by his fierce yearning for justice. In 2004, we became a More Light Congregation and we are pretty sure we hosted the first same sex marriage in a Presbyterian Church in Missouri. Moving into our third century of ministry, we are Rooted in Justice, Growing in Love, Seeking Peace.
Pastor: The Rev. Bill Perman