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Grace Presbyterian Church (formerly University Presbyterian Church) of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, is the first More Light Presbyterian church in the state of Alabama.
Although it had been a campus ministry and student center from its beginning in 1952, UPC was chartered as a church in 1966, in the midst of the Civil Rights movement. During that time, UPC not only became one of the few places in Tuscaloosa where people of all races could worship together, but its facility was opened to speakers and activist groups who were denied meeting space elsewhere in the community or on campus.
In 2016 University and Covenant Presbyterian Churches began a merger conversation. Progressive in social justice, both congregations focused on community involvement with University Presbyterian being vocally inclusive of the LGBTQ community. As the merger conversation progressed it was the recommendation of the Merger Committee to include being a More Light Presbyterian Church into Grace Presbyterian’s official church charter. January 8, 2017 the combined congregations became one, Grace Presbyterian Church; a More Light Congregation.
October 28, 2018 we will celebrate our first More Light Sunday. Mr. Alex McNeil, Executive Director of More Light, will lead a small group discussion and preach in 11:00 worship. Over the weekend he will also facilitate a viewing and discussion of the documentary, Out of Order, a groundbreaking feature documentary revealing the complex and painful struggles faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer faith leaders within the Presbyterian Church, USA.