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Look here to find a church or campus group in your community that welcomes LGBTQIA+ people into the full life and participation of the community! Each congregation or campus group listed is a member of More Light Presbyterians and is committed to full inclusion and welcome of all God’s people.

Please contact Susan if you have any corrections or additions, or visit our congregational update page or campus group update page!

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Shady Grove Presbyterian Church

Memphis, TN

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Shawnee Presbyterian Church

Our congregation has always proclaimed welcome and openness to all of
God’s children regardless of one’s background, nationality, race, and/
or gender identity. Our Session has taken a step forward in this
welcome of all people as we are now a member of the More Light
Presbyterian ministry. More Light Presbyterian congregations are
intentional about their welcome of all who identify and LBGTQ+.…

Shawnee, KS

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Shepherd of the Hill Presbyterian Church

We are a very small congregation. But we have a few members who have or have had family members in the LGBTQIA+ community. We are the only church with a Rainbow Flag out front, in a community of very conservative congregations (Catholic, Missouri Synod Lutheran, Baptist, Evangelical). I myself come from the theater and show-biz, where the queer community thrives, and I know so many people that wish they could find a church that honors their spirituality and their souls.…

Chaska, MN

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Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church

We welcome all people regardless of age, race, ability, sexual orientation, marital status, social class, religious affiliation or none. We understand hospitality to be central to a life of faith. We aspire to practice the radical inclusion that is at the heart of Jesus’ life and teaching. We are committed to full inclusion in church and society of all LGBTQ people, and are committed to building bridges to those of different racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds.…

Shepherdstown, WV

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Silver Spring Presbyterian Church

Silver Spring, MD

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Sixth Presbyterian Church

Inclusive Language
With the awareness that language reflects our beliefs about equality and justice, we intentionally use inclusive language in our worship. This includes using a variety of feminine, masculine, and non-gender images in referring to God and humanity. Hymns, litanies, prayers, choral offerings, and other worship elements are often chosen, altered, or created to express this inclusive and expansive view of God and God’s people.

Pittsburgh, PA

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South Presbyterian Church

On issues of sexual justice, we have been part of a loyal opposition, arguing for the full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender sisters and brothers. This opposition rests on our deep commitment to a hospitality which welcomes everyone—and refuses any exclusion as one more violence.

Our Mission is to help each other in the work of becoming more fully human; in these ways that God has given us, through:
Learning God’s Word
We provide ways for us to learn the spiritual path, and the way to live a fully human life on earth; by studying the Bible, all spiritual disciplines that point the way, and the example of Jesus.…

Dobbs Ferry, NY

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Southminster Presbyterian Church

Prairie Village, KS

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Southminster Presbyterian Church

Beaverton, OR

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Southside Presbyterian Church

Statement of Inclusion
Southside Church has been called by God to be a congregation that welcomes and fully values all persons. Our diversity is a gift of God and essential to our witness to the Gospel. In 2014, Southside became a More Light Church. The mission of More Light Presbyterians is to work for the full participation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people in the life, ministry, and witness of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and in society. 

Tucson, AZ

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Spencer Presbyterian Church

We accepted an openly gay man as a church member in the 70s. Our pastor did a funeral for a lesbian woman that none of the other local churches would do in the 90’s. We just completed a 6-session Sunday School series examining sexuality, gender and the church more deeply so that we can speak into the silence instead of being complicit.

Spencer, WV

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Spirit of The Desert Presbyterian Fellowship

Yucca Valley, CA

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Springdale Presbyterian Church

Springdale Presbyterian underwent years of discernment in the past about what a faithful understanding of welcome, inclusion, and affirmation of all of God’s people really meant within Christ’s church. That process eventually led to the congregation’s willingness to call a new pastor in 2016 who was LGBTQ+, and adopting an official welcome statement that included affirmation of our welcome of LGBTQ+ individuals into the full life and leadership of the congregation.…

Louisville, KY

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St. Andrew Presbyterian Church

Sausalito, CA

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St. Andrew Presbyterian Church

Who is welcome?
First off, let us make it clear that all are welcome at Saint Andrew. In fact, we made it part of our mission statement: “we welcome all people into the life of the church regardless of age, sex, race and ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity, socio-economic status or marital status, physical or mental ability, or any other worldly condition.”

So we try to practice Jesus’ radical hospitality, but what does this mean in actuality?…

Indianapolis, IN

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St. Andrews Presbyterian Church

As disciples of Jesus Christ committed to the holy values of justice, freedom, and peace, at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church we strive to continually deepen our commitment to our decades-long history of social justice ministry. We proudly proclaim our values as a More Light congregation, as a reproductive justice congregation, and as a sanctuary church.…

Austin, TX

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St. James Presbyterian Church

Bellingham, WA

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St. John’s Presbyterian Church

Today St. John’s is still a place of worship and a gathering spot for the community. Strongly rooted in Christ’s love and with a deep commitment to social justice we welcome all who come thorough our doors. As a church, we are grateful for the gifts that God has provided us through the years, especially through the Spirit within people that have been called to serve us, teach us, love us, and bring us a vision of God’s will.…

Berkeley, CA

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St. John’s United Church

Our Vision

We are a progressive, inclusive Christian community, strengthened by the diversity of our members and our faith traditions, that comes together to worship God, to further spiritual growth, and to minister to each other, the community and the world through active Christian involvement.

Our Mission

  • To worship God;

  • To support and nurture each other;

  • To provide a foundation for our spiritual life;

  • To empower our members in ministry;

  • To celebrate our diversity and promote inclusiveness for all;

  • To partner with and advocate for victims of social injustice;

  • And to share the good news of Jesus Christ and invite others to do the same.

Columbia, MD

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St. Luke Presbyterian Church

Presbyterians Believe:

  • We are saved by grace through faith and that grace is a pure gift from God given to us through the life, teachings, death, and resurrection of Jesus.
  • We are a people grateful for the unending faithfulness of God (the Hebrew people called this hesed).
  • We adhere to the Reformed tradition that God is continually at work in the world, and we are called to be lifelong learners, to  share God’s love, grace, mercy, forgiveness, compassion, and justice, and that God is ushering in a new way of being the church in the 21st century.

Amarillo, TX

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