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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First Presbyterian Church

Cottage Grove, OR

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First Presbyterian Church

Our congregation has often been a little bit of a rebel in this spacing, ordaining elders before it was fully allowed. We have been a staunch supporter of our local OutCenter and already have joined other faith organizations devoted to full access to worshipping communities for people of all orientations and identities. We have also been rated as CLEAR: AFFIRMING by Church Clarity.…

Benton Harbor, MI

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First Presbyterian Church

Palo Alto, CA

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First Presbyterian Church

More than a year ago, session authorized the creation of our Welcoming Team which was charged with leading us through a journey toward becoming a fully welcoming and inclusive church. What a journey it has been. The Team began with an assessment of our church’s embodiment of welcome. Based on that assessment, we had a good idea of the work we needed to do.…

Urbana, Illinois

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First Presbyterian Church

In January of 2018, our session affirmed a desire to move toward more intentional inclusion and diversity in our congregation. To that end, in October, the Session created a task force at the recommendation of the Invitation and Integration team to explore the possibility of affiliating with More Light Presbyterians (MLP). The task force’s objective was to look at what it means to be a MLP congregation, compare similar organizations, and identify any changes needed to better serve, represent, and honor all of who we are — specifically our LGBTQ family members.…

Birmingham, Al

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First Presbyterian Church

We have been an open and affirming congregation for decades. Long before we were “allowed” to, we have encouraged and ordained officers and seminarians regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. We look at God’s gifts for leadership first and foremost. We know we are open and affirming, but the community at large does not necessarily know this.…

Austin, TX

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First Presbyterian Church

For years, our church has informally become more and more open to the open engagement of LGBTQ in all areas of our church’s life. That began 12 years when a same sex couple came requesting baptism for their daughter. From that point forward people got to know the couple, and especially Jeannie, who became a leader in our children’s ministry.…

Hollywood, FL

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First Presbyterian Church

We have been an openly welcoming church for several years and we want to be even more visible and supportive in the future. By becoming a More Light Church, we not only support the organization but make ourselves known to the greater community. We are a church that puts love and grace first by celebrating our LGBTQ+ community.

Morgantown, WV

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First Presbyterian Church

First Birmingham began to wrestle with inclusion of all persons in 1990s. We held classes and congregation-wide discussions. it culminated seven years ago when we adopted our “handle” as Everybody’s Church and our new inclusion statement: As Everybody’s Church we strive to be a faithful, open and inclusive community. We welcome the full participation of all people of any ability, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or any other life circumstance.…

Birmingham, MI

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First Presbyterian Church of Asheville

In 2019, our church was the largest group to participate in the Asheville Pride Festival and a few months later we hosted the ordination of a child of our church, and director of More Light, Alex McNeill. This series of events helped us realize that we had been an LGBTQIA affirming church for a very long time.…

Asheville, NC

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First Presbyterian Church of Carbondale

First Presbyterian Church of Carbondale is excited to be part of the More Light Presbyterians family—a decision which is consistent with our mission statement: “Seeking the Faith, Sharing the Spirit, Serving God’s People.”  God’s abundance is on full display at “First Pres”—where members of LGBTQIA+ communities not only welcomed, but loved and celebrated for being exactly who you are, and who God has called you to be.  …

Carbondale, IL

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First Presbyterian Church of Forest Hills

The Mission Committee presented to the Session joining this group as part of the church’s evolution to being an open and welcoming church to all. The conversation needs to continue and we will do so.

Forest Hills, NY

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First Presbyterian Church of Gilbertsville

It is imperative to our church that all people feel welcome and safe.

Gilbertsville, NY

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First Presbyterian Church Of Glen Cove

Glen Cove, NY

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First Presbyterian Church of Hudson

WE WELCOME ALL AT 1ST
PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH!
We extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, gay, filthy rich, dirt poor, or no habla Ingles. Whether you used to work on Wall Street, or if you used to sleep on Wall Street you’re welcome here. Maybe you can sing like Andrea Bocelli, or maybe you can’t carry a tune in a bucket – it doesn’t matter here!…

Hudson, NY

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First Presbyterian Church of Milledgeville

Our congregation has always been progressive in matters of inclusion, and we recognize the way the church has harmed LGBTQ+ persons. We wish to communicate that we are a safe place for all, especially for the college youth in our town who otherwise experience hostility and exclusion from the conservative community. We wish to not only welcome, but affirm and support our beloved neighbors.

Milledgeville, GA

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First Presbyterian Church of Oakland

We are called to be Christ’s partners in reconciliation, sharing the good news of God’s radically inclusive, welcoming love.

As a More Light Presbyterian congregation, we strive to provide a welcome for LGBTQ people.
As a multicultural community, we are intentional about living as the Beloved Community.
As a multi-age family, we recognize the gifts children and youth bring to worship and community life.

Oakland, CA

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First Presbyterian Church of Philipstown

There are three statements that are the touchstones for our congregation:
1. Knowing that all community is a gift of God, we affirm there can be no exclusiveness about the body of Christ. We welcome into our community and membership all people of God regardless of ethnic heritage, national origin, age, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic standing; and we encourage the full participation of all in the life of our congregation.…

Cold Spring, NY

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First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael

San Rafael, CA

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First Presbyterian Church of St. Louis

First Presbyterian Church of St. Louis, a community of faith since 1817, is a More Light congregation. We are dedicated to the full inclusion of all God’s children in our community of faith, welcoming people of every race; ethnicity; age; sex; physical, mental, or emotional condition; sexual or gender orientation; and economic, cultural, or religious background.…

St. Louis, MO

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