Following the risen Christ, and seeking to make the Church a true community of hospitality, 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.
MLP’s logo reflects our mission and incorporates the communion elements of bread and wine, as well as rainbow colors evocative of stained glass church windows. These elements express the hospitality of Christ, and of the welcoming church movement, and the theology and practice of the open table. We are called together as many grains that form one bread. We share one cup.
Who We Are
More Light Presbyterians engages over 210 congregations and thousands of individuals in the Presbyterian Church (USA), enabling Presbyterians to lead LGBTQ service and advocacy in communities nationwide. More Light’s mission has always been to empower and equip individuals and congregations to live into their welcome for LGBTQ people. As we move into a new day in the denomination, MLP’s work is about pointing towards a particular way of operating in Christian communities with God’s abundance at the center of all we do and who we are.
“More Light believes we must refocus on who God is as a way to understand the fullness of what God is calling us to next.“
What We Do
- Support congregations to discern becoming More Light through individual consultation, our Building an Inclusive Church tool-kit and training, and other resources.
- Educate and equip More Light congregations to deepen their welcome and understand the diversity and intersections of oppressions impacting LGBTQ people through our teach-ins and Networking Groups.
- Prepare and partner with people of faith to be More Light Ambassadors that advocate for just policies and legislation within our local communities, states and nation.
- Create and support policies within the PC(USA) that expand the inclusive table within the denomination and encourage the church to work for justice in the wider world.
- Engage with other ecumenical, interfaith and secular partners to support the LGBTQ community in matters of justice and liberation.
What We Believe
After the achievement of two significant barriers to LGBTQ inclusion in the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A., many congregations and individuals are wondering “what’s next” in the work to follow God’s call for welcome of all God’s beloved children. More Light underwent a discernment process on this very question and emerged with a renewed theological understanding of our call in the world, and an offering of a way our congregations and individuals can best live into it.
We believe, the founding vision of who to include as a child of God at the beginning of this movement was toward further recognition of who to include in the umbrella of God’s welcome – that gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer persons are created in the image of God; a counter to the prevailing assumption that we were an abomination in the eyes of God. The hope then was that LGBTQ people would be welcome in the life of the church just like any other sibling in Christ. What a revolutionary statement, that we are all God’s children! In the beginning of the welcoming church movement, we were just beginning to say out loud for the first time the words gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender. The trouble is, welcome started to be expressed as a series of “ORs:” bisexual OR transgender, straight OR gay, and not the fullness of “AND.”
More Light believes we must refocus on who God is as a way to understand the fullness of what God is calling us to next.
We believe God is bigger than we could ever imagine. We are created in the image of a God of abundance, of limitless possibilities and expansion. While one possible response to glimpsing an abundant God might cause some people to batten down the hatches in fear of the vastness. More Light Presbyterians is working for a world where all believers strive to live into God’s holy abundance. We are called to confront God’s holy abundance with awe and wonder. We are abundant because our Creator is abundant. By not limiting our understanding of who God is, we refuse to limit who God loves and welcomes into community.
Following God’s abundance, More Light believes that members and churches live into this understanding of God through a developmental journey which begins with a deepening understanding of a theology of God’s abundance, which then extends into the organization, leadership and practices of our faith communities and spiritual practice of faith in action. Our programs and resources are designed to help individuals and congregations respond to an abundant God through policies and practices of transformative inclusion.
How to Get Involved
With your help we can ensure every congregation is a welcoming place for LGBTQ people and that we live out our mobilize our words of welcome into acts of justice our communities and the world. Get involved by:
- Joining with MLP
- Engaging with us on Facebook or Twitter
- Attending a More Light event
- Find a welcoming church or start a More Light process in your congregation, and
- Sharing your gifts for the furthering of our ministry.
Why Should I Join?
A welcoming congregation is just the beginning of abundant inclusion. With your help we can ensure every congregation is a welcoming place for LGBTQ people and that we live out our faith in action in our communities and world. You can get involved by joining with MLP, engaging with us on Facebook or Twitter, attending a More Light event, finding a welcoming church or starting a More Light process in your congregation, and sharing your gifts for the furthering of our ministry.