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.
For over 40 years, More Light has been at the forefront of LGBTQ organizing and advocacy efforts. Our work has been grounded in creating a church and a world that reflects God’s heart.
In 2011, MLP achieved a long-standing goal to eliminate language in the PC(USA)’s Book of Order prohibiting openly LGB people from serving in ordained leadership. Following in 2014 and 2015, MLP was instrumental in helping to lift the ban on clergy performing same-sex weddings. Following those major milestones, More Light’s focus has been to help our congregations and members live in to their welcome for LGBTQ persons.
More Light is led by Alex McNeill, the first openly transgender person to head a mainline Protestant organization. Alex and other queer faith leaders are featured in the new documentary, Out of Order: Queer Pastors Redefining Church.
As the PC(USA) policies began to shift, MLP began working with hundreds of faith leaders on LGBTQ inclusion and equality, supporting congregations in the development of advocacy events, organizing letter writing campaigns, and strengthening relationships with community decision makers, especially in key states like Ohio, North Carolina, and Texas.
In the past year, MLP joined a broad coalition of advocacy groups attempting to repeal HB2 in North Carolina. In the coming year, More Light staff and members will continue to work to repeal this anti-LGBTQ, anti-worker law, as well as expand organizing networks in additional states where legislation threatens LGBTQ communities.
Your support will help More Light operate the following programs:
More Light Teach-Ins are online convenings of congregations, student groups, and community organizations working to build inclusive practices and provide services that recognize the unique challenges faced by LGBTQ individuals. These issue-focused educational forums share knowledge, resources, and best practices, and work to identify strategies to address the root causes of oppression. Our upcoming 2017 teach-ins will examine gender justice and trans inclusion, LGBTQ refugee and asylee needs, and LGBTQ poverty and homelessness.
More Light Ambassadors amplify our work. These individuals respond to legislative priorities nationwide by using their gifts of advocacy, speaking, and teaching to engage congregations in ongoing work to build inclusion and organize around laws impacting the LGBTQ community. More Light partners with and trains individuals interested in working within their community and region, and helps them to become champions for LGBTQ inclusion.
More Light hosts Educational Webinars, Trainings, and Workshops
to provide congregations with the resources to speak about LGBTQ issues. More Light conducts Building an Inclusive Church trainings, Connecting the Dots Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation workshops, and "We're Welcoming, Now What?" workshops to help individuals and congregations speak with confidence and from a place of faith about LGBTQ identities and inclusion. In order to further the impact of Out of Order
screenings, More Light also produced a discussion guide to facilitate conversation on LGBTQ inclusion in the church.