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. MLP provides resources, education, and tools for faith leaders to fully welcome LGBTQ individuals into the life of their congregations. In addition, we work with interfaith and secular partners to build opposition to discriminatory legislation like North Carolina’s HB2 or “bathroom bill.”
On Give Out Day, your support will enable us to further strengthen the faith-based movement for equality and to equip Presbyterian people of faith to be leaders in progressive movements across the USA.
Equipping Congregations to live into LGBTQ inclusion
More Light hosts online Teach-Ins designed to help congregations live into their LGBTQ inclusion. These webinars focus on topics impacting the LGBTQ community such as racism and racial justice, transgender inclusion, LGBTQ youth, homelessness, and immigration. Our goal is to offer MLP members and leaders the opportunity to learn together, share their ideas and experiences working for social justice in their congregations and communities, and explore opportunities for peer coaching. Your contributions will enable us support our Teach-In trainers with honorariums.
More Light Executive Director Alex McNeill also produces the Liberation Bible Study podcast, where he and guests read the Bible as a source of inspiration and strength to help listeners live into God’s abundant vision for their life and the world.
Each show approaches a different biblical text, and the co-hosts read the text in the style of lectio divina with a twist
. Listeners have shared their own inspirations to re-create Liberation Bible Studies in their own faith communities. Your support will help us launch season two in June!
Faith-based movements for progressive change
More Light is a founding member of the Faith Forward Coalition in North Carolina. Through this coalition, we work with faith communities to educate people about sexual orientation and gender identity, share the experience of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people in the church, and mobilize people of faith to take their words of welcome from their pews and into the streets of their community. In May, the coalition will be holding a statewide multi-movement gathering, Uniting for Our Future
, a summit of progressive thinkers — faith leaders, activists, organizers, artists, educators, and change makers — who are working to heal the personal and political wounds facing North Carolina today.
In addition to our coalition work, More Light supports three Ambassadors in North Carolina through training and resources. These Ambassadors work in their communities to inspire organizing and build relationships with elected officials. In the upcoming year, we aim to expand this model into other states where discriminatory legislation is being advanced. Help us reach our goal of funding 5 scholarships for advocates going to the Summit in May!
Strengthening the PCUSA’s support of LGBTQ persons
Within the Presbyterian Church (USA), More Light advocates for overtures to strengthen the church’s standing as a progressive and inclusive denomination. In coordination with More Light congregations from across the nation, More Light has supported three overtures to be voted upon at the 2018 General Assembly:
Affirming and Celebrating the Full Dignity and Humanity of People of All Gender Identities
On Celebrating the Gifts of People of Diverse Sexual Orientations and Gender Identities in the Life of the Church
Reclaiming an Historic Reformed Understanding of Religious Liberty
Many people encounter More Light for the first time when attending GA as a commissioner and observer. Your generosity will ensure we have a hospitable and well-resourced booth in the exhibit hall!