Archive of More Light Articles, Documents

This page contains articles and documents (such as a link to our last More Light Statement from 1992, with an addendum in 1996) that show the evolution of Takoma Park Presbyterian Church as a More Light Church.

Here is a list of articles that have appeared on this website that may be of interest:

Other articles are given below.

Covenant of Dissent (2000)

The following are excerpts from the Covenant of Dissent written in objection to "Amendment B", the "chastity and fidelity amendment" to the Book of Order, signed by the Session of Takoma Park Presbyterian Church and sent to General Assembly, PCUSA.

"In obedience to our Lord Jesus Christ, guided by the scriptures and the legacy left to us . . . we have determined we cannot agree to abide by the recently passed amendment . . . without violating our informed conscience (and) faith..." "We covenant together to elect, ordain, and install. . . officers. . . with suitable gifts. . . , persons of strong faith, dedicated discipleship and love of Jesus Christ. . . , without additional requirements or restrictions."

On August 3, 2000, the Session of the Takoma Park Presbyterian Church released a statement concerning actions taken in the 2000 meeting of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Article in Takoma Voice on 2011 More Light Sunday

An article in the Takoma Voice focused on our More Light Sunday celebration and the change in the PC-USA "to clearly legalize the ordination of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in relationships." As the article points out, TPPC have been ordaining GBLT people for roles as elders and deacons for many years.

TPPC publicly affirms our Boy Scout troop is inclusive (2013)

Pastor Mark Greiner recently shared a statement with the congregation reitterating the church's support for our Boy Scout troop and its inclusive policy. The statement appears below:

Dear friends,

For 92 years, TPPC has proudly sponsored Boy Scouts of America Troop 33 -- one of the first troops in the country.

In November, 2000, we wrote a letter to the National Capital Area Council of the Boy Scouts affirming that "Troop 33 and Pack 33, with strong support from the church, will continue their policy of selecting adult leaders based on commitment, ability, and adherence to Scout principles. Sexual orientation will not be a consideration."

Recent exclusionary policy statements from the national Boy Scout leadership created much concern in Troop 33, our church, our wider community, and indeed across the nation. Troop 33 families and leaders have been holding many discussions about how to respond. Troop 33 actively solicited participation and insight from the diverse range of its members and friends. Troop 33 carefully crafted a letter for our Session to share with the regional and national Boy Scout leadership.

Yesterday, the Session (Church Council) of the Takoma Park Presbyterian Church unanimously endorsed sending the attached letter.

Please find a copy on church letterhead (PDF)., The Troop will be sharing the letter locally with neighbors and our larger community. You are welcome and encouraged to share the letter, too.

We are proud to be in partnership with Boy Scouts of America, Troop 33 as an inclusive and affirming community.

Sincerely,

Pastor Mark Greiner
Takoma Park Presbyterian Church

A recent op-ed in the New York Times contains quotes from an elder of our church as well as Rev. Mark Greiner.

Update on Marriage Equality (2014)

by Karis Hastings (this article first appeared in Church Life, and appears here by permission of the author)

As discussed in the previous issue of Church Life, initiatives to change PCUSA policy on marriage will be on the agenda this year, and TPPC participated by having a series of Adult Sunday School classes on marriage last fall. As part of the class, we reviewed some key TPPC documents and discovered they needed to be updated. For example, our More Light Statement from 1992 and the Addendum from 1996 reflect an earlier era when GLBT ordination was not permitted under PCUSA policy. Also, the 2001 document used to provide information on weddings at TPPC is full of gender-specific language that is out-of-sync with TPPC's policy on same-sex marriage.

As a result, the class proposed that TPPC revise these documents, and a task force has been formed to do so. As part of that effort, we hope to engage the TPPC membership to reflect on and celebrate what it means to be a More Light church today and in the future. You'll be hearing more about this, and have an opportunity to participate, in future worship services.

In the meantime, please be in prayer for our presbytery and the PCUSA as marriage equality is considered. If you have any questions about the TPPC document review, you can contact any of the members of the task force: Pastor Mark Greiner, Karis Hastings, Tina Hodges, Ferd Hoefner, Brian Richmond and Wendy Turman.


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