At Takoma Park Presbyterian Church we are working to welcome all in our community of faith, including our gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered members. To this end, we have become a "More Light" congregation, one which not only includes members of all sexual orientations, but also ordains them to be deacons, elders and pastors.
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In our country and throughout the world, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people are calling into question the discrimination, violence, and persecution they face. They are acknowledging that, although these acts are often performed in the name of religion, religion is misguided when it causes suffering and pain. They ask, as did the prophet Jeremiah, so long ago, "Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why has the health of my poor people not been restored?" In ancient Israel, Gilead was a place famous for its healing balm. Its name can be translated as "hill of testimony or witness."
On our first observance of More Light Sunday, we joined in observing a Gilead Sabbath, bearing witness to the testimony of all those who suffer from spiritual and physical violence and persecution. Those who face the consequences of homophobia, and transphobia; the consequences of a colonial rule that caused cultural and sexual trauma; the consequences of the erasure of long histories of sexual and gender diversity; and the consequences of those who continue to seek to impose hatred and persecution in the name of religion.
The Gilead Sabbath Initiative was created in 2014 by the Religious Institute to encourage U.S. communities of faith to see, hear, and respond to the violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people around the world. Together with communities of faith across the country, we observed this Gilead Sabbath to raise awareness, prayer, and action about the experiences of LGBTQ people globally. For more information please access www.religiousinstitute.org/gilead/.
Part 2 of our More Light Sunday commeration is scheduled for June 26th.
In the wake of another mass shooting, this time an attack on LGBTQ folks in a space that was supposed to be safe, we struggle with how to respond.
We continue to have hope that together lightness can overcome darkness.
We invite you to join us in the sanctuary this Sunday morning at 9:15 AM
before church to decorate with rainbow colors and messages of love.
We will have some supplies but invite you to bring your own as well.
Pride Week begins Tuesday, June 7, 2016 with an Interfaith Worship Service at Covenant Baptist UCC, 3845 S Capitol St SW, Washington, DC, from 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM.
TPPC will march with More Light Presbyterians in the Capital Pride Parade on Saturday, June 11th! Gather at 4:00 p.m. at Church of the Pilgrims, 2201 P St. N.W. (near Dupont Circle metro station). Wear your More Light T-shirt or get one free at the parade. For more information, access http://www.capitalpride.org/events/pride-parade/.
Visit More Light Presbyterians booth at the Capital Pride Festival on June 12th. The festival runs from Noon to 7 p.m. on Pennsylvania Ave. between 3rd and 7th St. N.W. (Near Gallery Pl. metro stop.) For more information, access http://www.capitalpride.org/events/pride-festival/.-->
For individuals and church groups engaged in a process of discernment as directed by the General Assembly, you might be interesxted in the following resources from the National MLP website (www.mlp.org):
In a National Public Radio interview with The Very Rev. Gary Hall, dean of the Washington National Cathedral, he discusses how same gender marriages can inform straight marriages and how those lessons are woven into the new Episcopal rite for blessing same gender couples.
C.S. Pearce, an evangelical turned progressive, has authored a book that "discusses and deconstructs the Bible-based arguments that conservative Christians use against LGBT people, arguments that Pearce calls myths.’" Pearce’s family left the Presbyterian Church because they felt it was too liberal and she grew up in a nondenominational evangelical church. This We Believe: The Christian Case for Gay Civil Rights "demonstrates how traditional Christian beliefs about homosexuality are hurting all of the church, especially its most vulnerable members: young gay people who are convinced that their very essence is sinful. It summarizes the latest scientific research, current Biblical scholarship, and the teachings of Jesus to show why an ever-growing number of Christian leaders and laypeople now support marriage equality and other civil rights for gay, lesbian, and transgender people."
The theme for our last More Light Sunday as Bullying. Here we present some resources for support on bullying.
For help, talk with a counselor, parent, trusted adult, or pastor.
Montgomery County Schools Anti- Bullying Resources:
(To report bullying, find counseling, web links):
Online resource for LGBTQ youth:
Six factors define bullying: (from Faula Fried’s book "Bullies and Victims"):
A set of links to resources maintained by the Human Rights Campaign provide resources related to religion, faith, and spirituality for LGBTQ people. For more information access http://www.hrc.org/resources/category/religion-faith.
Attending college can be difficult, but lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning students may have an even harder time than others. There is a guide that was created to help LGBTQ students understand how many campuses are helping to make the college experience more welcoming and supportive. For more information access http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/lgbtq-college-student-guide/.
Takoma Park Presbyterian Church is a member of More Light Presbyterians (MLP) -- including the national organization and the National Capital Chapter. The mission statement of MLP is:
Gaychurch.org is a web site dedicated to ministering to the gay Christian community and to the friends of our community.
Historical documents and old articles on related to GBLT issues in our church can be found on our More Light Archive page.
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