Film: Out Of Order

Save the Date—Sunday, April 2nd: The new film Out of Order will be screened 3:00 p.m. on April 2nd at Westminster Presbyterian Church, in West Hartford, CT. Out of Order, focuses on five LGBTQ seminarians trying to become ministers in the Presbyterian Church (USA) at a time when the denomination prohibited LGBTQ ordination.

Alex McNeill, Executive Director of More Light Presbyterians and one of the subjects of the film, will be present to engage in conversation about the film and his experiences as a transgender person of faith. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. and the screening starts at 3:00.… Continue

A Not So Churchy Sunday –February 28

On the afternoon of Sunday, February 28th, all are invited to join Presbyterian Promise and the Presbytery of Southern New England’s Creative Space for a new worship experience held at the First Presbyterian Church of New Haven: Not So Churchy.

Not So Churchy worship is intimate and music filled and comes from a new Brooklyn-based worshipping community comprised of adults and children, queer and straight folks from a variety of life experiences, religious backgrounds and practices.  Not So Churchy is one of PC(USA)’s 1001 Worshipping Communities.  For more information, go to www.notsochurchy.org and www.onethousandone.org.

Not So Churchy worship leaders include Chanda Rule, a gospel/soul singer/composer, Paul Vasile, a dynamic worship leader committed to renewing faith communities through music and liturgy, and Mieke Vandersall, a pastor committed to community-building, healing, and the arts.… Continue

Presbyterian Immigrant Ministry

The Presbyterian Immigrant Ministry was created to serve immigrants who are in prison awaiting deportation, and to provide spiritual support for prisoners’ families. The seeds of this ministry were sown nearly five years ago when Rev. Gerson Annunciaçao began visiting Brazilian immigrants who were in this condition. With the increasing number of imprisoned Brazilian immigrants, such visits became more urgent and thus more frequent. It was necessary then, instead of individual visits, to hold collective meetings that could accommodate many inmates. With such a format, the opportunity came to conduct Bible studies in the Plymouth County Correctional Facility initially serving several Brazilian prisoners.… Continue