A Pastoral Letter from That All May Freely Serve

Below is a letter to all the churches who support the work of That All May Freely Serve and their independent affiliate organizations. First Presbyterian Church of New Haven is a founding member of one of their affiliates, Presbyterian Promise. Presbyterian Promise was organized to work for the full inclusion of our LGBTQI friends in Christ. For many years, the First Presbyterian Church Session sent overtures to the Presbytery for their vote. These overtures focused first on removing the ban on ordination for LGBTQ people. In 2010, that ban was removed. Since that time the Session has sent overtures to address the issue of marriage equality.… Continue

Presbyterian Promise Invites You!

Presbyterian Promise invites you to meet and talk with Alex McNeill, the new executive director of More Light Presbyterians, one of the major voices advocating and working for LGBT equality in the Presbyterian Church USA. The weekend will focus on how we can live into the dream of equality in the PCUSA and on transgender issues and what we still need to do to make sure all are welcomed, respected and included in God’s Presbyterian family. Join us for all three public events.

Saturday, February 22 – 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Connecting the Dots: Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation: A workshop

Have you ever felt tongue-tied in discussing the nuances of gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender identities?… Continue

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Presbyterians Doing Justice

The words of Micah are ringing in our ears this week:
“God has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Holy One require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”

Presbyterians all over the country are accustomed to working for justice for LGBT people in the church – especially in those years when we’re heading into a General Assembly and we prepare to prayerfully discern the will of God through the voices of the people. What may not be as obvious are the ways Presbyterians are working to do justice on behalf of LGBT people in civil society, 365 days a year.… Continue