Presbyterian Promise – LBGT Educational and Advocacy Group

plogo2clPresbyterian Promise is an educational and advocacy group which seeks to broaden the welcome of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people in the life of the church.

Presbyterian Promise consists of member congregations from the Presbytery of Southern New England and is part of the larger church’s movement toward inclusivity of GLCT people.

Presbyterian Promise is part of “That All May Freely Serve,” which is made up of Presbyterian congregations across the country working together to transform the church’s understandings of homosexuality.

First Presbyterian Church of New Haven joins six congregations in the Presbytery of Southern New England in this effort.… Continue

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