We are a More Light Congregation

What does being a More Light congregation mean?
Being a More Light congregation means that we are dedicated to allowing the full participation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA+) people in the life, ministry, and witness of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and in society. All are welcome, embraced, and loved.

The History of More Light Presbyterians
After the 1978 Presbyterian Church U.S.A ruling that openly LGBTQIA+ people could join and participate in Presbyterian churches, but not serve in official leadership of the church, several Presbyterian churches took issue with this ruling and declared themselves to be More Light Churches because there was “yet more light to shine forth on the scriptures” on the role of LGBTQIA+ people in the church. In 1992, the two groups merged to form More Light Presbyterians as a non-profit organization. We are officially a More Light Presbyterian congregation per a vote of the Webster Groves Presbyterian Church Session.

Why is WGPC More Light?
It is a matter of being faithful to the Gospel, being a welcoming church that allows no barriers to membership and service that are not essential to faith. It is a justice concern, a stand for inclusion and equality. It is a pastoral care concern for LGBTQIA+ adults, youth, children, and their families and friends. It is an open declaration of love and respect for all of God’s children.

We seek to live Christ's love, welcome all people and joyfully serve God.