More Light Update
, October 2011|1VOL. 31, NO. 3OCTOBER 2011
What’s Next? A Church that Celebrates All Good Gifts
Photos: Jeremy Stratton-Smith, ElizabethMcDonald-Zwoyer and Brian Symonds.
e asked four board membersat More Light Presbyteriansexactly that question. Here is whatthey had to say.
“What’s next?” is beingasked by many folks.Members of PresbyteryCommittees are meetingto discern how best toimplement Amendment10-A. To support ourmission of full participa-tion in the PresbyterianChurch (USA) we mustcontinue to build relation-ships with others of varyingviewpoints and share ourstories. All of us will have tolisten carefully and try to rec-ognize that in order for diversi-
ty to ourish in our denomina
-tion, we will need to be open tonew ways of doing things. It’s impor-tant for all of us to stay focused onnew developments and ensure thateach church sends informed eldercommissioners to Presbytery. SoonPresbytery’s Nominating Committee
starts the process to ll committee
vacancies. Get involved! There isplenty yet to do, and many opportu-nities for us to participate!
Marc Jung serves on the MLP Boardand at Mission Bay PC.
Beth Van Sickle
In a multitude of ways, our MLPmovement is only beginning thework needed to become a fully inclu-sive church. Until G-2.0104 wentinto effect, LGBTQ ordained andunder-care members of the PC(USA)existed largely as sub-members.Now we have the opportunity to
move up to the ground oor, so to
speak, and, in communion with oursisters and brothers in Christ, to be-gin shaping our Churchinto one that lives intobeing a true commu-nity of God. We will nothave full inclusion untilour Elders can providepastoral care and sacredrites for all members of the PC(USA).
Beth Van Sickle serveson the MLP Board andis an LPTS student.
Now that Amendment 10-A is incor-porated into the Book of Order as G-2.0104, MLP has a lot of important work to do in moving fromadvocating for ordination standardsthat recognize LGBT people of faithas children of God and as giftedleaders in ministry to fair imple-mentation of and adherence to thestandards. Our work is certainly
NOT nished. The church is NOT
yet fully inclusive. Publicationand distribution of the “Ordination
Guide” was MLP’s rst response to
G-2.0104. MLP’s Board and staff areworking to develop additional waysto support LGBT candidates, to helpLGBT teaching elders in receivingcalls, to achieve marriage equal-ity, and to enhance the hospitalityafforded by the church to LGBTpeople. We are extremelygrateful for ongoing support inpursuing this critical work.
Trice Gibbons serves on theMLP Board and is a VDS student.
Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards
What I see is the work of MLPexploding now that 10-A haspassed! First, G-2.0104returns us to the his-toric trust in ordainingbodies to examine
candidates for ofce.
First we need to helpLGBT Presbyteriansarticulate how Scriptureand tradition sustain ourcalls to serve. Second, weneed to encourage con-gregations eager for ourgifts to issue calls. Third,we need to continue towork within the church formarriage equality. We must build onevery great conversation we had lastyear to strengthen relationships thatare worthy of the Body of Christ— I’m ready. I hope you are!
Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards serves on theMLP Board and served as Moderatorof Pittsburgh Presbytery.