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More Light celebrates the life of Rev. Dr. Jeff Krehbiel

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 8:47pm

Today, beloved More Light pastor and board member Rev. Dr. Jeff Krehbiel died surrounded by his family. Jeff has served as a board member at More Light since 2014, and as a pastor of More Light churches for many years. He shepherded the organization through our marriage ratification effort and into our vision for what’s next. His energy, passion, dedication, and organizing gifts will continue to influence our ministry at More Light for years to come. At our evening worship service at the More Light national conference in 2015 he used his gifts for Biblical Storytelling to share the Word in this video.

The message that night was from Romans 8: 18-25, and stands as a testament of Jeff’s spirit and a poignant reminder of the vision of hope beyond what we can see.

“I believe that the present suffering is nothing compared to the coming glory that is going to be revealed to us. The whole creation waits breathless with anticipation for the revelation of God’s sons and daughters. Creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice–it was the choice of the one who subjected it–but in the hope that the creation itself will be set free from slavery to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of God’s children. We know that the whole creation is groaning together and suffering labor pains up until now. And it’s not only the creation. We ourselves who have the Spirit as the first crop of the harvest also groan inside as we wait to be adopted and for our bodies to be set free. We were saved in hope. If we see what  we hope for, that isn’t hope. Who hopes for what they already see? But if we hope for what we don’t see, we wait for it with patience.”

Jeff’s body has been set free, but his spirit will dwell with all of those who are committed to organizing justice and inclusion. A celebration of his life will take place in Washington DC on May 6. More Light’s board and staff continue to hold Jeff’s wife Cheryl, his daughters and his family in our prayers.

More Light Teach-In Videos Now Available!

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 11:21am

More Light is excited to announce that videos of our popular Teach-In series are now available. These videos are great for personal use or as part of an education series at your church, seminary, or collegiate campus. If you have a creative way you’re planning to use the videos please let us know! We’ll be adding videos throughout our current Teach-In series: Gender Justice and Trans Inclusion, and have the video from Showing Up for Racial Justice, the final teach-in of the Racism and Racial Justice series available as well. Click here to watch and share! 

Registration is now open for our Gender Justice Teach-In sessions II and III:

We’ve gotten so many requests, we’ve brought back and expanded the Gender Justice and Trans Inclusion Teach-In series. This spring, join hundreds of other advocates how to be a confident ally to transgender people. This series will cover new threats to transgender lives as well as how to welcome transgender and gender nonconforming people into your congregation. Past participants report our trainings helped them bring their faith into conversations about transgender identities and empowered them to take action.

Session II. Theology of Trans Inclusion

Teach-In: April 6 • 3:00-4:30 pm ET

What will we learn?
What does trans inclusion look like? In this training, we’ll dive into the rich Biblical foundation for trans inclusion and explore how churches have successfully made worship more welcoming. Participants will walk away with tools and tactics to make their church spaces more intentionally inclusive of trans identities.  Past participants report that our framework has helped their congregations welcome trans people as well as become more sensitive and open to people of other marginalized groups. 

Session III. Faith in Action for Trans Inclusion

Teach-In: April 25 • 3:00-4:30 pm ET

What will we learn?
What good is light hidden under a bushel when people in your community live in darkness?  This training surveys what opportunities for action the current legislative landscape offers faith-led advocates. Beyond national and state-level action, participants will also learn how to implement proactive policies and programs in their home churches. 

My Pronouns Are

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 12:50pm

When I learned 
the word cisgender
I thought,
Oh that’s not me. 

It took 3 years before
I claimed my shelter
under the Trans* umbrella.
I didn’t know I was allowed.

I thought, perhaps like you,
that being trans was like
applying for a credit card;
I didn’t qualify.

I am not trying to
destroy the English language.
Why is it the way it is?
I don’t know.
But my guess is
patriarchy, erasure, ignorance.

Did you know
that uterus comes
from the
Greek word for hysterical?
English is already broken,
because of course,
we wrote it.

I just know that
I don’t want to be an It.
When I am a They,
I feel
seen and heard,
honored and protected.

And I am sorry that
Shirley English
has you reeling
over what’s Proper.
I am not looking for proper.
I am asking for Right.

My pronouns are they/them/theirs.
Now, use it in a sentence.

The Rev. Molly McGinnis (they/them) is a minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and currently serves as an Associate Pastor at Central Presbyterian Church in downtown Atlanta. Molly earned their B.A. from the University of Arkansas in 2009 and a Masters of Divinity at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in 2014. Molly has a heart for LGBTQ inclusion and advocacy in the Church. As a transgender pastor, Molly seeks to reconcile queer people and faith communities and to help educate people on intersections of faith, gender identity, and sexual identity. Molly is a poet, foodie, and traveler. They like to spend their free time with their dog and with their partner.