More Light

Being a "More Light" church means we welcome the full participation of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons in the life of the congregation, including ordained officers of the church.

Being a More Light church means we support the ministry of More Light Presbyterians, a national organization of Presbyterians working for an inclusive church. Our local chapter of More Light Presbyterians is called Open Doors. Church of the Pilgrims staff and members are involved in the local level of More Light endeavors, especially in June when the Capital Area Pride Festival starts practically at the doors of the church. Church of the Pilgrims is proud to join in the parade with local More Light churches and the best of the DC drag queens.

In 2011, our flatbed truck full of More Light Presbyterians tossed out thousands of carnations along the parade route. Watch the fun here: 

Community Support

The Church of the Pilgrims has long been a supportive congregation to the GLBTQ community. In 2001, the Session adopted a Statement of Welcome to reaffirm that commitment.