News from AllianceQ: January 2018

Don't Miss These on Our Website

If you don’t have a free afternoon to browse our website and discover all the great resources and inspiring writing we have to offer, we’d like to offer a few pages that you might want to re-read and bookmark for future reference.

Hearts Unbound

Hearts Unbound is an excellent resource that invites you to explore ten Biblical stories of radical love and welcome. This free download of 10 Bible studies is entertaining, thought-provoking, and participatory.

Hearts Unbound works well to open up a congregation to the theme of welcome in the Bible as well as to remind us that welcome is one of the most important of Biblical values.

You can download Hearts Unbound here.

And don’t miss the great sermon series preached by James Brewer-Calvert at First Christian Church inDecatur, GA, based on Hearts Unbound.

The Open in Open & Affirming Saves Lives

This newsletter article from Mark Johnston, Executive Director of AllianceQ’s Open & Affirming Ministry Program, gives a powerful answer to the question “why does our church have to advertise its welcome? We know we welcome. Isn’t that enough?”

Get Off the Fence

Erin Wathen, pastor of Saint Andrew Christian Church in Olathe, KS, shares more compelling reasons why “We Welcome Everyone” isn’t enough. As she puts it, “So if your church is mostly, technically, unofficially affirming but you just haven’t taken the steps to embrace it –maybe you’ve just been waiting for a nudge?–then consider this your nudge. The time is now.”

Einstein and the Prodigal

Who knew that Einsteinian Relativity had something to teach us about God’s constant love?

Is it time for your congregation to move towards declaring itself Open & Affirming?

Check out the Building an Inclusive Church Toolkit here, and keep an eye on our calendar for Toolkit trainings. You can find more information about how to become an Open & Affirming Congregation here.

Contact Mark Johnston, Executive Director of AllianceQ’s Open & Affirming Ministry Program, at for more information.