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News from AllianceQ: Crossbeams November 2021

Sometimes old news is good news! Check out previous editions of Crossbeams here.

November Open & Affirming anniversaries

Celebrate these O&A ministries with a November anniversary of living out a wide, radical welcome of all: ​ Shepherd of the Hills Church (Laguna Niguel, CA) 11/1/1992 Midway Hills Christian Church (Dallas, TX) 11/1/1993 Community Christian Church (Rochester, NY) 11/1/2013 North Christian Church (Columbus, IN) 11/4/2014 Lacey Community Christian Church (Lacey, WA) 11/5/2013 First Christian … Continue reading November Open & Affirming anniversaries

Remembering Our Stories: Transgender Day of Remembrance worship service

Remembering Our Stories is a Transgender Day of Remembrance worship service on Saturday, November 20, at 8 p.m. Eastern. Honoring the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence, this service calls us to be agents of justice as part of God’s love story. The worship service will stream … Continue reading Remembering Our Stories: Transgender Day of Remembrance worship service

Dr. LaTayna Purnell provides Virtual Pulpit Supply

Dr. LaTayna Purnell provides Virtual Pulpit Supply for November, preaching from the November 28 lectionary texts. Use the materials any time! Request Dr. Purnell’s scripture reading, sermon and sending forth here.   How does Virtual Pulpit Supply work? VPS is offered once a month for the lectionary text assigned to the fourth Sunday. To sign … Continue reading Dr. LaTayna Purnell provides Virtual Pulpit Supply

Tools for tough conversations toward a more fully inclusive church

Join us for a Virtual Building an Inclusive Church Toolkit Training November 18, December 11 or January 29. When we adapted our Building an Inclusive Church Toolkit training to pilot its virtual presentation, participants said the workshop was meaningful and practical, providing inspiration (tears and joy!) and concrete tools for the welcoming journey. With feedback … Continue reading Tools for tough conversations toward a more fully inclusive church

North Carolina church proclaiming its identity as an Open & Affirming ministry

from the Rev. Michael Yandell, Ph.D. (he/him) First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Greensboro, NC On Sunday, October 3, 2021, we at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Greensboro, NC, celebrated our 3rd anniversary as an Open & Affirming congregation. The following Open & Affirming statement was adopted by our church on October 8, … Continue reading North Carolina church proclaiming its identity as an Open & Affirming ministry

Arizona O&A church receives DCEF technology grant and strengthens online presence

Have you considered that online worship is more accessible to the LGBTQ+ community? Some LGBTQ+ individuals who have experienced harm by the church feel safer “visiting a church” online. As the COVID-19 pandemic heightened in the spring of 2020, AllianceQ collaborated with sibling ministries to create a resource with strategies for living out LGBTQIA+ welcome … Continue reading Arizona O&A church receives DCEF technology grant and strengthens online presence

Preorder Colors of Hope: A Devotional Journal from LGBTQ+ Christians

This devotional journal is an adaptation of the Colors of Hope podcast series with expanded content and unique journal prompts. Preorder your copy from Chalice Press. A faith-based resource for every body, for the LGBTQ+ community and the wider Church, Colors of Hope draws upon the iconic Pride flag and raises a call to embody our beliefs. … Continue reading Preorder Colors of Hope: A Devotional Journal from LGBTQ+ Christians

Fall colors and Colors of Hope: Reflections from the EDM

I’ve been reading Fall Mixed Up by Bob Rackza with my toddler. “Every Septober, Every Octember, Fall fills my senses with scenes to remember… Bears gather nuts. Geese hibernate. Squirrels fly south in big figure eights.” She doesn’t know all the references but my daughter thinks the book is funny. It’s silly and it helps me … Continue reading Fall colors and Colors of Hope: Reflections from the EDM

Trans Awareness Week: Trans 101

L, G, B and T. “These letters were an evolution toward inclusion — an expansion of the language used to represent a disparate group that had often just been called ‘the gay community.’ Despite their intent, the letters proved to be limiting. Times and attitudes have changed, and the language used to discuss sexual orientation … Continue reading Trans Awareness Week: Trans 101