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News from AllianceQ: Crossbeams March 2020

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

Building an Inclusive Church training March 21–Join us!

Join us Saturday, March 21, at SouthPointe Christian Church in Lincoln, Nebraska, for the Building an Inclusive Church training. Building an Inclusive Church trainings are for leaders in congregations which are considering becoming Open & Affirming and for those who would like to know more about supporting other congregations becoming O&A. This training will hone … Continue reading Building an Inclusive Church training March 21–Join us!

Membership + Belonging

During the month of March we’re focusing on membership + belonging: the families and communities to which we belong, finding belonging with families of choice. Stories of Welcome from families who found or shaped welcome. Being a member of AllianceQ is important; it can be transformative, for you individually, for us collectively. We’re finding that … Continue reading Membership + Belonging

“Taking Our Faith Seriously, Examining Our Faith” by Rev. Monica J. Cross

*contributed by Rev. Monica J. Cross, Pastor of First Christian Church of Oakland, CA Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. -Hebrews 11:1 My perspective on faith is rooted in my relationship with God and the transgender community.  Living out and proud as a black, transgender woman in … Continue reading “Taking Our Faith Seriously, Examining Our Faith” by Rev. Monica J. Cross

Be Longing: Reflections from the EDM

The Lord will be our God, and we will be God’s people. We belong to God, and we belong to each other. The insides of my body burned when I observed two young children tell my toddler they didn’t want her to play with them. I wanted my daughter to be wanted. Instead of scooping … Continue reading Be Longing: Reflections from the EDM

At the Intersection: Parenting + Queerness, “Whenever and however family comes together” by Rev. Dr. Jon Berquist

*contributed by Rev. Dr. Jon Berquist (he/him/his), Professor of Hebrew Bible, Claremont School of Theology In spring 2001, I began the best adventure of my life – parenting.  I joined a new family of choice and gained not only a loving spouse but two children, ages 10 and 8.  It’s fair to say that none … Continue reading At the Intersection: Parenting + Queerness, “Whenever and however family comes together” by Rev. Dr. Jon Berquist

At the Intersection: Parenting + Queerness, “All God’s children” by Amanda Skinner

*contributed by Amanda Skinner (she/her/hers), Johns Creek Christian Church, Johns Creek , Georgia My family and I had to leave our non-affirming church church over a year ago, where we were all deeply involved and had many friends and relationships. However, our church was not moving their views on affirming LGBTQ+ Christians, and my husband … Continue reading At the Intersection: Parenting + Queerness, “All God’s children” by Amanda Skinner

Resources for Families, All Flavors of Families

We find belonging with birth families and blended families and families of choice. For those who don’t know they belong, we pray. For those who don’t yet welcome all, we pray. For ways in which we can all affirm the worth and welcome of one another, we offer these prayers and resources. Creator God, you … Continue reading Resources for Families, All Flavors of Families

In line online: Reflections from the EDM

*Contributed by Melissa Guthrie Loy on March 16 God’s love is boundless and boundary-less. What if this season is not one of limits but one of expansion? What if we expand the ways we worship, the ways we connect, the ways we love? May we be intentional about worshiping together beyond building walls and may … Continue reading In line online: Reflections from the EDM

Open letter about coronavirus and LGBTQ+ communities

A note of love and light: for whatever you are carrying, for whomever you are concerned, for you. The Alliance joined over 100 other organizations as signatories of a national open letter about coronavirus and the LGBTQ+ communities.The letter, organized by the National LGBT Cancer Network and GLMA, addresses the LGBTQ+ communities’ increased vulnerability for the virus … Continue reading Open letter about coronavirus and LGBTQ+ communities