News from AllianceQ: Crossbeams February 2021
Sometimes old news is good news! Check out previous editions of Crossbeams here.
Hello Disciples! Following our Council Retreat last fall, I wrote to you with a few areas that our Council members and Executive Director + Minister agreed to dedicate our focus. One of those areas is intersectional justice. In order to live into our commitment to equity and justice, Council members began the year by engaging in a … Continue reading Intersectional Justice: Council Update from Moderator Rev. Luther Young
Feb. 7 is Black AIDS Awareness Day. The National Benevolent Association offers a resource for communities of faith to learn about the HIV/AIDS epidemic and how it disproportionately affects the Black community. Download NBA’s guide to make a plan with your congregations. Find the 16-page PDF resource here. Thank you, NBA, for your ministry! Images … Continue reading Faith-Based Black HIV/AIDS Awareness & Prevention Guide from NBA
AllianceQ is one of many Disciples Justice Ministries praying for God’s peace, protection, and prophetic witness for our church, our nation, and our world. Council Member Sergio Centeno offers this prayer: Prayers continue through February 6. Follow or revisit the written and video prayers here.
A Building an Inclusive Church (BIC) training helps you design and implement a journey for your faith community to publicly and intentionally welcome people of all gender expressions and sexual orientations. The training empowers congregations and ministries to create a grace-filled process towards becoming Open & Affirming, a process uniquely designed for the needs of … Continue reading Limited availability for upcoming Inclusive Church trainings – Register now
We are glad to highlight and support the ministry of Week of Compassion (WOC): the relief, refugee, and development mission fund of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). WOC Communications and Development Manager Rev. Erin Wathen is the featured preacher for February’s Virtual Pulpit Supply project. Bridging the work of WOC and AllianceQ, you can … Continue reading Week of Compassion Staff Rev. Erin Wathen is featured preacher for Feb 28 Virtual Pulpit Supply
Happy O&A birthday to these ministries with a February anniversary of living out a wide, radical welcome of all: First Christian Church (DOC and UCC) (Las Cruces, NM) 2/1/2004 Shawnee Community Christian Church (Shawnee, KS) 2/2/2017 First Christian Church (Decatur, GA) 2/5/2019 Lafayette Christian Church (Lafayette, CA) 2/7/1993 Southside Christian Church (South Bend, IN) 2/7/1993 … Continue reading February O&A anniversaries!
Birthday blessings: Allen Harris opts for birthday gifts to build up Open & Affirming Ministries Endowment Fund
Birthday gifts of $4,047 move us toward our big goal to make a big impact in the lives of those who are LGBTQ+ and our churches, our communities. The Goal The Disciples LGBTQ+ Alliance seeks to raise $30,000 by May 19 for the Allen V. Harris Open & Affirming Ministries Endowment Fund to honor the … Continue reading Birthday blessings: Allen Harris opts for birthday gifts to build up Open & Affirming Ministries Endowment Fund
Paying mind to “Pay It No Mind” Marsha P. Johnson Marsha P. Johnson was an African American drag performer and social activist. The fifth of seven children, she was born Malcolm Michaels Jr. to Malcolm Michaels Sr. and Alberta (Claiborne) Michaels on August 24, 1945 in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Johnson switched names repeatedly as she … Continue reading African American History: Marsha P. Johnson
Five little monkeys jumping on the bed, one fell off and bumped their head / Daddies called the doctor and the doctor said / No more monkeys jumping on the bed My 3 year old loves to sing. It’s delightful — most of the time. She sings and dances and jumps around. There’s a small … Continue reading Daddies called the doctor: Reflections from the EDM
Application Opens March 1 More details forthcoming
On January 28, The Oceanside Sanctuary in Oceanside, CA, completed a five-month process of renewing its mission as a congregation. Lead Pastor Rev. Jason Coker says, “During that process, we decided to formalize and make public our commitment to be an open and affirming church. This process included several congregational listening sessions, an anonymous congregational … Continue reading Oceanside Sanctuary is Open & Affirming!