News from AllianceQ: Crossbeams January/February 2020
Sometimes old news is good news! Check out previous editions of Crossbeams here.
A joint reflection of faith from General Minister and President Terri Hord Owens and AllianceQ Executive Director and Minister Melissa Guthrie Loy From Terri Hord Owens “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you should also love one another. By this everyone will know that … Continue reading No one excluded from God’s love
*contributed by Rev. Luther Young, Jr., M.Div. (he/him) Luther Young is a public theologian and social justice advocate who focuses on racial equity and LGBTQ+ inclusion. Luther is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at The Ohio State University and his current research investigates the causes and effects of homophobia in predominantly black churches. ___ You … Continue reading A Place to Belong: Why I Work for Intersectional Justice by Rev. Luther Young
January 2020 To members and friends of the Disciples LGBTQ+ Alliance (AllianceQ), the wider Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and everyone working towards justice across the intersections of oppression. From members of the AllianceQ Council who served September 2018—September 2019. As the Council for the Disciples LGBTQ+ Alliance, we recognize the important role we play … Continue reading An Open Letter from Members of AllianceQ Council
“…[The magi] set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they … Continue reading Another Road: Reflections from the EDM
“You’re not alone… This ministry goes much beyond individual churches.” from a meeting with the Regional Open & Affirming Team of the CCIW Disciples. Churches, you’re not alone. Families, you’re not alone. You, you are not alone. Find an Open & Affirming Ministry here. Learn about the welcoming journey here. Join us as we celebrate … Continue reading Open & Affirming Ministries and Regional O&A Teams
Alysha Laperche (they/them/theirs) Greetings, all! I am honored and excited to be serving with AllianceQ as an intern this semester (January-May 2020). I am a current student at Phillips Theological Seminary, where I am pursuing my Master of Divinity (MDiv). I am also a coffee enthusiast, sunset-lover, and aspiring author. I grew up in the … Continue reading Welcome to Ministry Intern Alysha Laperche!
*contributed by Alysha Laperche, AllianceQ Ministry Intern When I got to seminary, I was burnt out on church. Prior to beginning an MDiv program, I had been serving on staff at a large, evangelical church in the Sacramento area. There were many tenuous moments during my time there, as my theology evolved and I was … Continue reading “Imagining the Possibilities”: A Story of Welcome
What gifts can you bring to the table to help widen the welcome at the table? Let us know of your interest in one or more of the ministry teams: Open & Affirming Ministries, Regional O&A teams, Intersectional Justice, Development and Fundraising, Pastoral Care, Education and Membership. The work of these teams for 2020 and … Continue reading Let us know if you’re interested in a ministry team
Many of us will bear the sign of the cross on February 26. Some of us will bear glitter + ashes. While not specifically endorsed by AllianceQ, we’re glad to share news about and resources for Glitter+Ash Wednesday. If you participate in Glitter+Ash Wednesday, let us know. Send us pictures. The following info comes from … Continue reading Glitter+Ash Wednesday
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!
Help our ministry intern who is helping all of us. Alysha Laperche is collecting information from LGBTQ+ clergy in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in order to cultivate greater supports for this group. Current and future LGBTQ+ clergy in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) are invited to fill out this needs assessment. Please … Continue reading Supports for LGBTQ+ clergy