News from AllianceQ: Crossbeams November 2019
Sometimes old news is good news! Check out previous editions of Crossbeams here.
As the seasons turn, as the Alliance enters a new season, you are invited to be a greater part of the welcome of all at God’s banquet table. Have you ever been unwelcome? I was asked to leave a leadership position in a church when I came out as gay. My son and I were … Continue reading Stories of Welcome
“The reality is that we are bodies born of other bodies, bodies feeding other bodies, bodies having sex with other bodies, bodies seeking a shoulder to lean or cry on… Bodies matter…” Frans De Waal, Our Inner Ape Bodies matter. My grandmother Gladys, her body was always frail. As a young child I knew Grandma … Continue reading Bodies Matter: Reflections from the EDM
Beneath a bright banner featuring a red Chalice and rainbow colors that proclaimed: “WELCOME HOME! OPEN AND AFFIRMING CHRISTIAN CHURCHES IN GEORGIA”, 50,000 Atlanta Pride participants were greeted warmly, loved as they are, and offered stickers, brochures, and Holy Communion. On Saturday and Sunday, October 12 and 13, 2019, three Disciples congregations (Chestnut Ridge Christian … Continue reading Georgia’s AllianceQ O&A Team and O&A Christian Churches Host Booth at Atlanta Pride Festival
*contributed by Daphne Reiley, Parent, First Christian Church of Decatur (Disciples of Christ), author of Love, Then Listen: Sharing My Son’s Journey Toward His True Gender I participated in PRIDE because of my son Felix. Felix is transgender and gay. His transition has changed our entire family in deep and abiding ways. When he came … Continue reading Because of my son: A Story of Welcome
*contributed by Seth A. Sonneville, MDiv, MS, BCC, Board Certified Chaplain at a Pediatric Hospital Numerous studies report that transgender individuals are at an increased risk of family rejection, bullying and harassment than their peers and that 22%-43% will attempt suicide in their lifetime. To address the dysphoria experienced by many transgender individuals, the first … Continue reading The Good Samaritan and Standards of Care: A Story of Welcome