News from AllianceQ: April 2023
A Prayer from Rev. Ari Douglas from Ashes Alive, "Dancing in the tension"
An adaptation of “Beautiful Things” by Gungor centered us:
“Easter is messy and fleshy. The Easter season – every season – holds joy and grief. But hope – hope – is springing up from this old ground. Because God makes beautiful things out of the dust… out of us.”
You can download the full program from the gathering here. We hope you’ll join us for upcoming opportunities to dance in the tension.
Rev. Ari Douglas (they/them) is openly nonbinary-agender and bisexual (their gender and others), and is the pastor of Portsmouth Union Church in Portland Oregon, a union of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Methodist Church. Ari is a M.Div. graduate of Phillips Theological Seminary and is attending there for their D.Min. focused on teaching clergy and laity how to be activists. They are the father to an eleven year old autistic child, and step-fur-parent to two cats.
Many thanks to Ari and to James Knudtson and Kim Leon for sharing their voices during the Ashes Alive event.
James Knudtson (they/them) is a multiply disabled intersex artist and community advocate. They embody a spirit of creativity, an intrepid sense of adventure, and a dogged faith in the power of love for all.
Rev. Dr. Kim Leon (she/her) serves as Chaplain at Boone Hospital in Columbia, MO. She leads the Open and Affirming team at First Christian Church (DOC) in Columbia where she is a member. Kim enjoys competing in crossword puzzle leagues and tournaments.