News from AllianceQ: September 2021

Shining a Light on the Table: Exploring a Wide(r) Welcome

As Disciples we share a radically wide table. As we celebrate our tradition of gathering at the table, join with others to hear and share stories of welcome; and to explore a wide(r) welcome.

Saturday, September 11, 2021

9 a.m. PT – 12:30 p.m. PT

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This “Shining a Light on the Table” virtual event is hosted by the Northern Lights Region, part of their Second Saturdays to Shine series that features educational and spiritual growth opportunities. Many thanks to Council Secretary Rev. Laura Jean Allen for leadership with the event.

Shining a Light on the Table: Exploring a Wide(r) Welcome

What is inclusion? What is an expansive welcome? Why Open & Affirming? Church communities who are living into what it means to be Open & Affirming will share experiences of joy and struggle. Disciples LGBTQ+ Alliance leaders will provide relevant definitions and explanations as well as an overview of resources for the journey of welcome, for those who are beginning or re-engaging their welcome. The process becomes a community-building experience by expanding congregational welcome and guiding our journeys to vital ministries of grace. We know we are all in different places. With embodied practices, small group interaction and Q&A, join us as we shine a light on the table. Facilitated by Rev. Melissa Guthrie Loy, Executive Director + Minister of the Disciples LGBTQ+ Alliance and Rev. Laura Jean Allen, AllianceQ Council Member and Minister with First Christian Church Helena. A panel of clergy and lay leaders will contribute to the workshop. Bring a candle and communion elements.


Your church isn’t ready to become Open & Affirming? This conversation is for you. What better time to build community and increase your gifts of hospitality! Your church already welcomes LGBTQ people and doesn’t need to do more? There’s always more welcome to offer! This conversation is for you. Everybody in your congregation knows that LGBTQ people are welcome? Now it’s time to expand the welcome with and into your community. This conversation is for you.

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