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News from AllianceQ: Crossbeams December 2019

Sometimes old news is good news! Check out previous editions of Crossbeams here.

“What the global Church could be”: A Story of Welcome

*contributed by Rev. Amanda Kerr, St. Paul’s Christian Church, Raleigh, NC When I began my journey at Wake Forest University’s School of Divinity, I had no intention of pursuing full-time congregational ministry. I had been interested in theology and ministry from a young age, but my childhood church didn’t ordain women so I guess I … Continue reading “What the global Church could be”: A Story of Welcome

Every Day: Reflections from the EDM

Louise made me creamy potato soup when I was sick. I was so sick. I was so sick that Louise and her husband Cliff couldn’t be exposed to my germs. It was raining when they pulled up to my home. Cliff found his way through the leaves that we had not time or energy to … Continue reading Every Day: Reflections from the EDM

Why I Work for Intersectional Justice: Rev. Amber Churchill

*contributed by Rev. Amber Churchill They/Them/Their (personal gender pronouns) The moment I dread has finally arrived. I take a deep breath, walk through the door burying my head in my chest. If I don’t look up maybe I can make it out safely. As I walk, I rehearse dozens of scenarios. What would I say … Continue reading Why I Work for Intersectional Justice: Rev. Amber Churchill

Queer Spirituality: Advent Resources

In Bearing the Light of Advent with Holy Women Icons Rev. Dr. Angela Yarber writes, “As much as we want to share gratitude during the season of Thanksgiving, prepare for the hope of Advent, or celebrate Christmas, it’s difficult because the holiday season can be tough for queer folks… No matter what you do or where … Continue reading Queer Spirituality: Advent Resources

This happened and this, too

Just a few celebrations in recent weeks across the country: Portland First Christian Church celebrated “Affirmation Day” on November 24 with sparkly rainbow cake. FCCPDX had been affirming of all people for decades, but officially became an Open & Affirming Ministry of the Alliance four years ago. The welcome is wider! AllianceQ welcomes North Chevy … Continue reading This happened and this, too

“Focus on love”: A Story of Welcome

*contributed by Jefri Franks, Crossroads Church, Kansas City, Missouri I probably should have known when we were both teenagers that my cousin Joe was gay. He was devastatingly handsome and had many girlfriends – but that is literally who they were, girls who were just friends. When my family moved to a different state, Joe … Continue reading “Focus on love”: A Story of Welcome