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News from AllianceQ: Crossbeams November 2022

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

October Open & Affirming Anniversaries

Happy belated O&A birthday to these ministries with an October anniversary: Foothills Christian Church (Glendale, AZ) 10/1/2011 New Beginnings Christian Church (Des Moines, IA) 10/2/2013 Bixby Knolls Christian Church (Long Beach, CA) 10/8/2013 First Christian Church (Greensboro, NC) 10/8/2018 Disciples Peace Fellowship (Indianapolis, IN) 10/9/1993 Disciples Justice Action Network 10/9/1999 Parkview Christian Church (Little Rock, … Continue reading October Open & Affirming Anniversaries

November Open & Affirming Anniversaries

Celebrate these O&A ministries with a November anniversary of living out a wide, radical welcome of all:​ Shepherd of the Hills Church (Laguna Niguel, CA) 11/1/1992 Midway Hills Christian Church (Dallas, TX) 11/1/1993 Community Christian Church (Rochester, NY) 11/1/2013 North Christian Church (Columbus, IN) 11/4/2014 Lacey Community Christian Church (Lacey, WA) 11/5/2013 Webster Groves Christian … Continue reading November Open & Affirming Anniversaries

(Be)longing: Reflections on the October ’22 Council Retreat from Jeff Tobin

This season in my life is a season full of firsts which started in 2018, when I accepted Jesus Christ. From day one I was filled with the fire of the Holy Spirit and quickly found a church and asked to be baptized. I proceeded to volunteer and serve on several ministry teams. Now here … Continue reading (Be)longing: Reflections on the October ’22 Council Retreat from Jeff Tobin

National Coming Out Day prayer emphasizes gratitude for our ancestors and saints

​While National Coming Out Day was October 11, we are revisiting a powerful prayer from enfleshed. We give thanks for our ancestors and the saints who have made way for us. Gratitude for our ancestors was the theme for opening worship at the recent Colors of Hope Retreat. In the introduction to the devotional journal, … Continue reading National Coming Out Day prayer emphasizes gratitude for our ancestors and saints

Transgender Awareness Week Nov. 13-19 and 10+ things you can do to support trans siblings

L, G, B and T. “These letters were an evolution toward inclusion — an expansion of the language used to represent a disparate group that had often just been called ‘the gay community.’ Despite their intent, the letters proved to be limiting. Times and attitudes have changed, and the language used to discuss sexual orientation … Continue reading Transgender Awareness Week Nov. 13-19 and 10+ things you can do to support trans siblings

Work the Wait: Virtual Pulpit Supply and calls to action from Rev. Dr. Lisa Barnett

Rev. Dr. Lisa Barnett is our featured preacher for November’s Virtual Pulpit Supply. Her sermon, “Work the Wait,” and calls to action will be available as early as November 21. Request the downloads now AND join First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)-Minneapolis for a November 28 event with Dr. Barnett. First, Dr. Barnett is preaching … Continue reading Work the Wait: Virtual Pulpit Supply and calls to action from Rev. Dr. Lisa Barnett

AllianceQ celebrates the service and leadership of August Laperche and Laura Jean Romero

For their faithful commitment to affirmation, love and liberation for ALL, we celebrate the service and leadership of August Laperche and Laura Jean Romero. Click their names to read reflections on their contributions to this ministry. Give to AllianceQ – the Disciples LGBTQ+ Alliance in honor of August Laperche here and in honor of Laura Jean Romero here.

“Breathing Benedictions:” Blog post from Rev. Scott Hardin-Nieri with Green Chalice

The following is excerpted from Green Chalice, originally published November 4, 2022 Rocking chairs, wheeled chairs, and folding chairs lightly hugged the candlelit center of our circle on the 2nd floor outdoor patio. The gathered faithful souls at the Disciples AllianceQ Colors of Hope retreat were continuing a time of embodied faith, queer spirituality, and intentional … Continue reading “Breathing Benedictions:” Blog post from Rev. Scott Hardin-Nieri with Green Chalice

“I learned what it means to be authentic” at the Colors of Hope Retreat

Many thanks to the sponsors and supporters who helped make the Colors of Hope Retreat possible and exceptional: Chalice Media, National Benevolent Association, and Pension Fund. Retreat participants are posting photos and reflections on their socials, and we’re collecting feedback: “I found time for rest, fellowship, study, fun, and so much more! I felt loved, I felt safe, … Continue reading “I learned what it means to be authentic” at the Colors of Hope Retreat

World AIDS Day Service streaming from Royal Palm Christian Church

World AIDS Day takes place on the 1st of December each year. It is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. All are invited to join with Royal Palm Christian Church … Continue reading World AIDS Day Service streaming from Royal Palm Christian Church

Transgender Day of Remembrance Reflections + Prayers in Spanish + English, Club Q tragedy

“Fan the flame of fierce love and resolve,” says Rev. Marian Edmonds-Allen (she/they). “And choose an action.” __________ Ready to choose an action? Scroll down to the What can we do? section __________ Remember + Be Inspired to Act In Spanish and English, faith leaders offer Transgender Day of Remembrance reflections and prayers. The messages … Continue reading Transgender Day of Remembrance Reflections + Prayers in Spanish + English, Club Q tragedy

Poem for Club Q from AllianceQ member

by Darlene Brewer I remember my first time at a gay bar, the freedom in the room, the pulse of the music, the room for everyone to be themselves. I think that’s what Jesus was about so I think he would be there today if he were walking our streets. To feel the acceptance in … Continue reading Poem for Club Q from AllianceQ member