News from AllianceQ: Crossbeams January 2021
Sometimes old news is good news! Check out previous editions of Crossbeams here.
Exquisite beauty and profound pain Allen V. Harris was not the “first” in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) to be ordained openly LGBTQ, nor was he the “first” to be hired in a parish setting as openly LGBTQ; but he does appear to be the first to do both, and has been out as … Continue reading Celebrating the ministry of Allen V. Harris
Northwest Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Columbus, Ohio, recently held a congregational vote to become an Open & Affirming congregation within our denomination. Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Wheeler, co-pastor with Rev. Cynthia Adcock, says, “We are excited finally to be at this point in our journey toward greater inclusivity!” From the elders at Northwest Christian … Continue reading Northwest Christian Church, Columbus, OH, is Open & Affirming!
Tapestry Church in Greenwood, Indiana, voted at its annual congregational meeting on December 13 to officially become an Open & Affirming congregation! Tapestry Church is a progressive Christian community in Johnson County – a group of everyday people, representing individual threads, woven together by Christ’s love. At Tapestry Church, we welcome all, regardless of religious … Continue reading Tapestry Church, Greenwood, IN, is Open & Affirming!
Hyattstown Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) installed its new pastor, Rev. Monica Banks, on November 15, 2020. With renewed commitments to its Open & Affirming identity, Hyattstown invited AllianceQ Executive Director + Minister Rev. Melissa Guthrie Loy to preach as part of Monica’s installation. Guthrie Loy prayed: “Wonder-full God, God both near and far, we … Continue reading Hyattstown Christian Church in Maryland renews its O&A commitments
Happy O&A birthday to these ministries with a January anniversary of living out a wide, radical welcome of all: Welcome Table Christian Church (Seattle, WA) January 1 United Disciples Fellowship (San Jose, CA) January 1 Redding First Christian Church (Redding, CA) January 1 United Christian Church (Renton, WA) January 1 All Pilgrims Christian Church (Seattle, … Continue reading January O&A anniversaries!
In Greensboro, NC, this morning, I took my toddler to a doctor’s appointment. Outside the downtown building a protestor held signs with angry words. Just steps from this individual, another person was drawing a rainbow in chalk on the sidewalk. I felt gratitude and hope. Not because of the rainbow image itself. Not because an … Continue reading Drawing rainbows: Reflections from the EDM
A Building an Inclusive Church (BIC) training helps you design and implement a journey for your faith community to publicly and intentionally welcome people of all gender expressions and sexual orientations. The training empowers congregations and ministries to create a grace-filled process towards becoming Open & Affirming, a process uniquely designed for the needs of … Continue reading Register for a Building an Inclusive Church Training
AllianceQ offers Virtual Pulpit Supply with pre-recorded sermons on the lectionary text every fourth Sunday of the month. Build these sermons into your worship planning, educational offerings and programs! Available for download one week in advance, you will be provided with a scripture reading, sermon, and sending forth. Messages are relevant for worship, Bible study, small groups and workshopping. Archived … Continue reading Request Virtual Pulpit Supply — Every 4th Sunday