News from AllianceQ: Crossbeams July-August 2019

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

New Toolkit is Here!

The new version 3.0 of the Building an Inclusive Church Toolkit is here – along with a Companion written by Mark Johnston, Executive Director of the AllianceQ Open & Affirming Ministry Program. The Toolkit v. 3.0 includes updates of the good advice for congregations ready to consider engaging an Open & Affirming process along with … Continue reading New Toolkit is Here!

DSF Hosts Webinar on Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence

Our friends at the Disciples Seminary Foundation (an Open & Affirming Ministry of the Christian Church) have asked us to share this webinar with you. Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence is present in the LGBTQ+ community, but it doesn’t have to be that way forever. Christian leaders are called to know the facts and to … Continue reading DSF Hosts Webinar on Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence

Pride Podcast from Downtown Disciples, Des Moines – and Invitation to Worship!

Rev. Debbie Griffin, pastor of Downtown Disciples in Des Moines, shares with us this Pride podcast – “PRIDE 2019 Spirit Called Love.” In this special Pride Fest Pentecost 2019 episode, you’ll here several Downtown Disciples share the stories of their 2019 Pride Fest experiences and Pastor Debbie Griffin’s liberating and powerful sermon from the Pride … Continue reading Pride Podcast from Downtown Disciples, Des Moines – and Invitation to Worship!

New Resource! Being In Relationship: A New Way to Talk with Black and White Theologically Conservative Christians about the Place of Lesbian and Gay People in Our Families, Our Churches and Society.

The title of this resource says it all, except to emphasize that this resource is well researched, well presented, and of the high quality that Auburn Seminary consistently produces. Check it out!

Women in Ministry

Why do we keep at our work? Because discrimination in all forms continues to oppress and divide justice seeking people. Did you think women as pastors have it easy in the church these days? Well, here’s a recent video that, unfortunately, reminds us otherwise.

Workshop Cancelled

We are sorry to announce that the workshop on Tools for Open & Affirming Ministry has been cancelled. But then again, we are excited to announce that, Mark Johnston, Executive Director of the Open & Affirming Ministry Program, has been asked to work with April Johnson, Minister of Reconciliation, as she presents the workshop United … Continue reading Workshop Cancelled

Candidates for AllianceQ Council

Belen De La Trinidad, nicki arnold-swindle, and Sergio Centeno have been nominated for election to the AllianceQ Council. It was our goal to find excellent candidates for the Council who would bring us more racial and geographic diversity. Read their biographies below, and we think you will agree that our Nominating Team succeeded! With much … Continue reading Candidates for AllianceQ Council