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News from AllianceQ: Crossbeams April 2020

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

Colors of Hope: Refreshing practices for here + now+ tomorrow

Hope in color with us, with the eight colors from Gilbert Baker’s original Pride flag. Colors of Hope is an eight-week series that features thought-provoking and reflection-oriented inspirational messages and practices. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and life’s ongoing challenges, with a surge of digital content and an increase in screen time, Colors of Hope invites … Continue reading Colors of Hope: Refreshing practices for here + now+ tomorrow

Stones, flower petals + new life: Reflections from the EDM

We are a hopeful people and hope is found and lived out and lived into across a spectrum. Somewhere on the spectrum: a patient, gentle hope. On the same spectrum: earnest, fierce hope. And the faith, hope and love of one another. On grey days I find hope and light from my kids or spouse. … Continue reading Stones, flower petals + new life: Reflections from the EDM

Trans Day of Visibility: Prayer + Perspective

A prayer from a Disciples of Christ pastor and the perspective of a Disciples nonbinary transgender minister Transgender Day of Visibility was March 31. The International TDoV is an annual holiday celebrated around the world. The day is dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments and victories of transgender + gender non-conforming people while raising awareness of … Continue reading Trans Day of Visibility: Prayer + Perspective

“We must love!” An interview with Disciples nonbinary transgender minister RJ Robles

Rev. RJ Robles (they/them/ellé) is a Puerto Rican queer and transgender community organizer, healer and Christian minister. RJ is a nonbinary transgender minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). They were born and raised in Humboldt Park, Chicago, as a first-generation migrant in the U.S. In 2010, they started working as a peer sexual … Continue reading “We must love!” An interview with Disciples nonbinary transgender minister RJ Robles

Building an Inclusive Online Worship Experience

What might the ministry of welcome look like in this landscape? From leaders of our welcoming church programs, this resource offers strategies for living out LGBTQIA+ welcome in your online worship experiences. Many thanks to the leaders of the these ministries: Brethren Mennonite Council for Lesbian, Gay, Bixsexual and Transgender Interests, Parity, More Light Presbyterians, … Continue reading Building an Inclusive Online Worship Experience

Resources for the ministry of welcome in this landscape

God’s love is boundless and boundary-less. But we or some of us or some of our resources and tools are limited. The typical means are unavailable. Those of who are are LGBTQ+ have the gifts and experience to imagine and re-imagine ways of being and being together. We typically don’t do things the typical way. And … Continue reading Resources for the ministry of welcome in this landscape

Honoring Eugene Brink

AllianceQ honors the life of one of its coordinating council members, Eugene Brink. Rev. Dr. Eugene K. Brink, age 94, minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for 70 years, died in Colorado Springs on Sunday, February 16, 2020. Read the obituary here. We are seeking stories and reflections about the life and work … Continue reading Honoring Eugene Brink