“People have been hurt; people are burnt-out on church. People [like me] are not really sure if they have a place at the table. People are not really sure if they are loved by God. As Disciples, as a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world, we are called to extend welcome and offer belonging to others.” Alysha Laperche (they/them) Vice Moderator, AllianceQ Council
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“We are the body of Christ. We are the instruments of God's love and justice. When people look into our faces, they see God smiling back at them. When we embrace another, they feel engulfed in the love of Christ. When the collective body moves together, lives are transformed, and the world is changed for the better. Every body is valuable. Every body is needed. I thank you for partnering with us in this sacred work. May God bless and strengthen you for the days ahead.” Rev. Luther Young (he/him) Moderator, AllianceQ Council
The Mission of AllianceQ – the Disciples LGBTQ+ Alliance is to join in God’s work of transforming the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) into a just and inclusive church that welcomes persons of all gender expressions and sexual identities into the full life and leadership of the church. AllianceQ is setting a place at the table for all, so all can flourish. AllianceQ focuses its work on the following: Open & Affirming Ministry, Intersectional Justice, Education, Worship, and Pastoral Care.
It was at the 1977 General Assembly in Kansas City that the late Carol Blakely of Caldwell, Idaho, a Disciple mother of a gay son, broke silence and called all Disciples to name the reality that LGBTQ+ and affirming persons are our sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, [siblings], parents, congregants, pastors and staff. General resolutions GA-1327 and GA-1929 called the church to widen the welcome. We have the challenge and opportunity to live into this call today.
Your support of AllianceQ will equip us to engage more directly and deeply with congregations and clergy with expanded resources and capacity for meaningful connection so churches and queer clergy can live fully into their respective calls for ministry. Join us in widening the welcome.
“The welcome we state, practice, and live in our churches makes a huge impact on people's lives. We need the Disciples LGBTQ+ Alliance to help support, equip, and empower faith leaders and congregations so all people can know they are beautiful creations of God and our faith communities can become more loving spaces for all.” Rev. Jenn Simmons (she/her) Lead Pastor, National Avenue Christian Church, Springfield, MO
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