LGBTQ+, Mental Health, & Faith Panel

Last fall, Generous Space partnered with a Christian agency, Shalem Mental Health Network, to put on a one day conference entitled, “LGBTQ+, Mental Health, and Faith.”  After many months of planning, we were excited to offer a co-learning experience that brought LGBTQ+ individuals, parents, practitioners, pastors, social workers, and educators together to address the stigma, assumptions, and stereotypes that…

Both/& Pairings – Generous Space Retreat 2017

Generous Space Retreats are highlighted with many moments of resonance as we share our stories with one another. There’s something precious about that ‘aha’ moment when you hear another lgbtq+ person share a question, a fear, a doubt, or an experience that you are intimately acquainted with – it makes you feel less alone. At…

Nashville Statement: the Antithesis of Generous Space

Since the release of the Nashville Statement (NS) on August 29, 2017 there have been many supportive and encouraging responses for LGBTQ+ people.  See:  Denver Statement  Liturgists Statement Christians United Statement While my sense is that the NS was intended to rally momentum and power among a certain group within the U.S. church, what it…

Non-Monosexual Panel – Generous Space Retreat 2017

Non-Monosexual? Depending on your context, you might just be wondering, “What on earth is a non-monosexual panel?” It was a relatively new term for me. As a mainly straight and mostly cis-gender person (ie. lots of privilege in the arena of sexuality), if I hear “non-mono….” in a conversation about sexuality my brain goes to…

Trans Panel – Generous Space Retreat 2017

One year ago, at our 2016 Generous Space retreat, we had a panel of trans participants share their stories with the community. The feedback we received was overwhelmingly positive with the plea for more. The landscape of gender identity is complex and there is so much to learn. For those of us seeking to be…