Celebrating a Pioneer

Fifteen years ago, when I took the role of Executive Director, people took it upon themselves to warn me about Brent Hawkes.  It was 2002 and the Canadian debate about marriage equality was heating up.  At that time, the ministry held a traditional theological position on marriage.  And Rev. Hawkes was a gay clergy person,…

Nuancing Church Clarity

A new website launched last week called churchclarity.com, and already there is a lot of buzz.  Simply said, this group is looking for churches to be clear about their policies regarding LGBTQ+ inclusion.  As they say on their home page, “We believe that ambiguity is harmful and clarity is reasonable.”  Through crowdsourcing, they want to…

Fridays of Advent: Reflections on Longing 4

Living attuned to the depths of the longing in your being is a huge challenge.  This Advent, in these crucifixion-tinged reflections, we’ve had the opportunity to consider the longing for love, for reconciliation; the longing to be free of shame and fear (including the shame and fear we feel about our longing to be known…

A Very Queer Christmas

I’ve been pondering recently just how queer our Christmas story is.  Now, if you’re of a certain generation like me, queer might seem like a questionable word, one that has been used with derision or power-driven politics, and one that probably should be avoided.  The kids tell me, however, that many are reclaiming the word…

Fridays of Advent: Reflections on Longing 2

Longing can be scary. Can you think back to an early memory of deeply hoping for something …. only to experience disappointment? Many of us learned early on to temper our desires. We do it for self-preservation.  We do it in the hopes of holiness.  We do it because we’re afraid. Incarnation is culmination of…

Fridays of Advent: Reflections on Longing 1

As a young person, I experienced a traumatic betrayal and rejection.  For many years, I daily thought about the person who had hurt me. These thoughts weren’t angry or vengeful. Rather, they were full of longing. A longing for reconciliation. A longing to experience the love we’d once shared, the sense of being known that…