Exploring Friendship

From May 24 – 27th we will be holding our Ontario Generous Space Retreat at Trent University. This year’s theme will be: friendship. Human beings are hard-wired for relationship and to long for deep connection and intimacy. When we experience true friendship we are grateful. When friends wound us the pain goes very deep. In…

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…