Advent Reflections: Embracing the Body

Mindfulness moments have become an important part of our Generous Space retreat experiences. Though brief, these moments remind us to be present, to practice contemplation in a simple way, and to have opportunity to center ourselves again. This year, each Advent reflection will begin with such a moment of pause. We invite you to engage…

Book Review: Moving Beyond Shame

I was thrilled to receive an advanced reading copy of Matthias Roberts’ new book, “Beyond Shame: Creating a Healthy Sex Life on Your Own Terms.” In the Generous Space community, I’ve been working on developing a centered set approach to sexual ethics that is energized by a vision of flourishing. This approach to sexual ethics…

Committing to Be Anti-Racist

Ever since the beginning of the Generous Space community, about seven years ago, we’ve been seeking to continue to enlarge the circle. From the start, the idea of loving across difference and our impoverishment if any voices were missing were central to our posture and way of engaging each other. We wanted our community to…

What’s in a Name?

Growing up, I didn’t particularly like my name. I didn’t know many other Wendy-s, and none of the kids in my school shared my name. That made me feel sort of weird and old-fashioned and out-of-place. I wish I’d had the self-confidence to relish being unique, but alas, a lot of my childhood was spent…

The Place of Rage

My guess is that many of you, like myself, grew up in Christian environments that suppressed anger. Particularly as children, we received the well-emphasized message that being angry was ungodly, would lead to sin, and had no place in the faithful Christian life. As an adult, I often felt a lot of shame when I…

Allies in the Church

I confess I have often failed as an ally. Even when I thought I was participating in the work of LGBTQ+ justice, my blind spots permeated my efforts. Despite doing this work full-time, despite having invested nearly two decades of my life, despite hundreds of relationships and some of my closest loved ones being LGBTQ+…

New Wine Skins

I find myself often pondering Jesus’ declaration that all the law and the prophets are fulfilled as we love God and love our neighbours. In Matthew 7: 12, Jesus says it this way, “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the…

The Feast of Easter

John 20: 11 – 18 “Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot. They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?” “They have…