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…

Generous Space Congregations

I have been engaged in meeting with denominational leaders this fall.  In particular, I’ve been meeting with leaders of Evangelical* churches (and by this term, I mean those denominations that hold to a high view of the authority of Scripture, the need for a personal and growing relationship with Jesus Christ, and the call to…

Why InterVarsity Needs Generous Space

Last week Time magazine ran a story indicating that InterVarsity U.S.A would fire staff members who theologically affirmed marriage for same-sex couples. After the weekend’s social media commentary on the article, IVCF’s vice-president Greg Jao gave an interview to the Christian Broadcasting Network to clarify things. In a nutshell, Jao explained: IVCF considers this a…

Generous Space in the Church

More and more people are experiencing Generous Space through our community groups running across Canada. Cultivating relationships and community shaped by the values and posture of generous space is bearing good fruit for so many LGBTQI+ people, their families, and allies. Another significant part of our ministry is in the church and broader Christian community.…

A Tale of Two Family Reunions

Two weekends in a row, two gatherings, two different experiences of family = a lot of reflection. The first, our fourth annual Generous Space Retreat with my LGBTQ+ family.  The second, the national gathering of the Canadian CRC, my denominational family. Way back in the planning for the retreat, I suggested to our team that…

Generous Space: Love not just Sex

Generous space is a posture intended to be lived out in real relationship and in the formation of authentic faith community.  Full inclusion of LGBTQ+ people, eagerly welcoming their participation and contribution of their spiritual gifts, is one of the catalysts for intentionally growing in generous space.  The vision of such community is one of…

Generous Space: Addressing Privilege

Generous space communities are not merely a response to the lack of inclusion of LGBTQ+ people in many churches, as significant as that is. Generous space is a framework for maturing disciples of Jesus in healthy, diverse community.  In this series of distinctives, we have considered the sufficiency of the cross as a secure foundation…