Teachers Journeying with Transgender Students

Two articles by New Direction staff members were published in the February edition of the Christian Educators Journal.  We wanted to reprint the articles here for those who haven’t had an opportunity to review the journal. The first article can be found here.  The second, by Wendy Gritter, raises some of the unique realities our…

Responding to Resistance to Generous Space

At its core, generous space acknowledges that on the question of covenanted same-sex relationships faithful Christians disagree about what is appropriate for a disciple of Jesus. We promote the idea that the church ought to make room for people to be honest about their convictions and/or their uncertainty on this matter without pressure to conform…

Sex & the Generous Space Community

“How do you disciple people in the area of sexual behaviour in generous space communities?” The joy and challenge of cultivating generous space communities is a lack of rigid boundaries and cold-hearted lines in the sand that determine who is in and who is out. But inevitably, I am asked the question, “How far does…

My Exodus: A Review

I have known Alan Chambers a long time.  I met him at the very beginning of my tenure with New Direction when he was newly the president of Exodus.  I’ve read the two previous books that Alan authored and so when my complimentary copy of My Exodus: from fear to grace arrived in the mail…

Subversive Spirituality @ Tipping Points

To be in the world, but not of the world, requires subversive alertness.  Cultivation of a contemplative mind is crucial.  Spiritual practices and disciplines help form the virtues that guide our public engagement.  We learn to take a breath before reacting.  We recognize that our anger is a reminder of a deeper pain.  We choose…

The Non-Normative Jesus

A new reading of Matthew 19:1-12 New Direction works to cultivate community in a number of Generous Space groups.  While each group is unique, usually there is a discussion time led by one of the group members.  We heard great feedback from a session that Andrew Dykstra facilitated and asked if he would be willing…