Generous Space Retreats are highlighted with many moments of resonance as we share our stories with one another. There’s something incredible about that ‘aha’ moment when you hear another person share a question, a fear, a doubt, or an experience that you are intimately acquainted with – it makes you feel less alone. At the 2017 West Coast Generous Space Retreat, we hosted three “Fly on the Wall Conversations,” chances to listen in on conversations between two people who were very different from one another, but who loved and appreciated each other. (Read more about last year’s West Coast Retreat here!)
Our continuous pursuit of humility, hospitality, mutuality, and justice means that we receive each person’s story as an opportunity to learn how to more fully realize and affirm the belonging of the person in front of us. Nowhere is generous space more evident than in the relationships across difference that have grown and flourished amongst us.
Elizabeth and Brooke are beloved members of the GS community and courageously shared part of their relationship with us this year. Elizabeth is a mom with a gay son who intentionally sought out Brooke, a lesbian woman she met, in order to learn from Brooke’s story and build a friendship. In this hilarious and heartfelt conversation, they discuss their friendship, what they’ve learned, allyship, and why they hold on to faith. We hope their conversation is a blessing and challenge to you as you cultivate and nourish your own relationships across difference.
NOTE: Some of the conversation is difficult to hear – we highly recommend turning on the captions!
These “fly on the wall conversations” rooted us throughout the weekend in the embodied relationships that are the heartbeat of Generous Space. We were so grateful to these pairs for blessing us with their vulnerable stories as we learn how to grow into holding generous space in our relationships with one another.
Stay tuned for videos of our two other “Fly on the Wall Conversations”!