The Cost of Solidarity

For many of us who have gone through (or are going through) the process of coming out, we face a lot of varied and often difficult responses. There are those who will directly and unequivocally question our integrity, our motives, and even the quality and substance of our faith and salvation. There are those who…

Stagnant Unicorns

  On the first Wednesday of the month, we publish blog posts written by members of our Generous Space Community. This piece was written by SJ Speer, who lives in Ottawa and is a regular Ontario GS Retreat participant.   ——————————–   It is estimated that there are only 200 members of the unicorn species…

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…

The Table Is One

The Table has always been here, as long as I remember, set beneath the trees, seats for everyone who comes. The Table is, in fact, many tables—lined up, one after another, stretching across the grass and around the corners, beyond sight and familiarity—but the Table is one.   I remember my first seat at the…

Questions & Answers

  On the first Wednesday of the month, we publish blog posts written by members of our Generous Space Community. This creative writing piece was written by Archie Zhang, who (until a recent move to Montreal) was a member of our St. Catharines Generous Space Group. ***content warning: brief reference to rape and drugs***  …

Pride and the Danger of a Single Story

“Pride” was the conversation topic at our last Vancouver Generous Space meeting. We all shared our memories and associations with Pride parades, festivals and events, and while there were some common threads, it struck me how differently we experienced Pride, and I continued to ponder this as I read other Pride reflections online from community…

Exile & Liberation

Last year, I was invited to speak at an event called, “Affirm!” for Presbyterians in Canada. In this Pride month, on the day we launch the #pastorsstoppingtheharm campaign to eradicate sexual orientation & gender identity change efforts (SOGICE) in the church, on the anniversary of Stonewall, I wanted to share this video as celebration of…

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+…