Reflections on the 2017 West Coast GS Retreat

It was with some trepidation that I (Beth) approached our second annual West Coast Generous Space Retreat at Camp Squeah in Hope, BC. I tend to approach the second time doing something with the pressure of the expectations established the first time around, and the drive to make it even better. I knew we had 65…

Celebrating a Pioneer

Fifteen years ago, when I took the role of Executive Director, people took it upon themselves to warn me about Brent Hawkes.  It was 2002 and the Canadian debate about marriage equality was heating up.  At that time, the ministry held a traditional theological position on marriage.  And Rev. Hawkes was a gay clergy person,…

Nuancing Church Clarity

A new website launched last week called churchclarity.com, and already there is a lot of buzz.  Simply said, this group is looking for churches to be clear about their policies regarding LGBTQ+ inclusion.  As they say on their home page, “We believe that ambiguity is harmful and clarity is reasonable.”  Through crowdsourcing, they want to…