Queer Sermons in the GS Community – Caro Ibrahim

Sunday mornings at the Generous Space retreat are a rich time of connection and community through worship, preaching, and celebrating Communion. Without fail, God shows up and strengthens us as those who are Beloved and those who Belong. We’re excited to share with you this collection of sermons from these special retreat services and look…

Friendship Panel – Ontario Generous Space Retreat 2018

The theme for our 2018 spring retreat in Ontario was friendship. In a world of online connection with hundreds of “friends”, many of us are searching for deeper meaning and experience in our relationships. LGBTQ+ folks, often out of necessity, have both challenged assumptions and reimagined the potential of friendship and/or chosen family. This may…

Rooting out Reorientation Efforts

In the last few weeks the ministry has been approached by several documentary projects looking for people to share their stories of surviving conversion therapy. This traumatic phenomenon is in the spotlight as Hollywood weighs in with feature films like Boy Erased and The Miseducation of Cameron Post.  Campaigns like Born Perfect are hard at…

The Towel: a story of testing

This week I really wanted to throw in the towel. Embracing tension, searching for nuance, thinking the best of, treating with respect, choosing kindness. These are things I deeply value. And yet this week, I seriously wondered whether embodying these attributes actually just made me complicit with injustice and oppression. I wanted to yell and…

Ongoing Lessons in Ally-ship

Being an ally is not for the faint of heart. It is a paradoxical mix of both fierce love and deep sensitivity; of both bold risk-taking and the capacity to weather messing up without making it about you; of both speaking out and being constantly teachable. Being an ally will break your heart.  It will…

The Power of Belovedness

I have been serving as an advocate for LGBTQ+ people for a long time. But as a mainly straight person, it took me a long time to really understand, at a deep-gut level, what being an ally was all about and what Pride celebrations were all about.  And I have to wonder if maybe some…

A Queer Reading of 2 Cor. 6

On Pride Sunday at Church of the Redeemer in Toronto one of our beloved Generous Space family members got up to preach – and preach they did! Lyds did such an amazing job (it might help that their parents are both biblical scholars and so Lyds has engaged good preaching their whole life) that we…