Trans Panel – Generous Space Retreat 2017

One year ago, at our 2016 Generous Space retreat, we had a panel of trans participants share their stories with the community. The feedback we received was overwhelmingly positive with the plea for more. The landscape of gender identity is complex and there is so much to learn. For those of us seeking to be…

Reflections on the 2017 Ontario GS Retreat

“to retreat: to step back, withdraw, rest” When it comes to our Generous Space Retreats, and particularly our 5th annual Ontario Generous Space Retreat… the above definition of “retreat” isn’t a great fit.  Let me explain why… A month and a half ago, 140 people assembled at the YMCA Geneva Park retreat centre in Orillia, ON…

Growing Up Into Both/And

One of the hallmarks of the Generous Space Community is the willingness to embrace “both / and.” Much of our world is split into an “either / or” mentality. Either you are liberal or you are conservative. Either you are affirming or you are non-affirming.  Such polarity can quickly deteriorate into extremes and in worst…

Fridays of Advent: Reflections on Longing 4

Living attuned to the depths of the longing in your being is a huge challenge.  This Advent, in these crucifixion-tinged reflections, we’ve had the opportunity to consider the longing for love, for reconciliation; the longing to be free of shame and fear (including the shame and fear we feel about our longing to be known…