Art Friday – “Synod 2016”

Welcome to our second weekly Art Friday post. Our community is still reeling from the massacre at Pulse, the gay night club in Orlando where 49 people, mainly LGBTQ+ people of color, were murdered and another 53 injured.  Some of our LGBTQ+ community members have written blogs in response, which you can find here, here, here, and…

Art Friday – “The Table”

In 2011, New Direction launched an arts-focused website called “The Space Between.”  The idea behind the name was the space between the art piece and the people viewing it: space for interpretation, inspiration, and collaboration.  After several years of beautiful art on that website, we’ve decided to revive and consolidate our arts focus here on this blog with…

A Tale of Two Family Reunions

Two weekends in a row, two gatherings, two different experiences of family = a lot of reflection. The first, our fourth annual Generous Space Retreat with my LGBTQ+ family.  The second, the national gathering of the Canadian CRC, my denominational family. Way back in the planning for the retreat, I suggested to our team that…

“I Don’t Hate the Sinner; I Hate the Sin”

Our 2016 Generous Space Retreat is coming up two weeks from today in Orillia, ON, and we’re excited to have 97 people registered already!   We’ve already published an interview with Michael Blair, one of our keynote speakers this year. Today we want to highlight another one of our special guests, Jenna Tenn-Yuk, who will…

Generous Space: Love not just Sex

Generous space is a posture intended to be lived out in real relationship and in the formation of authentic faith community.  Full inclusion of LGBTQ+ people, eagerly welcoming their participation and contribution of their spiritual gifts, is one of the catalysts for intentionally growing in generous space.  The vision of such community is one of…

Generous Space: Addressing Privilege

Generous space communities are not merely a response to the lack of inclusion of LGBTQ+ people in many churches, as significant as that is. Generous space is a framework for maturing disciples of Jesus in healthy, diverse community.  In this series of distinctives, we have considered the sufficiency of the cross as a secure foundation…