A Very Queer Christmas

I’ve been pondering recently just how queer our Christmas story is.  Now, if you’re of a certain generation like me, queer might seem like a questionable word, one that has been used with derision or power-driven politics, and one that probably should be avoided.  The kids tell me, however, that many are reclaiming the word…

Fridays of Advent: Reflections on Longing 2

Longing can be scary. Can you think back to an early memory of deeply hoping for something …. only to experience disappointment? Many of us learned early on to temper our desires. We do it for self-preservation.  We do it in the hopes of holiness.  We do it because we’re afraid. Incarnation is culmination of…

Fridays of Advent: Reflections on Longing 1

As a young person, I experienced a traumatic betrayal and rejection.  For many years, I daily thought about the person who had hurt me. These thoughts weren’t angry or vengeful. Rather, they were full of longing. A longing for reconciliation. A longing to experience the love we’d once shared, the sense of being known that…

Generous Space Congregations

I have been engaged in meeting with denominational leaders this fall.  In particular, I’ve been meeting with leaders of Evangelical* churches (and by this term, I mean those denominations that hold to a high view of the authority of Scripture, the need for a personal and growing relationship with Jesus Christ, and the call to…

Art Friday: Such a Cloak

  For this month’s “Art Friday,” we’re excited to feature Eric Van Giessen, a member of our Toronto Generous Space Group, who recently published a zine of poetry called “Queerly Faithful” as part of an autoethnographic research study he did with other LGBTQ+ Christians, including several from our community. Eric says of the zine: Our hope and…

Why InterVarsity Needs Generous Space

Last week Time magazine ran a story indicating that InterVarsity U.S.A would fire staff members who theologically affirmed marriage for same-sex couples. After the weekend’s social media commentary on the article, IVCF’s vice-president Greg Jao gave an interview to the Christian Broadcasting Network to clarify things. In a nutshell, Jao explained: IVCF considers this a…

Coming Out to Christian Parents

“How do I come out to my parents?”  This is one of the most common questions we get from LGBTQ+ Christians who contact us.  We thought it would be a good idea to seek the wisdom and advice of our Generous Space community, drawing on the experiences of real LGBTQ+ people and their parents. We’ve compiled…

Art Friday ~ The Road Out

This week’s poem is by one of our community members. Here’s what they have to say about this piece: I have a hard time using my voice…which can be troublesome for life, but also tricky when you’re navigating your way through “coming out”. This poem is about that experience and how I am trying to find…