Art Friday ~ We Will Not Be Put on Silent

This week’s Art Friday post is a poem written by Chris Ong, who participates in a few of our Ontario Generous Space groups. Chris shares his poetry on his blog https://livingink.wordpress.com Here’s what he has to say about this poem: This poem I started to write the first week after the Orlando shooting. I am…

Art Friday ~ Easter Prayer

  This week’s Art Friday contribution is a prayer that our intern, Lyds, wrote for our prayer book, “Prayers From The Edges,” which you will be able to buy online in September, or you can get it as a gift if you contribute to our Summer drive fundraiser. This is what Lyds says about the prayer:…

Generous Space in the Church

More and more people are experiencing Generous Space through our community groups running across Canada. Cultivating relationships and community shaped by the values and posture of generous space is bearing good fruit for so many LGBTQI+ people, their families, and allies. Another significant part of our ministry is in the church and broader Christian community.…

Art Friday ~ Celibacy

This week’s Art Friday post is a poem written by Chris Ong, who participates in a few of our Ontario Generous Space groups. Here’s what he has to say about this poem: Back when I first started to tell people that I was celibate, I got a lot of ‘interesting’ responses. Not many people understood…

Meet our Summer Student Intern, Lydia!

We’re grateful to have received a small grant from the Canadian government to hire a student intern who will join our New Direction staff team for July and August.  Our intern this year will be Lydia Keesmaat-Walsh, a high school student from Lindsay, ON who has participated in some of our Generous Space events over the past year. Lydia will be primarily…

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…