Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust

Several members of the New Direction community face daily battles with depression and other forms of mental illness.  The rejection, marginalization and isolation they often experience as LGBTQ+ Christians can exacerbate these realities.  One of our hopes at New Direction this year is to talk more about mental illness and de-stigmatize it.  Together, we can learn how…

Review of Mark Yarhouse’s “Understanding Gender Dysphoria”

If I have learned anything from the flurry of Christian responses to Caitlyn Jenner’s “Vanity Fair” cover, it is the need for widespread transgender education in the church. The most fearful and hateful reactions betrayed a total ignorance of transgender experiences. And maybe we shouldn’t blame them. While Christian books on homosexuality abound, pastoral resources…

The Non-Normative Jesus

A new reading of Matthew 19:1-12 New Direction works to cultivate community in a number of Generous Space groups.  While each group is unique, usually there is a discussion time led by one of the group members.  We heard great feedback from a session that Andrew Dykstra facilitated and asked if he would be willing…

Straight/Cis Christians… We Need You!

Lately I’ve been having great conversations with straight cisgender Christians who ask how they can best support the LGBTQ+ Christian community.  These are important questions, and I’ve been hearing more and more innovative, contextual ideas.  As a catalyst to this ongoing conversation, consider the following suggestions…   1. Open up your homes. There are several…

This …. changes everything: sin & shalom

Have you noticed the inordinate amount of attention that is given to concerns about sin at the intersection of faith and sexuality?  It seems to be a sticking point for so many. “But it’s sin.” With this short phrase dialogue can be cut off, attempts to understand can be closed, relationships strained, alienation experienced, judgement…