WikiGod Podcast Interview (part 2)

It’s something the church has been talking a whole heck of a lot about in the past few years, whether it’s behind the scenes in policy meetings or out front in the media. Same-sex marriage. Partnered gay men and women who are committed Jesus-followers. Married, faithful gay couples loving and serving in the church. And every one…

WikiGod Podcast Interview (part 1)

WikiGod Podcaster Mark sits down with Wendy for a two-part conversation. This week in Part 1, Wendy talks about some of the major influences that affected her awareness about the legacy of New Direction as she took the role of Executive Director in 2002. It’s a fascinating and highly relevant account of her listening, feeling uncomfortable, being unexpectedly welcomed,…

MennoNerds Interview

Recently Wendy, Beth, and Danice had the chance to chat with MennoNerd moderator, Jennifer Yoder. It was a fantastic conversation about sexuality in the church, LGBT issues, safe spaces, and other topics. Check out MennoNerds and watch the video here.

Who is Welcome at the Table?

On the final morning of last month’s Gay Christian Network (GCN) conference in Portland, which our staff from New Direction attended, it was clear that the conference organizers had gone to great lengths to figure out how to serve communion to 1300 participants from multiple denominations. It may have taken more time to explain how to receive…

Part 4: Stages of Power

A good number of years ago, when I was a young and inexperienced woman in ministry, a mentor showed me Janet Hagberg’s stages of power.  It was an ‘aha’ moment for me.  It gave me an understanding of some of the feelings, experiences, and efforts I was making in my life to become a freer…

Part 3: Seasons of Life and the True Self

This is part three of a short blog series reflecting on the keynote that I facilitated for the WeConnect women’s retreat at the Gay Christian Network conference in January 2015.  Together we shared practices and reminders that invite us to go deeper and farther in our spiritual lives.  The next layer we applied to the…

Nomad Podcast Interview

Recently Wendy had the chance to be featured on the Nomad Podcast. Nomad Podcast is an chance to explore Christian community, mission and the future of the church. Join two ordinary pilgrims as they stumble through the post-Christendom wilderness, looking for signs of hope. Listen to the episode (podcast) and find out more about Nomad here. (Full link: http://www.podcastchart.com/podcasts/nomad-podcast/episodes/nomad-77-wendy-vanderwal-gritter-same-sex-relationships-and-how-to-lovingly-disagree)

Part 2: Seasons of Life & the Medicine Wheel

After talking together about the practices of awakening, empowerment, relinquishment, and paradox, the women who gathered for WeConnect at the GCN Conference moved to another layer of the wheel representing seasons in our lives.  This layer made use of ideas and symbols from the Medicine Wheel of our North American First Nations people.  Now I…

Seasons of Life: Spiritual Practices

I had the privilege of being asked to speak at the WeConnect women’s event that preceded the Gay Christian Network Conference in Portland.  I was both honored and humbled to be asked – I guess it helps when you’re friends with a bunch of the folks organizing the event.  I also felt myself faced with…