Why Arguing Isn’t Enough

The ministry of New Direction has positioned itself in the midst of the unenviable reality of differing Scriptural interpretations on the question of what faithful discipleship ought to look like for LGBTQ+ followers of Jesus.  The truth is, of course, that no one can be neutral in these conversations at the intersection of faith and…

Good God Interview

  Good God host Kevin Makins interviews Wendy and they discuss grace, good questions, writing, queer Christians, and “smelling like Jesus.” Listen to the episode (podcast) and find out more about Good God here. (Full link: http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/wwwstitchercompodcastgoodgod/good-god-with-kevin-makins/e/003-wendy-vanderwal-gritter-new-direction-lgtbq-advocate-35693018)

Coming out on Thanksgiving

It happened again. I was watching an episode of the excellent new TV series “Transparent,” and Jeffrey Tambor’s character Maura was preparing to come out as a trans woman to her adult son, Josh. Maura stood on her balcony and watched Josh’s car pull up, and as she stepped back, anxiously considering what his reaction…

A Letter to the Church

Dear Church, I have loved you and served you for a long time.  Like any love relationship, we’ve had our ups and downs.  Along the way, I’ve gotten to know you pretty well.  And truth be told, you’re complicated.  I’m grateful that I’ve had the opportunity to see and engage so many different sides of…

Serving LGBTQ+ Youth

This past summer, my wife Beth and I packed everything we own into a uhaul van, loaded up an ipod with playlists and audiobooks, equipped the cab with a cooler full of snacks, and said goodbye to our friends and family in Vancouver before heading east across the country to start a new life in…

YALT Interview/Article

Check out Jane Halton’s interview with Wendy for YALT here. The Young Adult Leadership Taskforce (YALT) of the CRC creates space for the conversation between young adults, local churches and our denominations about where we go from here. YALT operates primarily in the Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRC)and the Reformed Church in America (RCA).…

A Tale of Two Books

Yesterday was an exciting day!  Two packages came in the mail.  Both from publishers.  I was pretty sure they were both books.  And, I love books. The first one came from Baker Publishing Group, the parent company for my publisher Brazos.  So, I must admit I opened that package first.  And sure enough – there…