Volunteering at Pride

For a few years, I’ve been pondering and dreaming about some way to demonstrate the love and care I feel for gay people in connection to Pride events. I’ve winced, as I know many Christians have, at the images of religious people holding placards in protest along the side of parade routes. The most ridiculous…

Risk Engaging the Conversation

The Windy City Times recently report on a meeting between members of SoulForce and Bill Hybels and others from Willow Creek Church. For those of you who may not be familiar with SoulForce, they are a national civil-rights and social-justice organization seeking freedom for LGBT people from religious and political oppression. SoulForce, in an initiative…

A Living Apology

Fellow blogger and contact with the ministry, Kent Frost, recently posted on Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper’s public apology for the government’s role in the residential school system. Portions of Harper’s apology can be read here. Kent has given permission to reprint his post: The Apology, The Pain “Last week in Canada we saw clearly…

Will you be my friend?

I was riding the subway the other day, crammed like a human sardine during rush hour traffic. I was trying very hard to ignore the couple hundred other people squished uncomfortably close in the car with me when an attractive woman in her early twenties turned toward me and said “How are you doing today?”…

Creating a safer place….

Yesterday I spent a full day equipping pastors and leaders. Our goal is to help leaders think through how their church can be a safer place for all “limpers”. It’s always a draining day – for the participants and for me. Change takes a lot of energy. Dealing with mindsets, assumptions and fear is hard…

I’m the biggest limper

I often talk about my sense that part of what I’ve been called to do is to ‘normalize’ the experience of same-gender attraction within the Christian community. When you get to hang out with as many same-gender attracted and gay people as I get to, one has the opportunity to experience shared humanity, shared journeys,…

Freedom in Friendships

I was hanging out with some artists and thinkers and risk-takers the other night. And as it often happens when people learn that I serve through New Direction, folks began to share with me about their gay friends. Seems these days that more often than not, Christ-followers have gay friends. This is a good thing.…