“I Don’t Hate the Sinner; I Hate the Sin”

Our 2016 Generous Space Retreat is coming up two weeks from today in Orillia, ON, and we’re excited to have 97 people registered already!

Jenna Tenn-Yuk

interview with Michael Blair, one of our keynote speakers this year. Today we want to highlight another one of our special guests, Jenna Tenn-Yuk, who will be our resident poet and spoken word artist, and will present several of her creative, thought-provoking, conversation-starting spoken pieces during our time together. She will also teach a workshop about writing spoken word poetry. Below, she introduces herself and shares one of her original works.


My name is Jenna Tenn-Yuk and I am a spoken word artist, public speaker, facilitator and storyteller. My work explores the complexities of identity, finding one’s voice and building bridges between diverse communities. I am passionate about helping people explore who they are, walk towards their fears and speak their truths — especially because I lived in silence for many years.

“I Don’t Hate the Sinner; I Hate the Sin” explores my personal challenges of growing up gay and Christian, and the self-hatred, shame and guilt I internalized. I grew up in evangelical communities where that phrase was thrown around nonchalantly, especially when talking about the LGBTQ+ community. This piece challenges Christians to have dialogue and hear people’s stories instead of putting LGBTQ+ individuals in limited boxes and stereotypes.

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