“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!

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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