It was amazing to connect with so many people in our community online for the East Coast Virtual Connection recently with about 100 friends joining us. We were able to meet in affinity groups, and also try out community groups on Zoom for the first time. While making deeper connections with strangers can be incredibly difficult on a virtual call, we are grateful for those who took the risk to build community together in this way.
We also got a chance to hear from our keynote speaker, Justin Lee, about deepening our understanding of how we can be a supportive community and then witnessed the community support in action at our (virtual) Kitchen Party where once again, GS'ers inspired us with their poetry, music, and other talents. We closed our weekend together with a meaningful Queerantine Worship Service. Many of our GS community members from the East Coast contributed to the service by writing blessings or leading us in song, and we heard an incredibly rich homily from Chad Lucas. Our East Coast members really encouraged our entire community this weekend.
For me, this weekend stirred a longing to gather in person once-again at a retreat. The desire actually surprised the introvert in me. Sure, part of it is just the on-going sense of isolation but I also knew it was more than that. It is about who we are as a community.
Despite not actively participating in the retreat dance parties in the past, those times of celebration are what immediately come to mind when I think of our times being together in person. The unbridled joy! The trusting abandon! The harmony of music and movement, body and soul. It is in those moments that I see in Generous Space the spark of Pentecost, the overwhelming abundance of love and connection that overflows, sweeping up even the reluctant wanna-be dancer like me. We may not have been able to be together in person this weekend but the Spirit was dancing in and through us. That is our gift to share!
Community is the heartbeat of Generous Space. Your continued participation & support allows us to creatively and thoughtfully curate programming that addresses the needs of our community and helping us all stay connected and supported!
-Jamie Arpin-Ricci, Director of Community - Central