Art Friday: Such a Cloak

  For this month’s “Art Friday,” we’re excited to feature Eric Van Giessen, a member of our Toronto Generous Space Group, who recently published a zine of poetry called “Queerly Faithful” as part of an autoethnographic research study he did with other LGBTQ+ Christians, including several from our community. Eric says of the zine: Our hope and…

Art Friday ~ The Road Out

This week’s poem is by one of our community members. Here’s what they have to say about this piece: I have a hard time using my voice…which can be troublesome for life, but also tricky when you’re navigating your way through “coming out”. This poem is about that experience and how I am trying to find…

Art Friday ~ My One Wild and Precious Life

This week’s Art Friday is by Amy Hall With a background in music journalism and business speak, Amy E. Hall currently focuses her creative writing energy composing free verse poetry and haiku. The southern-born, northern-bred Tennessean has self-published three haiku chapbooks to date, as well as two poetry chapbooks.  Two of her poems appear in…

Art Friday ~ We Will Not Be Put on Silent

This week’s Art Friday post is a poem written by Chris Ong, who participates in a few of our Ontario Generous Space groups. Chris shares his poetry on his blog https://livingink.wordpress.com Here’s what he has to say about this poem: This poem I started to write the first week after the Orlando shooting. I am…

Art Friday ~ Easter Prayer

  This week’s Art Friday contribution is a prayer that our intern, Lyds, wrote for our prayer book, “Prayers From The Edges,” which you will be able to buy online in September, or you can get it as a gift if you contribute to our Summer drive fundraiser. This is what Lyds says about the prayer:…

Art Friday ~ Celibacy

This week’s Art Friday post is a poem written by Chris Ong, who participates in a few of our Ontario Generous Space groups. Here’s what he has to say about this poem: Back when I first started to tell people that I was celibate, I got a lot of ‘interesting’ responses. Not many people understood…

Art Friday – “Synod 2016”

Welcome to our second weekly Art Friday post. Our community is still reeling from the massacre at Pulse, the gay night club in Orlando where 49 people, mainly LGBTQ+ people of color, were murdered and another 53 injured.  Some of our LGBTQ+ community members have written blogs in response, which you can find here, here, here, and…

Art Friday – “The Table”

In 2011, New Direction launched an arts-focused website called “The Space Between.”  The idea behind the name was the space between the art piece and the people viewing it: space for interpretation, inspiration, and collaboration.  After several years of beautiful art on that website, we’ve decided to revive and consolidate our arts focus here on this blog with…