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…

“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!   We’ve already published an 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…

Tips for Teachers to Support LGBTQ+ Youth

Two articles by New Direction staff members were published in the February edition of the Christian Educators Journal.  We wanted to reprint the articles here for those who haven’t had an opportunity to review the journal. In the first, Beth Carlson-Malena shares some of the experiences members of our Generous Space community shared with her…

Rev. Michael Blair on Black History Month

In celebration of Black History Month, we interviewed Rev. Michael Blair, one of the keynote speakers at our upcoming Generous Space Retreat in Orillia, ON.  Michael is a member of the Order of Ministry in the United Church of Canada and serves the General Council of the United Church of Canada as Executive Minister of the Church in Mission…

Advent 3: JOY in the Generous Space Community

This week’s Advent theme is JOY.  (If you haven’t already, check out our last two weeks’ Advent posts on hope and peace.) Coming out as an LGBTQ+ Christian can be a very difficult process, but it can also bring unexpected moments of overwhelming joy.  We asked our community members to describe one of the most joyful…