Fridays of Advent: Reflections on Longing 4

Living attuned to the depths of the longing in your being is a huge challenge.  This Advent, in these crucifixion-tinged reflections, we’ve had the opportunity to consider the longing for love, for reconciliation; the longing to be free of shame and fear (including the shame and fear we feel about our longing to be known…

A Very Queer Christmas

I’ve been pondering recently just how queer our Christmas story is.  Now, if you’re of a certain generation like me, queer might seem like a questionable word, one that has been used with derision or power-driven politics, and one that probably should be avoided.  The kids tell me, however, that many are reclaiming the word…

Fridays of Advent: Reflections on Longing 2

Longing can be scary. Can you think back to an early memory of deeply hoping for something …. only to experience disappointment? Many of us learned early on to temper our desires. We do it for self-preservation.  We do it in the hopes of holiness.  We do it because we’re afraid. Incarnation is culmination of…

Fridays of Advent: Reflections on Longing 1

As a young person, I experienced a traumatic betrayal and rejection.  For many years, I daily thought about the person who had hurt me. These thoughts weren’t angry or vengeful. Rather, they were full of longing. A longing for reconciliation. A longing to experience the love we’d once shared, the sense of being known that…

Generous Space Congregations

I have been engaged in meeting with denominational leaders this fall.  In particular, I’ve been meeting with leaders of Evangelical* churches (and by this term, I mean those denominations that hold to a high view of the authority of Scripture, the need for a personal and growing relationship with Jesus Christ, and the call to…

Why InterVarsity Needs Generous Space

Last week Time magazine ran a story indicating that InterVarsity U.S.A would fire staff members who theologically affirmed marriage for same-sex couples. After the weekend’s social media commentary on the article, IVCF’s vice-president Greg Jao gave an interview to the Christian Broadcasting Network to clarify things. In a nutshell, Jao explained: IVCF considers this a…

Generous Space in the Church

More and more people are experiencing Generous Space through our community groups running across Canada. Cultivating relationships and community shaped by the values and posture of generous space is bearing good fruit for so many LGBTQI+ people, their families, and allies. Another significant part of our ministry is in the church and broader Christian community.…