A Tale of Two Family Reunions

Two weekends in a row, two gatherings, two different experiences of family = a lot of reflection. The first, our fourth annual Generous Space Retreat with my LGBTQ+ family.  The second, the national gathering of the Canadian CRC, my denominational family. Way back in the planning for the retreat, I suggested to our team that…

Generous Space: Love not just Sex

Generous space is a posture intended to be lived out in real relationship and in the formation of authentic faith community.  Full inclusion of LGBTQ+ people, eagerly welcoming their participation and contribution of their spiritual gifts, is one of the catalysts for intentionally growing in generous space.  The vision of such community is one of…

Generous Space: Addressing Privilege

Generous space communities are not merely a response to the lack of inclusion of LGBTQ+ people in many churches, as significant as that is. Generous space is a framework for maturing disciples of Jesus in healthy, diverse community.  In this series of distinctives, we have considered the sufficiency of the cross as a secure foundation…

Generous Space Groups

Generous Space: Honoring Conscience

One of the distinctives of generous space community is the recognition of the healthy tension between being an individual and being called into community.  God knows our names and counts the hairs on our head.  Who we are uniquely as human beings matters to God.  We are each invited into living connection with God and…

Generous Space: Engaging Scripture

Generous space community encourages joyful engagement with the scriptures as the living Word that reveals who God is and what God has done on behalf of humanity and all of creation.  We recognize that people are at different places with scripture.  Some in our community have been wounded by how scripture has been wielded against…

Generous Space: Secure Foundation

Communities marked by generous space keep enlarging their capacity for diversity. How can such a generous community remain pure in its commitment to God? In finding its center in Christ, generous space communities rest in finding our life, our identity, and our reconciliation with God through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. “God made…

Generous Space: Encouraging Discipleship

At its core, generous space acknowledges that on the question of covenanted same-sex relationships faithful Christians disagree about what is the most faithful path for a disciple of Jesus. We promote the idea that the church ought to make room for people to be honest about their convictions and/or their uncertainty on this matter without…

Teachers Journeying with Transgender Students

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. The first article can be found here.  The second, by Wendy Gritter, raises some of the unique realities our…

Responding to Resistance to Generous Space

At its core, generous space acknowledges that on the question of covenanted same-sex relationships faithful Christians disagree about what is appropriate for a disciple of Jesus. We promote the idea that the church ought to make room for people to be honest about their convictions and/or their uncertainty on this matter without pressure to conform…