Sex & the Generous Space Community

“How do you disciple people in the area of sexual behaviour in generous space communities?” The joy and challenge of cultivating generous space communities is a lack of rigid boundaries and cold-hearted lines in the sand that determine who is in and who is out. But inevitably, I am asked the question, “How far does…

My Exodus: A Review

I have known Alan Chambers a long time.  I met him at the very beginning of my tenure with New Direction when he was newly the president of Exodus.  I’ve read the two previous books that Alan authored and so when my complimentary copy of My Exodus: from fear to grace arrived in the mail…

Subversive Spirituality @ Tipping Points

To be in the world, but not of the world, requires subversive alertness.  Cultivation of a contemplative mind is crucial.  Spiritual practices and disciplines help form the virtues that guide our public engagement.  We learn to take a breath before reacting.  We recognize that our anger is a reminder of a deeper pain.  We choose…

The Non-Normative Jesus

A new reading of Matthew 19:1-12 New Direction works to cultivate community in a number of Generous Space groups.  While each group is unique, usually there is a discussion time led by one of the group members.  We heard great feedback from a session that Andrew Dykstra facilitated and asked if he would be willing…

This …. changes everything: sin & shalom

Have you noticed the inordinate amount of attention that is given to concerns about sin at the intersection of faith and sexuality?  It seems to be a sticking point for so many. “But it’s sin.” With this short phrase dialogue can be cut off, attempts to understand can be closed, relationships strained, alienation experienced, judgement…