I encounter a lot of people who wonder why I serve with the ministry of New Direction. It is true, that historically many of the leaders in such ministries have been individuals that experience same-gender attraction. People ask, “What exactly is the connection for Wendy?” Recently, someone assumed I held a ‘side a’ gay affirming…Details
I have some of my best ideas sitting and brainstorming over lattes with my friend Mark. Mark Petersen, Executive Director of the Bridgeway Foundation, is an innovative missional partner. He shares the passions of so many Kingdom builders ~ consistently with an energy and excitement that amaze me. The earliest seeds of the DVD project…Details
As we look forward to our synchroblog on June 24, I thought it would be particularly appropriate to share this clip of Brian Pengelly, our Youth Specialist at New Direction. Brian highlights an essential challenge to those who hope to engage in bridging conversations.
What do you think?
I remember in my early days with New Direction how easy it was for me to feel threatened and defensive when I encountered people who appeared to have moved from a traditional understanding of Scripture’s boundaries for same-gender sexual behaviour towards a more inclusive and affirming stance. I remember feeling quite justified in my judgments…Details
After jumping through hoops (thanks Anna for all your hard work!), we’ve made it onto Amazon to hopefully get the BTG dvd out far and wide 🙂 Please check out the link! If you haven’t bought a copy yet – consider doing so from Amazon to get us up and running there. If you’ve viewed…Details
Okay – so I’m not very good with dates or directions (seriously, what is it with me getting lost for every party Mark throws?)….. anyway….Apparently, last week was the one year anniversary of this blog and I totally missed it. I have thoroughly enjoyed having such diverse readers engage this forum. I value the conversations…Details
I’m really grateful that Ron Belgau was one of the contributors for “Bridging the Gap: Conversations on Befriending Our Gay Neighbours.” Ron is a thoughtful and mature follower of Christ who also happens to be gay. He is someone with deep convictions – that some of our readers will share, and others will disagree with.…Details
The culture wars surrounding the topic of homosexuality have sucked up tremendous resources, have left devastated casualties in their wake, and continue to perpetuate polarization and enmity – most clearly seen in the divide between the Christian community and the gay community. The diversity and divisiveness surrounding gay issues is staggering. Even the above statement…Details
Well I finally got to see the movie, “Milk” last night. It was with an eclectic group of straight and gay, Christian and not. And after the movie we had some good conversation together. For those of you not familiar with the movie, the basic story is that of Harvey Milk the first openly gay…Details
I have a little daily calendar that displays a passage from the Message. (Have I told you that I am completely addicted to the Message? I’m even using it this year for my “read through the Bible in a year” readings.) Almost without fail, this little calendar, that I seriously got at a yard sale…Details
I got to know who Justin Lee was when I became acquainted with the “Bridges Across the Divide” website. Years before I was even connected with New Direction, the spouse of one of our ministry’s board members was one of the first group to get that site started. Seems like bridging and the ministry of…Details