The Queerness of God

Written by Jessica Reesor Rempel God is queer.  Does that make you uncomfortable? I’m not sorry.  I won’t take it back. Embracing the full humanity in folks who identify as queer (LGBTQ) means recognizing that all of us are made in the image of God. And if all of us reflect who God is, that…

Homophobia: All Part of the Same Story

Carol writes this from within the Mennonite Brethren Church but her words are true for Mennonite Church Canada and beyond! Written by Carol Penner DearMBchurch.ca: When I heard yesterday that 50 people had been killed and dozens injured at a LGBTQ nightclub in Orlando, I was numb. As I have been numb when mass shootings…

Act more out of love than fear

Written by Jana Miller 2012 was the year the Mayans said the world was supposed to end. They got that wrong. Except for the world I lived in. It imploded when I came out that spring. And it’s been falling apart, coming back together, changing my perspective and how I love, and teaching me to sit…

“The bible is very clear!”

Pieter Niemeyer, with thanks to John MH “The bible is very Clear” I can hardly count the numerous times I have heard this phrase being used as a tool to counter and shut down conversation regarding difficult matters of faith and life, particularly in relation to LGBTQ people. As soon as someone says it to…

Listening Church

I invite you to take a listen. I was honoured to be among this company of people to share my story, our stories, with the larger Church. May the Spirit’s work be done.  

Prayer for Courage to find my voice for change.

A prayer by Pieter Niemeyer This prayer arises from my wrestling with God and scripture. Two stories from scripture frame this prayer. The first is relatively unknown regarding the daughters of Zelophehad, found in Numbers 27:1-11. The second is from Mark 7:24-30 regarding the Syrophoenician woman. These woman refused to be silenced and called out God…

Bi my Side: My coming out journey and the importance of community

By Alex Neufeldt Growing up, I always believed monosexuality (the romantic or sexual attraction to members of one sex or gender only) to be the norm. Heterosexuality was always assumed to be the default, of course, though the notion of homosexuality has also been within my realm of consciousness as long as I can remember,…

Taking a leap of faith

By Pieter Niemeyer Usually, taking a flying leap is not advisable. It can be hazardous for your health. However, taking a leap of faith, is another matter to consider. I took a leap of faith to share my story, regarding having a gay sexual orientation. Some advised against it, thinking it far too risky and…