WHY OUR TONE, ATTITUDE, AND CHARACTERIZING OF ONE ANOTHER MATTERS

Written by Wendy VanderWal Gritter, Executive Director of New Direction   Theological disagreement in the Body of Christ matters. It presents the perfect opportunity to actually live in the way of the resurrected Jesus. Unfortunately, that isn’t what usually happens. There is a vein of Christianity in which monitoring fellow siblings in Christ for right…

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,…

He was one of us!

(the image is of a sculpture by Timothy Schmalz called, homeless Jesus) Blog by By Pieter Niemeyer Christmas is soon upon us. Images of Jesus’ nativity have been plastered on greeting cards and set up on front lawns of churches and homes and in all kinds of configurations- even a Zombie manger scene was attempted this year but got…

My support of same-sex marriage and why I’m no longer a pastor

By Steve Authier Recently I voluntarily submitted my pastor credentials because I affirm same-sex marriage. I have spent years studying this matter on my own and in community. I have prayed about it privately and with others who were also seeking God’s guidance. I made this decision as part of my desire to lead my…

“That, my friend, is why you need to lament”

By Rob Walker I came to embrace the Gospel of Peace firmly after spending a summer and a school year living at Canadian Mennonite University. Raised in Evangelical holiness movements (including Pentecostalism), I had come out as a gay man at 22, been confirmed Anglican in 2003, and gone through the break-up of my marriage…

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…