On November 23, 2022, I was invited to share my thoughts on apology as part of A Time to Listen‘s (ATTL) “Stories of Repentance, Apology, & Reconciling Initiative.” ATTL is a project that aims to create safe spaces to hear from members of the LGBTQ+ community in the Canadian Mennonite Brethren family. Below is the … More A Time to Listen: On Apology
I usually don’t let myself start listening to Christmas music until Advent begins. If I’m feeling particularly restrictive (my enneagram 1 ego would not like that word and would prefer I say, ‘If I’m choosing to do it the most right way’), I listen to no Christmas music until Advent and then only to Advent … More That’s Christmas to Me
One of the reasons people are reluctant to talk about LGBTQ inclusion is that it is difficult and often uncomfortable to wrestle through this in conversation with other people. I am thankful that Mary Anne Isaak has been willing to speak with me a couple of times over the last few months, first to catch … More Story Weaving, Take Two
“How does the story of God at work in our world impact our decisions as we are involved with the lives of the people in our congregations?” Pastor Mary Anne Isaak, reflecting on the lives of queer people and their loved ones within the congregations she’s served and on her own life as a woman … More Does God Make Room? Story Weaving with 1 Samuel
All theology is contextual. I like to think of context as the story of a thing: in the case of theology, it is the who, what, when, where, why and how that shapes the process and content of biblical, spiritual and ethical understandings. Often when I’m talking about theology and LGBTQ inclusion, I’m exploring contexts … More Story, Theology & Making Room
Photo: Mary Anne Isaak and I on a road trip (with Jon in his veggie oil VW) from Fresno, CA to Vancouver, BC for the 2010 Mennonite Brethren Bi-National Gathering. I’ve posted five reflections on the US and Canadian Mennonite Brethren (MB) Executive Boards’ (EBs) interference in the publication of On Holy Ground. 1. I … More Making Room: Can We Have a Conversation?