Living in the Tension this Monday (4/20)

  At this Monday’s Living in the Tension gathering, we’ll be talking about gender, how we experience it and express it. As a jumping off point, we’ll listen to a 15 minute audio clip from This American Life of an interview with a man who took high doses of testosterone, and how it changed the [Read More...]

“Am I a Bad Christian for Loving My LGBTQ Child?”

Finally they voiced the deeper question that drove all their worries, “Are we wrong if we unconditionally love and support our son?”

I was caught off-guard and almost fell out of my chair. [Read more...]

Trans Invisibility: An Interview With Our Friend Eli


How often do we really recognize full diversity of experience, expression and identity encompassed by the acronym LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender– and increasingly Queer: LGBTQ)? When we refer to this community as it is some kind of monolith, who gets ignored?

I’m joined today on the blog by my friend Eli, who is trans, to talk about the T in LGBT. He’ll be the first to tell you that he doesn’t speak for the entire trans community, and that his experience is innately unique. But like any experience, it’s valid. And I imagine it will resonate with many others, in and outside the trans community, who have been made to feel invisible. [Read more...]

ACTIVE Conference Coming to Chicago


This post is written by Michael Kimpan, our Associate Director at The Marin Foundation. You can read more from Michael at his blog here. – The Marin Foundation is thrilled to partner with our friends at Love Without Agenda and Oasis for an amazing mini-conference here in Chicago at the end of this month. Steve Chalke (whom [Read More...]

Such a Bridge Is Possible

“When trapped in a power-based system where the dominant entity dictates cultural normalcy, anything outside the traditional realm of what is commonly understood as acceptable is automatically viewed by those in charge as sketchy and unreliable. It is almost as if it is their job as “protectors of the way things are” to undermine any new work and [Read More...]

Living in the Tension This Monday (4/6)

  At this Monday’s Living in the Tension gathering, we’ll be discussing the religious freedom law recently passed in Indiana and Arkansas, described by many as promoting discrimination against LGBTQ individuals. We’ll be discussing what constructive conversation looks like on this particular issue, considering many of us have strong family and social ties to our neighboring state. As [Read More...]

Impact Trumps Power

“Current culture war ideology says with correctness comes power. Add on to that the fact that many in today’s power-based culture believe that power is the key factor which influences the masses. However, something more important trumps power: impact. Having power is one thing. Having the ability to earn high levels of buy-in by the [Read More...]

Living in the Tension This Monday (3/23)

Hope you can make it out this Monday to our next Living in the Tension gathering! We’ll be discussing the experience of coming out of the closet: whether it’s alienating or liberating (or both),  and whether it’s similar to being vulnerable about other areas of one’s life. As always, we will meet at 7 pm [Read More...]

It’s Not A Tragedy.

This post is written by Michael Kimpan, our Associate Director at The Marin Foundation. You can read more from Michael at his blog here.  – It’s been a busy month for us here at The Marin Foundation. In addition to putting on another set of our Culture War Curriculum classes with our Director of Education and [Read More...]

On Fidelity

The pressure to convince the other of your correctness fosters defensiveness. Commitment to the long view of sustained in-person interaction between strongly opposed worldviews is never an easy process. Yet, sustainable connections almost always rearrange false assumptions. This does not mean all will agree. It does mean that a new awakening of deeper levels of [Read More...]

Identity Theft


Too often in our conversations surrounding faith, gender and sexuality, we hear statements that project one’s own limited understanding and experiences onto the other. Unlike the insight of an intimately acquainted friend, these are unsolicited statements come from a place of one’s own beliefs about a given issue, not their knowledge of you as an individual.
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Living in the Tension Tonight (3/9)

Join us for tonight’s Living in the Tension gathering! Our friend and regular attender, Michael Albert, will be sharing his story and responding to our questions. Don’t miss hearing from this funny, insightful guy!  As always, we will meet at 7 pm at 5255 N Ashland Ave in Room 124. Also, for anyone who’s interested, we meet for dinner [Read More...]

Repairing Our Therapy


A few months ago I sat across the table from a guy whose eyes searched the room and voice broke when he asked me one of the most heartbreaking questions I’ve ever heard: “How do I become straight?” Two years into my work here at The Marin Foundation, this was the first time I had heard that question pointe blank. Though the pain in his eyes was all too familiar. [Read more...]

An Ethic of Inclusion

Practicing an ethic of inclusion does not mean that in order for opposing worldviews to come together there must be a lack of conviction on the part of any of the participants. Too often, partisan activists see an inclusion of the other as a fatal weakness in the bridge building process.  I see no such thing. [Read More...]