Big Personal News about the Inauguration

I recently got a phone call from the Olive Branch Interfaith Peace Coalition in Washington DC—and they asked if I could speak at their interfaith service and vigil the night before the Inauguration. The theme of the service is Peaceful Nonviolence, inspired by Martin Luther King Jr. I will be talking about the impact of homophobia and bridging the evangelical community (originally there was a well-known Jewish Rabbi who was to talk generally on the topic of homophobia, but due to a cancellation they thought an evangelical Christian instead, would raise eyebrows; and they thought of me!). Among the others (from a variety of different faiths) who will be speaking is Jim Wallis from Sojourners, and in attendance at their DC service will be a variety of Washington politicians and governmental elite.

What a sweet opportunity! I feel so blessed and I am very excited for this chance to be in Washington the night before the Inauguration and talk about the importance of God’s call and command to build bridges between His children and the GLBT community. And to think that there will be other faiths and politicians in attendance, pray that the Lord’s words through me that night will draw many more people to Him.

Much love.

About Andrew Marin

Andrew Marin is President and Founder of The Marin Foundation ( He is author of the award winning book Love Is an Orientation (2009), its interactive DVD curriculum (2011), and recently an academic ebook titled Our Last Option: How a New Approach to Civility can Save the Public Square (2013). Andrew is a regular contributor to a variety of media outlets and frequently lectures at universities around the world. Since 2010 Andrew has been asked by the United Nations to advise their various agencies on issues of bridging opposing worldviews, civic engagement, and theological aspects of reconciliation. For twelve years he lived in the LGBT Boystown neighborhood of Chicago, and is currently based St. Andrews, Scotland, where he is teaching and researching at the University of St. Andrews earning his PhD in Constructive Theology with a focus on the Theology of Culture. Andrew's research centers on the cultural, political, and religious dynamics of reconciliation. Andrew is married to Brenda, and you can find him elsewhere on Twitter (@Andrew_Marin), Facebook (AndrewMarin01), and Instagram (@andrewmarin1).

  • Becky

    Awesome, Andy. You're on fire!

  • adam mclane

    For serious? This totally made my jaw drop. I'm amazed at what God is doing in your life and through your ministry.

  • Glen Peterson

    Very awesome opportunity.

  • Jeff S.

    You have an awesome opportunity before you. Go with God, my friend. I'll be praying for you.

  • P

    Sweet news! You do great work and I'm happy to see you are gaining traction.Good luck sticking to the diet with the great dinner you will no doubt find yourself at ;)

  • saredn

    Very awesome!! I'll be praying for you :)