The Marin Foundation has an event we call OUTNights, where we recreate my original immersion experience by taking straight Christians into Boystown to listen, learn and try to understand people’s stories of faith and sexuality. There is no debating, no arguing and no proselytizing … just a couple straight Christians going out at night into the various GLBT clubs in Boystown, trying to learn to live and love. One such evening we asked gay and lesbian passer-bys to write on a board to answer some questions. This picture is for the question:
What do you think of the Church?
Just take a moment to read their responses, some of which include:
God loves me and I know it
God loves all of us equally, we are all working on ourselves
He is my Lord and Savior
The Church is [supposed] to rejuvenate our mind, body and souls
These are real words by real GLBT people talking about the entity that I, and most of you reading this blog, represent. Let these words sink into our hearts, and let us pray that we can do everything we can to build this bridge to make sure no more people feel hated or betrayed. Once a week for the next couple months I will be posting a new picture with a new question … let’s see what happens?
Andrew Marin is President and Founder of The Marin Foundation (www.themarinfoundation.org). 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).
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July 14: Memphis: Living in the Tension Gathering at 7 pm (2509 Harvard Ave, Memphis, TN)
July 20: Edina, MN: Living in the Tension Gathering at 7 pm at Christ Presbyterian Church
July 20: Michael Kimpan speaking at 2 pm at PFLAG DuPage at St. Paul Lutheran Church (Wheaton, IL)
July 21: The Bible & Homosexuality Part 2: Presentation by Julie Rodgers for the Living in the Tension Gathering at 7 pm at 5255 N Ashland Ave in Room 124 (Chicago)
Aug 4: The Bible & Homosexuality Part 3: Discussion of past two speakers. Living in the Tension Gathering at 7 pm at 5255 N Ashland Ave in Room 124 (Chicago)
Aug 17: Edina, MN: Living in the Tension Gathering at 7 pm at Christ Presbyterian Church
Aug 18: Living in the Tension Gathering at 7 pm at 5255 N Ashland Ave in Room 124 (Chicago)
Aug 18: Memphis: Living in the Tension Gathering at 7 pm (2509 Harvard Ave, Memphis, TN)
Sept 8: Living in the Tension Gathering at 7 pm at 5255 N Ashland Ave in Room 124 (Chicago)
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