Colgate University

Colgate

It’s just before 4am and I’m already on my way to O’Hare Airport. I’m speaking at Colgate University (Hamilton, NY) this afternoon and this evening. I just love speaking at secular college campuses because they are so diverse socially, theologically and politically. I believe that there is no better place to easily gather a cross-section of the population and really get things moving. I pray this time will be energizing and extremely productive for both the Christian and GLBT groups on campus who are bringing me out to help them initiate and foster a new relationship with each other. How exciting is that, seriously?

Here’s my schedule:

Arrive in Syracuse, NY at 9am (about an hour from Colgate University)

Lunch from 12-1pm with the senior leadership from the Christian group on campus

2-4pm: Exploring the Theology of Bridge Builders, The Marin Foundation’s 16 Commitments and a Q&A

Dinner at 5:30pm with the senior leadership with the GLBT group on campus

7-8:30pm: Dissecting the painful history between the GLBT and Christian communities in church and mainstream culture, delving then into the practical applications to bridge building on college campuses and a Q&A

8:30-9pm: Book signing

Fly back to Chicago on Thursday afternoon.

Much love.

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About Andrew Marin

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).

  • Mrs T

    God bless you & use you mightily!

    Your message is so clear to me, but it is discouraging that so many religious people somehow think of being gay as the worst sin. Well, I'm sure you are going to convince a lot of secular folks that God doesn't think so!

    I wish I could hear your messages. Someday you need to get a CD set of various messages. You have a big fan base here & we're rooting for you!!

  • philshomo

    Sayin a prayer for ya today Andy. What an exciting day for advancing God's Kingdom in this world. Prayin that many, many people today see God's heart more accurately… people on both sides of the chasm. Keep it up Bro… you're a crucial frontliner in Jesus' cause in our world and many of us are very proud of what you were doing and especially what you are about.

  • http://coffeewithchris.com Chris S.

    Sounds like a great time! Had I known I would have greeted you at the airport! I live 2 miles away!

  • http://www.loveisanorientation.com Andrew Marin

    The time spent at Colgate was outstanding. Both the Christian and GLBT groups on campus have a very clear heart to do some really out of the box type stuff that shows what each one is all about:

    "Jesus just isn't inside a church's 4 walls" from the Christian group

    and

    "We're not here to try and force anyone to believe like us, we just want to be ourselves and do something for our campus and community" from the GLBT group

    Both were so inviting, and excited to get things rolling on a larger scale in and around Hamilton, NY. The questions, the dialogue, the intriquement; it was all a model of best-case scenario of what can happen across the country. At the end of the day I had a lesbian, crying, come up to me and say:

    "Thank you so much for being you and doing what you do. This was the first time in my life I have ever felt the Spirit move my soul – and I was raised in a Southern Baptist home! My life is different now today, than it was the past 20 years … and that is because I can see Christ again because of you. Thanks."

    It's moments and times like that, that I realize what this bridge building work can actually accomplish. Much love.


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