England Update … More to Come!

Hello everyone! Wow, what a last 2 weeks…and I still have one more to go. I am sooo sorry for not blogging everyday, every other day, or even once a week. Ouch. The original schedule I had been given for my first two weeks was the following:

Spring Harvest Tour (Dates, Locations and Event):

April 5 (Minehead) – afternoon lecture
April 6 (Minehead) – evening panel participant
April 8 (Skegness) – afternoon lecture
April 9 (Skegness) – evening panel participant
April 10 (Minehead) – afternoon lecture
April 11 (Minehead) – evening panel participant
April 13 (Skegness) – afternoon lecture
April 14 (Skegness) – evening panel participant
April 15 (Minehead) – afternoon lecture
April 16 (Minehead) – evening panel participant

Seems feasible, only speaking once a day with a few days off here and there. However, here is what I actually ended up speaking at these past two weeks:

Spring Harvest Tour (Dates, Locations and Event):

April 5 (Minehead) – afternoon lecture
April 6 (Minehead) – afternoon church service, evening panel participant

April 7 – drive from the South of England all the way to the North of England. This took 10.5 hours.
April 8 (Skegness) – afternoon lecture
April 9 (Skegness) – afternoon general session for youth event, evening panel participant (depart directly from evening panel and drive overnight all the way back to the South of England to make it in time for the afternoon lecture the next day. Only took 8 hours this time)
April 10 (Minehead) – afternoon lecture and book signing
April 11 (Minehead) – morning general session for youth event, afternoon general session for adults, evening panel participant

April 12 – drive, again, from the South of England all the way back to the North of England. Drive is getting “better” … took about 7 hours.

April 13 (Skegness) – afternoon lecture and book signing
April 14 (Skegness) – afternoon general session for youth event, evening panel participant (depart directly from evening panel and drive overnight, again, all the way back to the South of England to make it in time for the afternoon lecture the next day. Took 9 hours this time)

April 15 (Minehead) – afternoon lecture and book signing
April 16 (Minehead) – morning general session for youth event, afternoon general session for adults, evening panel participant

Then on April 17th I got real sick. I’ve been trying to sleep the last two days (hasn’t worked out real well) and I’m feeling not too much better. It was that second overnight drive and pushing through those next two days on only a few hours of sleep that really got me. I’ve now got a couple of days off before I speaking again in London (at two LGBT events) and once at a church service in Eastbourne. My goal (goal, that is) is to start relaying some stories and stuff from the last two weeks over the next couple of days to keep you all updated. Thanks for hanging in there with me! Been quite a ride thus far.

Talk soon.

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).

  • http://johnnylaird.net Johnny Laird

    Man, they’re keeping you busy!

    J

  • Natalie

    Hi, Andrew. I heard you speak at Spring Harvest in Minehead (on the 15th and 16th of April) and left the meetings heartened and inspired. Thank you! I hope you feel better soon. Natalie x

  • http://jontrouten.blogspot.com/ Jon Trouten

    Sorry you’ve been sick, Andrew.

    Are you worried about getting stuck in the UK past your scheduled return time?

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

    Jon – I should be all good because I don’t leave until next Monday. Though there is almost a week-long back-up of cancellations, they seem to think my flight will be fine. We’ll see…

    And I’m pumping myself full of British meds. :)

  • http://www.livingitout.com Rachel

    NIghtNurse comes highly recommended. Get it from a chemist, and take a half-dose just before you go to bed. Wonderful!

  • Leanne Frost

    Hi Andrew,

    I saw you at Spring Harvest (Minehead) and I found your talk really interesting and enlightening. I know a friend who I went with found it particularly useful, as he has found out recently that his best friend and a friend are both gay and has been struggling with dealing with it, but now he has a different perspective on the whole thing and I think your talk was really helpful for him!!

    Thank you so much & Wishing you well!

    Leanne x

  • wackywilliams

    sounds like they got ya running like a three legged dog! so sorry your under the weather! try not to run your self too far into the ground, miss & love ya man!

  • Rebecca

    Hi Andrew

    I was at the evening panel debate in Minehead on the 16th April, and am delighted that Spring Harvest have elevated the conversation and are considering how to engage with the LGBT christian and wider LGBT community.

    So sorry to hear that you’ve fallen ill, and pray that it will be a short lived illness, and obviously that your flight home isn’t ashed out…

    Lovely to meet you!

    Rebecca


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