Living in the Tension Community Gathering

As there was a recent protest last weekend that involved a Catholic church and a gay activist group, we will be meeting to discuss the positives and negatives of that particular medium of engagement along with your thoughts on how groups that are adamantly opposed to one another can move forward in a productive manner (if it is even possible).

We will be meeting at 5241 N. Ashland Ave. in Chicago on February 21st. We will be gathering in room 120 at the listed address at 7pm.

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).

  • Samantha

    I know some Catholics who have JUST heard about this, and it’s tonight! ahh! Could you postpone it or have another?

    • Kevin Harris

      Samantha – Even though the recent protest at the Catholic church has been causing a lot of thoughts to come up recently related to protests, we won’t be specifically talking about the protest at that church tonight. I probably should have worded the update about the living in the tension gathering a little differently to not mention the church and the recent protest as we will just be focusing on the medium of protesting, its positives and negatives, and how we can productively move forward with those that are opposed to us. Granted, the recent protest may come up, but the discussion at hand will be focusing more on the dynamics and effectiveness of protests and individuals thoughts on how groups should utilize that medium if they choose to continue to do so.

      If we do have a discussion related to the particular protest that happened a couple weekends ago, it would be in collaboration with the church and groups involved, so we would make sure that you hear about it way in advance.

    • Kevin Harris

      Btw, although topics that we will be discussing are not posted, you can check out the dates for our upcoming Living in the Tension gatherings by clicking on the ‘Speaking Schedule’ tab at the top of this page. The dates are posted through June and more dates will be posted as the year goes on.

  • Samantha

    Thank you for your response! I’m sorry for the confusion- the message that I received said, “As there was a recent protest last weekend that involved a Catholic church and a gay activist group, we will be discussing the positives and negatives of that particular medium of engagement along with your thoughts on how groups that are adamantly opposed to one another can move forward in a productive manner.” I assumed the meeting would be about the protest… Sorry for the confusion.

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

    So how did it go last night?

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

      It was unreal and quite awesome I thought! Actually, quite a few of the members of that Catholic church showed up because they saw my post and it got on a listserv. It was an interesting mix last night. I’m going to be writing a revised post about protesting, because, in conjunction with your comments in the previous post, last night got me thinking quite deeply about this issue.


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