Part 1: I’m Sorry Campaign

Photo by Stephanie Herrick

We will be gathering at the Chicago Pride Parade again this year (Sunday, June 26th at 10:30am) and we would love for you to join us if you live in or around the Chicagoland area!

We will be seeking to embody an alternative to the condemning messages spoken by Christians that many in the LGBT community have regretfully come to associate with the broader Church. As Nehemiah confesses the sins of the Istraelites in Neh. 1:6-7, we will be apologizing for the ways that we and the broader Church have hurt the LGBT community.

For more details about the event and to RSVP, you can check out the Facebook event page here.

We recognize that apologies only go so far and are not an end in and of themselves, but rather a starting point as we journey together towards reconciliation in broken relationships, seeking to heal past/present hurts, and overcoming injustice. With this in mind, we will be following up with another post later this week to introduce a project to go along with our ‘I’m Sorry Campaign’ that we hope you would take part in with us as we seek to let our respective apologies give birth to practical steps and actions that we can take in healing the pain and righting the wrongs that have been brought about by many in the Christian community.

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

    I just love the “I’m Sorry” campaign. Will you be at the same location in case I can come after church? Last year I was on the wrong side of the street.

    Keep up the good idea. You will get some opposition, but we must persevere in bridging this gap! Go for it! HUGS & Love to you all!

    • Kevin Harris

      We will be in the same place, by the IHOP where N. Halsted and Broadway meet on the north end of the parade. Hope to see you there Mrs. T.

  • Mike

    No apologies for my salvation in Jesus. Andrew should try giving his life to christ and reading the bible instead of exploiting the vulnerable to line his own pockets.

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

      Mike – If by “lining his own pockets” you are referring to the fact that I qualified for food stamps for three years; and if by “lining his own pockets” you mean that The Marin Foundation did not have an organizational budget over $100,000 until 2010, then yes, I guess I’m lining my pockets. I wonder how much you make per year? You can see what I make on-line and in public.

      http://www.loveisanorientation.com/2010/the-marin-foundation-2010-donations-and-expenses/

      Maybe next time it might be good to fact check before you make statements that are not true and can be easily proved not true. But thanks for trying to spread lies and giving me the opportunity to put the truth out there. Much love.

  • http://gayhomophobe.wordpress.com/ Sans

    It never ceases to amaze me the lengths to which people will go to make something good into something bad. As always, keep up the good fight, Andrew!

    Blessings,
    Sans

  • kelly

    Andrew,

    Thank you for coming out to pride today– It was so meaningful to look across the barricades from the opposite side and see your posters. We are from Dayton, OH and were greeted on our way to the Columbus Pride parade last year by shouts of “you’re confused, faggot” and the standard turn or burn signs. It’s nice to know there are Christians out there who know the same Jesus I know — and are working towards love.

    Thanks again brother,

    Kelly


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