Interesting Event this Saturday, July 30th

Tomorrow morning, Saturday July 30th, Randy Roberts Potts, openly gay grandson of televangelist Oral Roberts, will be sharing his story at the 2011 Inclusion Conference in Chicago; and be on a panel discussion on sexuality and the Bible afterwards. This should be really interesting, as personally, I have quite a few connections to Oral Roberts and his university. My Mom graduated from undergrad there, one of my really good friends – who is gay – was the student body president while he attended ORU, and another one of my good friends – who is also gay – was on ORU’s student government for each of his four years. Both of my friends originally attended ORU with the thought they would “become straight”, and as you can tell that didn’t happen and are trying to figure out life and faith and what it means to honor the Lord as gay men. They will be there as well, and I’m really looking forward to hearing their take on what Roberts’ grandson has to say. The event is being hosted at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers on 301 E North Water St. from 10am-12pm. A few folks from our Living in the Tension group will be heading down to the event, so if you want to attend and then grab lunch afterwards, feel free to email
Much love.

About Andrew Marin

Andrew Marin is President and Founder of The Marin Foundation ( 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).