Hosting Chris Heuertz in Chicago

We’re excited to be hosting Chris Heuertz in Chicago on February 18th at 7pm as a part of our Living in the Tension series. Chris will be sharing some thoughts with us connected to his new book, Unexpected Gifts: Discovering the Way of Community.

In Unexpected Gifts, Chris names the inevitable challenges that all friendships, relationships, and communities experience if they stay together long enough. Rather than allowing these challenges to become excuses to leave, he suggests that things like betrayal, transitions, failure, loss of identity, entitlement, and doubt may actually be invitations to stay. And in staying, Chris expands upon how these challenges can become unexpected gifts.

There are few (if any) people that have influenced our work with The Marin Foundation like Chris. For the last 20 years, Chris served as the Co-Director for Word Made Flesh, an organization seeking to serve Jesus among the poorest of the poor. Recently, Chris has begun a new venture with Phileena Heuertz in establishing the organization, Gravity │ a Center for Contemplative Activism. At the center, they are helping those on mission and activists to “do good better” by grounding their work in contemplative spirituality.

RSVP HERE to help give us an idea of how many people will be coming. We will be gathering in the Fellowship Hall on the bottom level of First Free on 5255 N. Ashland Avenue. We hope that you can come out and join us for the night!

You can check out the trailer for Unexpected Gifts below:

We hope you can come out and join us for the night!

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).