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 the award winning author of two books and a DVD curriculum, and his new book Us Versus Us: The Untold Story of Religion & the LGBT Community, will release June 2016. Since 2010 Andrew has been asked by the United Nations to advise their various agencies on issues of bridging opposing worldviews, civic engagement, and Christian involvement in reconciliation. He is currently based St. Andrews, Scotland where he is researching and teaching at the University of St. Andrews, earning his PhD in Divinity. His research focuses on the theology and praxis of social reconciliation between victims and their perpetrators. Andrew is married to Brenda, and you can find him elsewhere on Twitter (@Andrew_Marin), Facebook (AndrewMarin01), and Instagram (@andrewmarin1).