Living in the Tension Gathering – Mon April 8

Now that the dust has settled, we’re bringing this conversation back. Join us this upcoming Monday, April 8th, as we discuss Beyonce’s Superbowl half-time show and use it as a springboard to talk about power and female sexuality and its expression.

Was the performance about power or sex or both? Was it an example of an empowered woman giving the middle finger to sexism or a woman grasping for power within a culturally pre-sketched, male-dominated framework of sexuality? Did the performance contribute to the liberation of women or was it a step back for gender equality? What does it look like for women today to take ownership of and express their personhood (with sexuality included) in empowered and life-giving ways?

We’ll be gathering in Room 124 on 5255 N. Ashland Ave. to discuss our thoughts. If you’re free beforehand, we’ll be gathering at Lady Gregory’s (5260 N. Clark St.) to hang out and have a bite to eat at 5:15pm.

We hope to see you there!

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).