Archives for May 2013

Living in the Tension Gathering – Mon. June 3

In the midst of the Supreme Court hearings related to Proposition 8 and DOMA, Time magazine discussed how quickly the gay rights movement has shifted and declared same-sex marriage is the nation’s inevitable future: “Yesterday’s impossible now looks like tomorrow’s inevitable.” Is marriage equality an inevitable outcome in our country? In light of our historical awareness of [Read More…]

The Giver

The following post is from Michael Overman. Michael interned with us this year while working towards his Masters of Divinity at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. You can check out his blog at Growing up, one of my all-time favorite books was The Giver by Lois Lowry. After reading it for the first time in first or second grade, and [Read More…]

Part 3: Understanding the Culture War

This short post is based on the understanding that “Language is our first step toward salvation. We cannot fight what we cannot describe.” [Read more…]

Culture Teaches Us We Cannot Even Have a Conversation

I read an article earlier this week that some people and policy makers are very upset that President Obama is welcoming Myanmar president, Thein Sein (pictured above), to the White House for a visit and some diplomatic conversations. The reason for the uproar, in the minds of those roaring, is that back in the day [Read More…]

Christian Ts in LGBT

The following post is from Trista L. Carr, Psy.D. Dr. Carr is a Clinical Psychologist and has a private practice in San Francisco, CA. She completed her doctorate in clinical psychology at Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA, where she was a research assistant for the Institute for the Study of Sexual Identity. She obtained an [Read More…]

Living in the Tension – Mon. 5/20

When Christians apologize for the ways that they have harmed the LGBT community, is the apology enough? Should there be a next step? If so, what might that look like? What are the tangible things that we should be doing as Christians to put action to our words? If you are LGBT (Christian or not) [Read More…]

LGBT Documentaries

Is LGBT history something you would like to learn more about? Below are 10 notable documentaries about LGBT history that we will be viewing this summer with our interns for continuing education. If you’re interested in learning more yourself, a brief description has been listed next to a diverse handful of documentaries on LGBT history [Read More…]

Tension and Bridges

The following post is from Michael Overman. Michael is interning with us this year while working towards his Masters of Divinity at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. You can check out his blog at I have always wanted to learn to play the violin… Perhaps this is because of my brief stint at playing cello in 5th grade [Read More…]

Part 2: Understanding the Culture War

Read the on-point one paragraph Part 1. Here are a few more quick and brilliant assessments I read in a compilation on culture wars today: According to the culture wars thesis, individuals on either side of the divide see their worldview as absolute and the opposition’s as illegitimate and “utterly alien to the American way.” The [Read More…]

Walking Away

The following post is from Brent Bailey, a Master of Divinity student at Abilene Christian University. Brent will be interning with us again at The Marin Foundation this summer and you can find his blog at We’re quickly reaching a point of critical mass in our culture in which stories related to sexual minorities are nearly [Read More…]

Understanding the Culture War

Today I came across an essay from sociologist James Davison Hunter called The Culture Wars Reflect the Polarization of American Society. This is an amazingly accurate paragraph: The question of the tactics of power politics imposing its vision on all others is not an idle one–for the simple reason that cultural conflict is inherently antidemocratic. [Read More…]

What Conscious Evangelicals Want You To Know

The following post is from Jason Bilbrey, our Director of Pastoral Care at The Marin Foundation. You can contact Jason with inquires connected to pastoral care at Here’s what I’ve heard countless times from conservative folks who email me asking for help: “I want to support _________ (my trans daughter, gay marriage, the queer community, [Read More…]

Part 2: Interviewed by Church Marketing Sucks on Gay Marriage

The good folks over at Church Marketing Sucks recently asked me some questions about engaging in the gay marriage debate from the perspective of their predominantly conservative evangelical audience. You can read Part 1 of this interview here. You can see the original Part 2 on Church Marketing Suck’s website here. For your convenience, I have also posted the [Read More…]

Living in the Tension – Mon. 5/6

We will be meeting for our next Living in the Tension gathering this upcoming Monday, May 6, at 7pm. We’ll be discussing the recent events and reactions around Jason Collins and the #1 draft pick in the WNBA, Brittney Griner, recently coming out. The two were met with remarkably different reactions in news outlets, so [Read More…]