Big Announcement and Transition at The Marin Foundation

 

Dear Friends,

It is with great excitement, and some trepidation, that I want to share an exciting change here at The Marin Foundation.

My wife Brenda and I, along with the Foundation team about a year ago, began discussing the requests and needs we were receiving from our friends across the pond (the United Kingdom) and throughout Europe. As my involvement with the United Nations has increased over the past three years there were many organizations, people, institutions and churches asking for the assistance of The Marin Foundation. We have had the privilege of doing some work throughout the UK and Europe and have seen incredible responses—including the launch of almost ten Living in the Tension groups abroad. It is humbling to see this work spread across the globe.

It was last summer when I was approached by the University of St. Andrews (in St. Andrews, Scotland) with an opportunity to complete my PhD in Cultural Theology; studying under some of the world’s foremost living theologians—including Steve Holmes, NT Wright and John Webster.

Brenda and I, along with our team at the Foundation began prayerfully reflecting and discussing if this was an opportunity that would be appropriate for both me, and for the sustainability of The Marin Foundation. During this discernment time we met with, among many others, our dear friend and pastor Michael Kimpan, and his fiancée Katie. Together we discussed and dreamed about what it would look like if Michael came on board with the Foundation to be my right hand man. Brenda and I also shared with them the potential opportunity of us going to Scotland and what that would mean for Michael’s future responsibilities for The Marin Foundation.

After a quick few discussions Michael’s excitement overflowed for this opportunity, and we hired him as The Marin Foundation’s Associate Director. Michael was a very successful businessperson who left for the pastorate, and now we are fortunate enough to have him in Chicago since January. Michael has been an incredible asset and is already showing to be not only very capable, but a compassionate and productive leader for our team. He has seamlessly transitioned into Boystown, living just a few blocks away from where I live. I have enjoyed introducing him to all of our neighborhood’s leadership and he has already done multiple speaking engagements for us across the country, to rave reviews.

And some exciting news about Michael, he was just offered a book deal from InterVarsity Press! Its content will be on rediscovering reconciliation and will be released in 2014. I know if any of you have questions about Michael or want to hear his story about why he is so passionate about the LGBT-church disconnect, he would love to talk! Feel free to email him at mjkimpan@themarinfoundation.org. You can also get to know Michael through his prolific blogging and connect with him on Twitter and Facebook.

Michael was the answer; the final piece that we were looking for regarding the leadership and potential transition for the Foundation to this new opportunity that opened up in St. Andrews. As I completed the forms letting the University of St. Andrews know that I am accepting their offer, my excitement grew thinking of what the next few years will bring. I can’t wait to see what doors will open for The Marin Foundation, and personally, through this decision.

For the next three years I will split time between St. Andrews, Scotland and Boystown, focusing on my PhD and handling all of the international work; and Michael will be based in Boystown, handling all of the domestic work. We now have an opportunity to uniquely concentrate on spreading this bridge building message more thoroughly across the globe. Our new situation will not only enhance our impact as cutting-edge practitioners, but also our credibility as thought leaders via this educational opportunity.

I will be a major part in our new live interactive video lectures, called The Tension Series. Stay tuned for more information regarding this next-level continuing education launching this Fall! However, the day to day leadership of The Marin Foundation will be Michael’s responsibility.

Finally, it is important that each of you know that my commitment is to reconciliation, bringing Kingdom to earth as it is in Heaven. As I follow the example of Jesus my goal is to continue to learn how to live and love in real time. My prayer is that this time investing in my PhD will only enhance our reach and ability to bring reconciliation to contentious areas at home and around the world.

I am very excited to see how Michael, his forthcoming book and his ability to teach will be used to not only sustain The Marin Foundation, but significantly contribute to its growth in a variety of manners! I am without a doubt confident that he will prove his incredible leadership, while producing quality resources and messages for not only The Marin Foundation, but also for this bridge building movement.

If you have any further questions or concerns please feel free to contact us at info@themarinfoundation.org. I am looking forward to keeping you all up to date and involved in our transition and continued work both here in the States and abroad.

Much Love.

Andrew

www.themarinfoundation.org

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About Andrew Marin

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

  • D.J.

    Congrats, Andy! Very exciting indeed!

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/loveisanorientation Andrew Marin

      Thanks so much D.J! Hope you’ve been well.

  • Jamila Grimshaw

    Wow wonderful! Exciting to have you over on our side of the pond!

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/loveisanorientation Andrew Marin

      I can’t wait! In my head I’m already there :) T-minus one month.

  • Jason Oliver Evans

    Congratulations, Andrew and Brenda!! St. Andrews is my dream school!!! God bless!!!

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/loveisanorientation Andrew Marin

      Ours too :) Thanks for the love.

  • Beth Marin

    Blessings and love!

  • Arc77

    Im so jealous, in a positive way, lol. I been feeling the urge to contribute to Gods work somehow, and am still searching for my place, it is so exciting and beautiful to see God at work through You and Your foundation Andrew. You are doing far more good than you will ever know, God bless you & Yours.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/loveisanorientation Andrew Marin

      Your words really mean a lot to me, Arc77. I know your place will be shown as well. Much love.

  • http://www.seeprestonblog.com Preston Yancey

    Oh hi! We’ll be classmates and Roundel-mates!

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/loveisanorientation Andrew Marin

      Can’t wait to meet you Preston! (and read your forthcoming book as well). Glad you’ve got a year on me and can show me the ropes. Much love!

  • http://clairikine.blogspot.com/ Claire Webster

    Congrats! While you’re on our side of the pond, it would be fantastic to see you in Berlin (but this is a mere suggestion)!

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/loveisanorientation Andrew Marin

      Hi Claire! I’d love to come on over to Berlin! Maybe we can set up an event or something. If you want, just email me andrew@themarinfoundation.org.

      • http://clairikine.blogspot.com/ Claire Webster

        Noted! I shall get in touch :)

  • Courtney Cross

    Love that the movement is growing!! I’m heading from Dallas to London to work on my master’s this fall – I’ll keep an eye/ear out in case you have any speaking engagements in Londontown. Congrats on everything – you guys are such a great example!

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/loveisanorientation Andrew Marin

      So great! We’ll definitely be able to connect in London. I have some very, very good friends there so I’ll definitely be around a lot.

  • Kendell J. Tanner

    Hey Andrew,

    I’m moving to The UK from Chicago as well and desire to help Bridge building. I have been to a couple of events and

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/loveisanorientation Andrew Marin

      Sweet! I’d love to connect. Can you email me andrew@themarinfoundation.org and we can plan some stuff. Really looking forward to it! What are you moving to the UK for?

  • John Contabile

    Sounds perfect! Be blessed and enjoy the journey!!! You’ll be in my prayers…


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