Living in the Tension – October 7

For our next upcoming Living in the Tension gathering on Monday, October 7, we’ll be discussing the way we engage with and talk about the disappointing, harmful, and negative news stories we come across online. Our news and social media feeds are regularly filled with stories featuring the latest pastor making inflammatory remarks about LGBT people and corporations sharing their beliefs as well (and sometimes benefiting financially from it). Interactions can quickly turn ugly and we’re left wondering how we should engage with these stories or if we should even engage at all.

What draws us to the latest controversial news stories about the harmful and/or negative actions of others? If we decide to respond, what should we keep in mind? What motivates us to respond? How have our interactions online about controversial stories impacted us, our view of others, and our personal relationships? How have our responses as individuals and communities impacted or failed to impact the issues we’re addressing?

We will be meeting on 5255 N Ashland Ave. in Room 120 at 7pm. If you’re available beforehand, we’ll be meeting at Jerry’s sandwiches just down the street on 5419 N Clark St. at 5:15pm. We would love to have you join us to grab a bite to eat and hang out if you’re available.

We hope to see you there!

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).