Archives for 2013

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 [Read More…]

Proximity and Relationship.

This post is written by Michael Kimpan, our Associate Director at The Marin Foundation. — There’s credibility and power in proximity and relationship. It is impossible to advance the message of reconciliation without being in proximity to and relationship with those who’ve been marginalized. Proximity to and relationship with the marginalized instills in us an [Read More…]

Safe Havens

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 I want us to imagine the church functioning as a support system that empowers people to come out. . [Read More…]

Open Letter to Closeted LGBT Christians

The following post comes from the anonymous blogger behind The Registered Runaway, a gay man navigating his way through faith, sexuality and inner peace.   I’m writing this to the closeted LGBT Christians out there, but in a way, I’m writing this to myself. When I was where you are, alone and in agony, I [Read More…]


This post is written by Michael Kimpan, our Associate Director at The Marin Foundation. Particularly in a week like this one, the importance of our work at The Marin Foundation as bridge builders and peacemakers is highlighted. Amidst the tension-filled spaces that took up nearly every corner of the internet and social media due to [Read More…]

Stunted by Shame

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 As I was growing up, one of the primary ways I was disciplined was through the mechanism of shame. When I would do something [Read More…]

The Blame Game

The following post is from Laura Statesir, Director of Family and Youth at The Marin Foundation. We live in a culture of blame, but is that the way it’s supposed to be? In John 9, Jesus and his disciples are walking along and spot a blind man begging for money.  This man is an outcast, [Read More…]


This post is written by Michael Kimpan, our Associate Director at The Marin Foundation. This week the blogosphere was abuzz with all sorts of news in the conversation between the LGBT community and the church. First, Republican Senator Rob Portman did an about-face on his previous position opposing marriage for same-sex couples as a result of [Read More…]

Living in the Tension Gathering – Mon. March 25

For the Living in the Tension gathering this upcoming Monday, March 25, we’ll be continuing our conversation on pornography. We’ll be starting our time together with a video sharing a perspective on the influences of pornography on brain chemistry that leads into a discussion about how addictions form in general. We would love to have [Read More…]

Moving and Coming Out

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…]

That Jerk….Beloved

The following post was written by Kevin Harris. Kevin serves as the Administrative Assistant and Director of Community Relations at The Marin Foundation.   ‘They’ does not exist A constructed ‘other’ to rally the troops And God knows it works Every movement needs a devil Someone to project my own demons onto Someone to blame [Read More…]

Dreaming :: An Acts to Grind.

This post is written by Michael Kimpan, our Associate Director at The Marin Foundation. Peter had just done the impossible. He healed a paralyzed man simply by speaking the name of Jesus. Shortly thereafter he told a dead girl to wake up, and she did. Everyone in town believed. Some thought Peter himself was worthy [Read More…]

The Cost of Being a Bridge Builder Between LGBTs and the Church

The following post was written by Andrew Marin, President & Founder of The Marin Foundation. I feel the costs of the corporate LGBT and Church disconnect have been well documented for what this culture war has left in its wake. The broader LGBT community’s retelling of this story, in most cases, has the Bride acting [Read More…]

Living in the Tension Gathering – Mon. 3/11

This past week, a document titled ‘Report on eliminating Gender Stereotypes in the EU (European Union)’ was introduced on International Women’s Day. The report was put together with the intention of advocating for effective sanctions on the companies and individuals promoting the sexualization of girls. The report caused an uproar across the blogosphere as some believe [Read More…]