Archives for 2013

Good in the Presence of Evil

There is evil in this world–some would even say that evil are those who are religious. But religion is not inherently evil. Not the Muslim faith the terrorists claim to represent. Not the Christian faith that its extremists promote either. Culture has gotten away from us; a society where headlines and extremism is promoted as acceptable. Even more so, extremism, whether good or bad, is the only way one can make headlines. But life is not that simple. There is nuance in everything, no matter how much partisan activists, the media and especially social media have tried to strip it away into constrained binaries. [Read more…]

Continuing Education Classes

If you have ever wanted to learn practical steps for building bridges between the LGBT community and the church, now is the time!  If you read Love Is an Orientation and want to know, “Now what?” here is your answer. Whether you are a pastor, a parent, a youth worker, an LGBT individual, a professor, or someone [Read More…]

Living in the Tension – Sept. 9

We are gathering again this upcoming Monday, September 9th, for our regular Living in the Tension gathering. A good friend of ours, Br. Michael, will be sharing tangible things that we can do to be allies to those that are bisexual, statements he would advise avoiding, and a bit of his own story. We will [Read More…]

Transparency and Vulnerability

The following post is from Brent Bailey, a Master of Divinity student at Abilene Christian University. Brent. You can find his blog at oddmanout.net. One of many “Aha!” moments for me working with The Marin Foundation this summer was when Kevin brought to my attention the difference between transparency and vulnerability, two words I had been using [Read More…]

Blog Update

Hello Everyone, As you can see we haven’t been posting much in the past few weeks. With the transition fast approaching, and the writing of this book and this book, blogging has taken a backseat at The Marin Foundation as we are all working to adjust to our new roles and reality. I’m feeling great [Read More…]

Living in the Tension – Mon 8/26

For our upcoming Living in the Tension gathering on Monday, August 26, we will be watching the documentary We Were Here. The documentary tells the story of the arrival and impact of AIDS in San Francisco, specifically focusing on the lives of five individuals who were affected by the epidemic. It is not only a window into [Read More…]

AIDS Run/Walk Chicago 2013

We will be participating in the AIDS Run & Walk Chicago for the third year on September, 28th. We would love to have anyone in the Chicagoland area (or even those that would like to travel in for the weekend) join our team with The Marin Foundation for a great time to hang out, exercise, and support the great [Read More…]

Living in the Tension – 8/12

For our upcoming Living in the Tension gathering on Monday (August 12th), we will be sharing our thoughts about the LGBT issues that we see coming up on the horizon. With conversations about marriage equality commonly garnering the most attention in public circles, are there other issues that are being ignored or pushed to the [Read More…]

Homophobia, Hell, and How I Decided to Become an Ally

The following post is from Jason Bilbrey, our Director of Pastoral Care at The Marin Foundation. “I am as passionate about this campaign as I ever was about apartheid.” These are the words of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, known for his role in ending racial segregation in South Africa (known as Apartheid), just a few weeks [Read More…]

A Christlike Response?

The following post is from Laura Statesir, Director of Family and Youth at The Marin Foundation.   Before I came to The Marin Foundation, I spent five years living in the Dominican Republic working for Young Life. The Dominican Republic is a small country in the Caribbean that shares the island of Hispaniola with the [Read More…]

The Authentic Life

The following post is from Brent Bailey, a Master of Divinity student at Abilene Christian University. Brent is interning with us at The Marin Foundation this summer, and you can find his blog at oddmanout.net. The authentic life does not come easily for me. My process of coming out as gay took a long time—precisely three years, [Read More…]

I Don’t Trust You

I’ve recently heard the phrase “I don’t trust you” as a reason not to engage with someone in real life, even in a simple conversation. And the I-don’t-trust-you-person’s metric for defining trust? Online. If that is the dominant lens to decide conclusive trust, of course one doesn’t trust that other. They don’t actually know them. I would [Read More…]

Gray is the New Black and White

Taylor Culver is a recent graduate of Northwestern College, interning with us this summer in Chicago. One of the greatest challenges for me in reconciling the components of faith and sexuality was finding a balance between having a concrete answer and living despite the questions I had and still have. As our associate director, Michael [Read More…]

Last Chance for Summer Classes

If you have ever wanted to learn practical steps for building bridges between the LGBT community and the church, now is the time!  If you read Love Is an Orientation and want to know, “Now what?” here is your answer. Whether you are a pastor, a parent, a youth worker, an LGBT individual, a professor, or someone [Read More…]


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