Archives for 2013

Why Not Answer?

This post is written by Michael Kimpan, our Associate Director at The Marin Foundation. — It strikes me as odd that in an increasingly pluralistic and post-modern society, there is still a seeming addiction to closed-ended, one-word, YES or NO answers that sum up an entire worldview and perspective that tells me if you’re one [Read More…]

My Response to Dan Savage’s Accusations about The Marin Foundation in the New York Times

This post is Andrew Marin’s response to Dan Savage’s accusations about The Marin Foundation, which appear in the Sunday April 14th edition of The New York Times. [Read more…]

I Wish People Would Keep It Real When Talking About Sex

PS- 99.9% of the world don’t look like these two… But don’t let real life non-model looks dictate your marriage’s sex life! This post is from Andrew Marin, President and Founder of The Marin Foundation. The other day on Twitter I noticed someone retweeted an article from Relevant Magazine on the 4 Things We Wish We [Read More…]

Forgiveness: The Key to Bridge Building & Reconciliation

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 inclinical 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 M.A. degree in Community Counseling from [Read More…]

Falling in Love

The following post is from Kevin Harris, the Administrative Assistant and Director of Community Relations at The Marin Foundation. “Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. ‘I am willing,’ he said. ‘Be clean!’ Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cured.” In reading the story of Jesus healing the [Read More…]

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 oddmanout.net. 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…]

Reminder.

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 findingthebalance.net. 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…]

Symptomatic.

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…]