Andrew Marin is the President and Founder of The Marin Foundation, a public charity working to build bridges between the LGBT community and conservatives through biblical and social education, scientific research and diverse community gatherings. He has a BA in Applied Psychology from the University of Illinois-Chicago, an MA in Urban Studies and Social Change from Eastern University, and is currently earning his PhD from the University of St. Andrews in Systematic Theology with a focus on the Theology of Culture. Andrew’s research centers on the theological implications, and impact of contemporary frameworks of reconciliation between disconnected people groups throughout culture; as well as between perpetrators and victims.
Andrew is the author of the award winning book Love Is an Orientation (2009), its interactive six-session DVD Curriculum (2011), and the recently released ebook, Our Last Option: How a New Approach to Civility Can Save the Public Square (2013). Since 2010 he has been asked by the United Nations to advise their various agencies on bridging opposing worldviews, civic engagement and theological aspects of reconciliation. Andrew has recently spoken before world leaders at the United Nations International Headquarters in both Geneva, Switzerland and New York City, as well as to members of the US Senate on Capitol Hill. His speech Homophobia and Bridging from within the Evangelical Church—given on Capitol Hill the night before the Inauguration of President Barack Obama in 2009—is archived in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC.
Andrew has been featured on the BBC World News, NPR, CBS, ABC, Religion News Service, Huffington Post, GLAAD, 700 Club, Dallas Morning News, Christian Post and is a regular guest on America’s most listened to Christian radio program, The Intersection of Faith & Reason, among others. The Marin Foundation’s I’m Sorry Campaign was recently named by BuzzFeed as #1 on the list of “21 Pictures That Will Restore Your Faith In Humanity.”
For twelve years Andrew lived in the LGBT Boystown neighborhood of Chicago and now is based in St. Andrews, Scotland where he is researching and teaching. With his team at The Marin Foundation, he blogs on building bridges between opposing worldviews, civic engagement, faith, and sexuality at patheos.com/blogs/loveisanorientation. Andrew is married to Brenda, and you can also connect with him on Twitter (@Andrew_Marin), Facebook (AndrewMarin01), and Instagram (andrewmarin1).