Andrew Marin is the President and Founder of The Marin Foundation, which over the past dozen years has been widely credited with creating a new cultural category of building bridges between the LGBT community and social, theological, and political conservatives. Andrew is the award winning author of two books and a DVD curriculum, and also publishes his academic research in theology and political journals. His forthcoming book 86%: Groundbreaking Research on the LGBT Community and Religion, will release early 2016.
Andrew regularly lectures at universities and facilitates trainings for community groups around the world, and his speech Homophobia and Bridging from within the Evangelical Church, given on Capitol Hill the night before the first Inauguration of President Barack Obama, is archived in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC. Since 2010 Andrew has been asked by the United Nations to advise their various agencies on bridging opposing worldviews, civic engagement, and theological aspects of reconciliation. His bridge building work has been called a model of hope for the future by the BBC; described as blocking hate with love by CNN; was #1 on BuzzFeed’s list of Restoring Faith in Humanity; and along with Pope Francis among others, was recently named by FAITH as one of the 25 Most Influential People of Faith for the Next 25 Years.
Andrew has degrees in Applied Psychology (BA), Urban Studies and Social Change (MA), and is earning a PhD in Constructive Theology and Ethics from the University of St. Andrews, where he is currently researching and teaching on the theology and praxis of social reconciliation between victims and their perpetrators. Andrew is married to Brenda, and you can connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the blog of The Marin Foundation.