Our Last Option: Reconciliation

The point is that a lifestyle of actual reconciliation is not something that can be turned on and off. The most difficult thing for anyone to do is be the first one to stand up. Yet once that first time is in the books, standing up becomes normal—not for pride or revenge or even justice. Rather, for the [Read More…]

NEW!! Parent Perspectives: Journeys of Faith with our LGBTQ Children

As part of our ongoing effort to provide resources for Christian parents of LGBTQ children, The Marin Foundation is creating an online video series called “Parent Perspectives: Journeys of Faith with our LGBTQ Children”. In these videos, Christian parents of LGBTQ children share their personal stories in the hopes that other parents can learn from and be comforted by their experiences.
This month we are proud to release our first video which features Chicago’s own Anna Ricci. Anna takes us through her journey as a Christian mother with a gay son; the ups and downs, struggles and joys. Anna discusses her shock and anger at her son’s coming out. She takes us through her early emotional struggles and questions of faith. She talks about her relationship with her son then and now. Finally, she shares how giving her son to God led her to a deeper more intimate relationship with God and with her son. [Read more…]

Living in the Tension — Monday, Jan. 26

If you had a pill that would make you straight or cisgender, would you take it? Join us on Monday, January 26th at the Living in the Tension gathering to discuss this hypothetical scenario. How would your life be different if you belonged to the majority in terms of gender identity or sexual orientation? What [Read More…]

No Name-Calling Week

No Name-Calling Week (this year’s motto: Celebrate Kindness) was inspired by the YA novel entitled The Misfits by James Howe. The book (an easy read for or with your young student) follows four best friends dealing with seventh grade and the insecurities and taunts that can often go along with it– for these students, those taunts are [Read More…]

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Urgency of Opposing Inequality

The following post is by Jason Bilbrey, our Director of Pastoral Care here at The Marin Foundation.  You can read more from Jason at his blog,www.jasonbilbrey.com or follow him on Twitter at @JasonBilbrey. “I must confess I am not afraid of the word ‘tension.’ I have earnestly opposed violent tension, but there is a type of [Read More…]

Come Do Class with The Marin Foundation

If you have ever wanted to learn practical steps for building bridges between the LGBTQ 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…]

In Honor of National Human Trafficking Day

Yesterday, individuals, organizations, and communities across the United States celebrated National Human Trafikking Awareness Day.  Established in 2007, the day comes just a week and a half into what has been declared National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, a time when communities rally together to raise awareness about modern day slavery and what it [Read More…]

Living in the Tension — Monday, Jan 12th

Join us on Monday, January 12th for our first Living in the Tension Gathering of 2015.   We’ll be discussing the merits and challenges of feeling righteous anger:  how does it benefit you and others?  How does it hurt? As always, we will meet at 7 pm at 5255 N Ashland Ave in Room 124. Also, for anyone [Read More…]

Don’t Miss Out!

The Marin Foundation newsletter went out this week, and if you missed it, we can remedy that… Below is a snapshot of the items in the newsletter… click here to read it in its entirety — and be sure to make note of upcoming dates! Check it out here, and to make sure you don’t miss [Read More…]

End of Year Giving Opportunity

Many of you have been an important part of our life and work – thank you so much for your friendship, partnership and support along the way. It’s been an amazing 2014 – thank you for being a part of our journey and work! As this year winds down to a close, this post is [Read More…]

Why I Haven’t Given up on Christians

I grew up in church. My family was there every time the doors were open. I loved to attend Vacation Bible School, choir, mission trips, Christian camps, etc. I gave my life to Christ in high school and vowed to serve Him with all my being. In college I spent my summers volunteering and working for Christian camps and organizations. I led Bible studies, served with various ministries, and even joined a Christian sorority. After college I became a missionary with a parachurch Christian organization and devoted myself to reaching, loving on, and discipling teenagers for Christ. My whole identity was in being a Christian, a missionary, and a child of God.
But when I came out as gay everything came crashing down around me. [Read more…]

Living in the Tension Gathering – Dec 15th

Join us on Monday, December 15th for our last Living in the Tension Gathering of 2014. It will also be the last LITT that Kevin Harris, our Director of Community Relations, will lead. Kevin has been the heart of this organization for several years now. If you’ve been out to one of our LITT gatherings [Read More…]

Saying Goodbye to Kevin

Kevin Harris, our Director of Community Relations, will be leaving his position on staff at The Marin Foundation at the end of the year after starting with us in 2009. With him moving on, we wanted to take the opportunity to have him share a little about his work with us, some of what he [Read More…]

Christmas is the Perfect Time to Protest. No, Really.

If there’s one theme that unites these two traditions — the plate-of-cookies-for-santa narrative and the candle-light-Christmas-Eve-service narrative — it’s comfort. The warmth of firelight. The familiarity of ritual. The excitement of anticipation. It’s all very comforting.

Yesterday, the church across the street from where we live did something very uncomfortable and untraditional. They filed out the doors and into the street chanting, “Hands up — Don’t shoot!” They held signs saying, “Black lives matter to God and us,” and “We can’t breathe,” and “Do Justice, love mercy and walk humbly with your God.” They filled the intersection in front of my building and shut down traffic (with the help of law enforcement officers, it should be added). [Read more…]