Living in the Tension Gathering – 5/19

If you live in Chicago please join us for our upcoming Living in the Tension gathering on Monday, May 19th. We will meet at 7pm in Room 124 at 5255 N Ashland Avenue. This week we will have a special presentation by Jake Bradley, the Youth Outreach Manager for The Night Ministry. The Night Ministry is a [Read More...]

Individuals Make for Horrible Icons

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.  Last Monday at our biweekly Living in the Tension gathering, one of my friends explained the experience of being a gay Christian like [Read More...]

2014 Parent Conference

Unconditional Ministries, The Marin Foundation, and FreedHearts are excited to present the 2014 Midwest Parents Conference, “By Parents, For Parents”, on June 13th and 14th in Chicago. Join us to hear from, worship with, and experience community with other Christian parents who are learning to reconcile their faith and their child’s sexuality or gender identity. [Read more...]

God and the Gay Christian.

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This post is written by Michael Kimpan, our Associate Director at The Marin Foundation. You can read more from Michael at his blog here – and his book, Love Never Fails :: Building Bridges Between the Church and the Gay Community will be available for pre-order soon (March 2015, IVP). – It’s no surprise that as humans we have [Read More...]

Living in the Tension Gathering 5/5

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For our upcoming Living in the Tension gathering on Monday, May 5th, we’ll be discussing what it means to be a representing or “token” member of a minority group within various social settings. What is it like to be the only trans person in the room? Or the only female? Or the only Christian? Or [Read More...]

How to Talk to Young Kids About Same-Sex Relationships

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. It’s been a few years since our daughter, Norah, first encountered boys holding hands and girls kissing. That was in the summer of 2011, when our family moved from [Read More...]

The Culture War Curriculum

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Ready to take the next step in learning to build bridges between the LGBTQ community and the Church? Join us for a continuing education course May 16-17 in Memphis, Tennessee. Click here for more details.   [Read more...]

Communion is About Equality

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What’s fascinating to me today is how interchangeable the body of Christ (the one that was whipped, crippled and hung on calvary) is with the Body of Christ (his church, the one where we are his hands and feet, where one member in no important than the other). It seems like a deliberate play on words. The great symbol of communion is not the metaphor in food form. It’s God’s children gathering around the table to share a meal. Christ seems to be most present not in the bread and the wine, but in the coming together hungry and leaving together satisfied. [Read more...]

Living in the Tension – Open Mic Night – 4/21

For our upcoming Living in the Tension gathering on April 21st, we will be changing it up a bit with an open mic format for the night. We’re looking to have individuals share about or perform something that they created or share something creative they have come across that resonated with them related to content that we [Read More...]

What I Wish my Youth Pastor Had Said – Part 1

I come from a background in Christian youth ministry. I worked at Christian camps, with inner-city ministries, with wilderness therapy programs, and for Young Life [a Christian youth ministry organization]. I understand the unique pressures and stresses of working in Christian youth ministry and having a youth come out to me. I also identify as LGBTQ so I understand what it is like to come out to a Christian youth worker.

So what should you do as a Christian youth worker* when a youth comes out to you? How should you respond? What do I wish my Young Life leader had said to me when I came out? [Read more...]

2014 Parent Conference

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Unconditional Ministries, The Marin Foundation, and FreedHearts are excited to present the 2014 Midwest Parents Conference, “By Parents, For Parents”, on June 13th and 14th in Chicago. Join us to hear from, worship with, and experience community with other Christian parents who are learning to reconcile their faith and their child’s sexuality or gender identity. [Read more...]

Living in the Tension Gathering – Mon 4/7

For our upcoming Living in the Tension gathering on Monday, April 7, we will be discussing how we deal with disappointment when Christians or those from your respective faith tradition let you down. What do you hold onto and how do you keep pushing forward? We will also spend some time discussing how the recent [Read More...]

Real Life Observations.

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This post is written by Michael Kimpan, our Associate Director at The Marin Foundation. You can read more from Michael at his blog here – and his book, Love Never Fails :: Building Bridges Between the Church and the Gay Community will be available for pre-order soon (Fall 2014, IVP). — Being a bit of a jerk [Read More...]

Jonathan Merritt on being “Outed”

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  This post is written by Andrew Marin, President and Founder of The Marin Foundation. On Twitter this morning I saw a link to a story in Christianity Today where author and Religion News Service columnist Jonathan Merritt explained the backstory to Azariah Southworth’s very public outing of him as gay in 2012. The Christianity [Read More...]


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