Getting Over the Church

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If you’ve been alive long enough and if you’ve ever loved someone, you’ve probably also experienced the heartache of breaking up. Almost all of us can relate to the difficulty of getting over someone. But what do you do if it is the Church that has broken your heart? How do you get over that? [Read more...]

Labels

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Labels are tricky. On the one hand, they can be incredibly useful as tool for self-definition and community-affiliation. This was my wife’s attitude toward the word “bisexual.” Finally, she had a label that helped make sense of her experience and connect her to a community of like individuals.
On the other hand, labels can be oppressive. My wife and I tend to feel this way about the term “mixed-orientation couple” or “mixed-orientation marriage.” Technically, my wife and I fit that description; she’s bi and I’m straight. But the term seems to imply a conflict of sexual orientations that is absent in our relationship. So it’s not a particularly useful label for us. [Read more...]

Taking Small Steps

Until the body of Christ believes that peaceful productivity with gays and lesbians is actually an option, how can we ever expect it to happen?  This is the first main step to how Christians begin to elevate the conversation past a street fight.  It’s a lot like the first step God commanded Joshua to take [Read More...]

Bi the Way :: Some Helpful Tips for Christians on Bisexuality

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Today’s post comes from our friend Eliel Cruz. Eliel is a bisexual Christian covering bisexuality for The Advocate and is the co-founder of The Intercollegiate Adventist GSA Coalition. As yesterday was Bisexual Visibility Day, The Marin Foundation wanted to take the opportunity to platform Eliel’s post to increase awareness and, hopefully, educate our readers. We hope you find it [Read More...]

On Listening

Today’s post is by Melinda Guerra, the Administrative Assistant here at The Marin Foundation.  “We have been too wrapped up in planning the communication of our truth by cooking up contingency plans for potential rebuttals that we have forgotten to think relationally.  Looking for opportunities to build trust will inevitably remove some of the fears [Read More...]

Living in the Tension – Monday, September 22

For our upcoming Living in the Tension gathering on Monday, September 22, we will be showing the documentary Call Me Malcolm. The documentary follows Malcolm, a trans man in seminary, as he takes a trip across the country discussing his identity and Christian faith with friends and hearing the stories of other transgender individuals along the [Read More...]

introducing (sacred) cow-tipping.

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This post is written by Michael Kimpan, the Executive 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 (2015, IVP). – Prior to coming to The Marin Foundation, I lived for a few [Read More...]

Thinking Relationally

“We have been too wrapped up in planning the communication of our truth by cooking up contingency plans for potential rebuttals that we have forgotten to think relationally.  Looking for opportunities to build trust will inevitably remove some of the fears and obvious obstacles we face. ” – Love Is an Orientation, pp 44-45   It’s [Read More...]

A Different Direction?

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  This post is written by Michael Kimpan, the Executive 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 (2015, IVP). – The Marin Foundation works to build bridges between the LGBTQ community [Read More...]

Kidnapped for Christ Screening & More — See You Saturday!

This week Saturday, September 13 at Fourth Presbyterian Church (126 E Chestnut St, Chicago), we’re partnering with Level Ground- the organization that created the world’s first faith based LGBTQ film festival- to bring you the ONE DAY ONLY Chicago stop on the 2014 Level Ground Road Show!

The afternoon will showcase a screening of Kidnapped For Christ (trailer above), a recent documentary that has gained international attention. Later, we’ll be joined by Derek Webb and Hello Industry for an evening concert. Discussion, an interactive art space, snacks, and short films will be available throughout the afternoon. [Read more...]

Living in the Tension Gathering – Mon. 9/8

After taking a break for Labor Day, we’re back at our Living in the Tension gatherings this upcoming Monday, September 8th. This week we’ll be disscuing and sharing with one another about where we have grown and what has helped us in relation to loving and productively engaging with those that we adamantly disagree with [Read More...]

Cultural Competency Vs. Cultural Humility

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The first approach is to say nothing. It’s hard to offend if you don’t open your mouth. There are any number of proverbs about “the fool” defending this position. It’s wise. However, it’s not really sustainable in the long run. The conversation around gender and sexuality has become one of the the defining issues facing the church today. As I wrote last week, moderate voices are needed.
The second approach is to equip oneself with the right vocabulary and the right set of expectations. It’s hard to offend if you don’t say anything offensive. Or at least in theory. In practice, these conversations can be very difficult to navigate, as we’ll see. But this approach is known as cultural competency.
There’s a third approach, of course. It’s cultural humility. [Read more...]

Being the Token Gay Christian

I am glad my fiancée and I represented ourselves and our love in a positive light.

BUT…

What if I had been having a bad day? I can be quite shy and sometimes I just don’t feel like explaining myself to new people – so what if I had ignored my friend’s father? What if my fiancée and I had been arguing or experiencing a tense moment in our relationship? Would my friend’s father have walked away with the same positive changes in his viewpoint or would we have confirmed every negative opinion he believed about LGBTQ people? [Read more...]

In case you missed our August Newsletter…

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In case you missed it, our August newsletter hit the inboxes last week. Click here for a link to it, and here to sign up so you get the next one!

New dates and details for several fun things coming up in September, I’m Sorry Campaign highlights, and a recap of our July/August Living in the Tension series all made the newsletter… we’ll share that last recap below. Be sure to sync your calendar with our calendar so you don’t miss any of the great things coming up! [Read more...]


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