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...]

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...]

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...]

“What If They Think I’m Gay?” And Other Fears that Keep People from Engaging

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“Be Bold.” This is the declaration splashed across our website and facebook page. It’s The Marin Foundation’s motto, although it’s not one that I reflect on often. [Read more...]

Living in the Tension – 8/18

Join us for our upcoming Living in the Tension Gathering on Monday, August 18th, where we will be discussing sex trafficking.We have a special guest presenter, Brenna Cyr, who will be discussing LGBTQ sex trafficking in the city of Chicago. Sex trafficking is a worldwide issue with over 30 million slaves, 60,000 of whom live [Read More...]

Why I Chose Grace as a Gay Christian

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To all those Christians who identify as LGBTQ, thank you for not giving up. Thank you for living out all facets of your identity despite the backlash you may get from polarized communities. Thank you for giving grace to those who don’t know what they do. [Read more...]

Going to the Chapel…But You Won’t Be There

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We don’t typically publish anonymous posts, but the writer for today’s post has requested anonymity, and we understand, and have made an exception to our normal policy.   The following post is by a friend of The Marin Foundation who identifies as a gay Christian:   I’m having a conversation with my two-year-old nephew at the [Read More...]

Why the “I’m Sorry” Campaign? –Part 3

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While I’ve participated with the campaign several times in the past, last year was my first time being stationed in front of the “God Hates [everybody]” protesters who create a dark spot along the parade’s route. While a few parade-goers choose to ignore the protesters as best they can, the verbal assaults those protesters hurl out prompt many to react in anger. I would frequently watch people go from a cheerful face to an angry snarl within moments of seeing the protesters. Then when it dawns on people why our group is there in our white “I’m Sorry” tee shirts, their attitudes quickly shift and suddenly there are smiles, hugs, and even thankful tears. [Read more...]

“What Are You Sorry for, Anyway?” Part 2

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Today’s post is from our friend Tami Moberg, who’s continuing our I’m Sorry series, and sharing her own answer to the frequently asked “So what are you sorry for anyway?”  Come back Friday for another I’m Sorry guest post from a friend.   See ya Sunday!  I never dreamed 23 years ago I would be at [Read More...]

Special Living in the Tension Gathering: Preventing LGBTQ Teen Suicide

Christian communities today are beginning to realize regardless of their theology and beliefs about sexuality and gender identity there are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth in their congregations. These LGBTQ youth sit in church pews, attend youth group and sing in the choir. Some of these young people feel accepted and loved by [Read More...]

A Third Way.

– 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 (2015, IVP). – Here we go again. In an article on [Read More...]

Share Your Story of Compelling Love

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“How can people connect with each other when their beliefs, values, and practices deeply differ, distress, and even offend each other?” This question is the premise behind a documentary currently being filmed called Compelling Love. The film is about sexuality, gender identity, Christianity, and how people can love one another despite their differences. The producers [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...]


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