In Honor of National Human Trafficking Day

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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...]

Out of the Darkness.

  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). – This post isn’t about what you think it’s about.  At the [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...]

Transgender Awareness Week

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This week has been Transgender Awareness Week, culminating in yesterday’s Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), on which we honor trans people who have been victims of homicide.   Some of you joined us yesterday in observance,  and we’ve compiled a few resources for those of you who want to read more.   The Transgender Violence [Read More...]

sacred cow-tipping (pt. 3 – the hypocrisy of a ‘hierarchy of sins’).

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). – After initially addressing our culture’s addiction to answers we continued our series on sacred cow [Read More...]

Why We Go Purple

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October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and tomorrow (October 16th) is Spirit Day, when we go purple, joining millions of others as we stand against bullying, and show support for LGBTQ youth. [Read more...]

So, Tomorrow Is October 11th…

…and October 11th is National Coming Out Day.  We’ve pulled together some links in honor of the day: Resources:   http://www.patheos.com/blogs/loveisanorientation/2013/05/lgbt-documentaries/ http://www.hrc.org/resources/entry/national-coming-out-day http://www.glaad.org/tags/national-coming-out-day http://www.patheos.com/blogs/loveisanorientation/2013/03/moving-and-coming-out/   Stories: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/loveisanorientation/2013/10/on-coming-out-as-a-gay-christian/ http://www.patheos.com/blogs/loveisanorientation/2013/10/coming-out-to-myself/ http://www.patheos.com/blogs/loveisanorientation/2011/02/interviews-when-being-out-is-not-easy/ http://www.patheos.com/blogs/loveisanorientation/2013/11/an-area-evangelicals-might-learn-from-the-lgbt-community/ http://www.patheos.com/blogs/loveisanorientation/2013/12/make-the-yuletide-gay-or-dont-whatever/   For Youth Pastors and Teachers: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/loveisanorientation/2009/10/youth-are-coming-out/ http://www.patheos.com/blogs/loveisanorientation/2014/04/what-i-wish-my-youth-pastor-had-said-part-one/ http://www.patheos.com/blogs/loveisanorientation/2014/04/what-i-wish-my-youth-pastor-had-said-part-2/   For Parents: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/loveisanorientation/2014/01/the-five-stages-of-grief-for-parents-of-lgbt-children/   For Allies:  http://www.patheos.com/blogs/loveisanorientation/2013/10/from-a-straight-guy-on-coming-out/   If you’re local and want a [Read More...]

sacred cow tipping (pt. 1 – an addiction to answers).

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). – This is a long one… bear with me. As promised in my [Read More...]

Getting Over the Church

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...]

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

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...]

introducing (sacred) cow-tipping.

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...]

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...]


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