Living in the Tension 7/21 – Julie Rodgers

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July 21st Part 2 – Presentation by Julie Rodgers: Julie Rodgers writes and speaks about faith and sexuality as a celibate gay Christian. Julie will give an overview of the traditional interpretation of scripture as it relates to same-sex relationships. Read more on her blog: julierodgers.wordpress.com

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Living in the Tension 6/23 – Pride Parade Planning Meeting

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If you live in the Chicagoland area please join us for our upcoming Living in the Tension gathering on Monday, June 23rd. We will meet at 7pm in Room 124 at 5255 N Ashland Avenue. If you’re available beforehand, we will meet at Lady Gregory’s on 5260 N Clark St at 5:15 pm to grab a bite [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Living in the Tension Gathering – 3/24

For our upcoming Living in the Tension gathering on Monday, March 24, we will be discussing how we engage (or choose not to engage) with those we consider enemies or feel animosity towards. We’ll talk about why we choose to engage the ways that we do along with discussing what it practically looks like to [Read More...]

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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). – I first met Jimmy Cornfoot last summer during [Read More...]

Living in the Tension – Mon. March 10

For our upcoming Living in the Tension gathering on Monday, March 10 at 7pm, David Mayer will be sharing a part of his story and thoughts as a senior in the LGBT community. We will be meeting in Room 124 on 5255 N Ashland Avenue. If you’re available beforehand, we will be meeting at Jerry’s [Read More...]

Living in the Tension – Monday 1/24

For our upcoming Living in the Tension gathering on Monday, January 24, we will be discussing our hopes for the LGBT community as we move into the future. Some see assimilation as the goal in essentially fitting into mainstream culture and norms and minimizing differences (or trying to change them to be the same), while [Read More...]

Is Empathy Dangerous?

I remember sitting at lunch after church with Christine, who had married her wife around the same time I had married mine. We swapped wedding stories for a bit before she told me, with a shaky voice, how nervous she felt about the upcoming Prop. 8 vote and the possibility that her marriage might become legally invalidated.

It was the first time I had ever considered how that might feel.

With these discoveries came two distinct, paradoxical feelings in equal measure: empathy, and skepticism of that empathy. [Read more...]

Living in the Tension – Monday 2/10

For our next Living in the Tension gathering on Monday, February 10, we will be watching and discussing the documentary Out Late. The documentary highlights the stories of five individuals that made the decision to come out as LGBT after the age of 55. We will be meeting at 7pm in Room 124 on 5255 N Ashland Avenue. Once again, [Read More...]

Living in the Tension – Monday 1/27

Update: The Living in the Tension gathering scheduled for January 27th has been cancelled due to cold weather forecasted for the night. Mark your calendars for the next gathering on Monday, February 10th. For our next Living in the Tension gathering on Monday, January 27, we will be watching and discussing the documentary Out Late. The documentary [Read More...]


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