9/11 Walks

I was recently alerted by a good friend to the 9/11 Walks happening all over the world this Sunday, September 11th, on the 10 year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. I believe these interfaith walks are an important step to continue moving our culture forward in its healing and our constant, and intentional, pursuit of [Read More...]

Faggot is Still Alive

Life in Boystown: As all of you probably know I live in the LGBT neighborhood of Chicago called Boystown, It’s where my friends live, it’s where I hang out, it’s where I go out to eat, where I go to the bank, work out, go grocery shopping and where I get my hair cut. These are the stories of [Read More...]

MTV’s 2011 VMAs

Tonight, with millions of others, I watched MTV’s 2011 Video Music Awards. I enjoyed the comments on Twitter more than I did the actual program. I came away with 6 conclusions from tonight: 1. There are so many young, insanely rich “stars” that sing, act, perform and live completely pointless lives that are driven by [Read More...]

It’s Real… I Hate Some People

I hate some people. It doesn’t make it right, it just makes it real. I’m not trying to self-justify my hate towards some in this world. I just need to get it off my chest. I know it’s strange… Andrew, you’re the one who preaches about love and reconciliation. What’s the deal with hate? Christians [Read More...]

Jay Bakker at Roscoe’s

At our last large Living in the Tension gathering at Roscoe’s in Boystown on July 6th, Jay Bakker was our featured speaker for the night. You can check it out below and the video starts to come in around 20 seconds. You can check out some pictures of the event here. If you have an upcoming [Read More...]

8/10 Living in the Tension

We will be meeting tonight for our Living in the Tension community gathering at 7pm. If you are around Chicago, we will be meeting on 5255 N. Ashland Ave. in Room 120. We will be touching on the topic of heteronormativity tonight and hope you can join us. Much love. www.themarinfoundation.org [Read more...]

My Love Affair with Those That Reek of Jesus

I’m flying to Dallas today to teach two classes until August 8th at the Salvation Army South Region Territorial Youth Institute. One of the five day classes is on Bridge Building, the other five day class is on How to Study the Bible. Last year I spent a week with them teaching and it was [Read More...]

July 26 Living in the Tension

If you are around Chicago, we will be meeting tonight for our Living in the Tension community gathering on 5255 N. Ashland Ave. in Room 120 at 7pm. We will be watching a documentary on transgender children and discussing the film afterwards. We hope to see you there Much love. www.themarinfoundation.org [Read more...]

Tonight’s Living in the Tension w/Jay Bakker at Roscoes Bar in Boystown!

Tonight, starting at 7pm at Roscoe’s (3356 N. Halsted St.) in Boystown, is our next large group Living in the Tension gathering featuring Jay Bakker. Jay Bakker, author and co-pastor of Revolution NYC, a church that meets at a bar in Brooklyn will be sharing about his personal journey with his parents and faith and about his recent book Fall to [Read More...]

6/21 Living in the Tension

We will be gathering tonight to prepare for our presence at the Chicago Pride Parade. If you plan on attending the parade with us, we ask that you come by the gathering on 5255 N. Ashland Ave. in Room 120 at 7pm. If you ordered a t-shirt for the event, you can pick it up [Read More...]

Living in the Tension with Jay Bakker

Our next Living in the Tension gathering at Roscoe’s (3356 N. Halsted St.) on July 6th at 7pm will feature Jay Bakker. Jay Bakker, author and co-pastor of Revolution NYC, a church that meets at a bar in Brooklyn will be sharing about his personal journey with his parents and faith and about his recent book [Read More...]

Monday June 6 Living in the Tension

As we will be hosting a large youth group of 15-17 year-old students tonight for our Living in the Tension gathering, we will be closing the group to the public. Our apologies as we have never closed the LITT gatherings to the public before, but as we will be talking with them and their youth [Read More...]

Please Read This…

My great friend Kelly Pope gave me this in much needed encouragement: Teddy Roosevelt was speaking to a group of students in France at the Sorbonne (University of Paris), and this is part of what he had to say to them: “It is not the critic who counts; not the one who points out how [Read More...]

Monday May 23 Living in the Tension

For tonight’s Living in the Tension gathering, Jennifer Carr will be joining us as a guest speaker to share about her journey with her gender diverse child. Jennifer is an author, blogger, public speaker, and advocate for gender diverse individuals. She is the proud mother of a child who started to socially transition to live into [Read More...]


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