NEW: Support Groups for Christian Parents of LGBTQ Children

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It can be very difficult to find support groups specifically for Christian parents of LGBTQ children because they are few and far between and often not well advertised. Therefore The Marin Foundation spent the last few months researching and scouring the Internet to compile a list of these groups throughout the United States. [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...]

Living in the Tension – October 6

For tonight’s Living in the Tension gathering, we will be welcoming Eva Sullivan-Knoff to share a part of her story about her child coming out to her as transgender and their journey together. Eva served as a pastor in the Evangelical Covenant Church for twenty years before entering her current work as a Spiritual Director and [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...]

Parents, We’re All in This Together

In June The Marin Foundation partnered with FreedHearts Ministries and Unconditional Ministries to host our first ever conference for Christian parents of LGBTQ children. Parents came to hear from, worship with and experience community with other Christian parents who are learning to love their children unconditionally without having to sacrifice their faith. The weekend included speakers, praise and worship, group sharing times and a Q&A panel discussion. Staff member Laura Statesir described her personal journey as a LGBTQ Christian child and shared findings and advice for parents from our Christian parent research study.

Below is a description of the conference in the words of some of the parents who attended so please keep reading. [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...]

New Resource for Christian Parents with LGBTQ Children

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Are you a Christian parent with a LGBTQ child? We have added several new resources for you to our website including a list of other Christian parents all over the US who are willing to email or talk with you. [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...]

How to Talk to Young Kids About Same-Sex Relationships

The following post is by Jason Bilbrey, our Director of Pastoral Care here at The Marin Foundation.  You can read more from Jason at his blog, www.jasonbilbrey.com. It’s been a few years since our daughter, Norah, first encountered boys holding hands and girls kissing. That was in the summer of 2011, when our family moved from [Read More...]

2014 Parent Conference

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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...]

Clearing the Path for your Child’s Faith

The following post is from Laura Statesir, Director of Family and Youth at The Marin Foundation.  One of the questions that haunt Christian parents when their child comes out is, “How will this affect my child’s faith?” Parents worry that their LGBTQ child will lose their faith. The deeper question behind this is, “Can my [Read More...]

What Caused My Child to be LGBTQ?

“I’m not sure what made our son [or daughter] gay.”

That’s a phrase I hear a lot in my conversations with parents. I’ve written about the grief process that parent’s often go through in the wake of a child coming out, with feelings of loss, denial and anger. Sometimes parents have a flood of questions: “Who else knows?” “Is he being safe?” “Is she being bullied?” And sometimes parents have a flood of emotions: Shock. Sadness. Relief. Compassion. Anger. Depression. Denial.

And still other times, a parent’s sentiments can boil down to just one, nagging question: what went wrong? [Read more...]

The Five Stages of Grief for Parents of LGBT Children

In my time at The Marin Foundation, I’ve talked to many, many parents about the series of conversations that these words spark, like the pistol shot that signals the beginning of a grueling marathon. And the two phrases that I hear most often are these: “it felt like my world had been flipped upside-down” and “it felt like a death in the family.” I think these statements speak to the fact that it’s a grieving process. Parents often feel a very real sense of pain and loss when their children come out to them.
And that makes sense. [Read more...]

Make the Yuletide Gay, or Don’t, Whatever

The following post is from Brent Bailey, a Master of Divinity student at Abilene Christian University. You can find his blog at oddmanout.net The holiday season is one of the only times of the year when I’m not particularly interested in talking about faith and sexuality. The rest of the year, it’s kind of my thing—I write a blog [Read More...]


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