Living in the Tension this Monday (5/4)

Please join us this Monday for a very special open-mic/bring-something-to-share/talent show night at our Living in the Tension gathering! This has become something of an annual tradition for us, and it’s always fun and inspiring to see and hear the artwork, songs, book passages, poems, stories, etc. that people bring to share with the group. [Read More...]

It’s Not A Tragedy.

This post is written by Michael Kimpan, our Associate Director at The Marin Foundation. You can read more from Michael at his blog here.  – It’s been a busy month for us here at The Marin Foundation. In addition to putting on another set of our Culture War Curriculum classes with our Director of Education and [Read More...]

Don’t Miss Out!

February Newsletter

The Marin Foundation newsletter went out last week, and if you missed it, we can remedy that… Below is a snapshot of the items in the newsletter… click here to read it in its entirety— and be sure to make note of upcoming dates! Check it out here, and to make sure you don’t miss another one, sign [Read More...]

Who is my neighbor?

– This post is written by Michael Kimpan, the Executive Director at The Marin Foundation. You can read more from Michael at his blog here. – Do you remember the story of the Good Samaritan? It might help to refresh your memory. A teacher of the Law comes to Jesus, asking how to inherit the abundant life of God’s [Read More...]

No Name-Calling Week

No Name-Calling Week (this year’s motto: Celebrate Kindness) was inspired by the YA novel entitled The Misfits by James Howe. The book (an easy read for or with your young student) follows four best friends dealing with seventh grade and the insecurities and taunts that can often go along with it– for these students, those taunts are [Read More...]

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Urgency of Opposing Inequality

Screen Shot 2015-01-19 at 1.52.40 AM

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, or follow him on Twitter at @JasonBilbrey. “I must confess I am not afraid of the word ‘tension.’ I have earnestly opposed violent tension, but there is a type of [Read More...]

In Honor of National Human Trafficking Day


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...]

End of Year Giving Opportunity

Many of you have been an important part of our life and work – thank you so much for your friendship, partnership and support along the way. It’s been an amazing 2014 – thank you for being a part of our journey and work! As this year winds down to a close, this post is [Read More...]

Saying Goodbye to Kevin

Kevin Harris, our Director of Community Relations, will be leaving his position on staff at The Marin Foundation at the end of the year after starting with us in 2009. With him moving on, we wanted to take the opportunity to have him share a little about his work with us, some of what he [Read More...]

World AIDS Day

Just over three decades ago, when we knew only the devastation HIV inflicted, those living with it had to fight just to be treated with dignity and compassion, and since the first cases of AIDS were reported, tens of millions of vibrant men and women have lost their lives to this deadly virus. Today, we [Read More...]

On Body Image

Possible headshot

I moved to Chicago two months ago now; I’m meeting with challenges here. Wear and tear, so far, includes the theft of my catalytic converter, a minor injury, and issues with my bank that’ve had me calling them weekly. Having worked in customer service, I know better than to antagonize folks who do the same. On my last phone call with the bank, though – the fifth, I think – I flipped, until someone finally explained the situation I was trying to address. And that was that. [Read more...]

On Listening

Today’s post is by Melinda Guerra, the Administrative Assistant here at The Marin Foundation.  “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 [Read More...]

Living in the Tension – Monday, September 22

For our upcoming Living in the Tension gathering on Monday, September 22, we will be showing the documentary Call Me Malcolm. The documentary follows Malcolm, a trans man in seminary, as he takes a trip across the country discussing his identity and Christian faith with friends and hearing the stories of other transgender individuals along the [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...]