Being the Token Gay Christian

I am glad my fiancée and I represented ourselves and our love in a positive light.

BUT…

What if I had been having a bad day? I can be quite shy and sometimes I just don’t feel like explaining myself to new people – so what if I had ignored my friend’s father? What if my fiancée and I had been arguing or experiencing a tense moment in our relationship? Would my friend’s father have walked away with the same positive changes in his viewpoint or would we have confirmed every negative opinion he believed about LGBTQ people? [Read more...]

“What If They Think I’m Gay?” And Other Fears that Keep People from Engaging

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“Be Bold.” This is the declaration splashed across our website and facebook page. It’s The Marin Foundation’s motto, although it’s not one that I reflect on often. [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 (2015, IVP). – At the beginning of this year, I mentioned on my personal blog an incredible [Read More...]

AIDS Run & Walk Chicago

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We’re putting together a team for the fourth year for the AIDS Run/Walk Chicago, and we would love to have you join us! The event is being hosted at Arvey Field (just south of Grant Park) on Sunday, September 14th at 9am. Your involvement with the run/walk will go to benefit the AIDS Foundation of [Read More...]

Being a Listener

The following post is by Ian Brown, student at Moody Bible Institute, and a summer intern with The Marin Foundation.
Becoming a listener is a lot harder than it sounds for someone like me. I tried just shutting up for a while and that helped, but it certainly didn’t fix much. I needed a plan; a set of guidelines to go by when I was talking to people. So I came up with these four tangible practices: [Read more...]

Trusting in God when Others Doubt You

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Today’s post is from Phil Ross, a student at Indiana Wesleyan University, and a summer intern with The Marin Foundation: As I wrote about in my last blog post, high school was not the easiest experience for me. I was bullied for the perception that I was gay. I was ostracized by communities that claimed [Read More...]

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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A Graduated Understanding.

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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 (2015, IVP). – There is a difference between things that are painful, [Read More...]

Living in the Tension 7/7 – Matthew Vines

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What does the Bible really say about same-sex relationships? More than any current question the Christian church is facing, this one has the power to divide families, churches, and entire denominations. Do you know what you believe and why? Have you ever truly listened to both sides? Can you find common ground with those with whom [Read More...]

What I Learned at Gay Pride

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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 (2015, IVP). – Last year, I wrote a blog post about [Read More...]

Why the “I’m Sorry” Campaign? –Part 3

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While I’ve participated with the campaign several times in the past, last year was my first time being stationed in front of the “God Hates [everybody]” protesters who create a dark spot along the parade’s route. While a few parade-goers choose to ignore the protesters as best they can, the verbal assaults those protesters hurl out prompt many to react in anger. I would frequently watch people go from a cheerful face to an angry snarl within moments of seeing the protesters. Then when it dawns on people why our group is there in our white “I’m Sorry” tee shirts, their attitudes quickly shift and suddenly there are smiles, hugs, and even thankful tears. [Read more...]

Better Advice.

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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 (2015, IVP). — Yesterday, my friend Ben Moberg wrote a characteristically [Read More...]

The Trevor Project @ Roscoe’s Tonight

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For tonight’s Living in the Tension, we’ve brought The Trevor Project to Chicago for a special (and FREE) presentation on the role faith communities can play in saving lives. Join us at Roscoe’s (3356 N Halsted St, Chicago) at 7pm. For more information see our Facebook event page. [Read more...]

The Bible’s Answer to the Problem of Sexism (Part 1)

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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 or follow him on Twitter at @JasonBilbrey.  I’m not very active on Twitter, but even I couldn’t remain ignorant of the hashtag #YesAllWomen that catalyzed national (and international) dialogue on [Read More...]


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