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...]
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...]
Below are some best practices and recommendations for Christian youth workers* who have LGBTQ and questioning youth in their church or Christian organization. Obviously each situation is different and every suggestion may not work for your unique group or denomination but remember that the stakes are high. Statistically LGBTQ youth commit suicide in higher numbers than heterosexual youth. LGBTQ youth also leave their faith in alarming numbers. If we err as Christian youth workers, let us err on the side of love. [Read more...]
I come from a background in Christian youth ministry. I worked at Christian camps, with inner-city ministries, with wilderness therapy programs, and for Young Life [a Christian youth ministry organization]. I understand the unique pressures and stresses of working in Christian youth ministry and having a youth come out to me. I also identify as LGBTQ so I understand what it is like to come out to a Christian youth worker.
So what should you do as a Christian youth worker* when a youth comes out to you? How should you respond? What do I wish my Young Life leader had said to me when I came out? [Read more...]
You’re the expert of your own experience. That’s one of the central tenets of The Marin Foundation, something we talk about all the time. Who you are, how you identify–whether as gay, lesbian, transgender, queer, asexual, straight, bisexual, pursuing celibacy, ex-gay–that’s not up for debate. Your story is sacred, and nobody is better equipped to explain who you are than you.
That’s simple in theory and hard in practice. It’s never harder than when I receive emails like this… [Read more...]
Many moons ago, even before he had written Postmodern Youth Ministry, I could tell Tony had a pulse on the philosophical shifts taking place in our culture and the ways in which they affected teens.
Perhaps even more than the folks who taught me at Moody.
Since then, Tony has become a tremendous theological influence on myself and many others, and has also become a dear friend – which is why I’m so excited about this :: in March, Tony and a few other friends are headed toward Chicago to put on a conference for youth pastors interested in engaging culture differently than how they learned to in their own evangelical bible college classrooms all those years ago. [Read more...]
The following post comes in part from The Marin Foundation’s end-of-year letter to our generous donors. To participate in giving to The Marin Foundation, click here! – To our wonderful friends and family, Hello from Chicago! We hope this letter finds you well as you enjoy this holiday season. We are filled with joy and [Read More...]
In four easy steps, find out how you can get Andrew Marin’s new ebook, Our Last Option: How a New Approach to Civility can Save the Public Square, FOR FREE! Our Last Option is currently available worldwide on iBooks and Amazon, and next week on Nook and all other eReader formats. [Read more...]
The following post is written by Andrew Marin, President and Founder of The Marin Foundation I’ve lived in Illinois my whole life (well, except for the past two and a half months while in St. Andrews). Illinois is where every word of Love Is an Orientation was lived in real-time. And last night, after a [Read More...]
I am very excited to announce that I have a new book releasing at the end of September 2013; in just two months! It is a 125 page academic ebook published in a partnership between Patheos Press and Bondfire Books. It will be available on all ereader outlets–Kindle, iBooks, Nook, Google Reader and any others you might own and read from. The ebook will be called ReEngaging Civility: A Framework for Bridging Opposing Worldviews [Read more...]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: From: Andrew Marin, President and Founder of The Marin Foundation, and author of the award winning book Love Is an Orientation For Interview Requests: (p) 773-572-5983 // (e) email@example.com It was the summer of 2000 when my three best friends came out to me in three consecutive months. Very quickly I [Read More...]
The following post is from Jason Bilbrey, our Director of Pastoral Care at The Marin Foundation. You can contact Jason with inquires connected to pastoral care at firstname.lastname@example.org. Here’s what I’ve heard countless times from conservative folks who email me asking for help: “I want to support _________ (my trans daughter, gay marriage, the queer community, [Read More...]
This week Laura Statesir (our Director of Family and Youth) was interviewed by Youth Workin It. You can see the original interview on their site here. For your convenience I have posted it here: As part of our series about different types of youth work, this week we have an interview with Laura Statesir who works [Read More...]