Calling All Parents

This is a re-post of a piece originally posted on 6/8/12. Thanks to all the parents that have graciously taken the time to talk to us, we are over a quarter of the way done with our initial goal of interviewing 200 parents that have LGBT and questioning children. We would appreciate it if you [Read More...]

Calling All Parents

“Mom, Dad, I have something to tell you…I’m gay”. One of the most difficult and life changing statements a parent can hear is that of their child coming out to them.  Like a bomb being dropped, this revelation has the potential to tear families apart. Parents often feel scared, angry, confused, anxious, hopeless, and very [Read More...]

Day of Silence

The following post by Brent Bailey was re-posted from his blog at oddmanout.net. Brent is a student in the Masters of Divinity program at Abilene Christian University and he will be joining us this summer as an intern at The Marin Foundation. In the post below, he shares about how the theme of silence has [Read More...]

When Your Child “Comes Out”

The following post was written by Nathan Albert. Nathan is the Director of Pastoral Care at The Marin Foundation. I get a lot of emails from parents asking what to do when their children come out.  As a heterosexual, I can only say so much on this subject. However, after talking to countless LGBT youth [Read More...]

Wear Purple on Spirit Day (10/20) to Combat Bullying

In 2010, teenager Brittany McMillan started Spirit Day as a response to all the LGBT youth that had taken their own lives that year. It has now become an annual event as GLAAD is encouraging those in the U.S. to wear purple on October 20th as a sign of support for LGBT youth and to speak out [Read More...]

I Respond to a Question from Youth Workers about Coming Out (Video)

In this video I respond to a video series called Youth Questions, where youth can write in and ask questions to a youth pastor about anything. This question is, “How do I come out to my parents?” Especially for those LGBT people who read this blog, what advice would you give? I’ll be sure to [Read More...]

The Future of College Ministry

Here is an article I wrote for Youthworker Journal about the future of college ministry. It’s all about the need to shift relational paradigms from the 21st Century back to the 1st Century in order to continue making an impact in the ever-changing world of college campuses. What do you think about the philosophy change [Read More...]

The Future of College Ministry: Credibility Over Credentials

The following post was featured as a guest post on Tony Campolo’s Red Letter Christians blog. More than any other type of life and faith in culture, there is no doubt in my mind that college ministry is consistently the most rapidly changing population of believers. I am only 11 years removed from my freshman [Read More...]

Harding University Students Speak Out

The following post was written by Kevin Harris, Director of Community Relations at The Marin Foundation. Yesterday, lesbian and gay students at Harding University, a Christian University in Arkansas, spoke out with a self-published zine. The zine was written anonymously by a number of students that identify as the H.U. Queer Press as they feared [Read More...]

New Church Youth Group Resource to Address Bullying

Yesterday my good friend Dr. Warren Throckmorton released a new church youth group resource to address bullying. Below is the press release that went out for it: Golden Rule Pledge Releases Bullying Prevention Lesson Plans for Church Youth Groups Contact: Warren Throckmorton, PhD, Golden Rule Pledge, 724-967-5644 MEDIA ADVISORY, Oct. 20 /Christian Newswire/ – On [Read More...]

Andrew Interviews Everyday, Non-Christian, High Schooler

In this video I interview Lindsey, your everyday, non-Christian, high school girl about her school’s Gay-Straight Alliance, Christianity and the relationship between the Christian kids and the LGBT kids in her high school. This is the perfect example of the type of youth that is pervasive in our culture today (or for you youth pastors [Read More...]

Listen to Podcast with me over at Youth Hacks

Recently I recorded an interview with Youth Hacks – a podcast dedicated to youth workers. You can listen to it here. Why I love this podcast in comparison to so many others I have done, is that one of the hosts, Joel Diaz, for the past year has actually been implementing everything he heard me [Read More...]

Powerful Implementation of Bridge Building

The following is written by Joel Diaz (host of the podcast Youth Hacks and here is his personal website). When he told me his story based on hearing me speak and reading my book, my heart was taken back. This is so exciting! Go on with you bad self Joel! Much love brother. “This journey began a few [Read More...]

Youth Worker Journal Interview

Last month while speaking in Cincy at the National Youth Worker Convention the Youth Worker Journal stopped me (coincidentally minutes before I had to be filmed teaching two classes for almost six consecutive hours!) for an interview to talk about what it means to have gay or lesbian kids in your youth group, and where the broader church can make [Read More...]


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