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The Marin Foundation newsletter went out this 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 up here. Thanks for being a part of our work.  Much love! 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 to remind you that there is still time to give an end of year donation. The following is the text from The Marin Foundation’s End… Read more

Why I Haven’t Given up on Christians

I grew up in church. My family was there every time the doors were open. I loved to attend Vacation Bible School, choir, mission trips, Christian camps, etc. I gave my life to Christ in high school and vowed to serve Him with all my being. In college I spent my summers volunteering and working for Christian camps and organizations. I led Bible studies, served with various ministries, and even joined a Christian sorority. After college I became a missionary with a parachurch Christian organization and devoted myself to reaching, loving on, and discipling teenagers for Christ. My whole identity was in being a Christian, a missionary, and a child of God. But when I came out as gay everything came crashing down around me. Read more

Living in the Tension Gathering – Dec 15th

Join us on Monday, December 15th for our last Living in the Tension Gathering of 2014. It will also be the last LITT that Kevin Harris, our Director of Community Relations, will lead. Kevin has been the heart of this organization for several years now. If you’ve been out to one of our LITT gatherings in the past, you’ll know Kevin as the gentle, generous moderator, an expert at making space for constructive conversation. Kevin will be leaving The Marin Foundation… 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 has learned, and his hopes for the future. Looking back over my time with The Marin Foundation, it is a bit surreal to think that… Read more

Christmas is the Perfect Time to Protest. No, Really.

If there’s one theme that unites these two traditions — the plate-of-cookies-for-santa narrative and the candle-light-Christmas-Eve-service narrative — it’s comfort. The warmth of firelight. The familiarity of ritual. The excitement of anticipation. It’s all very comforting. Yesterday, the church across the street from where we live did something very uncomfortable and untraditional. They filed out the doors and into the street chanting, “Hands up — Don’t shoot!” They held signs saying, “Black lives matter to God and us,” and “We can’t breathe,” and “Do Justice, love mercy and walk humbly with your God.” They filled the intersection in front of my building and shut down traffic (with the help of law enforcement officers, it should be added). Read more

Building Bridges Instead of Armies

I define building an army as an agent that seeks a following of people that look like them, talk like them, act and think like them, vote like them, believe like them, choose like them, work like them, and exist in the same sphere as them.  Anyone can do that.  Anyone. It takes no boldness, faith, or even one ounce of uncertainty to form a strong army of those who are similarly sided. Such a construction is common in today’s culture…. 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 have transformed what it means to live with HIV/AIDS. More effective prevention, treatment, and care now save millions of lives while awareness has soared and… Read more

Living in the Tension Gathering – 12/1/14

With Monday, December 1, being World AIDS Day we will be watching the documentary How To Survive a Plague for our Living in the Tension gathering. Considering that the documentary has a runtime of 120 minutes, we will be starting it right at 7pm. We will be at our normal spot in Room 124 on 5255 N Ashland Avenue. The trailer and a description for the documentary are listed below: HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE is the story of two coalitions—ACT UP… Read more

Facing the Music

Our friend Jennifer Knapp, who put on a special Living in the Tension concert for us back in 2012, has been working on a book, and it’s been out for not-quite 2 months.    If you’ve ever been a Knapp fan, you ought to try to pick up a copy of the book when you get the chance.    If you need more motivation, here’s this review:   In 1998 I had just discovered I liked to write. I spent… Read more

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