Going to the Chapel…But You Won’t Be There

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We don’t typically publish anonymous posts, but the writer for today’s post has requested anonymity, and we understand, and have made an exception to our normal policy.   The following post is by a friend of The Marin Foundation who identifies as a gay Christian:   I’m having a conversation with my two-year-old nephew at the [Read More...]

Phil’s story

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Today’s post is from Phil Ross, student at Indiana Wesleyan University, and a summer intern with The Marin Foundation:
It was a little over seven years ago when I first got a slur thrown at me I never expected. “You’re
a f*ggot” was poignantly spoken to me and even now I remember the smug face of the boy in
the gym locker room who stood in my face saying it. Smug, because he could see how totally it
disarmed me and how livid it made me. [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...]

Parents, We’re All in This Together

In June The Marin Foundation partnered with FreedHearts Ministries and Unconditional Ministries to host our first ever conference for Christian parents of LGBTQ children. Parents came to hear from, worship with and experience community with other Christian parents who are learning to love their children unconditionally without having to sacrifice their faith. The weekend included speakers, praise and worship, group sharing times and a Q&A panel discussion. Staff member Laura Statesir described her personal journey as a LGBTQ Christian child and shared findings and advice for parents from our Christian parent research study.

Below is a description of the conference in the words of some of the parents who attended so please keep reading. [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...]

“What Are You Sorry for, Anyway?” Part 2

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Today’s post is from our friend Tami Moberg, who’s continuing our I’m Sorry series, and sharing her own answer to the frequently asked “So what are you sorry for anyway?”  Come back Friday for another I’m Sorry guest post from a friend.   See ya Sunday!  I never dreamed 23 years ago I would be at [Read More...]

“What Are You Sorry for, Anyway?” Part 1

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I’m Sorry. Such simple words that can be so hard to say. I’m Sorry. You can tell the difference between lip service and it coming from the heart. 2014 will be my third pride parade and my third year participating with The Marin Foundation and their annual I’m Sorry Campaign. [Read more...]

Living in the Tension 6/23 – Pride Parade Planning Meeting

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If you live in the Chicagoland area please join us for our upcoming Living in the Tension gathering on Monday, June 23rd. We will meet at 7pm in Room 124 at 5255 N Ashland Avenue. If you’re available beforehand, we will meet at Lady Gregory’s on 5260 N Clark St at 5:15 pm to grab a bite [Read More...]

HALFSTACK.

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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). – It was our team’s honor to be featured [Read More...]

The Bible’s Answer to the Problem of Sexism (Part 2)

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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.  In my last post, I talked about sexism as the possession of women. It’s an attitude of gender relations that dates back [Read More...]

Why I’m Interning at The Marin Foundation

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The following post is by Ian Brown, student at Moody Bible Institute, and a summer intern with The Marin Foundation.    After telling people I was interning with The Marin Foundation I got one of two responses: 1. “Oh wow, that’s so interesting and I think it’s great they do that!” or 2. “Oh wow, [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...]


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