Discriminating…In Jesus’ Name?

This post is written by Michael Kimpan, the Executive Director at The Marin Foundation, and was initially posted here, at his personal blog. – Barronelle Stutzman is stirring up headlines. The 70-year-old grandmother is the owner of Arlene’s Flower Shop in Washington State, and identifies as a devout Christian. She’s also opposed to gay marriage – so much so [Read More...]

Don’t Miss Out!

February Newsletter

The Marin Foundation newsletter went out last 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 [Read More...]

Living in the Tension: Come and Discuss the Challenge of Heteronormativity and Cisnormativity

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Join us on Monday, February 23th for our next Living in the Tension Gathering.  We’ll be discussing the heteronormativity and cisnormativity, the assumption that individuals are straight and cisgender (those whose gender identity aligns with the sex they were assigned at birth). What are the real life, everyday consequences of heteronormativity and cisnormativity for members [Read More...]

On the Importance of Fidelity.

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– This post is written by Michael Kimpan, the Executive Director at The Marin Foundation. You can read more from Michael at his blog here. – We’ve written before on the importance of fidelity – a resolved commitment to a person, organization, mission or idea. Most often, we use this word in conjunction with ‘faithfulness’ in the context of [Read More...]

These Three Remain: Reaching Towards Faith, Hope and Love as LGBTQ Christians

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This post is by Laura Statesir, our Director of Family and Youth:
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. – 1 Corinthians 13:13 (NIV)
For many years this verse was so important to me that I considered getting “faith”, “hope”, and “love” tattooed on my body. Over time the meaning of these promises has changed in my life. The innocent idealism of my youthful faith has given way to something deeper and yet less certain as I’ve struggled with reconciling my sexuality with my faith and with my interactions with my Christian communities.
At the Gay Christian Network conference in Portland this past January I met many other Christians who are seeking a vision of how these words might be tattooed on their own hearts. [Read more...]

Building Bridges

Inherent within bridge building is the necessity to intentionally partner and work with both worldviews.  One cannot build a bridge without both worldviews present, and further: Both of the opposing worldviews must be actively engaged in the work. Both must put down the fear of going against the cultural grain of “acceptable” engagement and be [Read More...]

Second Parent Perspectives Video

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When the child of Christian parents comes out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer these parents often struggle to reconcile their faith with their child’s sexuality or gender identity. Parents typically feel alone. They have no one to turn to and believe that no one will understand their experiences.  Many times, there is no [Read More...]

Resources for Black History Month

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In the midst of your celebrations of February’s Black History Month, take some time to learn about African-American LGBTQ individuals who helped shape our history. [Read more...]

Join us on Monday, February 9th for our next Living in the Tension Gathering.   We’ll be watching and discussing ethicist Dr. David Gushee’s recent keynote address at The Reformation Project Training Conference, “Ending the Teaching of Contempt against the Church’s Sexual Minorities.” As always, we will meet at 7 pm at 5255 N Ashland Ave in Room [Read More...]

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Living in the Tension — Monday, Feb. 9

Join us on Monday, January 12th for our first Living in the Tension Gathering of 2015.  We’ll be watching and discussing ethicist Dr. David Gushee’s recent keynote address at The Reformation Project Training Conference, “Ending the Teaching of Contempt against the Church’s Sexual Minorities.” As always, we will meet at 7 pm at 5255 N Ashland Ave in Room [Read More...]

Who is my neighbor?

– This post is written by Michael Kimpan, the Executive Director at The Marin Foundation. You can read more from Michael at his blog here. – Do you remember the story of the Good Samaritan? It might help to refresh your memory. A teacher of the Law comes to Jesus, asking how to inherit the abundant life of God’s [Read More...]

Empathy Can Backfire

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Empathy restores humanity.

But this blog post isn’t about the merits of empathy.

Empathy can backfire. It can have the unintended, reverse effect of being unhelpful, disconnecting and dehumanizing. This is misguided empathy [Read more...]

Our Last Option: Reconciliation

The point is that a lifestyle of actual reconciliation is not something that can be turned on and off. The most difficult thing for anyone to do is be the first one to stand up. Yet once that first time is in the books, standing up becomes normal—not for pride or revenge or even justice. Rather, for the [Read More...]

2 videos…

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  This post is written by Michael Kimpan, the Executive Director at The Marin Foundation. You can read more from Michael at his blog here. – Here are two videos worth sharing :: Off the Highway My friend Tony Kriz (who just released his second book, Aloof! - order it!) has launched an amazing video blog series called Off the Highway – which already [Read More...]


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