The Parallel Experiences of Jesus and a Sexual Minority

The Ethiopian Eunuch was a sexual minority. He felt the alienation of being outside cultural norms. But apparently he wasn’t alone.
“Who is the prophet speaking about?” That was the Ethiopian’s question to Philip. And, of course, the question behind it was, “Who understands what I’m going through?”
Philip’s answer is Good News. [Read more...]

Finding the Good

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The following post was written by Kevin Harris, Director of Community Relations at The Marin Foundation. In my work at The Marin Foundation, it’s a relatively common thing to come across posts written about how to be an ally in relationship to the LGBT community (a recent example). Considering that variations of such lists have [Read More...]

Living in the Tension – Monday 1/24

For our upcoming Living in the Tension gathering on Monday, January 24, we will be discussing our hopes for the LGBT community as we move into the future. Some see assimilation as the goal in essentially fitting into mainstream culture and norms and minimizing differences (or trying to change them to be the same), while [Read More...]

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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...]

Is Empathy Dangerous?

I remember sitting at lunch after church with Christine, who had married her wife around the same time I had married mine. We swapped wedding stories for a bit before she told me, with a shaky voice, how nervous she felt about the upcoming Prop. 8 vote and the possibility that her marriage might become legally invalidated.

It was the first time I had ever considered how that might feel.

With these discoveries came two distinct, paradoxical feelings in equal measure: empathy, and skepticism of that empathy. [Read more...]

Clearing the Path for your Child’s Faith

The following post is from Laura Statesir, Director of Family and Youth at The Marin Foundation.  One of the questions that haunt Christian parents when their child comes out is, “How will this affect my child’s faith?” Parents worry that their LGBTQ child will lose their faith. The deeper question behind this is, “Can my [Read More...]

Level Ground.

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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 (Fall 2014, IVP). – At the end of this month, I’ll have [Read More...]

What Caused My Child to be LGBTQ?

“I’m not sure what made our son [or daughter] gay.”

That’s a phrase I hear a lot in my conversations with parents. I’ve written about the grief process that parent’s often go through in the wake of a child coming out, with feelings of loss, denial and anger. Sometimes parents have a flood of questions: “Who else knows?” “Is he being safe?” “Is she being bullied?” And sometimes parents have a flood of emotions: Shock. Sadness. Relief. Compassion. Anger. Depression. Denial.

And still other times, a parent’s sentiments can boil down to just one, nagging question: what went wrong? [Read more...]

Father’s Love Letter

Warren Perry is a teacher and coach, Southerner and Yankee, sinner and saint living in the tension in New York City. Follow him on Twitter @CoachPerry03 or contact him at warrenperry3@gmail.com.  Ah, February. It’s the shortest month of the year. Christmas is far behind us and spring is still too far away. And of course there’s [Read More...]

Sochi.

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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 (Fall 2014, IVP). – Tonight, the Opening Ceremony for the 2014 [Read More...]

Living in the Tension – Monday 2/10

For our next Living in the Tension gathering on Monday, February 10, we will be watching and discussing the documentary Out Late. The documentary highlights the stories of five individuals that made the decision to come out as LGBT after the age of 55. We will be meeting at 7pm in Room 124 on 5255 N Ashland Avenue. Once again, [Read More...]

Proverbs 31 Man: What I Discovered by Switching Genders in the Bible

Do God’s instructions transcend the cultural contexts in which they were originally issued, or simply further illustrate the foreignness of those contexts from my own modern sensibilities?

The answer, of course, is yes. Yes to both. [Read more...]

Fear of the Unknown

The following post is written by our friend Candice Czubernat. Candice has spent the last 13 years studying theology and psychology, grappling with how homosexuality and Christianity can co-exist. She now servers as a web-based therapist and is founder of the Christian Closet, offering counseling sessions over the web through Skype, G-video and over the phone. Candice is also an [Read More...]

No Time…

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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 (Fall 2014, IVP). – Last summer, I wrote something [Read More...]


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