it’s been awhile.

mjkimpan  —  November 5, 2013 — Leave a comment


it’s already the 5th of november.

it’s been awhile since my last post – the most recent entry was october 17th – and for those who read this blog regularly, it’s been a bit aggravating to not have any explanation.

sorry about that.

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spirit day.

mjkimpan  —  October 17, 2013 — Leave a comment


tonight i have the pleasure and privilege of speaking at the InterVarsity Chapter of Illinois Institute of Technology here in chicago.

the group has requested i speak regarding our work at The Marin Foundation in relation to this description from my ‘speaking options’ :: Continue Reading…

are you an evangelical?

mjkimpan  —  October 14, 2013 — Leave a comment


recently, i was asked :

do you identify as evangelical?

here was my response ::

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mjk bw headshot that fits

i recently wrote this post for National Coming Out Day. it received a bit of attention on our patheos blog for The Marin Foundation, which resulted in a number of supportive comments from some of our friends.

i share it here, at the WayWard Follower because of this simple fact :: october 11 isn’t the only time LGBT people come out of the closet – nor should it be. many of my regular readers here don’t necessarily follow our posts at patheos. yet year round, individuals have may opportunities to engage in beautiful conversations with their friends and loved ones. my hope is that the lessons i’ve learned through my own experiences may serve as a learning opportunity for others…

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level ground.

mjkimpan  —  October 9, 2013 — Leave a comment


sometimes, being a peacemaker can get lonely.

while many others carve paths forward emboldening a preferred perspective – whether conservative or progressive – creating spaces at the intersections between those two communities isn’t an easy road.

some might say it’s even a narrow path.

yet recently, in our work at The Marin Foundation, we came across new faces and became fast friends with the hearts and minds behind  Level Ground. as members of our team met with chelsea and samantha, it was evident that we’d found kindred spirits – interested in using their unique gifts, talents, education, passions and abilities toward creating safe and sacred spaces for individuals to more peacefully and more productively navigate the tension filled spaces found in the cultural disconnect at the intersection of faith, gender and sexuality.
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a note.

mjkimpan  —  October 7, 2013 — Leave a comment


as i’ve settled into my work and role at The Marin Foundation in the past few months, i’ve become increasingly aware of the growing recognition of our unique expertise at the intersection of faith and sexuality.

in addition to my own speaking and writing, The Marin Foundation works in consultancy capacities with dozens of major research and christian universities, hundreds of churches and non-profits, various branches of our federal government, and an ever-increasing number of national and international media outlets, per year.

our founder and president, andrew marin, has been a special advisor to the UN since 2010 and our own government since 2009.

in recent weeks, additional numbers of christian colleges and universities have expressed interest in engaging in dialogue with us – both on and off the record. certainly, some are initially skeptical of our position and posture as a bridge building organization, but a growing understanding of the importance and effective nature of our work and philosophy continues to open doors and point toward the path of actual reconciliation (not demanded conversion) between opposing world views.

as with any organization positioned in the midst of a controversial conversation, we receive our fair share of less-than-friendly notes (most often in the form of 140 characters or less). sometimes phone calls carry the voice of threats and disapproval into our usually safe office space. blog comments, emails and facebook messages have so much become  a regular part of my day that i’m rarely thrown off by what is said to or about me or our organization.

but occasionally, comments stand out – such as this one ::

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mjkimpan  —  October 4, 2013 — Leave a comment


what can the church learn from a beer commercial?

not many words are spoken in this commercial for this tasty ole’ irish beverage – and yet it’s message is both poignant and profound.

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if anyone has the answers to all the questions – that is the proof that God is not with him. it means that he is a false prophet, using religion for himself.

–pope francis


mjkimpan  —  September 30, 2013 — 2 Comments


oh, what a wicked web we weave.

these days, it’s nearly common knowledge that our so-called secular society most often describes american evangelical christians as being ‘anti-gay,’ ‘judgmental’ and ‘hypocritical.’ 91% of non-christians FIRST identify the word ‘christian’ with ‘anti-homosexual.’ 80% of young christians feel the same way.

that’s not good news.

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christ was defined by ::
rejecting the status quo,
upsetting religious norms,
rejecting dogmatic hypocrisy
and loving all.

how are we defined?