life after SCOTUS.

mjkimpan  —  June 28, 2015 — 6 Comments


leading up to – and in the immediate wake of – the SCOTUS decision in support of marriage equality in all 50 states, a number of religious and faith community leaders contacted me asking, ‘how should we respond?’ the majority of these requests came from pastors and churches who are currently unable to support same sex relationships, based on their conservative biblical interpretation and theological perspective – yet almost all recognize that their religious communities have historically not been very welcoming to the LGBTQ community.

they also realize, along with many others, that the journey of faith is a matter of being willing and open to having a relationship with God – and that each and every person is welcome under the banner of the unconditional love and radical hospitality of jesus christ.

this tension in which many religious folks live is a real one – and  has been heightened by the culture war rhetoric reaching an almost fever pitch in the anticipation and aftermath of this weekend’s ruling.
Continue Reading…

far too often, the ‘progressive’ definition of inclusion is merely a new form of segregation.

do not miss this.

mjkimpan  —  June 22, 2015 — Leave a comment

if you didn’t catch this brilliant, unscripted social commentary from ‘comedian’ (read: cultural critic) jon stewart, here’s your chance. take 5 minutes.


what do you think?

‘As I engage in private conversations with pastors across the country, many admit they have chosen to dig in their heels on homosexuality not as a result of careful study or reflection of the biblical text but out of fear,” explains Michael Kimpan…

He adds that some pastors have a “fear that their congregation will split—as many have—and revenues in the form of tithes from conservative families will be lost, fear of being deemed heretical and losing their denominational affiliation and accreditation, and fear of losing their 401(k) as a result.’

– TIME magazine, January 26th 2015 print edition

not ok.

mjkimpan  —  June 17, 2015 — 2 Comments


even the image is offensive.

the emotions brought to the surface of any level headed person by the above symbol for the nazi party, the swastika, are uncomfortable to say the least. under this banner an estimated 11 million people were murdered during the holocaust (including 1.1 million children).

the post-world war ii german law code actually prohibits its use or display in any form or fashion – even if used sarcastically, including its use as part of an anti-nazi political statement.

outside of conversations surrounding genocide, delusions of racial superiority or totalitarian regimes and ideologies, comparisons to the nazi party, hitler or anything even remotely related to the third reich are out of place. they serve as an attempt to articulate the ultimate expression of evil.  usually, it’s quite a stretch – and pretty unnecessary. more often than not, the individual making the comparison tends to lose their argument along with their credibility as it is interpreted as inappropriate, unwarranted and hyperbolic.

put simply, it’s in bad form. and it’s not ok.

Continue Reading…

the question is this ::

‘how do we oppose exclusion without excluding the excluders?’

–brian mclaren

food for thought.

mjkimpan  —  May 21, 2015 — Leave a comment


on days that i can’t take the time to write a proper blog post (whatever that means), i’ll often ‘cheat’ and simply post a quote – but unfortunately, the ‘quote’ feature of a published post on WordPress (which i use on the backend of this site) doesn’t permit either comments or sharing as a feature.

so today, i’m cheating on both fronts – sharing a quote i suspect may be a thought-provoking conversation surrounding tribalism, exclusivity and the sacred – and the inherent limitations on the way we think about these things :: Continue Reading…

‘in the midst of movement and chaos,
keep stillness inside of you.’

–deepak chopra


mjkimpan  —  May 4, 2015 — 3 Comments


recently at a conference on christ-centered community organizing and inclusion, i was slated to follow one of the most proven, knowledgable and articulate individuals in that space – christian leader and social activist, steve chalke. it’s only due to steve’s remarkably charming personality and down-to-earth engagement with me as a friend over his four day visit that i was able to keep from catching a nasty case of pre-speaking nerves.

as i stepped in front of the microphone in front of an intimately gathered crowd of community leaders in our chicago venue, i declared,

i seem to have a knack for finding myself in spaces and around people where i wonder if i really belong.

i then told the following story :: Continue Reading…

great thing about telling the truth is,
you don’t have to worry about keeping your story straight.

guess truth really does set you free.