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for parents.

mjkimpan  —  July 15, 2014 — Leave a comment

90days

last month, 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.

TMF staff member Laura Statesir wrote a brief summary of the conference here, including a number of quotes from parents who attended the conference.

but not everyone can make it to chicago – and next june is nearly a year away. that’s why i’m proud to endorse an amazing resource for parents that came out earlier this summer.

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CNN last year, i wrote a blog post about my experience participating in The Marin Foundation’s I’m Sorry Campaign as we stood in front of these protestors during Chicago’s Gay Pride Parade.

<sidenote :: if you’re unfamiliar with the history of Gay Pride, i highly suggest watching this documentary which outlines the beginning of the LGBT equality movement at the Stonewall Inn in NYC – you can find other helpful documentaries on LGBT history and theology here>

i titled the post LOVE is louder

in spite of the 20 foot tall signs and bullhorns used by the protestors spewing words of hate, our simple sings of love with slogans like ‘I’m Sorry for how the church has treated you’ or ‘God loves you’ spoke volumes.

this year, we brought more people, with bigger signs – and the result was nothing short of extraordinary.

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controversial.

mjkimpan  —  June 23, 2014 — Leave a comment

heshejesus

this is controversial.

today, artist/blogger nakedpastor (david hayward) created a piece titled, ‘new Christ icon: “Neither” … neither male nor female’

the artwork is based upon st. paul’s exclamation in galatians 3:28 ::

‘there is neither jew nor greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in christ jesus’

the artist acknowledges that jesus was clearly a male – and as one commenter on his site suggested,

David is not trying to say Jesus was hermaphroditic. Jesus fully represented God in all God’s qualities, hence displaying attributes both male and female. That was a radical concept then and now as a patriachal society did not like it’s presumptions challenged.’ 

still, there were others who found the image offensive, even heretical.

what about you? what do you think?

halfstack.

mjkimpan  —  June 18, 2014 — Leave a comment

halfstack

it was our team’s honor to be featured in HalfStack Magazine’s Summer 2014 Issue on Empowerment.

previous to the photoshoot shown above by alluring chicago and the magazine staff, i personally had the opportunity to do an extensive interview with the magazine’s editor, jennifer lezan.

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really, al?

mjkimpan  —  June 4, 2014 — 2 Comments

almohler

here we go again.

in an article on his website entitled, ‘There is No ‘Third Way,’ president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (the flagship school of the Southern Baptist Convention) al mohler articulated serious doubt that any church, religious organization, or even an individual could engage in conversations surrounding faith and sexuality in a balanced and nuanced way, without coming down firmly as for or against same sex marriage and relationships.

hasn’t al ever heard of The Marin Foundation?

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papal payroll?

mjkimpan  —  May 23, 2014 — Leave a comment

abrahamicthis blog was originally featured on The Marin Foundation’s patheos blog.

in recent posts on my personal blog, i’ve explored the ways in which provocative questions surrounding peaceful and productive interfaith dialogue can help lead christians toward acting like (i.e., following) jesus in new and exciting ways, rather than perpetuating the disturbing competition with and condemnation of those who follow other faith traditions. monumental in helping formulate any articulation of the importance of standing in solidarity with the so-called ‘Other’ is the work of brian mclaren – particularly his book Why Did Jesus, Mosess, the Buddha and Mohammed Cross the Road? Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World and the subsequent significant conversations he and i shared in the aftermath of its release.

it seems to me that the trans-cultural and trans-generational principles adopted by The Marin Foundation in our work of building bridges between the LGBT and conservative communities parallel in many ways – and can perhaps even inform our moving forward in – many other conflicts between opposing worldviews. this may be particularly true in those areas in which faith and politics intersect.

one such area – and one with great need of peacemakers and bridge builders – is the Middle East.

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facepalm

this is beyond embarrassing.

it is un-christlike.

in the following video, ‘christian’ activists briefly disrupted a hindu invocation in the us senate, marring a historic first for the chamber in allowing an actual separation of ‘church’ and ‘state.’

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conviction.

mjkimpan  —  May 5, 2014 — 6 Comments

conviction

there is a difference between things that are painful, and things that are destructive.

embrace the former, and reject the latter.

i am convinced we are in the midst of a seismic shift – a massive, historic reformation of the way we define what it means to follow jesus. how we understand the bible, the gospel, heaven and hell are being challenged and poked and prodded and picked up and looked at from the underside before being placed back on the shelf of ‘religion’ – and in many cases, the spot the good book is placed in on the shelf has moved dramatically from where it had initially been picked up.

many have found that in the midst of this shift, some voices – ones who may have helped forge their faith in the past – are no longer able to help them grow; in fact, they may even hinder their growth…holding them back from what they feel called forward to.

how can this be?

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GAGC

it’s no surprise that as humans we have an inherent propensity to gravitate toward individuals and ways of thinking which reflect our own personal convictions and biases. our ‘comfort zones’ are made up of the familiar – things which reinforce the world as we already interpret it.

this familiarity provides for us the comfort of the similar – we often surround ourselves with like-minded people – reflecting our belief systems, behaviors and preferred philosophies and perspectives.

this ‘sameness’ is indeed part of the human experience; and yet, left unchecked, it can also lend itself toward the sort of dangerous Groupishness i’ve discussed at length here on the blog in the past. creating a cultural norm of us/them || in/out and refusing to generously engage the Other can, in fact, lead us backwards to a sort of tribalism which is inherently inhospitable and ungracious.

striking that balance is an important part of creating space for civil dialogue and disagreement.

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missing the point.

mjkimpan  —  May 1, 2014 — 6 Comments

lethalchair

just moments ago, i stumbled across an Op-Ed piece on CNN’s blog.

unsurprisingly, it was written about the recent controversial execution by lethal injection tuesday in oklahoma – a ‘botched execution’ that went so wrong that the same news agency wrote previously that ‘it will also prompt many Americans across the country to rethink the wisdom, and the morality, of capital punishment.

As it well should.

enter al mohler’s Op-Ed piece.

much to my dismay, the title of the article written by the widely respected president of the flagship school for the largest protestant denomination in our country (The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) with 16.2 million members was this ::

Why Christians should support the death penalty

how have we gotten the message of jesus so damned wrong?

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