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Love Is an Orientation Participant's Guide with DVD: Practical Ways to Build Bridges with the Gay Community Paperback – December 31, 2011
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It's actually three resources in one, which I don't think I totally realized until I finished watching the whole thing. The first four sessions are a great exploration of what it means to make love the priority, how to build bridges - and why it's so Christlike to build bridges. And finally, in the fourth session after laying the critical foundation of love and priorities, Marin gets into the tough questions. He does it eloquently, with passion, and in a way that is both provoking and challenging - especially to those who have grown up in churches that have not been loving to the LGBT community.
The fifth and sixth sessions are not ones we'll use with our small groups - not because there is anything wrong with them, but because they are the second and third resources I was referring to above. Session five is an amazing training session for youth workers and parents on how to respond to adolescents who are coming out, or are questioning their sexuality. I loved that he brought in a couple other experts to weigh in and help give some guidance in an area that is become an increasingly real scenario for many families and churches. And session six is a guide to creating your own `Living in the tension' group like what the Marin Foundation does in Chicago.
I think one of the significant things Marin has done in this resource is include the stories of six individuals representing different places in the LGBT community.Read more ›
The workbook and videos seamlessly create a personal study or conversation that utilizes six sessions of humanizing content and testimony. Although Marin enters into several topics of controversy, he never blinks at the value of showing people Jesus throughout the journey. It feels as if his target audience for the presentation is an adult Christian, however students could get a lot out of the sessions.
Content of this caliber can practically address current concerns in your youth group or help anticipate emerging questions down the road. Whether your congregation is more liberal or conservative, there is likely something new these materials will uncover to build a better bridge between God and the LGBT community. My suggestion would be to process it in a community of adult leaders to gain a common language with each other before introducing it to students.