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Andrew Marin is president and founder of The Marin Foundation, a nonprofit organization that seeks to build bridges between the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender (GLBT) and religious communities.  He is the author of Love Is an Orientation.

Ginny Olson abides in Minneapolis, MN where she is the Director of Youth Ministry for the Northwest Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church as well as a writer, speaker and consultant. Previously, she was one of two directors of the Center for Youth Ministry Studies at North Park University in Chicago, Illinois.  She also served on the youth ministry staffs at Willow Creek Community Church and Grace Church, Edina, Minnesota. She is the author of “Teenage Girls” and co-editor and contributor to “Breaking the Gender Barrier in Youth Ministry.”

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; Pck Pap/Dv edition (December 31, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031068451X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310684510
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,244,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Andrew Marin is President and Founder of The Marin Foundation (www.themarinfoundation.org). He is author of the award winning book Love Is an Orientation (2009), its interactive DVD curriculum (2011), and the ebook Our Last Option: How a New Approach to Civility can Save the Public Square (2013). He blogs at www.patheos.com/blogs/loveisanorientation, is a regular contributor to a variety of media outlets, and frequently lectures at universities around the world. Since 2010 Andrew has been asked by the United Nations to advise their various agencies on issues of bridging opposing worldviews, civic engagement, and theological aspects of reconciliation. For twelve years he lived in the LGBT Boystown neighborhood of Chicago, and is currently based St. Andrews, Scotland, where he is teaching and researching at the University of St. Andrews earning his PhD in Constructive Theology and Ethics. Andrew's research centers on the theology and praxis of social reconciliation between victims and their perpetrators. Andrew is married to Brenda, and you can find him elsewhere on Facebook (AndrewMarin01), Twitter (@Andrew_Marin), and Instagram (@andrewmarin1).

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Matthew McNutt on February 9, 2012
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The short review? It's a must buy. Well put together, thought provoking, amazing DVD that lives up to the book it is based on and the topic of elevating the conversation with the LGBT community (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender)

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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tony Myles on April 12, 2012
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No matter what perspective your church takes on the topic of homosexuality, it's likely that there is some room for growth. Andrew Marin credibly offers some valuable content on the subject via this DVD and study guide, and viewers will in turn recognize a biblical methodology beyond the cliché "Love the sinner, hate the sin." The other side of the issue is likewise refreshing, offering more than a trite mandate that "God made me this way, so affirm it."

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Catherine Conway on June 13, 2013
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Having read Andrew Marin's book of the same name, I was very eager to see this new DVD the Marin foundation has put together. It is absolutely fantastic!! So much helpful information, some really moving personal stories, and a great sense of hope leave you feeling like people really do make this world a better place. I'd strongly recommend this to all Christians, this is such important information for us all to have. Thank you Andrew for allowing God to use you in this powerful way!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Claude on September 4, 2014
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This book needs to be read by all people who call themselves Christian. We called to love as Jesus loves us and let the HS do her work.
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By Marlena on April 7, 2015
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great resource wherever you land on the spectrum
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