Andrew Marin is the President and Founder of The Marin Foundation, which over the past dozen years has been widely credited with creating a new cultural category of building bridges between the LGBT community and social, theological, and political conservatives. Andrew is the award winning author of Love Is an Orientation: Elevating the Conversation with the Gay Community (2009), its corresponding DVD curriculum (2011) and audio book (2014), the ebook Our Last Option: How a New Approach to Civility Can Save the Public Square (2013), and the forthcoming book, Us vs Us: The Untold Story of Religion & the LGBT Community, releasing June 2016. He also publishes his academic research in theology and political journals.
Andrew regularly lectures at universities and facilitates trainings for community groups around the world. His speech, Homophobia and Bridging from within the Evangelical Church, given on Capitol Hill the night before the first Inauguration of President Barack Obama, is archived in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC. Since 2010 Andrew has been asked by the United Nations to advise their various agencies on bridging opposing worldviews, civic engagement, and Christian involvement in reconciliation. His bridge building work has been called a model of hope for the future by the BBC; described as blocking hate with love by CNN; was #1 on BuzzFeed’s list of Restoring Faith in Humanity; and along with Pope Francis among others, was recently named by FAITH as one of the 25 Most Influential People of Faith for the Next 25 Years.
Andrew has degrees in Applied Psychology (BA), Urban Studies and Social Change (MA), and is currently finishing a PhD in Divinity from the University of St. Andrews, where he is researching and teaching on the theology and praxis of social reconciliation between victims and their perpetrators. Andrew is married to Brenda, and you can connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the blog of The Marin Foundation.
Brenda Marin is a Human Resources Consultant with The Marin Foundation. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in both International Business and Marketing, with a minor in Sub-Saharan African Studies, from Drake University. She also has two Master’s degrees from Benedictine University: an MBA with a concentration in International Business, and a Master’s of Science in Management and Organizational Behavior with a concentration in Organizational Development. Previous to The Marin Foundation Brenda worked on behalf of the U.S. government, leading economic development projects throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, and was the Director of Business Operations for a U.S. security firm dealing with both domestic and international clients.
Brenda regularly consults on projects with for- and non-profit organizations, believing that every organization has a soul. She loves assisting organizations to find theirs and then watch them thrive. Brenda also has a strong desire to see LGBTQs and women lifted from the margins to be recognized for their uniqueness and strengths. Brenda currently lives in St. Andrews, Scotland with her husband Andrew.
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