Continuing Education Classes

Continuing Education Classes

Check out our 2014 course schedule!

Continuing Education with The Marin Foundation’s Culture War Curriculum

If you have ever wanted to learn practical steps for building bridges between the LGBT community and the church, now is the time!  If you read Love is an Orientation and want to know, “Now what?” here is your answer. Whether you are a pastor, a parent, a youth worker, an LGBT individual, a professor, or someone who is simply interested in knowing how to elevate this conversation, this is for you! This summer The Marin Foundation will be offering continuing education classes based on our innovative Culture War Curriculum.

The Culture War Curriculum is designed to offer concrete and feasible methods of engagement between divided communities.  These classes are a unique opportunity to be educated about the culture war between conservatives and the LGBT community and to learn how to answer tough questions by building bridges instead of tearing them down. You will walk away with a better understanding of the “Other” and new ways to connect in peaceful and productive dialogue.

The Culture War Curriculum covers the Social, Historical, Political, Scientific and Theological aspects of this topic and includes the following sections:

  • Historical Identity: Politics, Sex, Religion and the LGBT Community
  • Practical Applications to Building Bridges and Elevating the Conversation between Divided Communities
  • Faith and Life Acculturation: Discovering an Ideal Existence apart from Mainstream Norms
  • Our Town to Their Town: Understanding the Art of Biblical Interpretation
  • Theology of Sex and Sexuality
  • Scientific Research and Homosexuality: What is it? What does it conclude? How does that impact the divide? and Where do we go from here?


Upcoming Courses:

The Marin Foundation will be offering several courses in 2014:

The first course will be a two-day weekend course in Memphis, TN: May 16 – May 17  at St. John’s United Methodist Church. To register for this course and for details on the schedule and price please email Jimmy Cornfoot at jimmy@themarinfoundation.org

We are in the process of planning a course in Houston, TX in July. Stay tuned for more information.

In the fall there is a two-day weekend course in Chicago: September 20-21 at 5255 N Ashland Ave. To register for this course and for details on the schedule and price please email Jason Bilbrey at jason@themarinfoundation.org

We are hoping to add one more course in the fall so check back with us. If you are interested in hosting a course in your city please contact Jason Bilbrey for more information: jason@themarinfoundation.org or 773-572-5983.


More About the Culture War Curriculum:

The framework for all of our classes is to foster discussion. Both the progressive and conservative point of view will be discussed and each section will conclude with a model for a new paradigm of engagement. Our classes accept all points of view and our main objective is education, not condemnation.  We promote intellectual dialogue and a more holistic understanding of this issue.

Over the years our Culture War Curriculum has been taught for credit or in a series of lectures by The Marin Foundation at a number of LGBT, conservative, faith-based and secular non-profits, government agencies, clinics, high schools, community centers, churches large and small, and Christian and secular universities such as:

Ball State University, Belmont University, Churches Spanning 21 Different Religious Denominations, Colgate University, HIV/AIDS Clinics, Hospitals, Houghton College, Huntington University, Moody Theological Seminary, Mount Vernon Nazarene University, North Park University, North Park Theological Seminary, Northern Illinois University, Northwestern University, Regent University, Rochester Institute of Technology, United Nations International Headquarters, University of Illinois, University of Illinois-Chicago, Wheaton College and Whitworth University among others.

The curriculum can be taught in the following ways:

  • Weekend Modular
  • Week-long Modular
  • Once a Month or Once a Week Modulars

For more information about our current schedule or if you are interested in bringing our Culture War Curriculum to your area please email jason@themarinfoundation.org.