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Gail, Kirsten and I joined Brian Allan and his crew serving lemonade, water and cookies to some of the hundreds of thousands who attended today’s Pride Parade in Chicago. 

Brian and a few others started this ministry ten years ago at the street entrances of the Salvation Army’s College for Officer Training in Chicago’s Wrigleyville.  Interesting fact:  the Gay Pride Parade takes place every year during the Army’s national conference on holiness hosted at the CFOT.

While we were busy getting sticky with lemonade Andrew Marin of the Marin Foundation was a few blocks north of us with a group of workers sharing the ‘I’m sorry’ message, a means of building bridges between the evangelical and gay communities.  I couriered a shirt delivery before the parade began and chatted with Andrew.  He was going to try come down and visit us but I didn’t see him.  It might have been difficult to get through today’s record crowd of 850,000.

Brian Allan and Lieutenant Lorna making sure we don’t spill too much of the lemonade


Captain Brian from the USA Western Territory wearing one of Andrew Marin’s shirts. It was worn by several of our people today and generated lots of questions and opportunities to explain why we were there.

Andrew Dobney, Brian Allan and Peter Kuehl ready for our 3,457th customer … actually, no charge. Free!

A good view of front line action along Halsted Street. It was busy. Ed Ruthberg in blue.


Andrew Marin spoke to the entire Cadet body Wednesday evening at the College for Officers Training in Chicago.  Cadets are men and women training to enter ministry as Salvation Army officers. 

I wasn’t able to attend the presentation Love Is An Orientation but according to a reliable source Andrew did an excellent job.  The Marin Foundation works to build bridges between the LGBT community and the Church through scientific research, biblical and social education, and diverse community gatherings.  For more information visit their website.

What is Andrew’s message?  Love unconditionally.

Here’s Andrew Marin’s blog.

I ordered decaf and a slice of coconut cream pie at the Golden Nugget on Irving Park Road just west of the Kennedy Expressway.

A sip and then a bite of indulgence as I visited with Jason and Kelly Pope and Andrew and Brenda Marin.

Jason and Kelly were in town from Atlanta leading a group of leaders and young people presenting their hip hop Christmas show at various venues in Chicago.  Earlier in the day they had been at LaSalle Street Church, a Catholic residential program, and briefing time with kettle workers at Chicago Temple (thank you Envoy Tyrone Staggers for assisting them this week).  Their few days here were busy and a success, and Jason was happy to be in a northern winter; Jason likes snow.  The Popes serve with the Salvation Army in Atlanta, Kelly in the Southern Territory’s Youth Department and Jason at DHQ in Atlanta as well as the Corps Sergeant Major at Atlanta’s Kroc Center.  I don’t think they would mind mentioning that they expect their first baby in late March.

Andrew and Brenda Marin are good friends with the Popes.  Jason has worked in the Southern Territory with Andrew who is founder of the Marin Foundation based in Chicago.  Andrew’s work is in that challenging place between the Church and the GLBT community; check out the Marin Foundation website.

Jason and I talked about current work in our respective territories, especially the work of identifying, recruiting, developing, and deploying people in urban mission.  Jason is involved with creation of an urban mission internship program backed by territorial resources.  He was glad to hear of the Central Territory’s commitment in a similar initiative as we are about to inaugurate the Urban Ministry Internship Program in Flint, St Louis, and Kansas City.

We also talked about the challenge and heartbreak of working with young people living in the city.  The Popes have recently been helping teens faced with very difficult situations.  Issues tend to be well defined and simple, if we are living in places of comfort and wholeness.  Inner cities and many urban settings abound with moral and ethical ambiguity.  Urban mission involves complexities of diversity, density, and stark despair with which some places in America have but a passing acquaintance.

Jason enjoyed the Chicago snow.  May you enjoy a Merry Christmas!

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