As a community, we welcome and affirm a multiplicity of ideas, voices, cultures, and experiences on what it means to be human and to follow Jesus — bringing unity to the glaring disconnect between the practices and priorities of Jesus and us who profess the Christian faith.Statement of Faith
Provides a sacred space to share, heal, and grow from things we feel afraid to think about and ashamed to talk with others: trauma, mental health, substance abuse, and addiction.Our founding premise
Create a welcoming and affirming space for everyone, including nonconformists, LGBTQ+ persons, immigrants, political and economic refugees, activitists, and sex workers.Read more
Champion for programs that uplift the poor provide resources for the questioning minds, and opportunities for those eager to attain their highest vision.Read our values
Mwangi Mukami, the Founder of the MLIFE Foundation.
Mwangi was born in a female-headed household consisting of nine siblings—five brothers and three sisters—in an impoverished and struggling neighborhood known as “Rurii rwa Sodom,” The Scrubland of Sodom in Kawangware, six miles west of Kenya’s capital, Nairobi.
Mwangi’s dream began in earnest. His mother, Veronica Mukami, a produce vendor at the nearby Kawangware market, was told by a school official that it was no longer possible for Mwangi to enroll in high school. In Mwangi’s words, he had ‘performed dismally’ in the national primary school examination and ‘ruled out’ by a system that locked out underserved students, without exceptional academic potential, from upward educational mobility.
Education was not the only obstacle that Mwangi had to overcome. At home, Mwangi’s family struggled to raise the $5 per month rent for their 12ft by 10ft one-room house and scraping enough money to buy basic meals became a matter of prayer and faith.
In his young adult life, Mwangi realized something about himself that was not acceptable in the culture in which he was growing up. He was gay. Moreover, in most African cultures, this is not only an abomination—but also illegal. When he revealed this part of his life to his friends and family, he received stern condemnation, blackmail and his life threatened.
Mwangi Mukami founded MLIFE Foundation to help improve the educational attainment of those without high academic achievement, lift those who are poor from poverty and provide LGBTQ+ persons with an affirming space to be their best authentic self and truly feel the love that Jesus has for them.
MLIFE Foundation bases its major tenets on Mwangi’s story—to knit the human and divine aspects of Jesus into our daily practice of spirituality. Explore in our everyday experiences what it means to be human while joining others in their story of being human.
Our spiritual doctrine - in its abridged form - consists of three words: God accepts people (GAP). Beyond GAP, we believe in the renewal, reconciliation, and restoration of all people.
We affirm that God exists in a single eternal moment understood differently across cultures. Everything about God is relational and an invitation for us to incarnate the divine to heal and restore our world.
We believe in Jesus as the embodiment of God -- wholly divine and intensely human. In Jesus, God reveals our restoration to Him through sacrificial love, not coercive violence.
We welcome everyone irrespective of their moral or spiritual history, age, race, and tribe, ethnicity, country of origin, education, economic situation, physical ability, relationship status, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender expression, and preference.
We apply restorative justice practices in thinking about—and resolving—wrongdoing. Instead of focusing on punishment for the offender, we focus on healing and interconnectedness.
We practice a radical Biblical hospitality of welcoming the stranger. Giving ourselves unconditionally to people not like us and inviting others to share our love in an accepting environment filled with grace.
We safeguard our future by pursuing environmental justice and promoting sustainable practices that enrich our human connection and our relationship with the earth.
We champion for equitable systemic change through a robust examination of power and oppression. We work to dismantle white supremacy, nativism, homophobia and transphobia, patriarchy, and imperialism.
We create spaces of healing from shame and things we are afraid to talk about because we believe open dialogue rights wrongs.
We utilize the power of storytelling, arts, and technology to dismantle the interlocking systems of shame and injustice. In the United States, we harness the voices of those under-sized by power historically: Blacks, Latinx, First Nations communities, and other ethnic minorities to be heard and answered. Around the world, we strengthen the voices of emerging minorities, including LGBTQ+ persons and those born on the outskirts of dominant and privileged groups to amplify their voice.
We guide the underserved through opportunities.
Our programs and services encourage upward mobility for the underserved. We offer scholarships and financial grants to youth and young professionals to hone their employment and entrepreneurial skills. Further their education, and address short-term financial gaps that lead to despair and homelessness. We provide individuals of all ages the training and resources they need to lead others, innovate, and make a social impact.
We promote consensual vulnerability to develop loving and trusting relationships.
We offer experiential leadership training and coursework to help leaders think critically about a wide variety of topics. These topics include globalization, intercultural competence and communication, gender studies, LGBTQ+ studies, and climate change to move our world in the direction of equity, sustainability, and peace.
We inspire a non-violent way of life.
We facilitate workshops and retreats to encourage nonviolence as a way of life and the only acceptable, courageous, and justifiable way to advocate for social justice. Our programs promote peacebuilding and mindfulness.
Definition of Terms
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You agree that you are entirely responsible for the content of, and any harm resulting from that content, when you comment, post material, post links, or otherwise contribute to our Site either through hard copies submissions or electronic communications, or allow any third party or parties to make material available by means of our Site (“Content”). This is the case regardless of whether the Content in question constitutes text, graphics, an audio file, or computer software. By making Content available to us, you represent and warrant that:
MLIFE has not reviewed, and cannot review, all of the material, including computer software, posted to the Site, and cannot, therefore, be responsible for that material’s content, use or effects. By operating the Site, MLIFE does not represent or imply that it endorses the material there posted, or that it believes such material to be accurate, useful or non-harmful. You are responsible for taking precautions as necessary to protect yourself and your computer systems from viruses, worms, Trojan horses, and other harmful or destructive content. The Site may contain content that is offensive, indecent, or otherwise objectionable, as well as content containing technical inaccuracies, typographical mistakes, and other errors. The Site may also contain material that violates the privacy or publicity rights or infringes the intellectual property and other proprietary rights, of third parties, or the downloading, copying or use of which is subject to additional terms and conditions, stated or unstated. MLIFE disclaims any responsibility for any harm resulting from the use by visitors of the Site, or from any downloading by those visitors of content there posted.
Content Posted on Other Sites
We have not reviewed, and cannot review, all of the material, including computer software, made available through the Sites and webpages to which mlifefoundation.org links, and that link to mlifefoundation.org. Links on the Website that lead to outside services and resources are provided for convenience only. We do not control the accuracy or availability of those services and resources and therefore not responsible for their contents or their use. By linking to a non-MLIFE Site or webpage, MLIFE does not represent or imply that it endorses such Site or webpage. You are responsible for taking precautions as necessary to protect yourself and your computer systems from viruses, worms, Trojan horses, and other harmful or destructive content. MLIFE disclaims any responsibility for any harm resulting from your use of non-MLIFE Sites and webpages. Any concerns regarding any such service or resource, or any link, should be directed to the particular service or support.
Most of our resources, services, questionnaires, and forms can be accessed and completed online. You may also select to send us an email and complete an online form on our Site or communicate to us or through a third-party site such as Facebook, Twitter, etc from accounts directly linked to our website and are independently managed by us (from now on referred to as “electronic communications”). Your use of electronic communications shall be deemed as consent by you to receive all agreements, notices, disclosures, and other communications via electronic communications and a waiver of any rights or requirements under any statutes, regulations, rules, ordinances, or other laws in any jurisdiction which require an original signature or delivery or retention of non-electronic records, or to payments or the granting of credits by any means other than electronic means. Electronic communications, including notices posted on our Site, shall satisfy any legal requirement that such notification is in writing. You agree to the use of electronic signatures, contracts, orders, and other records, and to electronic delivery of notices, policies, and records of transactions initiated or completed by us or via the Site.
This Agreement does not transfer from MLIFE to you any MLIFE or third-party intellectual property, and all right, title and interest in and to such property will remain (as between the parties) solely with MLIFE. MLIFE, mlifefoundation.org, and the MLIFE Foundation’s logo, and all other trademarks, service marks, graphics and logos used in connection with the Site are trademarks or registered trademarks of MLIFE. Other trademarks, service marks, graphics, and logos used in connection with the Site may be the trademarks of other third parties. Your use of the Site grants you no right or license to reproduce or otherwise use any MLIFE or third-party trademarks.
Copyright Infringement and DMCA Policy
We respect the intellectual property rights of others. If you believe that material located on or linked to our Site violates your copyright, you are encouraged to notify MLIFE by MLIFE’s Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) Policy. MLIFE will respond to all such notices, including as required or appropriate by removing the infringing material or disabling all links to the infringing material. MLIFE will terminate a visitor’s access to and use of the Site if, under appropriate circumstances, the visitor is determined to be a repeat infringer of the copyrights or other intellectual property rights of MLIFE or others. In the case of such termination, MLIFE will have no obligation to provide a refund of any amounts previously paid to MLIFE.
All communications regarding DMCA policy should be addressed as follows:
Designated Copyright Agent
Attn: Copyright Agent
1909 Mission Street, Suite 105
San Francisco, CA 94103
Disclaimer of Warranties
Our Site is provided “as is”. MLIFE and its suppliers and licensors hereby disclaim all warranties of any kind, express or implied, including, without limitation, the warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement. Neither MLIFE nor its suppliers and licensors, makes any warranty that the Site will be error free or that access thereto will be continuous or uninterrupted. You understand that you download from, or otherwise obtain content or services through, our Site at your own discretion and risk.
Limitation of Liability
In no event will MLIFE, or its suppliers or licensors, be liable with respect to any subject matter of this agreement under any contract, negligence, strict liability or other legal or equitable theory for: (i) any special, incidental or consequential damages; (ii) the cost of procurement for substitute products or services; (iii) for interruption of use or loss or corruption of data; or (iv) for any amounts that exceed the fees paid by you to MLIFE under this agreement during the twelve (12) month period prior to the cause of action. MLIFE shall have no liability for any failure or delay due to matters beyond their reasonable control. The foregoing shall not apply to the extent prohibited by applicable law.
General Representation and Warranty
You agree to indemnify and hold harmless MLIFE, its contractors, and its licensors, and their respective directors, officers, employees and agents from and against any and all claims and expenses, including attorneys’ fees, arising out of your use of our Site, including but not limited to your violation of this Agreement.
You agree to settle any claim or dispute arising from or related to this agreement through conciliation, and if necessary, legally binding arbitration in accordance with the Rules of Procedure for Christian Conciliation of the Institute for Christian Conciliation, a division of Peacemaker® Ministries (complete text of the Rules is available here). Judgment upon an arbitration decision may be entered in any court otherwise having jurisdiction. You understand that these methods shall be the sole remedy for any controversy or claim arising out of this agreement and expressly waive your right to file a lawsuit in any civil court against one another for such disputes, except to enforce an arbitration decision. The proper venue for any disputes arising out of or relating to any of the same will be the state and federal courts located in San Francisco County, California unless otherwise provided by Law.
If any complaint with us is not satisfactorily resolved, you can contact the Complaint Assistance Unit of the Division of Consumer Services of the California Department of Consumer Affairs in writing at 1625 North Market Blvd., Suite N 112, Sacramento, California 95834 or by telephone at (800) 952-5210 or (916) 445-1254.
This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between MLIFE and you concerning the subject matter hereof, and they may only be modified by a written amendment signed by an authorized executive of MLIFE, or by the posting by MLIFE of a revised version. Except to the extent applicable law, if any, provides otherwise, this Agreement, any access to or use of the Site will be governed by the laws of the state of California. If any clause or provision of this Agreement is found during the court of Arbitration or by a court of competent jurisdiction to be illegal, invalid, or unenforceable under present or future laws effective during the term of this Agreement, the remainder of this Agreement shall not be affected thereby, and you agree that in lieu of each clause or provision that is illegal, invalid or unenforceable, there be added as a part of this Agreement a clause or provision as similar in terms to such illegal, invalid or unenforceable clause or provision as may be possible and be legal, valid and enforceable.
MLIFE may terminate your access to all or any part of the Site at any time, with or without cause, with or without notice, effective immediately. If you wish to terminate this Agreement or your Mlifefoundation.org account (if you have one), you may simply discontinue using the Site. MLIFE Foundation can terminate the Site immediately as part of a general shut down of our service. All provisions of this Agreement which by their nature should survive termination shall survive termination, including, without limitation, ownership provisions, warranty disclaimers, indemnity and limitations of liability.
You are welcomed to contact us at:
1909 Mission Street, Suite 105
San Francisco, CA 94103
1909 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
What does personal identifiable data mean?
Personal identifiable data is non-public information that personally identifies you. This includes your name, address, email address, and phone number, as well as sensitive information such as your government issued identity card and/or bank account. It may also include information such as, but not limited to, your social security number, sexual orientation, gender, gender preferences and/or identity, religious views and the instructions you give us about how we communicate with you.
How do we collect information about you?
Information you provide to us
We collect personal information you give to us directly. For example, we collect it:
The information we collect from you this way can vary widely, from information about your current residence, immigration status, sexual orientation and identity, gender preferences to a new e-mail address.
Information we collect automatically when you use our online servicess
We may automatically record certain information when you use our online services through your desktop, laptop, tablet, or phone. This may include your:
We may also collect information about your interactions with our email messages, such as whether you opened, clicked on, or forwarded a message. We provide more information below about how we use technologies to automatically collect information.
Information we collect from other sources
We may collect personal and non-personal information from third parties such as partner organizations. For example, we may request that you authorize an exchange of information between us and other governmental or nongovernmental agencies in order to resolve or address your needs. In that case, we may find personal identifying information such marital status, income level, education, etc.
How do we use personal information we collect?
We use personal information to provide better services to you and to improve our operations.
For service reasons
We use personal information to:
For learning about our users
We use automatically-collected information to learn about usage trends and preferences of our users. This helps us:
We gather automatically-collected information from all our online users, not just you.
When do we share your information?
We do not share your personal information with organizations or individuals except as follows:
With your consent
We may share personal information when we have your consent to do so. Please note that we do not sell, rent, or otherwise share personal information with third parities for their direct marketing purposes without your consent.
For service reasons
We may share personal information with third parties that provide website, application development, hosting, maintenance, payment, and other services for us.
For legal reasons
We may share personal information with:
Generally, we limit the information we share to that which is reasonably necessary for these third parties to perform specific functions.
We do not consider personal information to include information that does not identify a specific user. This includes automatically-collected, aggregated, or other information that is anonymous. We may make this information available to third parties. For example, we may provide it when we comply with reporting obligations, carry out marketing activities, or study users’ interests, habits and usage patterns.
Can you make changes in how we collect and use information and how we communicate with you?
There’re a variety of ways for you to change how we collect and use your information, and how we communicate with you. As described below, you may:
Here is more information about your choices:
Not providing information
You may choose not to share certain personal information with us. That is entirely up to you. Not sharing some information may mean that we will not be able to provide you with some services, products, and online capabilities.
Updating your information
We want to keep your personal information accurate and up to date. If you have any questions about what information we have about you, or you wish to access or change any personal information, you may contact us at: email@example.com Please note that your ability to change certain information may depend on your account status and type. We’ll let you know about that when we respond to your request.
Opting out of marketing emails, texts, mail, phone calls or faxes
We may send marketing communications to you in a variety of ways, including emails, texts, regular mail, phone calls, and faxes. If you do not wish to receive one or more of these types of communications from us, you may instruct us by visiting our Communication Preference Center and updating your preference or by following directions that may be provided in the communication.
Please be aware that if you opt out of receiving email from us or otherwise modify the nature or frequency of marketing communications you receive from us, it may take up to 10 business days for us to process your request. In addition, even after you opt out from receiving commercial messages, you will continue to receive administrative messages from us.
Changing how information is collected automatically
As discussed later in this policy, you can adjust in the settings of the web browsers on your device to modify your cookie settings. This affects how information is collected automatically when you use your device
Turning on location services on your mobile device
When you download or use our mobile applications, or access one of our mobile optimized sites, we may receive information about your location and your mobile device, including a unique identifier for your device. We may use this information to provide you with location-based services, such as advertising, search results, and other personalized content.
Most mobile devices allow you to control or disable location services on the device’s setting menu. If you have questions about how to disable your device’s location services, we recommend you contact your mobile service carrier or the manufacturer of your device.
Using Do-Not-Track signals
We do not specifically respond to Do-Not-Track (“DNT”) signals. Some third-party websites keep track of your browsing activities, including across other websites on the Internet, which enables these websites to tailor what they present to you. Your browser may allow you to set a DNT signal on your browser so that these third parties know you do not want to be tracked
How do we protect your personal information?
We use physical, administrative, and technical safeguards to protect personal information:
We cannot, however, ensure or warrant the security of any personal Information, and you provide information to us with that understanding. We are not responsible for circumvention of any privacy settings or security measures on our services. Even after information posted on our websites is removed, caching and archiving services may have saved that information, and other users or third parties may have copied or stored the information.
If we learn of a security systems breach, then we may attempt to notify you so that you can take appropriate protective steps. We may also post a notice on our websites and/or email you if a security breach occurs.
When you use our websites, we may send one or more cookies to your device. Cookies can be used to follow your activity on the website. That information helps us to understand your preferences and improve your website experience. Please review your web browser “Help" file to learn the proper way to modify your cookie settings. Please note that if you delete, or choose not to accept, cookies from our websites, you may not be able to use the features of our websites to their fullest potential.
Third-Party Web Beacons
We may use third-party content or advertising on our websites that use various forms of web beacons, which allow the third-party content provider to read and write cookies to your browser in connection with your viewing of that content
We may use third-party buttons (such as Facebook “like” or “share” buttons) that allow third parties to collect information about you through their browser cookies, even when you do not interact with the button. Information collected through web beacons and buttons is collected directly by these third parties. Client does not participate in that data transmission. Information collected by a third party in this manner is subject to that third party’s own data collection, use, and disclosure policies.
When does this policy apply?
This policy applies to your relationship with MLIFE and its affiliates, if any, including both your personal and online interactions with us. This policy does not apply to services offered by other nonprofits, businesses, or individuals, including other sites linked to our sites or that you hear about from us. Information you provide to third parties is provided directly to them, not us. It is subject to their own policies, if any, governing privacy and security, even if accessed through our sites.
For clarity, we are not responsible for the content or privacy and security practices and policies of those third-party sites or services, or for their products or services. We encourage you to learn about third parties’ privacy and security policies before providing them with information.
We do not want to collect information from children. Do not provide any personal information unless you are at least 13 years of age. Please caution your children not to provide any information unless you consent to their participation in our programs and activities. If a child under 13 has provided personal information, a parent or guardian may alert us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will subject to applicable law and other provisions of this policy, use commercially reasonable efforts to delete it from our database.
If you use our services from the European Union or other regions of the world with laws governing data collection and use that may differ from U.S. law, you should know you are transferring your personal information outside of those regions to the United States for storage and processing.
Changes and updates to this policy
We may change this policy at any time. For example, as technologies, laws, or user needs change, our websites and its features may also change. We will communicate these changes to you by posting them on our websites and/or by notifying you through email.
Terms and conditions
This policy is part of and incorporated into the MLIFE Terms of Service, which is the contract between you and MLIFE governing use of this site. Parts of the Terms of Service affect this policy, so, unless you have already done so, please review them here. Terms used but not defined in this policy have the definitions in the Terms of Service.
Your California privacy rights
Under California Civil Code Section 1798.83, California customers are entitled to request information relating to whether a business has disclosed personal information to any third parties for the third parties’ direct marketing purposes. As explained elsewhere in this policy, MLIFE will not sell or transfer your personal information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes without your consent.
This policy is intended to supplement any federal and state laws applicable to us relating to the privacy of information we obtain to provide education services, and perform other nonprofit work.