Why: Churches, denominations, even families continue to split over disagreements on what constitutes Christian faithfulness in sexuality and gender, but unity is still possible — a unity that is deeper than agreement.

What: A diverse group of Christians  will demonstrate loving dialogue across deep difference in sexual orientation, gender identity, and theological conviction.

Come eavesdrop on some challenging conversations, hashed out with love in real time. At Oriented to Love events, people gather not in spite of their differences but because of them! Together we’ll learn what kinds of questions generate the best dialogue, what it looks like to listen with love, and how we can connect across deep differences without leaving our convictions at the door.

We’ll take time for Questions & Responses so that the whole group has a chance to enter into the conversation. Still not sure what to expect? Check out this article by a pastor who hosted one of our recent fishbowls!

When: Wednesday, May 1, 2024 from 7:30-9pm

Where: Washington Community Fellowship, 907 Maryland Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002

When you register below, we’ll send you a guide to help you not only prepare for the fishbowl but also to process it with your family, friends, and faith community afterwards. We want you to get the most out of this experience. Please also check out our tips for building a better question!

CHILDCARE is available: When registering, please check the box and indicate your children’s ages so we know who and how many to expect.

This event is free (with the option of donating to help cover costs), but registration is required. By registering now, you give us the opportunity to communicate to you any last-minute changes and to prepare the meeting space and materials.

(Please note that in order to respect the privacy of our dialogue partners, this event will not be recorded or live-streamed. This is an in-person event only.)

This event is sponsored by Washington Community Fellowship and Christ City Church.

Oriented to Love is a program of Christians for Social Action (CSA) that helps Christians build community in the church amidst theological diversity, through loving dialogue and mutual vulnerability. The goal is to discover a unity that is deeper than agreement. Kristyn Komarnicki, director of dialogue and convening at CSA and director of the Oriented to Love dialogue program, will moderate the fishbowl.