Oriented to Love nurtures respectful, compassionate dialogue about sexual & gender diversity in the Body of Christ

Come join us for a fishbowl dialogue!

Who: Our Jesus-loving conversation partners are diverse in theology, ethnicity, and age.

What: A demonstration of loving dialogue across deep difference

When: Tuesday, October 10, 2023 from 7-8:30pm

Where: Grace Long Beach, 3601 Linden Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90807

Why: Christians disagree on what constitutes a faithful living out of our sexuality and gender, but unity is still possible — a unity that is deeper than agreement. Let’s learn together 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.

Join us for a moderated fishbowl conversation that demonstrates this beautiful possibility. We’ll take time for questions so the whole group gets a chance to enter into the conversation, as well as offer an opportunity for brief processing in small groups for anyone who wants to linger a few extra minutes.

When you register below, we’ll send you the evening’s program as well as 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!

Register here!

This event is free but registration is required. By registering now, you give us the opportunity not only to communicate to you any last-minute changes (like Covid protocols, etc) but also to prepare the meeting space and any 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 made possible through a generous gift from City Church Long Beach.

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.