Kristyn Komarnicki is director of dialogue and convening at ESA/Sider Center. The creator of our Oriented to Love dialogues about sexual/gender diversity in the church, Kristyn facilitates (and trains others to facilitate) these two-day, intimate retreats that help Christians of different sexual/gender orientations and theological convictions come together to get to know, understand, and love each other, unified by the love of Christ.
Kristyn edited ESA’s PRISM Magazine for 15 years, and she continues to delight in discovering and sharing the (extra)ordinary stories of Christians who put their faith into action. Her conviction that every life is precious and worth listening to fuels her work with people on the margins of the church and society.
Passionate about relational wholeness, she writes and speaks about both sexual justice and sexual exploitation. In 2011, she won Christian for Biblical Equality’s Micah Award, which “honors those who exhibit courage, creativity, and tenacity in opposing abuse and advancing justice for women and children in Christ’s name.” Helping Christians understand that much of pornography is a form of hate speech and recognize its links to human trafficking is a particular concern of hers. She is a regular volunteer at a drop-in center for prostituted women in Philadelphia, where she listens to and learns from some of the most disenfranchised people in this country.
A xenophile who loves to travel and swap stories with people from around the world, Kristyn studied English literature–earning a BA from Wheaton College and an MA from the University of Toronto–and French language, literature, and culture in Aix-en-Provence and Paris. She began her journalism career in Hong Kong, where she lived on a small fisherfolk island for eight years (boats only–no cars!). She lives in Philadelphia with her husband of 29 years and the youngest of their three sons (ages 17-25).
Here’s some of the feedback Kristyn has received from her presentations on sex trafficking and sexual justice:
- “It was raw, real, good!”
- “I appreciated your clarity, truthfulness, and authenticity; your courage to bring this hot/hard topic into difficult spaces (church!); and your gracefulness in treating the topic!”
- “I appreciated learning that pornography is prostitution for mass consumption, that porn is the most accessible part of human trafficking, and what websites to give my grandsons and youth group.”
Kristyn’s speaking topics include:
- Sexual Justice: Why what we do with our bodies matters [college students and adults – faith-based]
- Crossing the Divide: How to have–and survive–difficult conversations with those who disagree with us [all ages – faith-based]
- Oriented to Love–what it means to seek unity that is deeper than agreement [adults – faith-based]