You’ve attended an Oriented to Love dialogue as a participant and want to understand better what makes dialogue work and how you can extend it to others. You care about helping the church (or even just your closest family and friends) have a true conversation about sexual/gender diversity—not a debate or a sermon, but a true conversation.
We provide regular dialogue facilitation training because the need for this kind of open-hearted conversation around issues of sexuality and gender continues to grow. Our goal is to help equip you to shape and lead effective dialogue in your own geographic region, church, and/or circles of influence, because these experiences have the power to build bridges of healing and relational love.
Please note: You must attend an Oriented to Love dialogue before you can participate in a facilitator training.
We limit the size of the training, so we encourage you register early. Thank you!
Some of the things we’ll cover at the facilitator training include:
- Know thyself: Hosting life-giving conversations across deep difference starts with understanding yourself (your strengths and triggers, your temperament, your relational style, etc)
- Hospitality: Why welcoming and caring for the “other” is essential to unity in the Body of Christ
- The power of a good question: How to craft (and help others ask) dialogue-nurturing questions
- Dialogue 101: What fosters civility, curiosity, and compassion
- Leading well: The role and responsibilities of a good facilitator
We’ll also discuss how to lead with vulnerability and invite Christ into the center of the work. We will model and practice dialogue exercises and conversation while reflecting on the goals and outcomes as we go. The training will be highly interactive, experiential, and discussion-based. What you bring to the training will determine to a large extent what you will take away from it. The weekend is also designed to be a time of rich fellowship, worship, and community-building through mutual vulnerability, hosted in a setting of contemplative beauty.
Please note: As you know from participating in a past dialogue, Oriented to Love is for Christ-followers who are committed to respectful and loving dialogue and are willing to do the hard work of building community among people who disagree. This is beautiful, sacred, and exciting work that is not about persuasion, correction, or instruction but about taking the time to discern Christ’s presence in the other and trusting the Holy Spirit to guide each of us.
If you have any questions, contact Kristyn Komarnicki.
- March 16-18 (Fri-Sun), 2018
Where: St. Raphaela Center, Haverford, PA, just outside Philadelphia
- Kristyn Komarnicki, director of Oriented to Love
- Francesca Nuzzolese, Oriented to Love spiritual director, associate professor of pastoral care and counseling at Methodist Theological School in Ohio
- Registration fee covers all meals, lodging, and materials; $450 for shared room, $500 for a private room.
- Because of a small amount of required prep work you will need to do before attending the training, please register by February 1. Registration will remain open until March 13, but because of the prep work—and because spaces are limited—please register as soon as you are able.