Can We Talk?
by Kristyn Komarnicki
In January, my friend John Backman and I will present a workshop at the 2014 Gay Christian Network conference on talking with people who disagree with us. John is an expert in the art of dialogue, the author of the book Why Can't We Talk? Christian Wisdom on Dialogue as a Habit of the Heart, and one of the original 12 participants at ESA's Oriented to Love dialogue.
I cherish every opportunity I get to hang out with folks of shared commitments and conflicting convictions, because I love what I learn at points of theological passion/friction, and that's what the Oriented to Love dialogue was all about. If that excites you, too, and you want to help bring together Christ-followers of different sexual/gender orientations and/or theological convictions to listen to and learn from each other, be sure to check out our dialogue guide, which is available for free download.
May I ask you to pray for John and me as we prepare, over the next two months, for the workshop we'll be leading? It's called "The Dangerous Adventure of Talking with 'Them'"—and the Heartspace that Keeps Us Safe." We would greatly appreciate your prayers as we look forward to connecting with folks from across the country, folks who love the Savior and want to grow in community with other Christians, but who want more from disagreement than division and heartache. They want the love, maturity, and unity that come from honest connection and grace, that come from learning to live in the family of God with open hearts, fearless forgiveness, and the knowledge that we are all together at the foot of the cross.
(Read a review of John Backman's, book Why Can't We Talk? Christian Wisdom on Dialogue as a Habit of the Heart, by Oriented to Love dialoguer Tim Otto.)