Oriented to Love: POC Dialogue on Sexual and Gender Diversity in the Body of Christ - Participant Application Form
Hello and thank you for your interest in this dialogue taking place Friday-Sunday, February 28-March 1, 2020, at the beautiful Calvin Center just south of the airport in Atlanta, GA.

This dialogue is open to POCs across all genders, sexual orientations, and theological convictions and will be crafted as a sacred space to honor and celebrate identity, engage in meaningful conversation, and deepen understanding.

The two main requirements for participation in this dialogue are an open heart and a committed faith in Christ. We need the group to be as diverse—in terms of theology, sexual orientation, gender identity, and ethnicity—as it is small. Since this conversation will focus on how believers approach and understand sexual and gender diversity in the church, our shared faith in and reliance on Christ will bind us together and make our efforts more productive and long-lasting.

Application deadline November 8, 2019.

For more information please visit: https://www.evangelicalsforsocialaction.org/oriented-to-love/oriented-to-love-people-of-color-only-dialogue/.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL INFORMATION/APPLICATIONS ARE KEPT COMPLETELY CONFIDENTIAL.
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How did you learn about the dialogue?
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If we are unable to accommodate you for this particular dialogue, are you interested in being contacted for a future dialogue?
Identity and Family Information
Ethnic identity:
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Gender identity:
Please include your pronouns.
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Sexual orientation:
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Relationship status:
If married or in a committed partnership, how long?
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Do you have children? If yes, please list ages:
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In the event we'd need to reach someone while you're at the dialogue - please provide cell phone number and email address of someone you are OK with knowing you're at the dialogue:
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Dialogue Interest/Experience
What would you most like to gain from being involved in the Oriented to Love dialogue?
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Why are you interested in applying for the People of Color - only dialogue specifically?
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Have you ever participated in support groups, listening circles or anything that requires you to listen open-heartedly to someone with different views from yours? Please explain:
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Church and Community
Describe who Jesus Christ is to you:
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Please list any involvement(s) you may have in your spiritual community and/or church:
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Which best describes your church or spiritual community?
If you are a sexual/gender minority: What kind of support do you have from other LGBTQIA people?
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If you are NOT a sexual/gender minority: Do you have any close friends or family members who are LGBTQIA? If so, how would you describe your relationship with them?
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Please list any involvement(s) you may have in any other community groups or activities:
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Sexuality and Gender
What, in your view, is the role of sexuality in the life of a Christian?
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What, in your view is the role of gender in the life of a Christian?
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What do you believe are the most important elements of a Christ-centered marriage?
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How do you view non-heterosexuality?
I believe that God views same-sex sexual relationships as morally and spiritually equivalent to heterosexual sexual relationships.
I believe that celibacy and marriage between a man and a woman are the only godly paths God provides for sexuality.
If you are cisgender please answer the following:
Cisgender means you do not identify as transgender.
How do you view people who transition to a different gender, and/or identify as transgender?
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How do you view people who are intersex ("a general term used for a variety of conditions in which a person is born with a reproductive or sexual anatomy that doesn't seem to fit the typical definitions of female or male")?
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How do you view people who do not identify strongly with one gender or another (genderqueer, non-binary, agender)?
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Gifts and Challenges
In what way(s) do you feel that God is calling you specifically to this dialogue?
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What do you consider your personal gifts or strengths, especially as it pertains to this dialogue?
What can you see yourself bringing to it?
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What do you consider your personal challenges, especially as it pertains to this dialogue - What do you anticipate might be particularly difficult for you in the context of the dialogue?
This is an opportunity to practice the kind of vulnerability that will serve you and others well at the dialogue, so we encourage you to resist the temptation to dismiss or downplay this - it's an important aspect of the process.)
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What part has suffering played in your faith journey?
In what ways has suffering entered into your life? How have you processed that suffering? What has God done with your suffering?) Specific examples are helpful here.
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Agreements
If you are selected for the dialogue, are you able to respect the privacy of others and agree to keep confidential everything shared within the group?
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If you are selected for the dialogue, are you willing to commit to a handful of pre-dialogue preparation exercises and to hand them in by the requested deadlines? (These include submitting a bio, some dialogue questions, and a very brief reflection on your own hopes and fears; it is generally no more work than it takes to complete this application, and 5-7 days are given to complete each assignment.)
References: These should be people who can vouch for your genuine desire to dialogue (listen to others and share yourself), your ability to keep confidentiality, and your faith in Christ. They should be people that you are comfortable with knowing about this dialogue.
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Please list below any special needs you have pertaining to accessibility, dietary restrictions, etc., that will help us better host you.
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