Oriented to Love: POC Dialogue on Sexual and Gender Diversity in the Body of Christ - Participant Application Form
Thank you for your interest in the POC-only Oriented to Love dialogue. This application is fairly intensive because of the level of connection and vulnerability required for the group to thrive, so we recommend you set aside the time to reflect and respond thoughtfully. If you don't have time to complete the full application in one sitting or would like to draft your answers first, we recommend downloading the sample PDF form (available at https://christiansforsocialaction.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/OTL-POC-only-application.pdf) and saving it to your computer. To submit your completed application, please copy and paste the answers from the pdf to this Google form.

Our next scheduled POC-only dialogue will be held April 1-3, 2022 in Chicago, IL. The application deadline is January 1, 2022.

This dialogue is open to people of color 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.

For more information please visit our webpage at https://christiansforsocialaction.org/event/poc-only-oriented-to-love-dialogue-apr21-chi/

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL INFORMATION/APPLICATIONS ARE KEPT COMPLETELY CONFIDENTIAL.
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First and Last Name:
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How did you learn about the dialogue?
If we are unable to accommodate you for this particular dialogue, are you interested in being contacted for a future dialogue?
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The minimum fee is $400 (which includes all meals and lodging), but the actual cost, which we encourage those who are able to pay, is $950. If you anticipate asking for scholarship funds to help you meet the minimum fee, please indicate that here; you will be contacted later to discuss an arrangement.
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Identity and Family Information
Race and/or Ethnic identity:
Gender identity:
Please include your pronouns.
Sexual orientation:
Relationship status:
If married or in a committed partnership, how long?
Do you have children? If yes, please list ages:
Profession:
Educational background:
Emergency Contact
In the event we'd need to reach someone while you're at the dialogue, please provide the name, cell phone number and email address of someone you are OK with knowing you're at the dialogue:
Dialogue Interest/Experience
What would you most like to gain from being involved in the Oriented to Love dialogue?
Why are you interested in applying for the People of Color - only dialogue specifically?
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:
Church and Community
Describe who Jesus Christ is to you:
Please list any involvement(s) you may have in your spiritual community and/or church:
Please list any involvement(s) you have in any other community groups or activities:
Which best describes your church or spiritual community?
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If you are LGBTQIA, what kind of support do you have from other LGBTQIA people?
If you are NOT LGBTQIA, do you have any close friends or family members who are LGBTQIA? If so, how would you describe your relationship with them?
Please list any involvement(s) you may have in any other community groups or activities:
Sexuality and Gender
What, in your view, is the role of sexuality in the life of a Christian?
What, in your view, is the role of gender in the life of a Christian?
What do you believe are the most important elements of a Christ-centered marriage?
What is your view of same-sex marriage? (Please understand that we are limited by space and language and cannot express here the incredible complexity that real life implies! This is just to get a general gauge of where people are coming from theologically.)
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.
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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 gender different from the one that appears on their birth certificate, and/or identify as transgender?
How do you view people who are intersex, which is a general term used to describe the sex traits of a person born with a reproductive system, hormones, and/or genitals that don't fit the typical definitions of female or male?
How do you view people who do not identify strongly with one gender or another (genderqueer, non-binary, agender)?
Gifts and Challenges
In what way(s) do you feel that God is calling you to dialogue about sexuality and gender?
What do you consider your personal gifts or strengths, especially as it pertains to this dialogue?
What can you see yourself bringing to it?
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.
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/encouraged here.)
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?
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, a brief reflection on your own hopes and fears, etc; they require much less work than it takes to complete this application, and 5-7 days are given to complete each assignment.)
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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 who you are comfortable knowing about your participation in 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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