1) To create opportunities within the church to dialogue about social issues and to reason together about how God would have us respond and
2) To encourage mobilization of believers towards Christ-centered civic engagement.


WRESTLE w/LGBTQ+ Conversation

In this first of three sessions on 9/13, Dr. Mark Yarhouse, Director of the Sexual and Gender Identity (SGI) Institute at Wheaton College, will help us define terms, explain common misconceptions, discuss the different “lenses” through which people “see” these topics, cover milestones in identity development, and the different approaches to ministry. We will also have an extended time of Q&A.

Session 1

Click HERE for Dr. Yarhouse’s slides from session 1.

Session 2

In session 3 on 10/3 we will have time to talk together about what we’ve heard, prayerfully, in-person!

It is helpful to RSVP and ask questions in advance by emailing:

Invite your friends!

Previous Wrestle Sessions

WRESTLE w/Christian Nationalism

Dr. Sam Perry and our very own Phil Vischer helped us to wrestle with the idea of Christian Nationalism.

Click HERE for a PDF of the general presentation slides.

Click HERE for a PDF of Dr. Liu’s slides.

WRESTLE w/the Vaccine

Dr. Jay Liu and Dr. Micah Hong shared about the COVID-19 Vaccine to help us as we make decisions to get or not to get the vaccine.

Click HERE for a PDF of the general presentation slides.

Click HERE for a PDF of Dr. Liu’s slides.

WRESTLE w/2020 Election

Jan Tobey & Melissa Nachman from the League of Women Voters shared about Voting 101 (from colonial town halls, issues on the ballot, the “how-tos” of casting your vote), and Skye Jethani prepared us to wrestle with our decisions in the upcoming election.

Click HERE for the Slides from WRESTLE w/2020 Election

Wrestle w/Policing, Part 2

Session 2: Rev. Sam Atchison, author of The Church and Law Enforcement in Poor Black and White Communities

Wrestle w/Policing, Part 1

Session 1: Brian Stoffer (Chief of Public Safety – Moody Bible Institute) and Sgt. Jermaine Harris (Chicago Police – Austin)


PDF of Presentation

Wrestle w/COVID-19

Session 1: Dr. Jay Liu & Skye Jethani


PDF of Presentation

Session 1: Dr. Noah Toly (Wheaton College)



Quick overview of climate change and the consequences from NASA—2 minute videos—learn the lingo!!
Usual Suspects
Earth has a Fever
Sea Level Rise
More “Earth Minute” videos put out by NASA

Lines of evidence video – how scientists have arrived at the state of knowledge about current climate change and its causes

Why climate change is important for us:
Here’s Why the Melting Arctic Should Matter to Us All | DAVOS 2020

Time-lapse disappearing sea ice (1984-2019)

“Arctic Report Card”– Watch this video (especially toward the end) to see the effects of climate change on indigenous people:

NASA – NASA’s website on climate is a treasure trove of information on climate change.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Justice and Environment
“Coal Blooded: Putting Profits Before People”
This report, Coal Blooded: Putting Profits Before People, demonstrates both the urgency and
opportunity for community action with respect to coal fired power plants—an issue at the
intersection between climate justice and environmental justice.

Biblical Foundation: Loving the least of these

Read-Climate Change Skeptic View:
Divided We Fall-Climate Change: Views from an Environmentalist and a Skeptic

Ideas for what to do:
“101 Ways to Fight Climate Change”

“Top 10 Things You Can Do about Climate Change”

Faith in Place is the Illinois affiliate of Interfaith Power and Light

Food Scraps and Composting

Project Drawdown: The World’s Leading Resource for Climate Solutions

Educate Women and Girls


Session 1: Attorneys Kendra H.M. Scheuerlein and Kelli Fenne

Session 2: Durmomo Gary (World Relief) & Dr. Daniel Carroll (Wheaton College)


Wrestle with Immigration Google Drive

PICTURES worth a thousand words
Border Camps

Legal Immigration Explained in One Simple Chart –

Facts on Immigration: What you need to know in 2019

Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens? Pros/Cons

The Economic Effects of Granting Legal Status and Citizenship to Undocumented Immigrants

Immigration 101

Remain in Mexico Policy Review (Jan 2019) – American Immigration Lawyer Association review

New asylum policy (July ,2019), Apply for asylum in any country they pass through before applying for asylum in
the US

Profiting from Enforcement: The Role of Private Prisons in U.S. Immigration Detention

Immigration, World Poverty and Gumballs

Where Have You Gone, Barbara Jordan? Our Nation Turns Its Lonely Eyes To You
Back in the 1990s, a bipartisan team led by the charismatic Barbara Jordan came up with a solution to the
immigration debate that would have fixed a lot the things we’re arguing about today.

• Our Town (Part 1) (Part 2)
We spent eight months and did over a hundred interviews to try to bypass the usual rhetoric and get to the
bottom of what really happened when undocumented workers showed up in one Alabama town.