Some topics are so crucial, current, debated and/or divisive, they require focused attention in addition to sermons. Faith Community Church introduced Faith Forums in 2015 as an additional way to offer biblical perspective on culturally relevant topics, such as immigration. The topic for the next Faith Forum at Faith Community Church is "The Gospel and Immigration," and it is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 25. The evening includes a presentation by the speakers followed by Q & A (questions and answers.) This forum is an opportunity to consider a complex issue from a gospel perspective. It is not intended as a response for or against immigration or any related policies.
Liz Dong, Midwest Regional Mobilizer for the Evangelical Immigration Table. Liz is an immigrant and a recipient of DACA. She lived for two years in intentional Christian community with refugees and immigrants in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. Liz is the co-founder of Voices of Christian Dreamers, a Dreamer-led movement dedicated to changing the conversation about immigration in the Church through highlighting biblical teaching, personal stories and other resources. She has a BA from Northwestern University (IL) and is currently working toward her MBA from the University of Chicago.
Matthew Soerens, US Director of Church Mobilization for World Relief. Matthew serves as the U.S. Director of Church Mobilization for World Relief and the National Coordinator for the Evangelical Immigration Table, a coalition of evangelical organizations of which World Relief is a founding member. He is the co-author of "Seeking Refuge: On the Shores of the Global Refugee Crisis" (Moody Publishers, 2016) and "Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion & Truth in the Immigration Debate" (InterVarsity Press, 2009) and has written on the topic of immigration for publications such as Christianity Today, RELEVANT, Sojourners, The Gospel Coalition, and the Washington Post. He is a graduate of Wheaton College (IL) and DePaul University’s School of Public Service. Matthew lives in Aurora, Illinois, with his wife and three children.