The Peace Team of Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 9401 S. Oakley Ave., will host the second in a series, Civil Conversations: A Deeper Dive into Current Issues, on Wednesday, May 16, at 7:30 p.m.

The topic will be Chicago as a sanctuary city. Community members are welcome and encouraged to join the conversation.

The purpose of the conversations is to listen to others’ views on a topic, especially views that differ from one’s own.

“This is not ‘conversion therapy,’” said Pastor Jennie English-Dumont. “The goal is not to have everyone walk away from the conversation with the same point of view, but for everyone to be heard with respect. The goal is to hold differing viewpoints in tension. This can strengthen our community if we are intentional about hearing one another.”

Conversation groups will use a method called mutual invitation, developed by Eric Law, of the Kaleidoscope Institute, to ensure everyone has a chance to speak and be heard with respect.

For more information, call the church office at (773) 445-7558 or visit the website at