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A Time to Replenish

2015 Northern Illinois Annual Conference Report By Anne Marie Gerhardt, Dir. of Communications With imagery of water from baptismal fonts to beautiful artwork throughout the three days, heavy downpours outside and a worship theme of “Replenish,” Bishop Sally Dyck called those gathered at the 2015 Northern Illinois Annual Conference to “restore, renew, refresh and fill…

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Annual Conference approves legislation on Fossil Fuel divestment, mental health resources for inmates and changes to the General Church structure

The annual conference approved 23 petitions to send to the 2016 General Conference including; a much debated resolution on Fossil Fuel Divestment, recommendations to change the global structure of the church by renaming General Conference to Global Connectional Conference and reorganizing jurisdictions into regions, as well as deleting language in the denomination’s Book of Discipline…

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Annual Conference Awards

We have many dedicated laity and clergy in the Northern Illinois Conference. Each person is deserving of being acknowledged and thanks for their service. This year the following persons, churches and agencies have received recognition for outstanding service. The Bishop’s 2015 Ecumenical and Interrreligious Award: Rev. Dr. Pamela Lightsey       United Voices for…

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What do UM Ordination and the Three Musketeers have in common?”

By Arlene Christopherson, Assistant to the Bishop Sorry no, we do not pass out candy bars during the ordination service, but in the novel by Alexandre Dumas the Three Musketeers often repeat their motto “all for one, one for all”. In similar fashion the United Methodist ordination process is all about the connection, our United…