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Rev. John Peterson chosen as new UM Foundation President

The Board of Directors of the United Methodist Foundation of the Northern Illinois Conference is pleased to announce that the Rev. John Peterson has been selected to be the next President of the Foundation. He will begin on September 1, 2014. John brings outstanding experience and credentials to his new role at the United Methodist…

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Chicago UM Churches: Creating a “Citywide Sanctuary”

Building on the Safe Haven program provided during this past spring break, several Chicago United Methodist churches are continuing to offer a safe place to go for  neighborhood elementary school-aged children this summer.   The Safe Haven Program, a partnership with Chicago Public Schools’ Faith Base and Community Engagement office (FACE), meets from Monday June…

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Safe Sanctuaries Training now online

Online training for Safe Sanctuaries is now available through “Safe Gatherings”, a United Methodist affiliated organization based out of Kansas, to help churches and their congregants meet this responsibility through a comprehensive and consistent online training process. In the past, the NIC has helped individual volunteers and congregations meet this responsibility through all-day trainings at…

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Bishop’s ruling on Doc. 700.08

On June 9, 2014, the Rev. Scott Field requested a decision of law regarding Document 700.08, “In Support of Marriage Equality” which was approved at Annual Conference. On June 10, 2014, Bishop Dyck received Rev. Field’s written and signed request which reads as follows: First, in light of Judicial Council Decision #886 as well as…