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NIC Board of Ordained Ministry responds to Judicial Council Ruling

The NIC Board of Ordained Ministry delivered its report to the annual clergy session held May 23, 2017. Here’s a portion of the report from Chair Rev. Danita R. Anderson responding to the recent Judicial Council ruling: Last year our work was called into question and has resulted in a ruling from the Judicial Council, decision…

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Hilltop Ministry Center sold to Easterseals

By Rev. Lisa Kruse-Safford, Rockford District Superintendent Bill and Joyce Russ, long-time faithful members of Centennial UMC in Rockford, Ill., and life-long farmers on the north side of the city, made a gift of land in 2004 to the Northern Illinois Conference (NIC) with the dream that the land, which brought forth a harvest of…

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Legislation proposes conference restructuring

With submitted legislation, the Organizational Task Force is introducing a restructuring plan for the Northern Illinois Conference to streamline committee work, align resources and create an intersection between administrative, program and superintending functions. As outlined in the legislation, the proposed organizational structure is centered around an Annual Conference Shepherding Team (ACST) and six District Shepherding…

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Bishop Dyck letter in response to Judicial Council rulings

In response to the much-anticipated rulings by the Judicial Council released April 28, Bishop Sally Dyck encourages us to continue to be in prayer for one another and the church. “I appeal to the people of the Northern Illinois Annual Conference to keep focused on the mission of Jesus Christ. We can and will work through…