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Summer Safe Haven Tour

An Opportunity for Practical Faith By Reverend Robert E. Biekman, NIC Urban Ministry Coordinator This summer nearly 500 children are enrolled at United Methodist Church Safe Havens across the city of Chicago. Safe Haven is a partnership with Chicago Public Schools and the faith based community, primarily churches to provide safe spaces, healthy food and…


The Coffee Connection

Tony Disney ventured to Chicago from California two years ago looking for a fresh start, a second chance. But it wasn’t an easy journey as he faced many barriers and little resources as an ex-felon who served time in prison. “There were many consequences as a result of my crime. I lost my career, my…

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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

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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