Clergy and lay representatives from 11 annual conferences, including the Northern Illinois Conference, gathered from July 13-16 in Peoria, Illinois for the North Central Jurisdictional Conference (NCJ).
Delegates elected four new bishops, said goodbye to four bishops, spent time listening, approved a resolution related to human sexuality, passed a budget and agreed on a new budget process during the 3 days of business.
Following the consecration service on Saturday, July 16, the chair of the NCJ Episcopacy Committee announced the episcopal assignments for the next four years. Bishop Sally Dyck returns to the Northern Illinois Conference through 2020.
“I’m delighted to come back to the Northern Illinois Conference,” said Dyck. “We started some big things in the last year to help us as an annual conference become stronger and more efficient to live out our core values of helping resource the local church. We have more work to do and I’m happy to be back to help us move forward.” Watch her greeting below.
Malone elected Bishop
Bishop Tracy S. Malone, former Chicago Southern District Superintendent who was the first elected bishop on the 6th ballot with 120 votes, thanked the NIC for the continued support on her journey to the episcopacy.
“You have been an instrumental part of my faith formation and I thank you now for sending me forth to go and offer myself in a life of fuller service to the Kingdom of God,” said Malone.
A farewell/send-off service for Bishop Malone will be held August 21, 2016 at Gary United Methodist Church in Wheaton. More details to come.
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