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Bishops review Commission on a Way Forward sketches

In early November 2017, the Council of Bishops met and received the first report from the Commission on a Way Forward. The Commission’s mandate is to present a recommendation to the Council of Bishops at their May 2018 meeting to forward on to the Special General Conference 2019 (GC19). The bishops on the Commission, including…

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Prayers for Sutherland Springs

Over the past few weeks, Bob Dylan’s song keeps coming to mind: Yes, and how many deaths will it take ’till he knows That too many people have died? The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind The answer is blowin’ in the wind. How many people must die of gun violence before something…

Bishop Sally Dyck

What the world needs now is hope

Unraveling. Spiraling out of control. Unpredictable. Scary. What’s going to happen next? These are words or phrases I don’t think I’ve ever spent so much time pondering before. I don’t mean on a personal level but in our nation and the world today. I can’t begin to make a complete list and by the time…

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Bishop Dyck calls for prayer in midst of world disasters

Our world continues to be in a state of suffering. It’s been over a week and the people of Puerto Rico are still without water, electricity, food and the means to connect with others both on the island and in the states. Some of our own clergy and church members still don’t know the whereabouts…

What’s your call story?

One year when I was a district superintendent in East Ohio, I asked all of my churches to have a clergyperson and a layperson talk about their call. Many congregations had never heard their pastor’s call story before that church conference. The many ways that God works in and through our lives to call us…

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NCJ College of Bishops issue statement on racism

The North Central Jurisdiction College of Bishops and Directors of Connectional Ministry meeting together in Columbus, Ohio on September 20, 2017, issued the following statement: Events in recent weeks in our country have made evident the deep persistence of racism in our society. As United Methodist leaders, we commit ourselves to continuing our on-going work…

Why I am a United Methodist

I wasn’t raised in The United Methodist church. My family is Mennonite. While growing up, the church was the center of our lives. Through the church, I was given many opportunities for leadership (usually breaking the gender bar along the way) and mission. The church shaped me in many ways. When I went to college…

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Bishop pastoral statement on racism and violence

On August 12 a national tragedy occurred (again) when supremacist and neo-Nazi groups went to Charlottesville, VA and gave rise to violence, destruction, and death. We are grieving for the individuals involved but even more so, what these acts of racism and violence say about us as a people. I encouraged, along with most religious…

Bishop's Appeal

Bishop’s Appeal raises more than $70,000 for UM Global AIDS Fund

The Northern Illinois Conference HIV/AIDS task force thanks the many NIC churches and individuals across the conference for raising more than $71,400 toward the 2017 Bishop’s Appeal special offering. Sales of postcards featuring the Annual Conference artwork by the Rev. Kristine Marshall brought in an additional $300. The money will go toward the UM Global AIDS…

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More than an annual conference

Years ago Ken and I took our two Ohio nephews, who were 11 and 15 at the time, on a cross-country road trip, starting in Cleveland. We went to Yellowstone National Park where we met up with four other nephews from Utah. All year there was excitement between All year there was excitement between the…