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Archives & History Wiki Site

In recognition of our 175th Annual Conference, the Committee on Archives and History is launching a wiki site, nichistory.wiki,  that will be dedicated to collecting the basic information and history of our churches, past and present. Our initial steps are simple. However, over time we wish to expand this information to include persons and significant…

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Come together for Summer of Faith ~ Kick off Events May 23

Promote Peace this Summer… JOIN the ACTION KICK-OFF for the SUMMER Of FAITH! Friday, May 23 @ 7- 9 pm As Memorial Day weekend officially kicks off summer, and a time when violence escalates, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is asking churches, faith leaders, businesses, community groups and block clubs to unite and organize city-wide anti-violence…

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North Central College names new campus chaplain

North Central College has named a new campus chaplain, the Rev. Eric Doolittle. He will assume the role from the Rev. Dr. Lynn Pries ’67, who retires in June after 20 years of service as campus chaplain at North Central College. An ordained elder in the United Methodist Church (UMC), Doolittle has served as a…

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175th Anniversary: A reflection of the past – Pt. 2

By Dan Swinson, Conference Historian The first session of the Rock River Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church met in Mt. Morris, Illinois beginning August 26, 1840Why Mt. Morris? Why not Chicago, or Rockford, or . . . ? The demographics were different then. Galena was the second most populous location in the state after…

175th Anniversary: A reflection of the past

By Dan Swinson, Conference Historian June 2014 will mark the 175th Session of the Northern Illinois Conference of The United Methodist Church. Since the Northern Illinois Conference of The United Methodist Church came into existence following the merger of 1968, we have been very busy, or. . .we have an interesting history. The United Methodist…

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Young Adult Missionary visiting NIC churches

Mistead T. Sai is a missionary through the US-2 young adult program of the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church. Commissioned in August 2012, he is assigned to Interfaith Worker Justice in Chicago, Illinois. Mistead will be visiting local churches in the NIC, to engage young adults in ministry, during the…

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Elvira Arellano: A Methodist in Ministry

By Anne Marie Gerhardt Elvira Arellano, an immigrant rights activist from Mexico who gained nationwide publicity for seeking shelter in a Northern Illinois Conference United Methodist church, is back in a familiar place. Seven years after U.S. immigration officers deported her to Mexico, she returned March 23 to Adalberto United Methodist Church in Chicago’s Humboldt…

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Kit Challenge 2014

This year’s Annual Conference invites each district to participate in giving by donating items to help those with immediate needs. This year’s theme again asks, “Who is my neighbor?” and invites us to examine our work and witness with children. This year’s collection will benefit the Midwest Mission Distribution Center in their efforts to assemble…

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Missionary Tshala Mwengo Dies After Bus Accident

On April 9, the General Board of Global Ministries shared the sad news that Tshala Mwengo passed away. Tshala and his wife, Betty, had served at the Mujilla Falls Agricultural Project in Northwestern Zambia. He last itinerated in the Northern Illinois Conference in 2012 and visited the Annual Conference (click to read more). Sensing a…

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Red Door Fund Update

Just one year ago, at a special session of the Annual Conference, we as the Annual Conference, voted to assist churches in our conference who were having trouble re-financing or repaying church mortgages whose rate of interest was onerous. In a wonderful confirmation of the connection we have as United Methodists and in an effort…