Bishop Sally Dyck

Bishop calls for peaceful response to video release

Bishop Sally Dyck calls upon United Methodists, especially in the city of Chicago, to pray and work for nonviolent responses and protests following the city’s release of the dash-cam video showing 17-year-old Laquan McDonald being fatally shot 16 times by Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke in October 2014. Frustration and anger have mounted locally and around the country…

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Youth Summit aims to end gun violence

More than 80 youth gathered at St. Matthew UMC in Chicago on Saturday, Nov. 21 despite the winter storm which blanketed the area with snow. This was the second annual youth summit organized by the NIC Urban Strategy committee. This year’s theme was “Celebrating the Death of Hand Gun Violence in Our Time.” With more…

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NIC Students awarded scholarships

The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) celebrates that the Office of Loans and Scholarships will be awarding over 2,200 students a total of $4.5 million in financial assistance for 2015. Thank you for your support in recognizing United Methodist Student Day, World Communion Sunday, and Native American Sunday which help fund a…

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Letter to Gov. Rauner – Allow Syrian Refugees

Dear Governor Rauner: As the bishop of The United Methodist Church in Northern Illinois, I am asking you to reconsider your decision to refuse Syrian refugees from settling in Illinois. United Methodists across the world, including Germany, have been involved in resettling Syrians in our countries and states. It is part of our biblical tradition (Deuteronomy 10:17-19…

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Special session approves budget

During a special session convened November 7, 2015, members of the Northern Illinois Annual Conference approved a 2016 budget of $6,737,477, a $470,019 reduction from the previous year, which includes a hopeful 100% apportionment payment to the General Church. The Conference Committee on Finance and Administration (CCFA) presented the proposed budget following months of collaborative conversations…

Bishop Sally Dyck

Looking over our landscape

We have recently completed the implementation of a questionnaire that assessed the vitality and effectiveness of the work of the Northern Illinois Annual Conference. Called the Landscape tool, it is designed to provide key information on the experiences, perceptions and aspirations of clergy and laity in the annual conference. The purpose of this self-assessment is…

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NIU campus ministry feeds ‘Hungry Huskies’

Every Sunday evening, students with the Wesley Foundation at Northern Illinois University are serving other students a free, home-cooked meal, a real gift to hungry college students! Several churches are also pitching in by providing dinners, desserts, meal prep and financial support. The new “Hungry Huskies” ministry started this semester and they’ve already fed nearly…

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North Central Jurisdiction retains same number of Bishops

After further review of the numbers, the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) reports that the North Central Jurisdiction (NCJ) does have enough members to retain nine bishops for the episcopal area. In September GCFA notified NCJ leadership that membership totals from 2014’s statistics showed a drop below the threshold formula required by the Book…

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Enhanced Find-A-Church features now available

Today’s tech-savvy seekers turn to the Internet as their primary source for information. Local United Methodist churches can be prepared with an updated profile on Find-A-Church, which now has enhanced tools to create easily viewed events, social media links, and worship information. New Find-A-Church features include: GoogleMap with movable pin to exactly communicate location Links…

Tracy Smith Malone

Rev. Malone endorsed as Episcopal Nominee

Members of the NIC General/Jurisdictional Delegation unanimously endorsed the Rev. Dr. Tracy Smith Malone as their episcopal nominee at their Sept. 27, 2015 meeting. “I’m honored by the trust and confidence that my colleagues (lay and clergy) have in my gifts and leadership,” said Rev. Malone responding to the endorsement. Rev. Malone serves as the…