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Cultural Competency Training

Building God’s Beloved Community – a Cultural Competency Training “Building God’s Beloved Community” is an awesome task, and yet, a task that requires hard and intentional work. How do we relate across racial, ethnic, and cultural differences? How do we live together, work together, and build God’s beloved community where everyone is valued and every gift celebrated? The…

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Observe Children’s Sabbath This Fall

The 2016 National Observance of Children’s Sabbath is coming up October 21-23. Children’s Sabbath, sponsored by the Children’s Defense Fund, is an interfaith celebration in which congregations hold special worship services, education programs, and advocacy activities to engage people of faith in the lives of children and their families. The theme for this year is:…

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Chicago Urban Summit Seeks to Train and Equip Pastors

By Rev. Lindsey Long Joyce “Seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you in exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.” Jeremiah 29:7 The Cook County board president has officially declared gun violence a “Public Health Crisis,” civil unrest from excessive…

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Flood buckets needed

The Midwest Mission Distribution Center (MMDC) in Chatham, IL., has sent out 2,016 cleaning buckets to UMCOR in Baldwin, Louisiana in response to the catastrophic flooding that has damaged thousands of homes and properties. MMDC volunteers are now working on replenishing the supplies for buckets. If you would like to help replenish supplies, you can…

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Champions of Justice Award

The Rev. Michael Mann and Rev. Lisl Heymans Paul will receive the Champions of Justice – Founders Award from Northern Illinois Justice for Our Neighbors at the JFON 5th Anniversary Dinner, Sept. 18, 2016, at 4:30 pm at Elgin Community College.  “We wanted to start a tradition where every year we honor an outstanding contributor to…

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New Rainbow Covenant Booklet

With the new quadrennium, the Northern Illinois Conference Board of Global Ministries has updated the Rainbow Covenant Booklet for 2016-2020. It can be downloaded online and printed copies will be mailed in the fall to each church. Donations to help defray the cost are welcomed. The NIC Board of Global Ministries took this opportunity to…

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Bishop announces new Chicago Southern District Superintendent

Bishop Sally Dyck is pleased to announce the appointment of the new Chicago Southern District Superintendent, Rev. Jacques A. Conway, effective September 1, 2016. Rev. Conway follows the recently elected Bishop Tracy Smith Malone who served as the CSD Superintendent since 2011. Bishop Malone will be serving the East Ohio Annual Conference, effective September 1,…

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Northern Illinois clergy and laity to serve Jurisdictional, General Church

In addition to electing bishops, delegates in the North Central Jurisdiction also elected leaders to serve on various committees for the next four years, eight from the Northern Illinois Conference. Here’s a look at our Northern Illinois clergy and laity who will be serving on which committees. Thanks to all of these individuals for their…

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Bishop Dyck returns to the Northern Illinois Conference

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…

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Four new NCJ bishops consecrated

By Christa Meland, Minnesota Conference In a meaningful worship service and before hundreds of United Methodists from across the North Central Jurisdiction, the four newly elected episcopal leaders – Bishop Tracy S. Malone, Bishop Frank Beard, Bishop David Bard and Bishop Laurie Haller – were consecrated Saturday, July 16 at First United Methodist Church in…