Migrants form a crowd at the Keleti pályaudvar train station Sept. 2 in Budapest while waiting passage to Germany, Austria and other wealthier countries within the European Union where the laws on refugee protection are better. Photo by Daniel Peters for UMNS

Responding to the Syrian Crisis

By Rev. Michael Mann Over the past two weeks, many congregations throughout the United States have vocalized their deep lament in response what has been called “the biggest refugee crisis since World War II” as nearly 4 million Syrian refugees have fled their country over the past few years. The Northern Illinois Justice For Our…

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A Time to Replenish

2015 Northern Illinois Annual Conference Report By Anne Marie Gerhardt, Dir. of Communications With imagery of water from baptismal fonts to beautiful artwork throughout the three days, heavy downpours outside and a worship theme of “Replenish,” Bishop Sally Dyck called those gathered at the 2015 Northern Illinois Annual Conference to “restore, renew, refresh and fill…

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Annual Conference approves legislation on Fossil Fuel divestment

The annual conference approved 23 petitions to send to the 2016 General Conference including; a much debated resolution on Fossil Fuel Divestment, recommendations to change the global structure of the church by renaming General Conference to Global Connectional Conference and reorganizing jurisdictions into regions, as well as deleting language in the denomination’s Book of Discipline…

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Annual Conference Awards

We have many dedicated laity and clergy in the Northern Illinois Conference. Each person is deserving of being acknowledged and thanks for their service. This year the following persons, churches and agencies have received recognition for outstanding service. The Bishop’s 2015 Ecumenical and Interrreligious Award: Rev. Dr. Pamela Lightsey       United Voices for…

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Bishop’s Appeal – Story of a dreamer

Second Chances: A story of a dreamer Min-Chul Suk came to the U.S. from South Korea with his parents in 1991, when he was 9. Min-Chul graduated from high school with a 4.2 GPA. He graduated from UCLA with a degree in microbiology, immunology, and molecular genetics. With the support of the Korean-American community, Min-Chul…

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Urging Governor to reconsider budget cuts

And How Are The Children? “Children have only one childhood. Every day those children are being denied early education and nutritious food impacts their chances of living to their full potential. We must stand up for children across the country.” ~Marian Wright Edelman   Governor Rauner’s FY2016 budget proposes critical cuts to programs which serve…

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Laity Session at Annual Conference

This year’s focus of the Laity Session at Annual Conference will be on youth and young adults. As such, the Board of Laity is extending an open invitation to all youth and young adults to attend to make this a meaningful session. It will take place on Sunday, June 14, 2015 between 6pm and 8pm…

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UMW Dinner at Annual Conference- ticket purchase instructions

UMW Dinner at Annual Conference Monday, June 15 Pheasant Run Resort, St. Charles IL   Purchase your UMW Dinner tickets by registering 1. Online at https://www.umcnic.org/about-us/annual-conference-2015 (if you are not an Annual  Conference participant, you may register as a guest); or 2. Download a Registration form to mail or fax in. (instructions are on the form) Group meal…

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Northern Illinois – Give yourself a hand!

As of World Malaria day, April 25, 2015, the Northern Illinois Annual Conference had pledged $1 Million to Imagine No Malaria! We will have an opportunity to celebrate our accomplishment at the 2015 annual conference. The Rev. Gary Henderson, Executive Director of the Global Health Initiative, will join us for the marking of this feat….

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Learning Spanish as church hospitality

By Anne Marie Gerhardt Nearly 545 students participated in 48 classes held in 42 churches across the Northern Illinois Conference (NIC) in the last two years to learn some Spanish and explore ¿Quién es mi vecino? (Who is my neighbor?). The core curriculum behind these Spanish-as-a-second language (SSL) classes was a collaborative effort written around…