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Why I risked arrest for immigration reform

By Michael Mann, Assoc. Dir. of Mission and Advocacy Why are you involved in this action for immigrants? Throughout the Bible, God is concerned with those who are immigrants (see Deuteronomy 10:19 Jeremiah 22:3, Zechariah 7:10, and Matthew 25:35). In fact, God uses widows, orphans, and immigrants to be a special class of people to…

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Day of Friendship Spanish Camp for all ages

Spanish as a Second Language Dia de Amistad This summer, our Spanish as a Second Language class will invite all ages to participate in a one-day intergenerational experience we are calling Spanish Camp. It brings together those who have little or no prior experience of the Spanish language and Spanish speaking congregations as they together…

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Bishop Dyck calls for an end to deportations

By Kathy L. Gilbert* March 28, 2014 (UMNS) Bishop Sally Dyck became the third United Methodist bishop to be arrested since President’s Day in an international campaign calling for President Barack Obama to stop deporting immigrants with no criminal record, which is separating children from their parents. “We were marching for justice for our own…

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Helping LGBT asylees seek safety in Chicago

By Anne Marie Gerhardt Fearing persecution for his sexual orientation, John Ademola Adewoye fled his home in Nigeria in 1999 to seek asylum in the U.S. “My life as a gay man (in Nigeria) was dark,” said Adewoye at a press conference at Broadway United Methodist Church on Mar. 6. “I met a number of…

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Celebrating Women’s History Month

By Susan Keaton The General Commission on the Status and Role of Women is celebrating Women’s History Month with special resources every day of March. The 2014 theme is “Women of Character, Courage and Commitment,” and GCSRW is marking that theme in The United Methodist Church three different ways: Highlighting a different woman in UMC…

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UM Foundation President announces retirement

United Methodist Foundation President the Rev. Harry Nicol announced his retirement effective the fall of 2014. Rev. Nicol served as president for 11 years and says it’s been a great job for him. “I’ve enjoyed working with the churches, clergy and lay people of the annual conference as they have considered their local church finances,…

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Laity gather at annual convocation

By Anne Marie Gerhardt More than 200 laity and clergy gathered at Barrington UMC on Feb. 8 for the 2014 Laity Convocation with the theme “Who is my neighbor? Who can’t I see?”. Keynote speaker the Rev. Dr. Elaine Heath, McCreless Professor of Evangelism at the Perkins School of Theology, challenged laity to “go out,…

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Aurora Shalom Ministries Closes

The Board of Directors of “Aurora Shalom Ministries” wishes to inform you that we have ceased all its operations as of January 1, 2014. We made this decision with heavy hearts and after careful study and prayerful consideration. In the end, we felt that the ministry had run its course. We no longer had the…

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Concealed Carry

  Efforts to amend the Illinois State Concealed Carry Law to include places of worship will not be addressed by the state legislature until the spring of 2014. If this amendment passes, churches will be added to a short list of places that are automatically protected in the Concealed Carry joining schools, libraries and others….

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Zambia Missionaries Visit Annual Conference

By Jamie Greco Tshala Mwenga and Betty Tshala were far from home recently when they visited the Northern Illinois Conference representing the Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church in the Mujila Falls Project in Northwest Zambia, a country abundant with challenges and possibilities. Born in The Democratic Republic of Congo, the married couple works…