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UMC Bishops Call Special Session of General Conference for 2019

Council of Bishops The United Methodist Church FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 24, 2017 Washington, D.C.: The Council of Bishops (COB) has called a Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church (UMC) to be held February 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. In announcing the call, COB President Bishop Bruce R….

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Council Executive Committee affirms unity, moves forward

Meeting in Chicago last week, the Council of Bishops’ Executive Committee approved a framework for implementing the Commission on a Way Forward and took a step toward a called session of the General Conference in 2018. The Council acknowledged that the landscape of the church has changed dramatically since the General Conference approved the Council’s…

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Young NCJ delegates gather to discuss influence in the church

By Chassity Neckers It has been said that the Millennial generation is the most studied and talked about demographic group today. As a fellow It has been said that the Millennial generation is the most studied and talked about demographic group today. As a fellow Millennial, there are aspects of our generation that I see…

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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…

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Rev. Dr. Tracy Smith Malone elected Bishop

Updated 7/14/16 Peoria, Ill.– The Rev. Dr. Tracy Smith Malone humbly praised God and thanked everyone who’s helped her along the journey to being elected bishop in the North Central Jurisdiction. “To God be the glory,” said Malone after being introduced as a Bishop of The United Methodist Church. “Friends I stand before you as…

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Follow bishop election ballots

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — United Methodist Communications offers two ways for people to keep up with U.S. bishop elections, set for July 13-16. You can follow the balloting on your phone by texting keyword ELECTIONS to 615-933-2737. You also can get updates via Facebook Messenger. To sign up for Facebook Messenger alerts Read UMNS coverage

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Black Methodists for Church Renewal Host Episcopal Candidate Forum

PEORIA—Candidates for bishop were put in the “hot seat” Tuesday, July 12 during a Black Methodists for Church Renewal forum, part of the 2016 quadrennial meeting of the North Central Jurisdiction. The forum was moderated by Carolyn Johnson, former United Methodist Women national president and North Central Jurisdiction coordinator for BMCR. “BMCR is a caucus…

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NCJ to gather in Peoria to elect four bishops

By Paul Black, Dir. of Communication Ministries/Illinois Great Rivers Conference PEORIA – When delegates from the 11 annual conferences of the North Central Jurisdiction gather in Peoria, Ill., July 13-16, they become part of a 76-year tradition. Jurisdictions were a creation of the 1939 merger of the Methodist Episcopal Church North, the Methodist Episcopal Church…