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Bishops offer prayers following Orlando shooting

Minneapolis, Minn.: Bishop Bruce R. Ough, president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops, issued the following statement about the June 12 mass shooting in Orlando, Florida: United Methodists across the world are horrified by the despicable act of terrorism in Orlando, Florida, that took the lives of 49 individuals and wounded 53 others. We…

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UM Foundation announces new president

The Board of Directors of the United Methodist Foundation is pleased to announce its selection of Reverend Chris Walters as its President effective July 1, 2016. Chris is an Ordained Elder in Northern Illinois Conference and since 2011 is currently under appointment at Plainfield UMC. He has been an active member of the Foundation’s Board…

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Bishop’s Clergy Session Remarks

These were my remarks at the clergy session of annual conference, Sunday, June 5, 2016.  I offer them for all as my reflections on General Conference. We gather in this clergy session and at this annual conference following a very tumultuous General Conference.  I struggle with just what to say.  I’m going to start with…

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District Mission Challenge: We have a winner!

By Michael Mann For many years, the Northern Illinois Conference churches have been bringing items to the Annual Conference as a way to support relief efforts through the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). These items have been donated directly to UMCOR or one of its affiliate partners, like Church World Service. This year, our…

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NIC General Delegation report to AC

We are the NIC General and Jurisdictional Delegation. However, we were not alone in Portland. Would those who went please stand? Conference, be proud of the leadership shown by all these people—from delegates to volunteers to representatives of organizations to helping organize our daily proceedings, Northern Illinois made an impact at General Conference! Thank you…

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First UMC Westmont closes its doors

After 95 years faithfully serving the community of Westmont, Ill., First UMC held its final service last November and its discontinuation – effective January 12, 2016 – was finalized at Annual Conference. Aurora District Superintendent Rev. Dick Wisdom said the church had come to a place of transition and closure as membership and attendance declined….

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Annual Conference approves decreased budget

The Conference Council on Finance and Administration (CCFA) presented a $6,626,961 budget for 2017, a less than 2% decrease from 2016. The budget reflected an $11,000 increased adjustment to the General Church apportionments, which were approved at General Conference. Annual Conference members submitted a variety of questions regarding the budget from conference staffing to the…

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An open letter to The United Methodist Church

The Board of Ordained Ministry of the Northern Illinois Conference at its meeting on Thursday, May 19 unanimously voted that “It’s time” to make explicit and public a policy of our board. The policy states: “We publicly affirm that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and straight candidates will be given equal consideration and…

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GC2016 May 20 wrap-up: Budget passes, with increase

By Joey Butler May 20, 2016 | PORTLAND, Ore. (UMNS) Budget passes with slight increase General Conference delegates on May 20 approved a general church budget of $604 million for 2017-2020, a slight increase over the $603.1 million approved at the 2012 General Conference. It is also an increase over the $599 million budget proposed…

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Next steps in Imagine No Malaria campaign

By Crystal Caviness and Barbara Dunlap-Berg May 18, 2016 | PORTLAND, Ore. (UMNS) “Our God is able!” Celebrating the success of the Imagine No Malaria initiative, launched in 2008, speakers, singers and dancers offered even more for United Methodists attending General Conference 2016 to imagine – Abundant Health: Our Promise to Children. “Health is the…