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Youth Summit in Chicago promotes peace

More than 150 youth and youth leaders from United Methodist Churches in Chicago and Chicagoland gathered to promote peace on a Friday evening in the city. The “Youth Summit in the City” took place at St. Mark United Methodist Church in Chicago’s Chatham neighborhood. The youth took part in several activities designed to reflect the…

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Become an Ambassador: Spanish as a Second Language

As 2014 comes to a close and 2015 begins, the NIC rejoices in the Spanish as a Second Language program. This program allows congregations to explore “Who Is My Neighbor?” by teaching 100 words of Spanish. So far, forty-six congregations have been a part of the 6-week program.  Each class meets once per week for…

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Giving Tuesday – Dec. 2

The United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries announced that on Dec. 2, 2014, it will match up to $1 million in gifts made online to any project through The Advance as part of UMC #GivingTuesday. Q: Can #GivingTuesday donations count towards Rainbow Covenant? A: Yes, individuals can make a donation to any project through…

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Anticipation of the Ferguson Decision

Date: November 16, 2014 To: The Northern Illinois United Methodist Churches From: Bishop Sally Dyck Re: Anticipation of the Ferguson decision Peace and grace to you as you gather to worship this Sunday. May the Spirit of God give you inner peace and also a desire for peace in our communities and world. I am…

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2015 Rainbow Convenant Advance Application

Applications are now available for ALL ministries wishing to be a Rainbow Covenant Advance in 2015. This is for ALL current and new ministries. A new Rainbow Covenant book will be created after this 2015 cycle is complete. Each ministry must fill out this form and return it to the e-mail indicated on the form. Our…

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Accessibility Ministries Grants

The Committee on Accessibility Ministries has announced that it has awarded grants to Rockton UMC & Mount Hope UMC for their respective projects to make their buildings more accessible. The Mount Hope congregation took on the task of building a 384 square foot addition that includes two fully handicap accessible restrooms and a ramp that…

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Order the NEW NIC Directory

Cost $10 each It is going to the Printer on November 14, 2014 and will be shipped directly from the printer to all who ordered with Annual Conference Registration, or through this website. ORDER NOW ONLINE and pay by Credit Card Copies also may be ordered by sending a check (made out to the Northern…

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Judicial Council Ruling

At our regular session of annual conference in June 2014, there was legislation before the body, entitled “In Support of Marriage Equality” The legislation passed with an overwhelming majority. Following its passage, Rev. Scott Field requested a bishop’s ruling on it. The wording of the legislation, the request for the ruling, my ruling, and the…

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Responding to the Ebola Crisis

By Anne Marie Gerhardt As the number of Ebola cases and deaths rises daily in Sierra Leone, Femi Davies, a nurse and member of the diverse congregation at Central United Methodist Church in Skokie, Ill., grows more worried and concerned for family, friends and colleagues. Davies, who came to the United States in 1996, is…