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Rev. John Peterson chosen as new UM Foundation President

The Board of Directors of the United Methodist Foundation of the Northern Illinois Conference is pleased to announce that the Rev. John Peterson has been selected to be the next President of the Foundation. He will begin on September 1, 2014. John brings outstanding experience and credentials to his new role at the United Methodist…

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Safe Sanctuaries Training now online

Online training for Safe Sanctuaries is now available through “Safe Gatherings”, a United Methodist affiliated organization based out of Kansas, to help churches and their congregants meet this responsibility through a comprehensive and consistent online training process. In the past, the NIC has helped individual volunteers and congregations meet this responsibility through all-day trainings at…

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Bishop’s ruling on Doc. 700.08

On June 9, 2014, the Rev. Scott Field requested a decision of law regarding Document 700.08, “In Support of Marriage Equality” which was approved at Annual Conference. On June 10, 2014, Bishop Dyck received Rev. Field’s written and signed request which reads as follows: First, in light of Judicial Council Decision #886 as well as…


Clergy health insurance changes among legislation approved

Lay and clergy members approved changes to the clergy health insurance, standing rules, and a resolution for a restorative and transformative justice committee along with about a dozen other legislative documents at Annual Conference. NIC Treasurer Lonnie Chafin explained that the Conference Board of Pensions proposed a one year pilot program to migrate some clergy…

Annual Conference 2014

Annual Conference Report

Who is My Neighbor? By Anne Marie Gerhardt, Director of Communications The 2014 Northern Illinois Annual Conference celebrated its 175th session in St. Charles, Ill., June 8-10, continuing the quadrennial theme Who is My Neighbor? The first organizing session of the then Rock River Conference was held August 1840 in Mt. Morris, Ill., in a…


Restorative Justice resolution aimed at healing communities

By Rev. Chris Pierson and Rev. Richard Mosley, Jr. Clergy and lay members unanimously passed a resolution at the 175th session of the Northern Illinois Annual Conference entitled “A Call for A Conference Committee on Restorative and Transformative Justice.” This initiative is an affirmation of continuing efforts to confront a criminal justice system that has…

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June update Imagine No Malaria

Last June at Annual Conference we accepted a motion to raise $1 million dollars for Imagine No Malaria the comprehensive effort by the UMC to eradicate death by malaria on the continent of Africa.   As we began the 2014 annual conference,  the total amount pledged and raised was at $811,000 ; of which $711,000 …

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Annual Conference Day Three

Highlights: Bishop Jun Taek Lim of Seoul South Annual Conference, Korean Methodist Church along with his wife and 9 District Superintendents visited. They donated $10,000 to the NIC Imagine No Malaria campaign. Seoul South is the NIC’s sister conference. Cabinet Report: Rev. Dr. Tracy Smith Malone named new Dean of the Cabinet. Cokesbury Report: Rev….


Annual Conference Day Two

Highlights: United Voice for Children breakfast awards: Bishop Jesse R. DeWitt – Rev. Lynn Mikels of First UMC Arlington Heights, Cindy Horton of Christ the Carpenter UMC of Rockford. Katherine B. Greene Award – Rev. Rodney Walker of Grace Calvary UMC Chicago. Margaret Ann Williams Joy of Serving Award. Given to namesake Margaret Ann William…

Who Is My Neighbor

Annual Conference Day One

It was an exciting opening to the 175th Northern Illinois Annual Conference. Highlights: Continuing the theme of “Who is my Neighbor” Hundreds of layette kit items dropped off to the Mission Truck for the Midwest Distribution Center which really appreciated that the items were divided up. Opening Worship  – Jump Children’s Choir’s angelic voices filled…