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Missionary Tshala Mwengo Dies After Bus Accident

On April 9, the General Board of Global Ministries shared the sad news that Tshala Mwengo passed away. Tshala and his wife, Betty, had served at the Mujilla Falls Agricultural Project in Northwestern Zambia. He last itinerated in the Northern Illinois Conference in 2012 and visited the Annual Conference (click to read more). Sensing a…

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Red Door Fund Update

Just one year ago, at a special session of the Annual Conference, we as the Annual Conference, voted to assist churches in our conference who were having trouble re-financing or repaying church mortgages whose rate of interest was onerous. In a wonderful confirmation of the connection we have as United Methodists and in an effort…

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The Net Church faces difficult decision

Church planting is more of an art than a science. Three ingredients for a successful plant are the right planters, in the right place, at the right time. But even then there is no guarantee that a plant will take root, and then it requires discernment and a healthy dose of courage from the planters…

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Blessing of the Tractors

After a long, harsh winter, farmers in DeKalb County are ready to get out in their fields with a blessing. With the wave of an evergreen branch dipped in water, Montgomery resident and United Methodist pastor Rev. Jodeen Immer, (center), blessed farmers and ten tractors at Suydam UMC in Leland, Ill., on Sunday, April 6….

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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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Nine United Methodist Churches selected as safe havens

By Rev. Robert E. Biekman, NIC Urban Ministry Coordinator Bethany/El Buen Pastor UMC, Elston Avenue UMC, Englewood/Rust UMC, Faith UMC, G2G UMC, Irving Park UMC, Maple Park UMC, South Shore UMC and St. Matthew UMC were selected by Chicago Public Schools as Safe Havens for the 2014 Spring Break. The selection of these churches follows…

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60 seconds to save a life – Lent 2014

During Lent, we are called to pray, to sacrifice, and to give. Imagine No Malaria is an incredible opportunity to exercise that call – to put our faith into action and give of ourselves so that others may live, and live more abundantly! We invite your church, your family, or you to help us focus…

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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…