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NIC Urban Strategy receives social justice award

Northern Illinois Conference Chicago Urban Strategy Receives Social Justice Award for Work on FAIR COPS Police Accountability Campaign by Reverend Robert E. Biekman “A religion true to its nature must…be concerned about man’s social conditions.” ~ Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In November 2016 at the 134th Annual Membership Assembly of Community Renewal Society,…

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Greetings from new Media Resources Director

Greetings Northern Illinois Conference!  My name is Jill Stone and I am excited that the resources of the United Media Resource Center are available to every church in your conference!  I encourage you all to “Get in the Game” and consider the ways the UMRC can enhance your church’s ministries.  There are DVDs, books, kits,…

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Bishop Dyck new ruling on question of law

Bishop Sally Dyck has issued a new ruling on a Question of Law first requested following the 2016 Clergy Session at the Northern Illinois Annual Conference regarding a statement by the Board of Ordained Ministry on giving equal consideration and protection to LGBTQ candidates. Bishop Dyck had ruled that the initial Question of Law was “moot…

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New Director for church risk management

The Northern Illinois Conference announces Dwayne Jackson will serve as the new Director of Risk Management & Ministry Protection. He brings 33 years of professional risk, claims and loss control experience working for international corporations that include The Boeing Company and RR Donnelley & Sons, inclusive of Marsh USA Inc. and Liberty Mutual Insurance on…

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Year-end giving

Why I still support apportionments Rob Hamilton, Chair CCFA In the midst of the end of the year busyness and all the other work of Advent and Christmas prep, what has helped me, as a pastor, find the energy and motivation to encourage my congregation to fund our local congregation’s apportionments is rediscovering ‘why’ I…

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Accessible Hearts worship experience opens doors

By Anne Marie Gerhardt The Rev. Jason Turner admits his more than one-hundred-year-old church, Faith Evangelical United Methodist in Elmhurst, is one of the least accessible buildings in the Northern Illinois Conference with stairs, no outdoor entrance ramps, a basement and limited space for wheelchairs in the sanctuary. But that is not stopping his efforts…

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Bittersweet memories after sale of Chicago church

By Anne Marie Gerhardt Another chapter has closed on a significant Chicago church with a rich history dating back to the 1890’s. In October the Northern Illinois Conference finalized the building sale of St. James United Methodist church located at 4611 South Ellis Avenue, more than six years after its official closing in the spring…

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New plan for Media Resource Center

We are pleased to announce a new partnership to help fill your church’s resource needs. From filmstrips and flannel board packets to VHS tapes and DVDs, the Northern Illinois Conference Media Resource Center (MRC) has navigated the transitions in technology and reinvented itself over the past 35-40 years. With changes in technology, conference space, budget…

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World Series win for Haiti

Cross-Conference missional challenge raises over $70,000 We all know the Cubs are World Champions, but the people of Haiti and those who lost so much from Hurricane Matthew will be the real winners thanks to the generosity of donors from Northern Illinois to East Ohio and beyond. Bishop Sally Dyck and Bishop Tracy S. Malone…

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Naperville book club marks 50 years of reading

By Susan Keaton* In 1966, Lyndon B. Johnson was president, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. moved to Chicago to advocate for housing desegregation, and John Lennon infamously said that The Beatles were “bigger than Jesus.” In the small community of Naperville, Ill., a group of women from the First Evangelical United Brethren Church formed a…