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Chicago Urban Summit Seeks to Train and Equip Pastors

By Rev. Lindsey Long Joyce “Seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you in exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.” Jeremiah 29:7 The Cook County board president has officially declared gun violence a “Public Health Crisis,” civil unrest from excessive…

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Flood buckets needed

The Midwest Mission Distribution Center (MMDC) in Chatham, IL., has sent out 2,016 cleaning buckets to UMCOR in Baldwin, Louisiana in response to the catastrophic flooding that has damaged thousands of homes and properties. MMDC volunteers are now working on replenishing the supplies for buckets. If you would like to help replenish supplies, you can…

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Champions of Justice Award

The Rev. Michael Mann and Rev. Lisl Heymans Paul will receive the Champions of Justice – Founders Award from Northern Illinois Justice for Our Neighbors at the JFON 5th Anniversary Dinner, Sept. 18, 2016, at 4:30 pm at Elgin Community College.  “We wanted to start a tradition where every year we honor an outstanding contributor to…

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New UMVIM-NCJ Coordinator named

The North Central Jurisdiction United Methodist Volunteers in Mission board is honored to announce that Tammy Kuntz will be the new coordinator.  She will begin part-time training in November and on January 1, 2017 will assume her role as UMVIM-NCJ coordinator, succeeding Lorna Jost who is retiring after 13 years of service. “What an honor,…

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New Rainbow Covenant Booklet

With the new quadrennium, the Northern Illinois Conference Board of Global Ministries has updated the Rainbow Covenant Booklet for 2016-2020. It can be downloaded online and printed copies will be mailed in the fall to each church. Donations to help defray the cost are welcomed. The NIC Board of Global Ministries took this opportunity to…

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Bishop announces new Chicago Southern District Superintendent

Bishop Sally Dyck is pleased to announce the appointment of the new Chicago Southern District Superintendent, Rev. Jacques A. Conway, effective September 1, 2016. Rev. Conway follows the recently elected Bishop Tracy Smith Malone who served as the CSD Superintendent since 2011. Bishop Malone will be serving the East Ohio Annual Conference, effective September 1,…

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Council Executive Committee affirms unity, moves forward

Meeting in Chicago last week, the Council of Bishops’ Executive Committee approved a framework for implementing the Commission on a Way Forward and took a step toward a called session of the General Conference in 2018. The Council acknowledged that the landscape of the church has changed dramatically since the General Conference approved the Council’s…

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Young NCJ delegates gather to discuss influence in the church

By Chassity Neckers It has been said that the Millennial generation is the most studied and talked about demographic group today. As a fellow It has been said that the Millennial generation is the most studied and talked about demographic group today. As a fellow Millennial, there are aspects of our generation that I see…

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Northern Illinois clergy and laity to serve Jurisdictional, General Church

In addition to electing bishops, delegates in the North Central Jurisdiction also elected leaders to serve on various committees for the next four years, eight from the Northern Illinois Conference. Here’s a look at our Northern Illinois clergy and laity who will be serving on which committees. Thanks to all of these individuals for their…

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Bishop Dyck returns to the Northern Illinois Conference

Clergy and lay representatives from 11 annual conferences, including the Northern Illinois Conference, gathered from July 13-16 in Peoria, Illinois for the North Central Jurisdictional Conference (NCJ). Delegates elected four new bishops, said goodbye to four bishops, spent time listening, approved a resolution related to human sexuality, passed a budget and agreed on a new…