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Four new NCJ bishops consecrated

By Christa Meland, Minnesota Conference In a meaningful worship service and before hundreds of United Methodists from across the North Central Jurisdiction, the four newly elected episcopal leaders – Bishop Tracy S. Malone, Bishop Frank Beard, Bishop David Bard and Bishop Laurie Haller – were consecrated Saturday, July 16 at First United Methodist Church in…

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Rev. Dr. Tracy Smith Malone elected Bishop

Updated 7/14/16 Peoria, Ill.– The Rev. Dr. Tracy Smith Malone humbly praised God and thanked everyone who’s helped her along the journey to being elected bishop in the North Central Jurisdiction. “To God be the glory,” said Malone after being introduced as a Bishop of The United Methodist Church. “Friends I stand before you as…

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Follow bishop election ballots

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — United Methodist Communications offers two ways for people to keep up with U.S. bishop elections, set for July 13-16. You can follow the balloting on your phone by texting keyword ELECTIONS to 615-933-2737. You also can get updates via Facebook Messenger. To sign up for Facebook Messenger alerts Read UMNS coverage

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Black Methodists for Church Renewal Host Episcopal Candidate Forum

PEORIA—Candidates for bishop were put in the “hot seat” Tuesday, July 12 during a Black Methodists for Church Renewal forum, part of the 2016 quadrennial meeting of the North Central Jurisdiction. The forum was moderated by Carolyn Johnson, former United Methodist Women national president and North Central Jurisdiction coordinator for BMCR. “BMCR is a caucus…

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Council of Bishops president speaks following shooting deaths

Bishop Bruce R. Ough, president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops, issued the following statement on behalf of the Council in the wake of shootings in the U.S. this week: In the aftermath of violent deaths this week in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; St. Paul, Minnesota; and Dallas, Texas, we speak to a nation that…

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NCJ to gather in Peoria to elect four bishops

By Paul Black, Dir. of Communication Ministries/Illinois Great Rivers Conference PEORIA – When delegates from the 11 annual conferences of the North Central Jurisdiction gather in Peoria, Ill., July 13-16, they become part of a 76-year tradition. Jurisdictions were a creation of the 1939 merger of the Methodist Episcopal Church North, the Methodist Episcopal Church…

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Bishop’s ruling on Question of Law

Bishop Sally Dyck issued her ruling July 5, 2016 on a request for a decision on a question of law arising from action taken on a failed motion voted upon at the Clergy Session of the Northern Illinois Conference (June 5, 2016) by Rev. Scott Field. Click here to read the full ruling.

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UMW accepting scholarship applications

The Northern Illinois Conference United Methodist Women offer a one-time scholarship each year for a woman that is currently enrolled in continuing education to become an ordained minister, deaconess or missionary.  Download the 2016 Scholarship Application.  The deadline is August 1, 2016.

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Celebrating Order of Deacon 20th anniversary

By Kimberly D. Woods For those new to The United Methodist church or just attending their first Annual Conference, the term “deacon” is just a piece of the standard vernacular. Just twenty years ago, however, the position of deacon in the United Methodist church was more akin to a stepping stone, a path onward to elder, but not a…

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Rosecrance gives thanks for Bishop’s Appeal offering

Thank you to all of the churches within the Northern Illinois Conference of The United Methodist Church for your incredible outpouring of support of the 2016 Bishop’s Appeal for Rosecrance Lakeview. Thanks to you, the Bishop’s Appeal raised over $56,000 (and still counting) for the new Rosecrance Lakeview counseling center and recovery residence, with the…