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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…

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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