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Summer Reading

Each active clergy serving local churches should have received a copy of the book Unity of the Church and Human Sexuality put together by the General Board of Higher Education at either the clergy session or annual conference. If you still need to pick up your free book, contact your District Office. Bishop Sally Dyck commends this…

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Professional Certification Enhances Ministry

By Linda Hendelman In explaining her professional certification in Spiritual Formation, Catherine Inserra said it pushed her “to explore and question my faith in order to provide me with a pathway for life-long spiritual growth as a lay woman in ministry.” Catherine was recognized at the 178th Northern Illinois Annual Conference at Pheasant Run Resort…

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Ordination opens 178th Annual Conference

By Anne Marie Gerhardt With a backdrop of light vibrantly shining through an artistic door, windows and vases, the 178th Northern Illinois Annual Conference opened with the Commissioning and Ordination Service inside the MegaCenter at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Ill., on Sunday, June 4, 2017. This year’s Annual Conference theme was “Light Shines…

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NIC Board of Ordained Ministry responds to Judicial Council Ruling

The NIC Board of Ordained Ministry delivered its report to the annual clergy session held May 23, 2017. Here’s a portion of the report from Chair Rev. Danita R. Anderson responding to the recent Judicial Council ruling: Last year our work was called into question and has resulted in a ruling from the Judicial Council, decision…

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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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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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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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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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Bishop’s Clergy Session Remarks

These were my remarks at the clergy session of annual conference, Sunday, June 5, 2016.  I offer them for all as my reflections on General Conference. We gather in this clergy session and at this annual conference following a very tumultuous General Conference.  I struggle with just what to say.  I’m going to start with…

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An open letter to The United Methodist Church

The Board of Ordained Ministry of the Northern Illinois Conference at its meeting on Thursday, May 19 unanimously voted that “It’s time” to make explicit and public a policy of our board. The policy states: “We publicly affirm that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and straight candidates will be given equal consideration and…