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Walk against gun violence

On a chilly Saturday in December over 25 people joined the Rev. Fabiola Grandon-Mayer in front of Centennial United Methodist Church, 1503 Broadway, Rockford, Illinois. They came to say prayers against the violence in the neighborhood, the community and the country. Pastor Fabiola told a local TV station, “Small changes and small details can make a…

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Outdoor Retreat Ministries fall happenings

Reynoldswood Your Reynoldswood staff hosted 31 ladies at the Reynoldswood Christmas Tea on Saturday, December 12. The Tea, Desserts, Decorations and Fellowship were outstanding. Christmas songs were performed live by Rachel Huffman (French Horn), and Ryan Earl (Trumpet), from Roscoe UMC. (Rachel is also ORM Board member Karen Huffman’s daughter). Marcey Keefe, Administrative Assistant, shined…

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Landscape Regional Conversations

A series of conversations will be held in the winter of 2016 concerning the purpose and future of the Northern Illinois Annual Conference following the Landscape survey taken in the summer of 2015. Mark your calendars and join in the conversation. Read the Bishop’s column for more background and information. Purpose Summit – Saturday, February…

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Bishop calls for peaceful response to video release

Bishop Sally Dyck calls upon United Methodists, especially in the city of Chicago, to pray and work for nonviolent responses and protests following the city’s release of the dash-cam video showing 17-year-old Laquan McDonald being fatally shot 16 times by Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke in October 2014. Frustration and anger have mounted locally and around the country…

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Youth Summit aims to end gun violence

More than 80 youth gathered at St. Matthew UMC in Chicago on Saturday, Nov. 21 despite the winter storm which blanketed the area with snow. This was the second annual youth summit organized by the NIC Urban Strategy committee. This year’s theme was “Celebrating the Death of Hand Gun Violence in Our Time.” With more…

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NIC Students awarded scholarships

The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) celebrates that the Office of Loans and Scholarships will be awarding over 2,200 students a total of $4.5 million in financial assistance for 2015. Thank you for your support in recognizing United Methodist Student Day, World Communion Sunday, and Native American Sunday which help fund a…

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Letter to Gov. Rauner – Allow Syrian Refugees

Dear Governor Rauner: As the bishop of The United Methodist Church in Northern Illinois, I am asking you to reconsider your decision to refuse Syrian refugees from settling in Illinois. United Methodists across the world, including Germany, have been involved in resettling Syrians in our countries and states. It is part of our biblical tradition (Deuteronomy 10:17-19…

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Special session approves budget

During a special session convened November 7, 2015, members of the Northern Illinois Annual Conference approved a 2016 budget of $6,737,477, a $470,019 reduction from the previous year, which includes a hopeful 100% apportionment payment to the General Church. The Conference Committee on Finance and Administration (CCFA) presented the proposed budget following months of collaborative conversations…

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Looking over our landscape

We have recently completed the implementation of a questionnaire that assessed the vitality and effectiveness of the work of the Northern Illinois Annual Conference. Called the Landscape tool, it is designed to provide key information on the experiences, perceptions and aspirations of clergy and laity in the annual conference. The purpose of this self-assessment is…

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NIU campus ministry feeds ‘Hungry Huskies’

Every Sunday evening, students with the Wesley Foundation at Northern Illinois University are serving other students a free, home-cooked meal, a real gift to hungry college students! Several churches are also pitching in by providing dinners, desserts, meal prep and financial support. The new “Hungry Huskies” ministry started this semester and they’ve already fed nearly…