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Bishop pastoral statement on racism and violence

On August 12 a national tragedy occurred (again) when supremacist and neo-Nazi groups went to Charlottesville, VA and gave rise to violence, destruction, and death. We are grieving for the individuals involved but even more so, what these acts of racism and violence say about us as a people. I encouraged, along with most religious…

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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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NIC churches receive Discipleship One Matters Awards

For the first time, six churches in the NIC received the One Matters Award presented by the Rev. Dr. Bener Agtarap, Path One Executive Director, at the 2017 Annual Conference. Discipleship Ministries created the award in 2015 to lift up churches who have in recent years moved from zero baptisms and zero professions of faith…

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Light shines through 2017 Annual Conference

By Anne Marie Gerhardt Nearly 900 clergy and laity gathered together at the 178th Northern Illinois Annual Conference from June 4-6, 2017 at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Ill., to seek and share how God’s light is illuminating through our churches, congregations and ministries. This year’s Annual Conference focused on the theme “Light…

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Hilltop Ministry Center sold to Easterseals

By Rev. Lisa Kruse-Safford, Rockford District Superintendent Bill and Joyce Russ, long-time faithful members of Centennial UMC in Rockford, Ill., and life-long farmers on the north side of the city, made a gift of land in 2004 to the Northern Illinois Conference (NIC) with the dream that the land, which brought forth a harvest of…

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Bishop Dyck letter in response to Judicial Council rulings

In response to the much-anticipated rulings by the Judicial Council released April 28, Bishop Sally Dyck encourages us to continue to be in prayer for one another and the church. “I appeal to the people of the Northern Illinois Annual Conference to keep focused on the mission of Jesus Christ. We can and will work through…

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

By Bishop Sally Dyck Recently a former parishioner whom I hadn’t heard from for at least 20 years called me.  She suffered then but her symptoms are more infrequent and less severe, having received new treatments and developed life skills to help her.  She has become an advocate for awareness of mental health for the…

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NIC receives award from Rosecrance

Rosecrance presented the Northern Illinois Conference the Castle Award, which honors volunteers or groups who display exemplary commitment to the Rosecrance mission, at the health network’s annual foundation benefit on April 24. Rosecrance President/CEO Philip W. Eaton recognized the Conference for its longtime support of Rosecrance. The historical relationship between Rosecrance and the Methodist Church dates back…

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Host a community conversation

Jesus’ ministry was characterized, even by his critics, in terms of who he ate with—the prestigious (Simon the Pharisee) and the marginalized (the woman who washed his feet with her tears). And they were at the same dinner!  Who Jesus ate with—and who we eat with—matters! That’s why on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 I am…

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Bishop designates Global AIDS Fund for AC offering

The Northern Illinois Conference HIV/AIDS Task Force is deeply grateful that Bishop Sally Dyck chose the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund (UMGAF) as the recipient of the Bishop’s Appeal for 2017. Each congregation is asked to take a special offering or to do some type of special fundraising to help support the appeal. In years…