Urban Ministry Coordinator: Rev. Robert Biekman (773) 928-5220



Click here for the Urban Strategy Congregational Self Assessment

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Click here for Final Report from the Healing & Building Chicago Urban Summit

Click here for the Report on the Urban Strategy Congregational Self-Assessment.

Click here for the newest report from the Urban Strategy Team: Chicago Church Relational Meeting Report 9/1/2015


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    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…


    NIC Urban Strategy receives social justice award

    Northern Illinois Conference Chicago Urban Strategy Receives Social Justice Award for Work on FAIR COPS Police Accountability Campaign by Reverend Robert E. Biekman “A religion true to its nature must…be concerned about man’s social conditions.” ~ Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In November 2016 at the 134th Annual Membership Assembly of Community Renewal Society,…

    Faith In The Public Square Banner

    Chicago Urban Summit Seeks to Train and Equip Pastors

    By Rev. Lindsey Long Joyce “Seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you in exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.” Jeremiah 29:7 The Cook County board president has officially declared gun violence a “Public Health Crisis,” civil unrest from excessive…


    Calling for independent police auditor in Chicago

    Shortly after Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy resigned, faith leaders gathered for a planned rally outside Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 5th floor City Hall office on Dec. 1 demanding more be done to protect the public from abusive officers. Bishop Sally Dyck along with NIC clergy, laity and several Community Renewal Society member congregations called on…


    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…

    Vaccinations Van

    Grants help churches get creative

    Thanks to your apportionment dollars 17 ministries in the Northern Illinois Conference received Creative Ministries Grants from the Program Council totaling close to $20,000. The grants helped fund a music academy, vacation Bible schools, a paper products pantry for homeless families, senior resource workshops, school supply giveaways and a weekend retreat for Chicago youth caught…




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