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



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    Summer Safe Haven Tour

    An Opportunity for Practical Faith By Reverend Robert E. Biekman, NIC Urban Ministry Coordinator This summer nearly 500 children are enrolled at United Methodist Church Safe Havens across the city of Chicago. Safe Haven is a partnership with Chicago Public Schools and the faith based community, primarily churches to provide safe spaces, healthy food and…


    Youth Summit in Chicago promotes peace

    More than 150 youth and youth leaders from United Methodist Churches in Chicago and Chicagoland gathered to promote peace on a Friday evening in the city. The “Youth Summit in the City” took place at St. Mark United Methodist Church in Chicago’s Chatham neighborhood. The youth took part in several activities designed to reflect the…

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    Bus Stop Buddies

    As all children of the Albany community are bused from the village everyday, Albany United Methodist Church will have two teams offering smiling faces and affirming, encouraging words as students load the buses and travel nine miles to their schools this year. Pastor Nancy Weingartner said the School Superintendent was delighted to learn of their…

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    Be a Mentor this fall

    Building on the Safe Haven program provided during this past spring break, several Chicago United Methodist churches are continuing to offer a safe place to go for  neighborhood elementary school-aged children this summer. The Safe Haven Program, a partnership with Chicago Public Schools’ Faith Base and Community Engagement office (FACE), meets from Monday June 30…


    Come together for Summer of Faith ~ Kick off Events May 23

    Promote Peace this Summer… JOIN the ACTION KICK-OFF for the SUMMER Of FAITH! Friday, May 23 @ 7- 9 pm As Memorial Day weekend officially kicks off summer, and a time when violence escalates, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is asking churches, faith leaders, businesses, community groups and block clubs to unite and organize city-wide anti-violence…


    Nine United Methodist Churches selected as safe havens

    By Rev. Robert E. Biekman, NIC Urban Ministry Coordinator Bethany/El Buen Pastor UMC, Elston Avenue UMC, Englewood/Rust UMC, Faith UMC, G2G UMC, Irving Park UMC, Maple Park UMC, South Shore UMC and St. Matthew UMC were selected by Chicago Public Schools as Safe Havens for the 2014 Spring Break. The selection of these churches follows…




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