The mission of SBC 21 is to transform, revitalize, nurture, build and sustain strong Black Congregations to make a greater and more prophetic witness for Jesus Christ in the world today. SBC 21 is a part of the Northern Illinois Conference of The United Methodist Church's comprehensive program to build new faith communities, strengthen, engage, equip, and deploy leaders to transform their churches, their communities, and the world. Chair:  Rev. Dennis N. Oglesby Jr. –; (708) 596-1384  

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Resources for the movie Selma

On Monday, Jan. 19, United Methodists packed a theater in Warrenville, Ill., to view a special screening of the Oscar nominated movie Selma which is about Martin Luther King Jr.’s history changing campaign to secure equal voting rights in Alabama in 1965. The event was part of the #Selmahandinhand initiative to encourage conversation and action….


Honoring the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

United Methodists from across the Northern Illinois Conference gathered together for several events over the long holiday weekend in honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s legacy and life. On Saturday, Jan. 17, more than 200 clergy and lay members participated in the annual Winter Warming hosted by NIC Reconciling Ministries. The Rev. Dr….

SBC21 training event

SBC21 training event empowers congregations

SBC21 National Director, Rev. Dr. Fred A. Allen, helped lead the Northern Illinois Conference training event to strengthen the Black Church at Maple Park UMC.) Clergy, lay leaders, music directors and Sunday School teachers gathered for a training event hosted by Maple Park UMC in Chicago, April 12-13 to learn ways to strengthen the Black…

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