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Safe Gatherings Window Cling 2018

Safe Gatherings Recognitions

Congratulations to the 18 churches in the Northern Illinois Conference for meeting the criteria for Safe Gatherings’ first recognition program, signifying their strong commitment to protecting children, youth, and vulnerable adults in 2018.

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Maurine Sheppard

Maurine Sheppard, Hanover United Methodist Church Lay Member to Annual Conference, passed away Sunday, December 2nd.  

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Bishop’s Column: Lift up the lonely this season

Only about half of Americans have meaningful in-person social interactions, such as a friend that one can have an extended conversation with about things that matter or regular quality time with friends in-person. In the last 50 years, we entertain half as many people per year now as then. How often do you have people over to your house for a meal?

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Seeing a Way Forward: GC2019

The Northern Illinois Conference’s General Conference delegation that will be attending the 2019 General Conference Special Session held six different days of conversation in each district around the conference in October and November. Over 700 people attended these sessions, sharing their questions, comments, and hopes.

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Did you know? - Methodism 101

What is the difference between the College of Bishops and the Council of Bishops?  How many conferences are in a jurisdiction? What is a jurisdiction? Who votes at a General Conference? How many countries have UM congregations? How are we structured?

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Conversation circle creates space for openness

A Restorative Justice (RJ) “talking circle” was held at Maple Park United Methodist Church on October 18. The 20 people who participated in the circle included community organizers, neighborhood block club leaders, Chicago Police Officers, Imago Dei Youth Mentoring Program, Maple Park UMC members and volunteers with the Chicago Alternative to Incarceration Collaborative. 

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