UMW hold Silent Vigil to intercept human trafficking

On Thursday, January 31, 2013, the Northern Illinois Conference United Methodist Women sponsored a Silent Vigil at Daley Plaza in Chicago’s Loop. The near zero temperatures did not dampen the spirit of the 30 people who came to take a stand against human trafficking. Statistics show there are more slaves now than ever before in…

From Agnostic to Christian -one student’s journey

By Becky Nevin, Graduating Senior, BS/MS Electrical Engineering It’s strange to think that a month from now I will have graduated and be two-thousand miles away in a new job, new city, new friends and a new church. While I’m prepared to leave Northwestern, leaving University Christian Ministry (UCM) will be a much greater test. For…

Black History Month Resources

During the month of February, we take time to remember the important role African Americans have played in the history of the world and especially in America. It is a time to reflect on the experiences we have learned from and the great contributions that they have made. The NIC Media Resource Center has a…

Lessons from Lincoln

I’m pleased to be living in the land of Lincoln! I’ve read a number of books about our 16th President over the last few years, so like many others, Ken and I headed to the theater to see the new movie, Lincoln. It’s been my observation that many leaders of previous decades immersed themselves in…

End of an era for Cokesbury stores

By Anne Marie Gerhardt Over the last seven years, Ashley Pierce has overseen several transitions as a Cokesbury store manager, such as moving from one location to another, but closing the two stores in the Northern Illinois Conference area may be the most difficult. “It is a hard experience,” said Pierce who is preparing to…

Laity Convocation 2013

LAITY CONVOCATION 2013 By Arnold Rivera It is with great anticipation that we bring in the New Year with the Annual Laity Convocation led by the Conference Board of Laity.  This event will be held at Sycamore UMC in the DeKalb District on Saturday February 2, 2013. The theme for the Laity Convocation is “Jump-Start…

Sympathy Notice: Jean Davis

Jean Davis, spouse of deceased clergy member of the Northern Illinois Conference, James O. Davis, died on Monday, November 5, 2012. She was 88 years old. Services have already been held.   Messages of condolence may be sent to her children, in care of a son: Mr. Paul Davis 103 Pleasant Court Walnut, IL   61376…

Sympathy Notice: Dorothy M. Jacobs

Dorothy M. Jacobs, spouse of retired clergy member of the Northern IllinoisConference, George E. Jacobs, and mother of Mark W. Jacobs, clergy memberof the Northern Illinois Conference serving Elgin: Epworth, died on Friday, January 11, 2013. She was 93 years old. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 19, 2013, at Grace United…

Sympathy Notice: Joan F. Lang

Joan F. Lang, spouse of retired clergy member of the Northern Illinois Conference, Wayne V. Lang, died on Thursday, December 6, 2012. She was 82 years old. A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 16, 2013,at Willow Hills First Southern Baptist Church, 1071 Mogollon Road, Prescott, Arizona. Messages of condolence…

Bishop’s statement on Illinois Marriage Equality Bill

To the Clergy and Members of the Northern Illinois Annual Conference. January 10, 2013 Today the new General Assembly of the State of Illinois is expected to discuss and soon vote on the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act. It is expected that it will pass into law. I want to express my views on…

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