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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

By Bishop Sally Dyck Recently a former parishioner whom I hadn’t heard from for at least 20 years called me.  She suffered then but her symptoms are more infrequent and less severe, having received new treatments and developed life skills to help her.  She has become an advocate for awareness of mental health for the…

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NIC receives award from Rosecrance

Rosecrance presented the Northern Illinois Conference the Castle Award, which honors volunteers or groups who display exemplary commitment to the Rosecrance mission, at the health network’s annual foundation benefit on April 24. Rosecrance President/CEO Philip W. Eaton recognized the Conference for its longtime support of Rosecrance. The historical relationship between Rosecrance and the Methodist Church dates back…

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Churches gather to learn more on immigration

By Anne Marie Gerhardt A young “dreamer”, a father of a U.S. veteran facing deportation, and an immigration activist from Mexico taking sanctuary in a United Methodist church shared their personal stories at an immigration learning event sponsored by the Northern Illinois Conference (NIC) Hispanic/Latinx Ministry Team and the National Hispanic/Latino Plan. “This is an…

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UMC Bishops Call Special Session of General Conference for 2019

Council of Bishops The United Methodist Church FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 24, 2017 Washington, D.C.: The Council of Bishops (COB) has called a Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church (UMC) to be held February 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. In announcing the call, COB President Bishop Bruce R….

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What’s the forecast?

The Metho-pocalypse is coming! At least that is the claim of some throughout the church as the anticipated ruling of the Judicial Council is released in the last couple of days in April. The Judicial Council is the arm of The United Methodist Church that receives and rules on requests for declaratory decisions and appeals,…

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Host a community conversation

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…

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Time to declutter?

Few people do “spring cleaning” anymore. In case you’ve never heard of it, it was the practice of thoroughly cleaning a house in the springtime. Its history is debated but in most cultures, spring was a time of new beginnings which called for the cleaning out of the old. The origins of spring cleaning are…

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Sympathy Notice: Rev. Ermalou Roller

  Rev. Ermalou M. Roller, retired clergy member of the Northern Illinois Conference, passed away on Wednesday, March 22, 2017.  Rev. Roller served as Elgin District Superintendent as well as serving at Homewood: St. Andrew, Elmhurst: Christ Elmhurst and Beach Park:York House. She was 77. The memorial service for Rev. Roller will be celebrated on…

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Sympathy Notice: Marilyn Winkler

Mrs. Marilyn Winkler spouse to retired clergy Rev. Eugene Winkler, member of the Northern Illinois Conference, mother of Rev. Chris Winkler, pastor at Barrington United Methodist Church and Jim Winkler, President of the National Council of Churches, passed away on Saturday, March 18, 2017. Rev. Eugene Winkler served at First Chicago Temple, Community Naperville and…

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Bishop designates Global AIDS Fund for AC offering

The Northern Illinois Conference HIV/AIDS Task Force is deeply grateful that Bishop Sally Dyck chose the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund (UMGAF) as the recipient of the Bishop’s Appeal for 2017. Each congregation is asked to take a special offering or to do some type of special fundraising to help support the appeal. In years…

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