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Did You Know: Data-Driven?

By Arlene Christopherson, Assistant to the Bishop/Dir. of Connectional Ministries Driving to a meeting one morning through storms and rush hour traffic, I realized how dependent I have become on my google maps app. I was going through an area on the south side of Chicago where I grew up. I know the streets, the…

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Welcome our new NIC staff

2017 has presented the Northern Illinois Conference with opportunities to realign our work and staffing. Through the Landscape Assessment in 2015 we’ve learned that we need to work on reorganizing the annual conference. This work is underway. Likewise in our staffing, we live out our core values as a healthy organization when we evaluate, assess…

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Bishop’s Response to Executive Orders on Immigration

Bishop Sally Dyck has written a pastoral response to the recent Executive Orders on Immigration. Click here to read the full letter which provides several online resources for conversation and study as she calls all of us to action.

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Cokesbury makes customer service changes for Northern Illinois

Christian retailers must continuously reinvent and perfect the ways in which we serve churches and their leaders, due to individual marketplace changes, and increasing costs for product development and delivery. When market conditions require, Cokesbury adapts, as has been apparent in our financially self-sustaining ministry since our formation as The United Methodist Church’s first agency…

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2016 Apportionment Wrap-up

The churches of the Northern Illinois Conference contributed a total of $6,066,296 in 2016 Apportionment giving, representing a 1.1% decrease over 2015. In addition, over $573,816.22 was given to second-mile, designated causes. Thanks to your generosity and careful stewardship of conference expenses we are able to pay 90% of our apportionment to the World Service Fund and…

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Light Shines Through…178th Annual Conference theme

2016 seemed to be a year of transitions! We have a new Director of Connectional Ministries and some staff changes in the Conference office. Your Annual Conference committee hopes that you will also experience some positive changes in the way we hold our Annual Conference sessions in the Northern Illinois Conference. Of course, some things…

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What does the church say about bullying?

“What’s new in the 2016 Book of Discipline?” you might ask. It’s always an adventure to begin to look through either deliberately in search of a specific paragraph or to accidentally come upon something that is indeed new. Bullying is new in the 2016 Book of Discipline. It’s at the end of “The Nurturing Community”…

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Sympathy Notice: Eleanor Mulligan

Mrs. Eleanor Mulligan surviving spouse of Rev. Robert Mulligan (former NIC member, transferred to Central Illinois) passed away on Monday, January 2, 2017. Rev. Mulligan served in the NIC from 1939 into the 1970s before transferring to Central Illinois.  He was the Rockford District Superintendent from 1956-1961. Messages of condolence may be sent to: Dawn…

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NIC Urban Strategy receives social justice award

Northern Illinois Conference Chicago Urban Strategy Receives Social Justice Award for Work on FAIR COPS Police Accountability Campaign by Reverend Robert E. Biekman “A religion true to its nature must…be concerned about man’s social conditions.” ~ Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In November 2016 at the 134th Annual Membership Assembly of Community Renewal Society,…

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Lay Leadership Portal User Instructions

Lay Leadership Portal User Instructions Each Local Church is responsible for keeping the names and contact information of their church leaders up to date for Annual Conference. They do this by logging into their individual church’s Lay Leadership Portal and making the changes to the database entries. If you have questions, please contact Betsy Smith,….

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