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Bishop Dyck's message post-General Conference

The long-awaited Special Session of the General Conference of the United Methodist Church in St. Louis, Mo., has finished its work. The three days were very painful for people who attended or watched at home via livestream. The pain inflicted upon our LGBTQI members, friends and families was intense. But there was also pain in seeing the deep divide among the delegates. Likewise, many of us feel this doesn’t reflect the United Methodist Church’s doctrine on grace.

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Special Session Reflections

Aurora District Superintendent Rev. Jeffry Bross and his 81-year-old father, Rev. Billy Bross, a retired pastor from the Wisconsin Annual Conference, are observing the historic Special Session of General Conference in St. Louis.

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Prayers for Aurora

After the tragic Feb. 15 workplace shooting at the Henry Pratt manufacturing business in Aurora, Ill., local Northern Illinois Conference churches and ministries offered prayers and vigils. Five people were killed and five police officers along with one worker were injured when an employee opened fire inside the facility after he was reportedly terminated.

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Clergy Conversations Podcast

On this podcast, Rev. Jacques Conway, Chicago Southern District Superintendent who was interviewed in the Surviving R. Kelly six-part documentary on Lifetime as a police expert and Becky Posey Williams, the Sr. Director for Sexual Ethics and Advocacy at the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women

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Apply for Spring Grants

The first round of the new Conference grant process is complete with six churches receiving a total of $14,445. Second round for the Spring Grant process is open and applications are due March 15.

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Submit Nominations for United Voices for Children Awards

United Voices for Children (UVC) is inviting nominations for its three annual awards.  These UVC Awards honor extraordinary volunteer service or advocacy efforts on behalf of children, youth and/or families throughout the Northern Illinois Conference.

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