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Bishop's Column: Connected in Christ at Annual Conference

Just three days after Pentecost Sunday, the Northern Illinois Conference gathered June 8-10 at the Convention Center in Schaumburg, Ill. Members from our churches came to share the gift of the Holy Spirit and celebrate the goodness of God in the first in-person conference in three years. That is 36 months, 156 weeks, or 1,095 days that we had not gathered to be connected in Christ!

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2022 Annual Conference Highlights

The 183rd Northern Illinois Annual Conference wrapped up on Friday, June 10 after three days of worship, business, Bible study, ordination, and reconnecting with one another after being apart for three years.

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Church court modifies ruling on bishop elections

The United Methodist Church’s top court has set Jan. 1, 2023, as the date when U.S. bishops facing mandatory retirement must step down and their newly elected successors take office. That means new bishops will be able to begin their assignments in the usual timespan of nearly two months after U.S. jurisdictional conferences. The Council of Bishops has scheduled the regional meetings that elect bishops for Nov. 2-5 this year.

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Bishop's Column: Whatever It Takes to Love Someone

Following the celebration of the Resurrection of Christ, we focus on how much God loves us and how much we love God. We are invited into a love relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Are you ready to follow Jesus and deepen your love of God? 

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Bishop's Easter Message

This is a time to let go of all that burdens us and claim our relationship with a Risen Savior who gives us hope in every circumstance.

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Are United Methodists Going to Divide?

Recently in a small group, I was asked, "Are United Methodists going to divide?" They had read something on social media that prompted the question and were concerned about the church they loved. The church where they were baptized, experienced Jesus, started in Sunday School, began to pray, learned the scriptures, celebrated communion, sang the hymns, were confirmed in Christ, joined the youth group, attended church camp, began to serve others, started to tithe, met their soul mate, exchanged their vows, buried their parents, and found support in grief.

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