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2020 NICUMC Property & Casualty Insurance Allocation

The Insurance premium rates for churches enrolled in the NIC Property & Casualty Insurance Program are now available.

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Christmas

Bishop's Column: We Need a Little Christmas

Advent is a protest statement to our lagging faith with its themes of hope, peace, joy, and love. Hope isn’t optimism that everything will work out all right. At least I hope not! Because things don’t always work out all right. Hope is more like resilience; the ability to face harsh realities with determination and grace.

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Ways to Bring Christmas to At-Risk Children in Northern Illinois

United Voices for Children encourages congregations to partner with one of our child-serving agencies in Northern Illinois to help bring Christmas to at-risk children, youth and families.

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Bishop Dyck: Inclusion is the heart of this conference

As we gather for this special annual conference session, I want to take the opportunity to express a few thoughts about where we are as the UMC in light of the Traditional Plan which is to go into effect January 1, 2020. To say that many clergy—LBGTQ and straight as well as concerned and allied laity—are very anxious is to understate the situation. 

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Lincoln

Chicago church targeted with hate crime

Pastor Emma Lozano said her church, Lincoln UMC in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood, was the victim of vandalism again and police are treating this latest case as a hate crime. On Oct 15, a man who was attempting to enter the locked church reportedly kicked the glass front door shattering it before fleeing and shouting racial slurs, while giving the Nazi salute, witnesses said.

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Peace Is a Journey; Not a Destination - Let’s Walk Together

On a balmy and breezy Saturday in early September the fragrance of peace filled the air. The scent of patchouli and music of meditation greeted more than 200 residents as they entered Cooper Park located in the historic Maple Park neighborhood on Chicago’s far south side.

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