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Laity Convocation opens conversation on racism

Laity Convocation 2020 brought more than 185 lay and clergy from across the Northern Illinois Conference to Sycamore United Methodist Church on Feb. 8 to work toward “Unpacking Racism.”This year’s theme was based on the Conference’s strategic goal: “To live out the conviction that racism is incompatible with Christian teaching.”

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Register for "Fresh Expressions" with Bishop Carter

On Saturday, March 12, from 9am to 3:30pm, Bishop Kenneth Carter will introduce the Northern Illinois Annual Conference to Fresh Expressions, an international movement of missionary disciples cultivating new Methodist churches. 

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Campus Ministry creates soul space

At a time when over 36% of 18-24 year-olds describe their religion as “nothing in particular” and seem unsure about living out their faith within the bounds of mainline churches, an exciting new ministry has emerged. The Inclusive Collective (IC - formerly Agape House), our NIC campus ministry partner at the University of Illinois at Chicago (and now also at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb), has forged a new path by doing ministry in experimental and imaginative ways.

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Follow Up Discipleship Systems Training Offered

An intriguing follow-up to the Discipleship Systems training offered fall 2019, each session features two workshops to help establish or build on your church's intentional disciple-making systems.

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Road to GC2020 Conversations - Two New Locations Added

General Conference 2020 (GC2020) will be here before we know it—and we know many throughout the NIC have questions. Gather to learn and discuss the issues leading up GC2020 in Minneapolis May 5-15. Two new conversations in Sycamore and Dolton have been added since the initial announcement.

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Bishop Dyck statement on proposed separation

After the Special Session of General Conference, I and many others in The United Methodist Church came to the painful conclusion that we just can’t go on like this. Through the legislative process of our church, we came away with winners and losers regarding deeply held faith commitments as they relate to ministry with and by LGBTQ persons.

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