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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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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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Global Ministries Commissions New Earthkeepers

Global Ministries commissioned 67 new EarthKeepers from 23 conferences, including 10 from Northern Illinois, in an online service on November 19, 2019. The service will affirm the EarthKeepers in their call to the ministry of creation care and will bless their work in their communities.

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Annual Conference approves reduced 2020 budget

Approximately 550 clergy and lay members gathered Nov. 16 in the gymnasium at Kishwaukee College for the Annual Conference Special Session to vote on a budget, apportionment formula changes, and to hear from the Exploration Team. After a presentation from the Conference Council on Finance and Administration (CCFA), the Annual Conference passed a $4,574,255 budget for 2020, down 5% from 2019.

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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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Church exit plan already in effect, court says

Legislation setting special provisions for United Methodist churches deciding to leave the denomination took effect immediately at the end of the special General Conference last February, the church’s top court has ruled.

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