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Diverse Delegation elected

After mastering the voting electronic keypads, annual conference members elected three clergy and three lay delegates to the 2020 General Conference and three clergy and three lay delegates for the Jurisdictional Conference, along with two clergy and two lay alternates.

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Legislation seeks more inclusive church

Much of the legislation that passed at the 2019 Northern Illinois Annual Conference reflected the disapproval of the Traditional Plan adopted at the General Conference Special Session in February that enhances current policies around homosexuality in the Book of Discipline and strengthens enforcement of those rules.

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Northern Illinois UMs among 600 attendees at UMCNext

NIC representatives respond to the UMC-Next meeting in Kansas which brought together 600 centrists and progressives representing every United Methodist Annual Conference in the United States to engage in Christian Conferencing about how to respond to the passage of the Traditional Plan.

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Bishops offer pastoral word; make key decisions at May 2019 meeting

The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church completed its May 2019 meeting held outside Chicago with a pastoral and prophetic word in response to the decisions of the Special Session and the codification of some of those decisions in the Book of Discipline.

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Bishop's Pastoral Letter

As most of you may know, yesterday the Judicial Council, the nine-member top court of The United Methodist Church, released their rulings from February’s Special General Conference related to the Traditional Plan and disaffiliation legislation.

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Judicial Council OKs part of Traditional Plan, exit plan

The United Methodist Church’s top court has found that while some provisions of the newly adopted Traditional Plan remain unconstitutional, the rest of the plan is valid as church law. That was the Judicial Council’s ruling on a requested review of the Traditional Plan, which was approved during a special denomination-wide legislative session in February to strengthen enforcement of bans on “self-avowed practicing” gay clergy and same-sex weddings.

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