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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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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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NCJ Recommends Electing One Bishop

In a meeting Jan. 20-22 in Chicago, the North Central Jurisdiction (NCJ) Committee on the Episcopacy and the NCJ College of Bishops proposed to elect only one bishop instead of two during the NCJ Conference, July 15-18 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The two groups have agreed to form a task force to make recommendations on episcopal leadership for the jurisdiction over the next four years.

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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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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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