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Korean Peace Reflections & Prayers Unites Conference Members in Hope

A group of Korean-American pastors led the Northern Illinois Conference members on June 7 in  prayers, songs, and personal testimonies for peace in this 70th anniversary of the Korean Armistice. The armistice ended the war, but an expected peaceful settlement has never been completed. This was perhaps the most moving part of the Northern Illinois Conference session, held June 6-8 in Schaumburg, Ill.

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Laypeople learn keys to civil conversations

In our highly conflicted society, is civil conversation on disputed subjects possible? At Laity Session at Annual Conference on June 6, participants learned some basic principles to practice when they engage in conversation with those they disagree with.

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Eight churches approved for disaffiliation from Northern Illinois Conference UMC

The disaffiliation of eight churches was approved by lay and clergy members of Northern Illinois Conference of The United Methodist Church in its 184th annual session on June 6: Calvary UMC in Stockton, McConnell UMC, Faith Evangelical UMC in Elmhurst, Fenton UMC, Plano UMC, Van Brocklin-Florence UMC in Freeport, La Luz UMC in Elgin, and Willow UMC.

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Disaffiliating Congregation Disengages with Required Process

Korean United Methodist Church in Naperville has taken extraordinary steps to end its relationship to the denomination. Some members--and the police they summoned--barred NIC staff members from entering the church building on May 28.

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‘Broken but Changed Hearts’: NIC Pilgrims Trace the Civil Rights Journey

In late April 2023, a racially diverse group of 37 Northern Illinois clergy and lay people took a Civil Rights Pilgrimage to key historic sites where Black Americans courageously pursued freedom and justice.

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Green Community Outreach Earns Grants for Hartzell Memorial and Grace (Logan Square) UMCs

Many churches would love to have more money available to serve their communities with Christ’s love—and to become more environmentally responsible at the same time. Grace United Methodist Church, Logan Square, and Hartzell Memorial United Methodist (both in Chicago) recently received Chicago Recovery Grants that will make this possible.

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