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Equitable Compensation Task Force Is Analyzing Data

Members of the Equitable Compensation Task Force, established at the 2023 Northern Illinois annual conference session, are well along their assignment of gathering data on clergy compensation and preparing a report and recommended legislation.

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North Central Jurisdiction Confirms: Northern Illinois and Wisconsin Will Share a Bishop

It’s official: Wisconsin Conference and Northern Illinois Conference will start sharing a bishop on Sept. 1. The North Central Jurisdiction, meeting online in a special session on Jan. 23, passed two motions: to form a new episcopal area composed of Northern Illinois and Wisconsin Conferences and to form another composed of East Ohio and West Ohio Conferences.

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Rev. Johngmin Martin Lee, Congregational Development Director, to Retire on July 1

Rev. Jongmin Martin Lee, director of congregational development and redevelopment for the Northern Illinois Conference of The United Methodist Church, will retire on July 1, 2024, announced Bishop Dan Schwerin.

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Martin Luther King Jr Celebration Postponed

The Martin Luther King Jr Celebration planned for Jan. 14 at St Mark United Methodist Church in Chicago has been postponed.

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First Korean reimagines Christmas celebrations

In a heartwarming departure from tradition, the members of the First Korean UMC (FKUMC) in Wheeling, celebrated Christmas morning with a unique twist that embodied the spirit of love and giving. Naming the day "Love Your Neighbor Day," FKUMC took the celebration beyond the church walls, infusing the Christmas spirit with acts of kindness and generosity.

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Shelter at First UMC in Elgin warms bodies and hearts

Elgin’s unhoused people are being well taken care of by the community, including First United Methodist Church in Elgin. This winter, the fellowship hall of FUMCE is set up nightly for their guests. One Collective Elgin, a nonprofit that identifies community needs and organizes collaborative responses, oversees and facilitates the shelter.

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