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Pilgrims to U.S./Mexico Border Observe Danger and Hope

Migrants come to Nogales--a city that spans the U.S./Mexico border--from all over Central and South America, fleeing from dangerous life situations. Seven lay people and three clergy from the Northern Illinois Conference traveled to that city from March 20 to 24 to observe up close the hardship and courage of those who cross or live near the border. The group took a pilgrimage to Nogales from March 20 to 24 to learn about the migrant experience.

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Urgency Is Not Enough: Shepherding Team Talks About Change

Liz Gracie, who has been one of the co-chairs of the Annual Conference Shepherding Team for the past eight years, told the Annual Conference 2023 members of an insight the team recently gained: Urgency is not enough; leaders have to internalize change itself.

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Setting a Table for All: Bishop's State of the Conference Address

Tables are places where relationships are strengthened and healing can take place. In his state of the conference address, Bishop Dan Schwerin shared the hope and concerns he's heard over the past several months, and described plans for building a healthy annual conference.

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Sympathy Notice: Rev. Thomas J. Potenza

Rev. Thomas J. Potenza, retired member of the Northern Illinois Conference, passed away Thursday, May 25, 2023. During his ministry he served Plainfield: United, Barrington: First, Lisle: Faith, Orland Park, Elgin: Epworth, and Glen Ellyn: First.

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Laity Address Reminds Us of Our Mission

“Local churches are the strength of the conferences,” co-Lay Leader Mark Menzi told Annual Conference members in the Laity Address on June 8. “While there is training and resources available in districts and conference, it is in the churches where the ministry is happening, disciples being made, people are going into the community to see the people and minister with them.”

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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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