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Sympathy Notice: Rev. Berty C Hakeem

Rev. Berty C Hakeem, retired member of the Northern Illinois Conference, passed away Tuesday, June 27, 2023.  During his ministry he served LaSalle: Grace; Elmhurst: First; and Dixon: First.

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Conference Overview: Come to the Table, Go Out in Ministry

The conference theme, “Come to the Table,” informed the work of conference members at the Northern Illinois 184th Annual Conference session, June 6-8, Schaumburg, Ill. Bishop Schwerin’s “state of the conference” address, the Bible study, the lay session, and more explored the theme.

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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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Conference Bible Study: We Come to the Table Together, Connected in Christ

In his Bible study on the great banquet in Luke 14, Dr. Rolf Nolasco reminded Northern Illinois Annual Conference members on June 7 that Jesus’s banquet includes everyone—and gives those of lower social status places of honor at the table.

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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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