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Normalizing Next Cohort

A Normalizing Next™ Cohort is a six-month group of clergy meeting together once each month in person or virtually to focus on subjects from the cohort curriculum: Normalizing Next™: A Post-COVID-19 Resource for Church Leaders. 

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Sympathy Notice: John Cantwell

Rev. John Cantwell, retired clergy member of the Northern Illinois Conference, died on August 16 at age 87. During his ministry, John served Winthrop Harbor, Chicago: Armitage Avenue, Chicago: Central Spanish Parish, Chicago: Albany Park, Thomson, Steward/Creston, and Frankfort. John retired in 2001.

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Migrant Welcome

Help immigrants arriving from Texas

More than 750 asylum seekers have arrived on buses sent from Texas since Aug. 31 and more are expected. In collaboration with local, state, federal, and community agencies, the city of Chicago is taking action to ensure they have access to shelter, food, and other resources. 

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Sympathy Notice: Eric A. Hage

Eric A. Hage, spouse of retired clergy member Deacon Denise Hage with the Northern Illinois Conference, died Friday, August 26, 2022, at age 70. During Denise's ministry, she served Lombard: First, Downers Grove: First as a Christian Education consultant, and  Westmont Junior High School. 

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Flood relief for southeastern Kentucky

A group of Early Response Team (ERT) members from First United Methodist Church in Morris spent five days in Betsy Layne, Ky., to help with the massive flooding that occurred in early August. Midwest Mission Distribution Center also continues to send disaster relief supplies.

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Bishops welcome Judicial Council clarification of disaffiliation process

The Council of Bishops expresses gratitude for the Judicial Council’s ruling that clarified that Paragraph 2548.2 of The Book of Discipline is not a process of church disaffiliation from The United Methodist Church but is rather a supplementary procedure for the purpose of deeding church property as permitted by other paragraphs of the Discipline in limited situations.

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