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2022 Annual Conference Highlights

The 183rd Northern Illinois Annual Conference wrapped up on Friday, June 10 after three days of worship, business, Bible study, ordination, and reconnecting with one another after being apart for three years.

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GCUMM shares new path forward for Scouting ministry

The long-anticipated wait is coming to an end as a new era of Scouting ministry in The United Methodist Church makes its way forward. A highly skilled team of chancellors, insurance risk advisors, and UMC leaders have forged a path through a difficult landscape to provide a safer way for Scouting ministry to continue within local United Methodist churches.

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Annual Conference Awards given to local churches

The following awards were given during the 2022 Northern Illinois Annual Conference including the Mission Links Giving recognitions and One Matters.

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Sympathy Notice: Paula Svendsen

Mrs. Paula Svendsen, spouse of retired member Rev. Kent Svendsen of the Northern Illinois Conference, passed away Sunday, June 5, 2022, at age 71.  During his ministry, Kent served Harmon, Carpentersville: Trinity, Plattville, Reynolds, Forreston: First, Plano, and Mendota: First.

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Church court modifies ruling on bishop elections

The United Methodist Church’s top court has set Jan. 1, 2023, as the date when U.S. bishops facing mandatory retirement must step down and their newly elected successors take office. That means new bishops will be able to begin their assignments in the usual timespan of nearly two months after U.S. jurisdictional conferences. The Council of Bishops has scheduled the regional meetings that elect bishops for Nov. 2-5 this year.

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Celebrating Asian American Pacific Islander Month

On Sunday, May 22, more than a hundred people gathered at First Korean UMC in Wheeling, Ill., to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage and raise awareness of Anti-Asian violence. The Northern Illinois Conference Fellowship of Asian Americans (FAA) and the Annual Conference Shepherding Team (ACST) Anti-RacismTask Force partnered together to put together worship and program for the event, which included several local and national speakers.

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