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DYK? - Foundation for Building Safe Sanctuaries

As fall settles in, Sunday School and youth ministries ramp up. At the same time, news stories of child abuse in the church remind us that we all need to provide safe space for our children, youth and vulnerable adults. This fall is a good time to refresh Safe Sanctuaries policies and practices in every local church.

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Spiritual Formation Retreat registration open

Rev. Dr. Frederick Schmidt, is the Keynote Speaker at this year’s “Drawing Closer to God” Retreat, sponsored by the NIC Spiritual Formation Committee. Registration is open.

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Delegates Build Relationships, Consider What is Good for the Whole Church  

Members of each of the delegations to the Special Session of General Conference from across the North Central Jurisdiction (NCJ) gathered at Wespath Benefits and Investments in Glenview, Illinois September 21-22.  

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Justice 4 Laquan

Update: United Methodists gather for worship and prayer in front of the courthouse at 2650 S. California in Chicago crying out for justice for Laquan McDonald as the murder trial against Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke continues.

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Bishop Column: Giving witness at the border

At the end of August, Bishop Sally Dyck traveled to the border of Mexico at McAllen, TX with the General Board of Church and Society to witness, and to give witness, to the plight of those who are seeking asylum and refuge in the US from Mexico and Central America.

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Conference Hispanic Ministries celebrated

More than a hundred people gathered at Epworth United Methodist Church in Elgin on Sept. 8, 2018, to celebrate the many Hispanic/Latinx ministries in the Northern Illinois Conference. The day included testimonies from five different pastors, one from each district, serving Hispanic congregations, workshops, and worship with communion.

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