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Northern Illinois Annual Conference

Churches in Northern Illinois opened their buildings for people to shelter from the polar vortex freeze that brought subzero temperatures to the Midwest. Read more

Global Health

Chicago United Methodists join other believers in ongoing public prayer services for justice for Laquan McDonald, fatally shot four years ago by police officer Jason Van Dyke, now on trial. Read more

Advocating Justice

Alabama-West Florida 2017

Photo by Luke Lucas, Alabama-West Florida Conference

U.S. annual conferences tackled church responses to tough topics during the 2017 season, reports Heather Hahn of United Methodist News Service. Read more

Finance and Administration

M Barclay commissioned

Photo by Anne Marie Gerhardt, Northern Illinois Conference

The Rev. M Barclay is the first openly “non-binary trans person” to become a United Methodist deacon, according to Reconciling Ministries Network. Read more

Ordained Ministry 2 Comments

Casey Church

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United Methodists in the Northern Illinois Annual Conference are invited to a workshop on how to live out the intentions of the denomination's acts of repentance toward Native American peoples. Read more

Local Church

Chicago Immigration Protest

Photo by Michael Vollmer, UMNS

United Methodist Bishop Sally Dyck issues a pastoral letter including online resources regarding the presidential executive order restricting immigrants and refugees. Read more

Advocating Justice

Champions Sign

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The Northern Illinois and East Ohio conferences -- home sites of World Series contenders Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians -- raised some $70,000 for Haiti hurricane aid through competing donations to the United Methodist Committee on Relief. Read more

In the World

Non-conformity Resolution

Photo by Beth DiCocco, New England Conference

The Judicial Council has ruled that United Methodist bishops must rule on all questions properly put to them. The "high court" also overturned bishops' ruling in two conferences that would have allowed ordination of gay clergy. Read more

Ordained Ministry

With the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians set to face one another in baseball's World Series, the Northern Illinois and East Ohio Annual Conferences have set up a challenge for United Methodists to give to hurricane relief. Read more

In the Church

In its first deliberative session, the United Methodist Judicial Council will consider complaints about the ordination of openly LGBT candidates in the New York and Northern Illinois conferences, along with other issues. Read more

Finance and Administration 1 Comments

Marcy-Newberry

Illustration Courtesy of United Methodist News Service

Chicago's historic Marcy-Newberry Association Inc., a mainstay of United Methodist-related social services, has announced it will close because of declining resources. Read more

In the Church

The Northern Illinois Conference has combined several recent announcements into a list of resources to inform United Methodists about the 2019 General Conference. Read more

A Way Forward

Chicago United Methodists join other believers in ongoing public prayer services for justice for Laquan McDonald, fatally shot four years ago by police officer Jason Van Dyke, now on trial. Read more

Advocating Justice

Champions Sign

NIC e-News Photo

The Northern Illinois and East Ohio conferences -- home sites of World Series contenders Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians -- raised some $70,000 for Haiti hurricane aid through competing donations to the United Methodist Committee on Relief. Read more

In the World