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Bishop Sally Dyck Arrested in Protest

During an anti-deportation rally in Chicago on Thursday, March 27th, 40 people were placed under temporary arrest. Among the arrested party were many United Methodists including Bishop Sally Dyck. According to a photo on the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church’s Facebook page almost 50 clergy and laity from the conference participated in […]

Church opens doors to mobile Mexican consulate

By Anne Marie Gerhardt, Special Contributor… AURORA, Ill.—Miguel Rivaz of Melrose Park appreciated a shorter drive to get his wife Maria a passport. The couple recently visited the mobile unit of the Mexican consulate held at Nueva Vida United Methodist Church in Aurora. “This is a lot closer than the Chicago Mexican consulate, and there it takes […]

Church’s language classes help neighbors

By Anne Marie Gerhardt, Special Contributor… SCHAUMBURG, Ill.—Omar Torres came to the United States seven years ago from Mexico and didn’t speak English. The husband and father of three daughters wanted to learn the language to improve his job skills and do the best to provide for his family. Mr. Torres and his family found […]

Bishop Dyck disputes ‘disunity’ charge

Bishop Sally Dyck’s recent statement endorsing same-sex marriage has drawn praise and criticism within the United Methodist Church, which officially holds that homosexual conduct is “incompatible with Christian teaching.” In an interview, she rejected claims by some that her stand will promote disunity in the denomination. “Find me a United Methodist who believes and accepts everything […]

“Seeds to Succeed” blooms in Illinois

By Anne Marie Gerhardt, Special Contributor Jennifer Ibarra noticed a Seeds to Succeed ad while riding a train. She looked up the website and decided to sign up to volunteer.  The single mother brought all five of her young children to a community center in Chicago that early Saturday morning and worked for hours weeding […]