Bishop Sally Dyck

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Thursday

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October 2014

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Modern Family

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I’m a latecomer to the TV show, Modern Family, which is now in its 5th season. It’s about an extended family (which sounds anything but modern to me) but with some of the configurations of family that most of us experience in the US today: cross-racial/ethnic, multi-generational, “step” families, gay marriages, adoptions, second marriages and […]

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Friday

8

August 2014

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Pray for Peace and Reunification of the Korean Peninsula

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In the Northern Illinois Conference, our body of Christ is partly Korean!  We have many Korean clergy as well as laity and congregations.  The painful division of the Korean Peninsula rests heavily on their hearts and minds.  Families remain divided or unknown to each other after 60+ years.  Concerns for the health, freedom and rights […]

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Tuesday

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July 2014

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Let’s not lose our path

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During the 1980’s and early 1990’s, apartheid in South Africa was a major concern in the hearts and minds of the global church, especially the World Council of Churches. I often preached against apartheid because of its blatant racism and also because of the way the Dutch Reformed Church supported, advocated for, and theologically justified […]

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Saturday

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June 2014

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Sand Creek Massacre

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I attended a pilgrimage to Sand Creek on June 20, 2014 with the Rocky Mountain Annual Conference.  We had the opportunity to learn in depth about the Massacre, to go to the site (about 2 ½ hours from Pueblo, CO where the annual conference was in session), and to talk with descendants of the Arapaho and […]

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Wednesday

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June 2014

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Schism: Gay-Free or Gay-Friendly?

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Let me see if I’ve got this straight right. There’s a group of large church pastors who think they’re bigger than The United Methodist Church and they are calling for an “amicable separation” based on their sense of a crisis of covenant, the willingness of some clergy to perform same-gender marriage in violation of the […]

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Thursday

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May 2014

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Caught in the Vortex of our Denomination

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  Rev. Caleb Hong is the pastor of Faith United Methodist Church in Orland Park, IL. And he is a good pastor. He cares deeply for the people of his church, including Ann and Holly Cook-Graver whose marriage he agreed to perform in spite of the fact that the Book of Discipline prohibits United Methodist […]

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Saturday

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May 2014

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Bring back our girls…and boys!

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We are all dismayed at the abduction of over 200 girls in Nigeria. The organization that kidnapped them, an extremist Muslim group, is called Boko Haram, whose name in the Hausa language literally means “Western education is a sin.” There is a justifiable fear that the girls are being sold and married to the militants […]

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Tuesday

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April 2014

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Saving Lives

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On Monday evening, April 28, 2014,dozens of United Methodists came together with residents of the 116th and Laflin community where Leonore Draper was shot and killed in front of her own home on April 26th. She was a member of St. Mark United Methodist Church and well known in her church and community. She had […]

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Saturday

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April 2014

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Prayers for this Holy Saturday

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  On this Saturday between Good Friday and Easter morning, this woman—a mother, a grandmother, an aunt, a fellow citizen–weeping for her beloved family members and her country at large makes me think of Mary, the mother of Jesus, weeping for her son who suffered and died.  The agony in her face is intense and […]

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Friday

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March 2014

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A process and penalty for disobedience

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Clergy and laity protesting the deportations of immigrants, breaking up families.

Yesterday I was arrested out of protest of our immigration laws which I believe are unjust and unmerciful.  Eleven hundred immigrants are deported everyday, including the parents of children born in the United States and are part of the DREAM act.  These deportations separate parents from children and break up families for years. Hundreds of […]

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