Bishop Sally Dyck

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Wednesday

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October 2015

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Still No Budget?

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I’m reposting this because the time given for the public action of Moral Mondays on November 2nd was incorrect: it’s at 10:30, not 11 as indicated in the first posting. This summer I visited the United Methodist churches in Chicago participating in the Public Schools’ Safe Haven program. Each of one of these churches is […]

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Tuesday

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October 2015

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Still No State Budget?

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I’m reposting this because the time given for the public action of Moral Mondays on November 2nd was incorrect: it’s at 10:30, not 11 as indicated in the first posting. This summer I visited the United Methodist churches in Chicago participating in the Public Schools’ Safe Haven program. Each of one of these churches is […]

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Monday

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June 2015

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Next Sunday and the Sunday after that…

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  Last Thursday I sent out a very short statement regarding the shooting of nine people at the historic Emanuel African American Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C.  It simply said: Keep our brothers and sisters in the historic Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina, in your prayers.  While this is the crime of one […]

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Sunday

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March 2015

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An Open Letter to Governor Rauner

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March 29, 2015 Governor Bruce Rauner Office of the Governor 207 State House Springfield, IL 62706 Dear Governor Rauner: I am the resident bishop of The United Methodist Church in the Northern Illinois Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church (which is roughly Illinois north of I-80 and comprises about 400 churches). I am writing […]

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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

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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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A view of Sand Creek bend.

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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