Bishop Sally Dyck

what do you think?

Monday

22

June 2015

4

COMMENTS

Next Sunday and the Sunday after that…

Written by , Posted in Uncategorized

  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 […]

Share

Sunday

29

March 2015

0

COMMENTS

An Open Letter to Governor Rauner

Written by , Posted in Uncategorized

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 […]

Share

Thursday

9

October 2014

3

COMMENTS

Modern Family

Written by , Posted in Uncategorized

images

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 […]

Share

Friday

8

August 2014

1

COMMENTS

Pray for Peace and Reunification of the Korean Peninsula

Written by , Posted in Uncategorized

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 […]

Share

Tuesday

8

July 2014

2

COMMENTS

Let’s not lose our path

Written by , Posted in Uncategorized

91828pre_1c6873fb4fb3392

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 […]

Share

Saturday

28

June 2014

4

COMMENTS

Sand Creek Massacre

Written by , Posted in Uncategorized

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 […]

Share

Wednesday

4

June 2014

169

COMMENTS

Schism: Gay-Free or Gay-Friendly?

Written by , Posted in Uncategorized

images

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 […]

Share

Thursday

15

May 2014

35

COMMENTS

Caught in the Vortex of our Denomination

Written by , Posted in Uncategorized

Whirlwinds

  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 […]

Share

Saturday

10

May 2014

1

COMMENTS

Bring back our girls…and boys!

Written by , Posted in Uncategorized

10334339_687989564580762_1987602494978356012_n

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 […]

Share

Tuesday

29

April 2014

3

COMMENTS

Saving Lives

Written by , Posted in Uncategorized

1517579_10154131698365193_8645832899739535134_n

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 […]

Share