Northern Illinois Annual Conference moves to teleconference meeting in November

Given the uncertainty of how long we will need to maintain safe distancing, and how long before gatherings of about 1000+ people will be permissible, the Annual Conference Committee and Bishop have approved to hold a ‘virtual 2020 Annual Conference session’ on Saturday, November 14, 2020. While so much has changed and our buildings remain closed, this year’s theme “Y Church?” still seems relevant as the church continues to be a presence (while not necessarily in-person) in our communities by meeting people’s spiritual, emotional and physical needs.

More information can be found here.

Road to GC2020

General Conference originally scheduled May 5-15, 2020 in Minneapolis, MN has been postponed until 2021. The new dates have not yet been released.

Find out more and keep up to date on information by visiting GC2020's home page at

Below are resources to keep you informed as the GC2020 approaches:


The Biblical Controversy Over Homosexuality   

Prompted by the United Methodist controversy over gay marriage and gay clergy, Lowell Beck has prepared a paper on the Bible and Homosexuality. Citing biblical scholars and theologians, the paper presents interpretations of the pertinent biblical verses and provides information on the changing societal attitudes toward the LGBTQ community. It concludes with his view in favor of changing the current Methodist position. 

The paper is available to everyone who is interested by clicking here, or by picking up a printed copy of the paper in the church office. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Lowell via email or 630-325-4974.