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The Northern Illinois Conference will be hosting a Martin Luther King Celebration“Emmett Till: The Chicago Connection then and Now”/ECUMENICAL SUNDAY/WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY

The Northern Illinois Conference will be hosting a Martin Luther King Celebration
“Emmett Till: The Chicago Connection then and Now”

Come to the NIC's annual Martin Luther King Celebration
Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019 at 4pm
Faith UMC, 15101 S 80th Ave, Orland Park, IL. 

 This year's feature speaker is author Timothy B. Tyson. 

Timothy B. Tyson, author of The Blood of Emmett Till, is Senior Research Scholar at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, Visiting Professor of American Christianity and Southern Culture at Duke Divinity School, and also holds positions in the Department of American Studies at the University of North Carolina and the Department of History at Duke University.

 The event will include prayers from clergy, laity and youth for our community and the world around issues of gun violence, anti-racism, and connecting the civil rights moment to today’s society. Bishop Sally Dyck will introduce our speaker, Rev. Myron McCoy will serve as the Master of Ceremonies, and Rev. Pamela Pirtle will lead music with a special choir (see below).
This event is open to everyone and we invite you to bring youth and confirmation students to come and hear this important message of racial equality and justice.

“All you people: Trust in him at all times! Pour out your hearts before him! God is our refuge!”
  Psalm 62:8, CEB

On Ecumenical Sunday and during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Christians echo the message that “we’re all in this together.”

Jesus prayed, “I pray they will be one … so that the world will believe that you sent me.” (John 17:21, CEB)

Today United Methodists observe Ecumenical Sunday. During the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (Jan. 18-25), United Methodists unite with people of other faiths to take Jesus’ prayer to heart. God put us here together. How do we treat each other? How can we make it work?

It is hard to grasp the religious division in the world today — life-ending conflicts taking place in the name of God. Now, more than ever, we need interfaith understanding. We also need more people who understand — people like the Rev. Lowell McCoy.

At Hebrew Union College — Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, students affectionately called the Christian professor “Rabbi McCoy.”

For more than half a century, McCoy, a United Methodist, helped students with more than 2,000 sermons and listened to them lead more than 6,000 services in the campus chapel. Many of the students he taught continue to lead reform congregations across the United States.

Now the school has created a Rev. Lowell McCoy Prize in Interfaith Relations. Each year, a graduate student will carry McCoy’s torch and Jesus’ prayer. The footprints are there. We just need to follow them.