Alka's Angle

  • With so many things changing around us -- another change is in the structure of our Northern Illinois Annual Conference. Until June 30th our conference had six Districts, but starting July 1st we have been restructured into five. We used to be part of the Chicago: Northwestern District, but now we are in the Lake North District. Our District Superintendent will continue to be Brittany Issac.

  • A friend shared this story with me some time ago:

    A young couple moves into a new neighborhood. The next morning while they are eating breakfast, the young woman sees her neighbor hanging the wash outside.

    "That laundry is not very clean," she said. "She doesn't know how to wash correctly. Perhaps she needs better laundry soap."

    Her husband looked on but remained silent.      [continued...]

  • June 19, 1865, was the day when the enslaved people in Texas learned of their freedom for the first time, even though President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1862, which declared that as of January 1, 1863, all enslaved people in the United States shall be free. Ever since, the day has been commemorated in Black communities everywhere. More than 150 years later -- Congress has finally made June 19th a federal holiday by passing the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act. And just before the Congress made their decision, Governor Pritzker had signed a House Bill, recognizing Juneteenth as National Freedom Day in Illinois.

  • Today (Friday) the city of Chicago has entered PHASE 5 of the Restore Illinois plan. With that -- businesses are no longer required to mandate masks, or ensure social distancing between parties, however, all businesses reserve the right to enforce their own policies regarding unvaccinated patrons. Please post these policies on your door. Folks are still required to wear masks inside hospitals, CTA, schools and other places as they may require.

  • On June 2nd, several local officials gathered near Belmont Rocks for the ground-breaking ceremony for the AIDS Garden in Lakeview. The garden has been in the plans for more than a decade but funding kept delaying the process until now.