ILYM is a spiritual community of Quakers, also known as the Religious Society of Friends. Though the individuals in this community attend some 21 affiliated local Meetings across four states, each summer the Meeting gathers in a retreat near McNabb, Illinois to worship together and to conduct the business of the community. This business includes issues related to lay ministry, religious education, the practice of faith, volunteer service, public witness, publications, Meetinghouse site improvement, and finances. The ILYM Meetinghouse is also the worship site for Clear Creek Friends, as well as for workshops, retreats and committee meetings.
The Spring Continuing Committee will be held Saturday, March 5 and be hosted by St. Louis Monthly Meeting. Minutes from the Fall 2015 Continuing Committee have been posted at
The Spring Continuing Committee will be held on Saturday, March 5 at St. Louis Monthly Meeting (1001 Park Ave., St. Louis, MO 63104). Fellowship with coffee and snacks will be ready at 9:30 a.m. Settling into Worship to seek Divine Guidance for business at hand will begin at 10:00 a.m. St. Louis Meeting Friends will provide lunch. There will be a basket for contributions to cover the modest costs of the meal. The meeting usually concludes between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m.
Reports and other advance documents will be posted on the ILYM website by February 26 (ilym.org/ContinuingCommittee). Please try to read the reports ahead of time and bring your own print or electronic copies if you will need them. A few print copies of these documents will be available at Continuing Committee. If you know folks in your meeting who are expecting to attend and are without e-mail or web access, please share these documents with them.
Continuing Committee is open to all who have concern about the work of ILYM. Each person’s presence (whether delegated or not) will enrich the meeting’s deliberations.
There will be a Winter gathering of Friends in Chicago on Saturday, February 6, 2016, hosted by 57th Street Meeting. The gathering will start with singing at 10:00 a.m., meeting for worship and children's program at 10:30 a.m., potluck lunch at 12:30 p.m., and skating at the Midway Ice Rink at 2:00 p.m
Nurturing the Seed
2016 Annual Sessions will be held June 22-26 on the ILYM campus in McNabb, Illinois.
The theme will be “Nurturing the Seed” and focuses on how we plant and nourish the spiritual seeds of faith, experience, and action within others, and ourselves whether it be our wee Friends or most wise.
Workshops are being sought related to the theme. Innovative, imaginative, and intergenerational workshops are encouraged. Proposals for additional topics are also welcomed. Workshops will be held on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 2:30-3:45 p.m. afternoon. Please download and fill out the workshop proposal form, which should be submitted by Sunday, March 13. Return information is on the form. Download workshop proposal form.
The 2015 ILYM Minute Book is now available on line for viewing and downloading at ILYM.org/MinuteBooks. Print copies will be distributed at Fall Continuing Committee.