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 Fall meeting of ILYM’s Continuing Committee will be on Saturday, October 25. Clear Creek Monthly Meeting (14365 N. 350th Ave., McNabb, IL 61335) will be hosting. 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. Clear Creek 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
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.
The Fall meeting will be held September 19-25 at Dubois Center. The theme is “Wonderment: a cause of or occasion for wonder/curiosity.” Planning for the children's program is well under way. The general theme is finding a sense of God's wonder through nature, community, simplicity, and intergenerational activities. David Wixom, with help, will be teaching canoing. The adult program will be created by those present, who will be wondering together about the future of BRQ. Worship sharing and perhaps some visualization will be used.. Depending on weather, Sunday worship may be outdoors overlooking the lake.
Hopefully, most people can arrive between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. to take part in a getting-to-know-each-other game. No skills required. The drive from St Louis is about an hour depending on how heavy your right foot is. Friends under 19 attend with no charge. Those who are able are encouraged to make a donation to BRQ to keep our coffers flush to cover these costs.
Please register ASAP. Especially needed is a count of folks for horseback rides and meals—and how many are vegetarian. Money can be paid when you arrive but the numbers are really needed! A registration form can be downloaded (168K DOC). You can send registration via email attachment (see form for address). Remember you can come for all 3 days or just Saturday and/or Sunday.
Listen, Speak, Welcome, Belong—a Call to Community
Illinois Yearly Meeting 2014 Annual Sessions was held June 18 to 22 on the ILYM campus near McNabb, IL.
Annual Sessions Minutes (61K PDF)
Reports and Documents (254K PDF)
Friday Evening Program: Vanessa Julye on Community and Inclusiveness (Download: 101M MP3).
Plummer Lecture by Judy Jager and worship (Download: 140M MP3).
Due to recording difficulties, the recordings of the Wednesday and Thursday Evening Programs are not available.
The Spring 2014 issue of Among Friends is now available online.
This issue includes Reflections on a Lifetime of Pastoral Counseling, Listening Towards a Spirit of Inclusion, ILYM Programming Committee Update, and much more.