About ILYM

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.



Fall Continuing Committee

Sat, 10/22/2016 - 10:00am - 5:00pm


The Fall Continuing Committee will be held on Saturday, October 22 at the ILYM Meetinghouse (14365 N. 350th Ave., McNabb, IL 61335), hosted by Clear Creek. 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. For lodging or food restrictions, please use the contact form. Reports are due October 5.


Children’s Program at Fall Continuing Committee
The Children’s Religious Education Committee with be coordinating a children’s program during Fall Continuing Committee on Saturday, October 22. The program will begin at 9:45, as people gather for Fall Continuing Committee. Everyone (adults and children) will have lunch together. The program will end when the business of Continuing Committee ends. Additional help with the program would be welcomed. Please contact use to contact form to sign up, to help out or for more information.



Middle School Retreat

Sat, 10/22/2016 - 9:45am - Sun, 10/23/2016 - 1:00pm

The Children's Religious Education Committee will be hosting a Middle

School Retreat on Oct. 22-23 at ILYM campus for children grades 6th-8th. The retreat will begin on Saturday morning at 9:45, as people gather for Fall Continuing Committee and will end after meeting for worship and lunch with Clear Creek Meeting on Sunday. More details about the schedule and the program will be forthcoming. Please use the contact form to sign up, to help out or for more information. If parents want to stay the night, please ask about accommodations in the Clear Creek House. Do not let transportation issues keep you or your children away – please ask about carpooling.



Among Friends Summer 2016

Reflections on Illinois Yearly Meeting

After the 2016 Annual Sessions, Among Friends had a telephone interview with David and Nancy Finke about the vitality of Illinois Yearly Meeting. What follows is an edited version of warm feelings that this couple holds for the yearly meeting. David and Nancy are moving to Oberlin, Ohio in August. We are sure they will bring their joy and depth of Spirit that we have known to the meeting there.

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We Are the World: The Work of the FWCC

“Friends World Committee for Consultation.” What a strange name. Is it really a “committee”? What is meant by “consultation”? Well, at least we know what the term “Friends” means, or do we? What do Friends in other parts of the world believe? How do they worship? I will cover that more later in this article. For now, it is suffice to say that Quaker practices vary widely throughout the world, and that understanding and celebrating differences and similarities among Friends is what FWCC is all about.

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On Being a Quaker and a Small Business Owner

It is impossible to know how much of my outward life and behavior is because of my Quaker faith and practice, or how many of my own personality traits led me to find the Quakers in the first place. With Friends, it seems the conversations are rarely about our work lives, which is strikingly similar to my experience traveling outside the U.S. When I stayed in bed-and-breakfasts abroad, if a conversation began with “Where do you work? How many people do you manage?” I could be sure it was an American asking. Among Friends, conversations more typically tend to nurse relationships as well as to explore leadings and the application of values. To me these are much more interesting, and satisfying to the soul.


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Fall Blue River Quarterly

Fri, 09/16/2016 (All day) - Sun, 09/18/2016 (All day)

The Fall Blue River Quarterly Meeting will be September 16-18 at Dubois Center in Southern Illinois. Steve Tamari (St. Louis MM) and Fariba Murray (Bloomington Normal MM) are planning the program including inter-generational time. The theme is Quakerism & Islam.  "Allah is the light of the heavens and the earth; a likeness of His light is as a niche in which is a lamp, the lamp is in a glass, (and) the glass is as it were a brightly shining star, lit from a blessed olive-tree, neither eastern nor western..." (Qur'an 24:35)

A trail ride is one option for Saturday afternoon free time as is canoeing or hiking, chatting or napping.  There will be a Saturday night bonfire with singing and s'mores. Friends under 19 may attend free of charge. Those who are able may contribute to help cover these costs.

Please register by September 2. There is a $20 late fee after that date.  Download brochure/registration form (525K PDF) and Health Information and Permission Form (162K PDF), which is required for all individuals who will be participating in any activities led by DuBois Center staff, like horseback riding and canoeing.



Indiana Friends Committee on Legislation

IFCL has instituted a newsletter to communicate its lobbying efforts at the Indiana Statehouse. To subscribe and read the most recent issue go to  quakerifcl.org


New Website

Welcome to the new ILYM website. We are transitioning from the old site.  Content from the old site can be accessed at http://www.ilym.org/tiki-index.php.





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