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.
Advanced documents, in one compiled PDF file, are available for review (166K PDF). 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.
The Spring meeting of ILYM’s Continuing Committee will be on Saturday, March 8. Evanston Monthly Meeting of Friends (1010 Greenleaf Street, Evanston, IL 60202) 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. Evanston Friends will provide lunch. There will be a basket for contributions to cover the modest costs of the meal. The meeting usually concludes somewhere 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. If you are unable physically to attend, please consider holding the meeting in prayer, lifting up our joint concern and work into the Light which both reveals and heals. It is only by our dwelling in that Light that we may be faithful to what is entrusted to Illinois Yearly Meeting of Friends.
The theme of this year’s ILYM Women’s Weekend is “Sharing Our Stories, Reveling in Joy.” It will be held April 25-27, 2014 at the ILYM meetinghouse in McNabb, Illinois.
After women's weekend last year, participants expressed a desire for joyful revelry, free time, and fellowship with one another. As a result, Madelyn Hjertmann (formerly George) will attempt to facilitate several sessions that will give attenders an opportunity to exchange stories and lessons from their lives, to experiment with laughter, to learn each others' most extraordinary secrets, and to nurture the connections that make us feel more playful and alive.
A brochure with additional information and registration form is can be downloaded (380K PDF).
Listen, Speak, Welcome, Belong—a Call to Community
Illinois Yearly Meeting 2014 Annual Sessions will be held June 18 to 22 on the ILYM campus near McNabb, IL.
Forms, registration, reports and minutes will be posted below as they become available.
The Fall 2013 issue of Among Friends is now available online.
This issue includes LGBTQ minutes, thoughts on what do do with the old barn and leftover food from ILYM, poems, an account from a QVS Volunteer, and much more.
The deadline for items for the Spring 2014 issue will be Feb. 28, 2014.