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 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.
9th Annual Corn Roast Old-Fashioned Corn Roast and Potluck Picnic hosted by Upper Fox Valley Quaker Meeting will be on Saturday, August 30, 3:00 p.m. till dark at Alice and Bill Howenstine’s Pioneer Tree Farm located at 4614 Pioneer Road (3 miles north of McHenry, half mile off Rt. 31), McHenry, IL 60051, telephone: 815-385-8512. A map can be printed from the farm’s web site: www.pioneertreefarm.com.
The schedule will include:
- 3:00—4:30 p.m.: hiking the lanes, feeding the chickens, hayride, talking, singing, frisbee, horseshoes, or your own favorite game
- 4:30 p.m.: greeting and announcements
- 5:00 p.m.: pot luck supper (roast corn, clay-oven pizza,lemonade, iced tea, and coffee will be provided by Upper Fox Valley. A large charcoal grill will be available.)
- Evening: campfire, singing, etc.
Bring your own plates, cups, utensils that you can take home with you; some food to share; folding chairs or blankets to sit on (there four picnic tables and benches); musical instrument; mosquito repellent if you use it. DRESS FOR THE WEATHER WITH OUTDOOR CLOTHING! Please RSVP so enough corn can be ordered.
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.
The deadline for items for the Fall 2014 issue will be Aug. 28, 2014.