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.
It is enjoyable to work with Friends as we join together in maintaining the 12 acre ILYM campus. People with any skill level are welcome to join in and come to the next Semi-Annual Workday. The workday is scheduled for Saturday, May 17, 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with clean up and dinner at 6:00 p.m. Attenders are welcome to arrive Friday night and to stay Saturday night to enjoy First Day Meeting for Worship at the Clear Creek House (11:00 a.m.). Work that still needs to be finished up will be done before Meeting for Worship.
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.
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.
Workshop Proposal Form: PDF to download
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.