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Women Valiant for the Truth2017 Women's Weekend Group Photo on top of the Paper Program

Weekend Retreat for ILYM Women

May 5-7, 2017

Illinois Yearly Meetinghouse McNabb, Illinois



Program        Facilitator        Registration & Fee        Schedule        Details        Purpose

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Join us as we explore the lives of Quaker women who came before us. Meet Martha Wooten, visiting minister from 1860 and hear her stories of Indiana Anti-Slavery Friends. Be Elizabeth Hooten, who was essentially the first Quaker woman; hear & speak in her own words stories of experiences that required her to “be valiant for the Truth.

"Spare no place, spare no tongue, nor pen; but be obedient to the Lord God: go through the work; be valiant for the truth upon earth; tread and trample upon all that is contrary."  George Fox, 1656

Please bring scissors, color pencils and your journal (extras will be available)



Donne Hayden taught English for more than 20 years in schools from the Navajo Reservation in Cuba, New Mexico to an American international school in Sao Paulo, Brazil. In 2006, she graduated from Earlham School of Religion (ESR), a Quaker seminary. She served as minister for three years at Eldorado Universalist Unitarian Church and for seven years as minister at Cincinnati Friends Meeting, a semi-programmed meeting.

While at ESR, she researched and wrote A Sense of the Meeting: A History of Elk Monthly Meeting, 1805-2005, which was published by West Elkton Friends. Donne is now in the process of revising and re-publishing the book. While at Cincinnati Friends Meeting, she helped write and produce a documentary film titled Quakers: That of God in Everyone about Friends in southwestern Ohio.



Registration and Fee

The fee for the weekend is $45 which covers food, use of the site, and expenses.  After April 21, the fee increases to $55. Prepayment is not required to attend.  Preregistration helps in planning.

Those unable to meet the cost are asked to assess what they can contribute. No one is turned away due to lack of funds.  Young women of high school age are welcome at no cost.  We encourage all Quaker women to attend.

A registration can be filled out online.  A PDF form can be downloaded  (386K PDF), filled out and sent electronically. Printed copies can be mailed to ILYM Women’s Weekend, 5615 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago, IL 60637-1622. 

The fee can be sent by check to the above address or paid electronically by credit cards or PayPal at



  6:30-7:30     Dinner
  7:30-8:00     Worship/Sharing
  8:00-9:00     Martha Wooten, Visiting Minister from 1860
10:00             Lights Out
  7:00-8:30     Breakfast
  8:30-9:15     Free Time
  9:15-9:45     Worship
  9:45             Short presentation on Elizabeth Hooten
10:00-10:45   Small groups create scripts of scenes from her life using prompts provided by presenter.
10:45-11:30   Small groups read & act out their scripts
11:30-12:00   Free Time
12:00-1:00     Lunch
  1:00-2:00     Free Time  
  2:00-3:00     Small groups: Quaker Paper Dolls/Coloring Quaker Word Clouds
                      Large group: Sharing Word Clouds
  3:00-3:30     Journaling: Can we be valiant for the truth today?
  3:30-4:00     Silent open worship/worship-sharing
  4:00-5:00     Large group discussions: Does it help to know stories of those who came before us?
                          Share your stories?
  5:00-6:00     Free Time
  6:00-7:00     Dinner
  7:00-8:00     Campfire and sing
  7:00-8:00     Breakfast
  8:00-9:00     Begin Cleanup
  9:00-10:00   Women's Weekend Business Meeting
10:00-11:00   Finish Cleanup
11:00-12:00   Worship with Clear Creek Friends 

NOTE: Please try to arrive before dinner on Friday so you can set up your sleeping accommodations.



Location:  The Meetinghouse is at 14365 N 350th Ave. in McNabb. It is ½ mile east of IL Rt. 89 about 1 mile south of McNabb and 2 miles north of Magnolia, Illinois.

Lodging is available in the meetinghouse, unheated cabins (no electricity) or in Clear Creek House.  Housing in Clear Creek House will be assigned and preference given to those with a need (please indicate needs/wishes on registration form). Women sleeping in Clear Creek House rooms should not expect a private room.   

Although the meetinghouse and its restroom are wheelchair accessible, the dining room is not.  Meals can be served on the main floor where program activities are conducted and where most women sleep. 

What to Bring: Bring your sleeping bag, towels, toiletries, and the other personal items you will require for two days away from home. You may also wish to bring a yoga mat, song book, musical instrument, and reading materials for your use during the weekend. 

Food: Dinners/lunches are provided by meetings.  Shared Breakfast foods will be provided. Individuals may bring snacks to share.   

If you have food allergies, please indicate that in your registration. Also, given our interest in emphasizing spiritual/mental/ physical health, we want to emphasize low fat, whole grain, vegetarian/vegan alternatives. All of us want to nurture our group well, to provide healthy food, and as we do for ILYM, allow around $2.50 per person per meal.   

More food information will be provided by email to those who register.

No Child Care is available.  Please seek help from your monthly meeting.



The women of Illinois Yearly Meeting gather together each spring.  

The time provides the opportunity to share journeys, to enlarge our circle of friendship with Quaker women, to hold each other in loving support, and to honor all women as we seek to grow in the depth of our being and in Light.  

Women find their voices, sing their songs, and tell their stories, mingling the rich varied stories of young and old and in-between as we unmask together ourselves and our lives.  

All women are invited to become part of the gathering.




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