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.



Youth Coordinator Search

The Youth Oversight Committee has opened a search for a new Youth Coordinator. The Youth Coordinator provides programming and supervision to high school aged participants during events of Illinois Yearly Meeting. Programming is developed from input from High School Friends and with oversight of the Youth Oversight Committee. View/download job description and application information. The initial application due date is Dec 7. Applications will be received until the position is filled.



Spring Continuing Committee

Sat, 03/10/2018 - 10:00am

Spring Continuing Committee will be held on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at Lake Forest Friends Meeting (101 West Old Elm Road, Lake Forest, IL 60045).  The meeting will begin at 10:00 am and usually concludes around 4:00 to 5:00 pm. Additional information will be forthcoming.


2018 Annual Sessions

Witness and Renewal

2018 Annual Sessions will held June 20-24 on the ILYM campus outside McNabb, IL

2018 Annual Sessions will be held just as the Poor Peoples Campaign concludes six weeks of demonstrations and civil disobedience. It is expected that these will have had an impact on government, politics and wider-society. Opportunities to do good work may abound. It would be a time to gather guidance from where we have been and to learn the dreams of those who are creating worlds where we have never been before.

"Renewal" for some will mean restoring the social safety net. Restoring government's role in helping people become all they can be. It may mean a restoration of ideals and principles. Restoring reverence for life, the right to happiness, and the mutual nurturance of the common good. A renewal of government 'of, by and for the people.’ A renewal of pro-active change. It may mean personal renewal.

Acts of witness that provide vision and shine light on the process of change can guide our return to a life-centered society. They can help renew and regenerate our relationship with the earth. We can finding hope through witness.


Proposals for workshops are now being accepted.

Download 2018 Workshop Proposal


Women's Weekend

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 6:00pm - Sun, 04/29/2018 - 12:00pm

This year's Women's Weekend will be held April 27-29, 2018 at the Illinois Yearly Meeting Meetinghouse in McNabb, Illinois. It will be facilitated by Sarah Thompson, a 2018 Generations Fellow at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

The theme will be "Responding to Challenging Situations."  Have you ever felt uncomfortable when a difficult situation plays out in front of you? Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed or threatened by social or environmental changes? If so, Women's Weekend will be a place to learn about and explore some creative, nonviolent tools and spiritual resources to build our strengths and to cultivate active hope. Using a variety of activities, the facilitator will help attenders engage their deepest power to show up for each other and the planet at this moment.

Registration and Additional information is forthcoming.


Summer 2017 Among Friends

The Summer 2017 issue of ILYM's Among Friends is now available online. This issue includes articles summarizing a series of forums on aging and a retreat for small meetings, sharing thoughts on experiencing Children’s Sessions from a youth’s viewpoint, and providing a reflection on insight gained from being involved in Quaker Earthcare Witness.





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