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.



Fall Continuing Committee

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 10:00am


The Fall Continuing Committee will be held on Saturday, October 14 at South Bend Friends Meeting. (Charles Martin Youth Center, 802 Lincolnway West, South Bend, IN 46616). Fellowship with coffee and snacks will be ready at 9:30 a.m (Central)/10:30 a.m. (Eastern). Childcare during meeting sessions will be provide by South Bend Friends. Settling into Worship to seek Divine Guidance for business at hand will begin at 10:00 a.m. (Central)/11:00 a.m. (Eastern) South Bend Friends will provide lunch. There will be a basket for contributions to cover the modest costs of the meal. The meeting usually concludes between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m (Central)/ 5:00 and 6:00 pm (Eastern). For lodging accommodations, childcare, or additional information use the contact form.


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.


Advance Documents are available for downloading and review.  Please try to read the reports ahead of time and bring your own print or download 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. Website link to Advance Documents: ilym.org/content/Continuing-Committee-Minutes.


Download Advance Documents (164K PDF)



Children’s Program Concurrent with Fall Continuing Committee

There will be a children’s program that will run concurrent with Fall Continuing Committee. The program will be religious education and play in the morning, joining the adults for worship before lunch, lunch with the adults, and then a visit to a local trampoline park in the afternoon. There is a $15 suggested donation for the trampoline park.




Fall Middle School Retreat

Sat, 10/28/2017 - 1:00pm - Sun, 10/29/2017 - 1:00pm


Truth will be the theme of the retreat.  Early Friends were called Friends of Truth and Seekers of the Truth. The retreat will explore how we seek the truth, how to live as we are led and what we need to do this. The main activity will be baking and seeing how the right preparation, ingredients, and process affects the outcome--and how this relates to Truth. The retreat will be Oct. 28-29, 2017 on the ILYM Campus (outside McNabb, IL). All Friends grades 6th-8th are invited.  Arrive Saturday at 1 pm and depart Sunday at 1 pm after meeting for worship and lunch.  Cost is $20 for one middle schooler, $30 for 2. Scholarships are available. Parents and siblings may stay overnight at Clear Creek House upon request. To Register or for more information use the contact form.



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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