Preparing for the 2010 annual sessions of Illinois Yearly Meeting

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2010 Registration Full Brochure

Youth Medical Release form: PDF to print and bring or RTF to edit and email

Workshop Presenter form (PDF to fill in and mail)
Workshop Presenter form (RTF to edit and send in email)

Display Space request form

ILYM 2010 EPISTLE

2010 Minutes

REPORTS

Procedural Advice from an Early Friend
Friends Committee on National Legislation
Right Sharing of World Resources
Site Envisioning and Development
Field Secretary
Environmental Concerns
Quaker Earthcare Witness
FWCC World Conference
FWCC report on Global Change Initiative
Ministry and Advancement
Maintenance & Planning and the Stewards
The 3 R's - Request from U-C Meeting
IDOC Library Survey Conclusions
IDOC Library Data
Tamms Supermax Prison Update
Faith & Practice
Nominating
FCNL reps report
QVSTWC consideration
ad hoc Mills Property
Peace Resources
FGC
Stewards

FINANCIAL REPORTS
Net Assets by Fund
2010-2011 Budget1
2010-2011 Budget2
Pie Chart - Draft Operating Budget
Pie Chart - Draft Committee Budgets


Workshops — Expanded Descriptions

Thursday

Reading Discussion Series: It was Quaker Rye not Oats
Wil Brant

An opportunity to gather and discuss recent articles in Quaker academic journals. We will focus on sharing thoughts provoked by the articles related to our own spiritual understandings and journeys. For this session, "It was Quaker Rye not Oats": did rye and climate change play a role in the spiritual experiences of early Quakers? This question and the question of whether scientific explanations of religious experience nullify or enhance the experience will be among the things discussed. The basis of the discussion will be "Why the Quakers Quaked: The Influence of Climatic Change on Quaker Health, 1647-1659" by Mary K. Matossian (Quaker History, vol 96 no 1, Spring 2007). The reading is available for download and reading beforehand (2.2M PDF). A limited number of printouts will be available at annual sessions.
(Series continues Friday and Saturday – participate in any or all)

Bible Explorations
Maurine Pyle and Dave Moorman

Read what's important to you in the Bible - the parts that inspire and the ones that irritate or confound you. Discuss. This workshop will be guided by the spirit of the five-step Friendly Bible Study plan described by Joanne and Larry Spears. We will also try some new approaches, such as imaginative participation in stories and tableaus from the Bible.
(Workshop repeats Friday and Saturday)

The Young Adult Friends Movement in North America
Micah Bales

Friends of all ages will enjoy discussing with Micah Bales, our Wednesday night speaker, news about the next generation of Quakers: how their spirit and leadings are manifested in a fast changing world, and what the future of Quakerism might look like.

Quaker Volunteer Service
Quaker Volunteer Service Committee, Mark Mattaini, Clerk

Members of the Quaker Volunteer Service Committee will describe progress in establishing a program of full-time voluntary service grounded in Friends' spirituality and testimonies in Chicago (including the experiences of Rebecca Tolmach, our 2009-10 Quaker Volunteer). Connections with national efforts will also be discussed, followed by worship sharing exploring opportunities to contribute to this work and visioning for the future.
(Workshop repeats Friday)

Dreams & the Uses of Memory: Selected Writings of Inward and Outward Journeys of the Community of Friends in History
Chris Jocius

Read aloud from selected Friends' writings about their journeys of seeking and participation in Quaker meetings, in personal journals, and in excerpts of the writings about the history of individual members. Consider how attenders and members seek worship and fellowship in meeting and in living among a community of Friends. Handouts will be provided to workshop attenders at no charge.

Who was Elias Hicks?
Paul Buckley

Elias Hicks has been credited (or blamed) for the separations in the 1820s that shaped our spiritual home, the Religious Society of Friends, as we know it today. In this workshop, we will first get to know who he was as a husband, father, and individual. In the second session, we will come to know Elias Hicks as an environmentalist, a war tax resistor, and an abolitionist. In the final session, we will consider Hicks’ religious convictions, his beliefs about Jesus, and his attitude towards the Bible.
(Series continues Friday and Saturday – participate in any or all)

Friday

Reading Discussion Series: Tongues and Silence
Wil Brant

An opportunity to gather and discuss recent articles in Quaker academic journals. We will focus on sharing thoughts provoked by the articles related to our own spiritual understandings and journeys. For this session, "Tongues and Silence": Are there similarities between Pentecostal speaking in tongues and Quaker silence? This question and an exploration of the spiritual role of glossolalia and silence will be among the things discussed. The basis of the discussion will be "The Spiritual Similarities of Quaker Silence and Pentecostal Glossolalia in Worship" by Ho Yan Au (Quaker Theology, #15 (vol. 8, no. 2) Winter-Spring 2008). The reading is available for reading and/or downloading beforehand (online or 115K PDF). A limited number of printouts will be available at annual sessions.
(Series continues Saturday – participate in any or all)

Bible Explorations
Maurine Pyle and Dave Moorman

See Thursday description.
(Workshop repeats Saturday)

Speaking Truth to Power: the Quaker Approach to Politics and Policy
Kevin Brubaker and Wil Rutt

The ILYM delegates to Friends Committee on National Legislation will lead the discussion on three aspects:
• How Quakers have moved away from 19th Century Quietism
• FCNL legislative agenda and approach
• How Quakers can be heard in Washington

Illinois and Bolivia: Seeking Spiritual Homes on a Small Planet
Barbara Stanford and Emma Condori

Quakers in Bolivia have built strong spiritual homes and are living in rapidly changing times in their country. Emma Condori, a Bolivian Quaker studying in the Earlham School of Religion will share the opportunities and challenges that Bolivian Quakers currently face. Barbara Stanford, a board member of the Bolivian Quaker Education Fund will share her spiritual journey working with other Quakers in the U.S. and Bolivia and the effect of that journey on her life choices. The workshop will invite discussion, reflection and sharing by participants.

Quaker Volunteer Service
Quaker Volunteer Service Committee, Mark Mattaini, Clerk

See Thursday description.

ILYM Faith & Practice: Preparative Meetings, Recognized Meetings, and Worship Groups
ILYM Committee on Faith & Practice, Peter Lasersohn, Clerk

Read, reflect on, and help shape this forthcoming section of the Illinois Yearly Meeting book of Faith and Practice.
(Series continues Saturday – participate in any or all)

Dreams & the Uses of Memory: Selected Writings of Inward and Outward Journeys of the Community of Friends in History
Chris Jocius

See Thursday description.

Elias Hicks, Activist
Paul Buckley

Elias Hicks has been credited (or blamed) for the separations in the 1820s that shaped our spiritual home, the Religious Society of Friends, as we know it today. In this workshop, we will come to know Elias Hicks as an environmentalist, a war tax resistor, and an abolitionist. In the final session, we will consider Hicks’ religious convictions, his beliefs about Jesus, and his attitude towards the Bible.
(Series continues Saturday – participate in any or all)

Saturday

Reading Discussion Series: Quaker Use of "Light"
Wil Brant

An opportunity to gather and discuss recent articles in Quaker academic journals. We will focus on sharing thoughts provoked by the articles related to our own spiritual understandings and journeys. For this session, Quaker Use of "Light": How does the use of "Light" as well as "Seed" function in expressing Quaker faith and practice? And how do these terms relate to the Christian tradition? We will discuss these questions and explore how the use of terms such as "Light" and "Seed" help and hinder an articulation of our spiritual experiences and an understanding of our faith. The basis of the discussion will be "The Quaker Enterprise of Metaphor" by Jnana Hodson (Quaker Theology #16, Fall-Winter 2009). The reading is available for reading and/or downloading beforehand (online or 103K PDF). A limited number of printouts will be available at annual sessions.

We Are Held in Love
Carolyn W. Treadway

This workshop will provide opportunity to value and share our Spiritual Homes. The facilitator will tell the story of, and read brief excerpts from, her new book Held in Love: Life Stories to Inspire Us Through Times of Change. Participants will be invited to tell their own experiences of being "held in love," and the impact of such times. Sharing our stories, live or through the book, will offer example for ways Love can guide and sustain us through the coming challenges of The Great Turning.

Bible Explorations
Maurine Pyle and Dave Moorman

See Thursday description.

Towards a Just Peace: Ecumenical Trends in Peace Theology
Charley Earp

The World Council of Churches is the largest ecumenical organization in the world and it has produced a draft statement on peacemaking, entitled "Glory to God and Peace on Earth." It represents the labors of Anglicans, Lutherans, Quakers, Mennonites, and others to come to a consensus statement on peacemaking in the contemporary world reflective of WCC's member churches. The Christian and Interfaith Relations Committee of FGC has produced its own response to this document, principally authored by our own Tom Paxson. This workshop will go over these exciting developments and share where the process will go in the next years.

What Does ILYM Need Spiritually?
ILYM Ministry & Advancement Committee, Mariellen Gilpin, Clerk

We hear the deep hunger for year-round opportunities for spiritual growth expressed at the Visioning Workshop last January. Join us to share how we might learn more about living and teaching the Quaker way. Give prayerful consideration together at this festival of ideas. (If you can't attend, write us a note.)

ILYM Faith & Practice: Meeting for Worship
ILYM Committee on Faith & Practice, Peter Lasersohn, Clerk

Read, reflect on, and help shape this forthcoming section of the Illinois Yearly Meeting book of Faith and Practice.

Elias Hicks' Beliefs
Paul Buckley

Elias Hicks has been credited (or blamed) for the separations in the 1820s that shaped our spiritual home, the Religious Society of Friends, as we know it today. In this workshop, we will consider Hicks’ religious convictions, his beliefs about Jesus, and his attitude towards the Bible.