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.
The Quake begins Friday 23 at 7:00 pm and ends at 11:00 am on Monday 26 at the Urbana-Champaign Meeting House. This is the Junior High Tremor Quake. Any eighth grader/upcoming freshmen is invited to this High School Quake. Its a great time before Annual Sessions to meet the high school group on a smaller scale. It is also a lot of fun.
At this Quake, the teens will be focusing on the thought of reuse and up cycle and will be making jewelry with recycled objects. They also will be tie dying t-shirts to sell as a fundraiser at Annual Session. These funds will help teens go to other Quaker organization gatherings. Additionally, they will also be planting a butterfly garden for the meetinghouse. For the out trip they will be going boating out in the sun. Additional information about Quakes and is available in the ILYM Quakes brochure.
For those attending, please fill it out the permission form and mail or email it to Rose Dennis.
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.
Registration is now open for Friends General Conference, being held June 29-July 5, 2014 at CULA, south of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The theme for the 2014 gathering is “Let Love Be the First Motion. Registration and further information.
The Spring Chicagoland Friends Gathering (also known as MCGM, Metropolitan Chicago General Meeting) will be Saturday, May 3, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Chicago Friends Meeting (10749 S. Artesian Av. in southwest Chicago, one block west of Western Ave). Lunch will be potluck.
This annual business meeting marks the end of a two-year experiment to determine the purpose and practice of the regional gathering. The leaders of the gathering—Pam Wolfe (clerk), Diane Saper (recording clerk) and Margaret Nelson and Bonnie McKeown of the program steering committee—have all indicated the need to step down from their positions. Friends have continually expressed appreciation for regional fellowship gatherings of Friends, such as the Corn Roast. Some Friends also welcome featured programs, and opportunities to share what area Quaker organizations and individuals are doing. Things to explore on May 3 will include how the gatherings have fulfilled the MCGM vision statement; Are the purposes of the gatherings still valid? Who might take up leadership? How many times per year should gatherings be held? Further information and a detailed schedule can be found at chicagolandfriendsgathering.org.
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.