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.

 

 

Among Friends Summer 2016

Reflections on Illinois Yearly Meeting

After the 2016 Annual Sessions, Among Friends had a telephone interview with David and Nancy Finke about the vitality of Illinois Yearly Meeting. What follows is an edited version of warm feelings that this couple holds for the yearly meeting. David and Nancy are moving to Oberlin, Ohio in August. We are sure they will bring their joy and depth of Spirit that we have known to the meeting there.

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We Are the World: The Work of the FWCC

“Friends World Committee for Consultation.” What a strange name. Is it really a “committee”? What is meant by “consultation”? Well, at least we know what the term “Friends” means, or do we? What do Friends in other parts of the world believe? How do they worship? I will cover that more later in this article. For now, it is suffice to say that Quaker practices vary widely throughout the world, and that understanding and celebrating differences and similarities among Friends is what FWCC is all about.

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On Being a Quaker and a Small Business Owner

It is impossible to know how much of my outward life and behavior is because of my Quaker faith and practice, or how many of my own personality traits led me to find the Quakers in the first place. With Friends, it seems the conversations are rarely about our work lives, which is strikingly similar to my experience traveling outside the U.S. When I stayed in bed-and-breakfasts abroad, if a conversation began with “Where do you work? How many people do you manage?” I could be sure it was an American asking. Among Friends, conversations more typically tend to nurse relationships as well as to explore leadings and the application of values. To me these are much more interesting, and satisfying to the soul.

 

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Indiana Friends Committee on Legislation

IFCL has instituted a newsletter to communicate its lobbying efforts at the Indiana Statehouse. To subscribe and read the most recent issue go to  quakerifcl.org

 

New Website

Welcome to the new ILYM website. We are transitioning from the old site.  Content from the old site can be accessed at http://www.ilym.org/tiki-index.php.

 

 

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