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). Contact information for lodging accommodations or additional questions will be forthcoming.

Reports and other advance documents will be posted on the ILYM website by October 6 (ilym.org/continuing-committee-minutes). Please try to read the reports ahead of time and bring your own print or 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.

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.

Reports for Continuing Committee are due September 29.



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 including religious education and an outing. Details will be published as they are finalized.



Corn Roast and Potluck Picnic

Sat, 09/02/2017 - 4:00pm

12th Annual Corn Roast Old-Fashioned Corn Roast and Potluck Picnic for Chicagoland (and beyond) Friends hosted by Upper Fox Valley Quaker Meeting will be on Saturday, September 2, 4:00 p.m. till dark at Alice and Bill Howenstine’s Pioneer Tree Farm located at 4614 Pioneer Road (3 miles north of McHenry, half mile off Rt. 31), McHenry, IL 60051, telephone: 815-385-8512. A map can be printed from the farm’s web site: www.pioneertreefarm.com.

The schedule will include (approximate timing):

4:00 p.m.: Arrival and informal activities (e.g., walking the lanes, feeding the chickens,  talking, singing, volleyball, frisbee, or your own favorite game)

4:30 p.m.: Greeting and announcements

5:00 p.m.: Pot luck supper (roast corn, lemonade, iced tea, and coffee will be provided by Upper Fox Valley. A charcoal grill will be available.)

      If your last name begins with:
                   A-H: consider bringing a main dish
                   I-P: consider bringing a side dish
                   Q-Z: consider bringing a dessert

After supper: campfire, singing, etc.

Bring  your own plates, cups, utensils that you can take home with you; folding chairs or blankets to sit on (there are a few picnic tables and benches); musical instrument; mosquito repellent if you use it.  If you bring your dog, please keep it on a leash, out of the buildings, and away from the food and play areas.  DRESS FOR THE WEATHER WITH OUTDOOR CLOTHING!

RSVP: Please discuss this at your meeting and have the clerk or another designated person provide an approximate count (adults/kids) to ILYM contact or contact the Howenstien's directly.



Celebrating Wise Women in North America

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 5:00pm - Sun, 10/22/2017 - 9:00am


Women from ILYM are invited to  a retreat for women over 50 who are entering their time of wisdom. The retreat will be held on the ILYM campus in McNabb, Ill., October 19 to 22. The leader, Karen Duncan, will introduce healing practices of the ancient Incas of Peru. The group is limited to 21 women with registration due by September 15.

Registration form and further information: PDF   DOCX





Women's Weekend

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


Please mark you calendars for the 2018 Women's Weekend held on the ILYM campus.







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.



2017 Annual Sessions Documents

Minutes and supporting documents from 2017 Annual Sessions are available for viewing and downloading

2017 Annual Sessions Minutes and Supporting Documents (499K PDF)

ILYM 2017 Epistle (160K PDF)





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