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.



2017 Annual Sessions

Open Harts

2017 Annual Sessions will 21-25 on the ILYM campus outside McNabb, IL



The 2017 theme is Open Hearts. The phrase “open hearts” can mean many different things.  It can imply coming home to an accepting community.  It can be an exhortation to ourselves to learn and listen to others, or an exhortation to minister to the needs of others.  A question that will be explored is “How does the Light relate to Open Hearts?”  Annual Sessions is a time for people from all over wide-spread yearly meeting to gather for worship, workshops, worshipshariing, attending to business and listen to evening speakers.  Childrens and multigenerational programing is intermixed throughout the gathering.  Additional detailed information will be forthcoming, but mark your calendars now.


Proposals for workshops at Annual Sessions are being accepted. Workshops will be held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoon, 2:30-3:45 p.m.  Topics related to the theme of Open Hearts (presented above) are encouraged as well as multigenerational workshops.  Proposals are due May 1.  Proposal forms can be downloaded (4.2K MSWord file).



Women's Weekend

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 6:30pm - Sun, 05/07/2017 - 12:00pm


This year’s ILYM Women’s Weekend will be held May 5-7, 2017 on the ILYM campus.

In the program “Women Valiant for the Truth” will be a time to explore the lives of Quaker women who came before us. Meet Martha Wooten, visiting minister from 1860 and hear her stories of Indiana Anti-Slavery Friends. Be Elizabeth Hooten, who was essentially the first Quaker woman; hear and speak in her own words stories of experiences that required her to “be valiant for the Truth.” The program will be led by Donne Hayden who taught English for more than 20 years in schools from the Navajo Reservation in Cuba, NM to an American international school in Sao Paulo, Brazil. She served as minister for three years at Eldorado Universalist Unitarian Church and for seven years as minister at Cincinnati Friends Meeting, a semi-programmed meeting.

Additional information, on-line registration and downloadable registration form can be found at ilym.org/WW2017.



Spring Blue River Quarterly Meeting & HSF Quake/Tremor

Fri, 04/07/2017 (All day) - Sun, 04/09/2017 (All day)

The Spring Blue River Quarterly meeting will be held April 7 – 9 at Camp CILCA:in Cantrall, IL.  The theme will be “Including, Inviting, Honoring All: Perspectives on Disabilities.”  Information and registration brochure can be downloaded (318K PDF)

Blue River Quarterly's Spring Meeting (April 7-8) includes two ILYM Youth Programs. There will be a High School program and a Middle School program. These spring gatherings mark the "moving up point" so that 5th graders are included in the Middle School program and the 8th graders are moved up to the High School group. This moving prepares the groups for their formation at Annual Sessions in June.



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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