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2015 Minute Book On-line

The 2015 ILYM Minute Book is now available on line for viewing and downloading at Print copies will be distributed at Fall Continuing Committee.



Winter 2015 Among Friends

The Purpose of the Yearly Meeting

Every so often, organizations are well advised to step back from their ongoing activities so they can contemplate what they are doing, why they exist. Illinois Yearly Meeting is no exception. After all, the heart of Quaker worship lies in its monthly meetings and worship groups. What, then, is the purpose of ILYM, or of any yearly meeting?

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Are We Kin: Some Thoughts about Anthropomorphizing

A dear friend traveled a thousand miles to join siblings and assorted grandchildren, who had never seen their little cousins before, to attend a family funeral. The grandkids immediately began to play together, and did so happily the entire weekend. She recalled lots of awkward play dates she had helped arrange, where the kids spent most of their time together just getting comfortable enough with each other to begin playing. My friend watched the little cousins getting along so famously so quickly and marveled, “They knew they were kin!” I remembered how important it was to me, in my mid-thirties, to meet for the first time my cousins on my father’s side of the family. I was so excited to discover that certain aspects of my personality were family traits—I was not alone in the universe. There were others like me—I had kin.

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Finding Home in a Neighborhood and a Movement

Just over five years ago, I was sitting anxiously at a county tax sale auction—going up against a room full of people in an attempt to buy a home for a group of us who had pooled together our money. We had researched, settling on three abandoned houses in the neighborhood where the seven of us are renting, and where we would like to put down roots.

As the first home comes up, I bid for our group—but the bids rise quickly out of our range. The first house goes to a speculator from Dallas. Our luck is better with the next two houses, and we win both bids—eventually coming away with both—and for less than $10,000 total!

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On God Loves Uganda, Issues of Solidarity, and Gay Politics

The excellent documentary, God Loves Uganda, directed by Roger Ross Williams, is about Uganda as the epicenter of a U.S. fundamentalist Christian evangelical drive to convert all of Africa.  This campaign is led or inspired by people like the extremely homophobic Scott Lively, currently standing trial1 for crimes against humanity in a suit brought against him by the group Sexual Minorities Uganda. Men like Lively openly avow that their aim is to wipe homosexuality and homosexuals from the earth. As a result of such U.S. evangelicals working in collusion with conservative patriarchal forces in Uganda, the country’s legislators had drafted an anti-homosexuality bill, which guaranteed the death penalty for anyone convicted of what are defined as homosexual offenses.

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Among Friends Spring 2014

Photo of a lenten roseThe Spring 2014 issue of Among Friends is now available online.

This issue includes Reflections on a Lifetime of Pastoral Counseling, Listening Towards a Spirit of Inclusion, ILYM Programming Committee Update, and much more.


Among Friends Fall 2013

Photo in the woods with trees, grass, and blue skyThe 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.

Spring 2013 Among Friends

Adrian Nelson, Dawn Rubbert, Mark Amos, and Rose Dennis, ILYM delegates to the 2012 World Conference of Friends in Kenya. Photo courtesy of Adrian Nelson.The Spring 2013 issue of Among Friends is now available online. Print versions have been mailed.

This issue includes poems, selections from an Open Mic Night, a reflection on the 1960 Illinois Yearly Meeting, A dialog of young adult friends, an original song, and a monthly meeting report.

The deadline for items for the Fall 2013 issue will be Aug. 31, 2013.

Winter 2012 Among Friends


The Winter 2012 issue of Among Friends is now available online. Print versions have been mailed.


This issue includes an reflection on the Young Adult Leadership Development Program at Pendle Hill.  As well as articles on helping visitors to feel welcome, and a poem about the ILYM meetinghouse.


And find out what has been happening at various monthly meetings.


The deadline for items for the Summer 2012 issue will be May 20, 2012.

High School Friends Quake That Rocked The Midwest

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 6:00pm - Mon, 01/16/2012 - 6:00pm

High School Friends Quake That Rocked The Midwest at Evanston Friends Meetinghouse.

Register online at: 

Blue River Quarterly Meeting

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 6:00pm - Sun, 09/23/2012 - 1:00pm

Blue River Quarterly Meeting at Camp Dubois

Illinois Yearly Meeting Annual Sessions

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 2:00pm - Sun, 06/24/2012 - 1:00pm

Memorial Day Work Weekend

Sat, 05/26/2012 - 8:00am - Mon, 05/28/2012 - 1:00pm

Among Friends deadline (Summer Issue)

Sun, 05/20/2012 - 9:00pm

Metropolitan Chicago General Meeting

Sat, 05/05/2012 - 10:00am

Blue River Quarterly Meeting

Fri, 05/04/2012 - 6:00pm - Sun, 05/06/2012 - 1:00pm

Blue River Quarterly Meeting
Friday May 4 - Sunday May 6, 2012
Camp Cilca, North of Springfield, IL

Our Spring Quarterly Meeting Program is:

“Finding and Responding to the Holy:
CELTIC and QUAKER Ways of Prayer

Facilitators - Ken & Katharine Jacobsen and
Ken & Kathy (Maia) Tapp


ILYM Women's Weekend

Fri, 04/27/2012 - 6:00pm - Sun, 04/29/2012 - 12:00pm

Brochure and registration information

Metropolitan Chicago General Meeting

Sat, 02/04/2012 - 10:00am

Site Vision Revealed

Sat, 01/21/2012 - 10:00am

The Site Envisioning Committee will be having a workshop to roll out our current vision for the McNabb site. All of you in the Yearly Meeting are invited to attend and offer your comments, advice, and guidance.

This workshop will take place from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday, January 21, 2012, in Bloomington-Normal at Mike Dennis's office (Chestnut Health Systems). All interested ILYM Meeting members and attenders are asked to attend and participate. If the weather is really dangerous, we will reschedule the meeting for the next Saturday, January 28, 2012.

Adult Young Friends Retreat

Fri, 01/06/2012 - 6:00pm - Sun, 01/08/2012 - 6:00pm

Adult Young Friends Retreat at Evanston Friends Meeting

Site Envisioning Meeting

Sat, 11/19/2011 - 10:00am

Summer 2011 Among Friends

The Summer 2011 issue of Among Friends is now available online at Print versions have been mailed.

The Summer issue features photos and epistles from this year's annual sessions.


Additional items include articles on teaching non-violence, Quaker volunteer service and the Peace Resource Committee blog.


And find out what has been happening at various monthly meetings.


The deadline for items for the Winter 2012 issue will be November 20, 2011.


High School Friends Fall Quake

Fri, 11/11/2011 - 6:00pm - Sun, 11/13/2011 - 6:00pm

 Fall Quake for ILYM high Schoolers

St. Louis Friends Meeting. 

Please see the flyer

or call 574-289-8060 for more information.

Javaughn Renee Fernanders


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