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Program Overview


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This year’s theme was chosen in response to a concern that arose at last year’s annual sessions about feeling included and excluded in Quaker communities. The theme names some of the behaviors identified as essential to living in community. Throughout the programs of annual sessions there will be opportunities to share with each other our experiences in Quaker communities through worship, worship sharing, sharing stories, and messages from the wider Quaker community. You are invited to join this year’s ILYM annual sessions, inspired in response to the call to live in community as Friends.

On Wednesday night, Michael Birkel will speak on Friends’ historical experiences related to community.  Michael teaches courses at Earlham College in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam and has published on numerous topics related to Quaker thought.  He is a member of Clear Creek Monthly Meeting of Ohio Valley Yearly Meeting.

On Thursday night, Dale Hayes and Terry Miller will reflect upon the stories that were offered in the Thursday afternoon workshop and worship sharing.  They will put these experiences into a broader context reflecting Friends belief and theology.  Terry Miller is the Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor of Education at Wilmington College of Ohio. Dale Hayes currently works as a hospice chaplain at Community Care Hospice.  He has taught courses in conflict resolution and other subjects at Earlham School of Religion and Wilmington College.  Terry and Dale are a former member of Northside Meeting and are current members of Campus Friends Meeting in Wilmington, which is dually-affiliated with the Ohio Valley (FGC) and Wilmington Yearly Meetings (FUM). Terry and Dale have been partners for 40 years.

On Saturday night, Vanessa Julye will speak on the theme of inclusion and exclusion in Quaker communities.   Vanessa is Friends General Conference’s Coordinator for the Committee for Nurturing Ministries focusing on the Racism and Youth Ministries Programs.  She travels throughout the country and abroad speaking on this topic and leading workshops about racism focusing on its eradication and the healing of racism’s wounds.   Vanessa has published  numerous articles on Quakers and racism. Vanessa and Donna McDaniel are the authors of Fit for Freedom, Not for Friendship: Quakers, African Americans and the Myth of Racial Justice

The Plummer Lecture will be delivered by Judy Jager, who has been a member of ILYM for many years and attends Evanston Friends Meeting. She is currently Clerk of ILYM’s Finance Committee.