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Wednesday Evening

“Stumbling Forward, with God's Guidance, Toward Racial Justice among Friends.” Lucy Duncan and Noah White will tell personal stories of grappling with racism and white supremacy and offer an incomplete road map of one yearly meeting's struggle to transform. Lucy and Noah are two of three co-clerks (with Vanessa Julye) of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting's Undoing Racism Group. In January of 2015 PhYM committed to focus on ending racism within the yearly meeting as the yearly meeting's primary concern. Last summer the body discerned as its central query to guide this work, "What is God calling PhYM Quakers to do next to end racism and white supremacy in the Religious Society of Friends and beyond?" Lucy serves AFSC as Director of Friends Relations and is a member of the steering committee of the Quaker Palestine Israel Network. She loves to write, tell stories and take photographs. Noah is an Adjunct professor at Temple University in the College of Public Heath. He moonlights as a supervisor for UPS. He loves a challenge and the thrill of competition. He also enjoys helping others attain their kinesthetic goals.


Thursday Evening

“All Together Now: Children in the Circle of Meeting Life” with Melinda Wenner Bradley. In this talk Melinda will explore with us: How do we nurture the spiritual lives of children and the Friends who are led to support religious education programs? How can we stretch our inclusion of children in the life of the meeting beyond First Day School? What is in the "garden plan" for growing spiritual community with children and families? Melinda is a member of West Chester Meeting (PhYM), currently sojourning at Westbury Meeting (NYYM) and serving New York YM as Children and Youth Field Secretary.  Her work weaves together interests in children’s spiritual lives, religious education program development, and how to support families and teachers in meeting and school communities. After becoming a Godly Play storyteller in 2005, she co-authored Faith & Play™: Quaker Stories for Friends Trained in the Godly Play® Method. An accredited Godly Play Teacher Trainer since 2010, Melinda works with Quaker meetings and Friends schools around the country who seek training to use these resources. She is a co-founder of the Quaker Religious Education Collaborative (QREC), a grassroots network of Friends holding a sense of stewardship for life-long Quaker faith formation.


Friday Evening

Square dancing with the ILYM standbys The Rusty Pickup Band and snacks on the front lawn.


Saturday Evening

“From Empire to Beloved Community: Acting on the Call to Radical Faithfulness" with Steve Chase. Steve will address the importance of faith-based activism for social justice, peace, and sustainability as an essential element of our nurturing the seed of the beloved community in our midst. One of the goals of the talk would be to address issues of anti-Black racism using stories about Martin Luther King and a guide to our future faith and practice. A longtime Quaker activist, writer, and educator, Steve works to cultivate spiritual depth, strong faith communities, and effective community action towards a more spiritually fulfilling, socially just, and ecologically sustainable world. He is Director of Education, Pendle Hill and author the book Letters to a Fellow Seeker: A Short Introduction to the Quaker Way, the Pendle Hill pamphlet Revelation and Revolution: Answering the Call to Radical Faithfulness and co-author of Building Beloved Communities: A Transition Town Primer for People of Faith.


Sunday Morning

Plummer lecture by Nancy Duncan, “Journeys with Bodies and Souls.” Nancy is a member of St. Louis Monthly Meeting and has been a  Illinois Yearly Meeting devotee since the mid-seventies. She has served the Illinois Yearly Meeting in various capacities over the years.



Evening Snack!
Please bring cookies or other baked goods
to share for evening snack.
(No refrigerated items, please.)