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Children's Religious Education
First Day School is held concurrent with Meeting for Worship begins at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays. The children are divided into two age groups: Explorers (ages 8 and older) Wonderers (ages 3-7) Childcare is provided for children too young to participate in the programs.
March 9 Explorers: Jr. Meeting
Wonderers: Godly Play - Parable of the Good
March 16 Explorers: Godly Play - Faces of Easter Part I
Wonderers: Sparkling Still - The Knight and
March 23 Explorers: Jr. Meeting
Wonderers: Godly Play - Parable of the
March 30 Explorers: Quaker Game
The Light Within
Making use of the new Pendle Hill pamphlet The Light Within: Then and Now, the Adult Religious Education will explore the concept and our understandings of the Light Within. The Adult Religous Education program meets before Meeting for Worship at 9:00 a.m. on Sundays.
Mar 9: Historical Background, pp. 3-9
Mar 16: The Light in Everyone, pp. 9-14
Mar 23: The Light as Self-awareness, pp. 14-17
Mar 30: Fellowship Breakfast
Apr 6: The Light and Unity, pp. 17-22
Apr 13: Contemporary Understandings of the Light pt. 1,
Apr 20: Contemporary Understandings of the Light pt.,
Spiritual Seekers Information and Discussion Program
People come to Friends meetings for various reasons, many visit as part of a personal spiritual journey of seeking out a religious tradition that speaks to their condition. The Spiritual Seekers Information and Discussion Program is a way to find out more about Quaker faith and practice as well as an opportunity to explore how Quaker faith and practice relates to your own personal spiritual journey. The next program will be on Sunday, March 30, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., and then on subsequent 5th Sundays of the month.
ILYM Spring Continuing Committee
Advanced documents, in one compiled PDF file, are available for review (166K PDF). 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.
The Spring meeting of ILYM’s Continuing Committee will be on Saturday, March 8. Evanston Monthly Meeting of Friends (1010 Greenleaf Street, Evanston, IL 60202) will be hosting.
Fellowship with coffee and snacks will be ready at 9:30 a.m. Settling into Worship to seek Divine Guidance for business at hand will begin at 10:00 a.m. Evanston Friends will provide lunch. There will be a basket for contributions to cover the modest costs of the meal. The meeting usually concludes somewhere between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m.
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. If you are unable physically to attend, please consider holding the meeting in prayer, lifting up our joint concern and work into the Light which both reveals and heals. It is only by our dwelling in that Light that we may be faithful to what is entrusted to Illinois Yearly Meeting of Friends.
ILYM Women’s Weekend
The theme of this year’s ILYM Women’s Weekend is “Sharing Our Stories, Reveling in Joy.” It will be held April 25-27, 2014 at the ILYM meetinghouse in McNabb, Illinois.
After women's weekend last year, participants expressed a desire for joyful revelry, free time, and fellowship with one another. As a result, Madelyn Hjertmann (formerly George) will attempt to facilitate several sessions that will give attenders an opportunity to exchange stories and lessons from their lives, to experiment with laughter, to learn each others' most extraordinary secrets, and to nurture the connections that make us feel more playful and alive.
A brochure with additional information and registration form is can be downloaded (380K PDF).
Spiritual Leadership for Spiritual Growth
Western Yearly Meeting will have a yearly meeting retreat April 4 – 5 (Friday evening through Saturday afternoon) at Quaker Haven Camp
near Syracuse, Indiana. This is a weekend retreat to assist local meetings' Ministry & Oversight (or Ministry & Counsel) Committees in understanding the role of elders and the importance of addressing the spiritual needs of the meeting. Members and pastors of every meeting are encouraged to attend—especially those responsible for the spiritual wellness of your meeting. Speakers/facilitators for the retreat this year will be Brent Bill and Della Stanley-Green. Many of the sessions will to be interactive, and it is hoped that by sharing with each other, we will gain insight from the faith and practice as it looks in our local meetings. Download Brochure and Registration Form
ILYM Annual Sessions Workshop Proposals
The 2014 ILYM Annual Sessions will be held June 18 to 22. The theme will be “ Listen, Speak, Welcome, Belong—a Call to Community.” Workshops are especially sought related to the theme, reflecting the life of the yearly meeting and the monthly meetings. Proposals for additional topics are also welcomed. 2014 annual sessions workshops will be held only on Friday and Saturday, June 20 and 21. Please download and fill out the workshop proposal form which should be submitted by March 28. Return information is on the form. The form can be downloaded at ilym.org/2014AnnualSessions
. The Display Space Reservation Form is also available at this address.
African Great Lakes Initiative of Friends Peace Teams
African Great Lakes Initiative offers 5 week workcamps in Africa each year. This coming June 28 to August 2 there are 2 choices - one in Burundi and one in Kenya. Workcamps are open to all ages and to families. No specific skills required. Further information is available at aglifpt.org/Program/workcampsdes.htm
Gathering of Quaker Mystics
The second gathering of Quaker mystics will be held at Earlham College June 6 – 10, 2014. This time together is perhaps best described as a retreat—a time to come together to support each other’s spiritual lives, build community among Friends and discern how those who are gathered might better serve God’s purposes. Persons from across the broad spectrum of the Religious Society of Friends have been invited to attend.
“It is our observation that the foundation of Quaker organizations rests in God’s hands. While we have different orientations and motions, when in the presence of the One, we connect with each other better. Differences fade while acceptance and love grow. What is important when we join together in this deep place is not a person’s role or title, but whether they desire to join with others and spend several days sitting at the Lord's feet .” Gathering Conveners.
Growing out of a message heard at last year gathering that presented the call to "name the spiritual condition of the world." The gathering will be focused on the call to come together to examine individual and community spiritual conditions. The first two days of the gathering will provide Friends an opportunity to share with each other about their own spiritual condition in an atmosphere of respect and acceptance. Those who stay for the last two days will join together in an effort to more explicitly seek God’s guidance. Through worship and worship sharing those gathered will attempt to name the spiritual condition of our religious community.
Registration form and additionalis available for downloading at whatcanstthousay.org/gatherings.html. A detailed account of the first gathering also can be found at this address. More information about the leading being followed can be found on the blog quakermsytics.wordpress.com.
New QUNO website
The Quaker United Nations Office has updated its website. "We plan to use our website to post new publications, provide updates on our program work, and list job opportunities. You can browse our resources, learn about our history, sign up for our mailing list and donate to support our work." Check out the new QUNO website.
Harnessing the Andean Wind for Water
Quaker Bolivia Link (QBL) has begun a project to install wind pumps and piping that will bring safe water to every house in the Bolivian village of Janko Saya. While hand pumps are commonly used for wells under 10 meters deep, the well being used is 60 meters (almost 200 ft). Electric pumps are good, but they increase the monthly cost of a water system from $0.15 to $1.65 per family. This has been too much of a burden in some communities. This is the first time QBL has used wind power to pump water. If this is successful they will expand it to other communities. Quaker Bolivia Link is an international, non-sectarian development organization guided by Quaker principles and dedicated to reducing poverty among the indigenous peoples of Bolivia. The QBL website has further information about their various programs.
Hyde Park and Kenwood Interfaith Council
The Sharing Sacred Spaces series offers an opportunity to visit diverse spaces used for different kinds of spiritual practice and to forge friendships and common understanding among different communities. Light refreshments are offered.
Sunday, March 9 at 3 pm – Congregation Rodfei Zedek, 5200 S. Hyde Park Blvd.
Sunday, May 18 at 3 pm – Shambhala Meditation Center 37 N. Carpenter St. (in the West Loop)
Quarterly Meeting : Tuesday March 4, 6–7:30 pm, KAM Isaiah Israel. The Hyde Park & Kenwood Interfaith Council holds a quarterly meeting for those who are designated as representatives from member institutions and for all others who are interested.
Additional information and to sign up for their newsletter visit http://hpkifc.org/HPKIFC has redesigned their website (hpkifc.org) and have added a monthly e-newsletter to share events sponsored by the interfaith council and among area faith communities. You can subscribe to the newsletter from the website.
Silent Retreat: Silence in Solitude and Community
"Come and simply be with God and attend to the divine stirring of the soul." The School of the Spirit, a Quaker organization devoted to spiritual nurture, is bringing a silent retreat to the DeKoven Center in Racine, Wisconsin, April 4-7. The retreat will be co-facilitated by Roger Hansen and Catherine Cox. They both have been mentored by the School of the Spirit to facilitate retreats.
The retreat will be an experience of the distinctly Quaker manner of knowing solitude in community. Along with individual times for prayer, reflection and a walk in nature (the retreat center is on Lake Michigan), there will be shared meals in silence. Participants can bring handwork, reading, journaling and drawing to the gathered group in times of active silence. There will also be time for group spiritual reflection and devotional reading with the opportunity to share out of the silence.
To find out more details about the retreat and register for it go to schoolofthespirit.org. Early-bird rates are available until February 28. Scholarship assistance is available.
The 2014 dates and locations for four Section consultations are now confirmed: February 21-23 in San Ignacio, El Salvador; March 14-16 in Sacramento, California, USA; March 28-30 in La Paz, Bolivia; and April 11-13 in High Point, North Carolina, USA. In a departure from the tradition of holding an annual meeting in March, the Section of the Americas will offer four open consultations between February and April 2014 to examine together some mutually shared issues as well as topics of interest to each region. Continuing with the theme "Let the Living Water Flow! Friends serving God's purposes", all four conferences will offer workshops for Friends to develop our intercultural communication skills for intra-Quaker dialogue and our everyday lives, and for supporting Quaker leadership in the 21st century. Other workshops, specific to different locations, will include topics such as Quaker history and identity, conflict resolution, the environment and service project opportunities. All four consultations are weekend-long, residential conferences that will include worship, plenary addresses and small group discussion in addition to the workshops. Each consultation will also aim for intervisitation by Friends from outside the general area or country. A study book will be ready by the end of 2013. All Friends are invited to participate. Online registration will open later this year. Keep checking the FWCC website for details.
Fall Among Friends
The most recent issue of ILYM Among Friends is available both in print in the dining room and on the ILYM website.
February Western Work
The latest issue of Western Yearly Meeting’s newsletter (515K PDF). It includes news about things happening around the yearly meeting as well in the wider Quaker world.
The web version of the 2012-2013 annual newsletter is now available. Find out about the activities and life of the meeting, as well as information on Quaker resources and programming.