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2nd Friday Movie

Second Fridays of the month at 7:30 pm, 57th Street Meeting will be showing a selection of documentary, drama, and comedy movies focused on spiritual issues and concerns.  A short discussion of the movie will follow the viewing.

November 14 - DMT: The Spiritual Molecule (2010)


A documentary film that investigates dimethyltryptamine (DMT), a naturally occurring psychoactive compound, which exists in humans, and potentially every living organism.  The film explores the connections between neuroscience, quantum physics, and human spirituality and looks into the synthesis of DMT in the brain’s pineal gland and its link to near-death and mystical experiences.

Trailer for DMT: The Spiritual Molecule

Upcoming movies and trailers

  • December 12 - Arranged
  • January 9 - American History X
  • Feburary 13 - Keeping the Faith
  • March 13 - Jesus of Montreal


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, November 30, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., and then on subsequent 5th Sundays of the month.


Children's Religious Education

Children's Religious Education (First Day School) is held concurrent with Meeting for Worship at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays. The children are divided into two age groups: Explorers (ages 8 and older) and Wonderers (ages 3-7). Childcare is provided for children too young to participate in the programs.

   Nov. 16 - Explorers: Spirit Play, The Wise Men and the Elephant
                  Wonderers: Storybook

   Nov. 23 - Explorers: Silence and its Uses
                  Wonderers: Godly Play, Parable of the Sower

   Nov. 30 - Explorers: Godly Play, The Glorious Impossible
                  Wonderers: Special Art Building Project


Vocal Ministry and Quaker Ministry

The Fall Adult Religious Education program will be exploring what distinguishes Quaker worship from other types of worship and what kind of ministry is best adapted to further this particular type of worship.  A paper present by Howard Brinton entitled “Vocal Ministry and Quaker Worship” will help guide this exploration.

Nov 16: Two Roads to the Kingdom
Nov 23: Protestant Ministry & Types of Quaker Ministry                
Nov 30: Fellowship Breakfast
Dec 7: First Type of Quaker Ministry
Dec 14: Second Type of Quaker Ministry
Dec 21: Third Type of Quaker Ministry & Education/Teaching
Dec 28: Types of Worship


Thanksgiving Celebration

The Hyde Park Kenwood Interfaith Council is sponsoring its annual interfaith community Thanksgiving celebration on Thursday, November 27, 11:00 am at Rockefeller Chapel (5850 South Woodlawn Ave.)  The Celebration will include music by the Chicago Children’s Choir and Cantor David Berger of KAM Isaiah Israel.  The Thanksgiving address will be given by JoAnne Marie Terrell, Associate Professor of Theology, Ethics, and the Arts at Chicago Theological Seminary.  An offering will be taken to support local hunger programs



The Quiet Work Of Diplomacy:  Join the Work in November

Several persons from ILYM have already registered to meet their senators and representatives in Washington on November 20-21 in conjunction with the FCNL Quaker Public Policy Institute. You can  obtain more information about the Quaker Public Policy Institute and register at  Parker Palmer, the acclaimed author of Healing the Heart of Democracy, will be one of the speakers. The war crisis presently is in contrast to an opportunity to lift up diplomacy as an alternative to violence.  This activity will take place a few days before the deadline for reaching a nuclear deal with Iran.


Spring 2014 Among Friends

The Spring 2014 issue of ILYM's 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. 


November Western Work

The August issue of WYM newsletter is available (626K PDF). In additon to information about yearly meeting and monthly meeting events.
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