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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.
Adult Relgious Education
Adult Religious Education will not be meeting in May & June 2015. It will resume in July on Sundays 9:15-10:15 a.m.
ILYM Annual Sesssions
Illinois Yearly Meeting Annual Sessions will be held June 24 to 28 on the ILYM campus near McNabb, IL.
Theme: From Mystic Voice to Active Voice. We are called, both as individuals and as a community, to a direct relationship with God. This year's theme calls for us to explore that direct relationship, how we nurture it in ourselves, each other, and our meetings. How do we testify to our larger community? In what ways do we do this as individuals, as a meeting, as a larger group of Quakers?
Online information and Registration is available at ilym.org/2015AnnualSessions.
Early registration due date is June 5.
What Canst Thou Say Retreats
What Canst Thou Say will offer two retreats this year at the Conference Center at Quaker Hill in Richmond, Indiana. The first will offer spiritually experienced Friends an opportunity to share questions and concerns amid deep worship. The second retreat is intended for those who are beginning or desire to begin deepening their spiritual life.
1) "Touching God Together: The Third Annual Gathering of Friendly Mystics" is scheduled for June 12-17, 2015, at the Conference Center at Quaker Hill, Richmond, Indiana. This gathering, led by Elaine Emily, is for those who have lived a mystical relationship with God for some time and whose lives have been shaped by this experience. This gathering will explore living into the gift of mysticism honorably and with integrity, opportunities for mutual encouragement, and how to join together to bring the kingdom into concrete reality.
2) The following weekend (June 19-21, 2015) the WCTS organizers will offer "Spiritual Sustenance: Supporting Early Steps on the Spiritual Path," which will gather people seeking to begin or deepen their spiritual life. Participants will be invited to examine their past and present spirituality and how they would like to grow. Time will be spent in small and large group worship and sharing. A number of experienced spiritual mentors will be available for support and questions.
Deadline for registration is May 1, 2015. For more information, see the WCTS website: whatcanstthousay.org
Young Adult Friends Conference 2015
Join other young adult friends and young adult seekers to actively engage with the theme of Equality at the YAFCON 2015. The conference will be exploring power, privilege, injustice and identity, all at the intersection of faith and action. This 6 day conference, June 5-10, 2015, will use experiential learning to reflect on equality in personal lives, communities, in Quakerism and systemic issues in the wider world. The YAFCON 2015 program will be released soon, but applications are available now. Participation is limited to 45 young adults, so apply now. Additional information.
Stroking the Fire: A Gathering in the Power of Christ
Friends United Meeting North American Ministries is inviting Friends to gather on Pentecost weekend (May 22-25, 2015) in Cincinnati, Ohio for a retreat experience entitled Stoking the Fire. This will be a lightly-scheduled program of extended worship, prayer, plenary speakers, home groups, topical workshops and attention to the movement of the Holy Spirit will allow for experiencing the power of God’s presence, deepening individual spirituality, passion, and commitment, building community with others, sharing stories of personal and corporate spiritual vitality and transformation, energizing for work in our specific ministry contexts, equipping spiritual revival of our meetings/churches and communities. Additional information and registration.
Quaker Statement on Climate Change
Since the UN Climate Summit on Climate Change last Fall, Quaker Earth Witness (QEW), Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) and Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO) have revised the Quaker Statement on climate change to make it non-date specific and to draw in feedback. View Statement.
Winter 2015 Among Friends
The Winter 2015 issue of ILYM's Among Friends is now available online. This issue incluces articles on the purpose of a yearly meeting, anthropomorphizing God, and community revitalization.
May Western Work
The May issue of WYM newsletter is available (475K PDF
). In additon to information about yearly meeting and monthly meeting events.