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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.

September 12 - Prayer in the Dark (1997)

Lynda Carter stars as a well respected leader in her Quaker meeting and her community, where she owns the local bank.  When a young man who she tried to help years before escapes from jail and holds her family hostage with the ultimatum of stealing millions from the bank by noon or he will kill her family members one by one, she seeks out, with the guidance of her meeting, a response with peace and integrity.

Upcoming movies and trailers

  • October 10 - Dogma
  • November 14 - DMT: The Spiritual Molecule
  • December 12 - Arranged
  • January 9 - American History X
  • Feburary 13 - Keeping the Faith


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. This program also has been found useful for those who wish to deepen their understanding of Quaker faith and practice. The next program will be on Sunday, August 31, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., and then on subsequent 5th Sundays of the month.



Understanding and Responding to LGBTQ Concerns in East Africa

57th Street Meeting of Friends will be hosting a two-part program on Saturday, October 11 that will seek to understand, explore, and discuss concerns about the treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people in East Africa.

The program will start off at 1:00 p.m. with a presentation by and discussion with Justimore Musombi. Justimore is a Kenyan Quaker pastor who has been attending Earlham School of Religion in Richmond, Indiana. While in the US, he came out as gay and has since been formally disowned by his family and meeting. He recently got asylum in the U.S.  He will be presenting his experience of being gay in Kenya, his disownment, and his views on how Western Quakers and other Westerners might respond to the situation of LGBTQ people in East Africa and the Quaker churches there.

The second part of the program will be a showing of the documentary film God Loves Uganda followed by a discussion led by Yasmin Nair regarding Western responses to the situation of LGBTQ people in East Africa.  The film explores the intersection between race, class, and religion in the context of an evangelical Christian campaign to change African culture with values imported from America’s Christian right.  Its presentation of LGBTQ concerns in East Africa, in the context of racism and neocolonialism, follows American and Ugandan religious leaders, on both sides of the issue, responding to concerns about sexual immorality and homosexuality.   Yasmin Nair is a Chicago-based writer, activist, academic, and commentator.  Her writing and organizing address issues like neoliberalism and inequality, queer politics and theory, the politics of rescue and affect, sex trafficking,  and the immigration crisis.  She is a co-founder and member of the editorial collective Against Equality and Policy Director of Gender JUST (Gender Justice United for Societal Transformation).  Joining Yasmin will be Wil Brant, who was released by 57th Street Meeting of Friends to teach ethics at Friends Theological College in Kaimosi, Kenya.

The program will be held at 57th Street Meeting of Friends, 5615 S. Woodlawn Ave. Chicago, IL 60637, Saturday, October 11, 1:00-5:00 p.m.  You are welcomed to attend one or both part parts.  There is no cost for the program, though donations will be accepted to help with the costs of the program.

Trailer for God Loves Uganda



What did George Fox Mean by "That of God in Everyone"?

The Adult Religious Education Program will be having an extended discussion on the topic of “that of God in everyone."  This discussion will be base on  “‘That of God in Every Man’-- What Did George Fox Mean by It?” which is an article from Quaker Religious Thought written by Lewis Benson.  The program is on Sundays, 9:15-10:15 a.m.

8/17     Theological Anthropology
8/24     Fox on “that of God in every man”
8/31     Fellowship Breakfast
9/7       Answering and Reaching that of God
9/14     Results of Answering that of God
9/21     That of God in contemporary Quaker usage
9/28     That of God in contemporary peace
                  and social  testimonies


Pancakes and Peace

The 5th Sunday fellowship breakfast on Sunday, August 31 will be hosted by the Peace and Social Justice Committee.  It will be a good opportunity to share your thoughts on peace and social justice work while eating pancakes.  Breakfast will be served between 9:15 and 10:00 a.m. so to allow people to join gathering singing, which begins at 10:00 am, and to allow people to clean up and not miss worship.


Children's Religious Education

Chldren's Religious Education programs are on break until Septmeber.  During this time, childcare will be provided during meeting for worship.


Corn Roast and Potluck Picnic

9th Annual Corn Roast Old-Fashioned Corn Roast and Potluck Picnic hosted by Upper Fox Valley Quaker Meeting will be on Saturday, August 30, 3:00 p.m. till dark at Alice and Bill Howenstine’s Pioneer Tree Farm located at 4614 Pioneer Road (3 miles north of McHenry, half mile off Rt. 31), McHenry, IL 60051, telephone: 815-385-8512. A map can be printed from the farm’s web site:

The schedule will include:

  • 3:00—4:30 p.m.: hiking the lanes, feeding the chickens, hayride, talking, singing, frisbee, horseshoes, or your own favorite game
  • 4:30 p.m.: greeting and announcements
  • 5:00 p.m.: pot luck supper (roast corn, clay-oven pizza,lemonade, iced tea, and coffee will be provided by Upper Fox Valley. A large charcoal grill will be available.)
  • Evening: campfire, singing, etc.

Bring  your own plates, cups, utensils that you can take home with you; some food to share;  folding chairs or blankets to sit on (there four picnic tables and benches); musical instrument; mosquito repellent if you use it. DRESS FOR THE WEATHER WITH OUTDOOR CLOTHING! Please RSVP so enough corn can be ordered.



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.  The deadline for items for the Fall 2014 issue will be Aug. 28, 2014.  Print versions are in production and will soon be mailed out.


August Western Work

The August issue of WYM newsletter is available (933K PDF). In additon to information about yearly meeting and monthly meeting events.

Quaker Community Building Experiences in Cuba

November Visit: Visit among Friends Meetings in eastern Cuba for a week in November and celebrate the founding of Cuba Yearly Meeting. This week with Cuba Yearly Meeting will provide an opportunity to be immersed in the rhythm and hum of Quaker worship in the sanctuary and on the street. The WORK of this group will be to gather with both the FUM team members and the FUM Cuban Quakers and build community. Some stamina is required for travel and likely some longer walks, as well as multiple meetings each day.  Dates: November 10 - 19, 2014; Cost: $1760; Participant Limit: 10 team members; Deadline: August 20, 2014. Registration Link

January/February Work Team trip: Visit and work among Friends Meetings in eastern Cuba, particularly in Holguin and Gibara at sites where Cuban Friends meet for camp, yearly meeting sessions and pastoral training. Some stamina is required for unskilled construction tasks, travel, longer walks and multiple church gatherings.
Dates: Last week of January through first week of February 2015 (exact dates determined on flight schedule from Miami to Holguin that is not yet set); Cost: $2100; Participant Limit: 10 team members
Deadline: September 30, 2014. Registration Link

Cost for both trips includes: Round trip flight from Miami to Holguin, Cuba; Hotel stay in Miami on either side of the trip; All meals, transportation and lodging in Cuba; Needed supplies for work Visas and licenses. Note: costs will need to be adjusted if fares change significantly.

Cost for both trips does not include: Meals in Miami on either side of the trip (team dines together); Baggage fees (estimated at $100); Souvenirs; Flights to Miami and home; Incidentals (ie. offering, snacks, etc.).  In addition, most work team participants carry items needed by Cuba Yearly Meeting

To register, click on the link provided in the appropriate trip. A $200 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of registration as well as a copy of your passport. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Terri Johns at Friends United Meeting.

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