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Meditative Art Program
Sunday, April 26, after meeting for worship there will be a meditative art program making mandalas—artistic ability is not required.
The Meeting REtreat will take place Saturday & Sunday May 2-3, on the ILYM campus near McNabb, Illinois. It will be a gathering for spending time together and getting to know each other better. The lightly scheduled weekend will include times for singing, worship, recreation, and to reflect on the adult and children’s religious education programs. The retreat is being coordinated by the Religious Education (RE) Committee. The first scheduled program will be at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday and the first communal meal will be Saturday dinner. The retreat will end with lunch and clean up Sunday afternoon.
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
The Winter/Spring Adult Religious Education program will consist of discussing and reflecting upon short passages from various Quaker writers. Adult Religous Education meetings Sundays 9:15-10:15 a.m.
School of the Spirit Contemplative Retreat
In our fast-paced days we need times apart, times for communion with God and refreshment of the soul, and openings to grace. The School of the Spirit, a nationwide Quaker group dedicated to spiritual nurture, will be offering a retreat at the DeKoven Center in Racine, Wisconsin on April 10-13. During this retreat participants will experience the distinctly Quaker manner of knowing solitude in community. There will be individual silent times for prayer, reflection, time in nature, contemplative interaction with scripture and one-on-one meetings with retreat leaders as desired. There will also be times when we are gathered together for reading, journaling, artwork, or contemplation. There is a flexible fee schedule available, so that attendees who feel the need can pay a lower cost without asking for a scholarship, and others can contribute more. To register go to schoolofthespirit.org.
An Invitation to Friends Center
Friends Center in Barnesville,Ohio is a retreat house run by Ohio Yearly Meeting, Conservative. There are two particular ways to experience Friends Center: participating in one of their weekend retreats, or signing up for some personal time there, possibly en route to the East or South East. (Barnesville is just off I-70, and 90 minutes south of I-80.) A personal retreat should include a First Day morning (Sunday) if possible and the opportunity to worship with Friends at Stillwater Monthly Meeting, just up the hill from Friends Center. Friends Center houses six guests in its three bedrooms. Stillwater meetinghouse, can usually house additional visitors. Friends Center also has one weekend retreats. The theme of the weekend scheduled for April 24-26 is theme is Being Faithful in Spiritual Isolation. A description of this weekend can be found at www.ohioyearlymeeting.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.
March Western Work
The March issue of WYM newsletter is available (472K PDF
). In additon to information about yearly meeting and monthly meeting events.