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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 meets on Sundays 9:15-10:15 a.m. Topical discussion of Quaker aspects of a concern that is on the hearts of those who gather.



Nurturing the Seed: ILYM Annual Sessions

2016 ILYM Annual Sessions will be held June 22-26 on the ILYM campus in McNabb, Illinois.

This year’s theme is “Nurturing the Seed: Faith, Action and Growing Community.” The Quaker life is one where we strive to nurture the growth of inward faith with outward action, to nourish the spiritual life of children and adults together, and to cultivate activism within the rich soil of past experience. Throughout the week, we will collectively explore the ways in which we can tend to the multi-layered dimensions of our spiritual and social selves as individuals and as community with an eye to that delicate Seed within us that sustains and transforms.  Further information and on-line registration.



Quaker Religious Education Conference

The Quaker Religious Education Collaboration will be hosting a Quaker Religious Education conference on “Instilling Quaker Identity through Religious Education” on June 10-12 at Quaker Hill Conference Center in Richmond, Indiana.  Conference will include plenaries, worship, workshops, networking, children's programming and much more.  Additional information and registration link can be found at If you have questions, are interested in carpooling or want to find out more about the Quaker Religious Education Collaborative, please contact Joy Duncan at



Friendly Mystics Gathering (in Chicago)

The Fourth Annual Gathering of Friendly Mystics is scheduled for September 30-October 3, 2016, at The Cenacle in Chicago.  The theme will be Immersed in Prayer. The first two days will be spent in large and small groups, including some interest groups. The final morning will be devoted to extended worship. Costs vary depending on days attending and accommodation options.  For registration and further detail see:  Registration is due September 1.



Friends Historical Association Bus Tour

Friends Historical Association will be coordinating a three-day tour of historic sites relating to Quakers and movements for equality (for Native Americans, African Americans, and women) in upstate New York, Friday, May 20 to Sunday, May 22.  This coincides with the celebration of  the 200th anniversary of the 1816 Quaker Meetinghouse in Farmington, New York.  The tour will include the home of Susan B. Anthony, the 1816 Farmington Quaker Meetinghouse (a center of national movements for equal rights), Women’s Rights National Historical Park, Seneca Falls (site of the first women’s rights convention, where Quakers made up the largest single religious group), and the home of Harriet Tubman.  A full list of sites is available at the link below.  Tour participants will eat dinner Friday evening with Farmington Friends Meeting and have meeting for worship and lunch Sunday with Friends at Poplar Ridge. Costs include bus transportation, housing, several meals, and entrance fees. A tour bus will leave Plymouth Meeting Mall (Plymouth Meeting, PA), but participants are also welcome to join the tour in New York. Cost for meeting the tour in New York are adult single room: $347.00, adult shared room: $463 (for two); $23l.50 (for one); Child sharing room with parent: $87.00.  Fuller details and registration can be found at



Winter 2016 Among Friends

The Winter 2016 issue of ILYM's Among Friends is now available online.  This issue includes articles on learning from younger Friends, fixing and listening, reflections on attending a recent meeting of the Parliament of the Worlds Religions, and a Quaker statement on climate change.


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