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Yearly Quaker meeting announced

MCNABB — The Clear Creek Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) will host its 2017 meeting June 21-25 at the historic meeting house south of McNabb. Workshops and talks by featured speakers are open to the public at no charge. This year’s theme is “Open Hearts.”

The meeting is a retreat for approximately 200 Quakers who attend from throughout Illinois, Iowa and Indiana. It offers workshops, speakers, recreational programs, business meetings, camping facilities, programs for children, and meals prepared on-site.

The Clear Creek Monthly Meeting of Friends is the oldest continuous monthly meeting in Illinois. The meeting-house at 14365 N. 350th Ave. (“Quaker Lane”) was built in 1875, although Quakers had worshipped at the site of what is now the Friends Cemetery, where Quaker abolitionist Benjamin Lundy is buried, since 1843.

Evening programs are 7:30 to 8:45 p.m., beginning Wednesday with Zach Moon’s presentation “Such a Time as This.” Moon is an assistant professor of pastoral theology at Chicago Theological Seminary and the author of “Coming Home: Ministry That Matters with Veterans and Military Families.”

On Thursday evening, Clear Creek Monthly Meeting will describe what it means to be a monthly meeting in McNabb, and they celebrate their 175th anniversary this year.

Saturday evening’s speaker, Jay Marshall, who will explore “Knowing, Being, Doing: The Journey toward Opened Hearts.” Marshall is dean of Earlham School of Religion in Richmond, Ind. His most recent publication, “Quaker Contributions to an Integration of Spirituality and Leadership,” appeared in the Spring 2015 edition of “Journal of Religious Leadership.”

Afternoon workshops, 2:30-3:45 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday will address aging, conscientious objection, landscaping Quaker property, addiction, Quakers and Gaza, refugee advocacy, hand puppetry and yoga.

Alice Howenstine of the Upper Fox Valley Meeting will give the Plummer lecture at 10 a.m. on Sunday.

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