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Lake Forest Friends Meeting

Special Arrangements during the COVID-19 isolation period.

If you can, please join Meeting for Worship online. (see the listing of worship times for links to online sessions.)  

All Lake Forest Friends Meeting events, including Meeting for Worship, will be online-only during the governor’s shelter-in-place order.
Look for the online session link in event postings or contact the event organizer/committee convener to get the link.

We invite all to worship with us.

Please join us for unprogrammed Quaker meeting for worship. We center without words or music to listen as a community in expectant worship. Out of the silence as called by the Spirit, someone may spontaneously rise and give vocal ministry to the group. We are nourished by our mutual search for our understanding of the Divine. We welcome visitors to our meeting. 

Concurrently with meeting for worship we welcome children of all ages for a program that includes the study of Friends’ principles, testimonies, history, and Bible stories. 

Once each month we have a meeting for business when we worshipfully consider care of our community and our witness to the world seeking integrity, peace, simplicity, stewardship of the earth, and equality.

Lake Forest Friends Meeting is part of Illinois Yearly Meeting, Friends General Conference, and Friends World Committee for Consultation.     

Join us in Peace.

For further information: [email protected]


In the wake of George Floyd’s Murder and the Black Lives Matter Protests, the following minute, drafted by the Peace and Social Justice Committee, was approved by Lake Forest Friends Meeting at the June Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business:

In the wake of the horrific murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery our nation has been left shocked, breathless, and grieving. Added to the anxiety and bereavement occasioned by COVID-19, the frustrations borne for centuries by Black people have  spilled into the streets in over 150 of our nation's cities. 

Langston Hughes once asked what happens to a dream deferred. Millennials of all races have replied in mostly non-violent street protests despite the risk of death from a pandemic running wild through the country. By organizing demonstrations in such diverse communities as Lake Forest and Chicago, their message is simple:  " No more! We will not let this happen again on our watch."

For many of us, it is not safe to be on the street protesting. It is literally a matter of life and death to leave our homes.  Silence is not an option at this unique, historical moment, but what to do?

Lake Forest Friends Meeting over the past five years has taken halting but steadily forward-moving steps to make each other aware of how people of color move through and exist in the world.  To become aware is to know there is suffering, and to know this, we are called as Quakers to ease that suffering. That knowledge is heavy.  Knowing what is the right thing to do can be unclear. It is all too easy to exercise White privilege and do nothing or do something that alleviates white guilt rather than responds to the needs of my Black brothers and sisters.

In this moment we as Quakers are called to action. However, the question remains: what kind of action should we take to address racism and white privilege?   After prayerful consideration and worship sharing, the Peace and Social Justice Committee assisted by our Clerk have proposed some answers to these questions. They are only the first step.  They may make us uncomfortable. The committee hopes that this minute will open the door to further actions and conversations.

Here are six of the suggestions of what we can do:

1) Recognize and support the LFFM's anti-racism work, initiated in our Meeting by the Working Group on the Impact of Systemic Racism on our Spirituality, which is grounded in Spirit and affords us the opportunity to study and grow in understanding of systemic racism.

2) On an individual level, Friends are encouraged to exercise a  ministry comprised of many "little things" within and outside the Meeting like establishing relationships with people of color which provide opportunities for deep listening and mutual expressions of compassion - smiling, acknowledging and making eye contact, offering verbal support, and learning ways to be an active bystander and ally.

3) Join an activist organization that is committed to reforming the criminal justice system: e.g., repealing the felony murder laws, eliminating disparate jail sentencing, ending our bail bond system, instituting citizen review boards for police misconduct.

4) Try to empathize with what it must mean when a black person says, "It took a constitutional amendment to make me a full person."

5) Remind ourselves of the radical acts of Jesus and ask ourselves what does this require of us in terms of how we interact with and relate to people of color.

6) Infuse our First Day School with a curriculum that identifies and rejects racism in all of its insidious manifestations. Encourage our middle school, high school and college students to participate in anti-racist initiatives wherever they live or attend school.

NOTE:  The above Minute was approved on June 7, 2020 by the Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business of Lake Forest Friends Meeting.  This Minute was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. It is not intended in any way to diminish our support for the resolution of issues that impact other people of color including Hispanics, Asians, and Indigenous People.

Meeting Times

Meeting for worship: First Days (Sundays) at 10:30 a.m. (Online link: Zoom link - Meeting for Worship (Sunday))

First Day School (Children's program): 
Our First Day School is meeting online during shelter-in-place. 
We are holding classes for three age groups. Age groups are general guidelines and children may attend any session that meets their needs and interests.
All children’s First Day School sessions are held on Sunday.

• Pre-K - First grade: Simple crafts, picture books, and on the fourth Sunday we will have multi-age singing
9:30–10:00am (9:45–10:15am on the first Sunday)
• First grade - Sixth grade: Some reading, more involved crafts, and discussion
9:30–10:15am
•Middle/High School teens: Discussion of Quaker practice, Quaker history, Bible chapters and other topics
Concurrent with Meeting for Worship (starts at 10:30am)

Please email [email protected] for further info on placing your child/children in First Day School classes and to receive the online meeting link.

First Day School (Sunday School) for adults:
—Moved to Saturday evenings 7:00pm (No adult religious education on July 25. We will hold an online Game Night at 6:30pm instead. Email [email protected] if you would like to join us.)(normally prior to meeting for worship on some First Days)

Midweek meeting for worship: Fifth Days (Thursdays) at 8:00 a.m. (Online meeting link: Zoom link - Meeting for Worship (Midweek))

Meeting for worship with a concern for business: 1st First Day of the month at
9:00 a.m. (The July Meeting for Business will be held on July 12: Zoom link - July Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business)

Potluck lunch: Currently suspended (normally following worship on 3rd First Day of the month)

Singing and Storytelling: 9:15 a.m. 4th First Day of the month
(July singing will be held online. Please email [email protected] for the online meeting link.)

What's New

Recently, I noticed a heaviness of heart and a cloud of sadness billowing up inside of me. When someone asks me how I am doing, I quickly decide, like all of us often do, if I want to let down “My Guard” and answer honestly or just respond with the expected and polite answer that everything is good and I hope the same for them. But the expected and polite response is harder for me to generate these days. There is little energy behind it and even less honesty. “My Guard” is a ginned up Haiku that goes something like this:

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Query offered at the July 5 Meeting for Worship:
How can I help to prepare the soil, and open up my heart, mind, and soul to be receptive to God’s presence in
my life and be more centered on that Presence?

What are the weeds or thorns, competing with, or choking out the growth of the Seed?
from the Spiritual Deepening Library of Friends General Conference

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A quickening Presence pervades us, breaking down some part of the special privacy and isolation of our
individual lives and blending our spirits within a super individual Life and Power.” Thomas Kelly

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This month we were reminded that Illinois Yearly Meeting Faith and Practice describes a query as, "A question, especially a question posed to guide self examination and discernment."

The query from this month also comes from ILYM Faith and Practice:
“How can I work to build a world in which spiritual equality is reflected in just and equitable social conditions?”

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ILYM Anti-Racism Working Group 2020 Annual Sessions Proposal

Excerpted from “What We Believe” section of the Black Lives Matter website:

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In the wake of George Floyd’s Murder and the Black Lives Matter Protests, the following minute, drafted by the Peace and Social Justice Committee, was approved by Lake Forest Friends Meeting at the June Meeting for Worship

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Worship with us!

Lake Forest Friends Meeting
101 W. Old Elm Rd.
Lake Forest, IL 60045
United States
Mailing address:
P.O. Box 95
Lake Forest, IL 60045
United States
Meeting Times: 

Meeting for worship: First Days (Sundays) at 10:30 a.m. (Online link: Zoom link - Meeting for Worship (Sunday))

First Day School (Children's program): 
Our First Day School is meeting online during shelter-in-place. 
We are holding classes for three age groups. Age groups are general guidelines and children may attend any session that meets their needs and interests.
All children’s First Day School sessions are held on Sunday.

• Pre-K - First grade: Simple crafts, picture books, and on the fourth Sunday we will have multi-age singing
9:30–10:00am (9:45–10:15am on the first Sunday)
• First grade - Sixth grade: Some reading, more involved crafts, and discussion
9:30–10:15am
•Middle/High School teens: Discussion of Quaker practice, Quaker history, Bible chapters and other topics
Concurrent with Meeting for Worship (starts at 10:30am)

Please email [email protected] for further info on placing your child/children in First Day School classes and to receive the online meeting link.

First Day School (Sunday School) for adults:
—Moved to Saturday evenings 7:00pm (No adult religious education on July 25. We will hold an online Game Night at 6:30pm instead. Email [email protected] if you would like to join us.)(normally prior to meeting for worship on some First Days)

Midweek meeting for worship: Fifth Days (Thursdays) at 8:00 a.m. (Online meeting link: Zoom link - Meeting for Worship (Midweek))

Meeting for worship with a concern for business: 1st First Day of the month at
9:00 a.m. (The July Meeting for Business will be held on July 12: Zoom link - July Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business)

Potluck lunch: Currently suspended (normally following worship on 3rd First Day of the month)

Singing and Storytelling: 9:15 a.m. 4th First Day of the month
(July singing will be held online. Please email [email protected] for the online meeting link.)