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Month: December, 2016

Canadian Young Friend & Young Adult Friends Gathering: Camp NeeKauNis

This is the Registration Form for the 2017 Canadian Young Friends and Young Adult Friends Gathering at Camp NeeKauNis, June 29-July 2, followed by Friends General Conference (FGC) Gathering in Niagara, NY, July 3-8. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfewHLwJrx63ze_-0ttVXiPhecyhS52SBGFocn5JneGsznOOA/viewform Education and Outreach Committee has generously offered to cover NeeKauNis charges and to provide funding for travel to NeeKauNis and to FGC Gathering. The gathering at NeeKauNis welcomes Young Friends and Young Adult Friends ages 13-35. Children of attendees are also welcome!

Registration for FGC Gathering opens on April 3rd, 2017. For information, visit: http://www.fgcquaker.org/connect/gathering

What can Friends expect to experience as part of the YF/YAF Gathering?

We’re excited to bring a critical mass of Young Friends and Young Adult Friends together to energize and strengthen our community and rejoice in our time together in worship, play, and good conversation. We hope to rejuvenate the Canadian Young Friends community and discern our collective path forward, asking what we want to be doing and what makes sense for us. Planning is well under way for exciting and enriching programming for both YFs and YAFs!

How does the funding work? Who is eligible?

Funds will be allocated by members of the YF/YAF Gathering Planning Committee , who will take into account financial need and home region. Anyone 35 and under with a connection to the Religious Society of Friends is eligible! Young Friends are typically defined as being at least 12 or 13, but there may be funding available for younger Friends as well, particularly if they are the children of Young Adult Friends also attending the NeeKauNis Gathering.

We ask that Friends also seek financial support from their Monthly Meetings. We realize that not all YFs have a close connection to a Monthly Meeting, so if you are in this situation or need assistance in approaching a Monthly Meeting for support, please e-mail us. Support could also come in the form of travel planning, a loan of items such as sleeping bags, knowledge about Quaker gatherings, etc.

Please send any questions or concers to canyfgathering2017@gmail.com

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Invitation from New York Yearly Meeting

Friends, CYM received an invitation from New York Yearly Meeting to attend their Summer Sessions, July 23-29 in New York.  Please read on below…

Dear Ms. Bishop,

Lucinda Antrim, clerk of New York Yearly Meeting, has sent a message to Bill Mueller inviting members of CYM to our 2017 Summer Sessions, July 23-29, at Silver Bay, NY. This memo is a follow-up on that.  The Sessions Committee has agreed that I will be a liaison to CYM should you be led to join us at Silver Bay.

A theme for Summer Sessions has been selected. It is “Bringing the Peaceable Kingdom to a Turbulent World.”  I’m enthusiastic about this theme, as it encompasses all aspects of our witness to the world. We will have workshops and seminars on our witness, and I believe that our work together would be enriched by having Friends from CYM participate in these.  Our Junior Yearly Meeting program will also focus on this theme with age-appropriate activities for the young people.  Children and Youth from CYM families will, of course, be welcome to be part of the JYM program.

We know that our Summer Sessions will have long business meetings in which many of the details of the life of the yearly meeting and its member meetings are discussed. Sessions Committee has approved offering to CYM the use of other rooms on the Silver Bay Campus while our business meetings are in session in the auditorium.  You could have your own business meetings, meetings for discernment, threshing sessions, or whatever you are led to have.

If you need information on the cost of staying at Silver Bay, I would be glad to provide that. If you would like to discuss anything by phone, please give me a call a 518-692-8023 extension 216.  I can be reached at that number most afternoons and evenings up to about 10:00 p.m.

I’m excited about the possibility of having CYM Quakers at Silver Bay and personally hope that you will accept our invitation to join us as we focus on “Bringing the Peaceable Kingdom to a Turbulent World.”

Love and blessings,

Sunfire (Robert Kazmayer)

NYYM Sessions Committee

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