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Online Course, “Introduction to Quakers and Friends’ Ways”

Canadian Yearly Meeting Education & Outreach Committee Announces its Online Courses for Spring 2017: “Introduction to Quakers and Friends’ Ways”

Facilitator: David Summerhays (Montreal Monthly Meeting)

Friends across Canada are invited to participate in an online course that will begin in mid-May.

The course will address the early history of Friends, the history of Friends in Canada, the experiential nature of Quaker faith, the role of the Meeting in Quaker life, Quaker testimonies and their origin, and how our Quaker community nurtures how we live, work, worship, and transact business. This course was previously offered in 2012, 2015 and 2016.

Although created to meet the needs of more recent attenders seeking to learn more about Quakerism, we believe that even longstanding members could benefit from this course. We welcome inquiries from anyone who would like to learn more about Quaker ways, with priority given to Canadian Yearly Meeting Members and Attenders.

How it will work

Participants will meet once a week for six weeks using either video conferencing or audio conferencing technology. If you are unfamiliar with conferencing technology, don’t worry, the facilitator and the Education and Outreach Committee are committed to making participation in the course as easy as possible for everyone.

Participants will be asked to do a short reading before each of the sessions. These readings can be viewed anytime under Introduction to Quaker and Friends’ Ways.

The course will include worship, active exercises, reflections from readings, and the application to one’s own life of what is learned.

How to Sign Up

The course is free of charge. To indicate your interest, please click here to register by Friday May 12.

We plan to begin the course the week of May 15 at a time that will be determined based on the results of poll to be completed with registration.

 

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2015 Fall Course: “Introduction to Quakers and Friends’ Ways”

Dear Friends:

The Canadian Yearly Meeting Education & Outreach Committee would like to announce its upcoming online workshop “Introduction to Quakers and Friends’ Ways”. The course will be facilitated by Eric Kristensen (Vancouver Monthly Meeting).

The Introduction to Quakers and Friends’ Ways will address the early history of Friends, the history of Friends in Canada, the experiential nature of Quaker faith, the role of the Meeting in Quaker life, Quaker testimonies and their origin, and how our Quaker community nurtures how we live, work, worship, and transact business.

For further information about the workshops and how to register please consult the attached PDF document.

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CYM 2014 Quaker Study Series on Simplicity and Sunderland P. Gardner Lecture now Available!

The CYM 2014 Quaker Study Series on Simplicity and the Sunderland P. Gardner Lecture are now available in the Resources Section under “Video” .

Friends can also download the slides for the presentation Come All Ye Who Are Heavily Cumbered… by Mark A. Burch, from here.

 

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New Quaker religious education community of practice (QREC)

Dear Friends in Canada Yearly Meeting,

Last summer, four Friends with deep ties to Quaker Religious Education were moved to invite others to join them in a Quaker religious education community of practice.  We are calling it a Quaker RE Collaborative (QREC).  We invite Friends who hold a sense of stewardship for the faith formation of Quaker children to join with us. This includes: First Day School teachers, Religious Education Coordinators, RE Committee members, Quaker parents and grandparents, and others. Our welcome and our reach are broad and international in scope.  QREC is open to Quakers across the traditional branches of Friends’ organizations.  We reached out to Friends in Canada YM last summer, and some have already joined our contact list.

At this time, we would like to share a press release from our first gathering, held in August 2014.  We hope you might be able to share this document, as we seek to reach others who hold this same concern and are interested in the Collaborative.

We submitted the attached press release to The Canadian Friend in early October, and again yesterday, but the next issue is full and Sherryll suggested we inquire about posting on the CYM website. 

Please let me know if I can answer any questions.

In faith and friendship,
Melinda Wenner Bradley

QREC Steering Group

Press Release August 2014 (PDF).

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