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Announcing Online Course Spring 2016: “Uh Oh, Was That a Leading?”

Friends across Canada are invited to participate in this new free online course facilitated by David Summerhays (Montreal Monthly Meeting). The five-week course will begin mid-April and conclude in May 2016.
The course content will include:
• Exploration of the concept of “leadings”
• Readings and discussion on how early Friends and Friends throughout history have understood “leadings”
• Jokes
• Discernment of what is and what is not a “leading”
• Practice explaining Quakerism to newcomers
• Exploration of what participants learned in the course

For more information and instructions on how to register, please click here.

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The 2016 Gathering in Camrose, Alberta needs your help!

Dear Friends, the Youth Program needs your help! The following positions are available.

Youth Program:

We are looking for people to help lead our Youth Program this summer at CYM. The Youth Program is an incredibly fun place to be at CYM – there is enthusiasm, laughter and joy; but we need great leaders to bring a wonderful program together. If you can serve CYM by being a leader in the Program we want to hear from you! Your responsibilities would include working with the Youth Program Coordinator to put together a program for the summer and running the program at CYM (there will be volunteers to help). The program needs to include worship time, Quaker study time and outings. There are many resources available to help you. We cannot run a program for children and youth without leaders.

If you feel able to offer this service, please contact Beth Ward Your travel, meals and lodging can be paid for by CYM as these are Required Services positions.

FOOD COOP Coordinator:

To coordinate the Food Coop at Canadian Yearly Meeting 2016 at Camrose, Alberta

The Coordinator plans shopping lists and menu choices in consultation with the Continuing Committee of Food Coop and the Local Arrangements Committee, facilitates food preparation, manages food storage and ensures safe food-handling practices.

The Coordinator has volunteers available for site set-up and maintenance, financial control, food shopping, preparation and clean up. Typically Food Coop participants sign themselves up for volunteer shifts throughout the week that CYM is in session.

From mid-day Thursday, Aug 4 to next Saturday, Aug 13 (a two-day start-up shopping/planning period precedes the first meal which is Saturday supper, Aug 6). Attends for four hours at each of two meals a day (breakfast is completely in the hands of Coop participants).

We are seeking someone who is familiar with volunteer organizations and sensitive to the Quaker values of simplicity and community building. The person may or may not be a member of the Religious Society of Friends. An honorarium of $800 (eight hundred dollars) is available.

For further information and for application form:
David Summerhays,
Food Coop Committee

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Quaker Response on Call to Action #48 Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, Implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Dear Friends, please take the time to read through the Quaker Response on Call to Action #48 Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, Implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.


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Continuing Revolution: Integrity as a Radical Act – Pendle Hill Young Adult Friend conference (June 3-8, 2016)

The Continuing Revolution conference series is an annual social justice conference for young adult Quakers (18-35) every summer at Pendle Hill. The conference is a six day, intensive training-oriented program designed around one thematic issue that changes year to year. This year’s conference will be centered around the theme of integrity as a radical act. We are working with that in its most expansive capacity, with all sorts of workshops on wholeness, identity, accountability, interconnectedness, truth telling, letting our lives speak, moving from ideas to action and much much more.

Save the date: June 3-8, 2016!

A preliminary schedule is available here, and there is a poster to share with your networks and community.

Please encourage young adult Friends and seekers to apply! Though the conference is already significantly subsidized by Pendle Hill, there is some financial support available to make the conference as accessible as possible.


From Katrina McQuail, Conference Coordinator, and CYM Young Adult Friend.

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FWCC World Plenary, Pisac, Peru

Allow Christina Tellez and me, Steve Fick, to share the powerful experiences we had at the FWCC World Plenary, in Pisac, Peru, as we reflect in our blog on many aspects of the conference. The Plenary brought 350 Quakers from all around the globe, and from many languages, traditions and theologies. Although our blog is completed, those nine days will continue to affect us for many years. Click HERE to explore the blog.


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