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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


Friends, in addition to the above invitation the following announcement has been received:

New York Yearly Meeting is excited to announce that Nadine Clare Hoover will be the keynote speaker at Summer Sessions. Nadine is the Coordinator of Friends Peace Teams in Asia West Pacific and is also the founder and director of Conscience Studio, an organization that promotes “universal practices for living peaceful, conscientious private and public lives.”

Her topic will be:

Peace is Possible!
Friends’ Testimony and Witness to Peace Today

Nadine was raised on a farm in the northern foothills of Appalachia, and retains a holistic, resourceful approach to life and work. She is a graduate of Friends World College, and has lived on Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, and then in Japan, South Korea and Indonesia, researching the effects of economic world systems on social formation. She earned a PhD in International Development from Florida State University, and then began consulting on educational development in Florida and in Indonesia .

Following the Peace Accord between the Republic of Indonesia and the Free Aceh Movement, Nadine, “fluent in Indonesian, began bringing former enemies together—Acehnese and Javanese, Christians and Muslims, victims and perpetrators, open in formerly closed, conservative communities—to work towards recovery, reconciliation and peace. From this hands-on work, she has designed, published and led trainings on transforming power, trauma resiliency, developmental play, discernment, and conscience, all essential for restoring peace.”

She brings a bold, vital message that peace is possible and gives us the simple, practical tools that have historically made Friends peace work so consequential – while also conveying how much we have learned, even in the last decade. She calls us to place our faith in the power of the Living Spirit to allow love and integrity to guide our lives, preparing us for this work. She describes the operating dynamics of transforming power, trauma resiliency, developmental play, liberation from oppression, and the liberty of conscience we experience when we allow the Living Spirit to guide our private and public lives. She illuminates the minimal structures that have made Quaker practice so powerful in the past, and offers a few key steps that could revitalize our faith and action in the future. She calls us to stand together against war and violence, because without safe haven, nothing else matters.

In addition to her keynote speech, Nadine will offer an interest group where Friends can get further experience with the dynamic principles that have guided her work. She will also be available to talk with us at an evening reception and at other times while she is with us at Silver Bay.

Our Yearly Meeting Office is now making preparations to take reservations for Summer Sessions.  We’ll let you know when information on registration is available on our website (  If you like we can send the information directly to your In Box – just email and put “Canadian Yearly Meeting” in the subject line.


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Directory Permission Form

Friends, we need your help!

It has been a few years since we had a Directory and we would like to produce one again – but we can’t without your help.  If you would like your name and address published in our Directory – which will be available on-line to registered CYM website users – please complete this form (Directory Permission Form – MS Word) or (Directory Permission Form – PDF) and return it by post, fax (613-235-1753) or you can scan and email it to the CYM Office.

Thank you!

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Quaker Meetings

Brent & StephaniPsst. Hey you. Quaker Meeting. Yeah, you. I know about you. I read your minutes and your State of Society reports. I know what you’re good at. You’re good at hospitality: celebrations, potlucks, welcoming new people into your midst. Social justice: prisoners, refugees, small African countries, homeless folks. Discussion. Lord, you’re good at discussion! It doesn’t always lead to action – or even decision – but goodness can you discuss stuff!

I also know what you struggle with. Quaker process in business meetings. The quality of worship. Vocal ministry. Too much silence. Not enough silence. Teaching children and new Friends about traditional Quaker practices. Finances – having enough, knowing where you can spend them, knowing how to report them.  Knowing Quaker history. Conflict.

And I know what you love. You love visitors! It shines through all your minutes, reports, and newsletters. Visitors from other Meetings, other countries, other churches, other traditions. Visitors bring you together in community. They spark joy and interest. A visitor can teach you, help you with the places you struggle, and celebrate with you the things you do well. Visitors help you see yourselves through new eyes, and know yourselves better.

So why don’t you have more visitors? You know you love it.  Go on, invite someone. It’ll be wonderful. You’ll both grow stronger.

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Stories, Poetry and Art Wanted for “The Canadian Friend”

cf_friendDo you have a story to tell, or a creative gift to share with Quakers in Canada?  Contributions are invited for the new issue of The Canadian Friend, the twice-yearly magazine of Canadian Yearly Meeting (CYM).  Prose, poetry, art, photos, etc. are welcome.

Topics could include this past summer’s CYM gathering, updates or photos from your Monthly Meeting or Worship Group, books you’ve read, or something new you’ve experienced or learned.

To take a trip down memory lane or seek inspiration, The Canadian Friend back issues are available online.  If your library is missing one, you can even download back issues and print them.  For Friends who don’t have internet access (and those of us who don’t always check our email), consider distributing or posting paper copies of this Call for Submissions poster.

Submit To

Canadian Friend Editor

91A Fourth Ave.
Ottawa, ON, Canada, K1S 2L1

Submission Date

Nov. 30, 2016

Style Guide

When you submit, the editor will work with you to make your piece consistent with The Canadian Friend’s technical guidelines, if necessary.  Reading through the guide in advance can help both you and the editor get your piece ready for print more quickly.

Subscriptions and Advertising

You can order a print subscription to The Canadian Friend by contacting the editor. The Canadian Friend also accepts advertising! Send camera-ready or clear, readable copy to the editor, by e-mail. For rates and details, contact the editor, above.

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