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Online Quaker Courses – Spring 2018

Online Quaker Courses – Spring 2018

E&O’s spring semester courses will begin soon! Two courses will be offered: “Introduction to Quakers and Friends’ Ways” and “Quaker Faith and Practice.”

The first registration deadline is April 15 — at which time the online course administration team will begin to determine which courses will run and their respective dates and times.

Late registrants can sometimes be accommodated — so don’t hesitate to contact us — but priority goes to those who register by the deadline!

Introduction to Quakers and Friends’ Ways

How did Quaker faith come to be based on direct experience rather than authority? How can a Quaker community nurture how we live, work, worship, and make decisions? “Introduction to Quakers and Friends’ Ways” is a free online course that explores the origin of Quaker testimonies, such as the traditional peace testimony and testimony of equality, in Canadian Friends’ history and beyond. It also invites participants to deepen their understanding of the role of Monthly Meetings in Quaker life.

Topics include:Picture of pews

  • Experiencing the Spirit;
  • Early Friends in Canada and the world;
  • Quaker decision-making;
  • Living the Spiritual community.

New attenders as well as experienced Friends will find opportunities to grow in this course, which meets online once per week for 6 weeks starting in late-April/early May.

Register for the Introduction to Quaker and Friends’ Ways course

Quaker Faith and Practice

Would you like to share and learn about the varieties of ways people “do” Quakerism? Do you wonder how Friends know when to speak during worship? “Quaker Faith and Practice” is another free course starting in late April/early May. This course will explore some of the many ways that Quakers worship in expectant silence, listen spiritually to build peaceful communities, read and write spiritual journals, and make business decisions in large and small groups by “coming to unity” in the “sense of the Meeting.”

The course will explore themes like the following:

  • That of God in everyone
  • No end to divine revelation
  • What is Heaven on Earth?
  • Quaker Mysticism

This group will also meet online once per week for 7 weeks, use queries to nurture spiritual growth, and explore the foundational book Faith and Practice of the Canadian Yearly Meeting. This book documents the spiritual insights of Canadian Quakers past and present, as well as including text from other times and places such as the historical “Advices and Queries.”

Register for the Quaker Faith and Practice course

When do these courses run?

Introduction to Quaker and Friends’ Ways
May – June 2018 (day and time determined through registration process)

Quaker Faith and Practice
May – June 2018 (day and time determined through registration process)

Registrants will assist Education and Outreach Committee with determining the exact dates and times that these courses will run by completing the online registration form.

*Multiple courses may be offered if registration number warrant. The scheduling of any additional courses will accommodate as many people as possible. Are you considering signing up? Do you need more information? Contact the organizing committee for more information.

How do the courses work?

A short reading will be provided before each session. The weekly online sessions will use video or audio conference, depending on the technology available to those who sign up, and will include worship, exercises, reflections on readings, and opportunities to apply the learning to our own lives. You can see examples of previous course materials here:

Introduction to Quakers and Friends Ways Learning Resource
Quaker Faith and Practice Learning Resource

The courses are offered by Canadian Yearly Meeting’s Education and Outreach Committee. You can contact the organizing committee for more information.

Both courses are free of charge

However, we warmly welcome any donations you are able to give, to support future courses and other work of Canadian Yearly Meeting. You can donate online, by mail, or by phone.


David Summerhays, an experienced facilitator from Montreal Monthly Meeting, will lead one course, or multiple sessions of the same course. Previous participants have said:

  • “David did a beautiful job of modelling the Quaker way and managing deep sharing.”
  • “David was able to move us along, without me feeling hurried. He asked open-ended questions, which moved the discussion to the most interesting places.”
  • “He managed time and turn-taking smoothly and held a great balance between keeping to the outline of that day’s material and allowing time for discussion that arose.”
  • “David was also very conscious of assisting those having technical/language difficulties.”

Arwen Brenneman, an experienced facilitator from Vancouver Monthly Meeting, will lead one course. Previous participants have said:

  • “Arwen did a helpful, insightful, sensitive job!”
  • “She was attentive to the needs of the group and individuals and very respectful of differences in opinions and experiences.”
  • “Arwen was awesome. Her experience and values/approach were a perfect fit.”

What are people saying about Canadian Yearly Meeting’s online courses?

They enhance spiritual connection:

  • “The big Ah-Ha’s for me were around understanding what waiting in the Light means for me, and what that sense of being connected to God means for me.”
  • “Reading Faith & Practice was inspiring and it reminded me of the inspiration and insights it contains. I enjoyed the discussions and sharing of the course participants.”
  • “Very meaningful — I’ve still got sooooo much to learn.”

They deepen understanding:

  • “The specific topics we focused on were things that I’d somehow not understood very well even as I found Meeting for Worship sustaining. I think I understand better now.”
  • The course “was very meaningful to me. I have been circling the Quakers for a few years now and it helped me decide that it’s right for me.”
  • “As someone who is new to Quakerism, I found the outline very informative. I appreciated the conversation with others, as it prompted a wider perspective of the topic under discussion and also allowed me to see some of the variety of the Quaker culture beyond the Meeting I have been attending. My Meeting was interested in my experience of the course.”
  • “It provided the information on Quaker ways it was presumably designed to, and also provided opportunities to interact with participants in Quaker ways. Both functions are of good intellectual, emotional and spiritual value in my quest to learn.”

They connect community:

  • “The real thing that made this course meaningful was the connection I made with other Friends.”
  • “I greatly enjoyed meeting other Friends from across the country. I liked hearing people’s personal stories and perspectives.”
  • “I had an opportunity to communicate with Friends I did not know, and that was worthwhile.”
  • “I greatly appreciated hearing from other Quakers about their experiences, struggles, joys, and questions. Their contributions led me to reflect on my own journey and the dynamics of my particular meeting. I also now feel like I have a stronger knowledge base in Quaker practice and history, and can more easily explain some Quaker concepts to curious friends and family.”

Contact us with questions or for more info

For more information, contact the organizing team at We look forward to meeting you!


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Financial Support for Quaker Learning

Dear Friends:

It’s a new year and time for you to dream and plan for your year ahead. The Education and Outreach (E&O) Committee would like for you to consider using Candian Yearly Meeting grants and loans for your own Quaker learning. Have you longed to go to Pendle Hill? Do you need help to attend a Quaker conference?

Learn more about Quaker Funding.

Things to Note:

  • E&O will be considering applications at our face-to-face meeting on April 19-22, 2018 in Victoria and would like to hear from applicants by April 15, 2018. (However, we are able to receive applications year-round). Pendle Hill grant applications need to be in by April.

You will need a Minute of Support from your Monthly Meeting. Not only will this minute provide you with clearness and support for your leading, but the Meeting may also choose to offer additional funding.

Please send in your application even if your Meeting does not meet in time for their minute of support to be sent with your application before our April 20 meeting. The committee is able to make conditional approvals, dependent upon receipt of minutes of support.

Check out the application and grant information online.
Read reports from Friends who attended previous educational events, and other grant recipient reports.



Mail: E&O Grants and Loans Officer
c/o Canadian Yearly Meeting
91A Fourth Ave.
Ottawa, ON K1S 2L1

News is coming soon about family and Young Friends support to go to Yearly Meeting.

Consider, discern, and look at our grants and loans.

In Friendship,
Leigh Turina
Grants and Loans Officer, Education and Outreach Committee, Canadian Yearly Meeting


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White Privilege Conference Global – Toronto (May 9-12, 2018)

“A challenging, collaborative and comprehensive experience to empower individuals to work for equity and justice.”

The 18th year of White Privilege Conference (WPC) includes the first event outside of the United States, the White Privilege Conference Global event (WPC Global) at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario.

WPC Global – Toronto

Though Canada is praised around the world for its multiculturalism, there are still hurdles that exist nationwide. Ryerson University’s Office of the Vice-President, Equity and Community Inclusion will be hosting “The White Privilege Conference Global – Toronto” to explore Canadians’ challenges with privilege and oppression.

WPC is an annual symposium in the United States; this is the first time the conference will take place in Toronto. The event will be a great opportunity to engage openly in honest, critical, solutions-based discussions that address obstacles as they relate to issues that focus on and go beyond race. WPC Global – Toronto aims to enhance individual understanding of white privilege, as well as to address the dominant narratives that operate throughout our institutions and across society.

 “Privilege is often times difficult to see for those people who were born with access to power and the resources that go with that power.”


1-Day Institute –$150-275
Wednesday May 9, 8:30am-10:00pm               

3-Day Institute – $250-750
Thursday May 10, 7:30am-10:00pm
Friday May 11, 8:00am-9:30pm
Saturday May 12, 8:30-7:00pm 

Early bird registration prices are available until April 15, 2018.
Here are more details from Ryerson on registration costs.

Discount on Registration Costs

A discount is available for Quakers interested in attending the White Privilege Conference at Ryerson University. Friends can register through FGC for this event, and will receive a follow-up email with the discount code, instructions for registering on the WPC website, and accommodation information (if required). The discount will be 5-10% off the registration cost, dependent upon the total number of registrants through FGC.

Register through FGC for the White Privilege Conference in Toronto.

“Through workshops and panel discussions, we will engage in transformative conversations about privilege and its impacts with an aim of building a more inclusive world.”

The WPC Experience:

  • Gathers a consummate network of both national and regional leaders, learners and practitioners to work and learn from each other.
  • Provides opportunities for participants to discuss how white privilege, white supremacy, and oppression affects daily life, while giving strategies for addressing issues of privilege and oppression and advancing social and economic justice.
  • Engages in synergistic collaboration to produce both paradigm shifts and personal action.
  • WPC is a conference that examines challenging concepts of privilege and oppression and offers solutions and team building strategies to work toward a more equitable world.
  • It is not a conference designed to attack, degrade or beat up on white people.
  • WPC is committed to a philosophy of “understanding, respecting and connecting.”
  • It is not a conference designed to rally white supremacist groups.

“WPC is open to everyone and invites diverse perspectives to provide a comprehensive look at issues of privilege including: race, gender, sexuality, class, disability, etc. — the ways we all experience some form of privilege, and how we’re all affected by that privilege.”

WPC attracts students, professionals, activists, parents, and community leaders/members from diverse perspectives. WPC welcomes people with varying levels of experience addressing issues of diversity, cultural competency, and inclusion.



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CYM Office Spring Closure (March 23 – April 3)

Greetings, Friends!

CYM Offices in Ottawa and Victoria will close on the evening of Friday March 23 and will reopen the morning of Tuesday April 3. CYM staff will be taking their respective holidays, and are not expected to respond to any correspondence (i.e., email, phone, or mail) during this time.

Kerry MacAdam, CYM Office Administrator, will be on holidays beginning the evening of Tuesday March 20. Friends can contact Cameron Fraser, CYM Secretary, or Lorraine Burke, CYM Accountant for assistance between March 21 and 23.

We encourage all Friends to take a break and utilize the time to rest and replenish for the busy seasons ahead!

Gratefully serving CYM,
CYM Office Staff.


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Call for Submissions: June Issue of The Canadian Friend

We’re excited to be finalizing our current issue of The Canadian Friend.  The printing and mailing process starts this week!

The next issue is scheduled for June, and submissions are being accepted.

Theme: Polarization

The world seems to be getting more and more polarized – politically, economically, religiously, etc. The middle class is evaporating, while the 1% gets richer and the rest get poorer and more precarious.

Confidence in liberal democracy seems to be waning, leading to a revival of fascist and revolutionary leftist groups. Even our weather is swinging to extremes as climate change deepens.

How Can Quakers Respond to the World’s Polarization?

What do we make of polarization within Quakerism and Canadian Yearly Meeting (CYM) – between liberal, conservative, and evangelical Friends, for example? What does it mean that CYM has examined the idea of literally splitting through a simulation exercise? When CYM defines itself by taking particular positions on prison abolition, earthcare as a testimony, or Palestine-Israel, is this a constructive kind of polarization or separation from the norm – as opposed to a less-defined, all-embracing position?

Submissions Due April 9, 2018

Articles between 500-1000 words are welcome.  Suggestions and submissions for Gleanings & Quotations, photos, captions for our caption contest (coming soon in the latest issue), and interviews for Meet a Friend are also gratefully accepted – along with anything that might be of interest to Canadian Friends.

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.


By email:

Or by postal mail:

c/o CYM Office, 91A Fourth Ave.,
Ottawa, ON, Canada, K1S 2L1

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 (, again).


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