New Issue of The Canadian Friend

Cover of The Canadian Friend, Issue 2, 2017The latest issue of The Canadian Friend is now available on-line as a PDF:
The Canadian Friend 2017, Issue #2.

Themed “Faith and Action,” this issue features articles and reflections on activism, Indigenous rights, community, faith – and an attractive new layout.

This beautiful issue was brought forth by outgoing CYM Editor, Reykia Fick. Many thanks and best wishes to Reykia while she spends this next year on a maternity break (a transition that was previously announced).

As a reminder, submissions and communications about The Canadian Friend (and can still be sent the same address, where they reach Timothy Kitz, the current CYM Editor.


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Friends United Meeting Seeking General Secretary

Headshot of Colin Saxton, outgoing General Secretary of FUM

Colin Saxton, outgoing General Secretary of FUM

Friends United Meeting (FUM), is an association of twenty-six Quaker Yearly Meetings in South and North America (including Canadian Yearly Meeting), the Middle East, and Africa. FUM is searching for a new General Secretary.

For details, please see the announcement on FUM’s homepage and the official Position Description (PDF).

Note that applications are due by November 30, 2017.

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Fall Epistle From Western Half-Yearly Meeting

 Western Half-Yearly Meeting (WHYM) is a Quaker gathering for Western Friends and visitors, hosted in Sorrento, BC each Spring and alternating between Alberta and Saskatchewan in the Fall. 

Friends from the Vancouver to Winnipeg gathered October 6th-9th for Fall  WHYM in Shekinah, about an hour north of Saskatoon, on the Treaty 6 territories of Peoples including the Plains Cree and Métis.

Here is this year’s Fall gathering epistle, to be shared with other Quakers around the world.

To Friends everywhere:
Western Half-Yearly Meeting
Greets you. Shekinah.

High-bush cranberries.
Sweet silence shared in circles.
Gold hills. Shekinah.

Sky, clouds, flying fox.
Kindness as Light manifest.
Warm smiles. Shekinah.

Seeking Light and Truth,
Friends’ ways in a complex world,
Healing. Shekinah.

Tears, laughs, quiet words.
Good food, fun Family Night.
Farewell, Shekinah.

Shekinah Retreat Centre
Saskatchewan, Canada

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Share Your Experience of CYM’s Fallow Year

Fallow strip in a farm field

A fallow strip in a farm field

2017 was designated as a ‘fallow year,’ where the Canadian Yearly Meeting would not gather for our CYM-in-Session. We invite Friends to share their perspective on this fallow year — whether or not you have attended CYM in the past.

Friends have approved using several surveys to help gather our experience of 2017:
Survey for Individual Friends
Survey for Young Friends

Responses are anonymous; responses received by October 31 will be compiled into a report to Fall Representative Meeting (Nov. 25).

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Call for Facilitators for CYM Online Courses

Canadian Yearly Meeting (CYM) Education & Outreach Committee is Seeking Experienced/Qualified Online Course Facilitators for Contractual Work.

Education and Outreach Committee (E&O) is seeking expressions of interest for a subcontracting facilitator to act as a backup when E&O is able to offer more than one course, or as need arises. We warmly encourage anyone interested in this opportunity to apply.

E&O has one online course facilitator, who can currently teach one course (with one or two sessions) per term. We would like to start offering two or more courses per term in the future; therefore another facilitator may be needed. The utilization of an additional contractor is dependent upon a number of factors, mainly course registrations.

E&O online courses usually run for seven or eight weeks. This includes a technology troubleshooting session and six classes. Classes take place once a week, and last 1.5 to 2 hours.  Facilitators can expect to work between 45-60 hours per 7-8 week period, on an as-needed basis.

Contractors are expected to work independently to advertise, promote, schedule and facilitate courses. Facilitators will, however, be supported by the clerk of Education and Outreach Committee and the Online Course Subcommittee as needed.

Interested persons are invited to send a:
• cover letter,
• resume, and
• current references
to E&O Online Course Subcommittee care of the CYM Secretary at with the title “Online Course Contractor” in the subject line.

Applicants should highlight their:
• reasons for being interested in this Quaker facilitation work,
• experience with online learning platforms, and
• teaching/facilitation experience.

You can review the current courses being offered through Education and Outreach Committee on the website.

The contract price will be negotiated based on qualifications and experience.

Applications will be accepted until 11:59pm PST on Sunday October 1. Candidates will only be contacted if they are chosen for an interview.

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