Pre-CYM Gathering for Young Friends & Young Adult Friends

We welcome you to join us again this summer for the Young Friends & Young Adult Friends Pre-CYM Gathering at Camp NeeKauNis! Friends ages 13- 35 will be gathering at Camp NeeKauNis from the evening of August 2nd to the evening of August 4th, when we will travel the short distance to CYM in Barrie as a group. This gathering follows the expressed desires of Young Friends at the NeeKauNis gathering in 2017, and with the hopes of bringing even more Young Friends together.

We’re looking forward to bringing together many wonderful Young Friends and Young Adult Friends to share in each other’s light. This is a great opportunity for those who have not had the chance to visit Camp NeeKauNis before, and for those who have never been to CYM and are looking to make some connections before hand! We hope to rejuvenate the Canadian Young Friends community and continue to discern our collective path forward, asking what we want to be doing and what makes sense for us.

There will be a fluid program with space for us to engage in camp activities such as swimming, drama, games, community art creations, service — as well as activities that lead us to share questions and experiences of our Quaker faith. You are also invited to bring musical instruments so that we can share in music and song.

There is once again substantial financial support for those wishing to attend the gathering.

For more information please contact or visit the event’s Facebook page.
To register, fill out this google form.

See you there!

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Quaker Book Service Laid Down

The Quaker Book Service was laid down effective 31 Dec 2017.

Books of interest to Canadian Quakers may still be purchased online through QuakerBooks of Friends General Conference and the QuakerBookshop of Britain Yearly Meeting.

Those looking to obtain copies of Faith & Practice, our collection of insights by Canadian Quakers, can do so via the CYM Head Office using one of these forms:

Faith & Practice Order Form (PDF)
Faith & Practice Order Form (doc)

Electronic excerpts from Faith & Practice are available on the Faith & Practice page.

Printed versions of Organization & Procedure are not available at this time, but an electronic version can be accessed and downloaded from the Organization & Procedure page.

For resources suitable for newcomers, see the Friends General Conference Quaker Meetings Toolbox.

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Needed: Child & Youth Program Coordinator and Youth Program Leaders

Canadian Yearly Meeting (CYM) in-session will take place in August in Barrie, ON and after a fallow year, we are excited to gather in community again!  We value the time we spend together and as we know there are many facets to organizing a successful Gathering.

One integral part of our Gathering and spiritual growth is providing an enriching Youth Program.  We’ve been able to offer wonderful Youth Programs in the past and wish to continue this valued gift… but this is where we need your help!  Would you consider volunteering your service toward the Youth Program this summer?

We are actively searching for the following:  Child & Youth Program Coordinator and Youth Program Leaders.

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 the Youth Program Coordinator or a leader in the Program we want to hear from you! Your responsibilities would include working in collaboration to put together a 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!

Travel, meals and lodging are covered by CYM as these are Required Services positions.

Anyone involved in the Youth Program will need a current Police Check.

There are usually 3 age groups in the Youth Program. The  Coordinator  manages the program and leads an age group, while Leaders are responsible for the other age groups.

For more details, read the Coordinator job description:
Child and Youth Coordinator Job Description 2018 (PDF)

Questions? Want to apply? Contact the Yearly Meeting Office.

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Spiritual Deepening Resources & Opportunities for Young Adult Friends

The following resources are just some of the Quaker-related resources available to Young Friends. Please do not hesitate to contact E&O (CYM Education & Outreach Committee) for more information or support!

Canadian Yearly Meeting – Pre-CYM Young Friends Retreat

Thursday-Saturday 2-4 August 2018

Cost: Free for Canadian Young Friends.
Travel to Camp NeeKauNis (Georgian Bay, Ontario) is required and financial assistance is available.

Contact a Young Friend Regional Contact for more information:
Western Canada – Daniel von Schulmann
Prairies and Northern Canada – Zaley Warkentin
Quebec – David Summerhays
Ontario – Wesley Weima

An Atlantic Canada Young Friend Regional Contact is being sought. Please contact the YF Regional Contacts if you know someone or are interested in serving in this capacity!

Pendle Hill’s Young Adult Friend Conference:
Continuing Revolution

Young Adult Friends and seekers (ages 18-35) are invited to Pendle Hill’s annual intensive six-day conference – Continuing Revolution – which is designed to strengthen a networked generation of awakened and effective, spiritually-grounded change agents.

Friday-Wednesday 1-6 June 2018

Cost: $325 USD (about $415 CND), with financial assistance available. Travel to Pennsylvania is required.

Woodbrooke Young Adult Friends Retreats

Woodbrooke is a space for those aged 18-35 to engage in spiritual connection, exploration and deepening. It offers opportunities to explore spiritual practice, including through creativity, contemplation, music and words.

Woodbrooke In-Person Retreat
Monday 19 March – Sunday 29 April 2018
Cost: £240-345 (about $410-590 CND) Travel to England required.

Woodbroke Online Retreat
Monday 19 March – Sunday 29 April 2018 (approximately 2-3 hours per week)
Cost: £25 (about $43 CND)

Free Canadian Yearly Meeting E-Courses

Winter Term Online Courses, January-February 2018:
Introduction to Quaker and Friends Ways – register now
Faith and Practice – register now

E&O offers Fall, Winter and Spring e-courses based on interest and registration numbers. These courses are free of charge!

Contact E&O to be put on the online course mailing list!

Friends General Conference (FGC) Spiritual Deepening e-Retreats (all ages)

Spiritual Deepening Retreats:

Beloved Community (4 weeks)
14 January – 10 February 2018

Silence and Light  (6 weeks)
4 March – 13 April 2018

Beloved Community (4 weeks)
6 May 6 – 1 June 2018

Silence and Light (8 weeks)
9 September – 2 November 2018

Beloved Community (4 weeks)
14 October – 19 November 2018

Cost: Recommended fee $20 USD (about $25 CND)

Ben Lomond Centre Resources

The Ben Lomond Centre in Northern California offers a variety of year-round educational opportunities. Check out their 2018 Program Calendar for more information!

They also hold daily online Meeting for Worship at 7:30pm Pacific.

E&O wants to support you!

Need help with finding Quaker resources? Contact us!

Apply to E&O for support with Quaker-related studies and/or travel.

Want to get involved in, support or suggest E&O initiatives? Contact us!

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Canadian Quaker Courses Free Online

E&O’s winter semester courses begin this January — the registration deadline is December 15!

Two courses will be offered: “Introduction to Quakers and Friends’ Ways” and “Quaker Faith and Practice.”

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:

  • 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 mid-January.

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 mid-January.  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 6 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
Session 1: 8:00pm EST Wednesdays, January-February 2018
Session 2: January – February 2018 (day and time determined through registration process)

Quaker Faith and Practice
January – February 2018 (day and time determined through registration process)

*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,

  • “I think David has a real gift.  He was able to move us along, without me feeling hurried. He asked open-ended questions, which moved the discussion to the most interesting places.”
  • “David was also very conscious of assisting those having technical/language difficulties.”
  • “He has a welcoming and non-threatening approach and was very clear that he thought of himself as a participant eager to learn as much as everyone else from the experience.”
  • “David did a great job making the space safe and promoting discussion. [It] didn’t feel overly academic.”

Arwen Brenneman, an experienced facilitator from Vancouver Monthly Meeting. She been part of the Quaker community most of her life and has a background in information technology. She recently joined Education and Outreach’s list of contract course facilitators, and looks forward to teaching her first online course this winter!

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

  • 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.”
  • “The real thing that made this course meaningful was the connection I made with other friends.”
  • “I had an opportunity to communicate with Friends I did not know and that was worthwhile.”
  • “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.”
  • “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.”

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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