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Schedule for CYM 2018

Schedule for CYM 2018

The schedule for Canadian Yearly Meeting 2018 is now available.

Canadian Yearly Meeting (also known as CYM in Session) is a gathering once a year for all Canadian Quakers. Its Business Meetings are the main decision-making body of Quakers in Canada. There’s also lots of time for fun and games, and sessions focusing on spiritual development, social justice, and Quaker history.

This year it will be held August 3-11, at Georgian College, in Barrie, ON.

To register, and for detailed information on the gathering, visit CYM 2018.

CYM 2018 Schedule

You can also print this table in black and white, grayscale, or colour using this PDF:
CYM 2018 Schedule.

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Call for Submissions: October Issue of The Canadian Friend

Call for Submissions: October Issue of The Canadian Friend

The latest issue of The Canadian Friendthe magazine of Canadian Quakers, is currently in layout. (As a preview, the issue’s cover image is to the left, representing the issue’s theme of ‘polarization.’)

The next issue is scheduled for October, and submissions are already welcome.

Submissions Due 1 September 2018

Please submit articles between 500-1200 words long. The main topic of the issue will be the summer gathering at Canadian Yearly Meeting 2018. Submissions on other topics of interest to Canadian Friends are also welcome.

Suggestions and submissions for “Gleanings & Quotations” (i.e. funny or interesting quotes), photos, and interviews for “Meet a Friend” are also gratefully accepted.

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.

Submit

By email: editor@quaker.ca

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 CYM Office.

The Canadian Friend also accepts advertising! For rates and details, contact the editor (editor@quaker.ca, again). Send print-ready images and clear, readable copy to the editor.

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Register for CYM Gathering (Aug 3-11)

Register for CYM Gathering (Aug 3-11)

Yearly Meeting Session, Barrie, ON

It’s time to reconnect with your Quaker family! Come to Georgian College, host of our annual Gathering, to be with Friends of all ages and stages of involvement from across the country!

Visit quaker.ca/news/register-for-canadian-yearly-meeting-2018 for all the details, or see the material in The Canadian Friend, winter 2018 edition.

Deadlines: Early registration is by June 30 and final registration is by July 14.

A few highlights to look forward to:

  • Pre-YM Retreat
    ‘Sharing our Spiritual Journeys,’ led by Ellen Helmuth
    Aug 3
  • SPG Lecture
    ‘Making Room for Spirit,’ presented by Arthur Larrabee
  • Quaker Study
    ‘Reconciliation, faith, and relationships with Indigenous Peoples’
  • Young Friends’ Gathering
    at Camp NeeKauNis, Aug 2-4

All this information as a poster:
CYM 2018 Announcement Poster

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Epistle from Western Half-Yearly Meeting

Epistle from Western Half-Yearly Meeting

(May 2018 Sorrento, BC)

To Friends Everywhere…

From May 18 to 20, 2018, Western Half Yearly Meeting gathered for our spring meeting at the Sorrento Centre on the unceded land and water of the Secwepemc people.

Our gathering began with a Friday visit to the Tk’emlups Museum and Heritage Park to learn more about Secwepemc culture and traditions and visit the building that housed the Kamloops Indian Residential School until 1977.

  • Friends also gathered on Friday for balancing, a beautiful tradition of playing together and exploring balance, trust and support that was started by Helen Stevenson;
  • On Saturday evening, Canadian Friends Service Committee (CFSC) representative Matthew Legge offered an informative presentation on CFSC’s current programs;
  • Special Interest Groups held on Saturday and Sunday offered Friends the opportunity to explore the inner spiritual life with topics on self-awareness, emotional expression and authentic relationships; other SIGs were on membership, Quaker activism, technology, Right Relations, Truth and Healing with Indigenous Peoples, and the No Way to Treat a Child Campaign;
  • Children were guided in a creative program on the theme of “Impressions”, with many opportunities to explore, gather and create with art supplies and natural materials;
  • Young Friends spent time together in a work project for the Sorrento Centre and sharing time in games and songs by the fire;
  • In keeping with tradition, we hosted a Family Night on Sunday evening to celebrate and enjoy the many talents and gifts within our community.

As we gathered this year, we remembered the many Friends who could not join us this year, or who have passed on but remain close to our hearts. We felt very blessed to share this time to deepen our relationships and put in practice the values that make us a caring and nourishing community.

As we prepare our hearts to take home this light and love, we wish that you may be so blessed and enriched. As we return to our daily lives, we aspire to share the blessing of these Quaker ways we have practiced in our homes and communities.

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Space still available for FREE Canadian Quaker online courses!

Space still available for FREE Canadian Quaker online courses!

This May and June two session of the “Introduction to Quaker and Friends’ Ways” course will take place.

Tuesdays evenings from 8:00-10:00pm EST (5-7pm Pacific/ 6-8pm Mountain/ 7-9pm Central/ 8-10pm Eastern/ 9-11pm Atlantic/ 9:30-11:30pm Newfoundland/Labrador).

Thursdays afternoons from 1:00-3:00pm EST (10am-noon Pacific/ 11am-1pm Mountain/ noon-2pm Central/ 1-3pm Eastern/ 2-4pm Atlantic/ 2:30-4:30pm Newfoundland/Labrador)

Both sessions have a few more seats available for registrants!

Join in on these sessions to explore Quaker practice and build Friendships across the country!

Register for a course.

Read the full advertisement for more information about the course(s).

Contact the online course organizing committee for more information.

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