“Safe Nurture of Vulnerable Persons in Our Care” Policy

Representative Meeting, November 2016, approved the revised policy, Safe Nurture of Vulnerable Persons in Our Care.  This Policy describes how we will act, as a Yearly Meeting, to prevent harm coming to children, youth and vulnerable persons attending CYM activities. These activities include CYM-in-Session, Camp NeeKauNis, and any CYM committees that provide child care for their  committee meetings.

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Statement on Islamophobia

January 31, 2017

Quakers in Canada join with other Canadians in expressing deep sadness and grief in response to the shooting that took the lives of six Muslim worshippers and caused grave physical and emotional injury to others in le Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec Mosque in Québec City on Sunday, January 29.   We hold all of those affected, including the families, friends and fellow worshippers, in the healing Light and love of God.  We are thankful that some of our members have had the opportunity to take part in vigils and prayer services across Canada.

Our Testimony to Peace compels us to seek justice, relationship and reconciliation, and to condemn violence and hatred wherever found. We are called to witness to a ministry of love which overcomes fear.  As stated in a letter to the Canadian government after the events of September 11, 2001:  ‘We need to dampen the fires of hate and fear that could lead to more militarization, more targeting of victims, scapegoating of the innocent, more killing and devastation.  Let us enter into a time of quiet and together fully mourn this latest addition to the course of human suffering, to the agony that our species inflicts upon itself.

‘Out of this tragic event our hope is that together we may find a way to free ourselves from the mindless cycle of violence and counter-violence. There is an opportunity her to set out on a new path, where our guides may be not anger, vengefulness and murderous intent but justice, mercy and mutual forgiveness. ’ (Canadian Faith and Practice, 4.28)

In light of these events we re-release our statement against Islamophobia believing that it continues to have significant relevance.

Nancy McInnes, Presiding Clerk      Elaine Bishop, Mentoring Clerk


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NOW CLOSED – Call for Proposals Reopened: Editor for The Canadian Friend and


Canadian Yearly Meeting (CYM) is reopening the Call for Proposals for a contractor to edit The Canadian Friend and to upload materials to our website, CYM is a religious organization of Quakers (Religious Society of Friends) in Canada.

This Call for Proposals was originally posted in the summer of 2016.  However, due to unexpected delays, no hiring decision was made. Previous applicants are welcomed but not required to submit updates; they will continue to be considered unless they notify the Committee to withdraw their application.  Please note the change in number of issues of The Canadian Friend from 2 to 3.

The contractor will solicit material, edit and produce three issues of The Canadian Friend (CF) per year, to appear throughout the year. Working with an editorial committee, the contractor will set editorial direction for The Canadian Friend. The contractor will receive requests for advertising in The Canadian Friend and communicate with advertisers. The contractor will work in InDesign, and send the issue of The Canadian Friend to the printer, as well as creating a PDF version to be posted on the website. Past issues of The Canadian Friend can be viewed at

Material from The Canadian Friend will also be used as content on, our website.

The editor will solicit and receive additional content to be posted on

The editor will also use our Facebook presence to post information about material in The Canadian Friend, upcoming deadlines, and posts. is a WordPress multisite web page, with public-facing and private sections. Maintenance of the public site will include posting materials, updating contact information, and other updates as requested. The private sections of consist of internal documents and committee web pages. The contractor may be asked to post materials, or to provide technical support to committees posting their own materials.

The contractor is responsible for providing space, software and hardware required for the work, including InDesign, image processing abilities (such as resizing and cropping photos for web use and print), and internet access.

The contractor should have demonstrable experience with InDesign, WordPress and the production of print and/or on-line magazines. Experience with unprogrammed Quaker meetings, particularly within CYM, is desirable. Previous experience or training in journalism, editing and social media is an advantage.


  • three issues of The Canadian Friend per year
  • regular posting of materials for, to be posted twice weekly on a schedule mutually agreed upon by the editor and Publications and Communications committee.
  • regular posting of new material on the blog for (at least 2 posts per month)

Production of The Canadian Friend will be paid for up to 100 h per issue. Web editor work is expected to be 10 h / month.

This is a one-year contract, to be renewed on mutual agreement for an additional two years, with the possibility of further extension. Work is to be invoiced monthly, and will be paid at a rate of $35/h by the CYM bookkeeper following approval by the Clerk of Publications and Communications committee.

To apply, please send a letter outlining experience and interest in the position, with resume and any other supporting information. Questions and applications may be sent to

Applications should be received by Monday, February 6, 2017 by 5PM Pacific Time.

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by Friday, February 10, 2017, and notified of the final results by February 27, 2017.

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Canadian Young Friend & Young Adult Friends Gathering: Camp NeeKauNis

This is the Registration Form for the 2017 Canadian Young Friends and Young Adult Friends Gathering at Camp NeeKauNis, June 29-July 2, followed by Friends General Conference (FGC) Gathering in Niagara, NY, July 3-8. Education and Outreach Committee has generously offered to cover NeeKauNis charges and to provide funding for travel to NeeKauNis and to FGC Gathering. The gathering at NeeKauNis welcomes Young Friends and Young Adult Friends ages 13-35. Children of attendees are also welcome!

Registration for FGC Gathering opens on April 3rd, 2017. For information, visit:

What can Friends expect to experience as part of the YF/YAF Gathering?

We’re excited to bring a critical mass of Young Friends and Young Adult Friends together to energize and strengthen our community and rejoice in our time together in worship, play, and good conversation. We hope to rejuvenate the Canadian Young Friends community and discern our collective path forward, asking what we want to be doing and what makes sense for us. Planning is well under way for exciting and enriching programming for both YFs and YAFs!

How does the funding work? Who is eligible?

Funds will be allocated by members of the YF/YAF Gathering Planning Committee , who will take into account financial need and home region. Anyone 35 and under with a connection to the Religious Society of Friends is eligible! Young Friends are typically defined as being at least 12 or 13, but there may be funding available for younger Friends as well, particularly if they are the children of Young Adult Friends also attending the NeeKauNis Gathering.

We ask that Friends also seek financial support from their Monthly Meetings. We realize that not all YFs have a close connection to a Monthly Meeting, so if you are in this situation or need assistance in approaching a Monthly Meeting for support, please e-mail us. Support could also come in the form of travel planning, a loan of items such as sleeping bags, knowledge about Quaker gatherings, etc.

Please send any questions or concers to

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Invitation from New York Yearly Meeting

Dear Canadian Friends —

This is a follow-up to the invitations that have been sent to Canadian Friends to attend the Summer Sessions of New York Yearly Meeting, July 23-29, at Silver Bay, New York.  Registration is now open, and all details of registration can be found at:

Please note that the accommodation fees at Silver Bay shown at

include all meals for the time period for which you are registered.

Whether you register on line or by mailing in a registration form, please put “CYM” after the name of your monthly meeting, where the form asks for this.
Previous posts have described the theme of the conference, “Bringing the Peaceable Kingdom to a Turbulent World”; and announced the keynote speaker, Nadine Clare Hoover.  Her topic is ”Peace is Possible! Friends’ Testimony and Witness to Peace Today.”  She also will be leading a workshop (called an “interest group”) where Friends can get further experience with the dynamic principles that have guided her peace work.


Our plans for the Summer Sessions have now developed to the point where we can say that in addition to Ms. Hoover’s interest group, there will be:

* One on “Godly Play” (a way of bringing Bible stories to life for both children and adults) led by Melinda Wenner Bradley, NYYM Children and Youth Field Secretary

* And one on how all our social concerns are related, led by Pamela Boyce Simms, Convener of the Mid-Atlantic Transition Hub of Transition United States and one of the keynote speakers at the 2017 Friends General Conference.

A regular part of NYYM Summer Sessions has, for many years, been the hour of worship sharing, done in small groups every morning, Monday through Friday.  In addition to those groups shown on the registration form, there will be one devoted to peace concerns.  If you feel called to that one, write “peace” on the registration form where it asks for your choice of a worship-sharing group.

If you have any questions about registration or the program at Silver Bay, don’t hesitate to email or call me at 518-692-8023 ex. 216.

In love and fellowship,

Sunfire (Robert Kazmayer)

NYYM Sessions Committee



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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