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CYM Clerk

May 1, 2017

Dear Friends

I am writing to let you know that Nancy McInnes, who has been serving as Presiding Clerk of Canadian Yearly Meeting, has felt the need to step down from this role effective immediately.  I want to express our thanks to Nancy for the service that she has given to CYM!  Nancy is happy for Friends to be in touch with her about this should they so desire, including at Western Half-Yearly Meeting later this month that she is planning to attend.

I will continue serving as Mentoring Clerk, assuming all the clerking responsibilities at this time with the support of Barbara Horvath, Clerk of Trustees and Anne-Marie Zilliacus, Treasurer of CYM, both of whom serve on the Committee of Clerks.

At this time no names have come forward to Nominating Committee for the role of Incoming Clerk.  Please hold this matter in the Light, and undertake careful discernment to see if there is anyone in your Meeting who may be led to do this service at this time or within the next year.  I have offered to CYM to extend my term of service as Mentoring Clerk for a year.  However, if this is accepted we will need to find Incoming Clerks for both 2017 and 2018.  Names may be forwarded to Heidi Dick, Clerk of Nominating Committee at heididick@shaw.ca.

Please hold us all in the Light as we move through this transition, but especially Nancy as she moves on.

Yours in peace

Elaine Bishop

Mentoring Clerk

 

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Online Course, “Introduction to Quakers and Friends’ Ways”

Canadian Yearly Meeting Education & Outreach Committee Announces its Online Courses for Spring 2017: “Introduction to Quakers and Friends’ Ways”

Facilitator: David Summerhays (Montreal Monthly Meeting)

Friends across Canada are invited to participate in an online course that will begin in mid-May.

The course will address the early history of Friends, the history of Friends in Canada, the experiential nature of Quaker faith, the role of the Meeting in Quaker life, Quaker testimonies and their origin, and how our Quaker community nurtures how we live, work, worship, and transact business. This course was previously offered in 2012, 2015 and 2016.

Although created to meet the needs of more recent attenders seeking to learn more about Quakerism, we believe that even longstanding members could benefit from this course. We welcome inquiries from anyone who would like to learn more about Quaker ways, with priority given to Canadian Yearly Meeting Members and Attenders.

How it will work

Participants will meet once a week for six weeks using either video conferencing or audio conferencing technology. If you are unfamiliar with conferencing technology, don’t worry, the facilitator and the Education and Outreach Committee are committed to making participation in the course as easy as possible for everyone.

Participants will be asked to do a short reading before each of the sessions. These readings can be viewed anytime under Introduction to Quaker and Friends’ Ways.

The course will include worship, active exercises, reflections from readings, and the application to one’s own life of what is learned.

How to Sign Up

The course is free of charge. To indicate your interest, please click here to register by Friday May 12.

We plan to begin the course the week of May 15 at a time that will be determined based on the results of poll to be completed with registration.

 

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Atlantic Friends Gathering – May 19-22

Atlantic Friends Gathering is an annual event linking members and attenders of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) from across Atlantic Canada.

Theme: Moving from Faith to Action through Creative Arts

AFG 2016 attendersWe gather at Camp Geddie, a Presbyterian Church camp on Nova Scotia’s North Shore. The spacious grounds, with nature trails and a spectacular beach on the Northumberland Strait provide a natural setting for renewal of our individual and group spirit.

As with previous AFG’s there are no compulsory activities. The healing atmosphere of being in a welcome nature retreat offers an opportunity to open ourselves up to whatever we feel leads us, and to make this a weekend of renewal of our individual and our group spirit.

This is a weekend for fun and enjoyment for individuals of all ages.

For information about AFG, click here.

To see the programme, click here.

For detailed information about Special Interest Groups, click here.

To register for AFG 2017, click here.

Camp Geddie main lodge

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Young (Adult) Friends Gathering at Camp NeeKauNis

Preparations are underway for the Young (Adult) Friend Gathering at Camp NeeKauNis from Thursday, June 29 to Sunday July 2, 2017.

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.

The gathering will welcome Young Friends and Young Adult Friends ages 13-35. Children of attendees are also welcome!

Please share this poster and spread the word. We hope as many youth as possible can attend!

For more details please contact canyfgathering2017@gmail.com or visit our Facebook page.

Thank you,

Young (Adult) Friend Gathering Planning Committee

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