This issue includes articles on Basic Guaranteed Income, the Palestine-Israel Quaker Study, and Electronic Surveillance, as well as an interview with CYM’s new secretary, news, reviews, and a lot more.
Next Issue & Submissions
The next issue is scheduled for June, and we’re still seeking submissions. The due date has been extended to April 15.
Many kinds of submissions are welcome:
pieces pertaining to the issue’s theme of polarization (see below)
suggestions and submissions for “Gleanings & Quotations”
photos and captions for our caption contest (see p. 42 in the latest issue)
photos and artwork generally
suggestions and submissions for the “Meet a Friend” feature
Quaker-related news and announcements
anything that might be of interest to Canadian Friends.
Send submissions to The Canadian Friend‘s editor, Timothy Kitz, at email@example.com or c/o CYM Office, 91A Fourth Ave., Ottawa, ON, Canada, K1S 2L1. Articles should generally be 500-1200 words; exceptions are possible, but best first discussed with the editor.
The world seems to be getting more and more polarized – politically, economically, religiously, etc. The middle class is evaporating, while the 1% gets richer and the rest get poorer and more precarious.
Confidence in liberal democracy seems to be waning, leading to a revival of fascist and revolutionary leftist groups. Even our weather is swinging to extremes as climate change deepens.
How can Quakers respond to the world’s polarization?
What do we make of polarization within Quakerism and Canadian Yearly Meeting (CYM) – between liberal, conservative, and evangelical Friends, for example? What does it mean that CYM has examined the idea of literally splitting through a simulation exercise? When CYM defines itself by taking particular positions on prison abolition, earthcare as a testimony, or Palestine-Israel, is this a constructive kind of polarization or separation from the norm – as opposed to a less-defined, all-embracing position?
To take a trip down memory lane or seek inspiration, The Canadian Friendback issues are available online. If your library is missing one, you can even download back issues and print them.
Subscriptions and Advertising
You can order a print subscription to The Canadian Friend by contacting the editor. The Canadian Friend also accepts advertising! Send camera-ready or clear, readable copy to the editor, by e-mail. For rates and details, contact the editor (firstname.lastname@example.org, again).
Request a minute of support from your Meeting and include this in your application. Young Adult Friends are encouraged to contact Cameron Fraser, CYM Secretary, if obtaining a minute of support poses a challenge.
The 2018 Spring gathering of Western Half-Yearly Meeting (WHYM) will take place on the May long weekend (May 18-21) at the Sorrento Centre east of Kamloops. We invite all Friends and friends of Friends to join us in this vibrant gathering of Western Friends.
Registration information and the on-line form can be found here:
We strongly encourage Friends to register by the deadline of May 1, as we may have difficulty accepting late registrations.
The usual items will all be included in the Half-Yearly Meeting schedule – worship-sharing groups, special interest groups, Meetings for Worship including Business Meetings, and the phenomenal Family Night sharing of talents and fun. Friends are reminded to bring any books they may wish to pass along to other Friends; in light of the winding down of the Quaker Book Service, a book exchange table or tables will be set up.
We have one special opportunity available for those who are able to arrive in Sorrento on Thursday. If enough people are interested, we will spend Friday morning and early afternoon at the Tk’emlups Museum and Heritage Park in Kamloops, which has taken over the Kamloops Indian Residential School building. More information is included with the registration material, and in the link below.
For more information on WHYM 2018, including the schedule, business agenda, and details about the trip to Tk’emlups Museum and Heritage Park, please visit the WHYM 2018 page on the business side of our site. (Note that you will need to login into the business section, or create an account, to see that page).
E&O’s spring semester courses will begin soon! Two courses will be offered: “Introduction to Quakers and Friends’ Ways” and “Quaker Faith and Practice.”
The first registration deadline is April 15 — at which time the online course administration team will begin to determine which courses will run and their respective dates and times.
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.
Experiencing the Spirit;
Early Friends in Canada and the world;
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 late-April/early May.
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 late April/early May. 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?
This group will also meet online once per week for 7 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.”
Introduction to Quaker and Friends’ Ways May – June 2018 (day and time determined through registration process)
Quaker Faith and Practice May – June 2018 (day and time determined through registration process)
Registrants will assist Education and Outreach Committee with determining the exact dates and times that these courses will run by completing the online registration form.
*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:
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:
“David did a beautiful job of modelling the Quaker way and managing deep sharing.”
“David was able to move us along, without me feeling hurried. He asked open-ended questions, which moved the discussion to the most interesting places.”
“He managed time and turn-taking smoothly and held a great balance between keeping to the outline of that day’s material and allowing time for discussion that arose.”
“David was also very conscious of assisting those having technical/language difficulties.”
Arwen Brenneman, an experienced facilitator from Vancouver Monthly Meeting, will lead one course. Previous participants have said:
“Arwen did a helpful, insightful, sensitive job!”
“She was attentive to the needs of the group and individuals and very respectful of differences in opinions and experiences.”
“Arwen was awesome. Her experience and values/approach were a perfect fit.”
What are people saying about Canadian Yearly Meeting’s online courses?
They enhance spiritual connection:
“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.”
“Reading Faith & Practice was inspiring and it reminded me of the inspiration and insights it contains. I enjoyed the discussions and sharing of the course participants.”
“Very meaningful — I’ve still got sooooo much to learn.”
They deepen understanding:
“The specific topics we focused on were things that I’d somehow not understood very well even as I found Meeting for Worship sustaining. I think I understand better now.”
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.”
“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.”
“It provided the information on Quaker ways it was presumably designed to, and also provided opportunities to interact with participants in Quaker ways. Both functions are of good intellectual, emotional and spiritual value in my quest to learn.”
They connect community:
“The real thing that made this course meaningful was the connection I made with other Friends.”
“I greatly enjoyed meeting other Friends from across the country. I liked hearing people’s personal stories and perspectives.”
“I had an opportunity to communicate with Friends I did not know, and that was worthwhile.”
“I greatly appreciated hearing from other Quakers about their experiences, struggles, joys, and questions. Their contributions led me to reflect on my own journey and the dynamics of my particular meeting. I also now feel like I have a stronger knowledge base in Quaker practice and history, and can more easily explain some Quaker concepts to curious friends and family.”
It’s a new year and time for you to dream and plan for your year ahead. The Education and Outreach (E&O) Committee would like for you to consider using Candian Yearly Meeting grants and loans for your own Quaker learning. Have you longed to go to Pendle Hill? Do you need help to attend a Quaker conference?
E&O will be considering applications at our face-to-face meeting on April 19-22, 2018 in Victoria and would like to hear from applicants by April 15, 2018. (However, we are able to receive applications year-round). Pendle Hill grant applications need to be in by April.
You will need a Minute of Support from your Monthly Meeting. Not only will this minute provide you with clearness and support for your leading, but the Meeting may also choose to offer additional funding.
Please send in your application even if your Meeting does not meet in time for their minute of support to be sent with your application before our April 20 meeting. The committee is able to make conditional approvals, dependent upon receipt of minutes of support.