Come to Western Half-Yearly Meeting (Oct. 5-8)

The 2018 Autumn gathering of Western Half-Yearly Meeting (WHYM) will take place on Thanksgiving weekend (October 5-8) at Camp Valaqua near Calgary, Alberta. We invite all Friends and friends of Friends to join us in this warm, intimate gathering.

Driving directions and much more information is available in the pdf information file:
Western Half-Yearly Meeting – Fall 2018 Infopack

Registration information and the on-line form can be found here:

The usual items will all be included in the Half-Yearly Meeting schedule – including worship-sharing groups, special interest groups, Meetings for Worship (including Business Meetings), and the phenomenal Family Night sharing of talents and fun.

This year’s gathering will include a special presentation by Rachel Yordy and Barbara Heather entitled “Truth and Healing: Honouring Indigenous Rights, Acknowledging Quaker legacies, and Seeking Right Relations.” This is following up from a workshop they attended at Pendle Hill as well as a SIG Rachel led at Spring WHYM (2018). Rachel will also incorporate her Masters’ work, which deals with what she calls a “Two Row Reconciliation Framework” and nonformal reconciliation/decolonization education programming.

The site opens at 3 p.m. on Friday, and Friends usually try to arrive on Friday afternoon or evening (and late into the night), with activities all day Saturday and Sunday. Departure is after a short closing Meeting for Worship on Thanksgiving Monday.

Accommodations are bunk-room style (with various numbers of occupants per room) in a lodge, or alternatively there are cabins available. Pillows, linens, sleeping bags/blankets, and towels are not provided; bring your own, or ask someone local to bring some for you.

Site/accommodation fees are $100/adult for the entire weekend; again, more details are in the infopack.

Fees are collected on-site, but please fill out the online registration form in advance as soon as you can, at , or contact Registrar Elizabeth Curry at (). This enables us to plan appropriately for food and other needs.

To see the schedule and agenda for WHYM, please visit the Fall 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).

Free Canadian Quaker Online Courses

NOTE: Registration for these courses is now closed.

Please keep an eye on our News page for upcoming courses.

Canadian Quaker Online Learning
(Fall 2018-Spring 2019 Courses)

Want to learn more about the Quaker faith? Education and Outreach will be offering two online courses – “Introduction to Friends’ Ways” and “Quaker Faith and Practice” – this fall and in the New Year.

Newcomers to Quaker meetings, experienced Quakers, or those simply curious about Quaker ways can all find be enriched by these courses, which mix group, individual, experiential, and written learning.

Education and Outreach online courses are free, but require a commitment of time, including a two-hour online session and one to three hours of reading and/or other exercises each week.

Classes commence once there are enough people registered to start the course.




Fall Semester

Courses begin between
Sept. 20 – Oct. 15, 2018*


Introduction to Friends Ways
6 weeks

Quaker Faith and Practice
8 weeks


Winter Semester

Courses begin between
Jan. 15 – Feb. 15, 2018*


Introduction to Friends Ways
6 weeks

Quaker Faith and Practice
8 weeks


(to be announced)


Courses offering based on interest
(to be announced)

*Our flexible start dates provide the space for Friends to get organized, as well to ensure our courses are close to full capacity.

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., andIt 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 (PDF)

Quaker Faith and Practice Learning Resource (PDF)

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.

Our Facilitators

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.”

Sign up for a Fall on-line course!
Communicate your interest in a future Quaker online learning experience.
Contact the Online Course Administration Team.