Come to online Western Half-Yearly Meeting

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Fall Western Half-Yearly Meeting will be held online on the Thanksgiving long-weekend (from Friday, October 9th to Sunday, October 11th).

Western Half-Yearly Meeting (WHYM) is a much-loved, twice-yearly gathering for Quakers in Western Canada. This online version will run instead of our in person gathering, which would otherwise have been held at Camp Valaqua near Calgary.

We encourage Friends to join us.

  • To see the updated schedule and find the Zoom link, which will be posted before October 9,  please visit

No registration is required, with the important exception of those Friends who wish to participate in Worship Sharing. Friends who wish to be part of a worship sharing group must email Elizabeth Curry with their name and Monthly Meeting by October 5th at .

Rick Juliusson, a member of Cowichan Valley Monthly Meeting currently living in Minnesota, has agreed to deliver a Saturday evening presentation titled “Say His Name: How are we using our voice and privilege in the wake of the murder of George Floyd and BLM?”

For more regular updates, please join the WHYM facebook group at If you have any questions please feel free to contact Andrew Gage, Clerk of WHYM, at .

New Issue of Canadian Friend, Submissions for Next

The summer issue of The Canadian Friend, our national journal, is now out. Those who are subscribers to the magazine should have already received a copy, but is also available electronically:

The Canadian Friend – Summer 2020 – Computer-friendly PDF (Colour, full spreads)
The Canadian Friend – Summer 2020 – Printer-friendly PDF (B&W, single pages)
The Canadian Friend – Summer 2020 – Phone-friendly PDF (Colour, single pages)

Right-click or control-click on the PDFs to download them. The friendliness of these PDFs is relative and may vary based on your device and usage habits.

This issue includes articles on Quaker progressive Elias Hicks, viruses and other nonhuman neighbours, new beginnings, and news from around the Canadian Quaker family, and a lot more. You can see the full Table of Contents here.

Print subscribers also received a copy of the latest pamphlet from the Quaker Learning Series – “African Refugee Journeys: Listen, Love, Learn, and Act” by Etienne Paul Mungombe – and this is also available as a PDF:
Pamphlet of “African Refugee Journey” (PDF, 2019 SPG Lecture)

Next Issue

The next issue should come out in early December. To connect with Friends in writing, please submit pieces by the due date of October 15. (Extensions are usually possible by asking the editor nicely). 

Please submit articles between 500-1200 words long. (Unusual topics or word-lengths are possible, but also best discussed with the editor before submitting.) Articles on any topic of potential interest to Canadian Friends are welcome. Photos, artwork, humour, and interesting quotations are also warmly welcomed as submissions.

Looking ahead, the due date for the winter issue is January 31.

Send submissions to The Canadian Friend‘s editor, Timothy Kitz, at or c/o CYM Office, 91A Fourth Ave., Ottawa, ON, Canada, K1S 2L1.

For inspiration, or to take a trip down memory lane, The Canadian Friend back issues are available online.  If your library is missing one, you can even download back issues and print them.


All members and regular attenders of the Monthly Meetings of CYM are entitled to receive a copy of The Canadian Friend. Donations to defray costs of producing the magazine are gratefully welcomed.

The annual individual subscription rate for Canada is $20, $30 for US addresses, and $40 for all other countries.

To be added to the subscription list of The Canadian Friend, contact the CYM Office.


The Canadian Friend also accepts advertising! For rates and details, contact the editor (, again). Please note that the committees and bodies of Canadian Yearly Meeting (CYM) do not pay for black and white ads.