Workshop on “Hope as a Practice”

Education & Outreach and Woodbrooke Quaker College are partnering to bring Canadian Friends the workshop “Hope as a Practice” on June 5 and 19, 2021.

Can hope be more powerful than simple optimism? What does it mean to “practice hope” as a Quaker? How do we maintain hope when things seem to be getting worse rather than better?

In this workshop led by UK Woodbrooke Quaker Studies tutor Tracey Martin, we’ll explore different perspectives on hope and think about how they speak to us as Quakers as individuals, as well as within our Meetings and Worship Groups. Participants will have the opportunity to try out practices that can strengthen hope. We’ll reflect together on how to generate and renew hope to strengthen our collective capacity to bear witness in the world.

Detailed Times

The two-part workshop will take place Saturday June 5 and June 19, 2021, and last 1.5-2 hours long each time.

Anticipated course times:
1:30pm Newfoundland/Labrador Time
1:00pm Atlantic Time
12:00pm Eastern Time
11:00am Central Time
10:00am Mountain Time
9:00am Pacific Time

Cost & Registration

The approximate cost will be $100 Canadian. Friends requiring financial assistance are asked to connect with their Monthly Meeting or apply for an E&O bursary.

Keep an eye out for registration details in early May, as we anticipate this course will fill up quickly!

Questions? Email: e-and-o-clerk@quaker.ca

Connect with young Quakers… Online!

Canadian Young Friends Yearly Meeting has been hosting online Meetings for Worship and Worship-Sharing for Young Friends regularly during the pandemic. The schedule for these meetings can be found here: yf.quaker.ca/calendar

We will likely continue to offer online opportunities for fellowship after social distancing measures have been relaxed, and we have begun to plan in-person activities. We would love to connect with any Young Friends within Canada who are not yet involved with us!

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Check out videos from last year’s annual gathering

Several sessions were recorded from Canadian Yearly Meeting 2020, which was held completely online due the coronavirus pandemic. You can finally watch three of them here – Videos from CYM 2020.

They are also available as a vimeo playlist.

The three talks are:

  • “Quaker Leadings & Our Calling in these Time” by Alastair McIntosh (Glasgow Meeting)
  • “Defunding Criminal Justice: Transforming, Abolishing, and What Comes Next?” by Quakers Fostering Justice

  • “Two Row on the Grand: A Learning & Reconciliation Journey” by Daniel Allen (Kitchener Area MM)