CYM Quaker Study – Monday

Quaker studies is being given in 2015  by Deborah Fisch of Iowa Yearly Meeting (Conservative) and Associate Secretary of Ministries for Friends General Conference

Today’s presentation was the first of a five-part series.

If anybody can get you fired up with the joy of attending Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business, Deborah Fisch can. As she has said on a previous occasion, Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business builds community. Rather than being a dreary chore, it enables Friends to get to know each other on a deeper level. What a shame that so many Friends do not heed the admonition of the Advices and Queries and believe business meeting does not concern them.

Her presentation was not without its lighter moments. Bored with business meeting wordsmithing, some children in her Meeting composed a ditty to the tune of What shall we do with a Drunken Sailor? Part of it goes like this:

Hot air up she rises

Hot air up she rises

Move the comma one word over

Move the comma one word over

Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business has many functions:

        To help each other be faithful

    To help others in need

          To enable us to discern what our gifts are
          To give us space to practise them

      And more…

      We await tomorrow with anticipation.

      Sheila Havard
      Coldstream MM

      CYM 2015 Documents in Advance and Draft Agenda Now Available

      You can download the schedule here. Documents in Advance and the draft agenda for the upcoming CYM gathering in August are now available on line.

      To access them, you will need to get into the Business side of the site. To get into the Business side of the site, you will need to register.

      Click the Business button at the upper right corner to start the process.

      Once you are in, there are two places to access the documents. One is to click “CYM Docs” along the top of the page. The other is to click “CYM 2015”. In both locations, there should be a Documents in Advance “accordion” which you click to open.

      The “CYM 2015” entry will also take you to a page where Programme Committee will be posting information for those at CYM.

      Sunderland P. Gardener Lecture & Workshops by Alastair McIntosh- “Decolonizing Land and Soul: A Quaker Testimony.”

      August 16-20, 2015, UPEI.

      This year’s The Sunderland P. Gardener Lecture, named after a historic figure in Canadian Quaker history, will be delivered by Alastair McIntosh. McIntosh is a noted Scottish, scholar, speaker and author of many books including Soil and Soul: People versus Corporate Power and Hell and High Water: Climate Change, Hope, and the Human Condition. Alastair will be lecturing and facilitating workshops from August 16th to the 20th, 2015, as part of the annual gathering of Canadian Yearly Meeting 2015 at the University of Prince Edward Island.

      Alastair McIntosh- “(C) Médiathèque Lafarge – Alain Le Breton”.

      A member of the Religious Society of Friends in Scotland, McIntosh has built an international career as a scholar and public speaker, teaching and lecturing at a variety of universities, and as a frontline activist on behalf of environmental integrity and healthy, resilient human communities. He is especially known for the way he has combined scholarship in theology, poetics, anthropology, and human ecology with the organization of citizen based campaigns to save valued landscapes and human communities from industrial degradation.

      All events are open to the public

      Decolonizing Land and Soul: A Quaker Testimony
      Sunday August 16th, 2015, 7:00 pm

      Room 242, Alexander H. MacKinnon Auditorium (McDougall Hall)
      Open admission

      In this lecture Alastair will share his unique experience that spans the Maritime provinces of Canada, Scotland and France. He has titled the lecture

      “Decolonising Land and Soul: a Quaker Testimony.” He will explore the imperatives of Quaker witness for today and will touch on spiritual experience and the Cross as the supreme symbol of nonviolence in our times.

      Like Quakerism in Canada, McIntosh is broadly universal in his approach to understanding theology. He sees that deep rootedness in the land and attachment to place provide human communities with the best realization of their spiritual potential. An affinity with the traditional spirituality of First Nation peoples is evident in this understanding.

      Monday August 17th to Thursday August 20th, 2015, 3:30 to 5:30 pm (Location to be determined)
      More details to come! Stay tuned.

      Register now for CYM 2015 in PEI this Summer!

      Dear Friends, the Yearly Meeting Session 2015 is just around the corner. This year’s event will be held at the University of Prince Edward Island in Charlottetown (PEI) from August 14 to 22. The updated schedule is available here.

      For more information download the information package (WORD or PDF). For the registration form please click here (Excel,* PDF or Word).

      If you are flying, please do not forget to make your travel arrangements as soon as possible.

      Also, please take the time to check some of the available offers for PEI visitors.


      *This form can be viewed on an iPad, but cannot be completed unless Excel is properly installed in the device.