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Quaker United Nations Summer School 2018

Find out more about Quaker work at the international level and witness the United Nations in action. This program is for all 20- to 26-year-olds who have a keen interest in international affairs and the United Nations.

The Quaker United Nations Summer School runs July 8-20,  2018, and provides an introduction to the work of the United Nations, as seen through the programmes of the Quaker United Nations Office, in Geneva, Switzerland.

Applications are due by 12 March, 2018. Bursaries are available. For more info, visit


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Pre-CYM Gathering for Young Friends & Young Adult Friends

We welcome you to join us again this summer for the Young Friends & Young Adult Friends Pre-CYM Gathering at Camp NeeKauNis! Friends ages 13-35 will be gathering at Camp NeeKauNis from the evening of August 2nd to the evening of August 4th, when we will travel the short distance to CYM in Barrie as a group. This gathering follows the expressed desires of Young Friends at the NeeKauNis gathering in 2017, and with the hopes of bringing even more Young Friends together.

We’re looking forward to bringing together many wonderful Young Friends and Young Adult Friends to share in each other’s light. This is a great opportunity for those who have not had the chance to visit Camp NeeKauNis before, and for those who have never been to CYM and are looking to make some connections before hand! We hope to rejuvenate the Canadian Young Friends community and continue to discern our collective path forward, asking what we want to be doing and what makes sense for us.

There will be a fluid program with space for us to engage in camp activities such as swimming, drama, games, community art creations, service — as well as activities that lead us to share questions and experiences of our Quaker faith. You are also invited to bring musical instruments so that we can share in music and song.

There is once again substantial financial support for those wishing to attend the gathering.

For more information please contact or visit the event’s Facebook page.
To register, use the Pre-CYM Gathering Registration Form.

See you there!


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Quaker Book Service Laid Down

The Quaker Book Service was laid down effective 31 Dec 2017.

Books of interest to Canadian Quakers may still be purchased online through QuakerBooks of Friends General Conference and the QuakerBookshop of Britain Yearly Meeting.

Those looking to obtain copies of Faith & Practice, our collection of insights by Canadian Quakers, can do so via the CYM Head Office using one of these forms:

Faith & Practice Order Form (PDF)
Faith & Practice Order Form (doc)

Electronic excerpts from Faith & Practice are available on the Faith & Practice page.

Printed versions of Organization & Procedure are not available at this time, but an electronic version can be accessed and downloaded from the Organization & Procedure page.

For resources suitable for newcomers, see the Friends General Conference Quaker Meetings Toolbox.


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Needed: Child & Youth Program Coordinator and Youth Program Leaders

Canadian Yearly Meeting (CYM) in-session will take place in August in Barrie, ON and after a fallow year, we are excited to gather in community again!  We value the time we spend together and as we know there are many facets to organizing a successful Gathering.

One integral part of our Gathering and spiritual growth is providing an enriching Youth Program.  We’ve been able to offer wonderful Youth Programs in the past and wish to continue this valued gift… but this is where we need your help!  Would you consider volunteering your service toward the Youth Program this summer?

We are actively searching for the following:  Child & Youth Program Coordinator and Youth Program Leaders.

We are looking for people to help lead our Youth Program this summer at CYM. The Youth Program is an incredibly fun place to be at CYM – there is enthusiasm, laughter and joy; but we need great leaders to bring a wonderful program together. If you can serve CYM by being the Youth Program Coordinator or a leader in the Program we want to hear from you! Your responsibilities would include working in collaboration to put together a program at CYM (there will be volunteers to help). The program needs to include worship time, Quaker study time and outings. There are many resources available to help you. We cannot run a program for children and youth without leaders!

Travel, meals and lodging are covered by CYM as these are Required Services positions.

Anyone involved in the Youth Program will need a current Police Check.

There are usually 3 age groups in the Youth Program. The  Coordinator  manages the program and leads an age group, while Leaders are responsible for the other age groups.

For more details, read the Coordinator job description:
Child and Youth Coordinator Job Description 2018 (PDF)

Questions? Want to apply? Contact the Yearly Meeting Office.


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Spiritual Deepening Resources & Opportunities for Young Adult Friends

The following resources are just some of the Quaker-related resources available to Young Friends. Please do not hesitate to contact E&O (CYM Education & Outreach Committee) for more information or support!

Canadian Yearly Meeting – Pre-CYM Young Friends Retreat

Thursday-Saturday 2-4 August 2018

Cost: Free for Canadian Young Friends.
Travel to Camp NeeKauNis (Georgian Bay, Ontario) is required and financial assistance is available.

Contact a Young Friend Regional Contact for more information:
Western Canada – Daniel von Schulmann
Prairies and Northern Canada – Zaley Warkentin
Quebec – David Summerhays
Ontario – Wesley Weima

An Atlantic Canada Young Friend Regional Contact is being sought. Please contact the YF Regional Contacts if you know someone or are interested in serving in this capacity!

Pendle Hill’s Young Adult Friend Conference:
Continuing Revolution

Young Adult Friends and seekers (ages 18-35) are invited to Pendle Hill’s annual intensive six-day conference – Continuing Revolution – which is designed to strengthen a networked generation of awakened and effective, spiritually-grounded change agents.

Friday-Wednesday 1-6 June 2018

Cost: $325 USD (about $415 CND), with financial assistance available. Travel to Pennsylvania is required.

Woodbrooke Young Adult Friends Retreats

Woodbrooke is a space for those aged 18-35 to engage in spiritual connection, exploration and deepening. It offers opportunities to explore spiritual practice, including through creativity, contemplation, music and words.

Woodbrooke In-Person Retreat
Monday 19 March – Sunday 29 April 2018
Cost: £240-345 (about $410-590 CND) Travel to England required.

Woodbroke Online Retreat
Monday 19 March – Sunday 29 April 2018 (approximately 2-3 hours per week)
Cost: £25 (about $43 CND)

Free Canadian Yearly Meeting E-Courses

Winter Term Online Courses, January-February 2018:
Introduction to Quaker and Friends Ways – register now
Faith and Practice – register now

E&O offers Fall, Winter and Spring e-courses based on interest and registration numbers. These courses are free of charge!

Contact E&O to be put on the online course mailing list!

Friends General Conference (FGC) Spiritual Deepening e-Retreats (all ages)

Spiritual Deepening Retreats:

Beloved Community (4 weeks)
14 January – 10 February 2018

Silence and Light  (6 weeks)
4 March – 13 April 2018

Beloved Community (4 weeks)
6 May 6 – 1 June 2018

Silence and Light (8 weeks)
9 September – 2 November 2018

Beloved Community (4 weeks)
14 October – 19 November 2018

Cost: Recommended fee $20 USD (about $25 CND)

Ben Lomond Centre Resources

The Ben Lomond Centre in Northern California offers a variety of year-round educational opportunities. Check out their 2018 Program Calendar for more information!

They also hold daily online Meeting for Worship at 7:30pm Pacific.

E&O wants to support you!

Need help with finding Quaker resources? Contact us!

Apply to E&O for support with Quaker-related studies and/or travel.

Want to get involved in, support or suggest E&O initiatives? Contact us!


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