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Regarding Membership

Dear YF and YAF – please consider the following information and share your thoughts with Heidi and the Discipline Review Committee so that they can hear your voice. Thanks!


March 2013

Message from Discipline Review Committee

To: Clerks of Monthly Meetings, Allowed Meetings and to all Worship Groups    


Dear Friends,

During CYM in Session, 2012, Discipline Review Committee (DRC) facilitated a sharing session on the topic of Membership.  We heard heartfelt sharing on the importance of membership and belonging.  We also heard an openness to change.

From that session and in further conversations with Friends and Young Friends, the committee developed a proposal for a change in our structure of membership, which we hope will meet our needs.  We presented this proposal to Representative Meeting, November 2012, and we have been asked to write to all Monthly Meetings, Allowed Meetings and Worship Groups in order to stimulate discussion and thought about how to move forward.

Our proposal is as follows:

    Any Meeting (Canadian Young Friends Yearly Meeting, Half-Yearly Meetings, Allowed Meetings, etc.) that can meet the following criteria could hold memberships:

            1.  Convene a membership committee.

            2.  Be in relationship with the person requesting membership.

            3.  Be able to do the administrative tasks required.  These would include submitting a statistical report and responding to a request for a transfer of membership.  There may be other administrative tasks that need to be named.

            4.  Hold a Meeting for Business for the approval of the membership request and maintain records of minutes of the Meeting for Business.  The Meeting would also need to be able to respond to requests for travelling letters, and support for access to financial assistance.


Finally, we do not think it is necessary to qualify some memberships as “transitional”.

Thank you for taking this letter to your members and attenders for careful consideration.  Thoughts and comments may be emailed to me at:


In Friendship,

Heidi Dick

Clerk, Discipline Review Committee


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Ottawa Monthly Meeting is seeking a Friend or attender to serve as Resident Friend for a one year renewable term beginning September 1, 2013.

A free apartment is offered in exchange for about 12 hours of duties a week. The Resident Friend helps the Monthly Meeting fulfill the elements of its life as a community: looks after the Meeting House and garden, books the facilities, and handles telephone and email enquiries. Detailed guidelines are available upon request. The apartment is a one-bedroom unit with a private entrance, on the second floor of the Meeting House in the Glebe area of Ottawa.

Please apply by regular mail or e-mail outlining why you are interested in the position, what you are doing now, your relevant past experiences and the contributions you feel you can make to Ottawa Monthly Meeting. Please include at least two references.

Send this information by June 1, 2013 to:

David Shipley

951 Kincaid Court

Ottawa, ON K1V 6N6

email: urbshipATmagmaDOTca


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Continuing Rev_l_tion: Be Brought Low, and Back to the Root — A Young Adult Friends Conference on Simplicity

Dear Friends,

Pendle Hill is delighted to announce an exciting opportunity from June 14-19, 2013 for all young adult Quakers in North America.  Continuing Rev_l_tion: Be Brought Low, and Back to the Root — A Young Adult Friends Conference on Simplicity will be a powerful, action-oriented six-day gathering offered at Pendle Hill in Wallingford, PA. This is the second year of this amazing new conference series, and it will be held at Pendle Hill from June 14-19, 2013.  We hope you will share the following information and attached flyer with all young adults in your community.

We invite all Young Adult Friends (ages 18-35) to be a part of this six-day conference designed to strengthen a networked generation of awakened and effective spiritually grounded change agents.  The program will include inspirational speakers, workshops and trainings, worship and worship-sharing, fellowship, discernment of gifts and ministry, service and direct action.  We are calling all young adult Friends who feel a movement in our generation to create the world we believe is possible.  At its core, this conference is about providing the foundational skills and training to inspire revelation — or revolution — as we strive to live into Spirit-led relationship with ourselves, our communities and the earth.  

We are currently accepting applications at  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and applicants will be notified within 2-3 weeks of submitting their application.  Program fees are $300 per participant.  This year, we have a special “Bring a Buddy” discount for individuals who register before April 1, 2013!! Apply now, and encourage a F(f)riend to apply too – if they apply, you will receive $50 off your conference cost.  This discount only applies to full-time participants; more details can be found on the application.  Please note: there will be scholarships available for participants who need support, and interested individuals should consider asking their monthly/yearly meetings or communities for financial assistance.

 More information about the conference can be found at

Please share this opportunity with everyone you know, and encourage those with interest to apply.  Any questions or inquiries should be directed to

In friendship, 

Emily Higgs

Conference Coordinator


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CYM Youth Challenge Funding Application

1st Deadline: March 15th, 2013
2nd Deadline: June 1st, 2013

 Under 35? Get yourself to CYM this summer and be part of the 2013 Youth Challenge!

Last summer, Canadian Young Friends Yearly Meeting received $25,000 to bring together at least 50 Young Friends and Young Adult Friends at CYM 2013. We know that funding can be a major barrier to attending and we’re incredibly excited to be able to help YFs and YAFs come together from across the country in Kemptville, ON this August 16th-24th.

Why two rounds of funding?

The hope is that we can help people plan well in advance or pull their plans together after summer employment plans are confirmed–please apply for the March deadline if you already know what your summer looks like!

Apply online now

Or download the form: CYM Youth Challenge Funding Application

Please complete this application online or download the form above and email your answers to Young Adult Friend Clerk Maggie Knight at Feel free to email any questions in advance and please check back for further updates and answers to questions we receive.


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Looking for something to do this summer?!

CFSC Young Friend Summer Internship –

Application package online now! November 30, 2012

Canadian Friends Service Committee offers a four-month summer internship (1 May – 31 August) for young people aged 19 – 29 years. Affiliation with the Religious Society of Friends is preferred but not required. Interns undertake a wide range of activities to give a sense of the breadth of work under CFSC’s care and to strengthen their experience and skills for working in a charitable organization. Directed studies in Quakerism is also an option for those who are interested.

Read about how the internship has proven beneficial to former interns in the 2013 internship flyer.

Download the 2013 Internship Package. Application deadline: February 15th, 2013.


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