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Come to Western Half-Yearly Meeting (May 17-20)

Come to Western Half-Yearly Meeting (May 17-20)

The 2019 spring gathering of Western Half-Yearly Meeting will take place on the May long weekend (May 17-20) at the Sorrento Centre east of Kamloops. We invite all Friends and friends of Friends to join us in this vibrant gathering of Western Friends.

Registration is at whym-registration.ca, along with more information available there about costs, accommodation, etc.

Please note that the deadline to register is May 1.

This year’s gathering will have a theme of rising up in difficult times and will include an interactive workshop, led by Meredith Egan on Saturday evening, on “Taking Care of Creation: Self-Care in these Savage Times.”

The usual items will all be included in the Half-Yearly Meeting schedule – worship-sharing groups, special interest groups, Meetings for Worship including business Meetings, and the phenomenal Family Night sharing of talents and fun. There will also be the traditional “retreat day” on the Friday of the long weekend, for those who are able to arrive early.

To see the schedule, agenda, and welcome letter for Western Half-Yearly Meeting, please visit the Spring WHYM 2019 page on the business side of our site. (Note that you will be prompted to login into the business section of our website, or create an account, to see that page).

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Funding For Your Quaker Education

Funding For Your Quaker Education

Are you considering how to nurture your spiritual growth this year?

We invite you to consider a grant or loan to attend a Quaker conference or gathering, make a sojourn to Pendle Hill, or take some time off to write or create!

Canadian Yearly Meeting’s (CYM) Education and Outreach (E&O) Committee would like members and attenders to explore the use of CYM grants and loans for their Quaker education. Do you want to learn more? Go to our
Quaker Funding page.

  • E&O will be considering applications at their Spring 2019 Committee meeting. Funds are limited, and applications received by then will be given priority.
  • Applicants require a Minute of Support from their Monthly Meeting; in many cases, this will need to be on the February Meeting for Business agenda. A Minute of Support can provide an applicant with clearness and support for their leading. A Meeting may also choose to offer additional funding to support such an initiative.
  • Questions? Email: e-and-o-grants-loans@quaker.ca. Correspondence can also be physically sent to Education and Outreach Grants and Loans Officer c/o Canadian Yearly Meeting 91A Fourth Ave. Ottawa, ON K1S 2L1

Please consider applying by reviewing the E&O grants and loans options and engaging in discernment!

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Quaker 101 Course, Free Online This February!

Quaker 101 Course, Free Online This February!

 

Quakers in Canada will be hosting an online course this February and March called “Introduction to Quakers and Friends’ Ways.”  For further information about the course, please see this document here.

If you’d like to enroll, the sign-up form is here (soft deadline of February 3rd):

Meanwhile, if you have any further questions, please feel free to write to onlinecourse@quaker.ca

 

We’re looking forward to hearing from you! 

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Mark Your Calendar – Yearly Meeting 2019

Mark Your Calendar – Yearly Meeting 2019

In 2019, Canadian Yearly Meeting will be held August 2-10, at Canadian Mennonite University, in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Canadian Yearly Meeting (CYM) is a gathering once a year for all Canadian Quakers. Its Business Meetings are the main decision-making body of Quakers in Canada.

There’s also lots of time for fun and games, and sessions focusing on spiritual development, social justice, and Quaker history.

Registration – and scads of information – will be posted here once it’s available.  

For those who really love planning ahead:

Yearly Meeting 2020 will take place August 7-15 at Canadian Mennonite University, Winnipeg, MB.
Yearly Meeting 2021 will take place August 6-14 at Canadian Mennonite University, Winnipeg, MB.

 

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New issue of The Canadian Friend & Submissions for the Next

New issue of The Canadian Friend & Submissions for the Next

The latest issue of The Canadian Friend, our national journal, should be arriving any day for those who are subscribers.

It is also available electronically:
The Canadian Friend – Autumn 2018 (PDF)
The Canadian Friend – Autumn 2018 (Online)

This issue includes articles on the 2018 Yearly Meeting in Barrie, reconciliation and faith, Canadian Quakers and the World Council of Churches, pacifist Sufi refugees, and a lot more.

Next Issue

The due date for the next issue is February 1.

Please submit articles between 500-1200 words long. Submissions on any topic of potential interest to Canadian Friends are welcome. (Unusual topics or word-lengths are possible, but best discussed with the editor before submitting).

Photos, artwork, and interesting quotations are also warmly welcomed as submissions.

Send submissions to The Canadian Friend‘s editor, Timothy Kitz, at editor@quaker.ca 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.

Subscriptions

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, US $30, and
all other countries $40.

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

Advertising

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

Please send print-ready images and clear, readable copy to the editor (again, Timothy Kitz at editor@quaker.ca or c/o CYM Office, 91A Fourth Ave., Ottawa, ON, Canada, K1S 2L1).

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