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Crowdfunding for Water: Reconnecting People of African Descent Campaign

Crowdfunding for Water: Reconnecting People of African Descent Campaign

Quaker Earthcare Witness is working to bring together a coalition of changemakers of African descent who are working on the issue of water, and has launched a crowdfunding campaign to help make this happen.

The Coalition will gather in person for a special meeting at U.N. Headquarters in July with other movement leaders to learn together, share resources, and foster collaboration as part of the U.N. Decade for People of African Descent and the International Decade  for Action – Water for Sustainable Development.

For more information and to donate, visit the crowdfunding page.


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Job Announcement: Quaker History Editorship

Job Announcement: Quaker History Editorship

Position Announcement: Editorship of the Journal Quaker History

Friends Historical Association (FHA) seeks an editor for its journal Quaker History to begin duties by May 2018. The editor receives a stipend of $2,500 for each issue ($5,000 a year).

About Friends Historical Association:

The Friends Historical Association is devoted to the study, preservation and publication of material relating to the history of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). Founded in Philadelphia in 1873, FHA has become an organization that is international in membership and interests and which anyone, Friend or not, is invited to join. The Annual Meeting in the Fall, and a historical pilgrimage in the Spring to an area associated with the history of Quakerism are important activities of the Association. The Association publishes the American journal Quaker History twice a year.

About Quaker History:

Quaker History is the official journal of the Friends Historical Association. Published semi-annually in the Fall and Spring, Quaker History consists of articles on all aspects of the history of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). The journal also contains reviews of current scholarship and an annual annotated bibliography of new publications in the field. In addition to its print run, Quaker History is available online through JSTOR and Project Muse.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Upholds the mission and scope of the journal
  • Develops and maintains the quality of the intellectual content of the journal
  • Seeks out and solicits manuscripts for inclusion that provide new, original and important contributions to the field
  • Oversees the review process to ensure it is timely, fair, and thorough
  • Consults with the journal’s Book Review Editor
  • Works with contract designer and a part-time FHA Office Manager who assist with publication duties
  • Periodically attends (in person or by phone/video) meetings of the FHA Board of Directors


  • Experience and knowledge in the field of Quaker history
  • Experience in conducting research and writing historical narratives
  • Editing experience in publishing or journalism
  • Ability to quickly edit articles for content, grammar, and style and to work with writers to ensure content meets high editorial standards
  • Experience with academic style manuals
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills
  • Technical capacity to work in an electronic environment
  • Self-motivation
  • Ability to delegate
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to set and meet firm deadlines
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a team environment

Application procedures:

Please send the following documents via email in Word or PDF format to John Anderies, chair of the Quaker History editorial search committee:

  1. Cover letter outlining the qualifications, experience, and skills you possess to do this job
  2. Copy of your resume
  3. Names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of two professional references

April 15, 2018


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New issue of The Canadian Friend

New issue of The Canadian Friend

The latest issue of The Canadian Friend, our national magazine/newsletter, has reached most of our subscribers by mail now,  and is also available electronically.

The Canadian Friend – Winter 2018 (PDF)
The Canadian Friend – Winter 2018 (Online)

This issue includes articles on Basic Guaranteed Income, the Palestine-Israel Quaker Study, and Electronic Surveillance, as well as an interview with CYM’s new secretary, news, reviews, and a lot more.

Next Issue & Submissions

The next issue is scheduled for June, and we’re still seeking submissions. The due date has been extended to April 15.

Many kinds of submissions are welcome:

  • pieces pertaining to the issue’s theme of polarization (see below)
  • suggestions and submissions for “Gleanings & Quotations”
  • photos and captions for our caption contest (see p. 42 in the latest issue)
  • photos and artwork generally
  • suggestions and submissions for the “Meet a Friend” feature
  • Quaker-related news and announcements
  • anything that might be of interest to Canadian Friends.

Send submissions to The Canadian Friend‘s editor, Timothy Kitz, at or c/o CYM Office, 91A Fourth Ave., Ottawa, ON, Canada, K1S 2L1. Articles should generally be 500-1200 words; exceptions are possible, but best first discussed with the editor.

Theme: Polarization

The world seems to be getting more and more polarized – politically, economically, religiously, etc. The middle class is evaporating, while the 1% gets richer and the rest get poorer and more precarious.

Confidence in liberal democracy seems to be waning, leading to a revival of fascist and revolutionary leftist groups. Even our weather is swinging to extremes as climate change deepens.

How can Quakers respond to the world’s polarization?

What do we make of polarization within Quakerism and Canadian Yearly Meeting (CYM) – between liberal, conservative, and evangelical Friends, for example? What does it mean that CYM has examined the idea of literally splitting through a simulation exercise? When CYM defines itself by taking particular positions on prison abolition, earthcare as a testimony, or Palestine-Israel, is this a constructive kind of polarization or separation from the norm – as opposed to a less-defined, all-embracing position?

Back-Issue Archive

To take a trip down memory lane or seek inspiration, The Canadian Friend back issues are available online. If your library is missing one, you can even download back issues and print them.

Subscriptions and Advertising

You can order a print subscription to The Canadian Friend by contacting the editorThe Canadian Friend also accepts advertising! Send camera-ready or clear, readable copy to the editor, by e-mail. For rates and details, contact the editor (, again).


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Financial Support for Families and Young Adults to Attend CYM 2018!

Financial Support for Families and Young Adults to Attend CYM 2018!

Substantial financial assistance is available to support attendance at Canadian Yearly Meeting (CYM) in Session (August 3-11) in Barrie, Ontario.

  • For families with children (ages 18 and under) and for young adult Friends (ages 19-35), up to $850 is available per person.
  • For adult Friends needing support, up to $450 is available per person.

To Apply for a Financial Assistance Grant:

  1. Approach your Monthly Meeting/Worship Group for financial support with attending CYM.
  2. If the Monthly Meeting/Worship Group cannot provide enough supplementary funds, then apply for a grant from CYM.
  3. Request a minute of support from your Meeting and include this in your application.
    Young Adult Friends are encouraged to contact Cameron Fraser, CYM Secretary, if obtaining a minute of support poses a challenge.

Application form for a CYM financial assistance grant.

CYM’s Processing of Applications:

  • Applications will be responded to on a first-come first-served basis.
  • The CYM Treasurer or YM Secretary, in consultation with the CYM Accountant, will make decisions as applications are received.
  • Travel distance will be a consideration in the provision of funds for travel to CYM.
  • Applications will be considered up to July 22, 2018, if there is money left.


Email: Contact the CYM Secretary or Education and Outreach Committee.


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Come to Western Half-Yearly Meeting (May 18-21)

Come to Western Half-Yearly Meeting (May 18-21)

The 2018 Spring gathering of Western Half-Yearly Meeting (WHYM) will take place on the May long weekend (May 18-21) 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.

Directions and information about transportation options are available:

Registration information and the on-line form can be found here:

We strongly encourage Friends to register by the deadline of May 1, as we may have difficulty accepting late registrations.

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. Friends are reminded to bring any books they may wish to pass along to other Friends; in light of the winding down of the Quaker Book Service, a book exchange table or tables will be set up.

We have one special opportunity available for those who are able to arrive in Sorrento on Thursday. If enough people are interested, we will spend Friday morning and early afternoon at the Tk’emlups Museum and Heritage Park in Kamloops, which has taken over the Kamloops Indian Residential School building. More information is included with the registration material, and in the link below.

For more information on WHYM 2018, including the schedule, business agenda, and details about the trip to Tk’emlups Museum and Heritage Park, please visit the WHYM 2018 page on the business side of our site. (Note that you will need to login into the business section, or create an account, to see that page).


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