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New issue of The Canadian Friend & Submissions for the Next

New issue of The Canadian Friend & Submissions for the Next

Those who are subscribers to The Canadian Friend, our national journal, should have received a copy in the mail by now.

It is also available electronically:
The Canadian Friend – Spring 2019 (Print-friendly PDF)
The Canadian Friend – Spring 2019 (Screen-friendly PDF)
The Canadian Friend – Spring 2019 (Online Version)

This issue includes articles on early Quaker history, the poetry of prison visiting, news from around the Canadian Quaker family, and a lot more. You can see the full Table of Contents here.

Forms and information on Canadian Yearly Meeting 2019, our yearly gathering, also went out with the issue. This material is also available here:
CYM 2019 Brochure & Forms (Screen-friendly PDF)
CYM 2019 Brochure & Forms (Print-friendly PDF)

For even more information – a veritable cascade of it – on the Canadian Yearly Meeting 2019 gathering, you can visit its webpage:
Yearly Meeting in Session

Next Issue

The due date for the next issue is coming up soon! It is May 10, though extensions can occasionally be obtained by asking the editor nicely.   

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 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.


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

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


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

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Sorrow for Christchurch

Sorrow for Christchurch

Quakers (members of the Religious Society of Friends) across Canada express great sorrow and dismay over recent acts of hostility against people whom the attackers have regarded as different and therefore to be hated and destroyed. Two years ago, six worshippers were killed and many more injured at a mosque in Quebec City. Less than a year and a half ago, eleven were killed at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. And most recently, on March 15th, an attacker shot and killed 50 of the faithful and injured almost as many more at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Such terrible acts are a violent affront to everything Quakers believe.

A central testimony of our faith is the upholding of peace, which is destroyed by these acts. We believe also in equality, and intolerance flies in the face of this testimony. The blessed community of all people is rent and ruined by such crimes. As Quakers, we affirm “that of God” – some element of the Divine – in every human being, and we grieve over the snuffing out of the many lives that held that spark.

Our hearts go out to the families and others who loved the victims. We offer our caring and support to members of all faith communities that worship in love and truth. We condemn the ideologies of racism, xenophobia, and white supremacy that contribute to the conditions which breed violence. We pray for the perpetrators of such violence, that they may be brought into greater understanding, tolerance, acceptance, and Light.

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Atlantic Friends Gathering (May 17-20)

Atlantic Friends Gathering (May 17-20)

The Atlantic Friends Gathering is an annual get together for Quakers in the Atlantic Provinces – and for anyone who would like to join us.

We meet by the ocean at Camp Geddie over the May long weekend, from Friday, May 17 to Monday noon, May 20th. There are lots of workshops and fun activities.

Please check it out at to find out about the program for AFG 2019. You can register on-line and get a reduced rate before May 10th.

The theme this year is “That of God in Everyone and Every Thing: A Call to Quakers for Environmental Action”.Atlantic Friends Gathering Poster 2019

We have 5 guest speakers, as well as our own local leaders.

The guest speakers are:

  • Cameron Fraser, Canadian Yearly Meeting Secretary
  • Judy Loo, International Biodiversity scientist
  • Verena Tan, Canadian Friends Service Committee staff
  • Joanna Bull & Meghan McMorris, Ecology Action Centre staff
  • Plus Atlantic Canada Friends with much to share on the environment

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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, 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: 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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