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CYM 2013 – Saturday

In a tree-dotted field in Kemptville, Ontario, tents are popping up in the dappled shade.  Cars and vans and buses are disgorging passengers.  Folks who haven’t seen each other in ages are embracing like old friends.  Slowly but surely, Canadian Yearly Meeting is coming together again.




Though the scheduled programming hasn’t started in earnest, Friends are busy settling in, preparing for the week ahead, and refreshing the innumerable connections that don’t happen anywhere else.  Though we might worship silently, the sound of laughter, play, and conversation can get cacophonous.  The schedule claims we’re “Retreat”-ing perhaps it ought to say “Rejoicing”.




Programme Committee has been working tirelessly to make sure everything is running smoothly.  Their work speaks for itself, and though the strain shows, the show keeps on rolling.  At some point this afternoon a threshold was crossed and CYM went from being “about to happen” to “happening”.  Our schedule this week is ambitious, but today’s energy and enthusiasm can’t help but inspire optimism.

Yearly Meeting’s in session now!

Here’s the week’s schedule!


Coming to CYM?

See changes recommended to “Organization and Procedures” under RESOURCES. Find Documents-in-Advance in BUSINESS under CYM Minutes.

Welcome to the New Site!

If you’re an old friend used to working on the former site, we trust you’ll find what you need to know to do your work. Enter at BUSINESS in the top corner for Minutes and Committees.



Come to Yearly Meeting Gathering

There is much to anticipate at Yearly Meeting 2013, in Kemptville, Ontario, just 50 km south of Ottawa. We’re meeting there, August 16 to 24, for the second time at this large shady campus with handsome buildings, lots of room to walk, comfortable residences, tenting and a renovated dining hall.

Noted British Quaker Ben Pink Dandelion will present a five part study series ‘The End of the World, the Beginning of Quakerism, and what happened next’.

Lots of Young Friends are coming, there’ll be good times, business meetings, daily worship, special interest groups: a great way to put new energy in to your spiritual journey.

Learn more here!