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Pamphlet from Quaker Learning Series now available

Pamphlet from Quaker Learning Series now available

“African Refugee Journeys: Listen, Love, Learn, and Act” by Etienne Paul Mungombe, the Sunderland P. Gardner Lecture at Canadian Yearly Meeting 2019, is now available as a PDF:

Pamphlet of “African Refugee Journey” (PDF, 2019 SPG Lecture)

Etienne Paul is a Quaker pastor with the evangelical Montreal Friends Church, which he helped found with other African refugees.
 His lecture lecture is grounded in history, as well as his personal story as a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo, living in two refugee camps in Kenya, and eventually coming to Canada.

A print version of this PDF will be mailed to subscribers to The Canadian Friend in early August, along with the latest issue.

 

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Schedule & Registration for online Yearly Meeting

Schedule & Registration for online Yearly Meeting

A draft schedule for CYM 2020 is now available. These sessions will run August 8-13, 2020 and mostly focus on spiritual development, opportunities to socialize and connect, and social and environmental justice. Everyone is welcome, including those new to Quakers or simply curious.

You can also now register for the online Yearly Meeting by filling out this form:
Registration for CYM 2020 (google form)

NOTE: If you want to be assigned to a worship sharing group, we need your registration before August 3!

To pull this experiment off, we will need help! Volunteer options are in the registration form. 

 

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Yearly Meeting in Session is going online!

Yearly Meeting in Session is going online!

The 2020 Yearly Meeting has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic as an in-person event, but an online version is currently being organized.

The sessions will run August 8-13. The schedule, further info, and everything needed to participate in the sessions will be posted to the ‘Yearly Meeting in Session‘ page as soon as they are ready.

Please bear with us as we navigate this adventure and try all kinds of new things in a short amount of time! There will be orientations in advance for those who need to be learn to use platforms like Zoom.

These sessions will mostly focus on spiritual development, opportunities to socialize and connect, and social and environmental justice. There will no business sessions; the business that normally would have been Yearly Meeting 2020 is being addressed in series of Representative Meetings running this spring and summer, meetings which can be conducted online more easily. (Quakers who have an account on our business site can sign in to read Representative Meeting minutes and documents, then pass the fruit of their discernment onto their representatives. Those without accounts can request one here.)

 

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Yearly Meeting Cancelled

Yearly Meeting Cancelled

We must announce, with regret, the cancellation of our yearly gathering scheduled for Winnipeg this August. Yearly Meeting is normally where much of our business is attended to – and an opportunity for all sorts of fun socializing and spiritual enrichment.

For details about this difficult decision, please see the message below from the Clerks of Yearly Meeting. As we plan next steps together, please stay safe and supportive of one another.

Dear Friends,

On Friday, March 13th, the Canadian Yearly Meeting Committee of Clerks met electronically, as we do monthly, and after much discussion and careful discernment, and with regret, decided to cancel the sessions of Yearly Meeting in Session scheduled for this coming August.

We are well-aware that this decision will be a great disappointment for many Friends who cherish our annual gathering, but we hope that it will also seem prudent and wise. Many of our members are in the higher-risk categories (over 60 and/or with underlying conditions such as hypertension), and many make their travel plans well in advance of the CYM dates. An early decision is desirable for these Friends.

To be clear, it is not simply a matter of the existing pandemic crisis of the Covid-19 virus, although that, of course, is the prime motivator here. Some Friends may be reacting to this news with a sense that the decision was made too early, but the fact is that our YM sessions require a great deal of preparatory work, much of which is done by volunteers. To ask this of our short-handed Program Committee and then to cancel after much work has been done seemed to us unfair.

We believed it would be preferable to cancel the sessions now for the sake of the many people who work hard to make CYM the wonderful gathering that it is; then work can proceed toward a joyous gathering in 2021. As you probably know, there is already much discernment underway about changes to be made to CYM to ensure sustainability. This decision allows these discussions to be more relaxed and thorough before our next gathering.

This unexpected cancellation of sessions will necessitate some new plans: for instance, an earlier and/or extra Representative Meeting; consideration of the terms of committee members and other Friends serving YM; and designations of individuals or groups to carry forward the business of Yearly Meeting until next year. You can be sure that the Committee of Clerks will be working on these plans and will keep Friends in CYM informed as they develop.

In the Light,
Beverly Shepard and Marilyn Manzer, CYM Clerks

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