Canadian Yearly Meeting Education & Outreach Committee
Announces Online Courses for Fall 2016
“Introduction to Quakers and Friends’ Ways” and “Uh-Oh Was That a Leading?”
Facilitator: David Summerhays (Montreal Monthly Meeting)
Friends across Canada are invited to participate in online courses that will begin in September.
Introduction to Quakers and Friends’ Ways — This course will address the early history of Friends, the history of Friends in Canada, the experiential nature of Quaker faith, the role of the Meeting in Quaker life, Quaker testimonies and their origin, and how our Quaker community nurtures how we live, work, worship, and transact business. This course was previously offered in 2012 and 2015.
Uh-Oh Was That a Leading? — This course will explore the concept of leadings through readings and discussion on how Friends have understood leadings throughout history. Together course participants will attempt to discern what is and what is not a leading. We will also discuss how to explain Quakerism to newcomers. This course was previously offered in the spring of 2016.
How it will work
Participants for each course will meet once a week for six weeks using either video conferencing or audio conferencing technology. If you are a unfamiliar with conferencing technology, don’t worry, the facilitator and the Education and Outreach Committee are committed to making participation in these courses as easy as possible for everyone.
Participants will be asked to do a short reading before each of the sessions. These readings can be viewed anytime on the CYM web site here: https://quaker.ca/resources/education/
Both of the courses will include worship, active exercises, reflections from readings, and the application to one’s own life of what is learned.
How to Sign Up
The courses are free of charge and open to members and attenders of meetings and worship groups in Canada. To indicate your interest, please send the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, September 12th. Later registrations will be considered if there is space.
We plan to begin both of these courses the week of September 19th at either 12:30pm, 2:30pm, or 6:30 pm on either Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. Note that these times apply to the Eastern Time Zone. Please alter the times for your time zone.
Please include the following information in your e-mail:
- City, Town or Location and Province
- Time Zone
- E-mail & Telephone number
- Meeting or Worship Group
- Which of the time slots (if any) will work for you.