Directory Permission Form

Friends, we need your help!

It has been a few years since we had a Directory and we would like to produce one again – but we can’t without your help.  If you would like your name and address published in our Directory – which will be available on-line to registered CYM website users – please complete this form (Directory Permission Form – MS Word) or (Directory Permission Form – PDF) and return it by post, fax (613-235-1753) or you can scan and email it to the CYM Office.

Thank you!


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Quaker Meetings

Brent & StephaniPsst. Hey you. Quaker Meeting. Yeah, you. I know about you. I read your minutes and your State of Society reports. I know what you’re good at. You’re good at hospitality: celebrations, potlucks, welcoming new people into your midst. Social justice: prisoners, refugees, small African countries, homeless folks. Discussion. Lord, you’re good at discussion! It doesn’t always lead to action – or even decision – but goodness can you discuss stuff!

I also know what you struggle with. Quaker process in business meetings. The quality of worship. Vocal ministry. Too much silence. Not enough silence. Teaching children and new Friends about traditional Quaker practices. Finances – having enough, knowing where you can spend them, knowing how to report them.  Knowing Quaker history. Conflict.

And I know what you love. You love visitors! It shines through all your minutes, reports, and newsletters. Visitors from other Meetings, other countries, other churches, other traditions. Visitors bring you together in community. They spark joy and interest. A visitor can teach you, help you with the places you struggle, and celebrate with you the things you do well. Visitors help you see yourselves through new eyes, and know yourselves better.

So why don’t you have more visitors? You know you love it.  Go on, invite someone. It’ll be wonderful. You’ll both grow stronger.


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Stories, Poetry and Art Wanted for “The Canadian Friend”

cf_friendDo you have a story to tell, or a creative gift to share with Quakers in Canada?  Contributions are invited for the new issue of The Canadian Friend, the twice-yearly magazine of Canadian Yearly Meeting (CYM).  Prose, poetry, art, photos, etc. are welcome.

Topics could include this past summer’s CYM gathering, updates or photos from your Monthly Meeting or Worship Group, books you’ve read, or something new you’ve experienced or learned.

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.  For Friends who don’t have internet access (and those of us who don’t always check our email), consider distributing or posting paper copies of this Call for Submissions poster.

Submit To

Canadian Friend Editor

91A Fourth Ave.
Ottawa, ON, Canada, K1S 2L1

Submission Date

Nov. 30, 2016

Style Guide

When you submit, the editor will work with you to make your piece consistent with The Canadian Friend’s technical guidelines, if necessary.  Reading through the guide in advance can help both you and the editor get your piece ready for print more quickly.

Subscriptions and Advertising

You can order a print subscription to The Canadian Friend by contacting the editor. The 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, above.


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Fall 2016 On-Line Courses offered by Education and Outreach Committee

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:

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 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:

  1. Name
  2. City, Town or Location and Province
  3. Time Zone
  4. E-mail & Telephone number
  5. Meeting or Worship Group
  6. Which of the time slots (if any) will work for you.


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