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CLOSED: Job Opportunity: Seeking a Food Coop Co-Coordinator for CYM 2012

Thursday, August 9 to Saturday August 18, 2012 at Augustana University in Camrose, Alberta.

Would you like a way to take part in Yearly Meeting with work that places you at the heart (well, stomach anyway) of the community, while earning a little money to help subsidize your attendance?

The CYM Food Coop is looking for a second Coordinator, to share the workload with an already-experienced Coordinator.  Food Coop Coordinators collaborate with the Local Arrangements Committee to purchase food supplies, making use of available menus, recipes and shopping lists.  They manage food storage and use, direct volunteers to facilitate food preparation and clean-up, and ensure safe food-handling practices.

The Coordinators have available a Coordinator’s Manualcontaining menus, recipes and procedures for guidance; they are supported by the Food Coop Organizer of Programme Committee, the Local Arrangement Committee, and a host of volunteers for site set-up and maintenance, financial control, food shopping, preparation and clean up.

If you love good food and community, are physically active enough to spend hours on your feet and lift the occasional heavy pot, have good communication and organization skills and the ability to be calm and of good cheer when the spices are frying in oil, the beans are about to overflow, and six people want to ask you questions all at once, this is a most rewarding way to experience Yearly Meeting!

An honorarium of $400 is available to each Co-coordinator.

If you are interested, please contact the Food Coop Organizer, Nathalie Brunet, at mdnatbrunet@gmail.com.

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Representative Meeting November 2011 – A Different Experience

RoseMarie Cipryk sent along these photos and the caption from Representative Meeting held November 11-13 in Ottawa, Ontario.

Representative Meeting discerns way forward on some challenging matters. Overheard to a Friend, new to Representative Meeting, “This was an unusual Rep Mtg. We usually play games all day long. Today we mostly attended to business.” Thanks to Katrina for lightening our day with the Intergenerational Toolkit “Build It” which she helped produce through Friends General Council Youth Ministries. (Watch for it coming soon to a clerk near you.)

 
 
 
 

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Home Mission and Advancement Committee (HMAC) + Publications and Communications Meeting November 4 – 6 2011

HMAC and the Publications and Communications Committee (P & C) met on the same days and in the same location – Friends House, Toronto Monthly Meeting – the first weekend in November.  I was grateful to be able to attend and work with the dedicated Friends who were there. It was great to welcome Marilyn Manzer as clerk of HMAC.  I have been grateful, too, for Ellen Helmuth’s significant, caring and careful work as interim clerk (though there was some discussion as to whether the best term was ‘acting’ or ‘interim’).  It was also good to welcome new members, Marc Forget, Jeannette Amdur and Wendy Macpherson.

Anne-Marie Zilliacus attended for a couple of hours and provided valuable support for our budgeting process – Thanks, Anne-Marie.

Friday evening, HMAC, P&C Committee, Anne-Marie and Bruce Dienes spent some time exploring together thoughts about Canadian Yearly Meeting’s web presence and possibilities for using the internet as a means for developing and sustaining our small, wide-spread community.

One of my favourite activities at Friends House is visiting the library.  There were a few familiar folk hanging out there after Meeting for Worship on Sunday

Dorothy Janes (Toronto MM) and Ellen Helmuth (New Brunswick MM)

Mark Stanley (Saskatchewan MM) and Chris (Toronto’s ministry of hospitality presence)

 For any interested in CYM history in Canada, there are bound issues of the Canadian Friend (almost to the beginning, I think)  in one of the glass cases in the library.  I find it fascinating to read about happenings from the 1960s and 1970s as they were being reported then, and to see some of the photographs from that time period too.

If you prefer action, or learning sessions, Toronto Friends can usually let you know what’s current in Toronto, and as always the resident Friends, Judy and Ben, are helpful and cheerful.

 

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Poverty, Wealth, Ecology – Special Interest Group – WHYM Sunday

Bill Curry and Dave Greenfield offered a special interest Group (SIG) on the theme of an upcoming meeting of the North American Region of the World Council of Churches in Calgary, November 7 – 11.  Dave and Bill will be attending this meeting for Canadian Yearly Meeting. It is part of a process leading to the 10th General Assembly in South Korea in 2013.  The POVERTY WEALTH ECOLOGY focus aims to “put climate justice and poverty eradication and therelationship between the two as a priority on the agenda”

Bill and Dave offered a number of quotes on the theme, asking, “How do we act now?” and “What are we doing?” The dialogue covered obstacles, responsibilities and faith dimensions of sustainability.

“Poverty, Wealth and Ecological Justice Framework Concept (from a longer document from the United Church of Canada)

[The United Church] has consistently worked ecumenically and globally on issues of economic justice, ecological justice, social justice, poverty, exclusion, corporate social responsibility, debt, ecological debt, human rights, extractive industries, water and climate change and has in recent years looked at many of the impacts of human activities through the lens
of empire.”

“The connections among many issues, previously viewed as disparate and distinct, are better understood as many facets of an ecological whole.”

and from  AGAPE Consultation: Linking poverty, wealth and ecology: Ecumenical Perspectives in Europe  –  8 – 12 November 2010 – Budapest Call for Climate Justice  – Addressing Poverty, Wealth and Ecology

“The Great Challenge calls for the Great Transition

Climate justice is a condition for the eradication of poverty and the eradication of poverty is a condition for climate justice.

Climate justice demands the primacy of democratic politics over economics and the embedding of market economies in social and cultural contexts (further developing the Social Market Economy). Therefore holistic answers to the challenges are required – from the individual person, from the economy, from states and internationally.

The time for fragmented and technocratic solutions is over. We need a Great Transition.

Call: for a global ecumenical conference to propose the framework and criteria for a new international financial and economic architecture that is based on the principles of economic, social and climate justice.”

If you’re interested in more information, please contact Bill Curry at prairie@web.net

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