We’re excited to be finalizing our current issue of The Canadian Friend. The printing and mailing process starts this week!
The next issue is scheduled for June, and submissions are being accepted.
The world seems to be getting more and more polarized – politically, economically, religiously, etc. The middle class is evaporating, while the 1% gets richer and the rest get poorer and more precarious.
Confidence in liberal democracy seems to be waning, leading to a revival of fascist and revolutionary leftist groups. Even our weather is swinging to extremes as climate change deepens.
How Can Quakers Respond to the World’s Polarization?
What do we make of polarization within Quakerism and Canadian Yearly Meeting (CYM) – between liberal, conservative, and evangelical Friends, for example? What does it mean that CYM has examined the idea of literally splitting through a simulation exercise? When CYM defines itself by taking particular positions on prison abolition, earthcare as a testimony, or Palestine-Israel, is this a constructive kind of polarization or separation from the norm – as opposed to a less-defined, all-embracing position?
Submissions Due April 9, 2018
Articles between 500-1000 words are welcome. Suggestions and submissions for Gleanings & Quotations, photos, captions for our caption contest (coming soon in the latest issue), and interviews for Meet a Friend are also gratefully accepted – along with anything that might be of interest to Canadian Friends.
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.
Or by postal mail:
c/o CYM Office, 91A Fourth Ave.,
Ottawa, ON, Canada, K1S 2L1
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