The countdown ’til Yearly Meeting has begun! Canadian Yearly Meeting in session will be happening online again this year, from August 8-14. Those new to Quakers or simply curious are welcome to join, or to dip into some of the sessions. There will be opportunities for fellowship, learning and sharing, and of course Quaker worship and meditation. For the schedule and further info, see the ‘Yearly Meeting in Session‘ page, which will also host Zoom links when the time comes.
It is not strictly necessary to register to attend, but registration in advance and as soon as possible is extremely helpful for the organizers. Yearly Meeting is also only as good as its volunteers – please register to get involved.
If you’re a member of a Quaker meeting, please encourage your meeting’s members and attenders to attend. A personal invitation to a newcomer may make all the difference. A virtual gathering may have its limits, but it’s also an opportunity to connect with all sorts of Friends who could not come to an in-person gathering.
We particularly invite families with children to attend and participate in the youth program. It has been a long time since many of our Quaker kids have been able to gather, and our Youth Program coordinator has been busy organizing events. In addition to the morning programs (30 minutes), we will be holding evening Family Worship.
Monica Walters-Field will be giving the Sunderland P. Gardner lecture on the topic of “Love and Justice, Hope and Imagination.” Winnipeg Monthly Meeting, led by Janet Ross, will be offering Quaker Study sessions through the week on the topic of “Things That Are Eternal.”
There will be a poetry retreat held the day before #CYM2021 – to share favourite poems, or to turn your hand to writing. The response to our call for Special Interest Groups has been strong, and the options will be posted around July 17.
We look forward to seeing you soon.