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The Quaker Basics course is back in April!

The Quaker Basics course is an educational course about Quakerism offered by Canadian Yearly Meeting and Jackie Bonner, which has had several successful previous iterations. 

This is a Friendly (pun intended) course for people interested in learning about Quakers and the ways of Canadian Friends. The course is meant to be an experience, more so than an academic course. There is no testing or examination! The facilitator will meet with participants once a week for six weeks, for approximately one and a half hours, to worship, discuss, and reflect on various topics. Topics include but are not limited to: Introductions and the Basics of Quakers, Experiencing Spirit, Early Friends, Testimonies, Meetings, Business Meetings, and Living in the Spiritual Community. Students will receive an email from the Facilitator with a small reading along with thoughts, tasks, and questions to reflect on throughout the week. Oh, and don’t worry… the silence is included.

Cost: $100

* Participants are encouraged to contact their local meeting for financial assistance.

Dates & Time: April 6 – May 11, Saturdays – 1 pm Atlantic time

(April 6, 13, 20, 27 and May 4, 11)

Registration deadline: March 26, 2024

Sessions: 6

Style: Video Conferencing/ Phone, Email

Course Plan:

  1. Introduction(s)
  2. Experiencing the Spirit – Worship and Ministry in our Community
  3. Early Friends—History (including Canadian)—What are our roots?
  4. Testimonies – Faith in Action*
  5. The Meeting Community – Business*
  6. The Meeting Community – Being part of a Spiritual Community*

Emphasis on Canadian Friend’s action and ways

Apply by filling out the form here: 

Facilitator: Jackie Bonner

Jackie FacilitatorJackie Bonner has been part of the Quaker Community since 2017. She simply started going to Quaker Meetings and never stopped. She has taught in the public school system for over ten years and has recently completed her Master’s in counseling psychology. She has a deep love for nature, the mountains, and reading. She is excited to have the opportunity to spend time with people and explore Quakerism, maybe even throw in a Quaker joke or two. Jackie resides in Sydney, Nova Scotia, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People. She lives with her daughter, partner, and plants.