CQLS Pamphlet: “Come All Ye Who Are Heavily Cumbered”

Front Cover for "Come All Ye Who Are Heavily Cumbered: Simplicity As The Radical Path to Peace, Justice, Community and Care Of The Earth"

This is text of the Quaker Study Sessions for Canadian Yearly Meeting in August, 2014 where Mark Burch took us on a journey into simplicity. Since much of the violence in the world is structural in nature and is imposed on our behalf on distant others whose suffering is out of sight and therefore out of mind, Mark urges us to reduce it by cultivating personal and regional self-reliance through simple living.  He explores how our lives have become encumbered, the spiritual roots of simplicity, and how we may regain it.

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Meeting was originally the Sunderland P. Gardner lecture given by Deborah Haight at Canadian Yearly Meeting in 1987 and published as No. 26 of the Canadian Quaker Pamphlet Series.
Canadian Yearly Meeting 2007 requested this reprint, as recommended by its Consultation and Renewal Working Group (C’nR) because too few Friends have experienced either the spiritual community or the profound sense of a spirit-led Meeting for Worship for Business that can occur at Yearly Meeting. Very few have any understanding of the work of our various committees. We found that many Friends in local Meetings felt that Yearly Meeting was not highly relevant to them, although intellectually they knew it was important to be connected to other Quakers.