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Countdown to our Yearly Gathering

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.

Quakers Are Hiring

Quaker organizations are looking for an archivist, a communications manager, and a director.


Canadian Yearly Meeting Seeking Archivist

CYM is encouraging qualified candidates to apply for the position of Archivist, a full time employment position on-site at the Canadian Quaker Archives at Pickering College in Newmarket, Ontario.

This is an opportunity to support both the reopening and ongoing development of the CYM Archives. There is a possibility of an extension as a full or part time position, pending funding availability.

Applications must be sent to by 11:59pm Pacific Standard Time on June 30, 2021.

UPDATE: The deadline has now passed, and we are not seeking further applications at this time.

Friends General Conference Seeking Communications Manager

All the details on this job opportunity are here. The person in this role will preferably work from Philadelphia, but working remotely is a possibility. The deadline for applications is Friday, July 9.

Quaker United Nations Office Seeking Director

The job posting for the QUNO New York Director is here.

“This is an extraordinary opportunity for a member of the Religious Society of Friends who is passionately committed to building peace and justice and who possesses the understanding and sensitivity necessary for work in multilateral diplomacy.”

The deadline is July 2.

News from Western Half Yearly Meeting

Here’s a message describing how things went during the latest gathering for Western Quakers.

Epistle from Spring Western Half Yearly Meeting, May 21-23, 2021

To Friends everywhere,

Greetings from Western Half-Yearly Meeting! We met online again this spring due to the on-going pandemic. We were glad to see Friends from all the meetings in Western Canada, including folks who joined with us for the first time. Our thanks to those that made it possible for us to gather in this virtual way.

In our Friday evening intergenerational welcome activity we enjoyed playing virtual Big Wind Blows by turning on and off our cameras. We broke into small groups in which we were challenged to find three things we had in common, all within only five minutes. 

In Worship Sharing groups, Friends noted how different fellowship feels online – however, these groups helped nurture the spirit of WHYM by connecting new and old Friends in a deep way. 

Business Meeting consisted of a shorter agenda and lively participation from Friends across our region, and we welcomed with joy the news of babies born into our community. 

Special Interest Groups included learning opportunities for Friends on various subjects including: “Project Plowshares – Beating Swords,” “Caring for our own dead at home,” “Small modular nuclear reactors,” and “Creating a virtual play and acting!”

In Memorial Meeting we shared our memories of Friends that have died in the past year. It was a time to give thanks for the grace of God as witnessed in the lives of these Friends.  

On Saturday night Jennifer Preston from the Canadian Friends Service Committee presented on the subject of reconciliation, the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and what it means for Friends considering reparations. Through this Friends learned about the CFSC Reconciliation Fund to support community-based efforts of Indigenous people in Canada who are working on cultural and language revitalization. Queries prompted Friends to consider their engagement with reconciliation and that “reconciliation is not a spectator sport.” 

Meeting for Worship was silent except for bird song and a highlight was the joyful presence of a very Young Friend cuddling, crawling and smiling in delight.

Family night is always a time of intergenerational joy and togetherness, and even in the online format gleanings were collected and shared for everyone’s enjoyment!

We are grateful for the ability to gather online, however we are hopeful for the safe return of our in-person gatherings and the new possibilities for remote attendance. We look forward to hugs, balancing, holding babies and hands.

As prepared by the Epistle Committee and shared at Family Night, Sunday May 23, 2021