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Welcome! We are embarking on the grand adventure of an online Yearly Meeting in this pandemic year. Please bear with us as we try this for the first time.

We will keep updating this page, and it will always contain the latest information on Yearly Meeting 2020 – from schedules and registration, to the right links to Zoom and Discord sessions (once meetings are underway).

Our online Yearly Meeting will run August 8-13, 2020.

NEW  Presentations have been finalized and links to descriptions are now available within the schedule.

Tech Training & Support

29 July, 2020

Aside from this website, two pieces of tech we will use to host CYM 2020 online are Zoom and Discord. If you’re not familiar with these, never fear! Support is available.

(Also, all the links and details you will need to join these trainings will be on this very webpage – quaker.ca/yearlymeetinginsession – when the time comes.)

Zoom Trainings

There will be three sessions to explain how to use the videoconference features of Zoom and to let people practice using it:

• Thursday, July 30 – 7 pm Eastern Time – COMPLETED
• Saturday, August 1 – 11 am Eastern Time – COMPLETED

• Wednesday, August 5 – 2 pm Eastern Time
Link to join the Zoom meeting for this session: https://zoom.us/j/96538264559
Meeting ID: 965 3826 4559
Passcode: 069437

Joining Zoom by Telephone

There will be a Zoom session specifically for those using the telephone, so that they will have time to practice and experience using a Zoom videoconference to gather with Friends:

• Tuesday, August 4 – 2pm Eastern Time

Discord Trainings

Discord is a powerful chat and messaging application, that will allow Friends to talk and share information during Yearly Meeting.

Two Discord trainings will be held:

• Tuesday, August 4 – 7:30 pm Eastern Time
• Friday, August 7 – 7:30 pm Eastern Time

During these training sessions, we will help Friends to create a Discord account, and explain how the CYM 2020 Discord server is set up and how to use it.

Individual Support

We know there are members who are hesitant to use the internet and need support to use it successfully. Others don’t have access to a strong enough connection. We want to ensure that all who want to attend this year, can.

Please contact TechHelp@quaker.ca  to be connected to a Friend who will support people who have challenges with the internet and Zoom in particular. Our Friendly approach and technical knowledge will try to help find creative participation for all at CYM in Session.

Register & Volunteer

20 July, 2020

You can now register for our online Yearly Meeting by filling out this form:
Registration for CYM 2020 (google form)

NOTE: If you want to be assigned to a worship sharing group, we need your registration before August 3!

To pull this off, we will need help! Please consider volunteering for Yearly Meeting. The areas where we need help are in the registration form.


18 July, 2020

The schedule for CYM 2020 is now available. These sessions will mostly focus on spiritual development, opportunities to socialize and connect, and social and environmental justice.

There will no business sessions; the business that normally would have been Yearly Meeting 2020 is being addressed in series of Representative Meetings running this spring and summer, meetings which can be conducted online more easily. (Quakers who have an account on our business site can sign in to read Representative Meeting minutes and documents, then pass the fruit of their discernment onto their representatives. Those without accounts can request one here.)

Survey Results

29 June 2020

A summary of feedback from our survey on what Friends want to see in place of an in-person Yearly Meeting in Session is now available:
Summary of Survey Responses – What do Friends want to see this year? (PDF)

The survey itself is still available too:
Survey of Yearly Meeting Interests  (Google form)

We look forward to using this feedback to plan our messy adventure together during this pandemic year.

Planning for an online Yearly Meeting

20 May 2020

New Challenges, New Opportunities

During this pandemic year, our planned in-person CYM in Session has been cancelled. This means the work of Program Committee has been laid down until August 2020, at which time we will continue to plan for CYM 2021.

New Committee, New Ways of Gathering

We have formed an enlarged Program Committee during 2020 in order to offer some parts of our usual programming to Canadian Quaker members, attenders, and inquirers. The Interim Program and Support Committee (IPASC) includes a core group from Program Committee, as well as representatives of Education and Outreach Committee (E&O), Publications and Communications Committee (PubComm), Canadian Young Friends Yearly Meeting (CYFYM), Contributions Committee, and Continuing Meeting of Ministry and Counsel (CMM&C).

IPASC will be working on an on-line version of Yearly Meeting, as well as investigating ways to support Friends by making connections among local Meetings, increasing opportunities for on-line learning, and experimenting with other ways for Friends to connect across CYM with those outside their local Meetings. Suggestions and offers of assistance are welcome.

Experiments with Worship, Business, Fellowship

Many Quaker meetings across Canada have been finding ways to use technology to gather in Meeting for Worship, Meeting for Worship for Business, and informal coffee groups. A popular videoconferencing technology for doing this is Zoom, but Friends in Halifax have been using Jitsi. Woodbrooke College has compiled useful guides to meeting online as Quakers, for those looking for help or even just advice on best practices.

There is an unofficial Canadian Quakers group available to those who are on Facebook. As of May 2020, the group included more than 440 members.

We are among Friends worldwide

We will be compiling links to other opportunities for Friends.

We are planning another page that will be on the business side of our site, where we will be able to share more details without exposing ourselves to bots and trolls. When ready, detailed info will be available on our CYM in Session 2020 page. (Please note that to access this page you will be prompted log-in to the business side of our site or to create an account for it. All members and attenders who are part of CYM are entitled to access to this side of the quaker.ca. If you’re having a hard time logging in or creating an account, contact our web editor at editor@quaker.ca.)

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