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Dear Friends,

This month's newsletter is a little shorter than usual as Friends collect themselves after this year's CYM online gathering. We're looking forward to seeing the initiatives and reflections that come out of the time together; please don't hesitate to send in contributions!

Thank you for reading Canadian Yearly Meeting's monthly electronic newsletter—we're glad to have you! If you know others who might like to receive this, please feel free to forward this message so that other friends can subscribe at the link below. Your help in connecting Friends across the country is deeply appreciated!

If you'd like to contribute to the newsletter, email by the 15th of the month. We may not be able to fit all contributions in, but we'll try!

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CFSC's Are We Done Fighting? workshops

You can join a free interactive workshop series to do activities from Canadian Friends Service Committee's award-winning book Are We Done Fighting? Building Understanding in a World of Hate and Division. The next offering of the series starts on Tuesday September 14 and runs for six consecutive Tuesdays at 10:30 am-12pm Eastern.

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Update the Find a Meeting page

With restrictions lifting in some places and being reinstated in others, please take a minute to make sure the info for your Meeting's Meeting for Worship is up to date on our List of CYM Meetings during the pandemic. This list appears at the top of our Find a Meeting page, which is one of the most popular pages on our website among visitors. Note that the template for what information to submit to be included in the list is at the top.


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Cours en ligne: Introduction aux quakers

Réservez un peu de temps cet automne pour le premier cours en ligne en français sur le quakerisme au Canada. Le cours « Introduction aux quakers » va avoir lieu le samedi et il s’étendra sur 6 ou 7 semaines à partir du 11 septembre de 12h30 à 14h30 heure de l’Est.

Que vous soyez en mesure de suivre ce cours ou non, puis-je vous demander de partager cette publication à toutes les personnes francophones et francophiles qui souhaitent approfondir leurs connaissances du quakerisme?

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P.S. : Partagez svp!

P.P.S. For those who don’t read French, the message above is an invitation to join an introduction to Quakers course happening in French this fall, 2021. Please forward a personalized message to anyone you think might be interested in discussing Quakerism with other francophones and francophiles. A message will go out to all meetings and worship groups soon.

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The Canadian Friend: September 7th submission deadline

Speak to your community; be part of the conversation among Canadian Friends. Please submit articles between 500-1200 words long. Submissions on any topic of potential interest to Canadian Friends are warmly welcomed, as are photos, art, and suggestions and submissions for “Meet a Friend” (an interview of a Quaker) or “Gleanings & Quotations” (funny, interesting, or inspiring quotes). Submit to: or Canadian Friend Editor c/o CYM Office 91A Fourth Ave, Ottawa, ON, K1S 2L1 by September 7th.

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Share your local outreach plans

What does your Meeting have planned for opportunities to invite your local communities into greater awareness of Friends? If you have upcoming plans - perhaps for International Day of Peace on Sept 21st or World Quaker Day on October 3rd - you are encouraged to share what you're doing directly with a Friend from another Meeting and/or through the CYM Facebook group.

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CFSC's Get to Know Thee, Friend series continues

"Brew some tea and join Canadian Friends Service Committee on the last Thursday of every month this year for an online evening of discussion, sharing, and Friendship. Our series Get to Know Thee, Friend is a chance to meet Friends from across Canada and learn about their experience with Friends and with service work."

The series continues on September 30th with a conversation with Monica Walters-Fields. Future dates are October 28th and November 25th; December date tbd.

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Simpler Meetings

"The Simpler Meetings project has been finding and sharing ways that Quaker meetings can be easier to run, and less of a burden for Quaker role holders. The aim is to spend less time on 'doing' Quakers, releasing more time for 'being' Quakers – for our witness in the world, spiritual nurture, outreach and building our Quaker communities.

Learning from Quakers across Britain, we've gathered a wide range of ideas you can use. There are many possibilities to chose from. Meetings have much more permission to do things differently than people sometimes think. Our project worker Jonathan Carmichael worked with us for three years until 18 June 2021, funded by legacies to Britain Yearly Meeting."

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"Did you know?" from CYM Contributions Committee

Did you know that CYM provides Quaker representation at the national level including the Canadian Council of Churches?


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"Sweet Home Monteverde": website correction

Unfortunately, the link to the Sweet Home Monteverde website we shared last month had a typo in it (your f/Friendly editor forgot to check the link). We hope you found your way to the documentary anyway, but wanted to include a corrected link to the website.

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Maison Quaker fall programming - spaces still available!

Maison Quaker, in Congénies France, continues to have space in its autumn music and art programmes, and are taking reservations and deposits. This year, all deposits are fully refundable for cancellations made for any reason, including travel restrictions. Extra safety measures have been added.

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