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Dear Friends,

We hope those of you who were able to attend had a fabulous time at CYM-in-session--if you weren't able to, stay tuned for recordings coming soon!

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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New CYM Office Coordinator!

Since early July we have had Eva Lacelle in our Ottawa CYM office. She will now be answering correspondence addressed to

Eva brings many years of experience working in finance and office administration. She spent more than 30 years as an Office Administrator in the Physics Department at Carleton University. She worked closely with graduate students, managed research grants and oversaw the departmental operating budget. Eva has had the privilege to work as part of the team tasked with the expansion of the Nobel Prize-winning Sudbury Neutrino Observatory into a world-class, underground research facility now known as SNOLAB.

In her spare time, Eva enjoys cycling, kayaking and all things “crafty.”

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Online CYM Meeting for Worship for Business: September 17th--and save the dates for Rep Meeting October 15th, November 19th, and December 3rd!

Canadian Yearly Meeting's next online Meeting for Worship for Business is Saturday 17 September, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. PDT (11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. MDT, 12:30-3:30 p.m. CDT, 1:30-4:30 p.m. EDT, 2:30-5:30 p.m. ADT, and 3:00-6:00 p.m. NDT).

The agenda for this meeting will include Reporting and Clearness Sessions for the CYM Representatives on the Kairos Steering and Program Committees, and on Quaker Earthcare Witness.

There will also be online Representative Meetings on Saturday October 15, Saturday November 19, and Saturday December 3.

(Not sure what Representative Meeting is? Representative Meeting brings together representatives of Monthly Meetings, Half-Yearly Meetings, and CYM Committees to make decisions between full CYM business sessions. During the pandemic, Rep Meeting has been held online. Agendas and other documents are circulated in advance and typically posted on the password-protected business section of

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Read the CYM 2022 Epistle

If you weren't able to attend CYM 2022 online, read on for more

"To Friends Everywhere:

Loving greetings from the 189th annual gathering of Quakers in Canada, our 67th as a united Canadian Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends. We met entirely online on 7–13 August 2022. This is our third year of gathering virtually.

As is our practice, Yearly Meeting was preceded by a retreat, led this year by Marcelle Martin of Swarthmore Friends Meeting and entitled 'Supporting One Another in Faithfulness.'..."

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September 24th: Quakers & Disabilities

Quakers & Disabilities, a new group of Canadian Friends, has begun to meet regularly, with the purpose of giving the opportunity for those who have a Concern regarding disabilities to gather in worship and sharing. This group is not under the care of any Meeting, but thanks Vancouver Island Monthly Meeting for offering their Zoom account for meetings. 

The group plans to meet on the 4th Saturday of the month at 11:00 a.m. PDT (12:00 p.m. MDT, 1:00 p.m. CDT, 2:00 p.m. EDT, 3:00 p.m. ADT, and 3:30 p.m. NDT). If you'd like to be on the email list for this Meeting, please email David McKay

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October 14-16: Camp Closing Weekend

"Our final weekend of the season where we help to put our beloved Camp NeeKauNis to bed for the winter. All are welcome to come share in the companionship and closing tasks!

Suggested donation of $20/day to cover the cost of food. Please bring a dessert or snacks to share."

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Quaker Parent Mutual Support Groups

Co-sponsored by Friends United Meeting, New York Yearly Meeting, and Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, Quaker parent mutual support groups provide a supportive forum in which Quaker parents can talk about their parenting and their faith. These groups are open to any Friend currently raising children under the age of nineteen. They are free. The groups will meet for one hour every other week for a total of twelve gatherings between November 2022 and April 2023. They will be conducted in English and on the Zoom platform.

In past years, the groups have included Friends from many Yearly Meetings (and isolated Friends) across the theological spectrum of Quakerism. Parents celebrate one another’s successes and provide fellowship for one another through difficulties. Each group has two co-facilitators whose own children are no longer living at home. The co-facilitators are responsible for structuring the conversations, emailing reminders about meetings, and so forth.

Curious to know more? You can read reflections on the first year of the groups on coordinator Emily Provance’s blog, and on the second year of the groups on FUM’s blog. Please email coordinator Emily Provance your questions using the form at the bottom of this page.

The registration deadline is November 1, 2022.


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CYM Contributions Corner

Did you know that CYM is the contact point for the public and for Quakers looking for information about Quakers – history, current nature and activities, locations of Meetings for worship?


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