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Dear Friends,

Welcome to 2021, a year which we all hope will be calmer than 2020 but which hasn't been so far.

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!

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It's nominations season!

Have you been thinking of a skill you'd like to develop or wishing you could think of another way to give back? Nominations Committee is looking for Friends to serve on CYM committees, which can be a great way to connect with Friends across the country. Nominations take place through your Monthly Meeting, so please reach out to your local nominations committee to discern a leading to serve or to suggest that another Friend has gifts to share.

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Get to Know Thee, Friend: A 12 part series for Canadian Friends Service Committee's 90th anniversary

"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." Up next: a conversation with New Brunswick Friend Vince Zelazny on Thursday, February 25th.

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Apply for the Quaker United Nations Office Virtual Summer School (July 5-16)!

"The Quaker United Nations Summer School provides the opportunity for a group of 25 young people (ages 20-26) to come together to learn more about Quaker work at the international level, and develop knowledge and competencies relevant to the work of the United Nations. The programme is grounded in QUNO Geneva’s work, with a focus on peace, disarmament, human rights, migration, sustainable and just economic systems, and climate change." Applications are due February 15th.

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Threshing sessions on laying down the CYM in Session Food Coop

"CYM will engage in a threshing process to prepare for the February 6 CYM meeting for worship for business, which includes a proposal to lay down the food co-op. Two two-hour threshing sessions are scheduled to accommodate Friends across the 5 time zones, and work/life schedules. Friends are asked to only attend one of the two sessions. The CYM Secretary will clerk the meeting." Sessions: January 30th, 2021: 10am PST, 11am MST, 12pm CST, 1pm EST, 2pm AST, and 2:30pm NST; and February 1st, 2021: 3pm PST, 4pm MST, 5pm CST, 6pm EST, 7pm AST, and 7:30pm NST.

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Monthly online worship sharing with Quaker Earthcare Witness

"Mark your calendars for the last Wednesday of the month: February 24, March 31, April 28, and May 26 at 8pm Eastern/5pm Pacific.

Worship sharing focuses on a particular question and helps us to explore our own experience and share with each other more deeply than we would in normal conversation. It seeks to draw us into sacred space, where we can take down our usual defenses, and encounter each other in 'that which is eternal.'"


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Evening Program Schedule for FGC Gathering Now Available!

It's not time yet to register for Friends' General Conference's 2021 virtual gathering (stay tuned...), but the schedule of evening programs has been released. Take a look!

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Reminder: CYM Meetings for Worship for Business online Feb. 6

Another CYM Meeting for Worship for Business is taking place on February 6th at 10:30am PST, 11:30am MST, 12:30pm CST, 1:30pm EST, 2:30pm AST, and 3pm NST. The agenda includes:

  • Recommendation to Lay Down Food Co-Op
  • CYM Archives Reporting and Clearness Report, and 3 Appendices
  • Change and Sustainable Transformation Working Group (CAST) Report
  • Supporting Documentation for CAST Recommendation
  • Resources for joining by Zoom

Joining by computer:


Meeting ID: 906 107 6645

Passcode: CYM1955

Joining by Phone:

Meeting ID: 906 107 6645

Passcode: 4107169

You can find the documents in advance via the business site at the link below.

Docs in advance

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