Canadian Yearly Meeting is fast approaching, this year extending from Aug. 5-13. The full programme is up: as always, there will be time to share the experience of Spirit in our lives, games, singing, community service, children’s activities, an LGBTQ-themed evening, a family-themed variety show, and of course Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business. As well, Special Interest and Activity Groups spring up spontaneously or can be proposed in advance by anyone who feels led to organize one. In the programme document, you’ll also find details about financial support, especially (but not only) for families and those 35 and under. To register, fill out and submit this registration form.
Featured presenters and other highlights are below; keep an eye on the CYM 2016 web page for developments.
Aug 5-6: Nurturing Our Community
Retreat: Beverly Shepard (Hamilton Monthly Meeting)
In 2017 we will have a “fallow year”, not holding Yearly Meeting sessions. We all know how valuable the week of Yearly Meeting is for building and fostering our community from across this vast country. What will we do when the sessions aren’t happening? What do we do the rest of any year? We will explore ways that community is built and fostered and how we can continue to do this even though we won’t be physically together. Bring your ideas as well as your questions!
Aug. 7: Continuing Revelation: Quaking with Grace and Joy in Modern Times
Sunderland P. Gardner Lecture: Maggie Knight (Vancouver Island Monthly Meeting
Maggie will explore continuing revelation and the choices Quakers in Canada face as we navigate the second decade of the 21st century. How do we…
- navigate the opportunities and challenges of new technologies?
- support Friends of all ages as society’s understanding of consent in sexual and romantic relationships evolves?
- approach renewal amongst Friends without feeling driven by scarcity?
- meet the challenges of our time, including climate change and reconciliation with Indigenous communities?
- choose how busy to be and leave the space we need for reflection and discernment?
Maggie grew up on unceded Coast Salish territory in Victoria, BC. She’s a member of Vancouver Island Monthly Meeting and has sojourned with Meetings in Montreal, Halifax, and Vancouver. A third generation Quaker of British extraction… she has worked on restorative justice and Indigenous rights, and served with organizations including Canadian Friends Service Committee, Canadian Young Friends Yearly Meeting, CYM Determining Priorities and Envisioning Change Working Group, McGill’s undergraduate student union during the 2011-2012 Quebec student strike, Leadnow.ca, and currently RADIUS at Simon Fraser University and the interfaith Fossil Free Faith Fellowship.
Aug. 8-12: Biblical Justification and Biblical Disagreement with Friends’ Original Testimonies
Bible Study: Kate Johnson (Thousand Islands Monthly Meeting)
Drawing on a combination of her favourite scholarly Biblical research and lived experiences, Kate will discuss how the Bible justifies, encourages and challenges all of us to live out our testimonies. There will be a particular focus on how the Bible tells many stories of God using “outsiders” to do “His good will”.
After working in corrections and mental health social work, Kate earned a Master of Divinity with a Concentration in Restorative Justice. She then served for five years as the Chaplain to a federal correctional institution on behalf of Canadian Yearly Meeting. In 2013, Kate was appointed Chaplain to Queen’s University. Her ministry there includes care for the marginalized populations on campus, encouraging equitable practices on and off campus and the fostering of effective inter-faith dialogue.