Canadian Young Friends Yearly Meeting 2015 Epistle

This year at CYM there were a lot of conversations about communication and how we share our message. With this in mind, Young Friends also experimented with different modes of communication when writing our epistle. This year’s epistle was collaboratively written through a game sort of like ‘broken telephone.’ We each reflected on something we had experienced at yearly meeting and wrote a sentence about it at the top of a page. The paper was passed in a circle and the next person drew and illustration of the sentence. The original sentence was then folded over so that only the illustration was visible and it was passed again. The next person wrote a caption for what they saw in the illustration, folded over the illustration so that only their caption was visible and passed it on. The paper continued to be folded and passed around the circle until we reached the end of the page. We hope you enjoy our collaborative epistle, and the adventures that sprang from our reflections on this week.Learning Quaker process  (5)

Chair dance party (6)

Mum, can we use the kitchen to bake a cake (2)

A late night walk (4)

A late night walk (4 ending)We sat through 2 business meetings (1)

Swipe right to hold in the light (3)

CYFYM 2015- Nominations

CYFYM is in session in Charlottetown PEI! Nominating Committee is looking for nominations for the following positions. These are all two year positions that would begin at the rise of this years meeting and continue on until the rise of meeting in 2017. If you would like to name a f/Friend for one of these positions or have questions about what these entail, please contact

CYFYM Positions:
Young Friend Clerk
Co-recording clerks
Nominating Committee
Listener

CYM Committee Positions:
Education and Outreach
Webminder & Publications and Communications Committee Rep
Program Committee Rep
Canadian Friends Service Committee Rep

We will be having our next Meeting for Worship for Business on Thursday, please send any nominations by Thursday afternoon (EST).

Thinking of you,
Christina (YAF co-clerk)

Radical Nonviolence: a Camp for Peacemakers

Canadian Friends Service Committee is running a camp on Radical Nonviolence!
We will spend a week outdoors building community and deepening our understandings of what nonviolence means. This camp will offer practical skills and group work with short (20 to 30 minute) presentations by facilitators. The camp is open to all over the age of 16 (Quaker or not) and runs from August 24th to 30th, 2015. Travel funds are available from Canadian Friends Service Committee to help Young Friends get to beautiful Camp NeeKauNis on the shores of Georgian Bay (Ontario). For more information contact CFSC ( or 416-920-5213) or visit http://www.quakerservice.ca/camp

Youth Challenge 2015

Under 35? Get yourself to CYM this summer and be part of the 2015 Youth Challenge!

In 2012 Canadian Young Friends Yearly Meeting received $25,000 to bring together Young Friends and Young Adult Friends at CYM 2013. The 2013 and 2014 Youth Challenges were a great success, bringing together many Friends between the ages of 13 and 35 and fostering deeper connections in the Young Friend and Young Adult Friend community from coast to coast. A substantial amount of the funding is still available for use in 2015. As funding can be a major barrier to attending, we’re incredibly excited to be able to help YFs and YAFs come together from across the country in Charlottetown, PEI from Aug. 14-22.

Young Friends are typically defined as being at least 12 or 13, but the Youth Challenge may be able to fund younger Friends as well, particularly if they are the children of Young Adult Friends also attending CYM. All applicants should write their own applications.

What can we expect to experience as part of the Youth Challenge?

We’re excited to bring a critical mass of Young Friends and Young Adult Friends together to energize and strengthen our community and rejoice in our time together in worship, play, and good conversation. We hope to rejuvenate Canadian Young Friends Yearly Meeting and discern our collective path forward, asking what we want to be doing and what makes sense for us as a Yearly Meeting. Planning is well under way for exciting and enriching programming for both YFs and YAFs!

How does the funding work? Who’s eligible?

CYM’s Education and Outreach Committee will allocate funds to applicants on a first-come first-served basis, taking into account financial need and desire to attend CYM. Anyone under 35 with a connection to the Religious Society of Friends is eligible – first time CYM attenders are encouraged! The maximum amount per person will be $750 unless there are extenuating circumstances which would require a larger amount (e.g. needing to take along small children).

How do I apply?

Go to the Education & Outreach Committee page of Quaker.ca, scroll down to “Application Process for Education Grants and Loans” to find the application form and send this to the E&O Grants and Loans Officer. See email address below. A Minute from your Monthly Meeting in support of your attendance at CYM is encouraged but not required, as we understand that not all Young Friends have a strong connection to a Monthly Meeting. Asking a Monthly Meeting for additional financial support is also encouraged. If you prefer, you may submit a supporting letter from a Friend who is connected to Canadian Yearly Meeting or someone from Camp NeeKauNis or someone from a Half-Yearly Meeting or a worship group in support of your application.

Questions?

Contact

Youth and Militarism Conference- April 24-26

Education and Outreach Committee of CYM is hosting a conference entitled Youth and Militarism from April 24-26, 2015, for youth aged 15-35. The conference will be held concurrently in two locations: in Peterborough, ON, hosted by Peterborough Friends Meeting, and in Shawnigan Lake, BC, at OUR Ecovillage on Vancouver Island. The two conferences will share information, discussions, updates through social media. Some lectures will be broadcast live from one conference to the other.

Youth in Canada, and particularly young people of faith, are increasingly concerned about militarism in our society and how it affects them. The Youth and Militarism Conference hopes to bring together dedicated and interested youth to discuss and learn about militarism in Canada, to gather wisdom from one another, and to build a common and effective voice to create change.

The conference will provide workshops and lectures to Canadian youth, covering various topics at the Eastern Conference such as: Christian Peacemaker teams, peacebuilding opportunities and skills, community action and event planning, surveillance, the criminalization of dissent, the militarization of police, the military in Canadian universities and schools, ties between food systems and war, food as a form of resistance, and at the Western Conference: restorative justice, nonviolent communication, countering militarism by cultivating peace, the history of peace movements in Canada, and more!

For more information, please visit Quaker.ca.

Canadian Young Friends Yearly Meeting 2014 Epistle

After the abundant youth presence because of the Youth Challenge at last year’s CYM, this year had a comparably small and intimate YF/YAF community. Throughout the week, many Young Adult Friends were involved with CYM business. We became reacquainted on Sunday over word games and multigenerational activities. That night we had the privilege to attend the SPG lecture with the keynote speakers Bill Curry and Dale Dewar. The topic was war as a societal disease and how we might diagnose and treat it. Many Young Friends emerged with an interesting new perspective. We anticipate that this lecture may influence our discussions at the upcoming Youth and Militarization Conference being organized by E&O. We then ate cake.
 
The theme of thought-provoking lectures continued on Monday with Mark Birch’s quaker study on simplicity. These lectures continued throughout the week. After an intellectually-stimulating beginning of the week, we dropped our thinking hats in favor of jumping socks and traveled to a trampoline park, where we played trampoline dodgeball and volleyball. We then ate leftover cake. We ended the evening with our first CYFYM business meeting, which was vastly improved by a veritable cornucopia of delicious snacks.
 
The business continued through Tuesday, with a productive threshing session on fostering our Young Adult Friend community. Several ideas arose, including using social networking to connect Young Friends in between gatherings, the prospect of a Quaker book club, and even a suggestion that we might look into the possibility of establishing a permanent Quaker gathering place in Western Canada. We then ate cake.
Wednesday was highlighted by a discussion on LGBTQ issues that lead into a multigenerational dance party. Young Friends made creative use of recycling bins as props in interpretive dance. We then ate cake.
 
On Thursday, Bill and Dale gave their famous talk to the Young Adult Friends. This was in no way eclipsed by our evening activity. We were offered the incredible opportunity by Richard Reed Parry (son of Caroline Balderston Parry) to not only go see Arcade Fire in concert, but to also dance with them through the crowd to their stage in ridiculous costumes, and then go back stage after to meet the band. Their performance was phenomenal, and the night of dancing proved to be the highlight of our week for many of the Young Friends in attendance. We regrettably missed the cake that followed the CFSC talk that night, but several Young Friends were able to scrounge for leftovers.
 
Those of us who were led to go to business meeting on Friday morning were only slightly less alert than normal, as we slowly readjusted to regular volumes of noise. Several Quaker youth donned piratey hats and traveled to the local museum where we played a pirate role playing game beside a real 15th century ship. That evening, we enjoyed a family night full of music, stories, and poetry. We then ate cake. Afterwards, we retired for our final business meeting which carried us early into the following day. Later that morning, the first and only meeting of the youth epistle committee adjourned.

CYFYM 2014: Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business

Agenda

Monday 9-10pm Residence basement lounge

  1. Opening Worship
  2. Introduction to Meeting for Worship for Business
  3. Overview of this week’s major business / review of the agenda
  4. Naming from the floor: Epistle Committee
  5. Nominations
  6. Report from the Clerks
  7. Threshing Session Part 1: How do we foster connections and community amongst Young Friends and Young Adult Friends through the means and resources we currently have?
  8. Closing Worship

Tuesday 3:30-5:30pmResidence basement lounge

  1. Opening Worship
  2. Reports
  3. Inquiry & Healing – CMMC
  4. Guidelines for YF/YAF events
  5. Threshing Session Part 2
  6. Closing Worship

Friday 1-2pm – at Food Coop/nearby

  1. Opening Worship
  2. Nominations for approval
  3. Epistle
  4. Minutes of appreciation
  5. Closing Worship

 *Questions and additions to this agenda can be directed to Maggie Knight or Rachel Urban-Shipley at CYM or via email to

 

Nominations at CYFYM 2014

Canadian Yearly Meeting is on its way and CYFYM Nominating Committee is hoping to have a head start this year. All in all, we’re in good shape, but there are a number of positions that we are looking to fill. All position terms are 2 years in length (those nominated this year will serve until the rise of meeting in 2016). Here is the list:

  • Young Adult Friend Clerk
  • Co-Recording Clerk
  • Nominating Committee
  • Listener
  • Education and Outreach Representative
  • Sporadical Editor

Want to know more about these positions? Get in touch with for more info, to get a better sense of what’s involved in each position, or to talk to the Young Friends currently serving in each position.

Youth Challenge 2014 is Live!

Under 35? Get yourself to CYM this summer and be part of the 2014 Youth Challenge!

In 2012 Canadian Young Friends Yearly Meeting received $25,000 to bring together Young Friends and Young Adult Friends at CYM 2013. The 2013 Youth Challenge was a great success, bringing together 45 Friends between the ages of 13 and 35 and fostering deeper connections in the Young Friend and Young Adult Friend community from coast to coast. A substantial amount of the funding is still available for use in 2014. As funding can be a major barrier to attending, we’re incredibly excited to be able to help YFs and YAFs come together from across the country in Winnipeg, Manitoba this August 9th-16th. Read the 2013 CYFYM Epistle online and see what it’s all about!

Young Friends are typically defined as being at least 12 or 13, but the Youth Challenge may be able to fund younger Friends as well, particularly if they are the children of Young Adult Friends also attending CYM. All applicants should write their own applications.

What can we expect to experience as part of the Youth Challenge?

We’re excited to bring a critical mass of Young Friends and Young Adult Friends together to energize and strengthen our community and rejoice in our time together in worship, play, and good conversation. We hope to rejuvenate Canadian Young Friends Yearly Meeting and discern our collective path forward, asking what we want to be doing and what makes sense for us as a Yearly Meeting. Planning is well under way for exciting and enriching programming for both YFs and YAFs!

How does the funding work? Who’s eligible?

CYM’s Education and Outreach Committee will allocate funds to applicants on a first-come first-served basis, taking into account financial need and desire to attend CYM. Anyone under 35 with a connection to the Religious Society of Friends is eligible–first time CYM attenders are encouraged! The maximum amount per person will be $750 unless there are extenuating circumstances which would require a larger amount (e.g. needing to take along small children).

How do I apply?

You can apply online by filling out the application form or you can download the application and submit it by email to . A Minute from your Monthly Meeting in support of your attendance at CYM is encouraged but not required, as we understand that not all Young Friends have a strong connection to a Monthly Meeting. Asking a Monthly Meeting for additional financial support is also encouraged.  If you prefer, you may submit a supporting letter from a Friend who is connected to Canadian Yearly Meeting or someone from Camp NeeKauNis or someone from a Half-Yearly Meeting or a worship group in support of your application.

Questions?

Contact 

Info about Yearly Meeting and how to register can be found here