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Canadian Young Friends Gathering Epistle 2017

Canadian Young Friends Gathering Epistle 2017

The gathered Young Friends ask this epistle be read during announcements after Meeting For Worship: Loving Greetings to Friends Everywhere: From 29th Sixth Month to 2nd Seventh Month 2017, around 30 Young Friends from across the country gathered at Camp NeeKauNis in Waubaushene, Ontario for a Canadian Young Friends Gathering. This gathering was organized to bring together a critical mass of Young Friends and Young Adult Friends in order to energize and strengthen our community and rejoice in our time…

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Canadian Young Friends Yearly Meeting Epistle 2015

Canadian Young Friends Yearly Meeting Epistle 2015

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…

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Canadian Young Friends Yearly Meeting Epistle 2014

Canadian Young Friends Yearly Meeting Epistle 2014

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…

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Canadian Young Friends Yearly Meeting Epistle 2013

Canadian Young Friends Yearly Meeting Epistle 2013

“I saw there was an Ocean of darkness and Death, but an infinite Ocean of Light and Love which flowed over the Ocean of Darkness.” – George Fox This year’s Canadian Young Friends Yearly Meeting was significantly aided by Canadian Yearly Meeting’s generous funding to help Young Friends get to Kemptville for the Youth Challenge. The week was both intensely rewarding and difficult. Friends of all ages started arriving in Kemptville, Ontario on Friday. There was an inter-generational mixer on Saturday…

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Canadian Young Friends Yearly Meeting Epistle 2009

Canadian Young Friends Yearly Meeting Epistle 2009

All in all this CYM has been an extremely positive and peaceful week. By supporting each other and loving one another, we can achieve anything. We look forward to learning more about the various committees’ and problems in our world, and what we can do as Young Friends to help. This year’s theme was ‘Friends with Mother Earth’. We did just that. This week was about slowing down, taking the time because all around you there are opportunities. When we take time and slow down it helps us recognize the chances we get in life. We can reach for those opportunities and make it something special. We can turn it into something unique, something that a Young Quaker Friend can do. Young Friends will always be with each other, supporting each other, and loving each other. Thanks for the wonderful memories, and the peaceful week!