On Simplicity: Quaker Study

Please join us Sunday, January 11 as we continue to study the Quaker testimony to simplicity, led by Mark Burch, “Come All Ye Who are Heavily Cumbered: Simplicity as the Radical Path to Peace, Justice, Community and Care of the Earth.”

This is our final session of this series on simplicity.

We will start at 9:30 am, in the Winnipeg Monthly Meeting area at the Centre for Christian Studies.

All are welcome!

Advices and Queries, December 28, 2014

3. Do you try to set aside times of quiet for openness to the Holy Spirit? All of us need to find a way into silence which allows us to deepen our awareness of the divine and to find the inward source of our strength. Seek to know an inward stillness, even amid the activities of daily life. Do you encourage in yourself and in others a habit of dependence on God’s guidance for each day? Hold yourself and others in the Light, knowing that all are cherished by God.

Advices and Queries, December 21, 2014

2. Bring the whole of your life under the ordering of the spirit of Christ. Are you open to the healing power of God’s love? Cherish that of God within you, so that this love may grow in you and guide you. Let your worship and your daily life enrich each other. Treasure your experience of God, however it comes to you. Remember that Christianity is not a notion but a way.

Please note: On Sunday, December 21, we also have Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business, after our coffee time. All are welcome!

“Introduction to Quakers and Friends’ Ways” and “Being Peace, Being Quaker”

These online courses are being offered by Canadian Yearly Meeting Education & Outreach Committee in Winter 2015

Facilitator: Eric Kristensen, Vancouver Monthly Meeting

Friends across Canada are invited to participate in one or both of these online courses, which were offered previously in 2012.  They will begin the second week of January and conclude in late February 2015.

Introduction to Quakers and Friends’ Ways will address the early history of Friends, the history of Friends in Canada, the experiential nature of Quaker faith, the role of the Meeting in Quaker life, Quaker testimonies and their origin, and how our Quaker community nurtures how we live, work, worship, and transact business.

Being Peace, Being Quaker is based on a non-violent communication model influenced by Quaker values.  It will address the peace we cultivate within ourselves, creating peaceful relations with others, listening and empathy exercises, answering that of God in ourselves and others, and the role of love in conflict situations.

Participants will receive readings in advance for each of the six weekly course sessions and connect via online video conference and/or telephone. The two courses will be scheduled to accommodate participants as well as possible.  The full course descriptions, readings and resource materials are available on the CYM web site here:


The courses will include worship, active exercises, reflections from readings and the application to one’s own life of what is learned.  Each session of Being Peace, Being Quaker will last 90 minutes.  Each session of Introduction to Friends’ Ways will take two hours.  Online polls for scheduling the time and day for each course will be sent to all interested participants to determine the best time for the greatest number of people.  In order to ensure that these courses are a positive and engaging experience, the number of participants in each course will be limited to ten.  The courses may be offered again if demand is high.

How to Sign Up

The courses are free of charge and open to members and attenders of meetings and worship groups in Canada.  Materials will be distributed to participants in advance of each session by email.  To indicate your interest in taking one of these courses, please contact Eric Kristensen with the following information:

1.      Contact and geographical information

a.      Name

b.      City, town or location, Province

c.      Email address

d.      Telephone number

e.      Time Zone

f.      Meeting or Worship Group

2.      Select the course you are most interested in taking.

3.      What days and times are you available to participate in your chosen course? (weekends included)

Please send this information or any questions to Eric Kristensen by December 1 at  [email protected]

If you wish to inquire by telephone, please send an email including your telephone number and the best time to reach you (again, please include your time zone – PST, MST, CST, EST, AST or NST).

The facilitator, Eric Kristensen, is retired from a career in university teaching development.  He is currently a member of Vancouver Friends Meeting and serves on its Meeting on Ministry and Counsel.  Previously, he was a member of North Shore Friends Meeting in Beverly Farms, Massachusetts (New England Yearly Meeting) and has been a member of the Society since joining Friends Meeting at Cambridge (Massachusetts) in 1978.  He has served Friends on the boards of the American Friends Service Committee, Friends General Conference, and Moses Brown School (Providence, Rhode Island).  He has also served on many committees in those organisations as well as clerk for New England Yearly Meeting’s Permanent Board and Friends for Lesbian and Gay Concerns (now FLGBTQC).  He holds the M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School and an M.A. in Musicology from Harvard University as well as a B.A from Columbia University.