We welcome visitors of all ages. See our address, Sunday schedule and contact information on the "Find Us" page, and explore our website to find information about our children's program, potlucks, attenders' meetings, retreats and other community events. Si vous voulez des informations en francais, nous demander, s’il vous plait!
The St. Lawrence Valley Regional Gathering will take place in Mountain Grove, ON from June 15-17. Topics will be 1) Healing and Reconciliation of Communities (HROC) and 2) Job creation. For HROC, we hope to hear how trauma is managed in Africa as members of the Congolese Quaker community in Montreal join us. The second theme of job creation may expand our thinking last year when we learned of a basic guaranteed income.
Ottawa Monthly Meeting is currently blessed with an abundance of Young Adult Friends.* Many of the YAFs are now meeting for a potluck about once a month. If you self-identify as a YAF and aren't yet connected to this group, ask around on a Sunday or send the webminder an e-mail and I'll put you in touch.
*Quaker-speak for people roughly in their 20's and 30's who have a connection to Quakers.
The OMM Refugee Committee is delighted to announce that we have heard from Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada that our sponsorship application for the Syrian family has been accepted. We are also aware that it may take a year or more to completed. We very much hope that it will take less time but are greatly cheered to know that it is at least underway.
We tried a new streamlined approach to the Great Glebe Garage Sale this year. We recruited LOTS of volunteers and split our activities into two -- one group, at our Friend's driveway down the street, some sold a small collection of the usual "stuff" and collected a good bundle of cash for our charities.
At the Meetinghouse itself, another group focused on being more of a welcoming oasis, with live music on the front porch. We also had some organic seedlings, lovely terrariums, maple syrup, tiny delicious snacks for sale, & complimentary fruit water. It was fun working together, plus we earned a good sum to split between the Centretown Emergency Food Bank and Baja Lempo child care centre.
Lots of folks enjoyed the shady forecourt or peaceful meeting room indoors (or just used our accessible bathroom) -- we hope some of our ~40 inquiring visitors will return to experience Meeting for Worship on a Sunday morning! We felt very happy to have had such varied activities (even dancing!) AND pleasure, while welcoming so many neighbours--and a lot less stress than in previous years!
Love silence, even in the mind... Much speaking, as much thinking, spends; and in many thoughts, as well as words, there is sin. True silence is the rest of the mind; and is to the spirit, what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.