Our formal name is the “Reno Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends” – a mouthful, for sure, and a reflection of the Quakers’ fondness for the term “meeting.”
The word means different things in different contexts: often it refers to the hour-long worship service, sometimes it’s shorthand for the building (or meeting house) where the worship service is held. And many times the word is used to name an organization unit within the broader Quaker organization.
Rather than use the term church or congregation, Quakers call local worship groups like ours “Monthly Meetings” – even though they meet weekly for worship. That’s because Quakers manage the business of their local meetings once a month at what we call the meeting for business; at Reno Friends, we usually hold ours the second Sunday of each month starting at 11:30 am.
Each Meeting is responsible for its own maintenance, but it also is part of a wider Friends organization. Monthly Meetings are organized into regional gatherings of Friends that meet quarterly and yearly for worship and fellowship, and to conduct business. The Reno Meeting is part of the College Park Quarterly Meeting, which comprises about thirty-two Meetings in Northern California and Hawaii.
The College Park Quarterly Meeting in turn is part of the Pacific Yearly Meeting, a regional organization that includes Meetings from Southern California, Mexico and Guatemala. As the name suggests, this organization holds an annual meeting for Friends from its region.
To Learn More About Reno Friends …
You can find out more about Reno Friends by exploring the links that drop down from the All About Reno Friends link in our navigation bar. You can learn what happens during Sunday services, about our First Day School for children, the Alternatives to Violence program in Nevada prisons, whose work we support, and meet some of the men, women and children who attend Reno Friends. We’ve included a short, fun quiz to help you See If You Might Be a Quaker at heart.
If you would like to know more about what is happening now and in upcoming weeks at the Meeting, you can view posts from Our Blog, read our monthly Newsletter or view our monthly Calendar using the links on our navigation bar too.
The Reno Friends Meeting House is located at 497 Highland Avenue in Reno, just east of the University of Nevada at Reno campus. For contact information, directions and a map, click on the Contact link above.