November 2021 Newsletter

For the schedule of upcoming events, see the list below. For the monthly Queries, see November: The Meeting Community. (The red text on this page and within this web site contains embedded hypertext links. Click on a red link to open the web page associated with that link.)

Announcements

Reno Friends Meeting is currently holding Silent Worship at 10:00 am on Sundays on Zoom. Our First Day School is open at parent request on Sundays when we gather in person, and will be held outside, if possible. Please contact clerk(at)renofriends.org a few days in advance if you would like to request First Day School for your children . We are also holding online meetings, fellowship, spiritual discussions and yoga on Zoom. For details on using Zoom, see our Zoom guidelines.

November 2021 Reno Friends Meeting Schedule

Sat. Nov. 6 – Fall Clean-Up in the Garden and Meeting House, 9 am to 12 noon
Sun. Nov. 7 – Zoom Silent Worship, 10 am (details
Tues. Nov. 9 – Zoom Ministry & Oversight Committee Meeting, 11 am
Thurs. Nov. 11 – Zoom Clerks’ Committee Meeting, 11 am
Sun. Nov. 14 – Zoom Silent Worship, 10 am (details
Sun. Nov. 14 – Zoom Meeting for Business, 11:30 am
Thurs. Nov. 18 – Brown Bag Lunch, hosted by Melanie and Peg, 12 noon.
Thurs. Nov. 18 – Zoom Spiritual Discussion on “Speaking in Worship,” with Wendy Swallow, 7-8:30 pm (details)
Sun. Nov. 21 – Zoom Silent Worship, 10 am (details)
Sun. Nov. 21 – Zoom Threshing Session on “Which RFM Programs Matter to Reno Friends?” 11:30 am to 1 pm (details to come)
Wed. Nov. 24 – AM Embodying the Light, 10-11 am, on Zoom (details)
Sun. Nov. 28 – Zoom Silent Worship, 10 am (details)
Saturday, Dec. 11th – Christmas Cookie Exchange – mark your calendars!

Reno Friends Meeting Event Details & Other Notices

Reno Friends Meeting is currently holding Silent Worship on Zoom at 10:00 a.m. with fellowship afterwards. Here is the recurring Zoom link for online Silent Worship:

https://zoom.us/j/98305205938?pwd=cDZseGdLbWMyYWZsZDdiN00rMjRUZz09

For Silent Worship on Zoom, we have developed a set of Zoom Worship guidelines. For those who would like to learn more about Zoom in advance, go to https://westernfriend.org/media/how-use-zoom-videoconferencing. If you would rather sit in Silent Worship quietly at home rather than online, we invite you to send after-thoughts, joys and concerns, and requests to hold people in the Light to Rhonda at rhondalou14(at)gmail.com. Our worship clerk will read them at the next Silent Worship.

Zoom Spiritual Discussion, 7-8:30 pm, Thurs. Nov. 18, “Speaking in Worship,” with Wendy Swallow

Please join Wendy Swallow for a Zoom Spiritual Discussion, Thurs. Nov. 18 at 7 pm, on “Speaking in Worship.” The Zoom link for this discussion, and additional background material and queries, will be sent out later in the month. We welcome everyone.

Zoom Threshing Session on “Which RFM Programs Matter to Reno Friends?” Sun. Nov. 21 from 11:30 am to 1 pm

In an effort to better understand the Meeting’s future needs and plans, we will gather by Zoom on Sun. Nov. 21 at 11:30 am to discuss the programs we offer at Reno Friends and possible changes in the coming year. Please bring ideas and join us for what should be an interesting discussion. (“Threshing Sessions” provide an opportunity to share opinions and nurture discernment, rather than to come to decisions. The leaders of the threshing session will report back to Business Meeting .) More information and a Zoom link will be provided closer to the date of the Threshing Session.

Quaker Earthcare Witness:  Join the Wed. Nov. 17 Quaker Earthcare Witness Worship Sharing on Climate & Care of the Earth

Quaker Earthcare Witness is hosting monthly online worship sharing groups in partnership with Friends General Conference. The next worship sharing will be Wed. November 17, from 5 pm to 6:15 pm Pacific. To register, go to: https://quakerearthcare.org/events/. Worship sharing focuses on a particular question and helps us to explore our own experience and share with each other more deeply than we would in normal conversation. It seeks to draw us into sacred space, where we can take down our usual defenses, and encounter each other in “that which is eternal.” During our time together, we’ll offer a brief introduction, review worship sharing guidelines, present the climate-related questions on which we’ll be reflecting, break out into small groups, and then gather after about 45 minutes for closing thoughts. 

For suggestions of books recommended by Quaker Earthcare Witness, click here:  https://www.quakerearthcare.org/article/qews-favorite-books 

Other Quaker Activities & Announcements

College Park Quarterly Meeting

Reno Friends Monthly Meeting is a member of College Park Quarterly Meeting (CPQM), a quarterly meeting of the unprogrammed Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in northern California and northern Nevada. CPQM holds Quarterly Meetings in the Winter, Spring and Fall, which are gatherings of Quakers from all the member Monthly Meetings, and it also provides support for member Meetings. There are 24 Monthly Meetings and six Worship Groups in CPQM. The next College Park Quarterly Meeting will be in Winter Quarter. The date and theme has not yet been announced.

Pacific Yearly Meeting

Pacific Yearly Meeting is a community of “unprogrammed” Friends (Quaker) Meetings in parts of Mexico and the western USA. After decades of independence, PYM recently became affiliated with Friends General Conference. In FGC there is another PYM, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, so Pacific Yearly Meeting is now known as PacYM instead. Reno Monthly Meeting is a member of PacYM, and uses the PacYM book Faith and Practice which sets out the beliefs of Friends, PacYM’s structures and processes, and the spiritual foundation of these processes and of our way of worship. Western Friend is the official publication of Quakers in Pacific, North Pacific, and Intermountain Yearly Meetings. PacYM is a year-round community, and holds a four-day summer gathering called “PacYM Annual Session.” The dates for the 2022 Annual Session have not yet been announced.

Ben Lomond Quaker Center Workshops

Ben Lomond Quaker Center will host the Young Adult Friends Service Weekend Nov. 19-21, at Ben Lomond Quaker Center in the Santa Cruz Mountains, CA, for ages 18-35.  This event is grant-funded, and so it is “pay as lead.” For more information, see link below.

Ben Lomond is still operating despite pandemic restrictions, but most programs are currently held online. For more information about their Quaker programs and retreats, including Worship Sharing and Silent Worship, or to donate, go to http://www.quakercenter.org.

Reno Friends Newsletter: How To Contribute

Submissions: Please submit your items for the newsletter by the 25th of the month for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter. Send Friends events and information to Reno Friends newsletter editor Wendy Swallow, wswallow54 (at) gmail.com, or leave a message on the Meeting phone, (775) 329-9400.

Getting the newsletter in the mail: If you need to receive your newsletter by postal mail, please notify RFM newsletter editor Wendy Swallow by emailing wswallow54(at)gmail.com or calling 775-473-5559.

Donating to Reno Friends in 2021

If you would like to support the Meeting, donations should be sent to our Meeting Co-Treasurer Charlie Shepard at his home at 4395 Mountaingate Drive, Reno, NV  89519. Or you can send money to the Meeting via your bank using the Zelle payment application, which most banks offer for free. To make a Zelle transfer, you’ll need Reno Friends’ bank account number, which you can get by emailing Charlie at cshepard54(at)gmail.com. Zelle eliminates the need to write a check and, for our Treasurers, to deposit your check at the bank. Thank you from Reno Friends!

Donate New Stamps to the Homeless

Want to help those in need? Donate new FOREVER stamps to be distributed to the homeless through the Reno Family Resource Center. Put stamp donations in the little drawer under the bulletin board in the Meeting House.

Carson City Worship Group

The Carson City worship group meets every Sunday of the month for unprogrammed worship from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm in the living room of the Rectory of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Carson City. Attenders are asked to wear a mask. St. Peter’s, located at 314 North Division Street, occupies a small city block in the heart of Carson City’s Historic District. The Rectory, an historic two-story brick house, sits just south of the church building. If anyone would like to be connected to the Carson group, just email clerk(at)renofriends.org.

Quaker Mission Stamp Project

Stamping for Dollars, previously know as The Quaker Stamp Project, helps the poor through Right Sharing of World Resources, a Quaker organization that provides micro-grants to groups of very poor women for starting up a business. All live in impoverished areas in Africa and India. To support this worthwhile program, save canceled foreign and domestic stamps, and send them to: Stamps for Right Sharing, c/o Indianapolis First Friends, 3030 Kessler Blvd East Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46220. For more information: https://www.rswr.org/stamp-program. You can help make a difference in the world – one stamp at a time!

Outside Non-Profits That (Previously) Met at the Quaker Meeting House

NOTE:  These groups are negotiating their return to our Meeting House. Please contact the groups directly for updates.

Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm, and every Saturday from 5 pm to 6 pm. ACA is a world service 12-step program for those struggling with the legacy of growing up in an alcoholic or dysfunctional home. These groups are open to all.

Citizens Climate Lobby of Northern Nevada works with local and national legislators to pass a carbon tax and dividend to help stop global warming. CCL meets the 4th Tuesday of the month, 6:30 to 8 pm (except for Dec.). For more info, email Betsy Fadali at bfadali(at)sbcglobal.net. Feel free to bring friends and neighbors, if they are interested. For more on CCL, go to www.citizensclimatelobby.org.

Write for What Canst Thou Say?

Tell us your stories! What Canst Thou Say? (WCTS) is an independent publication co-operatively produced by Friends with an interest in mystical experience and contemplative practice. WCTS is a worship-sharing group in print. We hope to help Friends be tender and open to the Spirit. Articles that best communicate to our readers are those that focus on specific events and are written in the first person. We welcome submissions of articles less than 1500 words and artwork suitable for black and white reproduction. It is published in February, May, August, and November. The editorial and production team is Muriel Dimock, Lissa Field, Mariellen Gilpin, Judy Lumb, Grayce Mesner, Mike Resman, Earl Smith, Eleanor Warnock, and Rhonda Ashurst.

Reno Friends are welcome to email submissions to Rhonda Ashurst at rhondalou14(at)gmail.com. Please send your text submissions in Word or generic text format, and artwork in high resolution jpeg files. Photocopied art and typed submissions are also accepted. All authors and artists retain copyright to their articles and artwork published in WCTS. WCTS retains the right to publish initially and to reprint in WCTS anthologies.

Leadership in Quaker Meetings

It is Nominating season again, the time of year when our Quaker community tries to identify those who will serve as clerks and leaders of the Meeting in the coming year. Which raises an interesting question: What does it mean to be a leader in a Quaker Meeting?     Technically, there are no leaders in unprogrammed Quaker Meetings, such as Reno Friends. Everyone is equal, and no one is in charge. But if there are no leaders, how does a Meeting organize to get its work done? How do Quakers determine how to worship, how to manage their programming and finances, or how to grow?

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October 2021 Newsletter

October 2021 Newsletter

For upcoming events, see our Calendar. For the monthly Queries, see October: Peace. (The red text on this page and within this web site contains embedded hypertext links. Double click on any red link to open the web page associated with that link.)

Announcements

Reno Friends Meeting is currently holding Silent Worship at 10:00 am on Sundays. On Oct. 3, we will use our garden for Silent Worship as well as offering Zoom Hybrid Worship. For the rest of the Sundays in October, we will be holding Silent Worship on Zoom. Click here for the Zoom link. Please check here for updates on Garden Worship, particularly if the weather is questionable. Our First Day School is open at parent request, and will be held outside, if possible. Please contact clerk(at)renofriends.org if you would like to request First Day School for your children a few days in advance, if possible. We are also holding online meetings, fellowship, spiritual discussions and yoga on Zoom. For details on using Zoom, see our Zoom guidelines.

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The Genesis of Embodying the Light

I teach a Qigong/Tai Chi/Yoga class for Reno Friends three times a month and was recently asked how I came to this practice and what it means to me. I thought a blog post would be the perfect way to answer that question.

I have been practicing yoga since 2008 and Qigong/Tai Chi since 2014. I came to these practices after injuries and during rehabilitation. You might say I discovered them after breaking myself repeatedly. In Western culture, we are programmed to push ourselves to attain physical goals and fitness. Like many people, I was able to do this in my youth, but as I aged, this strategy was no longer working!

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September 2021 Newsletter

September 2021 Newsletter

For upcoming events, see our Calendar. For the monthly Queries, see September: Personal Relationships. (The red text on this page and within this web site contains embedded hypertext links. Double click on any red link to open the web page associated with that link.)

Announcements

Reno Friends Meeting is currently holding Silent Worship at 9:30 am on Sundays. For the first two Sundays in September, we will be holding Silent Worship on Zoom. Click here for the Zoom link. We hope to return to using our garden for Silent Worship later in the month, if weather and smoke conditions permit. Please check here for updates. Our First Day School is open at parent request, and will be held outside during the summer months. Please contact clerk(at)renofriends.org if you would like to request First Day School for your children a few days in advance, if possible. We are also holding online meetings, fellowship, spiritual discussions and yoga on Zoom. For details on using Zoom, see our Zoom guidelines.

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August 2021 Newsletter

August 2021 Newsletter

For upcoming events, see our Calendar. For the monthly Queries, see August: Integrity and Personal Conduct. (The red text on this page and within this web site contains embedded hypertext links. Double click on any red link to open the web page associated with that link.)

Announcements

Reno Friends Meeting is currently holding Silent Worship at 9:30 am on Sundays. For August, we will be holding Silent Worship on Zoom. Click here for the Zoom link. In September we hope to return to using our garden for Silent Worship. Our First Day School is open at parent request, and will be held outside during the summer months. Please contact clerk(at)renofriends.org if you would like to request First Day School for your children a few days in advance, if possible. We are also holding online meetings, spiritual discussions and yoga on Zoom through the summer. For details on using Zoom, see our Zoom guidelines.

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The Meaning of Life

Last year I took a class at UNR on Qualitative Research which taught methods for conducting in-depth interviews. I was tasked with conducting two interviews about a sociological concept that interested me. Apart from my academics and in my personal life, I had been thinking a lot about my own life:  what made me feel passionate, and what I might be here to do. I decided to take the project as an opportunity to interview two people that I thought would speak beautifully on the topic of “the meaning of life,” Rhonda Ashurst of the Reno Friends Meeting and one of the Buddhist priests from the Reno Buddhist Center, Rev. Shelley Fisher. At the root of this question was a desire to feel my soul a little and share an exceptionally profound idea with two incredible people.

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July 2021 Newsletter

July 2021 Newsletter

For upcoming events, see our Calendar. For the monthly Queries, see July: Simplicity. (The red text on this page and within this web site contains embedded hypertext links. Double click on any red link to open the web page associated with that link.)

Announcements

Reno Friends Meeting is currently holding Silent Worship in the Garden of our Meeting House at 9:30 am. See our Garden Worship guidelines for details. On first and third Sundays, we will hold Hybrid Garden Worship, combining our in-person Garden Worship with a Hybrid option through the web app Zoom. Click on Silent Worship for the Zoom link. Our First Day School is open at parent request, and will be held outside during the summer months. Please contact clerk(at)renofriends.org if you would like to request First Day School for your children a few days in advance, if possible. We are also holding online meetings, spiritual discussions and yoga on Zoom through the summer. For details on using Zoom, see our Zoom guidelines.

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