Newsletter Archive

March 2017 Newsletter 

For a list of upcoming events, see our Calendar. For the monthly Queries, March: Stewardship and Vocation. (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’ March Schedule

Every Sunday – Meeting for Worship, 10:00-11:00 am

Every Sunday – First Day School, 10:10-11:00 am

Sunday Mar. 12 – Business Meeting, 11:30 am (2nd Sunday)

Wednesday Mar. 8 & Mar. 22 – Climate Change Discussion Group 6:30-8:00 pm

Sunday Mar. 26 – Potluck 11:15 am (4th Sunday)

Climate Change Reading & Discussion Group Meets Mar. 8 and Mar. 22

Reno Friends is holding a Wednesday evening reading and discussion group about Climate Change, Social Justice Consequences and Quaker Engagement. The classes meet every two weeks from 6:30 pm to 8 pm in the Meeting House. We continue this month on Mar. 8 with a discussion on the Social Justice Consequences of Climate Change, led by Wendy Swallow; and on Mar. 22 for a talk on Effective Protest and Alternative Living in the 21st-Century, led by Kyle Chandler-Isacksen. The discussion group is open to all and a reading list is available in the Meeting House, or email Wendy at wswallow(@)gmail.com for a digital version with embedded links to the articles. Light snacks are welcome!

How Can RFM “Get Off the Quaker Porch?”  Join our discussion Sun. Apr. 2

Reno Friends will convene Sun. Apr. 2 from 11:30 to 1 pm to talk about our social justice engagement in the Reno community. Please join us to discuss the historical roots of social justice work in the Religious Society of Friends and help us define our priorities and plans. Light snacks welcome, or feel free to bring a brown-bag lunch.

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. You can make a difference!

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. 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.

Outside Non-Profits That Meet at the Quaker Meeting House

Adult Children of Alcoholics meets every Thursday from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm.  ACOA is a world service 12-step program for those struggling with the legacy of growing up in an alcoholic or dysfunctional home. If you are interested in attending, please contact Andy Robinson at a.robinsongmtc(at)gmail.com.

Art of Living meets on Monday evenings at 5:30 pm, except for holidays and bad weather days. This meditation group, founded by the spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, “provides breathing techniques, meditation, yoga, and practical wisdom for daily living.” If you are interested in attending, please contact Alison Pratte at amepratte(at)gmail.com.

Other Non-Profits Affiliated with Reno Friends

Be the Change Project is an urban homestead movement in Reno that promotes urban gardening, composting, earthen building projects, environmental speakers and other interesting developments in living off the grid. For more information about the cool stuff they are doing—from community murals to various workshops—check out their new website: bethechangeprojectreno.org. Or, contact Reno Friend Kyle Chandler-Isacksen at kisacksen (at) gmail.com.

Citizens Climate Lobby of Northern Nevada is a group working with local and national legislators to pass a carbon tax and dividend to help stop global warming. For more information, email Betsy Fadali at bfadali (at) sbcglobal.net. Feel free to bring friends and neighbors, if they’re interested. For more on CCL, go to www.citizensclimatelobby.org.

Inspiration

“We were made for these times”

-  Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Do you want to share a poem, prayer, verse, quote or message that inspires you? Send it to Reno Friends newsletter editor Wendy Swallow at wswallow54 (at) gmail.com.

Hold Them in the Light

Please hold the following in the Light: All those who struggle with loneliness or sadness; all those grieving over violence by and against the police, and for everyone hurt and challenged by war and terrorism; the migrants in Europe and the countries absorbing them; the people and leaders of our national and all countries experiencing war or oppression, so that we may find peaceful resolutions to all our economic and political troubles; all the armed service people who continue to serve in Afghanistan and other conflict zones around the world; those who have lost their jobs and/or health insurance; all elected officials at the city, county, state and federal levels who have the responsibility for difficult economic decisions. In particular, we ask that you hold in the Light Ricki-Ann Jones, as well as those who have lost loved ones, or who suffer illness or injury. To request prayers, please leave a message at the Meetinghouse or contact the Clerk.

Quaker Activities & Announcements

Spring College Park Quarterly Meeting May 19-21

The next CPQM Gathering will be held Friday-Sunday, May 19-21, at Ben Lomond Quaker Center.

Ben Lomond Quaker Center News & Workshops
Emerging Leadership, Spiritual Power and Faithful Witness: Mar. 28-Apr. 2

How often have you felt the Spirit alive in your Meeting? Are younger people taking on leadership and eldership roles? How can we open to the Spirit’s power to transform us, our Meetings and the world? This workshop will be led by Minga (Elizabeth) Claggett-Borne and Jonathan Vogel-Borne, and will consider how deep worship, strong community, Spirit-led leadership and faithful witness build powerful meetings. We encourage Meetings to send at least two people, pairing an older Friend with a younger Friend.

Being Silence: A Restorative Silent Retreat: Apr. 28-30

Many of us yearn for a break from the multiple demands and distractions of our daily lives. The purpose of this retreat, led by Terrill and Robin Keeler, is to provide an opportunity for deep and nourishing silence. We want to create at Quaker Center a supportive community in which people can connect with their own Spiritual journeys. This retreat is open to anyone, Quaker or non-Quaker, religiously active or not, who hears the call deep within themselves for silence. Participants need not have a regular meditation discipline to be in this retreat. Persons seeking to develop and enrich their own spiritual discipline are particularly encouraged to attend.

Quaker Center Summer Camp for Kids 4th through 9th Grade

It’s time to register for summer camp! We welcome all kids to join us from June 25 to July 1. Quaker Camp serves rising 4th – 6th graders, and Service Camp serves kids going into 7th – 9th grade. Campers explore community, peace, equality, integrity, simplicity, and stewardship through service, values that Quakers hold strongly. Find out more and register online at http://www.quakercenter.org/summer-youth-camps/ or call Kathy Runyan at 831-336-8333.

For the annual Quaker Center schedule or to register for workshops go to www.quakercenter.org.

Youth Service Learning Camp at Quaker Oaks Farm, April 10-14

Come explore and learn about the land, water and indigenous people of Pa’an. We will trace the source of our water upstream and consider how we can all be water protectors.

We will work together to plant pollinator habitat to restore the earth. We will share our histories and love one another across seeming divides through fun, interactive activities.

In partnership with the Wukchumni Yokuts of Central California’s San Joaquin Valley and Pacific Yearly Meeting Youth Programs (Quakers). Open to middle and high School age youth. Will be held at Quaker Oaks Farm – Visalia Friends Meeting House, 17216 Avenue 296, Visalia, CA 93292. The cost is on a sliding scale up to $500 to cover food, lodgin, and transportation during the camp week, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. To register, go to https://quakeroaksfarm.org/blogevents/service-camp-registration/. For more information please contact: Melissa Lovett-Adair at (805) 305-9011 or chair@quakeroaksfarm.org; Darlene Franco at (559) 731-1519 or darfranco15@gmail.com; or Alyssa Nelson at (530) 563-6369 or pym.youthcoordinator@gmail.com.

American Friends Service Committee, West Region

AFSC West has a robust schedule of events in California concerning the Wage Peace Program, Urban Shield events, Responses and Resistance to Militarism, etc.  For more information, go to http://afsc.org/office/san-francisco-ca.

-     Submitted by Peter Lin, AFSC West Region

Reno Friends Newsletter: How To Contribute

Submissions: Please submit your items for the newsletter by the Second Sunday of the month for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter. Send Friends Calendar 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 at: wswallow54 (at) gmail.com or call at 775-473-5559.

February 2017 Newsletter 

For a list of upcoming events, see our Calendar. For the monthly Queries, February: Meeting for Worship for Business. (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’ February Schedule

Every Sunday – Meeting for Worship, 10:00-11:00 am

Every Sunday – First Day School, 10:10-11:00 am

Sunday Feb. 12 – Business Meeting, 11:30 am (2nd Sunday)

Sunday Feb. 19 – Newcomers Welcome Breakfast 8:30-9:45 am

Wednesday Feb. 22 – Climate Change Discussion Group 6:30-8:00 pm

Sunday Feb. 26 – Potluck 11:15 am (4th Sunday)

Welcome Potluck Breakfast for Newcomers, Sun. Feb. 19 8:30-9:45 am

Please join us for a breakfast in the Meeting House Sunday morning Feb. 19 from 8:30 to 9:45 am to get to know our newcomers and answer questions they might have about Quakers and all things Reno Friends. We hope for a good turnout of RFM regulars and those who have recently started attending. Please bring fruit, muffins or breads, juice, yogurt or an egg bake. The Meeting will provide coffee and tea. To find out what is needed, please email Wendy the clerk at wswallow54 (at) gmail.com. All are welcome, even if you don’t have time to make or buy something to share!

Climate Change Reading & Discussion Group Begins Feb. 22

Reno Friends will hold a Wednesday evening reading and discussion group about Climate Change, led by Betsy Fadali, Wendy Swallow and Gina Russo. The classes will meet every two weeks from 6:30 pm to 8 pm. We will start Feb. 22, and continue on Mar. 8, Mar. 22, Apr. 5 and Apr. 19. The discussion group is open to all, and a reading list will be circulated at the beginning of February. We will select readings from various authors on different aspects of Climate Change. Several local experts will present, so it should be enlightening!

Donate New Stamps to Those in Need

Want to help those that need it? Donate new FOREVER stamps that will be distributed to the homeless through the Reno Family Resource Center. Bring your donations anytime to the Meeting House and put them into the little drawer under the bulletin board. You can make a difference!

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. 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.

Outside Non-Profits That Meet at the Quaker Meeting House

 

Adult Children of Alcoholics meets every Thursday from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm.  ACOA is a world service 12-step program for those struggling with the legacy of growing up in an alcoholic or dysfunctional home. If you are interested in attending, please contact Andy Robinson at a.robinsongmtc(at)gmail.com.

Art of Living meets on Monday evenings at 5:30 pm, except for holidays and bad weather days. This meditation group, founded by the spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, “provides breathing techniques, meditation, yoga, and practical wisdom for daily living.” If you are interested in attending, please contact Alison Pratte at amepratte(at)gmail.com.

Other Non-Profits Affiliated with Reno Friends

Be the Change Project is an urban homestead movement in Reno that promotes urban gardening, composting, earthen building projects, environmental speakers and other interesting developments in living off the grid. For more information about the cool stuff they are doing—from community murals to various workshops—check out their new website: bethechangeprojectreno.org. Or, contact Reno Friend Kyle Chandler-Isacksen at kisacksen (at) gmail.com.

Citizens Climate Lobby of Northern Nevada is a group working with local and national legislators to pass a carbon tax and dividend to help stop global warming. For more information, email Betsy Fadali at bfadali (at) sbcglobal.net. Feel free to bring friends and neighbors, if they’re interested. For more on CCL, go to www.citizensclimatelobby.org.

Inspiration

“To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something.  If we remember times and places – and there have been many – where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction. And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around, is itself a marvelous victory.”

-  Howard Zinn

Do you want to share a poem, prayer, verse, quote or message that inspires you? Send it to Reno Friends newsletter editor Wendy Swallow at wswallow54 (at) gmail.com.

Hold Them in the Light

Please hold the following in the Light: All those who struggle with loneliness or sadness; all those grieving over violence by and against the police, and for everyone hurt and challenged by war and terrorism; the migrants in Europe and the countries absorbing them; the people and leaders of all countries experiencing war or oppression, so that we may find peaceful resolutions to all our economic and political troubles; all the armed service people who continue to serve in Afghanistan and other conflict zones around the world; those who have lost their jobs and/or health insurance; all elected officials at the city, county, state and federal levels who have the responsibility for difficult economic decisions. In particular, we ask that you hold in the Light Ricki-Ann Jones and Sue Brune as they continue their recovery, and George Green and Arlene van Cleave, as well as those who have lost loved ones, or who suffer illness or injury. To request prayers, please leave a message at the Meetinghouse or contact the Clerk.

Quaker Activities & Announcements

College Park Quarterly Meeting
Winter Session Quicknotes: Rooted and Grounded in God’s Love

Last month, 125 Friends, including about a dozen teens and eight children gathered at Berkeley Friends meeting house for the 232nd session of College Park Quarterly Meeting. The keynote speaker for the Winter Session was George Lackey, author of the book Viking Economics. In the early 1900’s countries in Scandinavia were deeply divided, but unlike Germany, citizens organized locally and non-violently and made themselves ungovernable by the elites. This was much like the civil rights movement in our country in the 60’s. George said that we should not give Mr. Trump attention or energy by repeating what he tweets. He suggested that Quakers do not need to start movements as much as join them – such as Standing Rock and Black Lives Matter.

Friends Association for Services to the Elderly (FASE) reported that Friends House is still a Quaker institution operating with Quaker values. The community is lively and engaged. It is doing better financially and planning to expand living accommodations. Friends House needs Quaker financial, spiritual & community support. The Nominating Committee reported that there are two new board members to the College Park Friends Educational Association. Jamal Walker is a Grass Valley resident and John Inman attends Grass Valley Friends Meeting and is a resident of Sierra Friends Center. In other reports, Laura Magnani spoke of the many ways the American Field Service Committee has helped Quakers organize since its inception 100 years ago, like assisting with local organizing, and then handing these projects off to local groups to be continued. Quakers can reach out to folks they might not ordinarily reach out to and listen to their concerns. Be creative and collaborate. Grieve what you need to grieve and build joy into every day. (Look for Laura’s article coming out soon in Western Friend.) For the PYM Racial Justice Subcommittee on White Privilege, Deborah Marks, Olivia Henry and Dinah Bachrach reported on their experience at the 2016 White Privilege Conference. The 2017 conference will be held in April in Kansas City, MO. All Quakers are encouraged to attend. Google “white privilege conference” for details. Register by going to FCC.org for a discount. And Shelley Tanenbaum, General Secretary of Quaker Earthcare Witness, reported on her visit to Standing Rock in Mid-November 2016. www.quakerearthcare.org

Worship Sharing Queries included: how do you experience God’s love? How do you ground yourself in Quaker faith and practice? And, in this New Year, what is one way you see yourself growing your roots deeper into your faith?

The next CPQM Gathering will be held Friday-Sunday, May 19-21, at Ben Lomond Quaker Center.

Ben Lomond Quaker Center News & Workshops
Understanding Competing Narratives in Israel/Palestine: Feb. 24-27

Is it a wall or a fence? Is it a military occupation or disputed territories? Do Palestinians and Israeli settlers live in the West Bank or Judea and Samaria? These are but a few of the differences in the “narrative” of the situation in Palestine/Israel, not to mention whether there is a “Palestine” or if Israel is the “Zionist state.” Leader Max Carter will share on these and other issues during our time together exploring Friends’ response historically and currently to Palestine/Israel. Max served his alternative service as a Vietnam era conscientious objector at the Friends Schools in Ramallah, a Palestinian city north of Jerusalem. Since his time there 1970-72, he has returned at least two dozen times on service-learning trips that he and his wife Jane lead to introduce people to the realities of the situation.

Emerging Leadership, Spiritual Power and Faithful Witness: Mar. 28-Apr. 2

How often have you felt the Spirit alive in your Meeting? Are younger people taking on leadership and eldership roles? How can we open to the Spirit’s power to transform us, our Meetings and the world? This workshop will be led by Minga (Elizabeth) Claggett-Borne and Jonathan Vogel-Borne, and will consider how deep worship, strong community, Spirit-led leadership and faithful witness build powerful meetings. We encourage Meetings to send at least two people, pairing an older Friend with a younger Friend.

Being Silence: A Restorative Silent Retreat: Apr. 28-30

Many of us yearn for a break from the multiple demands and distractions of our daily lives. The purpose of this retreat, led by Terrill and Robin Keeler, is to provide an opportunity for deep and nourishing silence. We want to create at Quaker Center a supportive community in which people can connect with their own Spiritual journeys. This retreat is open to anyone, Quaker or non-Quaker, religiously active or not, who hears the call deep within themselves for silence. Participants need not have a regular meditation discipline to be in this retreat. Persons seeking to develop and enrich their own spiritual discipline are particularly encouraged to attend.

To register for workshops or find more information about the entire Quaker Center Annual Schedule and offerings, go to www.quakercenter.org.

American Friends Service Committee, West Region

AFSC West has a robust schedule of events in California concerning the Wage Peace Program, Urban Shield events, Responses and Resistance to Militarism, etc.  For more information, go to http://afsc.org/office/san-francisco-ca.

-     Submitted by Peter Lin, AFSC West Region

Reno Friends Newsletter: How To Contribute

Submissions: Please submit your items for the newsletter by the Second Sunday of the month for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter. Send Friends Calendar 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 at: wswallow54 (at) gmail.com or call at 775-473-5559.

January 2017 Newsletter 

For a list of upcoming events, see our Calendar. For the monthly Queries, January: Spiritual Life. (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’ January Schedule

Every Sunday – Meeting for Worship, 10:00-11:00 am

Every Sunday – First Day School, 10:10-11:00 am

Sunday Jan. 8 – Business Meeting, 11:30 am (2nd Sunday)

Sunday Jan. 22 – Potluck (4th Sunday)

Sunday Jan. 15 & 29 – Quakerism 101 Adult/Teen Education, 8:45-9:45 am

Quakerism 101 Classes Jan. 15 & 29, 8:45 – 9:45

Our Quakerism 101 classes have had great participation so far, so please join us for the remaining two sessions if you would like to know more about what Quakers think and believe. On Jan. 15, Gina Russo will lead a session on Faith & Practice, our guide to all things Quakerly. Then on Jan. 29, Wendy Swallow will lead the last session on the Quaker Testimonies, the shared insights from generations of Quakers. The classes are held in the Meeting House before Silent Worship, from 8:45 am to 9:45 am. You can find PYM’s Faith & Practice online at http://www.pacificyearlymeeting.org/faith-and-practice/. If you have time, page through it a bit in preparation for the Jan. 15 session, and read some of the Testimonies for the Jan. 29 session.

Climate Change Reading & Discussion Group Begins Feb. 22

Reno Friends will hold a Wednesday evening reading and discussion group about Climate Change, led by Betsy Fadali and Wendy Swallow. The classes will meet every two weeks from 6:30 pm to 8 pm. We will start Feb. 22, and continue on Mar. 8, Mar. 22, Apr. 5 and Apr. 19. If you are interested in leading a session, please let Betsy or Wendy know. The discussion group is open to all, and a reading list will be circulated at the beginning of January. We will select readings from various authors on different aspects of Climate Change.

Donate New Stamps to Those in Need

Want to help those that need it? Donate new FOREVER stamps that will be distributed to the homeless through the Reno Family Resource Center. Bring your donations anytime to the Meeting House and put them into the little drawer under the bulletin board. You can make a difference!

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. 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.

Outside Non-Profits That Meet at the Quaker Meeting House

Northern Nevada Amnesty International has been laid down for the foreseeable future. For more information, contact Erin Higgs at saoirsehiggs (at) gmail.com or text her at (775) 276-7549.

Adult Children of Alcoholics meets every Thursday from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm.  ACOA is a world service 12-step program for those struggling with the legacy of growing up in an alcoholic or dysfunctional home. If you are interested in attending, please contact Andy Robinson at a.robinsongmtc(at)gmail.com.

Art of Living meets on Monday evenings at 5:30 pm, except for holidays and bad weather days. This meditation group, founded by the spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, “provides breathing techniques, meditation, yoga, and practical wisdom for daily living.” If you are interested in attending, please contact Alison Pratte at amepratte(at)gmail.com.

Other Non-Profits Affiliated with Reno Friends

Be the Change Project is an urban homestead movement in Reno that promotes urban gardening, composting, earthen building projects, environmental speakers and other interesting developments in living off the grid. For more information about the cool stuff they are doing—from community murals to various workshops—check out their new website: bethechangeprojectreno.org. Or, contact Reno Friend Kyle Chandler-Isacksen at kisacksen (at) gmail.com.

Citizens Climate Lobby of Northern Nevada is a group working with local and national legislators to pass a carbon tax and dividend to help stop global warming. For more information, email Betsy Fadali at bfadali(at)sbcglobal.net. Feel free to bring friends and neighbors, if they’re interested. For more on CCL, go to www.citizensclimatelobby.org.

Inspiration

“I believe that the world was created and approved by love, that it subsists, coheres, and endures by love, and that, insofar as it is redeemable, it can be redeemed only by love.”

-  Wendell Berry

Do you want to share a poem, prayer, verse, quote or message that inspires you? Send it to Reno Friends newsletter editor Wendy Swallow at wswallow54 (at) gmail.com.

Hold Them in the Light

Please hold the following in the Light: All those who struggle with loneliness or sadness; all those grieving over violence by and against the police, and for everyone hurt and challenged by war and terrorism; the migrants in Europe and the countries absorbing them; the people and leaders of all countries experiencing war or oppression, so that we may find peaceful resolutions to all our economic and political troubles; all the armed service people who continue to serve in Afghanistan and other conflict zones around the world; those who have lost their jobs and/or health insurance; all elected officials at the city, county, state and federal levels who have the responsibility for difficult economic decisions. In particular, we ask that you hold in the Light Ricki-Ann Jones and Sue Brune as they continue their recovery, and George Green and Arlene van Cleave, as well as those who have lost loved ones, or who suffer illness or injury. To request prayers, please leave a message at the Meetinghouse or contact the Clerk.

Quaker Activities & Announcements

College Park Quarterly Winter Session: Jan. 14

CPQM’s Winter Session will be held on Sat. Jan. 14 at Berkeley Friends Meeting from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm. Our theme: Rooted and Grounded in God’s Love.

“Only the inner vision of God, only the God-blindedness of unreservedly dedicated souls, only the utterly humble ones can bow and break the raging pride of a power-mad world.” – Thomas Kelly

These are definitely challenging times for all of humankind. Can we dwell with Spirit/Christ in our hearts? Can we ground ourselves in God’s love? Only then can we ‘fold to our hearts’ our kin, each and every member of humankind. We need waiting worship in community to be rooted and grounded. We need one another. We find renewal, nourishment, discernment and strength for the work ahead together as Friends.  Come to Winter Gathering of CPQM. You are welcome here. Pre-registration is not required for adults. On-site registration will begin at 8:00 am. We will begin with Family Worship at 8:30 am and end with worship from 4:30 to 5:30 pm. Fees are $25 for adults (which includes lunch), and $10 for children and teens. Friends may choose to stay for dinner and may sign up for dinner that day (cost $15).

Location: Berkeley Friends Meeting, 2151 Vine Street, Berkeley, CA 94709, 510-843-9725. To register or get information about the teen program or children’s program, go to collegepark.quaker.org.

Ben Lomond Quaker Center News & Workshops
Couples Enrichment: Jan. 27-29

This program, led by Jeff and Kathy Richman, is open to any couple in a committed relationship. In the sessions, we will celebrate the joys of our lives as partners, work to improve communication, and learn how to use areas of conflict as an opportunity to grow as a couple. At the heart of a couple enrichment workshop is learning the couple dialogue process. It is a time of rich sharing in a loving and supportive environment. The program will include communication exercises, worship, worship sharing, free time, and some fun! You will be able to focus on your partner and on your relationship for an entire weekend.

Understanding Competing Narratives in Israel/Palestine: Feb. 24-27

Is it a wall or a fence? Is it a military occupation or disputed territories? Do Palestinians and Israeli settlers live in the West Bank or Judea and Samaria? These are but a few of the differences in the “narrative” of the situation in Palestine/Israel, not to mention whether there is a “Palestine” or if Israel is the “Zionist state.” Leader Max Carter will share on these and other issues during our time together exploring Friends’ response historically and currently to Palestine/Israel. Max served his alternative service as a Vietnam era conscientious objector at the Friends Schools in Ramallah, a Palestinian city north of Jerusalem. Since his time there 1970-72, he has returned at least two dozen times on service-learning trips that he and his wife Jane lead to introduce people to the realities of the situation.

To register for workshops or find more information about the entire Quaker Center Annual Schedule and offerings, go to www.quakercenter.org.

American Friends Service Committee, West Region

AFSC West has a robust schedule of events in California concerning the Wage Peace Program, Urban Shield events, Responses and Resistance to Militarism, etc.  For more information, go to http://afsc.org/office/san-francisco-ca.

-     Submitted by Peter Lin, AFSC West Region

Reno Friends Newsletter: How To Contribute

Submissions: Please submit your items for the newsletter by the Second Sunday of the month for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter. Send Friends Calendar 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 at: wswallow54 (at) gmail.com or call at 775-473-5559.

 

December 2016 Newsletter 

For a list of upcoming events, see our Calendar. For the monthly Queries, December: Meeting for Worship. (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

December Business Meeting and Potluck Scheduled Early

Business Meeting will be Sun. Dec. 4 at 11:30 am (first Sunday), and Potluck will be Sun. Dec. 18 at 11:30 am after Silent Worship (third Sunday). All are welcome to both events!

Christmas at Reno Friends Meeting

Reno Friends will hold our usual Silent Worship at 10 am on Christmas Day, Sunday Dec. 25. In addition, the Meeting will hold an event on Christmas Eve day, Sat. Dec. 24, though we have not yet decided whether that will be a morning trip to a homeless shelter to hand out warm clothes and food, or an evening gathering for cookies and carols. If you feel strongly about one over the other, please let the clerk, Wendy Swallow, know. Business Meeting with make a decision soon and send out an announcement, so stay tuned!

Nominating Committee Looking for Volunteers & Helpers

The Nominating Committee still need Friends to help with Oversight Committee, recording minutes at Business Meetings and in other capacities. Let Sue Brune, Betsy Fadali, or Doug Smith know if you have thoughts about your role at RFM. We will try to talk with everyone in the next few weeks, but it is helpful if you contact us as well. You can email Doug, clerk of Nominating, at dsmith1317 (at) aol.com or call at 775-883-7373.

Quakerism 101 Class Dec. 11

Our Quakerism 101 classes have had great participation so far, so please join us for the remaining fall session, which will be on Faith & Practice and the Quaker Testimonies, taught by Cheri Smith. The class is held in the Meeting House before Silent Worship, from 8:45 am to 9:45 am. Additional Quakerism 101 classes and topics are being considered for January and February of the new year. No previous attendance is necessary.

Climate Change Reading & Discussion Group Begins Feb. 22, 2017

Reno Friends will hold a Wed. evening reading and discussion group about Climate Change, led by Betsy Fadali and Wendy Swallow. The classes will meet every two weeks on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 pm to 8 pm. We will start Feb. 22, and continue on Mar. 8, Mar. 22, Apr. 5 and Apr. 19. If you are interested in leading a session, please let Betsy or Wendy know. The discussion group is open to all, and a reading list will be circulated at the beginning of January. We are looking at reading selections from various authors on different aspects of Climate Change.

Donate New Stamps to Those in Need

Want to help those that need it? Donate new FOREVER stamps that will be distributed to the homeless through the Reno Family Resource Center. Bring your donations anytime to the Meeting House and put them into the little drawer under the bulletin board. You can make a difference!

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. 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.

Outside Non-Profits That Meet at the Quaker Meeting House

Northern Nevada Amnesty International has been laid down for the foreseeable future. For more information, contact Erin Higgs at saoirsehiggs (at) gmail.com or text her at (775) 276-7549.

Adult Children of Alcoholics meets every Thursday from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm.  ACOA is a world service 12-step program for those struggling with the legacy of growing up in an alcoholic or dysfunctional home. If you are interested in attending, please contact Andy Robinson at a.robinsongmtc(at)gmail.com.

Art of Living meets on Monday evenings at 5:30 pm, except for holidays and bad weather days. This meditation group, founded by the spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, “provides breathing techniques, meditation, yoga, and practical wisdom for daily living.” If you are interested in attending, please contact Alison Pratte at amepratte(at)gmail.com.

Other Non-Profits Affiliated with Reno Friends

Be the Change Project is an urban homestead movement in Reno that promotes urban gardening, composting, earthen building projects, environmental speakers and other interesting developments in living off the grid. For more information about the cool stuff they are doing—from community murals to various workshops—check out their new website: bethechangeprojectreno.org. Or, contact Reno Friend Kyle Chandler-Isacksen at kisacksen (at) gmail.com.

Citizens Climate Lobby of Northern Nevada is a group working with local and national legislators to pass a carbon tax and dividend to help stop global warming. For more information, email Betsy Fadali at bfadali(at)sbcglobal.net. Feel free to bring friends and neighbors, if they’re interested. For more on CCL, go to www.citizensclimatelobby.org.

Inspiration

“We alive at this time are the luckiest people who have ever lived – and the ones facing the wildest, most terrifying challenges. This is not just a ‘deep paradox,’ it’s an existential invitation to keep waking up, right now.”

-  Terry Patten

Do you want to share a poem, prayer, verse, quote or message that inspires you? Send it to Reno Friends newsletter editor Wendy Swallow at wswallow54 (at) gmail.com.

Hold Them in the Light

Please hold the following in the Light: All those who struggle with loneliness or illness during this holiday season; all those grieving over violence by and against the police, and for everyone hurt and challenged by war and terrorism; the migrants in Europe and the countries absorbing them; the people and leaders of all countries experiencing war or oppression, so that we may find peaceful resolutions to all our economic and political troubles; all the armed service people who continue to serve in Afghanistan and other conflict zones around the world; those who have lost their jobs and/or health insurance; all elected officials at the city, county, state and federal levels who have the responsibility for difficult economic decisions. In particular, we ask that you hold in the Light Cheri Smith, Betsy Fadali, Ricki-Ann Jones and Sue Brune as they continue their recovery, and all those who have lost loved ones, or who suffer illness or injury. To request prayers, please leave a message at the Meetinghouse or contact the Clerk.

Quaker Activities & Announcements

Ben Lomond Quaker Center News & Workshops
Music and Dance Retreat: Dec. 2-4

Join us for our multi-generational music and dance retreat facilitated by a variety of participant volunteers who will lead activities they know and love. The one exception is that we’ll have a professional caller for our community dance on Saturday night. This is low-cost program with a sliding scale of only $60-$100 per person to encourage you to bring your kids and grandkids or just yourselves for a weekend filled with a variety of singing and playing punctuated by a few dancing opportunities. Find out more and register online at http://www.quakercenter.org/music-and-dance.

Year End Retreat: Dec. 27 – Jan. 1

This retreat, facilitated by Bob Runyan and friends, will present the time, space, and encouragement to listen to inward guidance as we move forward into the new year. We will have meeting for worship each day and we’ll be taking 24 hours of silent retreat midway through our time together to foster deeper listening and discernment. Learn more and register by December 18th at http://www.quakercenter.org/programs/register/.

For more information about the entire Quaker Center Annual schedule of workshops, go to www.quakercenter.org.

American Friends Service Committee, West Region

AFSC West has a robust schedule of events in California concerning the Wage Peace Program, Urban Shield events, Responses and Resistance to Militarism, etc.  For more information, go to http://afsc.org/office/san-francisco-ca.

-     Submitted by Peter Lin, AFSC West Region

Reno Friends Newsletter: How To Contribute

Submissions: Please submit your items for the newsletter by the Second Sunday of the month for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter. Send Friends Calendar 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 at: wswallow54 (at) gmail.com or call at 775-473-5559.

November 2016 Newsletter 

For a list of upcoming events, see our Calendar. For the monthly Queries, November: The Meeting Community. (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

Nov. 13:  Business Meeting at 8:30 am, with Potluck Birthday Celebration for Ann Scott after Worship

Meeting for Business in November will be the 13th at an unusual time: 8:30 am, followed by Silent Worship from 10-11 and the Potluck 90th Birthday Celebration for Ann Scott.  Ann was a founding member of Reno Friends Meeting with her husband Bill Scott, and later a co-founder of Sierra Interfaith Action for Peace. Ann and Bill remained active with Reno Friends and the wider peace and social justice community until Bill’s declining health and their subsequent relocation to Friends House in Santa Rosa, in the early 1990’s. As the Meeting House has limited space, please RSVP by Nov. 7 to Melanie Scott at 775-342-8844, or mel.scott2030 (at) gmail.com if you plan to attend. Mark your calendars!

Nominating Committee Looking for Volunteers & Helpers

It’s that time of year when the RFM Nominating Committee puts together a slate of people willing to take on jobs that keep our intentional community running smoothly. Many of you agreed last year to help with various “task offerings.” You will find them listed on page 3 of our Reno Friends Directory. Some of these tasks will probably change next year, but it is of great help when many of us volunteer for one or two responsibilities. We need Friends to help with clerking, recording minutes at Business Meeting, Building and Grounds, and Oversight too! If you can clerk Meeting for Worship once a month, or vacuum after potluck, or even run a Business Meeting for us, please know that ALL help is appreciated. Most of us have very busy lives, so the more volunteers, the broader the burden is spread (and hopefully it is lighter as well). Let Sue Brune, Betsy Fadali, or Doug Smith know if you have thoughts about your role at RFM. We will try to talk with everyone in the next few weeks, but it is helpful if you contact us as well. You can email Doug, clerk of Nominating, at dsmith1317 (at) aol.com or call at 775-883-7373.

Quakerism 101 Classes Nov. 6, Nov. 20 and Dec. 11

Our Quakerism 101 classes have had great participation so far, so please join us for the remaining three sessions. It is held in the Meeting House before Silent Worship, from 8:45 am to 9:45 am. No previous attendance is necessary, so all are welcome! Here’s the schedule of topics coming up:

Nov. 6: Getting Down to Business: Business Meetings, the Quaker Process, handling differences, conflict, clerking and committees, taught by guest John Everhart.

Nov. 20: Worship & Ministry: Spiritual Life, activism, Silent Worship, Gathered Meetings, taught by Gina Russo.

Dec. 11: Faith & Practice and the Quaker Testimonies, taught by Cheri Smith.

Adult Education in the Coming Year

Reno Friends are beginning to think about topics and calendar plans for adult education next spring. We are already developing a plan for an Adult/Teen Discussion Group on Climate Change that would meet on Wednesday evenings, and interest has been expressed in some other areas as well. We are considering the following topics:  Famous Early Quakers (George Fox, Margaret Fell, Mary Dyer, William Penn, and John Woolman among many others), Quaker Universalism (an important topic we only introduced at the last Quakerism 101 class), Quakerism and Christianity, and Comparative Religions (Buddhism, Taoism, Islam etc.)

If you have ideas or favorites, please let us know! Also, some folks have suggested more time be allotted for these classes. We will survey RFM in the next couple of months to see what times you prefer: Tuesday or Wednesday evenings (probably 6:30 – 8:30), Sundays after meeting (11:30 to 1:00 or so), Saturdays, or the current time Sunday before Silent Worship (8:45am to 9:45am).  Please email your thoughts and preferences to Doug Smith at: dsmith1317 (at) aol.com.

Donate New Stamps to Those in Need

Want to help those that need it? Donate new FOREVER stamps that will be distributed to the homeless through the Reno Family Resource Center. Bring your donations anytime to the Meeting House and put them into the little drawer under the bulletin board. You can make a difference!

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. 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.

Quaker Stamp Mission

We hope you are saving your canceled stamps so you can support the meaningful and good work of Right Sharing of World Resources. In doing so, you are aiding the work of worthwhile Quaker organizations throughout the world. Please send your stamps to the following: Quaker Missions West, c/o Earl Walker, 650 Harrison Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711.  Thanks!

Outside Non-Profits That Meet at the Quaker Meeting House

Northern Nevada Amnesty International has been laid down for the foreseeable future. For more information, contact Erin Higgs at saoirsehiggs (at) gmail.com or text her at (775) 276-7549.

Adult Children of Alcoholics meets every Thursday from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm.  ACOA is a world service 12-step program for those struggling with the legacy of growing up in an alcoholic or dysfunctional home. If you are interested in attending, please contact Andy Robinson at a.robinsongmtc(at)gmail.com.

Art of Living meets on Monday evenings at 5:30 pm, except for holidays and bad weather days. This meditation group, founded by the spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, “provides breathing techniques, meditation, yoga, and practical wisdom for daily living.” If you are interested in attending, please contact Alison Pratte at amepratte(at)gmail.com.

Other Non-Profits Affiliated with Reno Friends

Be the Change Project is an urban homestead movement in Reno that promotes urban gardening, composting, earthen building projects, environmental speakers and other interesting developments in living off the grid. For more information about the cool stuff they are doing—from community murals to various workshops—check out their new website: bethechangeprojectreno.org. Or, contact Reno Friend Kyle Chandler-Isacksen at kisacksen (at) gmail.com.

Citizens Climate Lobby of Northern Nevada is a group working with local and national legislators to pass a carbon tax and dividend to help stop global warming. For more information, email Betsy Fadali at bfadali(at)sbcglobal.net. Feel free to bring friends and neighbors, if they’re interested. For more on CCL, go to www.citizensclimatelobby.org.

Inspiration

“Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder. Help someone’s soul heal. Walk out of your house like a shepherd.”

-  Jalaluddin Rumi

Do you want to share a poem, prayer, verse, quote or message that inspires you? Send it to Reno Friends newsletter editor Wendy Swallow at wswallow54 (at) gmail.com.

Hold Them in the Light

Please hold the following in the Light: All those running for office or voting in this divisive election season, so that our nation can begin to heal; all those grieving over violence by and against the police, and for everyone hurt and challenged by war and terrorism; the migrants in Europe and the countries absorbing them; the people and leaders of all countries experiencing war or oppression, so that we may find peaceful resolutions to all our economic and political troubles; all the armed service people who continue to serve in Afghanistan and other conflict zones around the world; those who have lost their jobs and/or health insurance; all elected officials at the city, county, state and federal levels who have the responsibility for difficult economic decisions. In particular, we ask that you hold in the Light Cheri Smith and Beatrice Hamilton as they continue their recovery, and all those who have lost loved ones, or who suffer illness or injury. To request prayers, please leave a message at the Meetinghouse or contact the Clerk.

Quaker Activities & Announcements

Ben Lomond Quaker Center News & Workshops
Primitive Quakerism Revived, with Paul Buckley: Nov. 18-20

What would it look like today to revive the Quakerism of early Friends? Those in the Quaker movement believed they were chosen to revive true Christianity. This was a different way to live – to relate to God, each other, and all of creation. Please join us Nov. 18-20 to contemplate Primitive Quakerism Revived: Living as Friends in the 21st Century.

Music and Dance Retreat: Dec. 2-4

Join us for our multi-generational music and dance retreat facilitated by a variety of participant volunteers who will lead activities they know and love. The one exception is that we’ll have a professional caller for our community dance on Saturday night. This is low-cost program with a sliding scale of only $60-$100 per person to encourage you to bring your kids and grandkids or just yourselves for a weekend filled with a variety of singing and playing punctuated by a few dancing opportunities. Find out more and register online at http://www.quakercenter.org/music-and-dance.

Year End Retreat: Dec. 27 – Jan. 1

This retreat, facilitated by Bob Runyan and friends, will present the time, space, and encouragement to listen to inward guidance as we move forward into the new year. We will have meeting for worship each day and we’ll be taking 24 hours of silent retreat midway through our time together to foster deeper listening and discernment. Learn more and register by December 18th at http://www.quakercenter.org/programs/register/.

For more information about the entire Quaker Center Annual schedule of workshops, go to www.quakercenter.org.

American Friends Service Committee, West Region

AFSC West has a robust schedule of events in California concerning the Wage Peace Program, Urban Shield events, Responses and Resistance to Militarism, etc.  For more information, go to http://afsc.org/office/san-francisco-ca.

-     Submitted by Peter Lin, AFSC West Region

Reno Friends Newsletter: How To Contribute

Submissions: Please submit your items for the newsletter by the Second Sunday of the month for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter. Send Friends Calendar 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 at: wswallow54 (at) gmail.com or call at 775-473-5559.

October 2016 Newsletter 

For a list of upcoming events, see our Calendar. For the monthly Queries, 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

Take Note: Two Calendar Changes in October

First, our Meeting for Business will be held Oct. 23, which is Fourth Sunday, and Potluck will be held Oct. 30, which is Fifth Sunday. Both events start at 11:30 am, in the Meeting House following Silent Worship. Please mark your calendars!

Nominating Committee Looking for Volunteers & Helpers

It’s that time of year again! The RFM Nominating Committee is putting together a slate of people willing to take on tasks that keep our intentional community running smoothly. The Meeting’s goal is to have as many participate as lovingly as possible together, without any one person feeling overburdened. Some who have shouldered heavy tasks over the last few years are looking for helpers or co-clerks to help share the responsibility. Nominating deeply appreciates everything everyone does to help Meeting. The Committee also understands that, while we all want RFM to flourish, everyone has busy lives. And, yet – perhaps this is a year you could volunteer. If interested, please contact Doug Smith, clerk of Nominating, at dsmith1317 (at) aol.com or 775-883-7373.

Quakerism 101 Classes starting Oct. 2

Doug Smith has put together a six-session adult/teen class called “Quakerism 101,” which will be held in the Meeting House on First, Third and Fifth Sundays, October through early December. The class will meet before Silent Worship, from 8:45 am to 9:45 am, and all are welcome! Here’s the schedule of topics:

Oct. 2: Roots of Quakerism & The Light Within, taught by Doug Smith.

Oct. 16: The Light Within and Quaker Universalism, taught by Erin Higgs.

Oct. 30: Considerations Relating to Attendership & Membership in a Friends Meeting, taught by Jim Brune.

Nov. 6: Getting Down to Business: Business Meetings, the Quaker Process, handling differences, conflict, clerking and committees, taught by guest John Everhart.

Nov. 20: Worship & Ministry: Spiritual Life, activism, Silent Worship, Gathered Meetings, taught by Gina Russo.

Dec. 11: Faith & Practice and the Quaker Testimonies, taught by Cheri Smith.

Help RFM Founder Ann Scott Celebrate her 90th Birthday Sun. Nov. 13!

Ann Herbert Scott is coming to Reno, so please join her and her family in celebrating her 90th birthday at the Reno Meeting House Sunday, Nov. 13, for potluck and cake. The gathering begins at 12:00 noon, following worship. Ann was a founding member of Reno Friends Meeting with her husband Bill Scott, and later a co-founder of Sierra Interfaith Action for Peace. Ann and Bill remained active with Reno Friends and the wider peace and social justice community until Bill’s declining health and their subsequent relocation to Friends House in Santa Rosa, in the early 1990’s. As the Meeting House has limited space, please RSVP by Nov. 7 to Melanie Scott at 775-342-8844, or mel.scott2030 (at) gmail.com if you plan to attend.

Donate New Stamps to Those in Need

Want to help those that need it? Donate new FOREVER stamps that will be distributed to the homeless through the Reno Family Resource Center. Bring your donations anytime to the Meeting House and put them into the little drawer under the bulletin board. You can make a difference!

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. 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.

Quaker Stamp Mission

We hope you are saving your canceled stamps so you can support the meaningful and good work of Right Sharing of World Resources. In doing so, you are aiding the work of worthwhile Quaker organizations throughout the world. Please send your stamps to the following: Quaker Missions West, c/o Earl Walker, 650 Harrison Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711.  Thanks!

Outside Non-Profits That Meet at the Quaker Meeting House

Northern Nevada Amnesty International has been laid down for the foreseeable future. For more information, contact Erin Higgs at saoirsehiggs (at) gmail.com or text her at (775) 276-7549.

Adult Children of Alcoholics meets every Thursday from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm.  ACOA is a world service 12-step program for those struggling with the legacy of growing up in an alcoholic or dysfunctional home. If you are interested in attending, please contact Andy Robinson at a.robinsongmtc(at)gmail.com.

Art of Living meets on Monday evenings at 5:30 pm, except for holidays and bad weather days. This meditation group, founded by the spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, “provides breathing techniques, meditation, yoga, and practical wisdom for daily living.” If you are interested in attending, please contact Alison Pratte at amepratte(at)gmail.com.

Other Non-Profits Affiliated with Reno Friends

Be the Change Project is an urban homestead movement in Reno that promotes urban gardening, composting, earthen building projects, environmental speakers and other interesting developments in living off the grid. For more information about the cool stuff they are doing—from community murals to various workshops—check out their new website: bethechangeprojectreno.org. Or, contact Reno Friend Kyle Chandler-Isacksen at kisacksen (at) gmail.com.

Citizens Climate Lobby of Northern Nevada is a group working with local and national legislators to pass a carbon tax and dividend to help stop global warming. For more information, email Betsy Fadali at bfadali(at)sbcglobal.net. Feel free to bring friends and neighbors, if they’re interested. For more on CCL, go to www.citizensclimatelobby.org.

Inspiration

“So instead of loving what you think is peace, love other (people) and love God above all.  And instead of hating the people you think are warmakers, hate the appetites and the disorder in your own soul, which are the causes of war.  If you love peace, then hate injustice, hate tyranny, hate greed—but hate these things in yourself, not in another.”

-  Thomas Merton

Do you want to share a poem, prayer, verse, quote or message that inspires you? Send it to Reno Friends newsletter editor Wendy Swallow at wswallow54 (at) gmail.com.

Hold Them in the Light

Please hold the following in the Light: All those grieving over violence by and against the police, and for everyone hurt and challenged by war and terrorism; the migrants in Europe and the countries absorbing them; the people and leaders of all countries experiencing war or oppression, so that we may find peaceful resolutions to all our economic and political troubles; all the armed service people who continue to serve in Afghanistan and other conflict zones around the world; those who have lost their jobs and/or health insurance; all elected officials at the city, county, state and federal levels who have the responsibility for difficult economic decisions. In particular, we ask that you hold in the Light Cheri Smith as she continues her recovery from surgery, and all those who have lost loved ones, or who suffer illness or injury. To request prayers, please leave a message at the Meetinghouse or contact the Clerk.

Quaker Activities & Announcements

College Park Fall Quarterly Meeting: Oct. 14-16

College Park Fall Quarterly Meeting will be Oct. 14-16 at Sierra Friends Center on Woolman Lane in Nevada City, CA. “Listening to God’s Guidance” is our theme for our weekend together. We welcome you to come and listen together with Friends from northern California and Nevada. We will delight in the surroundings of Sierra Friends Center and learn how Spirit is moving among Friends in our meetings. We will consider our theme in Meeting for Worship, in Worship-Sharing, during our Plenary sessions and throughout our time together. We look forward to joining with you as we listen to God’s guidance among Friends of all ages.

REGISTER EARLY: Register by Monday, October 4, 2016. If you have not registered by then you are still welcome to come but will need to communicate with the Registar.  Registrations received after the deadline (10/3/16) will incur a $20 late fee per family. Please let us know of any special needs, including financial assistance, before the deadline.

COSTS: See the registration form. No one is turned away for lack of funds. If you want to attend and can’t afford it, first check with your own meeting for financial assistance.  We encourage Meetings to finance some or all of the cost of attendance and if necessary will match an amount with CPQM funds. Contact the Registrar before the deadline with a request for assistance after requesting an amount from your meeting. Teens and young Friends are especially encouraged to make use of this opportunity. Consider making a donation to CPQM to help others attend.

TO REGISTER, go to https://www.eventzilla.net/web/event/college-park-quarterly-meeting-fall-2016-2138879474. You may email the information on the registration form to our Registrar Mica Estrada mica.estrada3 (at) gmail.com by October 4, and then bring your payment (check or cash) to Quarterly Meeting. (Please include “CPQM  Registration” in the subject line.) OR you can mail the registration form by Monday, October 4, with a check made out to “CPQM” to CPQM Registrar c/o Mica Estrada,  2011 Cima Ct., La Costa, CA 92009. Go to collegepark.quaker.org for more information and registration material.

Ben Lomond Quaker Center News & Workshops
Do Quakers Mean Business? With Rob Pierson: Sept. 30-Oct. 1

This workshop invites us to explore our faith and practice at work today. Are you an entrepreneur or business leader? A gifted manager, engineer, or marketer, afraid to speak this part of your truth in Meeting? Are you seeking right livelihood or struggling to live with integrity in your daily job? Do you wonder how to invest for the greater good? Or do you doubt that any good can come of business? After a short recap of Quakers’ industry – the “history we do not speak” – we will spend much of the weekend in conversation – exploring our roles today as citizen activists, concerned customers, responsible investors, ethical workers, and visionary leaders. Quakers, they say, came to America to do good and ended up doing very well. What canst thou say about doing good and doing well today? 

Journaling as Meditation, with Iris Graville: Oct. 28-Oct. 30

Explore a variety of visual techniques (writing, collaging, sketching) to awaken the possibility of experiencing the presence of God/Spirit/Light in daily life through Journaling as Meditation from October 28-30 with Iris Graville. Look at the place of journals in Quaker history as you create your own hand-bound blank book and develop greater skills to serve, or start, your writing practice.

Primitive Quakerism Revived, with Paul Buckley: Nov. 18-20

What would it look like today to revive the Quakerism of early Friends? Those in the Quaker movement believed they were chosen to revive true Christianity. This was a different way to live – to relate to God, each other, and all of creation. Please join us Nov. 18-20 to contemplate Primitive Quakerism Revived: Living as Friends in the 21st Century.

For more information about the entire Quaker Center Annual schedule of workshops, or to donate money for new chairs, go to www.quakercenter.org.

American Friends Service Committee, West Region

AFSC West has a robust schedule of events in California concerning the Wage Peace Program, Urban Shield events, Responses and Resistance to Militarism, etc.  For more information, go to http://afsc.org/office/san-francisco-ca.

-     Submitted by Peter Lin, AFSC West Region

Reno Friends Newsletter: How To Contribute

Submissions: Please submit your items for the newsletter by the Second Sunday of the month for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter. Send Friends Calendar 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 at: wswallow54 (at) gmail.com or call at 775-473-5559.

September 2016 Newsletter 

For a list of upcoming events, see our Calendar. For the monthly Queries, 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

Sand Harbor Swim Potluck Picnic Sun. Sept. 18

We have cancelled the annual Grover Hot Springs Camping Trip this year (because of little interest) and will be going instead to Sand Harbor up at Lake Tahoe on Sun. Sept. 28 for a potluck picnic and swim. We will gather at the Meeting House at 11:30 (after Silent Worship) to carpool up to Sand Harbor. Bring food for potluck, swimsuits, chairs, umbrellas. Please RSVP to Betsy Fadali if you plan to come, at bfadali(at)sbcglobal.net.

Worship Sharing on Prayer:  Sept. 7, 14 & 21

Beatrice Hamilton will continue her Worship Sharing series on the Topic of Prayer from 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm on Wednesday evenings in the Meeting House. On Sept. 7, the group will discuss the Intercessory Prayer; on Sept. 14, the Prayer of Suffering; and on Sept. 21, the Prayer of Healing. As a guide, Beatrice is using a book by Quaker Richard J. Foster called “Prayer, the Heart’s True Home.” All are welcome!

Potluck Speaker Sept. 25: Dr. Allan Ferrenberg on Climate Change

On Sunday Sept. 25, Dr. Allan Ferrenberg of the University of Nevada Reno will share his presentation Climate Change & Solutions. The presentation will start at 12 noon, after potluck.

Quakerism 101 Classes starting Oct. 2

Doug Smith has put together a six-session adult class called “Quakerism 101,” which will be held in the Meeting House on First, Third and Fifth Sundays October through December. The class will meet before Silent Worship, from 8:45 am to 9:45 am. The classes will be led by various people and will cover topics such as Quaker process, business meeting, attendership and membership, and the Quaker testimonies. Watch the October newsletter for a full schedule of dates and topics.

Donate New Stamps to Those in Need

Want to help those that need it? Donate new FOREVER stamps that will be distributed to the homeless through the Reno Family Resource Center. Bring your donations anytime to the Meeting House and put them into the little drawer under the bulletin board. You can make a difference!

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. 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.

Quaker Stamp Mission

We hope you are saving your canceled stamps so you can support the meaningful and good work of Right Sharing of World Resources. In doing so, you are aiding the work of worthwhile Quaker organizations throughout the world. Please send your stamps to the following: Quaker Missions West, c/o Earl Walker, 650 Harrison Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711.  Thanks!

Outside Non-Profits That Meet at the Quaker Meeting House

Northern Nevada Amnesty International has been laid down for the foreseeable future. For more information, contact Erin Higgs at saoirsehiggs (at) gmail.com or text her at (775) 276-7549.

Adult Children of Alcoholics meets every Thursday from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm.  ACOA is a world service 12-step program for those struggling with the legacy of growing up in an alcoholic or dysfunctional home. If you are interested in attending, please contact Andy Robinson at a.robinsongmtc(at)gmail.com.

Art of Living meets on Monday evenings at 5:30 pm, except for holidays and bad weather days. This meditation group, founded by the spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, “provides breathing techniques, meditation, yoga, and practical wisdom for daily living.” If you are interested in attending, please contact Alison Pratte at amepratte(at)gmail.com.

Other Non-Profits Affiliated with Reno Friends

Alternatives to Violence Project Nevada, along with Sierra Interfaith Action for Peace and the Life Peace & Justice Commission of the Catholic Diocese of Reno are holding a Potluck for Peace on Sept. 21, the UN International Day of Peace, as a remembrance of 9/11. This free event is from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the McKinley Arts Cultural Center at 925 Riverside in Reno, NV. Please bring a dish to share, and label all ingredients. For more information, or to RSVP, please contact: Rita Sloan, rwrksloan@hotmail.com or 775-849-1653.

Be the Change Project is an urban homestead movement in Reno that promotes urban gardening, composting, earthen building projects, environmental speakers and other interesting developments in living off the grid. For more information about the cool stuff they are doing—from community murals to various workshops—check out their new website: bethechangeprojectreno.org. Or, contact Reno Friend Kyle Chandler-Isacksen at kisacksen (at) gmail.com.

Citizens Climate Lobby of Northern Nevada is a group working with local and national legislators to pass a carbon tax and dividend to help stop global warming. For more information, email Betsy Fadali at bfadali(at)sbcglobal.net. Feel free to bring friends and neighbors, if they’re interested. For more on CCL, go to www.citizensclimatelobby.org.

Inspiration

“The world is holy. We are holy. All life is holy. Daily prayers are delivered on the lips of breaking waves, the whisperings of grasses, the shimmering of leaves.”

-  Terry Tempest Williams

Do you want to share a poem, prayer, verse, quote or message that inspires you? Send it to Reno Friends newsletter editor Wendy Swallow at wswallow54 (at) gmail.com.

Hold Them in the Light

Please hold the following in the Light:

Please hold the following in the Light: All those grieving over violence by and against the police, and for everyone hurt and challenged by war and terrorism; the migrants in Europe and the countries absorbing them; the people and leaders of all countries experiencing war or oppression, so that we may find peaceful resolutions to all our economic and political troubles; all the armed service people who continue to serve in Afghanistan and other conflict zones around the world; those who have lost their jobs and/or health insurance; all elected officials at the city, county, state and federal levels who have the responsibility for difficult economic decisions. In particular, we ask that you hold in the Light Cheri Smith as she goes in for surgery this month, and all those who have lost loved ones, or who suffer illness or injury. To request prayers, please leave a message at the Meetinghouse or contact the Clerk.

Quaker Activities & Announcements

College Park Fall Quarterly Meeting: Oct. 14 – 16

The College Park Fall Quarterly Meeting will be Oct. 14-16 at Sierra Friends Center on Woolman Lane in Nevada City, CA. This is a time to worship together as Friends and to celebrate our faith and practice, as well as learning together. Go to collegepark.quaker.org for more information and registration material.

Ben Lomond Quaker Center News & Workshops
The Power of Enough, with Jackie Stillwell: Sept. 2 – 4

Are you seeking to simplify your life and take personal steps to create right order in our world? Together, we will reflect on the implications of our personal choices and their ripple effects. Participants are asked to bring a journal and a writing instrument, and maybe a song or a game to share. We will leave with a deeper sense of self, connection and how our personal choices ripple forward to everyone.

Do Quakers Mean Business? With Rob Pierson: Sept. 30 – Oct. 1

This workshop invites us to explore our faith and practice at work today. Are you an entrepreneur or business leader? A gifted manager, engineer, or marketer, afraid to speak this part of your truth in Meeting? Are you seeking right livelihood or struggling to live with integrity in your daily job? Do you wonder how to invest for the greater good? Or do you doubt that any good can come of business? After a short recap of Quakers’ industry – the “history we do not speak” – we will spend much of the weekend in conversation – exploring our roles today as citizen activists, concerned customers, responsible investors, ethical workers, and visionary leaders. Quakers, they say, came to America to do good and ended up doing very well. What canst thou say about doing good and doing well today? 

Journaling as Meditation, with Iris Graville: Oct. 28-Oct. 30

Explore a variety of visual techniques (writing, collaging, sketching) to awaken the possibility of experiencing the presence of God/Spirit/Light in daily life through Journaling as Meditation from October 28th – 30th with Iris Graville. Look at the place of journals in Quaker history as you create your own hand-bound blank book and develop greater skills to serve, or start, your writing practice.

Help Ben Lomond Quaker Center Buy Chairs

When you come to Ben Lomond Quaker Center for a gathering of any kind, we want you to feel inspired, and to value the friendship, hospitality, and reflection you enjoy during your visit. We hope you won’t think about the furniture, except as a passing thought. Unless, of course, it’s the satisfaction you feel about having helped to pay for those chairs! A chair isn’t exactly a glamorous gift, but it is surely essential. The next time you visit Ben Lomond Quaker Center, and sit down on a strong and comfortable chair that you helped to provide, you’ll see what we mean.

Please contribute as much as you can, even if it would only cover the lower part of a chair– we trust that someone else will have your back. Then sit down and relax knowing you have helped to keep Ben Lomond Quaker Center well-furnished with sturdy, comfortable chairs.

For more information about the entire Quaker Center Annual schedule of workshops, or to donate money for new chairs, go to www.quakercenter.org.

News from Friends House

At Pacific Yearly Meeting this year, conversations about responses to global warming often sprang up. Residents of Friends House, a Quaker retirement community in Santa Rosa, CA, were glad to tell of how “green” their community is. We told about low-water landscaping, grey water use, shade and insulation, double-paned windows and solar panels. We talked about sharing rides and cars, about Priuses and electric vehicles. We share washers, dryers, irons, vacuums and lots of other tools and equipment. Only one lawn mower serves the whole campus. We came here for moral and physical support in our later years, and found we had joined an intentional community with a united focus on efficiency and sustainability. We are glad to think of the other Friends who will join us when they can.

-          Submitted by Elizabeth Boardman, Resident Board member

American Friends Service Committee, West Region

AFSC West has a robust schedule of events in California concerning the Wage Peace Program, Urban Shield events, Responses and Resistance to Militarism, etc.  For more information, go to http://afsc.org/office/san-francisco-ca.

-     Submitted by Peter Lin, AFSC West Region

Reno Friends Newsletter: How To Contribute

Submissions: Please submit your items for the newsletter by the Second Sunday of the month for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter. Send Friends Calendar 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 at: wswallow54 (at) gmail.com or call at 775-473-5559.

July-August 2016 Newsletter 

For a list of upcoming events, see our Calendar. For the monthly Queries, July: Simplicity and 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

Grover Hot Springs Camping Trip:  Sept. 16-18

The Reno Friends annual camping trip is scheduled for the third weekend in September at the Grover Springs State Park in Markleeville, CA. If you are interested in coming, email the clerk, Wendy Swallow, at wswallow54(at)gmail.com. Some people camp, others make it a day trip on Saturday for hiking and dinner around the campfire. It’s about a 90-minute trip from Reno and well worth the chance to get out into the beautiful fall scenery.  Please join us for whatever works for you.

Coffee, Tea and a Nibble:  Join us after Worship!

Reno Friends Meeting will start serving coffee, tea and something small to nibble after Silent Worship each week. Please join us for our coffee klatch at 11 am on Sundays. And, please, no need to bring anything. We are trying to keep it simple.

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. 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.

Quaker Stamp Mission

We hope you are saving your canceled stamps so you can support the meaningful and good work of Right Sharing of World Resources. In doing so, you are aiding the work of worthwhile Quaker organizations throughout the world. Please send your stamps to the following: Quaker Missions West, c/o Earl Walker, 650 Harrison Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711.  Thanks!

Outside Non-Profits That Meet at the Quaker Meeting House

Northern Nevada Amnesty International has been laid down for the foreseeable future. For more information, contact Erin Higgs at saoirsehiggs (at) gmail.com or text her at (775) 276-7549.

Adult Children of Alcoholics meets every Thursday from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm.  ACOA is a world service 12-step program for those struggling with the legacy of growing up in an alcoholic or dysfunctional home. If you are interested in attending, please contact Andy Robinson at a.robinsongmtc(at)gmail.com.

Art of Living meets on Monday evenings at 5:30 pm, except for holidays and bad weather days. This meditation group, founded by the spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, “provides breathing techniques, meditation, yoga, and practical wisdom for daily living.” If you are interested in attending, please contact Alison Pratte at amepratte(at)gmail.com.

Other Non-Profits Affiliated with Reno Friends

Be the Change Project is an urban homestead movement in Reno that promotes urban gardening, composting, earthen building projects, environmental speakers and other interesting developments in living off the grid. For more information on events and projects, contact Reno Friend Kyle Chandler-Isacksen at kisacksen (at) gmail.com.

Citizens Climate Lobby of Northern Nevada is a group working with local and national legislators to pass a carbon tax and dividend to help stop global warming.  The next meeting of CCL Reno is 9 am, June 11th at the home of Reno Friend Betsy Fadali, who lives at 3959 Regal Dr. Come by and join in! This time we hope to hear a little about Gina’s upcoming trip to Washington D.C. for the CCL National/International Conference and Lobby Day. For more information, email Betsy Fadali at bfadali(at)sbcglobal.net. Feel free to bring friends and neighbors, if they’re interested. For more on CCL, go to www.citizensclimatelobby.org.

Inspiration

“There is a comfort in the strength of love: ‘Twill make a thing endurable, which else would overset the brain or break the heart.”

-  William Wordsworth

Do you want to share a poem, prayer, verse, quote or message that inspires you? Send it to Reno Friends newsletter editor Wendy Swallow at wswallow54 (at) gmail.com.

Hold Them in the Light

Please hold the following in the Light: All those grieving in Orlando, Florida, and for everyone hurt and challenged by war and terrorism, particularly in Istanbul; the migrants flooding into Europe and the countries absorbing them; the people and leaders of all countries experiencing war or oppression, so that we may find peaceful resolutions to all our economic and political troubles; all the armed service people who continue to serve in Afghanistan and other conflict zones around the world; those who have lost their jobs and/or health insurance; all elected officials at the city, county, state and federal levels who have the responsibility for difficult economic decisions. In particular, we ask that you hold in the Light those who have lost loved ones, or who suffer illness or injury. To request prayers, please leave a message at the Meetinghouse or contact the Clerk.

Quaker Activities & Announcements

Ben Lomond Quaker Center News & Workshops
Quaker Center Summer Youth Camps from July 24 – 31

We welcome all kids, Quaker or otherwise, to join us for Quaker Camp and Service Camp under the direction of Anna Lisa Chacon. Join us to explore community, peace, equality, integrity, simplicity, and earthcare – values that Quakers hold strongly, through creative projects and activities. For more information visit http://www.quakercenter.org/summer-youth-camps or call Bob or Kathy Runyan, Co-Directors at Quaker Center at 831-336-8333.

Family Work Camp at Ben Lomond: Aug. 2 – 7

All ages are welcome and only $50 a person this year! We’ll work on improvements to Quaker Center facilities while building community among us. Work crews gather in the morning after breakfast and work until lunch. After lunch we offer opportunities to play, hike, swim, and cook together, or for time alone to enjoy the redwoods. Some work campers choose to keep working. Learn more about this wonderful intergenerational camp and register early online at http://www.quakercenter.org/family-work-camp.

The Power of Enough, with Jackie Stillwell: Sept. 2 – 4

Are you seeking to simplify your life and take personal steps to create right order in our world? Together, we will reflect on the implications of our personal choices and their ripple effects. Participants are asked to bring a journal and a writing instrument, and maybe a song or a game to share. We will leave with a deeper sense of self, connection and how our personal choices ripple forward to everyone.

 

Do Quakers Mean Business?  With Rob Pierson: Sept. 30 – Oct. 1

This workshop invites us to explore our faith and practice at work today. Are you an entrepreneur or business leader? A gifted manager, engineer, or marketer, afraid to speak this part of your truth in Meeting? Are you seeking right livelihood or struggling to live with integrity in your daily job? Do you wonder how to invest for the greater good? Or do you doubt that any good can come of business? After a short recap of Quakers’ industry – the “history we do not speak” – we will spend much of the weekend in conversation – exploring our roles today as citizen activists, concerned customers, responsible investors, ethical workers, and visionary leaders. Quakers, they say, came to America to do good and ended up doing very well. What canst thou say about doing good and doing well today? 

Help Ben Lomond Quaker Center Buy Chairs

When you come to Ben Lomond Quaker Center for a gathering of any kind, we want you to feel inspired, and to value the friendship, hospitality, and reflection you enjoy during your visit. We hope you won’t think about the furniture, except as a passing thought. Unless, of course, it’s the satisfaction you feel about having helped to pay for those chairs! A chair isn’t exactly a glamorous gift, but it is surely essential. Please contribute as much as you can, even if it would only cover the lower part of a chair– we trust that someone else will have your back. Then sit down and relax knowing you have helped to keep Ben Lomond Quaker Center well-furnished with sturdy, comfortable chairs.

For more information about the entire Quaker Center Annual schedule of workshops, or to donate money for new chairs, go to www.quakercenter.org.

College Park Fall Quarterly Meeting: Oct. 14 – 16

The College Park Fall Quarterly Meeting will be Oct. 14 – 16 at Sierra Friends Center in Nevada City, CA. Go to collegepark.quaker.org for more information and registration material.

American Friends Service Committee, West Region

AFSC West has a robust schedule of events in California concerning the Wage Peace Program, Urban Shield events, Responses and Resistance to Militarism, etc.  For more information, go to http://afsc.org/office/san-francisco-ca.

-     Submitted by Peter Lin, AFSC West Region

Reno Friends Newsletter: How To Contribute

Submissions: Please submit your items for the newsletter by the Second Sunday of the month for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter. Send Friends Calendar 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 at: wswallow54 (at) gmail.com or call at 775-473-5559.

June 2016 Newsletter 

For a list of upcoming events, see our Calendar. For the monthly Queries, June: Reaching Out. (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

Potluck Speaker, June 26:  Beth McCleary on Sierra Friends Center

Please join us at the June potluck (11:30 am) to hear Beth McCleary give us an update on the future plans for Sierra Friends Center.

Dr. Willem Houwink, Obituary

Our dear friend and former attender “Wim” Houwink, died in Walla Walla, Washington, on March 25, 2016.  He was a retired professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, and was just short of 96 when he passed away.  Professor Houwink, a popular instructor in economics from 1957 to 1983, was born in the small town of Meppel, Holland in 1920, son of Roelof and Ella Smid Houwink, where his family could trace its roots back to 1453. He loved tennis as a boy and was the Dutch national Junior Champion as a teenager two years in a row. He was the youngest to graduate from his high school with the highest grade point average. He was also the youngest to get an undergraduate degree from the University of Rotterdam. He received his doctorate in 1947 from the Netherlands School of Economics, where he worked for Professor J. Tinbergen, the first person to ever receive the Nobel Prize for Economics.

During World War II, he was a member of the Dutch underground, fighting the Nazis when his native country was occupied by Germany. In 1942, he was arrested by the Gestapo secret police and sent to the Dachau Concentration Camp in southern Germany. He was interned there from 1943-45; and he often shared his war time experiences with people and groups all over the world, because he felt it was important to learn from the past. In a recent speech he said: “On the day I arrived, I had to decide whether to give up and die or fight every single moment of every day to survive.” Eventually, he realized that surviving required more than just figuring out how to stay alive. It also required living with moral strength and fighting for the right of everyone to have personal and intellectual freedom.

In 1951, following post-war espionage work behind the Iron Curtain, Dr. Houwink was granted entry into America and became a U.S. citizen. He worked for a major Wall Street bank for six years before going into college teaching, a choice that, over a long, distinguished career, would help hundreds of students, many of whom maintained a lifelong friendship with him. During his time at the University of Nevada in Reno, he made many important contributions and is listed as a Gold Benefactor in the University’s Honor Court.

He played a leading role in launching the Nevada Business Review; served on the Economic Education in Public Schools Committee; presided as Chairman of the Economics Department; established the UNR Honors Program; was a visiting professor in Turkey, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, England, Egypt, and Mexico. He gave lectures throughout the United States on worldwide economic affairs and free enterprise; and in 1983, he became one of the first Westerners to teach free market economics in China. In 2010, Dr. Houwink was nominated as one of the top 29 most influential overseas experts on China.

After retiring from UNR, Professor Houwink spent many months each year in China, where he became The Honorary Professor of Economics at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing. While there, he helped many Chinese students come to the U.S. and study at UNR, many receiving financial support from Dr. Houwink himself. Both his Chinese and American students were taught to respect others and to learn and understand how cultures and customs differ among nations. He believed mutual trust and understanding, coupled with a rigorous pursuit of knowledge, and a strong sense of ethics, honesty, and personal integrity were the keys to forming lasting relationships among people and building the foundation on which they could live in peace and harmony with one another. In order to honor his lifelong work and dedication to others, a memorial fund has been established with the UNR Foundation. Proceeds will be used to help students engaged in some aspect of international studies at UNR. Donations may be made to the UNR Foundation 0162, Reno, NY 89557. Please note “Houwink Memorial Fund” on contributions. He is survived by his great niece, Alice Houwink.

Coffee, Tea and a Nibble:  Join us after Worship!

Reno Friends Meeting will start serving coffee, tea and something small to nibble after Silent Worship each week. Please join us for our coffee klatch at 11 am on Sundays. And, please, no need to bring anything. We are trying to keep it simple.

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. 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.

Quaker Stamp Mission

We hope you are saving your canceled stamps so you can support the meaningful and good work of Right Sharing of World Resources. In doing so, you are aiding the work of worthwhile Quaker organizations throughout the world. Please send your stamps to the following: Quaker Missions West, c/o Earl Walker, 650 Harrison Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711.  Thanks!

Outside Non-Profits That Meet at the Quaker Meeting House

Northern Nevada Amnesty International meets first and third Sunday nights from 6 pm to 8 pm to educate ourselves on human rights violations around the globe, plan events, and take immediate action together, usually by writing to officials and abused persons. Please join us. We write our letters while we eat potluck snacks. For more information, contact Erin Higgs at saoirsehiggs (at) gmail.com or text her at (775) 276-7549.

Adult Children of Alcoholics meets every Thursday from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm.  ACOA is a world service 12-step program for those struggling with the legacy of growing up in an alcoholic or dysfunctional home. If you are interested in attending, please contact Andy Robinson at a.robinsongmtc(at)gmail.com.

Art of Living meets on Monday evenings at 5:30 pm, except for holidays and bad weather days. This meditation group, founded by the spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, “provides breathing techniques, meditation, yoga, and practical wisdom for daily living.” If you are interested in attending, please contact Alison Pratte at amepratte(at)gmail.com.

Other Non-Profits Affiliated with Reno Friends

Be the Change Project is an urban homestead movement in Reno that promotes urban gardening, composting, earthen building projects, environmental speakers and other interesting developments in living off the grid. For more information on events and projects, contact Reno Friend Kyle Chandler-Isacksen at kisacksen (at) gmail.com.

Citizens Climate Lobby of Northern Nevada is a group working with local and national legislators to pass a carbon tax and dividend to help stop global warming.  The next meeting of CCL Reno is 9 am, June 11th at the home of Reno Friend Betsy Fadali, who lives at 3959 Regal Dr. Come by and join in! This time we hope to hear a little about Gina’s upcoming trip to Washington D.C. for the CCL National/International Conference and Lobby Day. For more information, email Betsy Fadali at bfadali(at)sbcglobal.net. Feel free to bring friends and neighbors, if they’re interested. For more on CCL, go to www.citizensclimatelobby.org.

Inspiration

“True godliness does not turn men out of the world but enables them to live better in it and excites their endeavor to mend it.”

-  William Penn

Do you want to share a poem, prayer, verse, quote or message that inspires you? Send it to Reno Friends newsletter editor Wendy Swallow at wswallow54 (at) gmail.com.

Hold Them in the Light

Please hold the following in the Light: All those hurt and challenged by terrorism, including the migrants flooding into Europe and the countries absorbing them; the people and leaders of all countries experiencing war or oppression, so that we may find peaceful resolutions to all our economic and political troubles; all the armed service people who continue to serve in conflict zones around the world; those who have lost their jobs and/or health insurance; all elected officials at the city, county, state and federal levels who have the responsibility for difficult economic decisions. In particular, we ask that you hold in the Light the family of Wim Houwink, those who have lost loved ones, or who suffer illness or injury. To request prayers, please leave a message at the Meetinghouse or contact the Clerk.

Quaker Activities & Announcements

Ben Lomond Quaker Center News & Workshops
Let’s Go! Growing the Quaker Movement the World Needs Now: June 3-5

Join Nia Thomas and Hilary Burgin if you are you hungry to be part of a more vibrant, life-changing spiritual movement. Across North America and beyond, a rising generation of Quaker leaders are conspiring for change. In this weekend gathering for Friends of all ages, but especially for young adult Friends (ages 18-35ish), we hope to take some next steps we need to take now to realize this dream. Find out more and register early at http://www.quakercenter.org/growing-the-quaker-movement/

Quaker Center Summer Youth Camps: July 24-31

Register early! We welcome all kids, Quaker or otherwise, for Quaker Camp and Service Camp under the direction of Anna Lisa Chacon. Join us to explore community, peace, equality, integrity, simplicity, and earthcare – values that Quakers hold strongly, through creative projects and activities. For more information visit http://www.quakercenter.org/summer-youth-camps or call Bob or Kathy Runyan, Co-Directors at Quaker Center at 831-336-8333.

Family Work Camp at Ben Lomond: Aug. 2–7

All ages are welcome and only $50 a person this year! We’ll work on improvements to Quaker Center facilities while building community among us. Work crews gather in the morning after breakfast and work until lunch. After lunch we offer opportunities to play, hike, swim, and cook together, or for time alone to enjoy the redwoods. Some work campers choose to keep working. Learn more about this wonderful intergenerational camp and register early online at http://www.quakercenter.org/family-work-camp.

For more information or the entire Quaker Center Annual schedule of workshops, go to www.quakercenter.org.

Friends House Retirement Community, Santa Rosa, CA

Santa Rosa is the next big town up Route 101 north of Petaluma, so if you are coming to PYM, why not take the opportunity to visit Friends House? The gardens are gorgeous and the future is bright. An adjacent property owner has finally agreed to sell us six acres, giving us hope that more apartments and amenities eventually might be added to the Friends House community.  Meanwhile, several apartments are available now. If you cannot visit us in person, check our web site at friendshouse.org.

-          Submitted by Elizabeth Boardman

San Jose Friends Meeting Announcement

San Jose Friends Meeting is searching for a person or a couple to reside onsite and help us oversee our property. The property consists of the meeting house, oldest in California, a residence and the grounds. The resident will participate in the life of the meeting, coordinate outside groups that use the property and work with the meeting to maintain the property and grounds. Rent will be determined according to the skills /interests of the individual and the share of responsibilities assumed by the individual. To apply, please contact Patti for an application p_bossert (at) yahoo.com.

Pacific Yearly Meeting: June 17-22, 2016,Walker Creek Ranch in Marin County, CA.
Clerk’s Call: Lifting of the Veil: Awakening to the Presence

“Now if any, …, feel a secret touch upon their hearts, startling them, and giving some testimony to the truth, though very small, and through a thick, dark covering, there is that to which I speak; there is the witness within the veil; and there is the testimony rising up, which leads to life, if given heed to.” ~ Isaac Penington, The Way of Life and Death.

Please join us for Pacific Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends 70th annual session June 17 to June 22 at Walker Creek Ranch, Petaluma, California. We are opened, strengthened and comforted when we join one another in this centuries-old Friends practice of gathering as a Yearly Meeting body.

Early Friends believed in the presence of a Living Spirit and knew that it was veiled, in other words, Spirit was not typically seen or understood in our habitual behaviors and thoughts. It was often described as a “still small voice”. In my experience it is in our bodies that we experience the Spirit which exposes the veil. We can feel Spirit in our bodies and these sensations can help us develop a barometer to understand the authenticity of spirit that leads us – Quakerism, in my experience, is a visceral religion.

When we try to rationalize and limit ourselves to only what fits our intellectual understanding, Spirit loses the capacity to guide and direct us through experience. Quakerism is a religion that is embodied and practiced. It requires us, first, to wake up to both the temptations and inherent assumptions of the dominant culture, and our personal habits which hide our inner wounds, even from ourselves. The process of aligning oneself to the spirit requires the Lifting of the Veil and seeing things as they truly are – both internally and around us. As early Friends practiced this life changing endeavor they were led to practices that were revealed by the Truth. This included, for example, refusing to tip their hats or saying Thee and Thou to landed gentry – which implied inequality amongst people – and other outward actions that sometimes put them in harm’s way as a consequence of their testifying to the revealed truth.

Come to the Annual Session with your minds open, with a yearning for wonder. Come ready to witness that the mystery unfolds when we open our hearts to each other and sit waiting to be guided by the presence that is always there, but not always perceived, when we gather with the intention to listen deeply. The spirit guides us when we seek it.

Our keynote plenary will have two of our own leading us into worship: Carl Magruder and Darcy Stanley. The spirit we seek is more concentrated and intense when we are in a large group and are focused on contemplative practices. Please be prepared to practice waiting to minister verbally only when you are genuinely moved by spirit and have tested your message by holding it and allowing it to dissipate if it is meant to. The signs of ministry are likely to manifest physically and will persist such that you can no longer can hold it in. Take care that it is not intellect, ego or unresolved personal pain, but the Light at work in you, that lifts you from your seat and provides you with words.

“The sooner we stop thinking we are the energetic operators of religion and discover that God is at work, as the Aggressor, the Invader, the Initiator, so much the sooner do we discover that our task is to call us to be still and know, listen, hearken in quiet invitation to the subtle promptings of the Divine…I am persuaded that religious people do not with sufficient seriousness count on God as an active factor in the affairs of the world. ‘Behold, I stand at the door and knock,’ but too many well-intentioned people are preoccupied with the clatter of effort to do something for God that they don’t hear her asking that she might do something through them.” ~ Thomas Kelly, A Testament of Devotion.

Be aware, Friends, that this annual session is scheduled differently. Business sessions are being reimagined with initiatives, such as reports being posted not read aloud, leaving more time to allow spirit to rise and guide us. Furthermore, the first day of Annual Session will be on Friday and the last day will be on Wednesday. We know that many work and may not have a full week off, so we hope that you can come at least for the weekend if not the full five days. The Meeting for Memorials will be held earlier than usual, during the weekend, so that more people can attend. When we open ourselves to Spirit together, we can expect the unexpected. I hope that you are able to join us for this year’s Annual Session. For registration information, go to www.pacificyearlymeeting.org.

-          In the Light, Diego Navarro, Presiding Clerk.

American Friends Service Committee, West Region

AFSC West has a robust schedule of events in California concerning the Wage Peace Program, Urban Shield events, Responses and Resistance to Militarism, etc.  For more information, go to http://afsc.org/office/san-francisco-ca.

-     Submitted by Peter Lin, AFSC West Region

Reno Friends Newsletter: How To Contribute

Submissions: Please submit your items for the newsletter by the Second Sunday of the month for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter. Send Friends Calendar 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 at: wswallow54 (at) gmail.com or call at 775-473-5559.

May 2016 Newsletter 

For a list of upcoming events, see our Calendar. For the monthly Queries, May: Social and Civic Responsibility. (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

Meeting House and Grounds Spring Cleanup: Sat. May 7 & 21, 9 am – 12 pm

Please join us for our Meeting House workday event. Even if you can only help for an hour, that’s fine too. Just dropping by to say hello lends moral support to our efforts!

Here are things that need attending this May:

  • Weeding, particularly behind the cottage and for the bed facing the street;
  • Bring tools for weeding, pruning and other yardwork;
  • Inside the First Day School and the Meeting House need standard clean-up
  • Bring snacks to enjoy together if you’d like

Thanks everyone!

Spiritual Discussion Class: Sermon on the Mount & Buddhist Eightfold Way, Sun. May 15 & 29, 8:45 am – 9:45 am in the Meeting House

Jim Brune will lead a discussion of the Sermon on the Mount and the Buddhist Eightfold Way.  Please read the Sermon on the Mount before class.  All are welcome!

Potluck Speaker, May 22:  Beatrice Hamilton on Israel

Please join us at the May potluck (11:30 am) to hear Beatrice Hamilton share her personal experience of her recent pilgrimage to Israel.

Coffee, Tea and a Nibble:  Join us after Worship!

Reno Friends Meeting will start serving coffee, tea and something small to nibble after Silent Worship each week. Please join us for our coffee klatch at 11 am on Sundays. And, please, no need to bring anything. We are trying to keep it simple.

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. 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.

Quaker Stamp Mission

We hope you are saving your canceled stamps so you can support the meaningful and good work of Right Sharing of World Resources. In doing so, you are aiding the work of worthwhile Quaker organizations throughout the world. Please send your stamps to the following: Quaker Missions West, c/o Earl Walker, 650 Harrison Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711.  Thanks!

Outside Non-Profits That Meet at the Quaker Meeting House

Northern Nevada Amnesty International meets first and third Sunday nights from 6 pm to 8 pm to educate ourselves on human rights violations around the globe, plan events, and take immediate action together, usually by writing to officials and abused persons. Please join us. We write our letters while we eat potluck snacks. For more information, contact Erin Higgs at saoirsehiggs (at) gmail.com or text her at (775) 276-7549.

Adult Children of Alcoholics meets every Thursday from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm.  ACOA is a world service 12-step program for those struggling with the legacy of growing up in an alcoholic or dysfunctional home. If you are interested in attending, please contact Andy Robinson at a.robinsongmtc(at)gmail.com.

Art of Living meets on Monday evenings at 5:30 pm, except for holidays and bad weather days. This meditation group, founded by the spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, “provides breathing techniques, meditation, yoga, and practical wisdom for daily living.” If you are interested in attending, please contact Alison Pratte at amepratte(at)gmail.com.

Other Non-Profits Affiliated with Reno Friends

Be the Change Project is an urban homestead movement in Reno that promotes urban gardening, composting, earthen building projects, environmental speakers and other interesting developments in living off the grid. For more information on events and projects, contact Reno Friend Kyle Chandler-Isacksen at kisacksen (at) gmail.com.

Citizens Climate Lobby of Northern Nevada is a group working with local and national legislators to pass a carbon tax and dividend to help stop global warming. The next meeting will be Sat. May 14 at 9:00 am, in the home of Reno Friend Betsy Fadali, which is at 3959 Regal Dr. in Reno. For more information, email Betsy Fadali at bfadali(at)sbcglobal.net. Feel free to bring friends and neighbors, if they’re interested. For more on CCL, go to www.citizensclimatelobby.org.

Inspiration

“Today, I am grateful for:

Another day to be alive and living my life.

Another opportunity to love those who are special to me.

Another chance to share my love with strangers I meet.

Another set of lessons to learn and wisdom to be gleaned.

Another blessing of clearing out the old and welcoming the new.

Another experience of the awe and wonder of nature.”

-  Algernon Charles Swinburne (shared by Beatrice Hamilton)

Do you want to share a poem, prayer, verse, quote or message that inspires you? Send it to Reno Friends newsletter editor Wendy Swallow at wswallow54 (at) gmail.com.

Hold Them in the Light

Please hold the following in the Light: All those hurt and challenged by terrorism, including the migrants flooding into Europe and the countries absorbing them; the people and leaders of all countries experiencing war or oppression, so that we may find peaceful resolutions to all our economic and political troubles; all the armed service people who continue to serve in conflict zones around the world; those who have lost their jobs and/or health insurance; all elected officials at the city, county, state and federal levels who have the responsibility for difficult economic decisions. In particular, we ask that you hold in the Light those who have lost loved ones, or who suffer illness or injury. To request prayers, please leave a message at the Meetinghouse or contact the Clerk.

Quaker Activities & Announcements

College Park Spring Quarterly Meeting: May 13-15, 2015, Ben Lomond Quaker Center, Ben Lomond, CA

We welcome you to College Park Quarterly Meeting. Join us as we gather to hear Voices of Renewal from Friends who have attended international Quaker gatherings. We will have a joyous time together at Quarterly Meeting getting to know each other more deeply through Worship Sharing, Meeting for Worship, shared meals, skits and singing. We have time for sharing with each other about how we are developing spiritually. At Quarterly Meeting, we also have an opportunity to hear about the many ways Friends are called into service at local, national and international levels. For registration information and forms, go to collegepark.quaker.org.

Ben Lomond Quaker Center News & Workshops
The Soul of Eldering: Nurturing Spiritual Formation: Apr. 29-May 1

Vital spiritual gifts are bestowed on our faith community. This workshop, led by Elaine Emily and Diego Navarro, will explore the role of Elder: sensing, naming, calling out, nurturing and accompanying the development of the spiritual gifts that arise in our community. This workshop is for meeting clerks, members of Ministry and Oversight and Nominating Committees, and anyone who is interested in growing and revitalizing the Religious Society of Friends. Register online at http://www.quakercenter.org/the-soul-of-eldering.

Let’s Go! Growing the Quaker Movement the World Needs Now: June 3-5

Join Nia Thomas and Hilary Burgin if you are you hungry to be part of a more vibrant, life-changing spiritual movement. Across North America and beyond, a rising generation of Quaker leaders are conspiring for change. In this weekend gathering for Friends of all ages, but especially for young adult Friends (ages 18-35ish), we hope to take some next steps we need to take now to realize this dream. Find out more and register early at http://www.quakercenter.org/growing-the-quaker-movement/

Quaker Center Summer Youth Camps: July 24-31

Register early! We welcome all kids, Quaker or otherwise, for Quaker Camp and Service Camp under the direction of Anna Lisa Chacon. Join us to explore community, peace, equality, integrity, simplicity, and earthcare – values that Quakers hold strongly, through creative projects and activities. For more information visit http://www.quakercenter.org/summer-youth-camps or call Bob or Kathy Runyan, Co-Directors at Quaker Center at 831-336-8333.

For more information or the entire Quaker Center Annual schedule of workshops, go to www.quakercenter.org.

San Jose Friends Meeting Announcement

San Jose Friends Meeting is searching for a person or a couple to reside onsite and help us oversee our property. The property consists of the meeting house, oldest in California, a residence and the grounds. The resident will participate in the life of the meeting, coordinate outside groups that use the property and work with the meeting to maintain the property and grounds. Rent will be determined according to the skills /interests of the individual and the share of responsibilities assumed by the individual. To apply, please contact Patti for an application p_bossert (at) yahoo.com.

Pacific Yearly Meeting: June 17-22, 2016,Walker Creek Ranch in Marin County, CA.
Clerk’s Call: Lifting of the Veil: Awakening to the Presence

“Now if any, …, feel a secret touch upon their hearts, startling them, and giving some testimony to the truth, though very small, and through a thick, dark covering, there is that to which I speak; there is the witness within the veil; and there is the testimony rising up, which leads to life, if given heed to.” ~ Isaac Penington, The Way of Life and Death.

Please join us for Pacific Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends 70th annual session June 17 to June 22 at Walker Creek Ranch, Petaluma, California. We are opened, strengthened and comforted when we join one another in this centuries-old Friends practice of gathering as a Yearly Meeting body.

Early Friends believed in the presence of a Living Spirit and knew that it was veiled, in other words, Spirit was not typically seen or understood in our habitual behaviors and thoughts. It was often described as a “still small voice”. In my experience it is in our bodies that we experience the Spirit which exposes the veil. We can feel Spirit in our bodies and these sensations can help us develop a barometer to understand the authenticity of spirit that leads us – Quakerism, in my experience, is a visceral religion.

When we try to rationalize and limit ourselves to only what fits our intellectual understanding, Spirit loses the capacity to guide and direct us through experience. Quakerism is a religion that is embodied and practiced. It requires us, first, to wake up to both the temptations and inherent assumptions of the dominant culture, and our personal habits which hide our inner wounds, even from ourselves. The process of aligning oneself to the spirit requires the Lifting of the Veil and seeing things as they truly are – both internally and around us. As early Friends practiced this life changing endeavor they were led to practices that were revealed by the Truth. This included, for example, refusing to tip their hats or saying Thee and Thou to landed gentry – which implied inequality amongst people – and other outward actions that sometimes put them in harm’s way as a consequence of their testifying to the revealed truth.

Come to the Annual Session with your minds open, with a yearning for wonder. Come ready to witness that the mystery unfolds when we open our hearts to each other and sit waiting to be guided by the presence that is always there, but not always perceived, when we gather with the intention to listen deeply. The spirit guides us when we seek it.

Our keynote plenary will have two of our own leading us into worship: Carl Magruder and Darcy Stanley. The spirit we seek is more concentrated and intense when we are in a large group and are focused on contemplative practices. Please be prepared to practice waiting to minister verbally only when you are genuinely moved by spirit and have tested your message by holding it and allowing it to dissipate if it is meant to. The signs of ministry are likely to manifest physically and will persist such that you can no longer can hold it in. Take care that it is not intellect, ego or unresolved personal pain, but the Light at work in you, that lifts you from your seat and provides you with words.

“The sooner we stop thinking we are the energetic operators of religion and discover that God is at work, as the Aggressor, the Invader, the Initiator, so much the sooner do we discover that our task is to call us to be still and know, listen, hearken in quiet invitation to the subtle promptings of the Divine…I am persuaded that religious people do not with sufficient seriousness count on God as an active factor in the affairs of the world. ‘Behold, I stand at the door and knock,’ but too many well-intentioned people are preoccupied with the clatter of effort to do something for God that they don’t hear her asking that she might do something through them.” ~ Thomas Kelly, A Testament of Devotion.

Be aware, Friends, that this annual session is scheduled differently. Business sessions are being reimagined with initiatives, such as reports being posted not read aloud, leaving more time to allow spirit to rise and guide us. Furthermore, the first day of Annual Session will be on Friday and the last day will be on Wednesday. We know that many work and may not have a full week off, so we hope that you can come at least for the weekend if not the full five days. The Meeting for Memorials will be held earlier than usual, during the weekend, so that more people can attend. When we open ourselves to Spirit together, we can expect the unexpected. I hope that you are able to join us for this year’s Annual Session. For registration information, go to www.pacificyearlymeeting.org.

-          In the Light, Diego Navarro, Presiding Clerk.

American Friends Service Committee, West Region

AFSC West has a robust schedule of events in California concerning the Wage Peace Program, Urban Shield events, Responses and Resistance to Militarism, etc.  For more information, go to http://afsc.org/office/san-francisco-ca.

-     Submitted by Peter Lin, AFSC West Region

Reno Friends Newsletter: How To Contribute

Submissions: Please submit your items for the newsletter by the Second Sunday of the month for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter. Send Friends Calendar 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 at: wswallow54 (at) gmail.com or call at 775-473-5559.

April 2016 Newsletter 

For a list of upcoming events, see our Calendar. For the monthly Queries, April: Harmony with Creation. (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

Worship Sharing on Prayer: Apr. 10 & 24, 8:45 am

Beatrice Hamilton is leading a Worship Sharing series on the Topic of Prayer from 8:45 am to 9:45 am before worship on occasional Sundays in the Meeting House. On Apr. 10, the group will discuss Meditative Prayer, and on Apr. 24, the Prayer of Rest. As a guide, Beatrice will use a book by Quaker Richard J. Foster called “Prayer, the Heart’s True Home.” More sessions have been proposed for the fall. All are welcome!

Coffee, Tea and a Nibble Starts Apr. 3

Reno Friends Meeting will start serving coffee, tea and something small to nibble after Silent Worship each week. Please join us for our first coffee klatch on Sun. April 3.

Meeting House Spring Cleanup: Sat. May 7, 9 am – 12 pm

Please join us in cleaning up the Meeting House inside and out.  Many hands make light work, and sometimes people bring snacks! 

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. 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.

Quaker Stamp Mission

We hope you are saving your canceled stamps so you can support the meaningful and good work of Right Sharing of World Resources. In doing so, you are aiding the work of worthwhile Quaker organizations throughout the world. Please send your stamps to the following: Quaker Missions West, c/o Earl Walker, 650 Harrison Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711.  Thanks!

Outside Non-Profits That Meet at the Quaker Meeting House

Northern Nevada Amnesty International meets first and third Sunday nights from 6 pm to 8 pm to educate ourselves on human rights violations around the globe, plan events, and take immediate action together, usually by writing to officials and abused persons. Please join us. We write our letters while we eat potluck snacks. For more information, contact Erin Higgs at saoirsehiggs (at) gmail.com or text her at (775) 276-7549.

Adult Children of Alcoholics meets every Thursday from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm.  ACOA is a world service 12-step program for those struggling with the legacy of growing up in an alcoholic or dysfunctional home. If you are interested in attending, please contact Andy Robinson at a.robinsongmtc(at)gmail.com.

Art of Living meets on Monday evenings at 5:30 pm, except for holidays and bad weather days. This meditation group, founded by the spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, “provides breathing techniques, meditation, yoga, and practical wisdom for daily living.” If you are interested in attending, please contact Alison Pratte at amepratte(at)gmail.com.

Other Non-Profits Affiliated with Reno Friends

Be the Change Project is an urban homestead movement in Reno that promotes urban gardening, composting, earthen building projects, environmental speakers and other interesting developments in living off the grid. For more information on events and projects, contact Reno Friend Kyle Chandler-Isacksen at kisacksen (at) gmail.com.

Citizens Climate Lobby of Northern Nevada is a group working with local and national legislators to pass a carbon tax and dividend to help stop global warming. The next meeting will be Sat. April 9 at 9:30 am, in the home of Reno Friend Betsy Fadali, which is at 3959 Regal Dr. in Reno. They are looking for some creative ideas and volunteers to take a two-hour shift at the CCL table at the Earth Day celebration Sun. April 24th at Idlewild Park from 11 am to 6 pm. For more information, email Betsy Fadali at bfadali(at)sbcglobal.net. Feel free to bring friends and neighbors, if they’re interested. For more on CCL, go to www.citizensclimatelobby.org.

Inspiration

“There is a hard truth to be told: before spring becomes beautiful, it is plug ugly, nothing but mud and muck. I have walked in the early spring through fields that will suck your boots off, a world so wet and woeful it makes you yearn for the return of ice. But in that muddy mess, the conditions for rebirth are being created.”

-  Parker Palmer

Do you want to share a poem, prayer, verse, quote or message that inspires you? Send it to Reno Friends newsletter editor Wendy Swallow at wswallow54 (at) gmail.com.

Hold Them in the Light

Please hold the following in the Light: All those hurt and challenged by terrorism, including the migrants flooding into Europe and the countries absorbing them; the people and leaders of all countries experiencing war or oppression, so that we may find peaceful resolutions to all our economic and political troubles; all the armed service people who continue to serve in conflict zones around the world; those who have lost their jobs and/or health insurance; all elected officials at the city, county, state and federal levels who have the responsibility for difficult economic decisions. In particular, we ask that you hold in the Light those who have lost loved ones, or who suffer illness or injury. To request prayers, please leave a message at the Meetinghouse or contact the Clerk.

Quaker Activities & Announcements

College Park Spring Quarterly Meeting: May 13-15, 2015, Ben Lomond Quaker Center, Ben Lomond, CA

We welcome you to College Park Quarterly Meeting. Join us as we gather to hear Voices of Renewal from Friends who have attended international Quaker gatherings. We will have a joyous time together at Quarterly Meeting getting to know each other more deeply through Worship Sharing, Meeting for Worship, shared meals, skits and singing. We have time for sharing with each other about how we are developing spiritually. At Quarterly Meeting, we also have an opportunity to hear about the many ways Friends are called into service at local, national and international levels. For registration information and forms, go to collegepark.quaker.org.

Ben Lomond Quaker Center News & Workshops
The Practice of the Presence: Mar. 29-Apr. 3

Can we, like George Fox and other early Friends, find a way to live in a continuing awareness of God’s presence, and transform the everyday without leaving it? This workshop will be co-facilitated by Jim Anderson, Diego Navarro, Kathy Runyan, Sandy Kewman, and Bob Runyan.

The Soul of Eldering: Nurturing Spiritual Formation: Apr. 29-May 1

Vital spiritual gifts are bestowed on our faith community. This workshop, led by Elaine Emily and Diego Navarro, will explore the role of Elder: sensing, naming, calling out, nurturing and accompanying the development of the spiritual gifts that arise in our community. This workshop is for meeting clerks, members of Ministry and Oversight and Nominating Committees, and anyone who is interested in growing and revitalizing the Religious Society of Friends. Register online at http://www.quakercenter.org/the-soul-of-eldering.

Let’s Go! Growing the Quaker Movement the World Needs Now: June 3-5

Join Nia Thomas and Hilary Burgin if you are you hungry to be part of a more vibrant, life-changing spiritual movement. Across North America and beyond, a rising generation of Quaker leaders are conspiring for change. In this weekend gathering for Friends of all ages, but especially for young adult Friends (ages 18-35ish), we hope to take some next steps we need to take now to realize this dream. Find out more and register early at http://www.quakercenter.org/growing-the-quaker-movement/

Quaker Center Summer Youth Camps: July 24-31

Register early! We welcome all kids, Quaker or otherwise, for Quaker Camp and Service Camp under the direction of Anna Lisa Chacon. Join us to explore community, peace, equality, integrity, simplicity, and earthcare – values that Quakers hold strongly, through creative projects and activities. For more information visit http://www.quakercenter.org/summer-youth-camps or call Bob or Kathy Runyan, Co-Directors at Quaker Center at 831-336-8333.

For more information or the entire Quaker Center Annual schedule of workshops, go to www.quakercenter.org.

Pacific Yearly Meeting: June 17-22, 2016,Walker Creek Ranch in Marin County, CA.
Clerk’s Call: Lifting of the Veil: Awakening to the Presence

“Now if any, …, feel a secret touch upon their hearts, startling them, and giving some testimony to the truth, though very small, and through a thick, dark covering, there is that to which I speak; there is the witness within the veil; and there is the testimony rising up, which leads to life, if given heed to.” ~ Isaac Penington, The Way of Life and Death.

Please join us for Pacific Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends 70th annual session June 17 to June 22 at Walker Creek Ranch, Petaluma, California. We are opened, strengthened and comforted when we join one another in this centuries-old Friends practice of gathering as a Yearly Meeting body.

Early Friends believed in the presence of a Living Spirit and knew that it was veiled, in other words, Spirit was not typically seen or understood in our habitual behaviors and thoughts. It was often described as a “still small voice”. In my experience it is in our bodies that we experience the Spirit which exposes the veil. We can feel Spirit in our bodies and these sensations can help us develop a barometer to understand the authenticity of spirit that leads us – Quakerism, in my experience, is a visceral religion.

When we try to rationalize and limit ourselves to only what fits our intellectual understanding, Spirit loses the capacity to guide and direct us through experience. Quakerism is a religion that is embodied and practiced. It requires us, first, to wake up to both the temptations and inherent assumptions of the dominant culture, and our personal habits which hide our inner wounds, even from ourselves. The process of aligning oneself to the spirit requires the Lifting of the Veil and seeing things as they truly are – both internally and around us. As early Friends practiced this life changing endeavor they were led to practices that were revealed by the Truth. This included, for example, refusing to tip their hats or saying Thee and Thou to landed gentry – which implied inequality amongst people – and other outward actions that sometimes put them in harm’s way as a consequence of their testifying to the revealed truth.

Come to the Annual Session with your minds open, with a yearning for wonder. Come ready to witness that the mystery unfolds when we open our hearts to each other and sit waiting to be guided by the presence that is always there, but not always perceived, when we gather with the intention to listen deeply. The spirit guides us when we seek it.

Our keynote plenary will have two of our own leading us into worship: Carl Magruder and Darcy Stanley. The spirit we seek is more concentrated and intense when we are in a large group and are focused on contemplative practices. Please be prepared to practice waiting to minister verbally only when you are genuinely moved by spirit and have tested your message by holding it and allowing it to dissipate if it is meant to. The signs of ministry are likely to manifest physically and will persist such that you can no longer can hold it in. Take care that it is not intellect, ego or unresolved personal pain, but the Light at work in you, that lifts you from your seat and provides you with words.

“The sooner we stop thinking we are the energetic operators of religion and discover that God is at work, as the Aggressor, the Invader, the Initiator, so much the sooner do we discover that our task is to call us to be still and know, listen, hearken in quiet invitation to the subtle promptings of the Divine…I am persuaded that religious people do not with sufficient seriousness count on God as an active factor in the affairs of the world. ‘Behold, I stand at the door and knock,’ but too many well-intentioned people are preoccupied with the clatter of effort to do something for God that they don’t hear her asking that she might do something through them.” ~ Thomas Kelly, A Testament of Devotion.

Be aware, Friends, that this annual session is scheduled differently. Business sessions are being reimagined with initiatives, such as reports being posted not read aloud, leaving more time to allow spirit to rise and guide us. Furthermore, the first day of Annual Session will be on Friday and the last day will be on Wednesday. We know that many work and may not have a full week off, so we hope that you can come at least for the weekend if not the full five days. The Meeting for Memorials will be held earlier than usual, during the weekend, so that more people can attend. When we open ourselves to Spirit together, we can expect the unexpected. I hope that you are able to join us for this year’s Annual Session. For registration information, go to www.pacificyearlymeeting.org.

-          In the Light, Diego Navarro, Presiding Clerk.

American Friends Service Committee, West Region

AFSC West has a robust schedule of events in California concerning the Wage Peace Program, Urban Shield events, Responses and Resistance to Militarism, etc.  For more information, go to http://afsc.org/office/san-francisco-ca.

-     Submitted by Peter Lin, AFSC West Region

Reno Friends Newsletter: How To Contribute

Submissions: Please submit your items for the newsletter by the Second Sunday of the month for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter. Send Friends Calendar 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 at: wswallow54 (at) gmail.com or call at 775-473-5559.

March 2016 Newsletter 

For a list of upcoming events, see our Calendar. For the monthly Queries, March: Stewardship and Vocation. (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

Worship Sharing on Prayer: Mar. 13 & 27, 8:45 am

Beatrice Hamilton is leading a Worship Sharing series on the Topic of Prayer from 8:45 am to 9:45 am before worship on occasional Sundays in the Meeting House. On March 13 the group will discuss the Prayer of Adoration, and on March 27, the Prayer of the Heart. As a guide, Beatrice is using a book by Quaker Richard J. Foster called “Prayer, the Heart’s True Home.” All are welcome!

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. 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.

Citizens Climate Lobby Organizing Workshop: Sat. Mar. 5, 3 pm-6 pm

Please join Reno Friends and other Reno folks concerned about climate change for a meeting to organize a Northern Nevada Chapter of the Citizen Climate Lobby, Saturday, March 5, from 3 pm to 6 pm in the Reno Friends Meeting House. CCL is a non-profit, grassroots group working towards legislation that would help reduce demand for fossil fuels and make alternative energy sources more affordable. For more information, email Betsy Fadali at bfadali(at)sbcglobal.net. Feel free to bring friends and neighbors, if they’re interested. For more on CCL, go to www.citizensclimatelobby.org.

Quaker Stamp Mission

We hope you are saving your canceled stamps so you can support the meaningful and good work of Right Sharing of World Resources. In doing so, you are aiding the work of worthwhile Quaker organizations throughout the world. Please send your stamps to the following: Quaker Missions West, c/o Earl Walker, 650 Harrison Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711.  Thanks!

Outside Non-Profit Groups That Use the Quaker Meeting House

Adult Children of Alcoholics meets every Thursday from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm.  ACOA is a world service 12-step program for those struggling with the legacy of growing up in an alcoholic or dysfunctional home. If you are interested in attending, please contact Andy Robinson at a.robinsongmtc(at)gmail.com.

Art of Living meets on Monday evenings at 5:30 pm, except for holidays and bad weather days. This meditation group, founded by the spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, “provides breathing techniques, meditation, yoga, and practical wisdom for daily living.” If you are interested in attending, please contact Alison Pratte at amepratte(at)gmail.com.

Inspiration

“Love all that has been created by God, both the whole and every grain of sand. Love every leaf and every ray of light. Love the beasts and the birds, love the plants, love every separate fragment. If you love each separate fragment, you will understand the mystery of the whole resting in God.”

-  Fyodor Dostoevsky, author

Do you want to share a poem, prayer, verse, quote or message that inspires you? Send it to Reno Friends newsletter editor Wendy Swallow at wswallow54 (at) gmail.com.

Hold Them in the Light

Please hold the following in the Light: All those hurt and challenged by terrorism, including the migrants flooding into Europe and the countries absorbing them; the people and leaders of all countries experiencing war or oppression, so that we may find peaceful resolutions to all our economic and political troubles; all the armed service people who continue to serve in conflict zones around the world; those who have lost their jobs and/or health insurance; all elected officials at the city, county, state and federal levels who have the responsibility for difficult economic decisions. In particular, we ask that you hold in the Light those who have lost loved ones, or who suffer illness or injury. To request prayers, please leave a message at the Meetinghouse or contact the Clerk.

Quaker Activities & Announcements

Ben Lomond Quaker Center News & Workshops
The Practice of the Presence: Mar. 29-Apr. 3

Can we, like George Fox and other early Friends, find a way to live in a continuing awareness of God’s presence, and transform the everyday without leaving it? This workshop will be co-facilitated by Jim Anderson, Diego Navarro, Kathy Runyan, Sandy Kewman, and Bob Runyan.

The Soul of Eldering: Nurturing Spiritual Formation: Apr. 29-May 1

Vital spiritual gifts are bestowed on our faith community. This workshop, led by Elaine Emily and Diego Navarro, will explore the role of Elder: sensing, naming, calling out, nurturing and accompanying the development of the spiritual gifts that arise in our community. This workshop is for meeting clerks, members of Ministry and Oversight and Nominating Committees, and anyone who is interested in growing and revitalizing the Religious Society of Friends. Register online at http://www.quakercenter.org/the-soul-of-eldering.

Quaker Center Summer Youth Camps: July 24-31

Register early! We welcome all kids, Quaker or otherwise, for Quaker Camp and Service Camp under the direction of Anna Lisa Chacon. Join us to explore community, peace, equality, integrity, simplicity, and earthcare – values that Quakers hold strongly, through creative projects and activities. For more information visit http://www.quakercenter.org/summer-youth-camps or call Bob or Kathy Runyan, Co-Directors at Quaker Center at 831-336-8333.

For more information or the entire Quaker Center Annual schedule of workshops, go to www.quakercenter.org.

Spring Service Learning Camp, Quaker Oaks Farm: Mar. 22-26

All interested middle school and high school youth are invited to Quaker Oaks Farm’s 2016 Spring Service Learning Camp, in partnership with the Wukchumni Tribe and the Youth Program of the Pacific Yearly Meeting Religious Society of Friends.

This will be an opportunity for Quakers and Native Americans to share and learn from each other about who we are and where we come from, historical events not usually taught in school. Registration information can be found at QuakerOaksFarm.org https://quakeroaksfarm.wordpress.com/service-camp-registration/

Pacific Yearly Meeting: June 17-22, 2016

Breaking with tradition, the 2016 Pacific Yearly Meeting Annual Session will be held earlier in the summer, from Friday, June 17 to Wednesday, June 22, at Walker Creek Ranch in Marin County, CA. Put it on your calendars!

American Friends Service Committee, West Region

AFSC West has a robust schedule of events in California concerning the Wage Peace Program, Urban Shield events, Responses and Resistance to Militarism, etc.  For more information, go to http://afsc.org/office/san-francisco-ca.

-     Submitted by Peter Lin, AFSC West Region

Reno Friends Newsletter: How To Contribute

Submissions: Please submit your items for the newsletter by the Second Sunday of the month for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter. Send Friends Calendar 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 at: wswallow54 (at) gmail.com or call at 775-473-5559.

February 2016 Newsletter

For a list of upcoming events, see our Calendar. For the monthly Queries, February: Meeting for Worship for Business. (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

Worship Sharing on Prayer Feb. 7 & 28 at 8:45 am

Beatrice Hamilton is leading a Worship Sharing series on the Topic of Prayer from 8:45 am to 9:45 am before worship on occasional Sundays in the Meeting House. On Feb. 7 the group will discuss the Prayer of Tears, and on Feb. 28, the Prayer of Examen. As a guide, Beatrice will use a book by Quaker Richard J. Foster called “Prayer, the Heart’s True Home.” More sessions later in the spring and fall. All are welcome!

Alternatives to Violence Workshop, Feb. 19-21

AVP Nevada, which provides non-violence training to prison inmates, is offering a weekend community workshop Feb. 19-21 at Our Lady of Snows Catholic Church Parish Center, 1200 So. Arlington Ave. in Reno. The workshop starts Friday evening with a session from 5 to 9 p.m., then continues Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Light meals will be provided. For Reno Friends curious about the AVP method, this is your chance to learn more and deepen your own understanding of non-violence. The workshop costs $25 for the weekend. Participants are asked to commit to the full three days, and to come on time each day. To register, contact Rita Sloan at 849-1653 or at rwrksloan(at)hotmail.com.

Report from Beatrice Hamilton and Cheri Smith, RFM Representatives to the Quaker Centering Consultation Retreat, Dec. 11-15, 2015, Ben Lomond, CA.

The purpose for this gathering of Friends from a number of western states was to more deeply understand the core of our Quaker Faith and how to cultivate the experience in our individual Meetings. Sixty Friends were in attendance. The voices of Friends were heard through small group discussions, worship and sharing, and Early Friends text studies. The retreat/workshop was hosted by Kathy and Bob Runyan and was a follow-up to the Roots, Shoots and Fruits retreat held at Reno Friends Meeting in May 2015.

The evening program on Friday began with being asked to consider these four topics:

1.  What is evident in my Meeting?

2.  What is not evident in my Meeting?

3.  What is crucial in my life?

4.  What is not crucial in my life?

This was an exercise used as an icebreaker, but became very relevant to overall themes throughout the weekend! Here are some of the themes we discussed:

Cultivation of Quaker Experience: Friends need to have a common understanding of the core of Quakerism to share with each other, newcomers, and the world. Someone suggested creating a 60-second elevator speech (good idea)! People can come in anywhere in this cycle, but should recognize the Source that recreates the cycle.

Impediments to Cultivation: What does your Meeting most need to cultivate the Quaker experience? How do you imagine your Meeting being different if that need was met? What are one or two impediments (obstacles) you imagine your Meeting might face?

Intentions and Integration: What endeavors will we initiate or work on to foster Quaker spiritual experience? How will we connect with other Friends in other Meetings for mutual support?

Friendly Frameworks: A presentation given by Mary Klein about Western Friend Connect, an internet-based ministry for connecting with various spiritual programs as well as spiritual support groups.

There was an exciting and enthusiastic energy all weekend! Friends coming together to share their ideas of how to strengthen Meetings and to encourage one another, to reach out with sensitivity to seekers, the wounded and those struggling to connect. Having heartfelt knowledge along with intelligent answers, and knowing how to communicate our faith experience. Overall there was such a deep reverence for the Quaker faith!

Respectfully submitted, Beatrice Hamilton

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. 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.

Quaker Stamp Mission

We hope you are saving your canceled stamps so you can support the meaningful and good work of Right Sharing of World Resources. In doing so, you are aiding the work of worthwhile Quaker organizations throughout the world. Please send your stamps to the following: Quaker Missions West, c/o Earl Walker, 650 Harrison Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711.  Thanks!

Inspiration

“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it….”

-  Rumi

Do you want to share a poem, prayer, verse, quote or message that inspires you? Send it to Reno Friends newsletter editor Wendy Swallow at wswallow54 (at) gmail.com.

Hold Them in the Light

Please hold the following in the Light: All those hurt and challenged by terrorism, including the migrants flooding into Europe and the countries absorbing them; the people and leaders of all countries experiencing war or oppression, so that we may find peaceful resolutions to all our economic and political troubles; all the armed service people who continue to serve in Afghanistan and other conflict zones around the world; those who have lost their jobs and/or health insurance; all elected officials at the city, county, state and federal levels who have the responsibility for difficult economic decisions. In particular, we ask that you hold in the Light those who have lost loved ones, or who suffer illness or injury. To request prayers, please leave a message at the Meetinghouse or contact the Clerk.

Quaker Activities & Announcements

Ben Lomond Quaker Center News & Workshops
Drinking Deep at the Well, the Passionate Spirituality of Early Quaker Women: Feb. 26-28

This workshop, led by Deborah Shaw, will speak to those who enjoy contemplative, reflective practices. The writings of early Quaker women are filled with imagery that engages our senses as well as our spirits. Their letters and journals reveal and embody how God was working in and through them. Grounded in worship and using a variety of methods, we will explore these lesser known gems of Friends’ history and use them to reflect on and enhance our own spiritual experience. We will engage in worship, individual and group reflection, writing and sharing. “Lecture” will be at a minimum – instead we will be deeply experiencing these texts.

The Practice of the Presence: Mar. 29-Apr. 3

Can we, like George Fox and other early Friends, find a way to live in a continuing awareness of God’s presence, and transform the everyday without leaving it? This workshop will be co-facilitated by Jim Anderson, Diego Navarro, Kathy Runyan, Sandy Kewman, and Bob Runyan.

For more information or the entire Quaker Center Annual schedule of workshops, go to www.quakercenter.org.

In collaboration with Western Friend, Quaker Center is now accepting applications for a new full-time, Administrative Assistant to serve both organizations beginning in March 2016. We are also accepting applications for Summer Camp Counselors. Learn more about these jobs and how to apply at http://www.quakercenter.org/about-us/employment-opportunities/

Spring Service Learning Camp, Quaker Oaks Farm: Mar. 22-26

All interested middle school and high school youth are invited to Quaker Oaks Farm’s 2016 Spring Service Learning Camp, in partnership with the Wukchumni Tribe and the Youth Program of the Pacific Yearly Meeting Religious Society of Friends.

This will be an opportunity for Quakers and Native Americans to share and learn from each other about who we are and where we come from, historical events not usually taught in school. Registration information can be found at QuakerOaksFarm.org https://quakeroaksfarm.wordpress.com/service-camp-registration/

Pacific Yearly Meeting: June 17-22, 2016

Breaking with tradition, the 2016 Pacific Yearly Meeting Annual Session will be held earlier in the summer, from Friday, June 17 to Wednesday, June 22, at Walker Creek Ranch in Marin County, CA. Put it on your calendars!

American Friends Service Committee, West Region

AFSC West has a robust schedule of events in California concerning the Wage Peace Program, Urban Shield events, Responses and Resistance to Militarism, etc.  For more information, go to http://afsc.org/office/san-francisco-ca.

-     Submitted by Peter Lin, AFSC West Region

Reno Friends Newsletter: How To Contribute

Submissions: Please submit your items for the newsletter by the Second Sunday of the month for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter. Send Friends Calendar 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 at: wswallow54 (at) gmail.com or call at 775-473-5559.

January 2016 Newsletter

For a list of upcoming events, see our Calendar. For the monthly Queries, January: Spiritual Life. (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

Worship Sharing on Prayer, Jan. 10 & 24, Feb. 7 & 28 at 8:45 am

During January and February, Beatrice Hamilton will lead a Worship Sharing series on the Topic of Prayer from 8:45 am to 9:45 am in the Meeting House. On Jan. 10, the session will look at Intercessory Prayer; on Jan. 24, the Prayer of Relinquishment; on Feb. 7, the Prayer of Tears; and on Feb. 28, the Prayer of Examen. As a guide, Beatrice will use a book by Quaker Richard J. Foster, Prayer, the Heart’s True Home. Three more sessions will be held in the fall of 2016. All are welcome!

Alternatives to Violence Weekend Workshop, Feb. 19-21

AVP Nevada, which provides non-violence training to prison inmates, is offering a weekend community workshop Feb. 19-21 at Our Lady of Snows Catholic Church Parish Center, 1200 So. Arlington Ave. in Reno. The workshop starts Friday evening with a session from 5 to 9 p.m., then continues Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Light meals will be provided. For Reno Friends curious about the AVP method, this is your chance to learn more and deepen your own understanding of non-violence. The workshop costs $25 for the weekend. Participants are asked to commit to the full three days, and to come on time each day. To register, contact Rita Sloan at 849-1653 or at rwrksloan(at)hotmail.com.

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. 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.

Quaker Stamp Mission

We hope you are saving your canceled stamps so you can support the meaningful and good work of Right Sharing of World Resources. In doing so, you are aiding the work of worthwhile Quaker organizations throughout the world. Please send your stamps to the following: Quaker Missions West, c/o Earl Walker, 650 Harrison Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711.  Thanks!

Inspiration

“Where we have stopped dancing, singing, being enchanted by stories, or finding comfort in silence is where we have experienced the loss of soul. Dancing, singing, storytelling and silence are the four universal healing salves.”  -  Gabrielle Roth

Do you want to share a poem, prayer, verse, quote or message that inspires you? Send it to Reno Friends newsletter editor Wendy Swallow at wswallow54 (at) gmail.com.

Hold Them in the Light

Please hold the following in the Light: All those hurt and challenged by terrorism, including the migrants flooding into Europe and the countries absorbing them; the people and leaders of all countries experiencing war or oppression, so that we may find peaceful resolutions to all our economic and political troubles; all the armed service people who continue to serve in Afghanistan and other conflict zones around the world; those who have lost their jobs and/or health insurance; all elected officials at the city, county, state and federal levels who have the responsibility for difficult economic decisions. In particular, we ask that you hold in the Light those who have lost loved ones, or who suffer illness or injury. To request prayers, please leave a message at the Meetinghouse or contact the Clerk.

Quaker Activities & Announcements

College Park Quarterly Winter Gathering: Jan. 16, 2016

College Park Winter Gathering will meet in Palo Alto at the Palo Alto Friends Meeting House, 957 Colorado Avenue from 8:30 am to 5:30 am. The theme for the day is “The Art of Welcoming.” To quote Eric Sableman, a Palo Alto Friend, “… in the sense of both welcoming those new to Quakerism, and those who have lost their homes to war. In times like these, we (the whole world) need to practice the art of welcoming. We need to welcome the stranger, to relearn that welcoming is an antidote to fear, and to recognize that welcoming is a higher art than the art of war. Our Meeting has a history of welcoming refugees. We sponsored a Vietnamese family who were fleeing that war and gave them shelter in a trailer in our parking lot. We helped refugees from El Salvador find work and housing.  Maybe it is time to take this action again.”

Pre-registration is not required for adults. On-site registration will begin at 8:00 am. We will begin with Family Worship at 8:30 am and end with worship from 4:30 to 5:30 pm. Fees are $25 for adults (which includes lunch), and $10 for children and teens. Friends may choose to stay for dinner and may register for dinner that day (cost $15). Teens (age 13 and older) are invited for Quarterly daytime session (at the $10 rate) or to spend Saturday night at Palo Alto Meeting House for the teen overnight (cost $40). For more information go to collegepark.quaker.org.

Ben Lomond Quaker Center News & Workshops

From Gandhi and King: Lessons from the Past, Applications for Today, Jan. 29-31

This workshop, led by Kazu Haga and Chris Moore-Backman, will examine how we can apply the teachings of Mohandas Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to our work in today’s movements for social change. Join us to learn about the core principles, strategies and philosophies that served as the foundation of their movements. The workshop will attempt to incorporate various learning styles, including interactive activities, role-plays, video presentations, small group work, readings and reflections.

Drinking Deep at the Well: the Passionate Spirituality of Early Quaker Women,        Feb. 26-28

This workshop, led by Deborah Shaw, will speak to those who enjoy contemplative, reflective practices. The writings of early Quaker women are filled with imagery that engages our senses as well as our spirits. Their letters and journals reveal and embody how God was working in and through them. Grounded in worship and using a variety of methods, we will explore these lesser known gems of Friends’ history and use them to reflect on and enhance our own spiritual experience. We will engage in worship, individual and group reflection, writing and sharing. “Lecture” will be at a minimum – instead we will be deeply experiencing these texts. For more information or the entire Quaker Center Annual schedule of workshops, go to www.quakercenter.org.

Pacific Yearly Meeting: June 17-22, 2016

Breaking with tradition, the 2016 Pacific Yearly Meeting Annual Session will be held earlier in the summer, from Friday, June 17 to Wednesday, June 22, at Walker Creek Ranch in Marin County, CA. Put it on your calendars!

American Friends Service Committee, West Region

AFSC West has a robust schedule of events in California concerning the Wage Peace Program, Urban Shield events, Responses and Resistance to Militarism, etc.  For more information, go to http://afsc.org/office/san-francisco-ca.

-     Submitted by Peter Lin, AFSC West Region

Reno Friends Newsletter: How To Contribute

Submissions: Please submit your items for the newsletter by the Second Sunday of the month for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter. Send Friends Calendar 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 at: wswallow54 (at) gmail.com or call at 775-473-5559.

December 2015 Newsletter

For a list of upcoming events, see our Calendar. For the monthly Queries, December: Meeting for Worship. (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

December Meeting for Business is CANCELLED

The next Meeting for Business will be Jan. 10, 2016. We will be discussing the Nominating Slate and our spring schedule. All are welcome!

Thanks to All Our Volunteers for 2016

Many thanks to all the members and attenders of Reno Friends Meeting who have agreed to volunteer their time and talents to the various jobs and responsibilities that keep us running smoothly. There are still a few slots open, so if you would like to sign up, email or call the Meeting Clerk Wendy Swallow, wswallow54 (at) gmail.com, 202-365-2651 or Oversight Clerk Betsy Fadali, bfadali(at)sbcglobal.net, 775-747-4832.

Worship Sharing on Prayer, Introductory Session Dec. 6 at 8:45 am

Beatrice Hamilton will be leading a Worship Sharing series on the Topic of Prayer, which will start with an introductory session Sunday Dec. 6 from 8:45 am to 9:45 am in the Meeting House. It will continue in the new year with four more sessions:  Jan. 10 on Intercessory Prayer; Jan. 24 on the Prayer of Healing; Feb. 7 on the Prayer of Suffering; and Feb. 21 on Contemplative Prayer. As a guide, Beatrice will use a book by Quaker Richard J. Foster called “Prayer, the Heart’s True Home.” Three more sessions will be held in the fall of 2016.

Christmas Eve Cookies and Carols Dec. 24 at 6 pm, in the Meeting House

Join us for a short Silent Worship followed by a potluck supper, Christmas cookies and carols.  If you know someone who might be lonely, bring them along!

Report: Reno Friends’ Women’s Fall Retreat, Lake Tahoe

Oct. 23 and 24 was a beautiful weekend in the mountains. We had a small attendance but the retreat was rich in fellowship and discovering about “encouragement.” We also enjoyed a five-hour hike and delicious food! Dawn Hammond shared an interesting documentary film about Prague in the Czech Republic (Passport to Europe). We ended our weekend Sunday morning by visiting St. John’s Episcopal Church, just five minutes from Glenbrook with a beautiful view of Lake Tahoe from the church’s altar. Here are some of the Queries we considered: When do we believe that we were the strongest and best in life and where or how did we receive encouragement at that time? Friends believe that there is that of God in everyone. How do others see God in us? What have been some encouraging messages that have been given to us and how do we encourage those around us? Is our presence an encouragement to others?  Do we spread joy? What is the greatest obstacle to encouraging spiritual growth?

-          Respectfully submitted, Beatrice Hamilton, Coordinator

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. 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.

Quaker Stamp Mission

We hope you are saving your canceled stamps so you can support the meaningful and good work of Right Sharing of World Resources. In doing so, you are aiding the work of worthwhile Quaker organizations throughout the world. Please send your stamps to the following: Quaker Missions West, c/o Earl Walker, 650 Harrison Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711.  Thanks!

Inspiration

“It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.” - Voltaire (1694-1778)

Do you want to share a poem, prayer, verse, quote or message that inspires you? Send it to Reno Friends newsletter editor Wendy Swallow at wswallow54 (at) gmail.com.

Hold Them in the Light

Please hold the following in the Light: The migrants flooding into Europe and the countries caring for them; the people and leaders of all countries experiencing war or oppression, so that we may find peaceful resolutions to all our economic and political troubles; all the armed service people who continue to serve in Afghanistan and other conflict zones around the world; those who have lost their jobs and/or health insurance; all elected officials at the city, county, state and federal levels who have the responsibility for difficult economic decisions. In particular, we ask that you hold in the Light those who have lost loved ones, or who suffer illness or injury. To request prayers, please leave a message at the Meetinghouse or contact the Clerk.

Quaker Activities & Announcements

College Park Fall Quarterly Meeting: The Quick Notes

Sixteen Meetings and 2 Worship Groups were represented. Mary Miche (Lake County WG), Clerk; Carl Sigmond (GVFM), Assistant Clerk; Sandy Farley (Palo Alto), Recording Clerk served at the clerk’s table. Naming committee, consisting of Jeff Richman, (Live Oak), Rachel Findley and Hilary Ellis-Lavigne (GFVM) is working on recruiting those Friends with Nominating gifts to serve on the Nominating Committee. Please let Naming committee know if you are willing to serve on CPQM Nominating Committee. The current Nominating committee is made up of Karen Morgan, clerk (Redwood Forest); Gordon Starr (Grass Valley); Marilee Eusebio (Davis), and Jan Turner (Humboldt).  There are 3 open positions. These persons were approved for the following roles: Registrar, 2016 Mica Estrada (Strawberry Creek); Children’s program, 2016 Neil Fullagar (San Francisco), 2016 Mark Runyan (Santa Cruz), 2017 Melanie and John Cantu (Santa Cruz) and 2017 Stanley Chagala (Redwood Forest).  CPFEA board additions: 2018 Lisa Hubbell (Strawberry Creek).Ministry &Oversight Committee clerk, Jim Anderson, Chico, reported that the committee has been meeting and will be visiting several meetings during the year. The committee has also been reviewing the Teen Handbook, which hopefully will be completed by January. Jim used the metaphor of each of us being drops of water to be washed in the living stream. It was the hope of the committee that our time together at CPQM serve as a spiritual refreshment. Other members of M&O are Nancy Nanna, Redwood Forest and Lake County WG; Barbara Christwitz, Lake County WG; Sandy Kewman, Grass Valley; Eric Sabelman, Palo Alto; Denis Thalson, Redwood Forest. Worship-sharing Queries: Who is my neighbor?  How do I know?  What am I called to do? What is your experience of living as a Friend in the matter of age, race, gender, income or religious differences? Have you or your Meeting reached out across a boundary?  What did you or your Meeting learn? Sierra Friends Center Sandra Schwartz, clerk of CPFEA board, reported that after a summer of camp programs that were full, and a smooth transition to a new head of school (Gray Horwitz), the Sierra Friends Center is strong. The center also needs more students to experience the transforming program of the Woolman Semester. They also want the CPQM community to know that 90% of the Woolman students receive financial aid.  Donations are needed for scholarships and for improving and maintaining the infrastructure. There are plans for a major bathhouse renovation. A minute of appreciation from CPFEA to Dorothy Henderson for her years of service as head of school was read. CPQM Archivist, Eric Sabelman, continues to collect records of significant CPQM events. He has received a large collection of source documents for the history of CPQM from Tom King.  He requests a review of the archivist’s job description. A request for a job description for the Web master was also made. Finance Committee clerk, Carl Anderson (Strawberry Creek), reported that we lost money for the May Quarterly Meeting due to low attendance. The rates for this Fall CPQM therefore went up. Registrar Sandy Kewman thanked our new assistant Registrar, Mica Estrada, Strawberry Creek, for her assistance and reported the following numbers for this session, Fall 2015: 14 children, 10 teens, 82 adults. At the Fall 2014 Quarterly there were 15 children, 12 teens and 90 adults. As of Sunday morning, Oct 18, we had received $351.00 in donations to CPQM for scholarships and given $751.00 in scholarships. After this report an additional $750.00 in donations was received from individuals. SFC received $20.00 in donations through registrations. See you in Palo Alto on January 16th for the Winter Quarterly Meeting!

-          Submitted by Sandy Kewman, Grass Valley

Ben Lomond Quaker Center News & Workshops
Music and Dance Retreat: Dec. 4-6

We are once again co-hosting our Music and Dance Retreat with the participant leaders. This is low-cost program with a sliding scale of only $60-$100 per person for a weekend filled with a variety of singing and playing punctuated by a few dancing opportunities. Bring your kids, grandkids or just yourselves for a few days of fun making food, music, and song together with a professionally called community dance on Saturday night.

Retreat: In the Life and Power of God: Dec. 27-Jan. 1

This year-end retreat, led by Marcelle Martin, provides a worshipful setting in which to learn about the radically transforming Quaker spiritual journey and come to greater understanding of how we are being called, individually and collectively, to wholeness and faithfulness. We’ll discuss ten elements of the spiritual journey experienced by both early and contemporary Quakers. For more information and application materials about these programs, as well the full 2016 Quaker Center calendar of programs, go to www.quakercenter.org. For the 2015 Quaker Center calendar of programs and application materials, go to www.quakercenter.org.

Sierra Friends Center News, November 2015

Dozens of Friends came up to Sierra Friends Center in mid-October for College Park Quarterly Meeting. One of the four interest groups was “Life at Woolman; Living the SPICES,” an opportunity for Woolman staff, students, and CPQM Friends to mingle and talk about the semester program. The Quarterly Meeting received donations of $351 for scholarships, and gave $751 for Woolman’s scholarship fund. Friends also donated almost $400 for the renovation of the west-side bathhouse, bringing us close to the minimum needed to start construction. We have a $15,000 pledge of a dollar-for-dollar match for the remaining funding needed for this key project. Any funds beyond actual project costs will be reserved for other high-priority infrastructure improvements. We hope you will consider investing in this renovation. In-kind investments such as skilled labor or similar needs are also very welcome. The Global Thinking class has been exploring the theory and practice of free market capitalism. From Milton Friedman to Naomi Klein, students dig into issues of competition, privatization, innovation, wealth, etc. Students have also explored their individual learning styles, visual, kinesthetic, and/or auditory, so the curriculum can be tailored to their strengths.

-          Submitted by Muriel Strand, Sierra Friends Center

Pacific Yearly Meeting: June 17-22, 2016

Breaking with tradition, the 2016 Pacific Yearly Meeting Annual Session will be held earlier in the summer, from Friday, June 17 to Wednesday, June 22, at Walker Creek Ranch in Marin County, CA. Put it on your calendars!

American Friends Service Committee, West Region

AFSC West has a robust schedule of events in California concerning the Wage Peace Program, Urban Shield events, Responses and Resistance to Militarism, etc.  For more information, go to http://afsc.org/office/san-francisco-ca.

-     Submitted by Peter Lin, AFSC West Region

Reno Friends Newsletter: How To Contribute

Submissions: Please submit your items for the newsletter by the Second Sunday of the month for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter. Send Friends Calendar 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 at: wswallow54 (at) gmail.com or call at 775-473-5559.

Go to Newsletter Archive for prior months’ news.

November 2015 Newsletter

For a list of upcoming events, see our Calendar.

For the monthly Queries, November: The Meeting Community .

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Announcements

Halloween Family Night Friday Oct. 30

Children and adults are invited to bob for apples, play games and bake pumpkin pies. Halloween Family Night at the Meeting House is Friday, Oct. 30.  It will start at 7 pm and feature lo-sugar fun. Please do not bring candy, but fruit and healthy snacks are welcome. Bring games and cards, and don’t forget to wear a costume! If interested, call Ricki-Ann Jones 775-342-9469.

Be a Hero: Volunteer at Reno Friends for 2016

The November 8 Meeting for Business will discuss the nominating slate for next year, which lists all the tasks and roles we need to fill to keep Reno Friends functioning in 2016.  Please read the letter sent to your home with the slate attached, and email or call the Meeting Clerk Wendy Swallow, wswallow54 (at) gmail.com, 202-365-2651 or Oversight Clerk Betsy Fadali, bfadali(at)sbcglobal.net, 775-747-4832, to let us know what you can do to help keep Reno Friends strong in the coming year.

The New Jim Crow Discussion Group Nov. 11 & 18

Reno Friends are meeting Wednesday evenings to discuss the book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander. The discussion so far has been interesting and heartfelt. There are two more sessions, so join us in the Meeting House Nov. 11 and Nov. 18 from 6:30 pm to 8 pm. Please read Chs. 3&4 for Nov. 11; and Chs. 5&6 for Nov. 18. All are welcome, even if you don’t have time to read the book!

Fall Cleanup of the Meeting House and Yard Nov. 7

Come help clear the yard and scour the Meeting House on Sat. Nov. 7 from 9 to noon. Many hands make light work and there will be brownies!

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. 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.

Quaker Stamp Mission

We hope you are saving your canceled stamps so you can support the meaningful and good work of Right Sharing of World Resources. In doing so, you are aiding the work of worthwhile Quaker organizations throughout the world. Please send your stamps to the following: Quaker Missions West, c/o Earl Walker, 650 Harrison Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711.  Thanks!

Be The Change

Be The Change is an urban homestead dedicated to service and simplicity, led by Reno Friends Kyle and Katy Chandler-Isacksen. Here are current Be the Change Projects:

Edible Hood Grows!  Thanks to a gift from a local supporter, we started a new garden in the neighborhood. We’re not quite sure what to call it yet:  Neighborhood Supported Agriculture (NSA:), Agriculture Supported Community, or just the Giving Garden. But whatever it’s named, it will be another beautiful and productive community hub and a great foray into our larger vision for a robust neighborhood food system.

How it works:  we build the garden, grow the food, and share our knowledge with our neighbors. We share some produce with the homeowners and their families, they pay the water bill, and the rest of the harvested food is shared by donation from a farm cart at Pat Baker Park each week when it’s available. We imagine the garden being a workshop and gathering space, as well, to share gardening tips, host volunteers, share seedlings and seeds… all to encourage and support the growing of food in the ‘hood and a closer connection with the land and one another. For all events, call for details – 775-348-2505.

-  Submitted by Kyle Chandler-Isacksen

Inspiration

“There is so much noise in the world! May we learn to be silent in our hearts and before God.”

-  Pope Francis

Do you want to share a poem, prayer, verse, quote or message that inspires you? Send it to Reno Friends newsletter editor Wendy Swallow at wswallow54 (at) gmail.com.

Hold Them in the Light

Please hold the following in the Light: The migrants flooding into Europe and the countries caring for them; the people and leaders of all countries experiencing war or oppression, so that we may find peaceful resolutions to all our economic and political troubles; all the armed service people who continue to serve in Afghanistan and other conflict zones around the world; those who have lost their jobs and/or health insurance; all elected officials at the city, county, state and federal levels who have the responsibility for difficult economic decisions. In particular, we ask that you hold in the Light those who have lost loved ones, or who suffer illness or injury. To request prayers, please leave a message at the Meetinghouse or contact the Clerk.

Quaker Activities & Announcements

Ben Lomond Quaker Center News & Workshops
Oct. 30-Nov. 1

Wondering how can you live more fully into your spiritual gifts and next steps in service or ministry? Come learn how Quakers witness to the dynamic integration of prayer and leading with Christine Betz-Hall.

Music and Dance Retreat: Dec. 4-6

We are once again co-hosting our Music and Dance Retreat with the participant leaders. This is low-cost program with a sliding scale of only $60-$100 per person for a weekend filled with a variety of singing and playing punctuated by a few dancing opportunities. Bring your kids, grandkids or just yourselves for a few days of fun making food, music, and song together with a professionally called community dance on Saturday night.

 Thank You, and a Continued Appeal        

Last spring, Ben Lomond sent out an appeal to help pay for new mattresses for Quaker Center. Our supporters were wide awake to the need for mattresses! We’ve received over $5000 in contributions. We hope that you won’t take this appeal lying down but consider sending a generous donation today to help us achieve our goal of $10,000.

For the 2015 Quaker Center calendar of programs and application materials, go to www.quakercenter.org.

Pacific Yearly Meeting: June 17-22, 2016

Breaking with tradition, the 2016 Pacific Yearly Meeting Annual Session will be held earlier in the summer, from Friday, June 17 to Wednesday, June 22, at Walker Creek Ranch in Marin County, CA. Put it on your calendars!

American Friends Service Committee, West Region

AFSC West has a robust schedule of events in California concerning the Wage Peace Program, Urban Shield events, Responses and Resistance to Militarism, etc.  For more information, go to http://afsc.org/office/san-francisco-ca.

-  Submitted by Peter Lin, AFSC West Region

Reno Friends Newsletter: How To Contribute
Submissions: Please submit your items for the newsletter by the Second Sunday of the month for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter. Send Friends Calendar 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 at: wswallow54 (at) gmail.com or call at 775-473-5559.

October 2015 Newsletter

For a list of upcoming events, see our Calendar.

For the monthly Queries, go to 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

Grover Springs Camping Trip: Oct. 2-4

The Reno Friends annual camping trip is scheduled for the first weekend in October at the Grover Springs State Park in Markleeville, CA. If you are interested in coming, email the clerk, Wendy Swallow, at wswallow54(at)gmail.com. Some people camp, others make it a day trip on Saturday for hiking and dinner around the campfire. It’s about a 90-minute trip from Reno and well worth the chance to get out into the beautiful fall scenery. Please join us for whatever works for you.

The New Jim Crow Discussion Group starts Oct. 7

Reno Friend Katy Chandler-Isacksen will lead a four-session discussion group on the book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander this coming fall. The discussion should deepen our understanding of prison and sentencing injustice in America. The group will gather in the Meeting House from 6:30 pm to 8 pm on Wednesdays every two weeks, starting on Wed. Oct. 7 and continuing on Oct. 21, Nov. 4 and Nov. 18.  Please read Chs. 1&2 for Oct. 21; Chs. 3&4 for Nov. 4; and Chs. 5&6 for Nov. 18. All are welcome!

College Park Fall Quarterly Meeting:  Oct. 16-18, 2015

Don’t forget to register for College Park Fall Quarterly meeting Oct. 16-18 at Sierra Friends Center in Nevada City, CA. According to the organizers, the theme is Friends and Neighbors. “Join us as we consider how we work with the challenges of identity, boundary, inclusion and exclusion in our Meetings and community relations. We question what it means to be and live as a Friend in matters of race, gender, age, religion, and other identities. Within and outside our Meetings, how do we relate to one another in love and truth? We have a joyous time together at Quarterly Meeting getting to know each other more deeply through Worship Sharing, Meeting for Worship, shared meals, evening skits and singing. At Quarterly, we also have an opportunity to hear about the many ways Friends are called into service at local, national and international levels.”

For more information and registration materials, go to collegepark.quaker.org. Make sure to postmark your registration by Oct. 5 to avoid a late fee.

Reno Friends Fall Women’s Retreat, Oct. 23-24, Lake Tahoe

Once again, Beatrice Hamilton is generously opening her home in Glenbrook at Lake Tahoe to the women of Reno Friends. The theme of the retreat this year is Encouraging One Another. The Retreat will start Friday Oct. 23 at 6:00 p.m. and finish Saturday Oct. 24 at 6:00 p.m. The group will have a potluck supper Friday evening and potluck breakfast on Saturday morning. Lunch on Saturday will be provided. There is no cost to attend. There is only room for eight, so if you are interested in going, contact Beatrice at 775-324-1936 to sign up. Attendees are welcome at Beatrice’s Tahoe home anytime after 4 pm on Friday.

Reno Friends Host the Secular Student Alliance for Worship and Potluck Sunday Oct. 25

Please join us in welcoming UNR members of the Secular Student Alliance to our Silent Worship on Oct. 25, and the potluck afterwards. The Alliance is running a fundraiser called “Send an Atheist to Church” and for a small donation from two Reno Friends, we get five students who will visit and experience our style of worship. The Alliance says it is largely made up of atheists and agnostics, but not exclusively, as they have many religious members who feel passionately about their secular values. Bring something delicious for potluck, and enjoy what should be a robust conversation.

Halloween Family Night Friday Oct. 30

Children and adults are invited to bob for apples, play games and bake pumpkin pies. Halloween Family Night at the Meeting House is Friday, Oct. 30.  It will start at 7 pm and feature lo-sugar fun. Please do not bring candy, but fruit and healthy snacks are welcome. Bring games and cards, and don’t forget to wear a costume! If interested, call Ricki-Ann Jones 775-342-9469.

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. 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.

Quaker Stamp Mission

We hope you are saving your canceled stamps so you can support the meaningful and good work of Right Sharing of World Resources. In doing so, you are aiding the work of worthwhile Quaker organizations throughout the world. Please send your stamps to the following: Quaker Missions West, c/o Earl Walker, 650 Harrison Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711.  Thanks!

Be The Change

Be The Change is an urban homestead dedicated to service and simplicity, led by Reno Friends Kyle and Katy Chandler-Isacksen. Here are current Be the Change Projects:

Edible Hood Grows!  Thanks to a gift from a local supporter, we started a new garden in the neighborhood. We’re not quite sure what to call it yet:  Neighborhood Supported Agriculture (NSA:), Agriculture Supported Community, or just the Giving Garden. But whatever it’s named, it will be another beautiful and productive community hub and a great foray into our larger vision for a robust neighborhood food system.

How it works:  we build the garden, grow the food, and share our knowledge with our neighbors. We share some produce with the homeowners and their families, they pay the water bill, and the rest of the harvested food is shared by donation from a farm cart at Pat Baker Park each week when it’s available. We imagine the garden being a workshop and gathering space, as well, to share gardening tips, host volunteers, share seedlings and seeds… all to encourage and support the growing of food in the ‘hood and a closer connection with the land and one another. For all events, call for details – 775-348-2505.

-  Submitted by Kyle Chandler-Isacksen

Inspiration

“A peace that comes from fear and not from the heart is the opposite of peace.”

-  Gersonides, French rabbi and philosopher

Do you want to share a poem, prayer, verse, quote or message that inspires you? Send it to Reno Friends newsletter editor Wendy Swallow at wswallow54 (at) gmail.com.

Hold Them in the Light

Please hold the following in the Light: The migrants flooding into Europe and the countries caring for them; the people and leaders of all countries experiencing war or oppression, so that we may find peaceful resolutions to all our economic and political troubles; all the armed service people who continue to serve in Afghanistan and other conflict zones around the world; those who have lost their jobs and/or health insurance; all elected officials at the city, county, state and federal levels who have the responsibility for difficult economic decisions. In particular, we ask that you hold in the Light those who have lost loved ones, or who suffer illness or injury. To request prayers, please leave a message at the Meetinghouse or contact the Clerk.

Quaker Activities & Announcements

Ben Lomond Quaker Center News & Workshops
Growing into Paradox: the Dynamic Center of Quakerism Oct. 2-4

Come explore the spectrum of Quaker belief and practice ranging from the practical to the theological to the controversial, with Tom Gates facilitating.

Roots of Contemplation and Action: Oct. 30-Nov. 1

Wondering how can you live more fully into your spiritual gifts and next steps in service or ministry? Come learn how Quakers witness to the dynamic integration of prayer and leading with Christine Betz-Hall.

Music and Dance Retreat: Dec. 4-6

We are once again co-hosting our Music and Dance Retreat with the participant leaders. This is low-cost program with a sliding scale of only $60-$100 per person for a weekend filled with a variety of singing and playing punctuated by a few dancing opportunities. Bring your kids, grandkids or just yourselves for a few days of fun making food, music, and song together with a professionally called community dance on Saturday night.

 Thank You, and a Continued Appeal        

Last spring, Ben Lomond sent out an appeal to help pay for new mattresses for Quaker Center. Our supporters were wide awake to the need for mattresses! We’ve received over $5000 in contributions. We hope that you won’t take this appeal lying down but consider sending a generous donation today to help us achieve our goal of $10,000.

For the 2015 Quaker Center calendar of programs and application materials, go to www.quakercenter.org.

Pacific Yearly Meeting: June 17-22, 2016

Breaking with tradition, the 2016 Pacific Yearly Meeting Annual Session will be held earlier in the summer, from Friday, June 17 to Wednesday, June 22, at Walker Creek Ranch in Marin County, CA. Put it on your calendars!

American Friends Service Committee, West Region

AFSC West has a robust schedule of events in California concerning the Wage Peace Program, Urban Shield events, Responses and Resistance to Militarism, etc.  For more information, go to http://afsc.org/office/san-francisco-ca.

-  Submitted by Peter Lin, AFSC West Region

Reno Friends Newsletter: How To Contribute
Submissions: Please submit your items for the newsletter by the Second Sunday of the month for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter. Send Friends Calendar 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 at: wswallow54 (at) gmail.com or call at 775-473-5559.

 

September 2015 Newsletter

For a list of upcoming events, see our Calendar.

For the monthly Queries, go to  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

Grover Springs Camping Trip: Oct. 2-4.

The Reno Friends annual camping trip is scheduled for the first weekend in October at the Grover Springs State Park in Markleeville, CA. If you are interested in coming, email the clerk, Wendy Swallow, at wswallow54(at)gmail.com. Some people camp, others make it a day trip on Saturday for hiking and dinner around the campfire. It’s about a 90-minute trip from Reno and well worth the chance to get out into the beautiful fall scenery. Please join us for whatever works for you.

The New Jim Crow Discussion Group starts Oct. 7

Reno Friend Katy Chandler-Isacksen will lead a four-session discussion group on the book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander this coming fall. The discussion should deepen our understanding of prison and sentencing injustice in America. The group will gather in the Meeting House from 6:30 pm to 8 pm on Wednesdays every two weeks, starting on Wed. Oct. 7 and continuing on Oct. 21, Nov. 4 and Nov. 18. We will use a study guide developed by Chris Moore-Bachman, who leads a Peace and Justice program in Chico, CA. If interested in participating, email the clerk at wswallow54(@)gmail.com. Katy asks that you read the introduction before the first meeting, Oct. 7, and invite any interested friends!

Reno Friends Host the Secular Student Alliance for Worship and Potluck Sunday Oct. 25

Please join us in welcoming UNR members of the Secular Student Alliance to our Silent Worship on Oct. 25, and the potluck afterwards. The Alliance is running a fundraiser called “Send an Atheist to Church” and for a small donation from two Reno Friends, we get five students who will visit and experience our style of worship. The Alliance says it is largely made up of atheists and agnostics, but not exclusively, as they have many religious members who feel passionately about their secular values. Bring something delicious for potluck, and enjoy what should be a robust conversation.

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. 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.

Quaker Stamp Mission

We hope you are saving your canceled stamps so you can support the meaningful and good work of Right Sharing of World Resources. In doing so, you are aiding the work of worthwhile Quaker organizations throughout the world. Please send your stamps to the following: Quaker Missions West, c/o Earl Walker, 650 Harrison Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711.  Thanks!

Be The Change

Be The Change is an urban homestead dedicated to service and simplicity, led by Reno Friends Kyle and Katy Chandler-Isacksen. Here are current Be the Change Projects:

Edible Hood Grows!  Thanks to a gift from a local supporter, we started a new garden in the neighborhood. We’re not quite sure what to call it yet:  Neighborhood Supported Agriculture (NSA:), Agriculture Supported Community, or just the Giving Garden. But whatever it’s named, it will be another beautiful and productive community hub and a great foray into our larger vision for a robust neighborhood food system.

How it works:  we build the garden, grow the food, and share our knowledge with our neighbors. We share some produce with the homeowners and their families, they pay the water bill, and the rest of the harvested food is shared by donation from a farm cart at Pat Baker Park each week when it’s available. We imagine the garden being a workshop and gathering space, as well, to share gardening tips, host volunteers, share seedlings and seeds… all to encourage and support the growing of food in the ‘hood and a closer connection with the land and one another. For all events, call for details – 775-348-2505.

-  Submitted by Kyle Chandler-Isacksen

Inspiration

“A day will come when a cannon will be exhibited in museums, just as instruments of torture are now, and the people will be astonished that such a thing could have been.”

-  Victor Hugo, French author

Do you want to share a poem, prayer, verse, quote or message that inspires you? Send it to Reno Friends newsletter editor Wendy Swallow at wswallow54 (at) gmail.com.

Hold Them in the Light

Please hold the following in the Light: The migrants flooding into Europe and the countries caring for them; the people and leaders of all countries experiencing war or oppression, so that we may find peaceful resolutions to all our economic and political troubles; all the armed service people who continue to serve in Afghanistan and other conflict zones around the world; those who have lost their jobs and/or health insurance; all elected officials at the city, county, state and federal levels who have the responsibility for difficult economic decisions. In particular, we ask that you hold in the Light those who have lost loved ones, or who suffer illness or injury. To request prayers, please leave a message at the Meetinghouse or contact the Clerk.

Quaker Activities & Announcements

College Park Fall Quarterly Meeting Oct. 16-18

Fall Quarterly Meeting will take place at Sierra Friends Center in Nevada City, CA. The theme for the 2015 Fall Quarterly Meeting is Friends and Neighbors.

“Join us as we consider how we work with the challenges of identity, boundary, inclusion and exclusion in our Meetings and community relations. In matters of race, gender, age, religion, and other identities, we question what it means to be and live as a Friend. Within and outside our Meetings, how do we relate to one another in love and truth? We have a joyous time together at Quarterly Meeting, getting to know each other more deeply through Worship Sharing, Meeting for Worship, shared meals, evening skits and singing. At Quarterly, we also have an opportunity to hear about the many ways Friends are called into service at local, national and international levels.”

For more information and registration materials, go to collegepark.quaker.org. Make sure to postmark your registration by Oct. 5 to avoid a late fee.

Ben Lomond Quaker Center News & Workshops
Growing into Paradox: the Dynamic Center of Quakerism Oct. 2-4

Come explore the spectrum of Quaker belief and practice ranging from the practical to the theological to the controversial, with Tom Gates facilitating.

Roots of Contemplation and Action: Oct. 30-Nov. 1

Wondering how can you live more fully into your spiritual gifts and next steps in service or ministry? Come learn how Quakers witness to the dynamic integration of prayer and leading with Christine Betz-Hall.

Music and Dance Retreat: Dec. 4-6

We are once again co-hosting our Music and Dance Retreat with the participant leaders. This is low-cost program with a sliding scale of only $60-$100 per person for a weekend filled with a variety of singing and playing punctuated by a few dancing opportunities. Bring your kids, grandkids or just yourselves for a few days of fun making food, music, and song together with a professionally called community dance on Saturday night.

 Thank You, and a Continued Appeal        

Last spring, we sent out an appeal to help pay for new mattresses for Quaker Center. Our supporters were wide awake to the need for mattresses! We’ve received over $5000 in contributions. We hope that you won’t take this appeal lying down but consider sending a generous donation today to help us achieve our goal of $10,000.

For the 2015 Quaker Center calendar of programs and application materials, go to www.quakercenter.org.

Pacific Yearly Meeting: June 17-22, 2016

Breaking with tradition, the 2016 Pacific Yearly Meeting Annual Session will be held earlier in the summer, from Friday, June 17 to Wednesday, June 22, at Walker Creek Ranch in Marin County, CA. Put it on your calendars!

American Friends Service Committee, West Region

AFSC West has a robust schedule of events in California concerning the Wage Peace Program, Urban Shield events, Responses and Resistance to Militarism, etc.  For more information, go to http://afsc.org/office/san-francisco-ca.

-  Submitted by Peter Lin, AFSC West Region

Reno Friends Newsletter: How To Contribute
Submissions: Please submit your items for the newsletter by the Second Sunday of the month for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter. Send Friends Calendar 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 at: wswallow54 (at) gmail.com or call at 775-473-5559.

 

July-August 2015 Newsletter

For a list of upcoming events, see our Calendar.

For the monthly Queries, go to July: Simplicity and  August: Integrity and Personal Conduct.

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Announcements

Meeting for Business:  AUGUST ONLY

Please note that there will be no Meeting for Business in July but that we will hold Meeting for Business in August, on the 9th at 11:30.  If you have items for the August agenda, please send them to the clerk at wswallow54(at)gmail.com.

First Day School Substitute Teachers for July

Our beloved First Day School Teacher, Erin Higgs, is out of the country for the first three weeks of July, so substitutes will be leading First Day School. Reno Friend Tracy Runnels will teach on July 5 and 19, but we still need someone (a member or attender of Reno Friends) to teach on July 12. If you are interested or have questions, contact the clerk at wswallow54@gmail.com. Erin kindly left lessons plans for each First Day.

 The New Jim Crow Discussion Group starts Oct. 7

Reno Friend Kathy Chandler-Isacksen will lead a four-session discussion group on the book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander this coming fall. The discussion should deepen our understanding of prison and sentencing injustice in America. The group will gather in the Meeting House from 6:30 pm to 8 pm on Wednesdays every two weeks, starting on Wed. Oct. 7 and continuing on Oct. 21, Nov. 4 and Nov. 18. We will use a study guide developed by Chris Moore-Bachman, who leads a Peace and Justice program in Chico, CA. Reno Friends have invited the Reno Baha’i group to join us (through Reno Friends attender Nicole Pavlatos). If interested in participating, email the clerk at wswallow54(@)gmail.com.

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. 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.

Quaker Stamp Mission

We hope you are saving your canceled stamps so you can support the meaningful and good work of Right Sharing of World Resources. In doing so, you are aiding the work of worthwhile Quaker organizations throughout the world. Please send your stamps to the following: Quaker Missions West, c/o Earl Walker, 650 Harrison Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711.  Thanks!

Be The Change

Be The Change is an urban homestead dedicated to service and simplicity, led by Reno Friends Kyle and Katy Chandler-Isacksen. Here are current Be the Change Projects:

Edible Hood Grows!  Thanks to a gift from a local supporter, we started a new garden in the neighborhood. We’re not quite sure what to call it yet:  Neighborhood Supported Agriculture (NSA:), Agriculture Supported Community, or just the Giving Garden. But whatever it’s named, it will be another beautiful and productive community hub and a great foray into our larger vision for a robust neighborhood food system.

How it works:  we build the garden, grow the food, and share our knowledge with our neighbors.  We share some produce with the homeowners and their families, they pay the water bill, and the rest of the harvested food is shared by donation from a farm cart at Pat Baker Park each week when it’s available. We imagine the garden being a workshop and gathering space, as well, to share gardening tips, host volunteers, share seedlings and seeds… all to encourage and support the growing of food in the ‘hood and a closer connection with the land and one another. Right now we’re gardening on Saturdays and Sundays from 7-12. Stop by sometime to say “Hello” or lend a hand.

For all events, call for details – 775-348-2505.

-  Submitted by Kyle Chandler-Isacksen

Inspiration

“And the servants of the God of Mercy are they who walk upon the Earth softly, and when the ignorant address them, they reply, Peace!”

– The Koran

Do you want to share a poem, prayer, verse, quote or message that inspires you? Send it to Reno Friends newsletter editor Wendy Swallow at wswallow54 (at) gmail.com.

Hold Them in the Light

Please hold the following in the Light: The people of Baltimore and other U.S. cities that struggle for equality and justice; boat refugees the world over, so they may find safety; the people and leaders of Ukraine and Syria, as well as those of all countries experiencing war or oppression, so that we may find peaceful resolutions to all our economic and political troubles; all the armed service people who continue to serve in Afghanistan and other conflict zones around the world; those who have lost their jobs and/or health insurance; all elected officials at the city, county, state and federal levels who have the responsibility for difficult economic decisions. In particular, we ask that you hold in the Light In particular, we ask that you hold in the Light Patsy Gehr and her daughter, Wanda Coyan and her family, and the Brune family, as well as those who have lost loved ones, or who suffer illness or injury. To request prayers, please leave a message at the Meetinghouse or contact the Clerk.

Quaker Activities & Announcements

College Park Fall Quarterly Meeting Oct. 16-18

Fall quarterly meeting will take place at Sierra Friends Center in Nevada City, CA. The theme for the 2015 fall quarterly meeting has yet to be determined, but stay tunedTo register, go to collegepark.quaker.org.

Ben Lomond Quaker Center News & Workshops
Quaker Camp and Service Camp, Aug. 1-8

Quaker Camp for rising 4th to 6th grade kids, and Service Camp for rising 7th – 9th grade teens, are right around the corner from Aug. 1 – 8 with Camps Director, Anna Lisa Chacon. For more information visit http://www.quakercenter.org/summer-youth-camps/ or call Bob or Kathy Runyan, Co-Directors at Quaker Center at 831-336-8333

Family Work Camp, July 27-Aug. 1

Family Work Camp is the best family vacation deal around at only $50 for the full week, which includes meals and lodging. All ages are welcome! We’ll work on improvements to Quaker Center facilities while building community among us. This week of July 27 – Aug. 1 will include working, cooking, eating and playing together. Please register online at http://www.quakercenter.org/family-work-camp/.

Growing into Paradox: Discovering the Dynamic Center of Quakerism Oct. 2-4

Come explore the spectrum of Quaker belief and practice ranging from the practical to the theological to the controversial, with Tom Gates facilitating.

Rise Again: A Weekend of Joyous Song Sept. 4-6

We regret to say, this popular workshop has filled up. Send an email to mail(at)quakercenter.org to get on the waiting list.

For the 2015 Quaker Center calendar of programs and application materials, go to www.quakercenter.org.

Pacific Yearly Meeting Pacific Yearly Annual Meeting: Walker Creek Ranch, CA, July 13 – 18 2015

Clerk’s Call: Fruits of the Spirit: Love and Justice The commandment to love one another is at the heart of our Quaker faith, and centrally featured in its Christian roots. The Religious Society of Friends takes its name from a passage in the Gospel of John, in which Jesus declares, This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you… you are my friends if you do what I command you… I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father.  (John 15:12-15, NRSV)

Early Friends treasured a passage in St. Paul’s Epistle to Galatians (5:22): The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Echoing this passage, George Fox emphasized the spiritual centrality of love. Early in his ministry, he wrote to Friends, “I pray that all your hearts may be knit together in love, and in one spirit to God,” and later referred frequently to “the Royal Law of Love.” Early Friends also understood that loving-kindness, joy, and other fruits of the Spirit cannot be manufactured by good intentions, but arise spontaneously when we allow ourselves to become utterly vulnerable to the searching Light within our conscience. Yielding without reservation to the truth of our condition, we awaken to a new life—and are enveloped by an astonishing, redemptive love. Through this radical self-transformation, we awaken to the fruits of the Spirit. William Penn wrote of the first generation of Quakers, “They were changed… themselves before they went out to change the world.” Facing urgent needs for justice, however, we easily become self-righteous, impatient, strident. Learning of the oppression of indigenous peoples, the harsh reality of racism today, the gravity of environmental decline, or violence of any kind, we may be overcome by outrage that blocks the healing power of love. Living in love is essential not only for our spiritual health, but also for effective work for justice.

Intertwined themes of love and justice will be featured at the 2015 PYM Annual Session. Our keynote speaker will be Lloyd Lee Wilson, a member of North Carolina Yearly Meeting (Conservative), and a deeply-grounded author on Quaker spirituality. His many writings include Essays on the Quaker Vision of Gospel Order and a recent Pendle Hill Pamphlet, Radical Hospitality (#427). Wilson has written eloquently of the need to center our Quaker activism in the gestalt of Quaker practice, knit together in a faithful Quaker community by the redeeming spiritual power of loving-kindness. He writes that when that spiritual grounding is absent, “In our hasty desire for the fruit of right social order, we have neglected the Root from which all good fruit springs.” We will also hear a presentation by Jose Aguto of FCNL on the challenge of worldwide environmental decay, and from Paula Palmer of Intermountain Yearly Meeting, who will present her powerful workshop, “Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Change: Toward Right Relationship with America’s Native Peoples.”

-  Submitted by Steve Smith, Presiding Clerk, PYM

Reno Friends Newsletter: How To Contribute
Submissions: Please submit your items for the newsletter by the Second Sunday of the month for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter. Send Friends Calendar 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 at: wswallow54 (at) gmail.com or call at 775-473-5559.

June 2015 Newsletter

For a list of upcoming events, see our Calendar.

For this month’s Query, June: Reaching Out.

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Announcements

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. 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.

Quaker Stamp Mission

We hope you are saving your canceled stamps so you can support the meaningful and good work of Right Sharing of World Resources. In doing so, you are aiding the work of worthwhile Quaker organizations throughout the world. Please send your stamps to the following: Quaker Missions West, c/o Earl Walker, 650 Harrison Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711.  Thanks!

Be The Change

Be The Change is an urban homestead dedicated to service and simplicity, led by Reno Friends Kyle and Katy Chandler-Isacksen. Here are current Be the Change Projects:

Hosting workshops (some led by amazing out-of-state teachers) on Natural Building, Integral Nonviolence, Radical Simplicity, Nonviolent Communication;

•  Planting extensive organic gardens on our half-acre, highly visible lot, with great attention to Permaculture practices;

•  Blogging with Mother Earth News reaching tens of thousands of readers;

•  Helping establish a budding rural village and permaculture center near Reno;

•  Organizing the “Baker Park Summer Music Series” in our local park featuring three music groups on three nights in July as part of Reno’s Artown;

•  Planting two neighborhood mini-nurseries to raise plants to give away to neighbors to foster the creation of a food oasis through “Edible Hood” year-after-year;

•  Sharing letters with a long-serving prison inmate in a Nevada prison.

• For all events, call for details – 775-348-2505. -  Submitted by Kyle Chandler-Isacksen

Inspiration

“There’s this mistaken notion that wars end, but they don’t end. What about the women that married the veterans and had to sit through silent dinner after silent dinner? Somewhere in this country there’s a 95-year-old woman who will wake up at night and say, ‘Where’s my baby?’ The answer is, her baby has been dead for 45 years. But the war’s not over for that Gold Star mother. It’ll never be over, and you can’t expect it to be over.”

– Tim O’Brien, Vietnam veteran and author

Do you want to share a poem, prayer, verse, quote or message that inspires you? Send it to Reno Friends newsletter editor Wendy Swallow at wswallow54 (at) gmail.com.

Hold Them in the Light

Please hold the following in the Light: The people of Baltimore and other U.S. cities that struggle for equality and justice; boat refugees the world over, so they may find safety; the people and leaders of Ukraine and Syria, as well as those of all countries experiencing war or oppression, so that we may find peaceful resolutions to all our economic and political troubles; all the armed service people who continue to serve in Afghanistan and other conflict zones around the world; those who have lost their jobs and/or health insurance; all elected officials at the city, county, state and federal levels who have the responsibility for difficult economic decisions. In particular, we ask that you hold in the Light those who have lost loved ones, or who suffer illness or injury. To request prayers, please leave a message at the Meetinghouse or contact the Clerk.

Quaker Activities & Announcements

College Park Fall Quarterly Meeting Oct. 16-18

Fall quarterly meeting will take place at Sierra Friends Center in Nevada City, CA. The theme for the 2015 fall quarterly meeting is to be determinedTo register, go to collegepark.quaker.org.

Woolman Camps at Sierra Friends Center, Nevada City, CA

Camp Woolman (ages 9-14) and Teen Leadership Camp (ages 15-16) still have space. The Teen Camp offers a 2-week Hiking camp and a 1-week Farm to Fork camp. Registration is also open for Family Work Camp, June 14-21. See www.camp.woolman.org/ for camp info.

Ben Lomond Quaker Center News & Workshops

Rise Again: A Weekend of Joyous Song, Sept. 4-6

Annie Patterson and Peter Blood, authors of Rise Up Singing, will teach & lead songs out of their long-awaited just-released songbook Rise Again, which includes 1200 new songs. We have reserved both lodges for this workshop and still we expect it to fill, so please register early at http://www.quakercenter.org/rise-again-a-weekend-of-joyous-song/.

Quaker Center Summer Youth Camps Quaker Center Youth Camps are right around the corner this summer, with Camps Director, Anna Lisa Chacon for the younger kids’ camps and with Stephen Myers and Mary Klein for Peace Action Camp. Peace Action Camp will take place in June. We need registration deposits by April 20th to secure the location at the Sacramento Youth Hostel. For more information visit http://www.quakercenter.org/summer-youth-camps/ or call Bob or Kathy Runyan at Quaker Center at 831-336-8333 with questions.

Family Work Camp, July 27-Aug. 1 Family Work Camp is the best family vacation deal around, at only $50 for the full week, which includes meals and lodging. All ages are welcome! We’ll work on improvements to Quaker Center facilities while building community among us. This week of July 27th – August 1st will include working, cooking, eating and playing together. Please register online at http://www.quakercenter.org/family-work-camp/. For the 2015 Calendar of Programs and application materials for workshops, go to www.quakercenter.org.

Pacific Yearly MeetingPacific Yearly Annual Meeting:  Walker Creek Ranch, CA, July 13 – 18 2015

Clerk’s Call: Fruits of the Spirit: Love and Justice The commandment to love one another is at the heart of our Quaker faith, and centrally featured in its Christian roots. The Religious Society of Friends takes its name from a passage in the Gospel of John, in which Jesus declares, This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you… you are my friends if you do what I command you… I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father.  (John 15:12-15, NRSV)

Early Friends treasured a passage in St. Paul’s Epistle to Galatians (5:22): The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Echoing this passage, George Fox emphasized the spiritual centrality of love. Early in his ministry, he wrote to Friends, “I pray that all your hearts may be knit together in love, and in one spirit to God,” and later referred frequently to “the Royal Law of Love.” Early Friends also understood that loving-kindness, joy, and other fruits of the Spirit cannot be manufactured by good intentions, but arise spontaneously when we allow ourselves to become utterly vulnerable to the searching Light within our conscience. Yielding without reservation to the truth of our condition, we awaken to a new life—and are enveloped by an astonishing, redemptive love. Through this radical self-transformation, we awaken to the fruits of the Spirit. William Penn wrote of the first generation of Quakers, “They were changed… themselves before they went out to change the world.” Facing urgent needs for justice, however, we easily become self-righteous, impatient, strident. Learning of the oppression of indigenous peoples, the harsh reality of racism today, the gravity of environmental decline, or violence of any kind, we may be overcome by outrage that blocks the healing power of love. Living in love is essential not only for our spiritual health, but also for effective work for justice.

Intertwined themes of love and justice will be featured at the 2015 PYM Annual Session. Our keynote speaker will be Lloyd Lee Wilson, a member of North Carolina Yearly Meeting (Conservative), and a deeply-grounded author on Quaker spirituality. His many writings include Essays on the Quaker Vision of Gospel Order and a recent Pendle Hill Pamphlet, Radical Hospitality (#427). Wilson has written eloquently of the need to center our Quaker activism in the gestalt of Quaker practice, knit together in a faithful Quaker community by the redeeming spiritual power of loving-kindness. He writes that when that spiritual grounding is absent, “In our hasty desire for the fruit of right social order, we have neglected the Root from which all good fruit springs.” We will also hear a presentation by Jose Aguto of FCNL on the challenge of worldwide environmental decay, and from Paula Palmer of Intermountain Yearly Meeting, who will present her powerful workshop, “Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Change: Toward Right Relationship with America’s Native Peoples.” –  Submitted by Steve Smith, Presiding Clerk, PYM

Reno Friends Newsletter: How To Contribute
Submissions: Please submit your items for the newsletter by the Second Sunday of the month for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter. Send Friends Calendar 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 at: wswallow54 (at) gmail.com or call at 775-473-5559.

May 2015 Newsletter

For a list of upcoming events, see our Calendar.

For this month’s Query, May: Social and Civic Responsibility.

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Announcements

Radical Quakerism Workshop, Sat. May 2, 10am-4 pm

Reno Friends will gather in the Meetinghouse Saturday May 2 for a day-long workshop on Radical Quakerism led by Kathy Runyan, co-director of Quaker Center in Ben Lomond, California. The Quaker Center’s  mission is “to nurture the spiritual growth and faithfulness of Friends and others while strengthening Quakerism and its witness in the world.” Kathy and her co-director Bob Runyan developed this workshop for Friends Meetings around California and Nevada. For more information about the workshop, check the April 2015 blog on this website. If interested in attending, please email Wendy Swallow, Reno Friends clerk, at wswallow (at) gmail.com. And don’t forget to bring something delicious to share for our potluck lunch!

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. 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.

Quaker Stamp Mission

We hope you are saving your canceled stamps so you can support the meaningful and good work of Right Sharing of World Resources. In doing so, you are aiding the work of worthwhile Quaker organizations throughout the world. Please send your stamps to the following: Quaker Missions West, c/o Earl Walker, 650 Harrison Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711.  Thanks!

Be The Change

Be The Change is an urban homestead dedicated to service and simplicity, led by Reno Friends Kyle and Katy Chandler-Isacksen. Here are current Be the Change Projects:

•  Planting extensive organic gardens on our half-acre, highly visible lot, with great attention to permaculture practices;

•  Been awarded grants from the Catholic Archdiocese of Reno, the Pollination Project,  the Joel Fort Fund;

•  Helping establish a budding rural village and permaculture center near Reno;

•  Are currently organizing the “Baker Park Summer Music Series” in our local park featuring three music groups on three nights in July as part of Reno’s Artown;

•  Are planting two neighborhood mini-nurseries to raise plants to give away to neighbors to foster the creation of a food oasis through “Edible Hood” year-after-year;

•  Have been sharing letters with a long-serving prison inmate in a Nevada prison.

For all events, call for details – 775-348-2505.

-  Submitted by Kyle Chandler-Isacksen

Inspiration

“Peace demands the most heroic labor and the most difficult sacrifice. It demands greater heroism than war. It demands greater fidelity to the truth and a much more perfect purity of conscience.”

– Thomas Merton, Catholic monk

Do you want to share a poem, prayer, verse, quote or message that inspires you? Send it to Reno Friends newsletter editor Wendy Swallow at wswallow54 (at) gmail.com.

Hold Them in the Light

Please hold the following in the Light: The people of Baltimore and other U.S. cities that struggle for equality and justice; the people and leaders of Ukraine and Syria, as well as those of all countries experiencing war or oppression, so that we may find peaceful resolutions to all our economic and political troubles; all the armed service people who continue to serve in Afghanistan and other conflict zones around the world; those who have lost their jobs and/or health insurance; all elected officials at the city, county, state and federal levels who have the responsibility for difficult economic decisions. In particular, we ask that you hold in the Light those who have lost loved ones, or who suffer illness or injury. To request prayers, please leave a message at the Meetinghouse or contact the Clerk.

Quaker Activities & Announcements

College Park Spring Quarterly Meeting

College Park Spring Quarterly Meeting will take place May 15-17, 2015 at Quaker Center in Ben Lomond, CA.  The theme is “Inreach and Outreach.” To register, go to collegepark.quaker.org.

Ben Lomond Quaker Center News & Workshops

Clerking: Serving the Community with Joy and Confidence, May 29-31

Clerking expert Arthur Larrabee will lead a workshop that provides a solid foundation for understanding and participating in a Friends decision-making process. Every member and attender of a Friends meeting, whether he or she ever expects to be a clerk, should attend a clerking workshop to gain a stronger connection between the core of our Quaker theology and our business structures, and to practice the art of coming to unity.

Quaker Center Summer Youth Camps

Quaker Center Youth Camps are right around the corner this summer, with Camps Director, Anna Lisa Chacon for the younger kids’ camps and with Stephen Myers and Mary Klein for Peace Action Camp. Peace Action Camp will take place in June. We need registration deposits by April 20th to secure the location at the Sacramento Youth Hostel. For more information visit http://www.quakercenter.org/summer-youth-camps/ or call Bob or Kathy Runyan at Quaker Center at 831-336-8333 with questions.

Family Work Camp, July 27-Aug. 1

Family Work Camp is the best family vacation deal around, at only $50 for the full week, which includes meals and lodging. All ages are welcome! We’ll work on improvements to Quaker Center facilities while building community among us. This week of July 27th – August 1st will include working, cooking, eating and playing together. Please register online at http://www.quakercenter.org/family-work-camp/.

For the 2015 Calendar of Programs and application materials for workshops, go to www.quakercenter.org.

PYM Spring Workshops for Quaker Adults:  “Becoming Adult Allies to Youth”

Join other Quaker adults in learning how to become allies to youth, Sat. May 2 at Friends House in Santa Rosa, CA.  The workshop runs from 10 am to 5 pm.

How can adults support and build relationships with youth in a Friendly way? How can adults support each other to be allies to young people? How can we attract and keep young people involved in our Meetings? What does it take to be a Friendly Responsible Adult Presence (FRAP) at a Quaker teen gathering?

These workshops will include resources on outreach and being an ally to youth; specific discussion about serving as a “FRAP”; worship-sharing about experiences, hopes, fears, and wonderings; games and activities to explore scenarios and develop skills.  To register, go to www.pacificyearlymeeting.org/youth/adults.

Pacific Yearly Meeting

Pacific Yearly Annual Meeting:  Walker Creek Ranch, CA, July 13 – 18 2015

Clerk’s Call:  Fruits of the Spirit: Love and Justice The commandment to love one another is at the heart of our Quaker faith, and centrally featured in its Christian roots. The Religious Society of Friends takes its name from a passage in the Gospel of John, in which Jesus declares, This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you… you are my friends if you do what I command you… I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father.  (John 15:12-15, NRSV)

Early Friends treasured a passage in St. Paul’s Epistle to Galatians (5:22): The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Echoing this passage, George Fox emphasized the spiritual centrality of love. Early in his ministry, he wrote to Friends, “I pray that all your hearts may be knit together in love, and in one spirit to God,” and later referred frequently to “the Royal Law of Love.” Early Friends also understood that loving-kindness, joy, and other fruits of the Spirit cannot be manufactured by good intentions, but arise spontaneously when we allow ourselves to become utterly vulnerable to the searching Light within our conscience. Yielding without reservation to the truth of our condition, we awaken to a new life—and are enveloped by an astonishing, redemptive love. Through this radical self-transformation, we awaken to the fruits of the Spirit. William Penn wrote of the first generation of Quakers, “They were changed… themselves before they went out to change the world.” Facing urgent needs for justice, however, we easily become self-righteous, impatient, strident. Learning of the oppression of indigenous peoples, the harsh reality of racism today, the gravity of environmental decline, or violence of any kind, we may be overcome by outrage that blocks the healing power of love. Living in love is essential not only for our spiritual health, but also for effective work for justice.

Intertwined themes of love and justice will be featured at the 2015 PYM Annual Session. Our keynote speaker will be Lloyd Lee Wilson, a member of North Carolina Yearly Meeting (Conservative), and a deeply-grounded author on Quaker spirituality. His many writings include Essays on the Quaker Vision of Gospel Order and a recent Pendle Hill Pamphlet, Radical Hospitality (#427). Wilson has written eloquently of the need to center our Quaker activism in the gestalt of Quaker practice, knit together in a faithful Quaker community by the redeeming spiritual power of loving-kindness. He writes that when that spiritual grounding is absent, “In our hasty desire for the fruit of right social order, we have neglected the Root from which all good fruit springs.” We will also hear a presentation by Jose Aguto of FCNL on the challenge of worldwide environmental decay, and from Paula Palmer of Intermountain Yearly Meeting, who will present her powerful workshop, “Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Change: Toward Right Relationship with America’s Native Peoples.”

-  Submitted by Steve Smith, Presiding Clerk, PYM

American Friends Service Committee, West Region 

AFSC San Francisco co-sponsoring Kathy Kelly events in Northern California

Peace activist Kathy Kelly, who is currently serving a three month prison sentence for participating in a nonviolent drone protest, will be at several northern California events in May after her release, including:

  1. Unitarian Universalist Breakfast Forum (http://paceebene.org/event/uu-breakfast-forum-kathy-kelly/). May 3, 9:30-10:45AM. San Francisco Unitarian Church. 1187 Franklin at Geary, San Francisco, CA.
  2. The Raft and the Shore: Crossing Borders to Abolish War (http://ourpeacecenter.org/event/kathy-kelly-voices-creative-nonviolence/). May 4, 12:30-2PM. Diablo Valley College, Business and Foreign Language Conference Room. 321 Golf Club Rd., Pleasant Hill, CA.
  3. The Raft and the Shore: Crossing Borders to Abolish War (http://paceebene.org/event/crossing-borders-to-abolish-war-kathy-kelly-event/). May 4, 6-7PM. San Francisco Quaker Meeting House. 65 9th St., San Francisco, CA.
  4. The United States, Afghanistan, and the Fallacy of ‘Humanitarian Warfare’. May 5, 12:45-2:30PM. University of San Francisco. 2130 Fulton St., San Francisco, CA.
  5. Break Every Chain: Reflections on Liberation from Systems of War and Imprisonment. May 5, 6PM. San Jose State University. 1 Washington Square, San Jose, CA.

Faith Community Briefing on Solitary Confinement in California

AFSC and the National Religious Campaign Against Torture have been partnering to inspire people of faith to become educated and involved on the issue of solitary confinement. To that end we will be hosting briefings periodically, which anyone can dial into and get the latest information on the issue as it is playing out in California. Link http://oaklandquakers.org/AFSC/Flyers/FaithCommunityBriefingFlyer.pdf for the time, date and call in number of the upcoming briefing.

Shared Security

Nearly two years ago, AFSC and FCNL produced a joint working paper, titled “Shared Security: Reimagining U.S. Foreign Policy.” Since then, both organizations have encouraged feedback from local Quaker meetings on the proposal, and developed strategies for enacting its vision in their work. On May 21, you can hear from AFSC’s Patricia DeBoer and Alissa Wilson on the work AFSC has done to actualize a new approach to foreign policy.  Register at http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50601/c/10430/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=79736

-       Submitted by Peter Lin, AFSC

Reno Friends Newsletter: How To Contribute

Submissions: Please submit your items for the newsletter by the Second Sunday of the month for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter. Send Friends Calendar 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 at: wswallow54 (at) gmail.com or call at 775-473-5559.

Go to Newsletter Archive for prior months’ news. 

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Past newsletters (dating back to February 2014) can be found in the archive below. They appear in reverse chronological order. 

April 2015 Newsletter

For a list of upcoming events, see our Calendar.

For this month’s Query, April: Harmony with Creation.

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Announcements

Easter Potluck and Egg Hunt, April 5, 11:30 am

Reno Friends invite you to join them in an Easter Potluck in the Meeting House on first Sunday, April 5. There will also be a sugar-free egg hunt for the children outdoors in our garden. All are welcome, even if you cannot bring a dish.

Adult/Teen Discussion Group: “Finding Hope in Our Choices”

Please join us for interesting debates on how choices and differing influences have directed our lives, and where we find hope and affirmation in those choices. The final class will meet on April 12. We gather at 8:45 am in the Meeting House and are led by Beatrice Hamilton. Teens are also welcome! Please contact Beatrice at (775) 247-1969 if you have any questions.

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. 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.

Quaker Stamp Mission

We hope you are saving your canceled stamps so you can support the meaningful and good work of Right Sharing of World Resources. In doing so, you are aiding the work of worthwhile Quaker organizations throughout the world. Please send your stamps to the following: Quaker Missions West, c/o Earl Walker, 650 Harrison Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711.  Thanks!

Be The Change

Be The Change is an urban homestead dedicated to service and simplicity, led by Reno Friends Kyle and Katy Chandler-Isacksen. Here are current Be the Change Projects:

•  Planting extensive organic gardens on our half-acre, highly visible lot, with great attention to permaculture practices;

•  Been awarded grants from the Catholic Archdiocese of Reno, the Pollination Project,  the Joel Fort Fund;

•  Helping establish a budding rural village and permaculture center near Reno;

•  Are currently organizing the “Baker Park Summer Music Series” in our local park featuring three music groups on three nights in July as part of Reno’s Artown;

•  Are planting two neighborhood mini-nurseries to raise plants to give away to neighbors to foster the creation of a food oasis through “Edible Hood” year-after-year;

•  Have been sharing letters with a long-serving prison inmate in a Nevada prison.

For all events, call for details – 775-348-2505.

-  Submitted by Kyle Chandler-Isacksen

Inspiration

“Common folk, not statesmen, nor generals, nor great men of affairs, but just simple men and women, if they devote themselves … can do something to build a better peaceful world.”

– Henry Cadbury, 1947

Do you want to share a poem, prayer, verse, quote or message that inspires you? Send it to Reno Friends newsletter editor Wendy Swallow at wswallow54 (at) gmail.com.

Hold Them in the Light

Please hold the following in the Light: The people of Ukraine and Syria, as well as the people and governments of all countries experiencing war or oppression, so that the violence may stop and we may find peaceful resolutions to all our economic and political troubles; all the armed service people who continue to serve in Afghanistan and other conflict zones around the world; all who struggle for equality and justice; those who have lost their jobs and/or health insurance; all elected officials at the city, county, state and federal levels who have the responsibility for difficult economic decisions. In particular, we ask that you hold in the Light those in our Meeting struggling with health or family issues, as well as all who have lost loved ones, or who suffer illness or injury. To request prayers, please leave a message at the Meetinghouse or contact the Clerk.

Quaker Activities & Announcements

College Park Spring Quarterly Meeting

College Park Spring Quarterly Meeting will take place May 15-17, 2015 at Quaker Center in Ben Lomond, CA.  The theme is “Inreach and Outreach.” To register, go to collegepark.quaker.org.

Ben Lomond Quaker Center News & Workshops

Living into Beloved Community, Apr. 6-11

Sometimes we get so focused on world affairs that we forget what God has in store for us, individually and as a community.  With Jim Anderson, Marilee Eusebio, Diego Navarro, Kathy and Bob Runyan, we will explore, in a variety of ways, how to live truthfully and compassionately to bring about the new day.

Clerking: Serving the Community with Joy and Confidence, May 29-31

Clerking expert Arthur Larrabee will lead a workshop that provides a solid foundation for understanding and participating in a Friends decision-making process. Every member and attender of a Friends meeting, whether he or she ever expects to be a clerk, should attend a clerking workshop to gain a stronger connection between the core of our Quaker theology and our business structures, and to practice the art of coming to unity.

Quaker Center Summer Youth Camps

Quaker Center Youth Camps are right around the corner this summer, with Camps Director, Anna Lisa Chacon for the younger kids’ camps and with Stephen Myers and Mary Klein for Peace Action Camp. Peace Action Camp will take place in June. We need registration deposits by April 20th to secure the location at the Sacramento Youth Hostel. For more information visit http://www.quakercenter.org/summer-youth-camps/ or call Bob or Kathy Runyan at Quaker Center at 831-336-8333 with questions.

For the 2015 Calendar of Programs and application materials for workshops, go to www.quakercenter.org.

PYM Spring Workshops for Quaker Adults:  “Becoming Adult Allies to Youth”

Join other Quaker adults in learning how to become allies to youth, either Sat. Apr. 18, at Orange Grove Meeting House in Pasadena, CA OR Sat. May 2 at Friends House in Santa Rosa, CA.  Both workshops run from 10 am to 5 pm.

How can adults support and build relationships with youth in a Friendly way? How can adults support each other to be allies to young people? How can we attract and keep young people involved in our Meetings? What does it take to be a Friendly Responsible Adult Presence (FRAP) at a Quaker teen gathering?

These workshops will include resources on outreach and being an ally to youth; specific discussion about serving as a “FRAP”; worship-sharing about experiences, hopes, fears, and wonderings; games and activities to explore scenarios and develop skills.  To register, go to www.pacificyearlymeeting.org/youth/adults.

Pacific Yearly Meeting

Pacific Yearly Annual Meeting:  Walker Creek Ranch, CA, July 13 – 18 2015

Clerk’s Call:  Fruits of the Spirit: Love and Justice The commandment to love one another is at the heart of our Quaker faith, and centrally featured in its Christian roots. The Religious Society of Friends takes its name from a passage in the Gospel of John, in which Jesus declares, This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you… you are my friends if you do what I command you… I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father.  (John 15:12-15, NRSV)

Early Friends treasured a passage in St. Paul’s Epistle to Galatians (5:22): The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Echoing this passage, George Fox emphasized the spiritual centrality of love. Early in his ministry, he wrote to Friends, “I pray that all your hearts may be knit together in love, and in one spirit to God,” and later referred frequently to “the Royal Law of Love.” Early Friends also understood that loving-kindness, joy, and other fruits of the Spirit cannot be manufactured by good intentions, but arise spontaneously when we allow ourselves to become utterly vulnerable to the searching Light within our conscience. Yielding without reservation to the truth of our condition, we awaken to a new life—and are enveloped by an astonishing, redemptive love. Through this radical self-transformation, we awaken to the fruits of the Spirit. William Penn wrote of the first generation of Quakers, “They were changed… themselves before they went out to change the world.” Facing urgent needs for justice, however, we easily become self-righteous, impatient, strident. Learning of the oppression of indigenous peoples, the harsh reality of racism today, the gravity of environmental decline, or violence of any kind, we may be overcome by outrage that blocks the healing power of love. Living in love is essential not only for our spiritual health, but also for effective work for justice.

Intertwined themes of love and justice will be featured at the 2015 PYM Annual Session. Our keynote speaker will be Lloyd Lee Wilson, a member of North Carolina Yearly Meeting (Conservative), and a deeply-grounded author on Quaker spirituality. His many writings include Essays on the Quaker Vision of Gospel Order and a recent Pendle Hill Pamphlet, Radical Hospitality (#427). Wilson has written eloquently of the need to center our Quaker activism in the gestalt of Quaker practice, knit together in a faithful Quaker community by the redeeming spiritual power of loving-kindness. He writes that when that spiritual grounding is absent, “In our hasty desire for the fruit of right social order, we have neglected the Root from which all good fruit springs.” We will also hear a presentation by Jose Aguto of FCNL on the challenge of worldwide environmental decay, and from Paula Palmer of Intermountain Yearly Meeting, who will present her powerful workshop, “Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Change: Toward Right Relationship with America’s Native Peoples.”

-  Submitted by Steve Smith, Presiding Clerk, PYM

Reno Friends Newsletter: How To Contribute

Submissions: Please submit your items for the newsletter by the Second Sunday of the month for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter. Send Friends Calendar 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 at: wswallow54 (at) gmail.com or call at 775-473-5559.

March 2015 Newsletter

For a list of upcoming events, see our Calendar.

For this month’s Query, March: Stewardship and Vocation.

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Announcements

Adult/Teen Discussion Group: “Finding Hope in Our Choices”

Please join us for interesting debates on how choices and differing influences have directed our lives, and where we find hope and affirmation in those choices. This adult education class meets every first and third Sunday until the last class on April 12. We gather at 8:45 am in the Meeting House and are led by Beatrice Hamilton. Teens are also welcome! Please contact Beatrice at (775) 247-1969 if you have any questions.

Faith and Practice Discussion:  March 15, 11:30 am

Pacific Yearly Meeting has asked Reno Friends to review the current edition of Faith & Practice for an upcoming new edition. To address their specific questions, Reno Friends will gather March 15 in the Meetinghouse at 11:30 to gather concerns and comments.  We ask that you look through the current edition and join us.  You can also email comments to the Clerk at wswallow54 (at) gmail.com.  We welcome all voices!

Doug Smith Talk: Inside Casa de los Amigos; Mar. 22, 11:30 am

Reno Friend Doug Smith recently participated in an educational tour of Casa de los Amigos, a Quaker Center for Peace and International Understanding in Mexico City. As part of our March potluck, Doug will share what he learned about Mexican society and culture, politics and economics, and the struggles and triumphs for peace and justice in Mexico.  Bring something delicious to share for the potluck!

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. 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.

Quaker Stamp Mission

We hope you are saving your canceled stamps so you can support the meaningful and good work of Right Sharing of World Resources. In doing so, you are aiding the work of worthwhile Quaker organizations throughout the world. Please send your stamps to the following: Quaker Missions West, c/o Earl Walker, 650 Harrison Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711.  Thanks!

Be The Change

Be The Change is an urban homestead dedicated to service and simplicity, led by Reno Friends Kyle and Katy Chandler-Isacksen. Here are current Be the Change Projects:

•           Neighborhood Nurseries Fundraiser: We are putting in two neighborhood micro-nurseries this spring on McCloud Avenue – one at our Be the Change Project and one three doors down – and we’re looking for some help. The plants raised in these two nurseries will be shared with neighbors for years to come as we improve habitat and create a food oasis in our neighborhood.  In addition to developing this neighborhood-scale “food forest” with fruit and nut trees, medicinal plants & herbs, insectory plants and so on, we’ll be growing community through the relationships we develop. We’ve set up a “We the Trees” campaign (like Kickstarter but focused on Permaculture and created by friends) and are looking to raise $400 to supply the nurseries with seed, compost, bare root plants, and irrigation. As a perk we are offering our book, “Snakes Wear Socks”.  Go to We the Trees for full info and a little video that we used for a related project which nonetheless shares the same goals. For all events, call for details – 775-348-2505.

-  Submitted by Kyle Chandler-Isacksen

Inspiration

“Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.”

– The Buddha

Do you want to share a poem, prayer, verse, quote or message that inspires you? Send it to Reno Friends newsletter editor Wendy Swallow at wswallow54 (at) gmail.com.

Hold Them in the Light

Please hold the following in the Light: The people of Ukraine and Syria, as well as the people and governments of all countries experiencing war or oppression, so that the violence may stop and we may find peaceful resolutions to all our economic and political troubles; all the armed service people who continue to serve in Afghanistan and other conflict zones around the world; all who struggle for equality and justice; those who have lost their jobs and/or health insurance; all elected officials at the city, county, state and federal levels who have the responsibility for difficult economic decisions. In particular, we ask that you hold in the Light those who have lost loved ones, or who suffer illness or injury. To request prayers, please leave a message at the Meetinghouse or contact the Clerk.

Quaker Activities & Announcements

Winter 2015 College Park Quarterly Meeting:  The Quick Notes

CPQM 2015 in Santa Cruz was attended by 116 adults, 10 children and 4 teens for a total of 130 people. Members of 18 Meetings and 4 Worship Groups were present. The theme the day was Peacemaking: an Inside and an Outside Job.

David Hartsough, who recently published his book Waging Peace, said that in his life he experienced three major leadings. One to go to Howard University, an historically black college, where his education brought him fully into the civil rights struggle and the lunch counter sit-ins. The second, in the 90’s, was to form the Non-Violent Peace Force, or peace teams. The third and current leading is to foment a global movement to end war. He asked us to consider the fact that our lives as American citizens are not worth more than the lives of any other country’s citizens. He experienced as part of his leadings a vision of Martin Luther King Jr.’s hand on his shoulder saying “Working for Peace and Justice can be lonely.” We face the triple evils of poverty, racism, and militarism. He challenged us to continue the work of building the beloved community.

The worship-sharing queries were:

  • How has your witness in the outward world changed your spiritual depths, your prayer life, your experience of Quaker worship?
  • In what ways does your spiritual practice give you a heart for outward activity for justice and peace, in family, community, workplace, or larger world?
  • What power can give you the courage and acceptance to love what you fear, to do good to those who hate you?

Ministry and Oversight reported that the committee is hoping to visit several meetings in CPQM and would like to be invited by meetings to do so.

Sarah Tyrell, Berkeley Meeting, reported from Nominating Committee the name of Owen Elliot-Sowaal for the Arrangements clerk for Spring Quarterly Meeting in Ben Lomond May 15-17, 2015. Owen’s name was seasoned and then approved.

Sarah Asch reported that Marin Meeting has laid itself down as of December 21, 2014 .  Individual members have been released from membership. Concerns were raised regarding the transfers of membership. There will be an occasional worship group continuing in homes. They are creating a trust for a future meeting in Marin. It was suggested that the PYM Discipline Committee undertake to clarify the procedures for laying down a meeting. Alyssa Nelson, a member of that committee, agreed to take our concern to the next meeting.

Sandra Swartz, convenor of the Sierra Friends Center board, said 15 to 17 students will be starting the new semester in late January. Gray Horwitz has been hired as the new Head of School as of July 1, 2015. Gray has been the Environmental Science teacher and the Camp Woolman director for the last 2 years. The teen leadership camps this summer will have a hiking intensive, a food intensive, and a biking intensive.

Walt Jones announced the re-establishment of the visiting Friend program. PYM M&O will choose and the visitor will be announced at PYM Annual Session this summer. Leslie Zondervan-Droz of Humboldt meeting is the person to contact if you want to serve as an official visitor among Pacific Yearly Meeting Friends.

Friends House celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2014. The 7th annual Quaker Tea and Holiday Faire, held the Saturday before Thanksgiving, featured craft vendors and a vintage car show, and raised $6,500 for the Residents’ Support Fund and the Employee Holiday Fund. There are many opportunities to contribute funds to Friends House.  Please remember them in your planned giving. (The full report from the Friends Association for Services to the Elderly board can be found attached to the minutes of the 2015 Winter CPQM soon to be posted on the CPQM website.)

Steven Matchett spoke of the anniversary of Alternatives to Violence Project California.   AVP is now in 16 prisons as well as several jails. He thanked the many donors and participants in the room. AVP will be hiring a community organizer in the San Joaquin Valley to generate volunteers living in that area to go into more prisons.

– Submitted by Sandy Kewman

Ben Lomond Quaker Center News & Workshops

Conversation with Christ: Quaker Meditations on the Gospel of John, Mar. 20-22

This workshop, led by Doug Gwyn, will “listen in” on conversations in John, and help us understand what early Friends heard in them, and enter into your own “conversation with Christ” through guided meditations.

Living into Beloved Community, Apr. 6-11

Sometimes we get so focused on world affairs that we forget what God has in store for us, individually and as a community.  With Jim Anderson, Marilee Eusebio, Diego Navarro, Kathy and Bob Runyan, we will explore, in a variety of ways, how to live truthfully and compassionately to bring about the new day.

Clerking: Serving the Community with Joy and Confidence, May 29-31

Clerking expert Arthur Larrabee will lead a workshop that provides a solid foundation for understanding and participating in a Friends decision-making process. Every member and attender of a Friends meeting, whether he or she ever expects to be a clerk, should attend a clerking workshop to gain a stronger connection between the core of our Quaker theology and our business structures, and to practice the art of coming to unity.

For the 2015 Calendar of Programs and application materials for workshops, go to www.quakercenter.org.

Pacific Yearly Meeting

Pacific Yearly Annual Meeting:  Walker Creek Ranch, CA, July 13 – 18 2015

Clerk’s Call:  Fruits of the Spirit: Love and Justice The commandment to love one another is at the heart of our Quaker faith, and centrally featured in its Christian roots. The Religious Society of Friends takes its name from a passage in the Gospel of John, in which Jesus declares, This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you… you are my friends if you do what I command you… I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father.  (John 15:12-15, NRSV)

Early Friends treasured a passage in St. Paul’s Epistle to Galatians (5:22): The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Echoing this passage, George Fox emphasized the spiritual centrality of love. Early in his ministry, he wrote to Friends, “I pray that all your hearts may be knit together in love, and in one spirit to God,” and later referred frequently to “the Royal Law of Love.” Early Friends also understood that loving-kindness, joy, and other fruits of the Spirit cannot be manufactured by good intentions, but arise spontaneously when we allow ourselves to become utterly vulnerable to the searching Light within our conscience. Yielding without reservation to the truth of our condition, we awaken to a new life—and are enveloped by an astonishing, redemptive love. Through this radical self-transformation, we awaken to the fruits of the Spirit. William Penn wrote of the first generation of Quakers, “They were changed… themselves before they went out to change the world.” Facing urgent needs for justice, however, we easily become self-righteous, impatient, strident. Learning of the oppression of indigenous peoples, the harsh reality of racism today, the gravity of environmental decline, or violence of any kind, we may be overcome by outrage that blocks the healing power of love. Living in love is essential not only for our spiritual health, but also for effective work for justice.

Intertwined themes of love and justice will be featured at the 2015 PYM Annual Session. Our keynote speaker will be Lloyd Lee Wilson, a member of North Carolina Yearly Meeting (Conservative), and a deeply-grounded author on Quaker spirituality. His many writings include Essays on the Quaker Vision of Gospel Order and a recent Pendle Hill Pamphlet, Radical Hospitality (#427). Wilson has written eloquently of the need to center our Quaker activism in the gestalt of Quaker practice, knit together in a faithful Quaker community by the redeeming spiritual power of loving-kindness. He writes that when that spiritual grounding is absent, “In our hasty desire for the fruit of right social order, we have neglected the Root from which all good fruit springs.” We will also hear a presentation by Jose Aguto of FCNL on the challenge of worldwide environmental decay, and from Paula Palmer of Intermountain Yearly Meeting, who will present her powerful workshop, “Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Change: Toward Right Relationship with America’s Native Peoples.”

-  Submitted by Steve Smith, Presiding Clerk, PYM

Reno Friends Newsletter: How To Contribute

Submissions: Please submit your items for the newsletter by the Second Sunday of the month for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter. Send Friends Calendar 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 at: wswallow54 (at) gmail.com or call at 775-473-5559.

February 2015 Newsletter

For a list of upcoming events, see our Calendar.

For this month’s Query, February: Meeting for Worship for Business.

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Announcements

Screening of 15 TO LIFE, Kenneth’s Story, Thurs., Feb. 5, from 6-8pm

Please join Reno Friends in attending a film about Kenneth Young, a boy who committed armed robbery at 14 and was sentenced to life in prison without parole. For more than a decade, Kenneth believed he would die behind bars, until the U.S. Supreme Court ruled his sentence unconstitutional. The screening is being presented by the ACLU and will be followed by a panel discussion about the effort to end juvenile life without parole. The screening will be held at the Holland Project, 140 Vesta Street in Reno.

Adult/Teen Discussion Group: “Finding Hope in Our Choices”

Reno Friends are meeting twice a month for interesting debates on how choices and differing influences have directed our lives, and where we find hope and affirmation in those choices. This adult education class meets every first and third Sunday until the last class on April 5. We gather at 8:45 am in the Meeting House and are led by Beatrice Hamilton. Teens are also welcome! Please contact Beatrice at (775) 247-1969 if you have any questions.

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. 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.

Quaker Stamp Mission

We hope you are saving your canceled stamps so you can support the meaningful and good work of Right Sharing of World Resources. In doing so, you are aiding the work of worthwhile Quaker organizations throughout the world. Please send your stamps to the following: Quaker Missions West, c/o Earl Walker, 650 Harrison Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711.  Thanks!

Be The Change

Be The Change is an urban homestead dedicated to service and simplicity, led by Reno Friends Kyle and Katy Chandler-Isacksen. Here are current Be the Change Projects:

•           Neighborhood Nurseries Fundraiser: We are putting in two neighborhood micro-nurseries this spring on McCloud Avenue – one at our Be the Change Project and one three doors down – and we’re looking for some help. The plants raised in these two nurseries will be shared with neighbors for years to come as we improve habitat and create a food oasis in our neighborhood.  In addition to developing this neighborhood-scale “food forest” with fruit and nut trees, medicinal plants & herbs, insectory plants and so on, we’ll be growing community through the relationships we develop. We’ve set up a “We the Trees” campaign (like Kickstarter but focused on Permaculture and created by friends) and are looking to raise $400 to supply the nurseries with seed, compost, bare root plants, and irrigation. As a perk we are offering our book, “Snakes Wear Socks”.  Go to We the Trees for full info and a little video that we used for a related project which nonetheless shares the same goals. For all events, call for details – 775-348-2505.

-  Submitted by Kyle Chandler-Isacksen

Inspiration

“No battle is ever won… they are not even fought. The field only reveals to man his own folly and despair, and Victory is an illusion of philosophers and fools.”

–  William Faulkner, author

Do you want to share a poem, prayer, verse, quote or message that inspires you? Send it to Reno Friends newsletter editor Wendy Swallow at wswallow54 (at) gmail.com.

Hold Them in the Light

Please hold the following in the Light: The people of Ukraine and Syria, as well as the people and governments of all countries experiencing war or oppression, so that the violence may stop and we may find peaceful resolutions to all our economic and political troubles; all the armed service people who continue to serve in Afghanistan and other conflict zones around the world; all who struggle for equality and justice; those who have lost their jobs and/or health insurance; all elected officials at the city, county, state and federal levels who have the responsibility for difficult economic decisions. In particular, we ask that you hold in the Light those who have lost loved ones, or who suffer illness or injury. To request prayers, please leave a message at the Meetinghouse or contact the Clerk.

Quaker Activities & Announcements

Ben Lomond Quaker Center News & Workshops

Marge Abbott and Julie Peyton from North Pacific Yearly Meeting will lead us for Walk Humbly – Serve Boldly from February 27th – March 1st.  We will share ways that we as Friends are wrestling with the reality of prophetic ministry and how that shapes our lives as we seek to be faithful. Find out more and register at http://www.quakercenter.org/walk-humbly-serve-boldly/.

Join Doug Gwyn for Conversation with Christ: Quaker Meditations on the Gospel of John from March 20th to 22nd. “Listen in” on conversations in John, learn what early Friends heard in them, and enter into your own “conversation with Christ” through guided meditations. Register online at http://www.quakercenter.org/gospel-of-john/

Sometimes we get so focused on world affairs that we forget what God has in store for us, individually and as a community. Jim Anderson, Marilee Eusebio, Diego Navarro, Kathy and Bob Runyan will facilitate a week of Living into Beloved Communityfrom April 6-11th (Monday -Saturday). We will explore, in a variety of ways, how to live truthfully and compassionately to bring about the new day.

Quaker Center has two new residential staff members. Delaney Miller is our Administrative Assistant who lives in the apartment adjacent to the office with her partner Jeremy, and Brad MacDonald is now our Maintenance Technician, and lives in the house next to the shop with his fiance, Nikona, and her guide dog, Sanchez.

For the 2015 Calendar of Programs and application materials for workshops, click here for more information and application materials for workshops.

Pacific Yearly Meeting

Pacific Yearly Annual Meeting:  Walker Creek Ranch, CA, July 13 – 18 2015

Clerk’s Call:  Fruits of the Spirit: Love and Justice The commandment to love one another is at the heart of our Quaker faith, and centrally featured in its Christian roots. The Religious Society of Friends takes its name from a passage in the Gospel of John, in which Jesus declares, This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you… you are my friends if you do what I command you… I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father.  (John 15:12-15, NRSV)

Early Friends treasured a passage in St. Paul’s Epistle to Galatians (5:22): The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Echoing this passage, George Fox emphasized the spiritual centrality of love. Early in his ministry, he wrote to Friends, “I pray that all your hearts may be knit together in love, and in one spirit to God,” and later referred frequently to “the Royal Law of Love.” Early Friends also understood that loving-kindness, joy, and other fruits of the Spirit cannot be manufactured by good intentions, but arise spontaneously when we allow ourselves to become utterly vulnerable to the searching Light within our conscience. Yielding without reservation to the truth of our condition, we awaken to a new life—and are enveloped by an astonishing, redemptive love. Through this radical self-transformation, we awaken to the fruits of the Spirit. William Penn wrote of the first generation of Quakers, “They were changed… themselves before they went out to change the world.” Facing urgent needs for justice, however, we easily become self-righteous, impatient, strident. Learning of the oppression of indigenous peoples, the harsh reality of racism today, the gravity of environmental decline, or violence of any kind, we may be overcome by outrage that blocks the healing power of love. Living in love is essential not only for our spiritual health, but also for effective work for justice.

Intertwined themes of love and justice will be featured at the 2015 PYM Annual Session. Our keynote speaker will be Lloyd Lee Wilson, a member of North Carolina Yearly Meeting (Conservative), and a deeply-grounded author on Quaker spirituality. His many writings include Essays on the Quaker Vision of Gospel Order and a recent Pendle Hill Pamphlet, Radical Hospitality (#427). Wilson has written eloquently of the need to center our Quaker activism in the gestalt of Quaker practice, knit together in a faithful Quaker community by the redeeming spiritual power of loving-kindness. He writes that when that spiritual grounding is absent, “In our hasty desire for the fruit of right social order, we have neglected the Root from which all good fruit springs.” We will also hear a presentation by Jose Aguto of FCNL on the challenge of worldwide environmental decay, and from Paula Palmer of Intermountain Yearly Meeting, who will present her powerful workshop, “Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Change: Toward Right Relationship with America’s Native Peoples.”

-  Submitted by Steve Smith, Presiding Clerk, PYM

Reno Friends Newsletter: How To Contribute

Submissions: Please submit your items for the newsletter by the Second Sunday of the month for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter. Send Friends Calendar 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 at: wswallow54 (at) gmail.com or call at 775-473-5559.

January 2015 Newsletter

For a list of upcoming events, see our Calendar.

For this month’s Query, January: Spiritual Life.

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Announcements

Adult/Teen Discussion Group: “Finding Hope in Our Choices”

This adult/teen education class begins Sunday January 18 and will be held every first and third Sunday for six weeks (to March 15th). It will meet at 8:45 am in the Meeting House and be facilitated by Beatrice Hamilton. We will explore together the choices we have made and are still making, and where we find hope and affirmation in these choices. We also will look at some choices our Quaker ancestors made, and discuss biblical and spiritual references as well as personal testimonies. Please contact Beatrice at (775) 247-1969 if you have any questions.

Winter Sock Drive

If possible, please donate clean adult-sized socks, either new or gently used, for the homeless. Bring to Meeting and put them in the box by the library. We hope to fill the box by mid-January, so we can deliver them to those in need.

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. 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.

Quaker Stamp Mission

We hope you are saving your canceled stamps so you can support the meaningful and good work of Right Sharing of World Resources. In doing so, you are aiding the work of worthwhile Quaker organizations throughout the world. Please send your stamps to the following: Quaker Missions West, c/o Earl Walker, 650 Harrison Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711.  Thanks!

Be The Change

Be The Change is an urban homestead dedicated to service and simplicity, led by Reno Friends Kyle and Katy Chandler-Isacksen. Here are current Be the Change Projects:

•           Neighborhood Nurseries Fundraiser: We are putting in two neighborhood micro-nurseries this spring on McCloud Avenue – one at our Be the Change Project and one three doors down – and we’re looking for some help.The plants raised in these two nurseries will be shared with neighbors for years to come as we improve habitat and create a food oasis in our neighborhood.  In addition to developing this neighborhood-scale “food forest” with fruit and nut trees, medicinal plants & herbs, insectory plants and so on, we’ll be growing community through the relationships we develop. We’ve set up a “We the Trees” campaign (like Kickstarter but focused on Permaculture and created by friends) and are looking to raise $400 to supply the nurseries with seed, compost, bare root plants, and irrigation. As a perk we are offering our book, “Snakes Wear Socks”.  Go to We the Trees for full info and a little video that we used for a related project which nonetheless shares the same goals. For all events, call for details – 775-348-2505.

-  Submitted by Kyle Chandler-Isacksen

Inspiration

“There is a certain kind of peace that is not merely the absence of war. It is larger than that. The peace I am thinking of is not at the mercy of history’s rule, nor is it a passive surrender to the status quo. The peace I am thinking of is the dance of an open mind when it engages another equally open one.”

–  Toni Morrison, author

Do you want to share a poem, prayer, verse, quote or message that inspires you? Send it to Reno Friends newsletter editor Wendy Swallow at wswallow54 (at) gmail.com.

Hold Them in the Light

Please hold the following in the Light: The people of Ferguson, Missouri, and the people and governments of all countries experiencing war or oppression, so that the violence may stop and we may find peaceful resolutions to all our economic and political troubles; all the armed service people who continue to serve in Afghanistan and other conflict zones around the world; all who struggle for equality and justice; those who have lost their jobs and/or health insurance; all elected officials at the city, county, state and federal levels who have the responsibility for difficult economic decisions. To request prayers, please leave a message at the Meetinghouse or contact the Clerk.

Quaker Activities & Announcements

College Park Winter Quarterly Meeting Jan. 17, 2015

CPQM Winter Gather will assemble at the Family Bible Church, 697 Benicia Dr., Santa Rosa, CA 95409 (across the street from Friends House). The theme for the day is “Peacemaking, an Inside and Outside Job.”

“Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.” We have sung this many times and yet still need to remember that peace begins on the inside. We continually strive to be peaceful people, not just at peace marches. If our actions flow from our inner peace, we find the courage and energy to engage in outer peacemaking. Many of us are committed to peace making projects of all kinds. Quarterly Meeting helps us to deepen our inner peace and to learn of our many and varied peace making projects. This will be a day to reflect on where our leadings come from and to where they lead us.

Pre-registration is not required for adults. On-site registration will begin at 8:00 am. We will begin with Family Worship at 9:00 am and end with worship from 4:30 to 5:00 pm. Fees are $25.00 for adults (which includes lunch), $10.00 for children (5 to 13). Friends may choose to stay for dinner and may register for dinner that day ($15 for adults). Teens (age 13 and older) are invited for Quarterly daytime sessions but also to spend Friday night and Saturday night at the Redwood Forest Meetinghouse.($30.00 for whole weekend, $10.00 for daytime only no dinner.) For more information and housing, contact: Jim Avera (jim.avera(at)gmail.com,707-544-5904); for the Teen Program, Kathy Runyan (kathyrunyan(at)hotmail.com, 530-635-0962); for the Children’s Program, Delcy Steffy (delcysteffy(at)gmail.com, 916-529-7455); or To Register, Sandy Kewman (srosekewman(at)gmail.com, 530-559-9850).

-  Submitted by Mary Miche, CPQM Clerk (marymiche(at)jps.net, 510-845-8417). 

Ben Lomond Quaker Center Workshops

Friends and Social Transformation Jan. 30 to Feb. 1

Join David Hartsough and Kazu Haga for inspiring stories of nonviolent direct action. We’ll do some role playing and training in active nonviolence, have discussions about the principles of nonviolence, and strategize to effect change.

Walk Humbly – Serve Boldly Feb. 27 to Mar. 1

Come engage the wild expectation of Love loose in the universe potentially transforming everyone! Yet with this love comes a painful refining process accompanying the call to ministry. Marge Abbott and Julie Peyton from North Pacific Yearly Meeting will lead us. We will share ways that we as Friends are wrestling with the reality of prophetic ministry and how that shapes our lives as we seek to be faithful.

For the 2015 Calendar of Programs and application materials for workshops, click here for more information and application materials for workshops.

Pacific Yearly Meeting

Pacific Yearly Annual Meeting:  Walker Creek Ranch, CA, July 13 – 18 2015

Clerk’s Call:  Fruits of the Spirit: Love and Justice The commandment to love one another is at the heart of our Quaker faith, and centrally featured in its Christian roots. The Religious Society of Friends takes its name from a passage in the Gospel of John, in which Jesus declares, This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you… you are my friends if you do what I command you… I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father.  (John 15:12-15, NRSV)

Early Friends treasured a passage in St. Paul’s Epistle to Galatians (5:22): The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Echoing this passage, George Fox emphasized the spiritual centrality of love. Early in his ministry, he wrote to Friends, “I pray that all your hearts may be knit together in love, and in one spirit to God,” and later referred frequently to “the Royal Law of Love.” Early Friends also understood that loving-kindness, joy, and other fruits of the Spirit cannot be manufactured by good intentions, but arise spontaneously when we allow ourselves to become utterly vulnerable to the searching Light within our conscience. Yielding without reservation to the truth of our condition, we awaken to a new life—and are enveloped by an astonishing, redemptive love. Through this radical self-transformation, we awaken to the fruits of the Spirit. William Penn wrote of the first generation of Quakers, “They were changed… themselves before they went out to change the world.” Facing urgent needs for justice, however, we easily become self-righteous, impatient, strident. Learning of the oppression of indigenous peoples, the harsh reality of racism today, the gravity of environmental decline, or violence of any kind, we may be overcome by outrage that blocks the healing power of love. Living in love is essential not only for our spiritual health, but also for effective work for justice.

Intertwined themes of love and justice will be featured at the 2015 PYM Annual Session. Our keynote speaker will be Lloyd Lee Wilson, a member of North Carolina Yearly Meeting (Conservative), and a deeply-grounded author on Quaker spirituality. His many writings include Essays on the Quaker Vision of Gospel Order and a recent Pendle Hill Pamphlet, Radical Hospitality (#427). Wilson has written eloquently of the need to center our Quaker activism in the gestalt of Quaker practice, knit together in a faithful Quaker community by the redeeming spiritual power of loving-kindness. He writes that when that spiritual grounding is absent, “In our hasty desire for the fruit of right social order, we have neglected the Root from which all good fruit springs.” We will also hear a presentation by Jose Aguto of FCNL on the challenge of worldwide environmental decay, and from Paula Palmer of Intermountain Yearly Meeting, who will present her powerful workshop, “Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Change: Toward Right Relationship with America’s Native Peoples.”

PYM Representative Committee Meeting, Berkeley Meeting House, 27 February – 1 March 2015

Please register for RepCom no later than Friday 13 February, indicating your arrival and departure times, and your need (if any) for overnight hospitality.  (Persons registering after Friday 13 February cannot be assured of overnight hospitality.) To register, contact Margaret Mossman, margaretmossman(at) att.net, (510) 235-6245 Back-up contact: Genie Stowers, gstowers(at)sfsu.edu, (510) 223-3264

-  Submitted by Steve Smith, Presiding Clerk, PYM

American Friends Service Committee

On Tuesday, December 9, the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee, chaired by Senator Dianne Feinstein, released a summary of their investigation into the use of torture by the United States. Please contact Senator Feinstein and thank her for insisting that this report being made public – at least in part – and for speaking out about the findings and the danger of these practices, for whatever reason, to any democracy. She can be contacted at https://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/e-mail-me.

The AFSC, for many years, has produced Shadow Reports to the United Nations about the U.S. compliance, or lack of compliance, with conventions and treaties we have signed. The Convention on Torture recently held hearings with the U.S. State Department to question the report they had submitted about torture in U.S. prisons, in the conduct of wars, at Guantanamo Bay. The report they issued questions many U.S. practices and is consistent with findings in the Senate Committee report. AFSC staff attended the UN hearings in Geneva and will continue to monitor these practices.

If you are interested in AFSC’s activities in St. Louis in the aftermath of Ferguson and so many other incidents of police killings go to http://afsc.org. In particular, check out the AFSC’s work with the St. Louis Freedom School: http://afsc.org/video/st-louis-freedom-school.

–  Submitted by Peter Lin, AFSC

Reno Friends Newsletter: How To Contribute

Submissions: Please submit your items for the newsletter by the Second Sunday of the month for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter. Send Friends Calendar 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 at: wswallow54 (at) gmail.com or call at 775-473-5559.

December 2014 Newsletter

For a list of upcoming events, see our Calendar.

For this month’s Query, December: Meeting for Worship.

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Announcements

Christmas Eve Worship and Carols                                  

Please Join Reno Friends for Silent Worship, followed by carols and cookies, Dec. 24 at 7 pm.  In the Meeting House.

Winter Sock Drive

If possible, please donate clean adult-sized socks, either new or gently used, for the homeless. Bring to Meeting and put them in the box by the library. We hope to fill the box by mid-January, so we can deliver them to those in need.

Production of Mary’s Joy Dec. 28 at Noon in the Meeting House

Quaker playwright Jeanmarie Simpson has generously offered to perform her 90-minute play about 17th-century Quaker Mary Dyer at the Reno Friends Meeting House. The performance will start after potluck on Dec. 28, around noon.  The play is about Mary Dyer’s final hours, as she waits to be executed for her beliefs. Those who have seen it say it is powerful and insightful. Jeanmarie is headed to Europe with the play, which she will perform in Meeting Houses, on streets, and even at the Vatican. Let’s give her a warm send-off!

Depression and Bipolar Disorder  Support Alliance

A support group for those with depression and bipolar disorder is forming support groups in Reno/Sparks to begin January 2015. If interested, please join Sue for a planning meeting Wed. Nov. 19 at 10 a.m. For more information, call Sue at 775-331-3487.

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. 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.

Quaker Stamp Mission

We hope you are saving your canceled stamps so you can support the meaningful and good work of Right Sharing of World Resources. In doing so, you are aiding the work of worthwhile Quaker organizations throughout the world. Please send your stamps to the following: Quaker Missions West, c/o Earl Walker, 650 Harrison Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711.  Thanks!

Be The Change

Be The Change is an urban homestead dedicated to service and simplicity, led by Reno Friends Kyle and Katy Chandler-Isacksen. Here are current Be the Change Projects:

•           Edible ‘Hood: In its third year, our Edible ‘Hood Program gave out hundreds more seedlings and seeds to neighbors. We also just received $1,000 from the Pollination Project to fund an expansion of Edible Hood to offer 22 tree guilds to our neighbors next season to foster the creation, over the long term, of a food oasis in our urban setting.

•           Patagonia Clothing and Food Donations: We received a large donation of beautiful clothes from Patagonia’s Common Threads Program in October and were able to distribute boxes and boxes to homeless shelters, community groups, local farmers, and families in our neighborhood. Thanks to all who helped sort the clothes and get them out! We also continue to collect and distribute food from area supermarkets through Mountain Ministries.

•           Neighborhood News: At Susan’s place down the block (Katy’s mom), we’ve hosted two neighborhood potlucks averaging 40 people. We look forward in December to our fourth year of Holiday Caroling; the circle of gifting continues to flourish as veggies, clothes, a strong back, medicine, emotional support, seeds, lumber, and on and on move ’round and ’round; Natural Building Workshop in 2015: Weston, Katy, and I are offering a 3-week complete cob cabin workshop at our friend Nate Rosenbloom’s ranch starting June 13th. We’re using this workshop as a fundraising opportunity to earn the roughly $7,000 we need each year to run BTC. Tell your friends – limited to 12 spots!

•           On a sadder note, Katy’s knee has been in bad shape for nearly two months after she tweaked it while making a compost pile. She injured her knees originally as a young ski-racer and they had been great for several years until now. We’re seeking other opinions from doctors and getting lots of support from friends and neighbors as we adjust to her with limited mobility. Lots of love to you all and thanks for being a part of our lives.

For all events, call for details – 775-348-2505.

-       Submitted by Kyle Chandler-Isacksen

Inspiration

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

– Isaiah 9, 6

Do you want to share a poem, prayer, verse, quote or message that inspires you? Send it to Reno Friends newsletter editor Wendy Swallow at wswallow54 (at) gmail.com.

Hold Them in the Light

Please hold the following in the Light: The people of Ferguson, Missouri, and the people and governments of all countries experiencing war or oppression, so that the violence may stop and we may find peaceful resolutions to all our economic and political troubles; all the armed service people who continue to serve in Afghanistan and other conflict zones around the world; all who struggle for equality and justice; those who have lost their jobs and/or health insurance; all elected officials at the city, county, state and federal levels who have the responsibility for difficult economic decisions. In particular, we ask that you hold in the Light those who have lost loved ones, or who suffer illness or injury, including Katy Chandler-Isacksen; and 6-month old Bodhi, a child watched by Cheri Smith’s son Corbin, who has leukemia. To request prayers, please leave a message at the Meetinghouse or contact the Clerk.

Quaker Activities & Announcements

College Park Winter Quarterly Meeting Jan. 17, 2015

Winter quarterly meeting January 17, 2015 in the Bay area at a locale to be announced shortly. Please mark your calendars and invite a Friend from your Meeting to accompany you.  For more information and registration materials, go to collegepark.quaker.org .

Ben Lomond Quaker Center Workshops

6th Annual Music and Dance Retreat, Dec. 5 – 7

We will once again be hosting this weekend with a variety of opportunities to sing, play, dance, and listen to music. We encourage musicians, singers, dancers, and those who just enjoy listening to attend. However, you do not need any particular dancing or musical talent to experience to enjoy the retreat. Children are quite welcome too! There will be ample free time for us to enjoy each other’s company and the natural beauty of Quaker Center. Most sessions of this program will be participant-led with the exception of a professionally led community dance with live traditional music on Saturday night. Early risers may begin the morning with meeting for worship, a Quaker Center daily practice.

Year End Retreat: Spring Forth a Well, Dec. 27 to Jan. 1

We invite Friends of all branches of Quakerism to come to the well of our faith, to share the sweet waters of waiting worship and fellowship. This winter retreat will call on us to seek replenishment by opening ourselves to God and the inward Christ, deepening our connections and enlivening our spirits. Based on the structure of Quaker Spring, our time together will include mornings of Bible study and waiting worship, and afternoons open to conversation and focused discussions, contemplation, rest and play. The evenings will be a time to reflect and seek God’s guidance together for issues that are of concern to Friends. The issues will be discerned by what arises out of the group during the retreat. The retreat will be held by a committee of Friends who form the Listening Committee, which is responsible for creating and holding the container of the retreat, seeking a balance between structure and being open to being led in the moment.

Click here for more information and application materials for workshops.

In collaboration with Western Friend, Quaker Center is now accepting applications for a new part-time Administrative Assistant position to serve both organizations. Clink here to find out more and to apply.

Woolman School End-Of-Semester Events

Peace and Justice Project Presentations — Wednesday, December 3, 7:30 p.m.: Come and learn about the passions and visions for social change of Peace Studies students.  Students have been researching peace and justice issues/problems in their communities and creating comprehensive proposals for an organizing project that they will implement after the semester.  From artivism to youth workshops to campus events, it will be an inspiring evening of youth presentations and dialogue.  Location: At Woolman. 

Global Issues Commodity Chain Analysis Presentations — Friday, December 5, 7:30 p.m.: Please join us for student presentations of their Commodity Chain Analyses! The culmination of semester-long research projects, students will present their findings on the processes involved in the life of a product they use in their daily lives. Their research examines each component of the item, traces the product’s journey from conception through consumption and in many cases to post-use disposal, and sheds light on the various ways that people are affected by the production of their chosen item. The presentations will be a great example of how we connect vast global issues back to our individual selves. Location: At Woolman.

Sustainability Projects Tour — Saturday, December 6, 2:00 p.m.: We will be walking around campus and each student will give a presentation about their project. Some of the projects are creating a Woolman library, monitoring water use, raising plastic awareness, making a guide to our garden, and restoring the sun dappled fire circle. Location: At Woolman.

Safe Spaces for Youth Voices — Sunday, December 7, 7:00 p.m.: An open mic event hosted by the Fall semester students dedicated to shedding light on the topic of sexualized aggression. Welcoming Woolman Semester, Nevada City and Grass Valley youth to share their voices with the larger community. This event is the culmination of a collective organizing process by students in the Peace Studies project class. The event is co-sponsored by the UUCM Social Justice Coordinating Committee and will be held at the UU at 246 South Church Street in Grass Valley.

Baccalaureate Celebration — Friday, December 12, 7:00 p.m.: Celebrate and honor the Fall 2014 Semester students as they present and reflect upon their learning experiences. Each student will share a piece that serves as a culmination of their time at Woolman. Location: At Woolman.

Fall 2014 Woolman Semester Graduation — Saturday, December 13, 9:00 a.m.: Attend a graduation like no other! The Woolman Semester graduations are uniquely authentic and moving–with the students acting as commencement speakers. This event has been called “a bi-annual dose of hope” for those who regularly come to hear our youth eloquently speak of the ways in which their hearts and minds have been changed through this community and education. Location: At Woolman.

All events are free and open to the public.  Unless otherwise noted, events are at The Woolman Semester School, 13075 Woolman Lane, Nevada City, CA 95959.  RSVP at: http://woolman.org/events/rsvp Overnight accommodations at Woolman are available upon request.  Please contact Carl Sigmond at carls@woolman.org or 530-273-3183 ext. 13 to make a reservation.

– submitted by Carl Sigmond, operations manager, Woolman School

Reno Friends Newsletter: How To Contribute

Submissions: Please submit your items for the newsletter by the Second Sunday of the month for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter. Send Friends Calendar 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 at: wswallow54 (at) gmail.com or call at 775-473-5559.

November 2014 Newsletter

For a list of upcoming events, see our Calendar.

For this month’s Query, November: The Meeting Community .

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Announcements

Adult Discussion Group on Simplicity in Worship, Nov. 2 and 16

Jim Brune has offered to lead an adult discussion on how the Simplicity Testimony addresses Quaker Worship. The class will meet for two Sundays, Nov. 2 and 16, from 8:45 am to 9:45 am in the Meeting House. Bring your copy of Faith & Practice, if you have one. If not, there are some to share in the Meeting House.

Family Night Fri. Nov. 7

Reno Friends will host a Family Night on Nov. 7 that will include sharing games, improv, possibly charades, as well as snacks. We hope this can be a multi-generational night of fun and laughter in the Meeting House. Put it on your calendar; more details to follow.  If you have ideas, contact Betsy Fadali at bfadali (at) sbcglobal.net.

Fall Cleanup of the Meeting House Sat. Nov. 15

Cleanup of the Meeting House grounds will be from 9 to 12 on Sat. Nov. 15. Bring rakes, gloves, clippers and snacks. This is more fun with a crowd, so please join in.

Depression and Bipolar Disorder  Support Alliance

A support group for those with depression and bipolar disorder is forming support groups in Reno/Sparks to begin January 2015. If interested, please join Sue for a planning meeting Wed. Nov. 19 at 10 a.m. For more information, call Sue at 775-331-3487.

Reno Friends Women’s Retreat – October 12, 2014

On the weekend of October 12th, five lovely women retreated at beautiful Lake Tahoe at the home of Beatrice Hamilton.  The weather was perfect and we enjoyed the outdoors, a little hiking, sharing meals and good thoughts together;  two of us even took a “quick” swim in somewhat icy waters! We had a time of small group sharing about a memorable or life-changing choice and also watched the movie Babette’s Feast, also about choices that the characters made in their own lives. I believe that retreats, as well as camping together, offer special opportunity in the life of a faith community to encourage, listen, have fun and, the best part of all, get to know each other better through our stories! “Iron sharpens iron; so one person sharpens the countenance of a friend.”

Respectfully submitted by Beatrice Hamilton, Retreat Coordinator

Upgrading the Reno Friends Meeting House Buildings

Renewal of the three RFM buildings on Highland Avenue is underway.  A contractor has been working to replace and repaint the Meeting House fascia, matching existing gingerbread trim work and the hunter green trim paint. (What a relief to have a professional wrestle with ladders and high places!) The carpenter will make other exterior building repairs, as needed. Once that’s complete, we will finalize plans to repaint cottage and FDS exteriors, and eventually the Meeting House interior. Stay tuned for these next steps!

Please communicate with Charlie Shepard, John Hervey or Melanie Scott of the B&G committee with any questions or concerns.

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. 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.

Quaker Stamp Mission

We hope you are saving your canceled stamps so you can support the meaningful and good work of Right Sharing of World Resources. In doing so, you are aiding the work of worthwhile Quaker organizations throughout the world. Please send your stamps to the following: Quaker Missions West, c/o Earl Walker, 650 Harrison Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711.  Thanks!

Be The Change

Be The Change is an urban homestead dedicated to service and simplicity, led by Reno Friends Kyle and Katy Chandler-Isacksen. Here are current Be the Change Projects:

  • The Be the Change Project and the ACLU of Nevada are hosting a discussion of Michelle Alexander’s book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. We invite you to be a part of the dialogue and join others who are working towards creating a more just society. The discussion will run from 6 to 7:30 pm on Oct. 2, 16, 30 and Nov. 13, at 524 Denslowe Dr., Reno, NV, 89512. Please register for the event by contacting the ACLU of Nevada: prentiss (at) aclunv.org.

Inspiration

“Compassion is not religious business, it is human business; it is not luxury, it is essential for our own peace and mental stability; it is essential for human survival.”

– The Dalai Lama

Do you want to share a poem, prayer, verse, quote or message that inspires you? Send it to Reno Friends newsletter editor Wendy Swallow at wswallow54 (at) gmail.com.

Hold Them in the Light

Please hold the following in the Light: The people and government of Russia, Ukraine, Crimea, Syria and Iraq, so that the violence may stop and they may find peaceful resolutions to their economic and political troubles; all the armed service people who continue to serve in Afghanistan and other conflict zones around the world, as well as the people who live in war-torn regions; all who struggle for equality and justice; those who have lost their jobs and/or health insurance; all elected officials at the city, county, state and federal levels who have the responsibility for difficult economic decisions.

In particular, we ask that you hold in the Light those who have lost loved ones, or who suffer illness or injury. To request prayers, please leave a message at the Meeting House or contact the Clerk.

Quaker Activities & Announcements

College Park Quarterly Meeting (CPQM)

2014 College Park Fall Quarterly Quick Notes

The 225th Quarterly Meeting was held October 17 to 19, 2014 at Sierra Friends Center.  The weekend found Friends of all ages connecting, taking walks, eating and worshipping together.  The theme was “Being searched, being led, being guided by the Light”.

A total of 117 participants of all ages enjoyed the sunny weather, including 12 children, 11 teens. The PYM Youth Programs Committee spent Saturday afternoon meeting but joined the Quarterly Meeting for worship, meals and the evening community night. The resulting participation of two children, three teens and five adults from the Southern California Quarterly Meeting enriched our weekend.

The Quarterly Meeting was inspired by the following quote and queries which were considered throughout our time together:

Now, Friends, deal plainly with yourselves, and let the eternal Light search you, and try you, for the good of your souls. For this will deal plainly with you. It will rip you up, and lay you open, and make all manifest which lodges in you; the secret subtlety of the enemy of your souls, this eternal searcher and trier will make manifest. Therefore all to this come, and by this be searched, and judged, and led and guided. For to this you must stand or fall.

~ Margaret Fell, 1614-1702

•           Have I received messages in meeting that are clearly for me alone, or that reveal something I need to work on?

•           How is it for me to sit/stand still with what the Light reveals to or about me?

•           What is my experience with submitting to Divine guidance?

In the Plenary sessions we heard reports from the Naming Committee: Dorothy Henderson, GVFM, and Marilee Eusebio, Davis were named and approved as new members of the CPQM Nominating Committee.

Tom Yamaguchi was approved as our new CPQM Treasurer for the remainder of this one year term, with the possibility of another one year term. We are in need of another new member of the Finance committee, an assistant Registrar to learn the process and replace the current Registrar when she finishes her term ending late May, 2015. (Being the Registrar is a great way to get to know people in our Quarterly Meeting and to be a welcoming presence.)  We also need an Arrangements clerk for Spring CPQM, 2015 at Quaker Center. Please contact Janet Leslie, Chico; Sarah Tyrrell, Berkeley; Jeff Richman, Live Oak MM; Karen Morgan, Redwood Forest; Valerie Nuttman, Santa Cruz; or Gordon Starr, Grass Valley if you would be willing to serve in any of these capacities.

The College Park Friends Educational Association (CPFEA) board clerk, Sandra Schwartz reported that the Woolman Semester has been reducing its debt despite the economic downturn in the previous years. After the resignation of the head of School last March, Dorothy Henderson agreed to return as head of school as requested by the board. The Semester program received the full six year accreditation from WASC, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, which is essentially expressing full confidence in our organization. The staff and interns are being more fully grounded in Quaker faith and practice. This has led to a revision of our practices regarding community agreements with an effort to more fully align the rules with Quaker concepts, Nonviolent Communication and Restorative Justice. Camp Woolman and the Teen Leadership Camp were very successful this past summer under the direction of Environmental Science Faculty, Gray Horwitz. The board seeks interested potential board members and donations to keep Sierra Friends Center and the Woolman Semester healthy and vibrant. The full report from the board is attached to these notes.

Margaret Sorrel, a board member of FASE, Friends House in Santa Rosa, reported that Friends House is seeking to affiliate with the firm who has provided management services over the last couple of years. Among other things this will enable Friends House to engage in a much needed expansion project ensuring long term financial sustainability. The board will remain 50% Quaker and continue to utilize Quaker business processes and all parties seek to foster the essential cultural qualities Friends House has always had.  Friends House will be holding it’s 7th Annual Holiday Faire and Quaker Tea on Saturday, November 22,2014 from 10am to 4pm at 684 Benicia Drive, Santa Rosa.

CPQM M&O is willing to visit meetings or consult with them.  Members include Bob Runyan, (clerk) Santa Cruz MM,  Nancy Nanna, Lake County WG & RFFM, Barbara Christwitz, Lake County WG, Denis Thalson, BerkeleyMM, Eric Sabelman, Palo Alto MM.

Please check collegepark.quaker.org for more information and for the minutes of the Quarterly Meeting plenary sessions.

Submitted by Sandy Kewman

College Park Winter Quarterly Meeting Jan. 17, 2015

Winter quarterly meeting January 17, 2015 in the Bay area at a locale to be announced shortly. Please mark your calendars and invite a Friend from your Meeting to accompany you.  For more information and registration materials, go to collegepark.quaker.org .

Ben Lomond Quaker Center Workshops

Leadings and Holy Obedience, Nov. 14 – 16

Contemplate and discuss early Friends’ experience of the transforming Spirit in their lives, and reflect on our journeys in the Spirit, with Diego Navarro.

6th Annual Music and Dance Retreat, Dec. 5 – 7

We will once again be hosting this weekend with a variety of opportunities to sing, play, dance, and listen to music. We encourage musicians, singers, dancers, and those who just enjoy listening to attend. However, you do not need any particular dancing or musical talent to experience to enjoy the retreat. Children are quite welcome too! There will be ample free time for us to enjoy each other’s company and the natural beauty of Quaker Center. Most sessions of this program will be participant-led with the exception of a professionally led community dance with live traditional music on Saturday night. Early risers may begin the morning with meeting for worship, a Quaker Center daily practice.

Year End Retreat: Spring Forth a Well, Dec. 27 to Jan. 1

We invite Friends of all branches of Quakerism to come to the well of our faith, to share the sweet waters of waiting worship and fellowship. This winter retreat will call on us to seek replenishment by opening ourselves to God and the inward Christ, deepening our connections and enlivening our spirits. Based on the structure of Quaker Spring, our time together will include mornings of Bible study and waiting worship, and afternoons open to conversation and focused discussions, contemplation, rest and play. The evenings will be a time to reflect and seek God’s guidance together for issues that are of concern to Friends. The issues will be discerned by what arises out of the group during the retreat. The retreat will be held by a committee of Friends who form the Listening Committee, which is responsible for creating and holding the container of the retreat, seeking a balance between structure and being open to being led in the moment.

Click here for more information and application materials for workshops.

In collaboration with Western Friend, Quaker Center is now accepting applications for a new part-time Administrative Assistant position to serve both organizations. Clink here to find out more and to apply.

Pacific Yearly Meeting

Youth Program Coordinator Epistle XI

Dear Pacific Yearly Meeting Friends,

Changing seasons remind me to ask Friends and Meetings to let me know about transitions among your youth and families. Have any youth moved away for college or work? I can help make introductions with their new local Friends communities. It would be helpful to me in my outreach and support efforts to have an updated list of your Meeting’s youth, ages, grades, and parents/guardians.

Speaking of transitions, as you might have heard, my supervisory committee was renamed to “Youth Programs Coordinating Committee” (YPCC). You can read more about this and the recent work of the YPCC in the Annual Session minutes and the annual report we presented together in July: pacificyearlymeeting.org/2014/pym-docs/ypc/youth-program-report-annual-session-2014.

Have an idea for an event or project that can’t be funded otherwise, or need some help with design and implementation? Our YPC Committee manages the Youth Programs Fund (interest from the Bob Vogel Endowment) and is available for consultation. The next request deadline is December 20 for funding in January 2015. We accept applications on a rolling quarterly basis (Dec. 20, Mar. 20, June 20, Sept. 20), with decisions at least once every 3 months (January, April, July and October). We are open to requests for general support at any time. Description of the fund’s purposes, policies, and application are online at: pacificyearlymeeting.org/2014/pym-docs/ypc/resources-funding .

On a trial basis, the YPCC is dedicating some of the Youth Programs Fund to support teen intervisitation to each other’s quarterly meetings (CPQM and SCQM). Contact the adult clerk of your quarterly teen program for more information.

Please remember my open invitation to consult with your Worship Group, Meeting, organization, or committee. In fact, I’m looking for two Meetings or Worship Groups interested in hosting the annual YPCC workshops, Becoming Adult Allies to Youth: Friendly Adult Presence (FAP) and Beyond, this coming spring (one in Southern CA and one in Northern CA/NV). If you have at least 5-8 interested Friends, are willing to host me and other Friends for the day, and an available Saturday at your meeting place, let’s talk soon and get it on the schedule!

Here are some important calendar items:

•           Election Day in the U.S. is Tuesday, November 4th, with many important initiatives and local, state and federal seats on the ballots. Take a look at: How to Make Peace an Election Issue: fcnl.org/action/elections

•           Western Young Friends New Year’s Gathering will be having its 40th anniversary this year and is planning for a special celebration at Camp Myrtlewood in Southern Oregon. All ages welcome.

•           Casa de los Amigos in Mexico City is hosting an educational tour in January 2015. Space is limited, so register ASAP. “Limited to 10 people, participants will learn about Mexican society and culture, politics and economics, and the struggles and triumphs for peace and justice in Mexico. Our goal is for this Learning Tour to provide a human face and a living context through the unique lens of Casa de los Amigos, helping participants shape their understanding of these key issues. We’ll also have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the city and fellowship with Friends in Mexico.”

•           Woolman Semester is accepting applications for Spring and Fall 2015.

•           Quaker Oaks Farm is making progress on its transformation into an independent non-profit, with the land now having been accepted to be held in trust by Visalia Friends Meeting. Many events are planned for this year, including the free public Harvest Festival activities this October, the annual winter holidays wreath making, a Young Adult Friends campout and service project, and the return of the Spring Youth Service Learning Camp in partnership with the Wukchumni Tribe.

For more events in 2014-2015, look under Youth Program at www.pacificyearlymeeting.org.

Alyssa Nelson, Youth Programs Coordinator, PYM, (530) 563-6369 or pym.youthcoordinator(at)gmail.com.

American Friends Service Committee

On January 10 – 18, 2015, Casa de los Amigos will be coordinating a nine-day Quaker Social Action in Mexico Learning Tour for Pacific Yearly Meeting Friends. Limited to 10 people, participants will come to Mexico City to learn about Mexican society and culture, politics and economics, and the struggles and triumphs for peace and justice. Our goal is for this Learning Tour to provide a human face and a living context through the unique lens of Casa de los Amigos, helping participants shape their understanding of the country’s key issues. We’ll also have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the city and fellowship with Friends in Mexico.

The Learning Tour costs $1,100 USD, which includes comfortable housing at the Casa’s guesthouse, local and home-cooked food, private and public transportation, professional interpretation, and additional related expenses. It does not include airfare. We’re asking for a $150 deposit to reserve a spot by October 31st, 2014.

You can find more information online.

– submitted by Peter Lin, AFSC California

For decades studies have shown that the most important contributor to a prisoner successfully transitioning to the outside and establishing a new life for him/herself is maintaining good family ties. Key to this is encouraging families to visit.  Unfortunately the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) makes visiting very difficult by placing institutions in isolated locations, many miles from population centers, and by humiliating people when they go to visit. Now a new set of regulations will allow the Department to subject visitors to ION Scanners to search for contraband, particularly drugs. In the past these devices were found so inaccurate that the federal government abandoned similar practices, after purchasing the expensive equipment.

Please write to Timothy Lockwood, Chief Regulation and Policy Management Branch, CDCR, P.O. Box 942883, Sacramento CA 94283 no later than December 9, or come to Sacramento for the hearing on December 9, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Written responses should refer to regulations amending Title 15, Division 3, Section 3173.2. We are particularly concerned about pregnant women and women of child bearing years being subjected to these searches is they visit loved ones often. Contact Laura at the SF AFSC office if you need more information, (415) 565-0201 Ext. 11.

– submitted by Laura Magnani, Program Director Healing Justice, AFSC West Region

Reno Friends Newsletter: How To Contribute

Submissions: Please submit your items for the newsletter by the Second Sunday of the month for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter. Send Friends Calendar 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 at: wswallow54 (at) gmail.com or call at 775-473-5559.

October 2014 Newsletter

For a list of upcoming events, see our Calendar.

For this month’s Query, see October: Peace.

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Announcements

Reno Friends’ Women’s Retreat Oct. 11 – 12

Beatrice Hamilton has generously offered to host a Women’s Retreat at her home in Glenbrook at Lake Tahoe. If you are interested, contact Beatrice at beabundant (at) bcglobal.net to tell her you are coming and let her know what food you would like to contribute.

Adult Discussion Group on Simplicity in Worship, Nov. 2 and 16

Jim Brune has offered to lead an adult discussion on how the Simplicity Testimony addresses Quaker Worship. The class will meet for two Sundays, Nov. 2 and 16, from 8:45 am to 9:45 am in the Meeting House. Bring your copy of Faith & Practice, if you have one. If not, there are some to share in the Meeting House.

Family Night Fri. Nov. 7

Reno Friends will host a Family Night on Nov. 7 that will include sharing games, improv, possibly charades, as well as snacks. We hope this can be a multi-generational night of fun and laughter in the Meeting House. Put it on your calendar; more details to follow.  If you have ideas, contact Betsy Fadali at bfadali (at) sbcglobal.net.

Fall Cleanup of the Meeting House Sat. Nov. 15

Cleanup of the Meeting House grounds will be from 9 to 12 on Sat. Nov. 15. Bring rakes, gloves, clippers and snacks. This is more fun with a crowd, so please join in.

Upgrading the Reno Friends Meeting House Buildings

Renewal of the three RFM buildings on Highland Avenue is underway.  A contractor has been working to replace and repaint the Meeting House fascia, matching existing gingerbread trim work and the hunter green trim paint. (What a relief to have a professional wrestle with ladders and high places!) The carpenter will make other exterior building repairs, as needed. Once that’s complete, we will finalize plans to repaint cottage and FDS exteriors, and eventually the Meeting House interior. Stay tuned for these next steps!

Please communicate with Charlie Shepard, John Hervey or Melanie Scott of the B&G committee with any questions or concerns.

Carson City Worship Group

The Carson City worship group meets the first four Sundays of each 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.  Beth McCleary, who brought the worship group together, reports “there is excitement and gratefulness for it… especially to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church for making it possible. The worship is very centered and rich, and it appears that a regular Friends worship opportunity was long overdue, from the look and feel of people’s spiritual readiness for it.”

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.  For more information email Beth at beth (at) mcclearyranch.com.

Quaker Stamp Mission

We hope you are saving your canceled stamps so you can support the meaningful and good work of Right Sharing of World Resources. In doing so, you are aiding the work of worthwhile Quaker organizations throughout the world. Please send your stamps to the following: Quaker Missions West, c/o Earl Walker, 650 Harrison Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711.  Thanks!

Be The Change

Be The Change is an urban homestead dedicated to service and simplicity, led by Reno Friends Kyle and Katy Chandler-Isacksen. Here are current Be the Change Projects:

  • The Be the Change Project and the ACLU of Nevada are hosting a discussion of Michelle Alexander’s book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. We invite you to be a part of the dialogue and join others who are working towards creating a more just society. The discussion will run from 6 to 7:30 pm on Oct. 2, 16, 30 and Nov. 13, at 524 Denslowe Dr., Reno, NV, 89512. Please register for the event by contacting the ACLU of Nevada: prentiss (at) aclunv.org.

Inspiration

“Peace will come wherever it is sincerely invited. Love will overflow every sanctuary given it. Truth will grow where the fertilizer that nourishes it is also truth. Faith will be its own reward.”

– Alice Walker,  American novelist and poet

Do you want to share a poem, prayer, verse, quote or message that inspires you? Send it to Reno Friends newsletter editor Wendy Swallow at wswallow54 (at) gmail.com.

Hold Them in the Light

Please hold the following in the Light: The people and government of Russia, Ukraine, Crimea, Syria and Iraq, so that the violence may stop and they may find peaceful resolutions to their economic and political troubles; all the armed service people who continue to serve in Afghanistan and other conflict zones around the world, as well as the people who live in war-torn regions; all who struggle for equality and justice; those who have lost their jobs and/or health insurance; all elected officials at the city, county, state and federal levels who have the responsibility for difficult economic decisions.

In particular, we ask that you hold in the Light those who have lost loved ones, or who suffer illness or injury. To request prayers, please leave a message at the Meeting House or contact the Clerk.

Quaker Activities & Announcements

College Park Quarterly Meeting (CPQM)
College Park Fall Quarterly Meeting Oct. 17-19

Fall quarterly meeting will take place at Sierra Friends Center in Nevada City.
The theme for the 2014 fall quarterly meeting is “Being Searched, Being Led, Being Guided”.  For more information and registration materials, go to collegepark.quaker.org .

Ben Lomond Quaker Center Workshops

 The Violence of Incarceration: Our Prison System as the New Jim Crow, Oct. 3-5

Explore the dynamics of mass incarceration spiritually and socially, focusing on the advocacy work being done and yet to be done by Friends, with Laura Magnani.

Leadings and Holy Obedience, Nov. 14-16

Contemplate and discuss early Friends’ experience of the transforming Spirit in their lives, and reflect on our journeys in the Spirit, with Diego Navarro.

Click here for more information and application materials for workshops.

In collaboration with Western Friend, Quaker Center is now accepting applications for a new part-time Administrative Assistant position to serve both organizations. Clink here to find out more and to apply.

Woolman School

August was a time of celebration at The Woolman Semester School and Sierra Friends Center.  In the final days of July we had concluded our summer camp season, which saw a total of 130 boys and girls 9 to 14 years old and 25 young men and women 15 to 16 years old participating in Camp Woolman and Teen Leadership Camp.

On August 8-10, we welcomed over 150 alumni, their family and friends, as we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the John Woolman School and 10th anniversary of The Woolman Semester School. The weekend included a sample of the current Woolman Semester classes (Global Issues, Environmental Science, and Nonviolent Communication), a permaculture/garden tour, afternoon trips to the wild and scenic Yuba River, and two evenings of music and sharing at an open mic. Early Sunday morning, under the oaks in the center of campus, we held a memorial for those who have passed on, followed by a Meeting for Worship and closing circle.

We have been reflecting on the life and legacy of Mary Jorgensen, who passed away peacefully on July 23, surrounded by her family. She was 98 years old. A member of Grass Valley Friends Meeting, Mary was one of the founding members of the Woolman community. She brought her joy, love, and passion for social justice to every aspect of her life. She will be missed by this community, though we feel her presence living on.

On August 16, sixteen students turned down Woolman Lane to start the 22nd Woolman Semester. After three days of orientation, the students, teachers, and community interns embarked on their wilderness trip along the Yuba River.

– submitted by Carl Sigmond, operations manager, Woolman School

American Friends Service Committee

On January 10 – 18, 2015, Casa de los Amigos will be coordinating a nine-day Quaker Social Action in Mexico Learning Tour for Pacific Yearly Meeting Friends. Limited to 10 people, participants will come to Mexico City to learn about Mexican society and culture, politics and economics, and the struggles and triumphs for peace and justice. Our goal is for this Learning Tour to provide a human face and a living context through the unique lens of Casa de los Amigos, helping participants shape their understanding of the country’s key issues. We’ll also have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the city and fellowship with Friends in Mexico.

The Learning Tour costs $1,100 USD, which includes comfortable housing at the Casa’s guesthouse, local and home-cooked food, private and public transportation, professional interpretation, and additional related expenses. It does not include airfare. We’re asking for a $150 deposit to reserve a spot by October 31st, 2014.

You can find more information online.

– submitted by Peter Lin, AFSC California

Reno Friends Newsletter: How To Contribute

Submissions: Please submit your items for the newsletter by the Second Sunday of the month for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter. Send Friends Calendar 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 - Via email: Please provide your current email address to Tom Graham (graham2000 at charter.net), and edit your spam-blocking software to allow email messages and file attachments from him. We will notify you when the newsletter has been posted on the Friends’ web site. In the mail: If you need to receive your newsletter by postal mail, please notify RFM newsletter editor Wendy Swallow at: wswallow54 (at) gmail.com.

Go to Newsletter Archive for prior months’ news. 

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September 2014 Newsletter

For a list of upcoming events, see our Calendar.

For this month’s Query, see September: Personal Relationships.

Announcements

Grover Hot Springs Camping Trip! Sept. 19-21

Reno Friends will gather at Grover Hot Springs State Park near Markleeville, CA, for our annual camping trip Sept. 19-21. If you plan to camp either Friday and/or Saturday night, please contact Wendy Swallow at wswallow54 (at) gmail.com. Please join Reno Friends for the day and evening Saturday even if you do not plan on camping or staying overnight; we’ll have our traditional potluck supper Saturday evening.  Please bring food to share.

Good news: The hot springs pool is scheduled to be open the entire weekend!

You can use this link to map your drive to the park.

Volunteer for Peace Day, Sept. 27

Reno Friends has been invited to help sponsor a Peace Day event in Reno on Saturday, Sept. 27. The event is one of many events being organized nationwide by Campaign Nonviolence during the week of September 21-27. The goal is to launch a long-term movement that will build momentum to create a culture of peace and connect the dots between violence, poverty, and environmental destruction. Local groups that support peace and nonviolence, like Reno Friends, are being invited to set up information tables so the community can know more about the work they do. There will also be speakers and music.

If you are interested in helping out at the Reno Friends information table, please contact Wendy Swallow, Clerk, at wswallow54 (at) gmail.com.

Upgrading the Reno Friends Meeting House Buildings

Renewal of the three RFM buildings on Highland Avenue will soon begin.  Within a month, we expect a contractor to replace and repaint the Meeting House fascia, matching existing gingerbread trim work and the hunter green trim paint. (What a relief to have a professional wrestle with ladders and high places!) The carpenter will make other exterior building repairs, as needed. Once that’s complete, we will finalize plans to repaint cottage and FDS exteriors, and eventually the Meeting House interior. Stay tuned for these next steps!

Please communicate with Charlie Shepard, John Hervey or Melanie Scott of the B&G committee with any questions or concerns.

Carson City Worship Group

The Carson City worship group meets the first four Sundays of each 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.  Beth McCleary, who brought the worship group together, reports “there is excitement and gratefulness for it… especially to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church for making it possible. The worship is very centered and rich, and it appears that a regular Friends worship opportunity was long overdue, from the look and feel of people’s spiritual readiness for it.”

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.  For more information email Beth at beth (at) mcclearyranch.com.

Quaker Stamp Mission

We hope you are saving your canceled stamps so you can support the meaningful and good work of Right Sharing of World Resources. In doing so, you are aiding the work of worthwhile Quaker organizations throughout the world. Please send your stamps to the following: Quaker Missions West, c/o Earl Walker, 650 Harrison Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711.  Thanks!

Inspiration

“Everything that has a beginning has an ending. Make your peace with that and all will be well.”

– The Buddha

Do you want to share a poem, prayer, verse, quote or message that inspires you? Send it to Reno Friends newsletter editor Wendy Swallow at: wswallow54 (at) gmail.com.

Hold Them in the Light

Please hold the following in the Light: The people and government of Russia, Ukraine, Crimea, Syria and Iraq, so that the violence may stop and they may find peaceful resolutions to their economic and political troubles; all the armed service people who continue to serve in Afghanistan and other conflict zones around the world, as well as the people who live in war-torn regions; all who struggle for equality and justice; those who have lost their jobs and/or health insurance; all elected officials at the city, county, state and federal levels who have the responsibility for difficult economic decisions.

In particular, we ask that you hold in the Light those who have lost loved ones, or who suffer illness or injury. To request prayers, please leave a message at the Meeting House or contact the Clerk.

Quaker Activities & Announcements

College Park Quarterly Meeting (CPQM)
College Park Fall Quarterly Meeting Oct. 17-19

Fall quarterly meeting will take place at Sierra Friends Center in Nevada City., CA  The theme has yet to be determined.

Ben Lomond Quaker Center Workshops

Telling Stories for Social Justice, Sept. 5-7

Uncover the narratives that reinforce the status quo and tell stories that provide pathways to a transformed future, with Lucy Duncan and Roxanne Seagraves.

The Violence of Incarceration: Our Prison System as the New Jim Crow, Oct. 3-5

Explore the dynamics of mass incarceration spiritually and socially, focusing on the advocacy work being done and yet to be done by Friends, with Laura Magnani.

Leadings and Holy Obedience, Nov. 14-16

Contemplate and discuss early Friends’ experience of the transforming Spirit in their lives, and reflect on our journeys in the Spirit, with Diego Navarro.

Click here for more information and application materials for workshops,.

In collaboration with Western Friend, Quaker Center is now accepting applications for a new part-time, Administrative Assistant position to serve both organizations. Find out more and how to apply at http://www.quakercenter.org/about-us/employment-opportunities/ .

American Friends Service Committee

The tragic killing of Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, has galvanized people around the nation on the issues involving the militarization of our nation’s police forces and the ingrained systemic racism that leads to such callous disregard for the lives of young people of color.

AFSC’s St. Louis program, led by Joshua Saleem, has been deeply engaged in supporting the youth of Ferguson – where we’ve partnered with McCluer High School for the past two years – and their families and community. This tragedy underscores the importance of continuing with plans to pilot a Freedom School and Youth Undoing Institutional Racism project in St. Louis, modeled on the work of the Seattle office.

The traumatic events in Ferguson have resonated throughout the AFSC community and we are called to respond. We must do more that name the injustice. We must be part of the solution to this national crisis, drawing on our decades of work on social justice and human rights across the country. This represents a moment to lift up AFSC’s experiences in supporting and celebrating the humanity, achievement, and promise of young people who are daily stigmatized based on race, color, creed or status. We have an opportunity to challenge the prevailing narrative in the media that persistently portrays white murder suspects more favorably than victims of color.

We are working with Joshua on resources and materials for the AFSC web page, calls to action, and a Google hangout. These materials are being prepared now and announcements will be coming very soon. In the meantime, please hold the Brown family, the Ferguson community, and Joshua and his team in the Light. In the meantime, if you have questions about AFSC’s response, contact Joshua Saleem by email: jsaleem (at) afsc.org .

Submitted by Shan Cretin, General Secretary, American Friends Service Committee

Reno Friends Newsletter: How To Contribute

Submissions: Please submit your items for the newsletter by the Second Sunday of the month for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter. Send Friends Calendar 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 - Via email: Please provide your current email address to Tom Graham (graham2000 at charter.net), and edit your spam-blocking software to allow email messages and file attachments from him. We will notify you when the newsletter has been posted on the Friends’ web site. In the mail: If you need to receive your newsletter by postal mail, please notify RFM newsletter editor Wendy Swallow at: wswallow54 (at) gmail.com.

July-August 2014 Newsletter

Announcements

A Reminder: No Business Meeting in August

No business meeting will be held in August. July’s business meeting will be held, as is customary, at 11:30 am on the second Sunday of the month (July 13).

Grover Hot Springs Camping Trip! Sept. 19-21

Reno Friends will gather at Grover Hot Springs State Park near Markleeville, CA, for our annual camping trip Sept. 19-21. If you plan to camp either Friday and/or Saturday night, please contact Wendy Swallow at wswallow54 (at) gmail.com. Feel free to join Reno Friends for the day and evening Saturday even if you do not plan on camping overnight. Hopefully the hot springs pool will be open this year. Please bring food to share.

Carson City Worship Group

The Carson City worship group meets the first four Sundays of each 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.  Beth McCleary, who brought the worship group together, reports “there is excitement and gratefulness for it… especially to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church for making it possible. The worship is very centered and rich, and it appears that a regular Friends worship opportunity was long overdue, from the look and feel of people’s spiritual readiness for it.”

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.  For more information email Beth at beth (at) mcclearyranch.com.

Call for Old Pictures of Reno Friends Meeting House Renovation

If you have pictures or video of the Meeting House when it was under renovation during the 1990s, please contact Charlie Shepard at cshepard54 (at) gmail.com.  The Building and Grounds coordinators are hoping the photos will help us better understand what was and was not replaced during the renovation.

Quaker Stamp Mission

We hope you are saving your canceled stamps so you can support the meaningful and good work of Right Sharing of World Resources. In doing so, you are aiding the work of worthwhile Quaker organizations throughout the world. Please send your stamps to the following: Quaker Missions West, c/o Earl Walker, 650 Harrison Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711.  Thanks!

Inspiration

“To love another person is to see the face of God.”

– Victor Hugo (in Les Misérables)

Do you want to share a poem, prayer, verse, quote or message that inspires you? Send it to Reno Friends newsletter editor Wendy Swallow at: wswallow54 (at) gmail.com.

 Hold Them in the Light

Please hold the following in the Light: The people and government of Russia, Ukraine, Crimea, Syria and Iraq, so that the violence may stop and they may find peaceful resolutions to their economic and political troubles; all the armed service people who continue to serve in Afghanistan and other conflict zones around the world, as well as the people who live in war-torn regions; all who struggle for equality and justice; those who have lost their jobs and/or health insurance; all elected officials at the city, county, state and federal levels who have the responsibility for difficult economic decisions.

In particular, we ask that you hold in the Light those who have lost loved ones, or who suffer illness or injury. To request prayers, please leave a message at the Meeting House or contact the Clerk.

Quaker Activities & Announcements

2014 Friends General Conference Gathering Ends July 5

The 2014 FGC Gathering opened June 29 and draws Friends from across the U.S. and Canada.  The Gathering this year is on the Cal U campus, 35 miles south of Pittsburgh, PA.

More information on the FGC Gathering, workshops, fees and financial aid is available online.

Delta Friends Meeting Invitation for a Gathering July 13

Join Delta Friends Meeting (based in Stockton, CA) for an annual one-day gathering for a quiet day of worship, potluck and sharing at Calaveras Big Trees State Park above Arnold, CA. We will gather on July 13 about 10 or 10:30 in the morning, enter silent worship about 11 am, followed by potluck. We do understand that PYM begins the next day, so it may be too much for travelers.

If you are able to join us, come to the North Grove (main entrance) to the Park. There will be an entrance fee of around $8 per car. There will be directions to the picnic area where we gather, which will be close to the visitor’s center. If any of you will be in the area, please join us. You will need to bring your own chairs, sun protection (if needed), and a potluck item to share.  We hope to see some of you there. If you have any questions, contact Judy Bunting, clerk, at deltafriendsmeeting (at) gmail.com.

Pacific Yearly Meeting Annual Session July 14-19, 2014:  Clerk’s Call

The 68th Annual Session of Pacific Yearly Meeting will convene at Walker Creek Ranch near Petaluma, CA, between July 14 and July 19. Our theme this year is Youth and Prophecy: Awakening to a New Creation.

“What canst thou say?  Art thou a Child of Light and hast walked in the Light, and what thou speakest, is it inwardly from God?” – George Fox in 1652, as quoted by Margaret Fell in 1691.

The leadership of early Friends was young! In 1652, the height of the first great growth of the “Children of the Light,” George Fox was only 28, full of energy, fire and passion. Older seekers of his time were often slow to awaken to the wonder of a new creation. Yet chronological age was not the key to this rebirth. At the heart of the new movement was a radical realization: “Christ has come to teach his people himself.” That for which we hunger, that which fuels our power and creativity, our energy and passion, leading us to seek justice and peace, is already within us, a blessed presence to our hearts, veiled only by confusion in our minds.

Following his own great awakening in 1648, Fox wrote that “All things were new, and all the creation gave another smell unto me than before, beyond what words can utter.” This awakening came only after years of struggle and disappointment, leading to darkness and despair: “I knew not what to do.” Only when he surrendered his failed dream did he awaken to a new creation.

Out of this death and rebirth came new strength, as it can come for each of us who has courage to surrender fully to the Source. Fox strode boldly through northern England, speaking with power that came through him, with authority immediately recognized by those who heard him. Those listeners who were truly honest with themselves (like Margaret Fell, who broke down in tears at his words), were captured by the truth he spoke, convinced — indeed, convicted — by his prophetic voice. Within us we sense a place of deep authenticity, however named. “What canst thou say?” does not invite personal opinions off the top of our heads; rather, it calls us to wait for clarity and guidance, then testify to our experience of Truth, to be “children of Light, and to walk in the Light.”  Our power comes through surrender to Truth.

Echoing Fox’s experience in 1648, Friends last year, with sadness yet gratitude toward those who had pursued it, surrendered another dream: the hope of a permanent location for Annual Sessions. Through generosity and grace, the financial resources of that endeavor are rededicated to a cause dear to us all: the nurturing and growth of our youth, their Life in the Spirit.  Their passion and vision already bring fresh vitality and promise to Pacific Yearly Meeting.

At the 2014 Annual Session we will ask what the prophetic power of “a new creation” means for us as a collective body. Can we be a corporate prophetic voice to the world? Our 2014 keynote speaker will be Jonathan Vogel-Borne, former Secretary of New England Yearly Meeting, who grew up in PYM. Jonathan is a gifted speaker who has led workshops at the FGC Gathering on “Practicing Prophetic Ministry.”

For registration forms and information, go to http://www.pacificyearlymeeting.org.

Submitted by Steve Smith, Presiding Clerk

College Park Quarterly Meeting (CPQM)

Quarterly Meeting Quick Notes

Over one hundred Friends, including 4 teens and 11 children, gathered at Ben Lomond Quaker Center May 16-18. The theme was “Letting the Spirit in, Opening Our Hearts, Renewing Our Spirits.”Worship-sharing queries were taken from Pacific Yearly Meeting’s Faith and Practice: Do I live in thankful awareness of God’s presence? Am I sensitive to the leadings of the Holy Spirit? When do I take time for contemplation and spiritual refreshment?Excerpts from different monthly meetings’ State of the Meeting reports were read to open each plenary session.

New Worship Groups

Western Shore is a neighborhood worship group under the care of San Francisco Meeting. Carson City, NV has a worship group under the care of Reno Meeting. (Reno Friends Newsletter Editor’s Note:  It is not correct that Carson City’s worship group is officially under the care of Reno Friends at this time.  RFM has extended that offer and the Carson group, which only recently formed, is letting it ripen.) Two Friends in Livermore have contacted nearby monthly meetings about starting an informal worship group.

Family Night

We enjoyed group games, a story from a sojourning Kenyan Friend about Quaker missionaries arriving in his village, a spontaneous joke session with participation from all ages, and group singing.

Ben Lomond Quaker Center

The budget is in the black, with many rentals from like-minded groups. An annual pass is available, which covers attendance for one person at all Quaker Center programs, including youth camps. Many monthly meetings use these passes, and Quaker Center is seeing a wider range of participation in programs. Children are encouraged to build community by attending Quaker camp for their ages in the summer.

College Park Friends Education Association

Marjorie Fox has resigned as Head of School for the Woolman Semester, and Dorothy Henderson has returned to serve as Interim Head of School through spring 2015. They expect 16-18 students for the fall semester. Financial aid and CPQM scholarships are available.

Quaker Oaks Farm, Visalia

Quaker Oaks is working in partnership with the Wukchumni Tribe, starting a farm co-op, and planning a family camp for February and a youth service camp for the week before Easter.

Relationship with Corporations Under Our Care

The ad hoc committee presented a document of guidelines that will be posted at http://collegepark.quaker.org/, which should be useful any Quaker bodies that have corporations under their care. The guidelines address Friends’ business practices and values in thoughtful detail and include a schedule of when each corporation reports to CPQM.

Interest Groups

PYM’s Racial Justice Subcommittee showed portions of the film “Cracking the Code” as seeds for small-group discussion. Eric Sabelman (Palo Alto) showed the film “Living for 32” about gun violence. Bob and Kathy Runyan offered a version of the Quaker Center on the Road program, “Radical Quakerism: from Roots to Fruits”, which is available to bring to monthly meetings.

Delta Meeting Proposal to Divide Pacific Yearly Meeting

The clerk invited specific Friends to share perspectives on this proposal. PYM subcommittees over the years have considered questions of cost as a barrier to attendance, environmental impact of our travel, decision-making at the annual session and by Representative Committee, and the relationship to monthly meetings. Friends shared examples of other Yearly Meetings with large and small geographic spreads, past choices to divide Yearly Meetings, and ways to reach out to regions that are less active. CPQM is not in unity on any recommendation. The outgoing CPQM clerk will send a letter.

CPQM Teen Group

Teens read in their epistle, “We have come to unity that starting at our Fall 2014 session we will no longer segregate our sleeping spaces by gender or sex. We will implement this in a way that maintains safety, trust and open communication for everyone involved.” A letter from the teen program committee and the teen clerks is attached.

Fall CPQM Gathering

Will be held Friday-Sunday, October 17-19, 2014, at Sierra Friends Center in Nevada City, CA.

Prepared by Lisa Hubbell (Strawberry Creek), CPQM Assistant Clerk 2013-14

 Ben Lomand Quaker Center

July 27 – Aug. 2: Peace Action Camp for Teens in Washoe Valley

There are still openings for rising 10th – 12th grade campers in our Peace Action Camp from July 27th – Aug. 2nd at the McCleary Ranch in Washoe Valley.  Stephen Myers, Mary Klein and Jim Summers are returning to co-facilitate, along with Katie and Kyle Chandler-Isaakson. Themes will include sustainable, low-impact living as they relate to Friends’ testimonies around peace, justice and environmental stewardship with inward and outward nonviolence, community service, and outdoor adventure.

 Aug. 3 – 8: Family Work Camp

Do you feel like you’re missing out on all the fun? All ages are welcome to our annual Family Work Camp. Join us for a week of putting our hands and hearts to work on improvements to Quaker Center facilities while building community among us.

For more information visit http://www.quakercenter.org/summer-youth-camps/ or call Bob or Kathy Runyan at Quaker Center at 831-336-8333 with questions.

American Friends Service Committee

Livermore Gathering Wednesday, August 6

On the 69th Anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, we invite all who seek peace and justice and a world free of nuclear weapons to gather at the location where scientists are developing new and modified nuclear weapons. Each weapon type designed at Livermore Lab involves new and “upgraded” features able to rain unimaginable devastation on a moment’s notice anywhere on Earth. The Lab’s budget request reveals that 89% of the money (more than a billion dollars) will go to nuclear weapons activities in the coming year.

On August 6, come to the Livermore nuclear weapons laboratory’s northwest corner, at the intersection of Vasco and Patterson Pass Roads in Livermore, CA. There will be parking set up at the rally site and van pools from the Dublin-Pleasanton BART station (call 925-443-7148 to reserve a seat).

7:30 AM:  Music, speakers, art, and a solemn moment of silence to honor radiation victims.

8:30 AM:  Short procession to the gate where those who choose will peacefully risk arrest.

Flyer may be downloaded at: http://oaklandquakers.org/AFSC/Flyers/Aug6SaveTheDate.pdf

Submitted by Peter Lin, AFSC Northern Calif. Correspondent

 

June 2014 Newsletter

Announcements

Discussion Class on Quaker Testimonies
Please join us to talk about the Quaker Testimonies and how they might shape our lives. We will discuss the Peace Testimony on Sunday, June 1, and end the class with the Unity Testimony on Sunday, June 15. We gather in the Meeting House, starting with silence at 8:45 am and finishing by 9:45 am. We welcome everyone, including our teens. June will be the last month for the testimony class.
Reno Aces Ball Game Friday, June 6, at 7pm

Reno Friends are going to the ballgame! Join us to see the Reno Aces square off against the

El Paso Chihuahuas, with fireworks at the end of the game. Infield reserve tickets are $17 per adult, $16 for kids 12 and under, military, or folks over 62. (Prices may be a tad less if we get 20 people.) To reserve tickets, just email Wendy Swallow at wswallow54 (at) gmail.com by May 31.  Make sure to say how many tickets you want. Ricki Ann Jones is our hostess for this event and will buy the tickets directly in a group, so you can reimburse her once we know whether we paid the regular or discounted price. We will let you know.

Carson City Worship Group

The Carson City worship group meets the first four Sundays of each 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.  Beth McCleary, who brought the worship group together, reports “there is excitement and gratefulness for it… especially to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church for making it possible. The worship is very centered and rich, and it appears that a regular Friends worship opportunity was long overdue, from the look and feel of people’s spiritual readiness for it.”

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.  For more information email Beth at beth (at) mcclearyranch.com.

Quaker Stamp Mission

We hope you are saving your canceled stamps so you can support the meaningful and good work of Right Sharing of World Resources. In doing so, you are aiding the work of worthwhile Quaker organizations throughout the world. Please send your stamps to the following: Quaker Missions West, c/o Earl Walker, 650 Harrison Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711.  Thanks!

Be The Change

Be The Change is an urban homestead dedicated to service and simplicity, led by Reno Friends Kyle and Katy Chandler-Isacksen. Here are current Be the Change Projects:

  • The Be the Change Project and community is seeking 2-3 interns to work on their urban homestead in Reno, NV, and assist with service projects.   Must have an earnest desire to improve themselves and the world.  Internships will last 3 to 5+ months, starting May 1st (though that is flexible) . Couples and families are also welcome.   We offer learning opportunities in natural building, gardening, permaculture, animal husbandry (chickens, goats, pigs, and rabbits), community service, appropriate technologies, Gandhian nonviolence, and radical simplicity.   We also put on a variety of high-quality workshops in which interns would be welcome to participate for free.  Interns will be expected to work from 25-30 hours a week on our site and two other neighborhood homesteads.  Daily “bread labor” will be interspersed with larger projects such as cob cabin building, building a masonry heater, or establishing a new food forest.  Generally, interns will be expected to work five mornings a week, participate in reading/discussion groups, and participate in community service.   We will provide food and housing.

For all events, call for details – 775-348-2505.

Submitted by Kyle Chandler-Isacksen

Inspiration

“Hatred never ceases by hatred but by love alone is healed. This is an ancient and eternal law.”

– The Buddha

Do you want to share a poem, prayer, verse, quote or message that inspires you? Send it to Reno Friends newsletter editor Wendy Swallow at: wswallow54 (at) gmail.com.

Hold Them in the Light

Please hold the following in the Light:  The people and government of Russia, Ukraine, Crimea, and Syria so that the violence may stop and they may find peaceful resolutions to their economic and political troubles; all the armed service people who continue to serve in Afghanistan and other conflict zones around the world, as well as the people who live in war-torn regions; all who struggle for equality and justice; those who have lost their jobs and/or health insurance; all elected officials at the city, county, state and federal levels who have the responsibility for difficult economic decisions. In particular,  we ask that you hold in the Light Rebecca Brune, Tom and Joan Graham, and those who have lost loved ones, or who suffer illness or injury.  

To request prayers, please leave a message at the Meeting House or contact the Clerk.

Quaker Activities & Announcements

Pacific Yearly Meeting

The 68th Annual Session of Pacific Yearly Meeting will be held July 14 – 19 at the Walker Creek Ranch in Marin County.  Its theme this year is Youth and Prophecy: Awakening to a New Creation.

“What canst thou say?  Art thou a Child of Light and hast walked in the Light, and what thou speakest, is it inwardly from God?” – George Fox in 1652, as quoted by Margaret Fell in 1691.

It is already late May and time to register for the Annual Session of Pacific Yearly Meeting. We hope that you are planning to attend. If you have been to Walker Creek Ranch, west of Petaluma, CA, you know that it is a very beautiful setting, with trees, rolling hills, opportunities for hiking, seeing lots of wildlife, bicycling to the bay, and enjoying the great outdoors. The meeting, eating, and sleeping areas are mostly flat in relation to each other (in elevation).

Now is the time to plan, figure out forms, apply for assistance if you need it, and arrange for transportation. Without your attendance at the very important Annual Session, our Yearly Meeting cannot flourish.  We appreciate each and every one of you who attends!

The registration process can seem complicated, and the Attendance Assistance process involves the additional steps of filling out the Request form and submitting it to the Monthly Meeting committee that grants assistance. The suggested deadline for submitting the Attendance Assistance Request is May 31st (in a few days), before the committee that deals with Attendance Assistance Requests convenes.

Your PYM representative (Beth McCleary) can help you if you have difficulty filling out the Registration Form (1 page, which is accompanied by a handy Registration Instructions document to help you, found at www.pacificyearlymeeting.org) or the Attendance Assistance forms (3 pages)–or you can call Carol Mosher at 510-301-6909 with your questions. Make sure you send any requests for Attendance Assistance to that Committee before they meet.

 Please note that the Registration deadline for NOT receiving a penalty late fee is June 9th.

In Light and Friendship, Sandy Kewman, Convener, and the Rep Support Subcommittee

For registration forms and information, go to http://www.pacificyearlymeeting.org.

Ben Lomond Quaker Center Workshops

Quakers: Getting Beyond the What to the Why: May 30 – June 1

With Robert Griswold

Friends can get under the “feel good” level of “Quakerism” if they take a peek into the history, theology and psychology of our faith. There are some surprises to be found that could make Friends “radicals” in their meeting. What is present or absent in our meetings that keeps us from being a covenant community and engaging in the “lamb’s war”?  Be prepared to look at and question ideas and ideals you have absorbed, and to learn about the process by which beliefs are formed and how they are overcome. For more information or to register go to quakercenter.org.

Ben Lomond Quaker Center Summer Youth Camps and Family Camp

Summer youth camps will once again be directed by Stephen Myers, with help from Anna Lisa Chacon for Quaker and Service Camps and from Mary Klein and Jim Summers for Peace Action Camp. For more information visit quakercenter.org/summer-youth-camps or call Bob or Kathy Runyan at Quaker Center at 831-336-8333 with questions.

June 22 – 29: Quaker Campfor rising 4th, 5th, or 6th graders to explore Quaker testimonies experientially. Activities include: community building games, swimming, hiking around Quaker Center, campfires, music, community service, and a field trip to the beach.

June 22 – 29: Service Campfor teens entering 7th, 8th, or 9th grade to serve others while building community. We will be of service in Santa Cruz County and go on hikes in the area. We’ll also take field trips to a local Friend’s pool and to the beach.

July 27 – Aug. 2: Peace Action Campin Carson City, Nevada, at the McCleary Ranch for rising 10th – 12th grade teens to explore the Gandhian constructive program, and sustainable, low-impact living as they relate to Friends’ testimonies around peace, justice and environmental stewardship with inward and outward nonviolence, community service, and outdoor adventure.

Aug. 3 – 8: Family Work Camp Do you feel like you’re missing out on all the fun? All ages are welcome to our annual Family Work Camp.  Join us for a week of putting our hands and hearts to work on improvements to Quaker Center facilities while building community among us.

American Friends Service Committee News
AFSC’s Healing Justice Program and NRCAT Calls for Prayers

On Wednesday, May 7, the National Religious Campaign Against Torture sent email invitations to all clergy who had signed the letter in support of the hunger strikers last summer, as well as NRCAT’s national list, inviting recipients to submit written prayers to be delivered to those who remain in the Secure Housing Unit at Pelican Bay State Prison. The hope is that these prayers, coming from many faith traditions, will bring hope to prisoners and call public attention to the plights of people held in long-term isolation.

We invite you to submit a prayer from your faith tradition, in Spanish or English or the sacred language of your religious tradition. Please email your prayer to campaign (at) nrcat.org, subject line: Prayer One Year Later.

It has been a year of legislative hearings, of retaliation against hunger strikers, of resilience and work for unity amongst prisoners inside and families and communities outside. Legislation has been introduced in California that would end indefinite solitary confinement and bring an end to the ‘gang validation’ process that leads so many incarcerated, mostly people of color, to spend years and even decades in solitary confinement.  Please join AFSC, NRCAT, California Families Against Solitary Confinement, Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace, and T’ruah:The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights observing the national day to remember victims of torture, June 26, by sending your prayer.

2014 Friends General Conference Gathering:  June 29-July 5

The 2014 FGC Gathering draws Friends from across the U.S. and Canada.  The Gathering this year is on the Cal U campus, 35 miles south of Pittsburgh, PA.

More information on the FGC Gathering, workshops, fees and financial aid is available online.

May 2014 Newsletter

Announcements

May Business Meeting Moved to May 18

Please note that our May Business Meeting was moved to the third Sunday of the month, May 18, so that we can celebrate our mothers on the second Sunday of the month.

Discussion Class on Quaker Testimonies

Please join us to talk about the Quaker Testimonies and how they might shape our lives. In May we will discuss the Peace Testimony on May 4 and May 18, the first and third Sundays of the month. We gather in the Meeting House, starting with silence at 8:45 am and finishing by 9:45 am. We welcome everyone, including our teens.

More Spring Cleanup at the Meeting House Sat. May 31

Reno Friends will be sprucing up the Meeting House and grounds Saturday, May 31, from 9 am to 12 noon. This is more fun with a crowd, so come if you can. There’s a rumor brownies will be served.

Reno Aces Ball Game Friday, June 6, at 7 pm

Reno Friends are going to the ballgame! Join us to see the Reno Aces square off against the El Paso Chihuahuas. There will be fireworks at the end of the game. Infield reserve tickets are $17 per adult and $16 for kids 12 and under, military, and folks 62 or over. If you’re interested in coming with us, talk to Wendy or Ricki Ann, or contact the clerk at clerk (at) renofriends.org.

Carson City Worship Group

The Carson City worship group meets the first four Sundays of each 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.  Beth McCleary, who brought the worship group together, reports “there is excitement and gratefulness for it… especially to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church for making it possible. The worship is very centered and rich, and it appears that a regular Friends worship opportunity was long overdue, from the look and feel of people’s spiritual readiness for it.”

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.  For more information email Beth at beth (at) mcclearyranch.com.

Be The Change

Be The Change is an urban homestead dedicated to service and simplicity, led by Reno Friends Kyle and Katy Chandler-Isacksen. Here are current Be the Change Projects:

  • Join us for an adventure in Urban Barn Raising in Reno May 9-11 as we build a cob house and learn natural building techniques.  The lead Instructors will be Coenraad Rogmans and Kyle Chandler-Isacksen, and the cost of participation will be a $50 to $200 sliding-scale donation. The event will bring together 40-50 people for a 3-day event that will turn a pile of mud, straw, and salvaged materials (rescued from the waste stream) into a beautiful cob cottage. The finished building will benefit the “Be the Change Project” as temporary housing for interns, visitors, and people transitioning into the community. For more information, email Kyle Chandler-Isacksen at kisacksen (at) gmail.com.
  • The Be the Change Project and community is seeking 2-3 interns to work on their urban homestead in Reno, NV, and assist with service projects.   Must have an earnest desire to improve themselves and the world.  Internships will last 3 to 5+ months, starting May 1st (though that is flexible) . Couples and families are also welcome.   We offer learning opportunities in natural building, gardening, permaculture, animal husbandry (chickens, goats, pigs, and rabbits), community service, appropriate technologies, Gandhian nonviolence, and radical simplicity.   We also put on a variety of high-quality workshops in which interns would be welcome to participate for free.  Interns will be expected to work from 25-30 hours a week on our site and two other neighborhood homesteads.  Daily “bread labor” will be interspersed with larger projects such as cob cabin building, building a masonry heater, or establishing a new food forest.  Generally, interns will be expected to work five mornings a week, participate in reading/discussion groups, and participate in community service.   We will provide food and housing.

For all events, call for details – 775-348-2505.

Submitted by Kyle Chandler-Isacksen

Inspiration

“Living out a witness to peace has to do with everyday choices about the work we do, the relationships we build, what part we take in politics, what we buy, how we raise our children. It is a matter of fostering relationships and structures, from personal to international, that are strong and healthy enough to contain conflict when it arises and allow its creative resolution.”

- Quaker Mary Lou Leavitt

Do you want to share a poem, prayer, verse, quote or message that inspires you? Send it to Reno Friends newsletter editor Wendy Swallow at: wswallow54 (at) gmail.com.

Hold Them in the Light

Please hold the following in the Light: The people and government of Russia, Ukraine, Crimea, and Syria so that the violence may stop and they may find peaceful resolutions to their economic and political troubles; all those in the armed services who continue to serve in Afghanistan and other conflict zones around the world, as well as the people who live in war-torn regions; all who struggle for equality and justice; those who have lost their jobs and/or health insurance; all elected officials at the city, county, state and federal levels who have the responsibility for difficult economic decisions. In particular, we ask that you hold in the Light:  Rebecca Brune, Tom and Joan Graham, Cliff Smith, and those who have lost loved ones, or who suffer illness or injury. To request prayers, please leave a message at the Meeting House or contact the Clerk.

To request prayers, please leave a message at the Meeting House or contact the Clerk.

Quaker Activities & Announcements

Spring Quarterly Meeting, Ben Lomond Quaker Center, Ben Lomond, CA

The Spring College Park Quarterly Meeting will be May 16 to 18. The theme is “Letting the Spirit in, Opening our Hearts, Renewing our Spirits”. The Meeting starts Friday evening and goes through Sunday lunch. The registration deadline is May 6. For more information and registration, go to collegepark.quaker.org.

Pacific Yearly Meeting

The 68th Annual Session of Pacific Yearly Meeting will be held July 14 – 19 at the Walker Creek Ranch in Marin County.  Its theme this year is Youth and Prophecy: Awakening to a New Creation.

“What canst thou say?  Art thou a Child of Light and hast walked in the Light, and what thou speakest, is it inwardly from God?” – George Fox in 1652, as quoted by Margaret Fell in 1691.

The leadership of early Friends was young! In 1652, the height of the first great growth of the “Children of the Light,” George Fox was only 28, full of energy, fire and passion. Older seekers of his time were often slow to awaken to the wonder of a new creation. Yet chronological age was not the key to this rebirth. At the heart of the new movement was a radical realization: “Christ has come to teach his people himself.” That for which we hunger, that which fuels our power and creativity, our energy and passion, leading us to seek justice and peace, is already within us, a Blessed Presence to our hearts, veiled only by confusion in our minds.

Fox wrote that following his own great awakening in 1648, “all things were new, and all the creation gave another smell unto me than before, beyond what words can utter.” This awakening came only after years of struggle and disappointment, leading to darkness and despair: “I knew not what to do.” Only when he surrendered his failed dream did he awaken to a new creation.

Out of this death and rebirth came new strength, as it can come for each of us who has courage to surrender fully to the Source. Fox strode boldly through northern England, speaking with power that came through him, with authority immediately recognized by those who heard him. Those listeners who were truly honest with themselves (like Margaret Fell, who broke down in tears at his words) were captured by the truth he spoke, convinced-convicted-by his prophetic voice. Within us we sense a place of deep authenticity, however named. “What canst thou say?” does not invite personal opinions off the top of our heads; rather, it calls us to wait for clarity and guidance, then testify to our experience of Truth, to be “children of Light, and to walk in the Light.”  Our power comes through surrender to Truth.

Echoing Fox’s experience in 1648, Friends last year, with sadness yet gratitude toward those who had pursued it, surrendered another dream: the hope of a permanent location for Annual Sessions. Through generosity and grace, the financial resources of that endeavor are rededicated to a cause dear to us all: the nurturing and growth of our youth, their Life in the Spirit.  Their passion and vision already bring fresh vitality and promise to Pacific Yearly Meeting. At the 2014 Annual Session we will ask what the prophetic power of “a new creation” means for us as a collective body. Can we be a corporate prophetic voice to the world? Our 2014 keynote speaker will be Jonathan Vogel-Borne, former Secretary of New England Yearly Meeting, who grew up in PYM. Jonathan is a gifted speaker who has led workshops at the FGC Gathering on “Practicing Prophetic Ministry.”

For registration forms and information, go to pacificyearlymeeting.org .

Ben Lomond Quaker Center Workshops
Quakers: Getting Beyond the What to the Why: May 30 – June 1

With Robert Griswold

Friends can get under the “feel good” level of “Quakerism” if they take a peek into the history, theology and psychology of our faith. There are some surprises to be found that could make Friends “radicals” in their meeting. What is present or absent in our meetings that keeps us from being a covenant community and engaging in the “lamb’s war”?  Be prepared to look at and question ideas and ideals you have absorbed, and to learn about the process by which beliefs are formed and how they are overcome. For more information or to register go to quakercenter.org.

Ben Lomond Quaker Center Summer Youth Camps and Family Camp

Summer youth camps will once again be directed by Stephen Myers, with help from Anna Lisa Chacon for Quaker and Service Camps and from Mary Klein and Jim Summers for Peace Action Camp. For more information visit quakercenter.org/summer-youth-camps or call Bob or Kathy Runyan at Quaker Center at 831-336-8333 with questions.

June 22 – 29: Quaker Campfor rising 4th, 5th, or 6th graders to explore Quaker testimonies experientially. Activities include: community building games, swimming, hiking around Quaker Center, campfires, music, community service, and a field trip to the beach.

June 22 – 29: Service Campfor teens entering 7th, 8th, or 9th grade to serve others while building community. We will be of service in Santa Cruz County and go on hikes in the area. We’ll also take field trips to a local Friend’s pool and to the beach.

July 27 – Aug. 2: Peace Action Campin Carson City, Nevada, at the McCleary Ranch for rising 10th – 12th grade teens to explore the Gandhian constructive program, and sustainable, low-impact living as they relate to Friends’ testimonies around peace, justice and environmental stewardship with inward and outward nonviolence, community service, and outdoor adventure.

Aug. 3 – 8: Family Work Camp Do you feel like you’re missing out on all the fun? All ages are welcome to our annual Family Work Camp.  Join us for a week of putting our hands and hearts to work on improvements to Quaker Center facilities while building community among us.

Woolman Semester Program at Sierra Friends Center

For information on Woolman end-of-semester events, from project presentations to documentaries and graduation, go to woolman.org. Activities are scheduled from May 9 through 17. Located on the Woolman Campus, 13075 Woolman Lane, Nevada City, CA 95959.

American Friends Service Committee News

 Letting Our Lives Speak: What AFSC and Friends Can Learn from Each Other

Join us to hear Shan Cretin, General Secretary of the AFSC, speak in Berkeley, California. Shan is a sojourning member of Santa Monica Friends Meeting and former clerk of Pacific Yearly Meeting and of Santa Monica Meeting. Prior to becoming AFSC General Secretary in 2010, Shan served as Director of the AFSC’s Pacific Southwest Region for seven years, responsible for programs in Southern California, Hawaii, Arizona, and New Mexico. Shan will speak on what the American Friends Service Committee and Quaker Meetings can learn from each other. Wednesday, May 7, 7 pm, at Berkeley Friends Church, 1600 Sacramento St., Berkeley, CA 94702.

Submitted by Peter Lin, AFSC Correspondent, San Francisco

2014 Friends General Conference Gathering:  June 29-July 5

The 2014 FGC Gathering draws Friends from across the U.S. and Canada.  The Gathering this year is on the Cal U campus, 35 miles south of Pittsburgh, PA.  Here’s a sample of the 56 workshops offered this year:

  • Deepening Your Experience with the Light (Jerry Knutsen)
  • Elias Hicks Challenges 21st Century Hicksites (Paul Buckley)
  • Recording as a Ministry of Leading (Deborah Haines and Becka Haines Rosenberg)
  • Telling Stories for Racial Justice (Lucy Duncan and Sharon Goens)

More information on the FGC Gathering, workshops, fees and financial aid is available online.

April 2014 Newsletter

Announcements

Easter Sunday Potluck and Egg Hunt Apr. 20 at 11:30 am

Potluck in the Meeting House will be on the third Sunday in April so we can celebrate Easter together. There will also be a sugar-free egg hunt for the children outdoors in our garden.  All are welcome, even if you cannot bring a dish.

Adult/Teen Discussion Class on Quaker Testimonies

Please join us to talk about the Quaker Testimonies and how they might shape our lives. In April we will meet on first Sunday,  Apr. 6 to discuss Equality and Unity . (There will be no class on Easter,  Apr. 20.) In May and June the class will meet both the first and third Sundays of the month.  We gather in the Meeting House, starting with silence at 8:45 am and finishing by 9:45 am. We welcome everyone, including our teens.

Carson City Worship Group Starts in April

The long-awaited Carson City worship group has coalesced and is officially starting up in April on Sunday, Apr. 6.  The group will meet together the first four Sundays of each month for unprogrammed worship from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm in the Rectory house (living room) of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church at 300 South Division Street in Carson City. The Rectory is the house immediately south of the St. Peter’s church building. The St. Peter’s property sits between Division Street on its eastern boundary and Minnesota Avenue on its western boundary. All are welcome. Please spread the word!

Join the Spring Cleanup Saturday April 5!

Bring your gardening tools and join Reno Friends in cleaning up the Meeting House grounds Sat. Apr. 5 from 10 am to 12 pm. We hope to do the spring trimming before everything leafs out. Snacks will be served.

Be The Change

Be The Change is an urban homestead dedicated to service and simplicity, led by Reno Friends Kyle and Katy Chandler-Isacksen. Here are current Be the Change Projects:

  • Nonviolent Communication Workshop with Jared Finklestein, Apr. 12-13.  Jared is a trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication in the Bay Area who specializes in communication that transforms conflict into connection. Location and times TBD.  This is a gifted workshop.  Space is limited, so contact Katy for more info.
  • Join us for an adventure in Urban Barn Raising in Reno May 9-11 as we build a cob house and learn natural building techniques.  The lead Instructors will be Coenraad Rogmans and Kyle Chandler-Isacksen, and the cost of participation will be a $50 to $200 sliding-scale donation. The event will bring together 40-50 people for a 3-day event that will turn a pile of mud, straw, and salvaged materials (rescued from the waste stream) into a beautiful cob cottage. The finished building will benefit the “Be the Change Project” as temporary housing for interns, visitors, and people transitioning into the community. For more information, email Kyle Chandler-Isacksen at kisacksen (at) gmail.com.
  • The Be the Change Project and community is seeking 2-3 interns to work on their urban homestead in Reno, NV, and assist with service projects.   Must have an earnest desire to improve themselves and the world.  Internships will last 3 to 5+ months, starting May 1st (though that is flexible) . Couples and families are also welcome.   We offer learning opportunities in natural building, gardening, permaculture, animal husbandry (chickens, goats, pigs, and rabbits), community service, appropriate technologies, Gandhian nonviolence, and radical simplicity.   We also put on a variety of high-quality workshops in which interns would be welcome to participate for free.  Interns will be expected to work from 25-30 hours a week on our site and two other neighborhood homesteads.  Daily “bread labor” will be interspersed with larger projects such as cob cabin building, building a masonry heater, or establishing a new food forest.  Generally, interns will be expected to work five mornings a week, participate in reading/discussion groups, and participate in community service.   We will provide food and housing.

For all events, call for details – 775-348-2505.

Submitted by Kyle Chandler-Isacksen

Inspiration

“Our commitment is to notice the stirrings within ourselves and to let them carry us to new levels of expression and service.”

- Quaker Paul Niebanck

Do you want to share a poem, prayer, verse, quote or message that inspires you? Send it to Reno Friends newsletter editor Wendy Swallow (wswallow54 at gmail.com).

Hold Them in the Light

Please hold the following in the Light: The people and government of Russia, Ukraine, Crimea, and Syria so that the violence may stop and they may find peaceful resolutions to their economic and political troubles; all the armed service people who continue to serve in Afghanistan and other conflict zones around the world, as well as the people who live in war-torn regions; all who struggle for equality and justice; those who have lost their jobs and/or health insurance; all elected officials at the city, county, state and federal levels who have the responsibility for difficult economic decisions. In particular, we ask that you hold in the Light:  Rebecca Brune, Tom and Joan Graham, Cliff Smith, and those who have lost loved ones, or who suffer illness or injury. To request prayers, please leave a message at the Meeting House or contact the Clerk.

To request prayers, please leave a message at the Meeting House or contact the Clerk.

Quaker Activities & Announcements

College Park Quarterly Meeting May 16 – 18

The next College Park Quarterly Meeting will be May 16 to 18 at the Ben Lomond Quaker Center, Friday evening through Sunday lunch.

Pacific Yearly Meeting

A workshop on Becoming an Adult Ally to Youth, sponsored by the PYM Youth Program Committee, will be held Sat. Apr. 5 at the San Jose Meeting House. Interactive activities such as games, worship sharing, and roles plays will engage Friends in growing our skills as adults to support Quaker youth in a variety of ways and to support each other as allies. Contact pym.youthcoordinator (at) gmail.com .

Pacific Yearly Meeting will be held July 14 – 19 at the Walker Creek Ranch in Marin County.  We will welcome Jonathan Vogel-Borne as a keynote speaker to the 2014 Annual Session. Vogel-Borne, who grew up in Pacific Yearly Meeting, is the former secretary of New England Yearly Meeting and is the facilitator of the Friends General Conference workshop “Practicing Prophetic Ministry.” Plan early for summer vacation and scholarship requests.

PYM Representative Committee Quick Notes

M&O (PYM’s Ministry and Oversight Committee) met this winter in Mexico City, worshipping with the monthly meeting there. Because of the benefits reaped by this experience, M&O hopes that other meetings will invite the committee to their meeting in the near future. “The experience of listening to some of the quieter voices in our community has enriched both the members of the M&O Committee and its service to the Yearly Meeting.”

M&O reported they have reviewed the 2013 Annual Session and have concerns about the cost of attending and the narrow demographic spectrum. The committee has looked at the manner in which business is conducted at the Annual Session and “our inability to function as body if we don’t have community.” M&O has been discussing the role of Minutes of Concern at Annual Session. Time will be allotted to open this discussion at 2014 Annual Session. M&O also  has given consideration to potential benefits and drawbacks of PYM affiliating with Friends General Conference (FGC). They request that PYM Reps take the following question to their monthly meetings: “Are there stirrings in your Meeting to join FGC?”

The Ministry and Leadings subcommittee of M&O is developing a workshop to be offered to Monthly meetings. The workshop will explore the role of Meetings in naming, nurturing, supporting and providing accountability for ministry and leadings. The Racial Justice Subcommittee has been asked to consider and examine the diversity of our Yearly Meeting and to make suggestions as to how we may enrich the mix of attenders at the Annual Session.

The draft schedule of PYM’s Annual Session in July 2014 is available online.

The Young Adult Friends are planning a workshop on Convincement, Conversion, and Conviction for annual session. In their planning they are arranging the schedule and sponsoring activities that cultivate the greatest inclusivity and integration of all age groups at PYM.  After YAF’s report, comments were made about how crucial it is that Young Adult Friends and general meetings interact and work together. YAF will be trying to contact possible YAF members, especially those who attended meetings as teens or younger.

The Annual Session in 2015 will also be at Walker Creek Ranch in Marin, CA. The dates are July 13 – 18. The following two years the Annual Session will be held in southern California.  Recommendations are requested for locations in the south.

Submitted by Sandy Kewman, PYM Rep from Green Valley Friends Meeting (srosekewman at gmail.com).

Ben Lomond Quaker Center Workshops

Seed and Soil: Growing the Beloved Community: April 13 – 18

With Jim Anderson, Diego Navarro, and Marilee Eusebio

“Now the sun is up, and a time of scorching is come, and that which hath no root will wither. Now every ground will be tried, and blessed is the good that brings forth the Seed which must inherit the promise.” ~ Francis Howgill, General Epistle to the Seed of God, Appleby Jail, 10th day, 3rd month, 1664

In offering this program, we are led by two convictions: first, that our Quaker meetings are vessels in which we create together the conditions of spirit arising, and second, that the patterns of our daily lives are the individual counterpart to this corporate work, creating the space and attentiveness we need to allow God to work. We see traces of an empowering experience in the life of our community at work – in our tradition, in the lives of earlier Friends, in writings deeply entered into, in occasions of joint work, study, worship, and service, in strong and deepening friendships. Each day will be grounded in expectant worship, group study, worship sharing, and time to explore other daily spiritual practices. Evenings will hold both lively and meaningful group activities. We hope that this week of community life and personal reflection will be a time of spiritual refreshment and help us to return to our meetings and daily life as instruments of renewal – as both seed and soil.

Quakers: Getting Beyond the What to the Why: May 30 – June 1

With Robert Griswold

Friends can get under the “feel good” level of “Quakerism” if they take a peek into the history, theology and psychology of our faith. There are some surprises to be found that could make Friends “radicals” in their meeting. What is present or absent in our meetings that keeps us from being a covenant community and engaging in the “lamb’s war”?  Be prepared to look at and question ideas and ideals you have absorbed, and to learn about the process by which beliefs are formed and how they are overcome.

Ben Lomond Quaker Center Summer Youth Camps

Camps will once again be directed by Stephen Myers, with help from Jim Summers and Mary Klein for Peace Action Camp. We are once again holding Quaker Camp and Service Camp simultaneously in our Redwood and Orchard Lodges to maximize resources.

For more information on Ben Lomond workshops and camps, or to register, call Bob or Kathy Runyan at Quaker Center at 831-336-8333 or go to www.quakercenter.org .

AFSC News

Confronting the Holocaust and American Responses

This year, we commemorate the anniversaries of two seminal events in Holocaust history: the refugee crisis in the spring of 1939 and the deportation of Hungarian Jews five years later. American responses to the persecution and murder of European Jews invite reflection on the role of individuals, organizations, and governments in confronting hatred and mass atrocities, then as well as today.  AFSC invites you to a showing of Days of Remembrance, a U.S. Holocaust Center Film, followed by discussion on Tuesday April 29th at 7 pm at the San Francisco Friends Meeting House, 65 9th Street, San Francisco (between Mission and Market, two blocks from Civic Center BART/MUNI.) RSVP to SMcneil (at) afsc.org .

Solitary Confinement and Faith Communities

Laura Magnani of AFSC will give a talk at the Unitarian Fellowship Hall, Cedar and Bonita Streets in Berkeley, on solitary confinement. The event is April 6, 2014, from 2 pm to 4 pm. Following three hunger strikes by prisoners protesting their conditions of isolation, many changes are being proposed. You can be part of the solutions, whether you choose to work at the legislative level, the arena of public opinion, or just helping to spread the word.

Submitted by Peter Lin, AFSC Correspondent, San Francisco

2014 Friends General Conference Gathering:  June 29-July 5

The 2014 FGC Gathering draws Friends from across the U.S. and Canada.

The Gathering this year is on the Cal U campus, 35 miles south of Pittsburgh, PA, June 29-July 5.  Here’s a small sample of the 56 workshops offered this year:

  • Deepening Your Experience with the Light (Jerry Knutsen)
  • Elias Hicks Challenges 21st Century Hicksites (Paul Buckley)
  • Recording as a Ministry of Leading (Deborah Haines and Becka Haines Rosenberg)
  • Telling Stories for Racial Justice (Lucy Duncan and Sharon Goens)

More information on the FGC Gathering, workshops, fees and financial aid is available online.

March 2014 Newsletter

Announcements

Join Reno Friends to See the New Play Liberty’s Children Saturday, March 15 at 5PM

Reno Friends will go together to see Liberty’s Children, a new documentary play about undocumented workers written by Quaker playwright Jean-Marie Simpson.  We will gather at the theater at 4:45 pm (see address below).  Afterwards, we’ll go for a bite to Buenos Grill at Mayberry and McCarron.  We hope Katy Chandler-Isacksen will join us to talk about her experience collecting interviews that were used in writing the play.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children, or what you can afford.  To reserve your ticket, RSVP to Wendy Swallow (wswallow54 (at) gmail.com or 775-473-5559).  The play is being produced by Reno Art Works at their “Potentialist” Space at 2275 Dickerson in Reno.

Meet Mary McKnight at the March Potluck

Mary McKnight, who runs Mountain Ministries food distribution program in Reno, will come speak to Reno Friends during potluck on March 23.  (This was rescheduled from February.) Come hear about her work and ways Reno Friends could support and volunteer with her food distribution network.

Donate Your Used Laptop or Spinet Piano to First Day School

If you have recently upgraded your computer, please consider donating your used laptop to the First Day School, as long as it still functions fairly well.  If you have questions about what kind of computer might be appropriate, email Charlie Shepard at cshepard54 (at) gmail.com.  The First Day School would also like a spinet piano, if anyone has one to give away.  Contact Sue Brune.

Be The Change

Be The Change is an urban homestead dedicated to service and simplicity, led by Reno Friends Kyle and Katy Chandler-Isacksen. Here are current Be the Change Projects:

  • Nonviolent Communication Workshop with Jared Finklestein, Apr. 12-13.  Jared is a trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication in the Bay Area who specializes in communication that transforms conflict into connection.  Location and times TBD.  This is a gifted workshop.  Space is limited, so contact Katy for more info.
  • Join us for an adventure in Urban Barn Raising in Reno May 9-11 as we build a cob house and learn natural building techniques.  The lead Instructors will be Coenraad Rogmans and Kyle Chandler-Isacksen, and the cost of participation will be a $50 to $200 sliding scale donation. The event will bring together 40-50 people for a 3-day event that will turn a pile of mud, straw, and salvaged materials (rescued from the waste stream) into a beautiful cob cottage. The ?nished building will benefit the “Be the Change Project” as temporary housing for interns, visitors, and people transitioning into the community. For more information, email Kyle Chandler-Isacksen at kisacksen (at) gmail.com.
  • The Be the Change Project and community is seeking 2-3 interns to work on their urban homestead in Reno, NV, and assist with service projects.   Must have an earnest desire to improve themselves and the world.  Internships will last 3 to 5+ months, starting May 1st (thought that is flexible) and couples and families are also welcome.   We offer learning opportunities in natural building, gardening, permaculture, animal husbandry (chickens, goats, pigs, and rabbits), community service, appropriate technologies, Gandhian Nonviolence, and radical simplicity.   We also put on a variety of high-quality workshops in which interns would be welcome to participate for free.  Interns will be expected to work from 25-30 hours a week on our site and two other neighborhood homesteads.  Daily “bread labor” will be interspersed with larger projects such as cob cabin building, building a masonry heater, or establishing a new food forest.  Generally, interns will be expected to work five mornings a week, participate in reading/discussion groups, and participate in community service.   We will provide food and housing.

For all events, call for details – 775-348-2505.

Submitted by Kyle Chandler-Isacksen

Hold Them in the Light

Please hold the following in the Light:  Congress, that they may solve the budget woes.  The people and government of Egypt and Syria, that the violence may stop and they may find peaceful resolutions to their economic and political troubles; all the armed service people who continue to serve in Afghanistan and other conflict zones around the world, as well as the people who live in war-torn regions; all who struggle for equality and justice; those who have lost their jobs and/or health insurance; all elected officials at the city, county, state and federal levels who have the responsibility for difficult economic decisions.  In particular, we ask that you hold in the Light Cliff Smith, who may need more surgery, and those who have lost loved ones, or who suffer illness or injury.

To request prayers, please leave a message at the Meeting House or contact the Clerk.

Quaker Activities & Announcements

College Park Quarterly Meeting, Jan. 18, 2014 Quick Notes

132 Friends, including 9 teens and 10 children, filled the rooms of the San Francisco meeting house, and spilled into the neighborhood for lunch. The theme was “Blessings of Spiritual Discomfort.” Worship-sharing queries: Can you share about a difficult and uncomfortable situation which gave you fuel to grow spiritually? / Are there specific issues in your local or global community which create spiritual discomfort for you? How does this impact your spiritual life? / How can you use your spiritual practice to help you deal with your discomfort?

Archives: The College Park Quarterly Meeting archives are kept in the basement of the San Francisco meeting house, and the Pacific Yearly Meeting archives are kept at Whittier College. CPQM Archivist Eric Sabelman (Palo Alto) invites us all to search our homes and meetings for records that should be included in the archives. He will soon begin scanning historical materials to post to the CPQM website.

Friends Association for Services to the Elderly (FASE): Friends House has space in independent living, but rarely in its six assisted living units. They are considering whether to expand assisted living and add memory care. A concern was raised that the FASE board no longer brings its nominations to CPQM for approval and has moved away from being a corporation under the care of CPQM. Board member Margaret Sorrel (Strawberry Creek) explained that almost all Quaker retirement homes have made similar changes due to legal risks if their own boards are not “where the buck stops” for fiscal liability.

State of the Meeting reports (to season): Each monthly meeting is expect to submit a State of the Meeting report to CPQM Ministry and Oversight, in time for these to be shared at the May CPQM session. Please work to develop these in your meetings, and send to Bob Runyan (Santa Cruz).

Delta Meeting proposal (to season): Delta Meeting presented a minute at the fall CPQM session, recommending that Pacific Yearly Meeting be split into two “geographically appropriate” yearly meetings. They suggest that each existing quarterly meeting choose the name for one yearly meeting, and that each local monthly meeting make its own choice about affiliation with either of the proposed yearly meetings. The minute is attached and should appear soon on the CPQM website, and was sent to each monthly meeting for consideration. A few monthly meetings have seasoned this. CPQM Ministry and Oversight will consider whether to address this as an agenda item at the May CPQM session. If your meeting has a minute in response, please send it to deltafriendsmeeting (at) gmail.com and to the CPQM clerk Eric Moon (Berkeley) before May.

Pacific Yearly Meeting Ministry and Oversight: Committee clerk Barbara Babin (Redwood Forest) announced that their late January meeting was to be held at Mexico City meeting (PYM), with committee members from California also taking time to visit the Casa de los Amigos, Mexico City monthly meeting, Oaxaca worship group, and a nearby prison.

Interest Groups: The teens clerked a threshing session about future teen sleeping arrangements at Quarterly Meeting, with a concern for welcoming trans* and gender-non-conforming friends. Other interest groups addressed Friends House, AFSC, the Kabarak Call for Peace and Ecojustice from the Friends World Conference 2012 (presented by Unity with Nature), and a follow-up from our last Quarterly Meeting session on “The Purpose of Quakerism: Continued”. The children’s program shared an art project based on Jonah and the whale.

Children’s Spiritual Development and Religious Education: An impromptu interest group is proposing periodic kids’ gatherings and an elementary age Quaker Education class in the Bay Area at different times than our Quarterly Meeting session. Contact Beth Bird (San Francisco) about teaching or if you know elementary or middle school aged Friends who would like to participate.

The next CPQM Gathering will be held Friday-Sunday, May 16-18, 2014, at Ben Lomond Quaker Center.

Upcoming Quaker Events

  • March 15-16, 2014, Sacramento: The FWCC Section of the Americas will hold four gatherings across its region, instead of one annual meeting. One will be in Sacramento, March 14-16, 2014, for 100-150 Friends. It includes workshops on conflict in monthly meetings, intercultural communication, and Quaker leadership for the 21st century. 
  • March 26-29, 2014, Madison, WI: White Privilege Conference. For everyone: white people, people of color, activists, academics, young, old, and more. Discounted rates for registering through FGC, early bird February 24. Click on link above to register.
  • April 5, 2014, San Jose Meeting House: Becoming Adult Allies to Youth workshop, sponsed by PYM Youth Program Committee. Interactive activities such as games, worship sharing, and roles plays will engage Friends in growing our skills as adults to support Quaker youth in a variety of ways, and to support each other as allies. Contact pym.youthcoordinator (at) gmail.com .
  • May 16-18, 2014, Ben Lomond Quaker Center: Next session of College Park Quarterly Meeting, Friday evening through Sunday lunch.
  • July 14-19, 2014, Walker Creek Ranch, Marin County: Pacific Yearly Meeting. Plan early for summer vacation and scholarship requests.

Prepared by Lisa Hubbell (Strawberry Creek), CPQM Assistant Clerk 2013-14

Ben Lomond Quaker Center Workshops

Friends Finances Through the Lens of Spirit:  March 21-23

Inviting open conversations about money in Friends Meetings, Churches, and Organizations, with Jill Hoyenga and Jeff Perkins

Here we have a prospect of one common interest from which our own is inseparable, that to turn all the treasures we possess into the channel of universal love becomes the business of our lives.  ~ John Woolman, A Plea for the Poor, 1763

How can thoughtful and transparent financial management support Friends’ testimonies and values? From fundraising challenges to simply having an open conversation about how finances can better express Quaker values and your meeting’s or organization’s priorities, we all labor to find rightly-ordered ways of working together on financial matters. The program topics will include the following:

  • Fostering and encouraging open conversations among Friends about money.
  • Setting up a bookkeeping system for a small meeting or organization.
  • Creating effective and transparent financial reports.
  • How to read and understand financial reports and use them in Friends’ discernment processes.
  • Reflecting your meeting’s values in managing money through socially responsible investing.
  • Managing uneven cash flows: the use of working capital.
  • Managing restricted funds: assuring appropriate use of special-purpose funds.

We encourage anyone who is involved with (or interested in) the financial management of a Friends’ meeting or organization to attend. This program will address the financial concerns of Friends groups of all sizes and all levels or financial sophistication. We particularly urge meetings, churches, and organizations to support the attendance of their treasurers, accountants, bookkeepers, and finance committee.  Jill Hoyenga is a convinced Friend of 26 years who is a member of Eugene Monthly Meeting, Oregon, a meeting of modest means.  Jeff Perkins is Executive Director of Friends Fiduciary, a Quaker non-profit that provides professional, low cost, socially responsible investment management services exclusively to Friends meetings, churches and organizations.

Seed and Soil: Growing the Beloved Community:  April 13-18

With Jim Anderson, Diego Navarro, and Marilee Eusebio

“Now the sun is up, and a time of scorching is come, and that which hath no root will wither. Now every ground will be tried, and blessed is the good that brings forth the Seed which must inherit the promise.” ~ Francis Howgill, General Epistle to the Seed of God, Appleby Jail, 10th day, 3rd month, 1664

In offering this program, we are led by two convictions: first, that our Quaker meetings are vessels in which we create together the conditions of spirit arising, and second, that the patterns of our daily lives are the individual counterpart to this corporate work, creating the space and attentiveness we need to allow God to work. We see traces of an empowering experience in the life of our community at work– in our tradition, in the lives of earlier Friends, in writings deeply entered into, in occasions of joint work, study, worship, and service, in strong and deepening friendships. What is the source of this power, the shape of its practice in our meetings? Our hope is that a group of us, in a week-long learning community, might engage with these traces and nourish the seeds we find in our own lives. We hope, too, that our week together may be a time of spiritual refreshment and help us to return to meeting and daily life as instruments of renewal, as both seed and soil.

Jim Anderson joined the Society of Friends in 1980 while teaching in Hong Kong. He has been active among west coast Friends since that time, while teaching comparative religion at the state university in Chico. Recently he has felt called to work with Friends eager to rebuild and revitalize our Society—through study, restructuring, active witness, and new patterns of daily living. Attendance at the world gathering in Kenya gave this work a larger context.

Marilee Eusebio became a card-carrying Quaker in Palo Alto under the care of Palo Alto Monthly Meeting in 1976. She is a retired elementary public school teacher having taught for 23 years. After retirement, she immediately went to Pacific School of Religion where she earned a Master’s Degree in Theology: Social Justice, Peace and the Bible. She has been active in Pacific Yearly Meeting serving on many committees and is the recent past presiding clerk of that body.

Diego Navarro grew up in Claremont Friends Meeting and is currently a member of Santa Cruz Friends Meeting. He is a former Clerk of Pacific Yearly Meeting’s Ministry and Oversight Committee, and is currently active with mentoring PYM’s Young Adult Friends. He has developed and conducted a three-session workshop on leadings, drawing in part from his personal experience with following leadings. Diego teaches at Cabrillo College.

For more information on Ben Lomond workshops and retreats, or to register, go to www.quakercenter.org .

War Tax Message from Elizabeth Boardman

April is the season for pondering the US income tax system and the fact that about half our tax dollars are used to support the Department of Defense, even when the US is not engaged in any major conflict in the world.

April is also the season for celebrating the faithful among us who refuse to pay such taxes as a matter of conscience.  For example, after many years of protesting the military use of income tax dollars, United Methodist pastor John Schwiebert and his wife, Pat, took a new and radical step in order to avoid supporting the military-industrial establishment. John went to a meeting of his denomination’s Board of Pensions to announce that he and Pat wished to exercise their right under pension rules to forfeit approximately half of their monthly pension benefit. The effect of this decision was to reduce the amount that the IRS could levy each month to almost zero.  Bottom line: the IRS would never get the more than $32,000 they said we already owed, or any future amounts they would refuse to pay. BUT, neither would John and Pat, since their pension benefit for the rest of their lives would be reduced by approximately 50%.

John writes:  “So we are living on less, but again the impact of a substantial drop in income is offset by the reality that we continue to live in the 18th Ave Peace House, an income-sharing, “neo-monastic” community. And we still have all that we really need, a fulfillment of Jesus’ promise that when we seek first the kin-dom of God all these things (that we typically worry about) will be yours as well! (Matt 6:33).  Every year around tax time we fill out a Form 1040 (helpful in determining the amount of our Oregon state income tax) but we do not send it to the IRS. And every year we go to a meeting of our local Multnomah County Commissioners with a cashier’s check representing our gift to the County of the exact amount that would otherwise have been paid to the IRS. We’re not at all opposed to paying taxes for the common good!”

Stories like this surely make a person stop and think.

Submitted by Elizabeth Boardman of Davis, CA, a Quaker war tax resister

AFSC News

AFSC National Office March Call for Spirited Action

The March “Call for Spirited Action” conference call will take place on March 15, 2014 from 10:30AM – 12PM EDT. The title is “Ending the New Jim Crow and mass incarceration” and is led by Lewis Webb (AFSC) and John and Gail Fletcher (Norman Friends Meeting). You can participate in the conference call by dialing: 1-866-740-1260 and entering the access code 2419995#. All Friends invited to participate!

Submitted by Peter Lin, AFSC Correspondent, San Francisco

2014 Friends General Conference Gathering:  June 29-July 5

The 2014 FGC Gathering draws Friends from across the U.S. and Canada.

The Gathering this year is on the Cal U campus, 35 miles south of Pittsburgh, PA, June 29-July 5.  Here’s a small sample of the 56 workshops offered this year:

  • Deepening Your Experience with the Light (Jerry Knutsen)
  • Elias Hicks Challenges 21st Century Hicksites (Paul Buckley)
  • Recording as a Ministry of Leading (Deborah Haines and Becka Haines Rosenberg)
  • Telling Stories for Racial Justice (Lucy Duncan and Sharon Goens)

For more information on FGC Gathering, workshops, fees, financial aid, go to  http://www.fgcquaker.org/connect/gathering .

Inspiration

 “The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.”

                                                                                                                     Martin Luther King, Jr.

February 2014

Announcements

New Discussion Group for Adults and Teens on the Quaker Testimonies

A new adult/teen discussion class on the Quaker Testimonies is meeting every First and Third Sunday until the end of June.  The class convenes in the Meeting House, starting with silence at 8:45 am and finishing by 9:45 am.  We welcome everyone.  Bring your copy of Faith and Practice if you have one.

Meet Mary McKnight at February Potluck

Mary McKnight, who runs Mountain Ministries food distribution program in Reno, will come speak to Reno Friends during potluck on Feb. 23.  Come hear about her work and ways Reno Friends could support and volunteer with her food distribution network.

Donate Your Used Laptop or Spinet Piano to First Day School

If you have recently upgraded your computer, please consider donating your used laptop to the First Day School, as long as it still functions fairly well.  If you have questions about what kind of computer might be appropriate, email Charlie Shepard (cshepard54 at gmail.com).  The First Day School would also like a spinet piano, if anyone has one to give away.  Contact Sue Brune.

Be The Change

Be The Change is an urban homestead dedicated to service and simplicity, led by Reno Friends Kyle and Katy Chandler-Isacksen. Here are current Be the Change Projects:

  • Chris Moore-Backman will return to host another Gandhian Integral Nonviolence workshop late afternoon/evening on Saturday, Feb 1, and all day Sunday, Feb. 2.  The workshop is full but there may be space at the last minute to take folks from the waiting list.  Call Be The Change (number below) to be put on the waiting list.
  • The new play “Liberty’s Children: Voices of Immigrants in the Land of the Free” by Jeanmarie Simpson will be performed in Reno March 13th through March 29th on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday Evenings and Saturday matinee. Exact times to be determined in February.  If the play is a success, it will run for another week – April 2-5.  We are ecstatic to share that several of the folks interviewed for the play will be involved with its production!  This means actors as well as artists and other roles behind the scenes.  Check out Liberty’s Children website and share it with your networks.  Reno Friends may organize a potluck/play night to go see Liberty’s Children together, so stay tuned.
  • Nonviolent Communication Workshop with Jared Finklestein, Apr. 12-13.  Jared is a trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication in the Bay Area who specializes in communication that transforms conflict into connection.  Location and times TBD.  This is a gifted workshop.  Space is limited, so contact Katy for more info.
  • Join us for an adventure in Urban Barn Raising in Reno May 9-11 as we build a cob house and learn natural building techniques.  The lead Instructors will be Coenraad Rogmans and Kyle Chandler-Isacksen, and the cost of participation will be a $50 to $200 sliding scale donation. The event will bring together 40-50 people for a 3-day event which will turn a pile of mud, straw, and salvaged materials (rescued from the waste stream) into a beautiful cob cottage. The finished building will benefit the “Be the Change Project” as temporary housing for interns, visitors, and people transitioning into the community. For more information, email Kyle Chandler-Isacksen (kisacksen at gmail.com).
  • The Be the Change Project and community is seeking 2-3 interns to work on their urban homestead in Reno, NV, and assist with service projects.   Must have an earnest desire to improve themselves and the world.  Internships will last 3 to 5+ months, starting May 1st (thought that is flexible) and couples and families are also welcome.   We offer learning opportunities in natural building, gardening, permaculture, animal husbandry (chickens, goats, pigs, and rabbits), community service, appropriate technologies, Gandhian Nonviolence, and radical simplicity.   We also put on a variety of high quality workshops in which interns would be welcome to participate for free.  Interns will be expected to work from 25-30 hours a week on our site and two other neighborhood homesteads.  Daily “bread labor” will be interspersed with larger projects such as cob cabin building, building a masonry heater, or establishing a new food forest.  Generally, interns will be expected to work five mornings a week, participate in reading/discussion groups, and participate in community service.   We will provide food and housing.

For all events, call  775-348-2505 for details.

Submitted by Kyle Chandler-Isacksen

Hold Them in the Light

Please hold the following in the Light:  Congress, that they may solve the budget woes.  The people and government of Egypt and Syria, that the violence may stop and they may find peaceful resolutions to their economic and political troubles; all the armed service people who continue to serve in Afghanistan and other conflict zones around the world, as well as the people who live in war-torn regions; all who struggle for equality and justice; those who have lost their jobs and/or health insurance; all elected officials at the city, county, state and federal levels who have the responsibility for difficult economic decisions.  In particular, we ask that you hold in the Light Cliff Smith, who may need more surgery, and those who have lost loved ones, or who suffer illness or injury.

To request prayers, please leave a message at the Meeting House or contact the Clerk.

Quaker Activities & Announcements

College Park Quarterly

March 15-16, 2014, Sacramento: One of four international gatherings of Friends World Committee for Consultation Section of the Americas, with Sacramento Meeting and Sacramento Friends Church.

Ben Lomond Quaker Center

Parenting Supported by Friends Beliefs, Testimonies and Practices, Feb. 14-16, with Harriet Heath, psychologist and author.

“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth. The archer sees the make upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far. Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness. For even as He loves the arrow that flies, so He also loves the bow that is stable.”

Kahlil Gibran

Parents are in awe of their newborns with their ten perfect little fingers and toes to the children growing and blossoming into adulthood. Parents search to understand each child growing and changing in front of them. They seek to figure out what their role is in loving and guiding that child from birth to … she’s not sure when. We will explore parenting as a spiritual journey and how our Quaker beliefs, testimonies and practices can guide us as we live with and nurture our children. Participants will focus on their parenting issues using queries to guide their thinking, Quaker beliefs to give them courage, the testimonies to give direction to their parenting and practices to keep them focused. The program is for parents with children of all ages. Grandparents have appreciated the course also. The program will be adapted to the ages of the children of the people participating.

The program will include discussion and sharing in large and small groups, worship, mini presentations of information, some role playing with approximately: 5% Worship, 10% Worship Sharing, 5% Lecture, 50% focused group discussion, 20% focused small group discussions, and 10% group led discussions.

Friends Finances Through the Lens of Spirit:  March 21-23

Inviting open conversations about money in Friends Meetings, Churches, and Organizations, with Jill Hoyenga and Jeff Perkins

“Here we have a prospect of one common interest from which our own is inseparable, that to turn all the treasures we possess into the channel of universal love becomes the business of our lives.”

John Woolman, A Plea for the Poor, 1763

How can thoughtful and transparent financial management support Friends’ testimonies and values? From fundraising challenges to simply having an open conversation about how finances can better express Quaker values and your meeting’s or organization’s priorities, we all labor to find rightly-ordered ways of working together on financial matters. The program topics will include the following:

  • Fostering and encouraging open conversations amo up a bookkeeping system for a small meeting or organization.
  • Creating effective and transparent financial reports.
  • How to read and understand financial reports and use them in Friends’ discernment processes.
  • Reflecting your meeting’s values in managing money through socially responsible investing.
  • Managing uneven cash flows: the use of working capital.
  • Managing restricted funds: assuring appropriate use of special-purpose funds.

We encourage anyone who is involved with (or interested in) the financial management of a Friends’ meeting or organization to attend. This program will address the financial concerns of Friends groups of all sizes and all levels or financial sophistication. We particularly urge meetings, churches, and organizations to support the attendance of their treasurers, accountants, bookkeepers, and finance committee.

Jill Hoyenga is a convinced Friend of 26 years who is a member of Eugene Monthly Meeting, Oregon, a meeting of modest means.  Jeff Perkins is Executive Director of Friends Fiduciary, a Quaker non-profit that provides professional, low cost, socially responsible investment management services exclusively to Friends meetings, churches and organizations.

For more information on Ben Lomond workshops and retreats, or to register, go to www.quakercenter.org.

AFSC News

Solitary Confinement Healing

Join AFSC and many other groups in Sacramento, Tuesday, February 11, 2014, for a hearing on new policies related to solitary confinement in California. The hearing is a joint hearing of the Senate and Assembly Public Safety Committees, and will be held in room 4202, starting at 9:30 a.m. We hope people who attend will visit some legislative offices in the afternoon. If you are interested, contact Laura Magnani  (lmagnani at afsc.org).

Submitted by Peter Lin, AFSC Correspondent, San Francisco

Community Events of Interest

A Peace Vigil sponsored by Sierra Interfaith Action for Peace is held every Monday at 5:30 pm in front of the Bruce R. Thompson Federal Building & Court House at the corner of S. Virginia & Liberty streets.

Nevada Multi-faith Drought-relief Prayers Service, Sat. Feb. 1, Sparks

Northern Nevada faith leaders belonging to various religions and denominations are gathering in Sparks on Saturday, February one, for an afternoon of prayers urging for divine intervention in view of persistent drought conditions in Western USA.  Leaders of Christian (various denominations), Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, Native American, Baha’i, etc., faiths will pray in their respective traditions and scriptural languages seeking God’s blessings for rain and snow to help farmers, ranchers and others. Sparks Mayor Geno R. Martini will also participate.

According to reports, currently over 81% area of the West is facing drought conditions. Many counties in Arkansas, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah have been declared as drought disaster areas; with California, Nevada and Oregon as worst affected.  Reports suggest that about 97% of Nevada is in drought, with all its counties designated as disaster counties. Most of Nevada is under “Extreme” and “Severe” drought categories; but part of the state is under the highest D4 category of drought known as “Exceptional Drought”. Many Nevada farmers are considering not irrigating this year, which will reportedly be first time in recorded history.

Nevada Multi-faith Drought-relief Prayers Service will be held at Mormon Chapel, 2955 Rock Boulevard, Sparks, starting three pm. For more information and RSVP, please contact Rajan Zed (rajanzed at gmail.com).

Inspiration

“Treasure your experience of God, however it comes to you.”

George Fox

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