2014 Newsletters

 The newsletters for 2014 appear here, starting with December and working back to the start of the year.

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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