2015 Newsletters

The newsletters for 2015 appear here, starting with December and working back to the start of the year.

December 2015 Newsletter

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

Announcements

December Meeting for Business is CANCELLED

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

Thanks to All Our Volunteers for 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

-          Respectfully submitted, Beatrice Hamilton, Coordinator

Carson City Worship Group

The Carson City worship group meets every Sunday of the month for unprogrammed worship from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm in the living room of the Rectory of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Carson City. St. Peter’s, located at 314 North Division Street, occupies a small city block in the heart of Carson City’s Historic District. The Rectory, an historic two-story brick house, sits just south of the church building.

Quaker Stamp Mission

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

Inspiration

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

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

Hold Them in the Light

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

Quaker Activities & Announcements

College Park Fall Quarterly Meeting: The Quick Notes

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

-          Submitted by Sandy Kewman, Grass Valley

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

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

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

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

Sierra Friends Center News, November 2015

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

-          Submitted by Muriel Strand, Sierra Friends Center

Pacific Yearly Meeting: June 17-22, 2016

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

American Friends Service Committee, West Region

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

-     Submitted by Peter Lin, AFSC West Region

Reno Friends Newsletter: How To Contribute

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

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

Go to Newsletter Archive for prior months’ news.

November 2015 Newsletter

For a list of upcoming events, see our Calendar.

For the monthly Queries, November: The Meeting Community .

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Announcements

Halloween Family Night Friday Oct. 30

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

Be a Hero: Volunteer at Reno Friends for 2016

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

The New Jim Crow Discussion Group Nov. 11 & 18

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

Fall Cleanup of the Meeting House and Yard Nov. 7

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

Carson City Worship Group

The Carson City worship group meets every Sunday of the month for unprogrammed worship from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm in the living room of the Rectory of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Carson City. St. Peter’s, located at 314 North Division Street, occupies a small city block in the heart of Carson City’s Historic District. The Rectory, an historic two-story brick house, sits just south of the church building.

Quaker Stamp Mission

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

Be The Change

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

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

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

-  Submitted by Kyle Chandler-Isacksen

Inspiration

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

-  Pope Francis

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

Hold Them in the Light

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

Quaker Activities & Announcements

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

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

Music and Dance Retreat: Dec. 4-6

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

 Thank You, and a Continued Appeal        

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

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

Pacific Yearly Meeting: June 17-22, 2016

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

American Friends Service Committee, West Region

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

-  Submitted by Peter Lin, AFSC West Region

Reno Friends Newsletter: How To Contribute
Submissions: Please submit your items for the newsletter by the Second Sunday of the month for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter. Send Friends Calendar events and information to Reno Friends newsletter editor Wendy Swallow, wswallow54 (at) gmail.com, or leave a message on the Meeting phone, (775) 329-9400.
Getting the newsletter in the mail: If you need to receive your newsletter by postal mail, please notify RFM newsletter editor Wendy Swallow at: wswallow54 (at) gmail.com or call at 775-473-5559.

October 2015 Newsletter

For a list of upcoming events, see our Calendar.

For the monthly Queries, go to October: Peace .

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Announcements

Grover Springs Camping Trip: Oct. 2-4

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

The New Jim Crow Discussion Group starts Oct. 7

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Halloween Family Night Friday Oct. 30

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

Carson City Worship Group

The Carson City worship group meets every Sunday of the month for unprogrammed worship from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm in the living room of the Rectory of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Carson City. St. Peter’s, located at 314 North Division Street, occupies a small city block in the heart of Carson City’s Historic District. The Rectory, an historic two-story brick house, sits just south of the church building.

Quaker Stamp Mission

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

Be The Change

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

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

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

-  Submitted by Kyle Chandler-Isacksen

Inspiration

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

-  Gersonides, French rabbi and philosopher

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

Hold Them in the Light

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

Quaker Activities & Announcements

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

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

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

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

Music and Dance Retreat: Dec. 4-6

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

 Thank You, and a Continued Appeal        

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

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

Pacific Yearly Meeting: June 17-22, 2016

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

American Friends Service Committee, West Region

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

-  Submitted by Peter Lin, AFSC West Region

Reno Friends Newsletter: How To Contribute
Submissions: Please submit your items for the newsletter by the Second Sunday of the month for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter. Send Friends Calendar events and information to Reno Friends newsletter editor Wendy Swallow, wswallow54 (at) gmail.com, or leave a message on the Meeting phone, (775) 329-9400.
Getting the newsletter in the mail: If you need to receive your newsletter by postal mail, please notify RFM newsletter editor Wendy Swallow at: wswallow54 (at) gmail.com or call at 775-473-5559.

 

September 2015 Newsletter

For a list of upcoming events, see our Calendar.

For the monthly Queries, go to  September: Personal Relationships.

(The red text on this page and within this web site contains embedded hypertext links. Double click on any red link to open the web page associated with that link.)

Announcements

Grover Springs Camping Trip: Oct. 2-4.

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

The New Jim Crow Discussion Group starts Oct. 7

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

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

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

Carson City Worship Group

The Carson City worship group meets every Sunday of the month for unprogrammed worship from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm in the living room of the Rectory of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Carson City. St. Peter’s, located at 314 North Division Street, occupies a small city block in the heart of Carson City’s Historic District. The Rectory, an historic two-story brick house, sits just south of the church building.

Quaker Stamp Mission

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

Be The Change

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

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

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

-  Submitted by Kyle Chandler-Isacksen

Inspiration

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

-  Victor Hugo, French author

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

Hold Them in the Light

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

Quaker Activities & Announcements

College Park Fall Quarterly Meeting Oct. 16-18

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Music and Dance Retreat: Dec. 4-6

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

 Thank You, and a Continued Appeal        

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

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

Pacific Yearly Meeting: June 17-22, 2016

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

American Friends Service Committee, West Region

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

-  Submitted by Peter Lin, AFSC West Region

Reno Friends Newsletter: How To Contribute
Submissions: Please submit your items for the newsletter by the Second Sunday of the month for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter. Send Friends Calendar events and information to Reno Friends newsletter editor Wendy Swallow, wswallow54 (at) gmail.com, or leave a message on the Meeting phone, (775) 329-9400.
Getting the newsletter in the mail: If you need to receive your newsletter by postal mail, please notify RFM newsletter editor Wendy Swallow at: wswallow54 (at) gmail.com or call at 775-473-5559.

 

July-August 2015 Newsletter

For a list of upcoming events, see our Calendar.

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

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Announcements

Meeting for Business:  AUGUST ONLY

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

First Day School Substitute Teachers for July

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

 The New Jim Crow Discussion Group starts Oct. 7

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

Carson City Worship Group

The Carson City worship group meets every Sunday of the month for unprogrammed worship from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm in the living room of the Rectory of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Carson City. St. Peter’s, located at 314 North Division Street, occupies a small city block in the heart of Carson City’s Historic District. The Rectory, an historic two-story brick house, sits just south of the church building.

Quaker Stamp Mission

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

Be The Change

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

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

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

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

-  Submitted by Kyle Chandler-Isacksen

Inspiration

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

– The Koran

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

Hold Them in the Light

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

Quaker Activities & Announcements

College Park Fall Quarterly Meeting Oct. 16-18

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

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

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

Family Work Camp, July 27-Aug. 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

-  Submitted by Steve Smith, Presiding Clerk, PYM

Reno Friends Newsletter: How To Contribute
Submissions: Please submit your items for the newsletter by the Second Sunday of the month for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter. Send Friends Calendar events and information to Reno Friends newsletter editor Wendy Swallow, wswallow54 (at) gmail.com, or leave a message on the Meeting phone, (775) 329-9400.
Getting the newsletter in the mail: If you need to receive your newsletter by postal mail, please notify RFM newsletter editor Wendy Swallow at: wswallow54 (at) gmail.com or call at 775-473-5559.

June 2015 Newsletter

For a list of upcoming events, see our Calendar.

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

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Announcements

Carson City Worship Group

The Carson City worship group meets every Sunday of the month for unprogrammed worship from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm in the living room of the Rectory of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Carson City. St. Peter’s, located at 314 North Division Street, occupies a small city block in the heart of Carson City’s Historic District. The Rectory, an historic two-story brick house, sits just south of the church building.

Quaker Stamp Mission

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

Be The Change

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Inspiration

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

– Tim O’Brien, Vietnam veteran and author

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

Hold Them in the Light

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

Quaker Activities & Announcements

College Park Fall Quarterly Meeting Oct. 16-18

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

Woolman Camps at Sierra Friends Center, Nevada City, CA

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

Ben Lomond Quaker Center News & Workshops

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reno Friends Newsletter: How To Contribute
Submissions: Please submit your items for the newsletter by the Second Sunday of the month for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter. Send Friends Calendar events and information to Reno Friends newsletter editor Wendy Swallow, wswallow54 (at) gmail.com, or leave a message on the Meeting phone, (775) 329-9400. Getting the newsletter in the mail: If you need to receive your newsletter by postal mail, please notify RFM newsletter editor Wendy Swallow at: wswallow54 (at) gmail.com or call at 775-473-5559.

May 2015 Newsletter

For a list of upcoming events, see our Calendar.

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

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Announcements

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

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

Carson City Worship Group

The Carson City worship group meets every Sunday of the month for unprogrammed worship from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm in the living room of the Rectory of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Carson City. St. Peter’s, located at 314 North Division Street, occupies a small city block in the heart of Carson City’s Historic District. The Rectory, an historic two-story brick house, sits just south of the church building.

Quaker Stamp Mission

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

Be The Change

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

-  Submitted by Kyle Chandler-Isacksen

Inspiration

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

– Thomas Merton, Catholic monk

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

Hold Them in the Light

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

Quaker Activities & Announcements

College Park Spring Quarterly Meeting

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

Ben Lomond Quaker Center News & Workshops

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

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

Quaker Center Summer Youth Camps

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

Family Work Camp, July 27-Aug. 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pacific Yearly Meeting

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

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

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

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

-  Submitted by Steve Smith, Presiding Clerk, PYM

American Friends Service Committee, West Region 

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

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

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

Faith Community Briefing on Solitary Confinement in California

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

Shared Security

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

-       Submitted by Peter Lin, AFSC

Reno Friends Newsletter: How To Contribute

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

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

Go to Newsletter Archive for prior months’ news. 

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

April 2015 Newsletter

For a list of upcoming events, see our Calendar.

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

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Announcements

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

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

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

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

Carson City Worship Group

The Carson City worship group meets every Sunday of the month for unprogrammed worship from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm in the living room of the Rectory of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Carson City. St. Peter’s, located at 314 North Division Street, occupies a small city block in the heart of Carson City’s Historic District. The Rectory, an historic two-story brick house, sits just south of the church building.

Quaker Stamp Mission

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

Be The Change

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

-  Submitted by Kyle Chandler-Isacksen

Inspiration

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

– Henry Cadbury, 1947

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

Hold Them in the Light

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

Quaker Activities & Announcements

College Park Spring Quarterly Meeting

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

Ben Lomond Quaker Center News & Workshops

Living into Beloved Community, Apr. 6-11

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

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

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

Quaker Center Summer Youth Camps

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pacific Yearly Meeting

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

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

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

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

-  Submitted by Steve Smith, Presiding Clerk, PYM

Reno Friends Newsletter: How To Contribute

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

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

March 2015 Newsletter

For a list of upcoming events, see our Calendar.

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

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Announcements

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

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

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

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

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

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

Carson City Worship Group

The Carson City worship group meets every Sunday of the month for unprogrammed worship from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm in the living room of the Rectory of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Carson City. St. Peter’s, located at 314 North Division Street, occupies a small city block in the heart of Carson City’s Historic District. The Rectory, an historic two-story brick house, sits just south of the church building.

Quaker Stamp Mission

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

Be The Change

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

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

-  Submitted by Kyle Chandler-Isacksen

Inspiration

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

– The Buddha

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

Hold Them in the Light

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

Quaker Activities & Announcements

Winter 2015 College Park Quarterly Meeting:  The Quick Notes

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

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

The worship-sharing queries were:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

– Submitted by Sandy Kewman

Ben Lomond Quaker Center News & Workshops

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

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

Living into Beloved Community, Apr. 6-11

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

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

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

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

Pacific Yearly Meeting

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

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

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

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

-  Submitted by Steve Smith, Presiding Clerk, PYM

Reno Friends Newsletter: How To Contribute

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

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

February 2015 Newsletter

For a list of upcoming events, see our Calendar.

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

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Announcements

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

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

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

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

Carson City Worship Group

The Carson City worship group meets every Sunday of the month for unprogrammed worship from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm in the living room of the Rectory of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Carson City. St. Peter’s, located at 314 North Division Street, occupies a small city block in the heart of Carson City’s Historic District. The Rectory, an historic two-story brick house, sits just south of the church building.

Quaker Stamp Mission

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

Be The Change

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

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

-  Submitted by Kyle Chandler-Isacksen

Inspiration

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

–  William Faulkner, author

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

Hold Them in the Light

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

Quaker Activities & Announcements

Ben Lomond Quaker Center News & Workshops

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

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

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

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

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

Pacific Yearly Meeting

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

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

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

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

-  Submitted by Steve Smith, Presiding Clerk, PYM

Reno Friends Newsletter: How To Contribute

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

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

January 2015 Newsletter

For a list of upcoming events, see our Calendar.

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

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Announcements

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

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

Winter Sock Drive

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

Carson City Worship Group

The Carson City worship group meets every Sunday of the month for unprogrammed worship from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm in the living room of the Rectory of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Carson City. St. Peter’s, located at 314 North Division Street, occupies a small city block in the heart of Carson City’s Historic District. The Rectory, an historic two-story brick house, sits just south of the church building.

Quaker Stamp Mission

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

Be The Change

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

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

-  Submitted by Kyle Chandler-Isacksen

Inspiration

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

–  Toni Morrison, author

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

Hold Them in the Light

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

Quaker Activities & Announcements

College Park Winter Quarterly Meeting Jan. 17, 2015

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

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

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

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

Ben Lomond Quaker Center Workshops

Friends and Social Transformation Jan. 30 to Feb. 1

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

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

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

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

Pacific Yearly Meeting

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

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

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

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

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

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

-  Submitted by Steve Smith, Presiding Clerk, PYM

American Friends Service Committee

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

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

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

–  Submitted by Peter Lin, AFSC

Reno Friends Newsletter: How To Contribute

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

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