2016 Newsletters

The newsletters for 2016 appear here, starting with December and working back to the start of the year.

December 2016 Newsletter 

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

Announcements

December Business Meeting and Potluck Scheduled Early

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

Christmas at Reno Friends Meeting

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

Nominating Committee Looking for Volunteers & Helpers

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

Quakerism 101 Class Dec. 11

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

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

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

Donate New Stamps to Those in Need

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

Carson City Worship Group

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

Outside Non-Profits That Meet at the Quaker Meeting House

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

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

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

Other Non-Profits Affiliated with Reno Friends

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

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

Inspiration

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

-  Terry Patten

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

Hold Them in the Light

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

Quaker Activities & Announcements

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

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

Year End Retreat: Dec. 27 – Jan. 1

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

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

American Friends Service Committee, West Region

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

-     Submitted by Peter Lin, AFSC West Region

Reno Friends Newsletter: How To Contribute

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

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

November 2016 Newsletter 

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

Announcements

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

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

Nominating Committee Looking for Volunteers & Helpers

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

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

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

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

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

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

Adult Education in the Coming Year

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

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

Donate New Stamps to Those in Need

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

Carson City Worship Group

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

Quaker Stamp Mission

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

Outside Non-Profits That Meet at the Quaker Meeting House

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

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

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

Other Non-Profits Affiliated with Reno Friends

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

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

Inspiration

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

-  Jalaluddin Rumi

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

Hold Them in the Light

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

Quaker Activities & Announcements

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

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

Music and Dance Retreat: Dec. 2-4

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

Year End Retreat: Dec. 27 – Jan. 1

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

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

American Friends Service Committee, West Region

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

-     Submitted by Peter Lin, AFSC West Region

Reno Friends Newsletter: How To Contribute

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

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

October 2016 Newsletter 

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

Announcements

Take Note: Two Calendar Changes in October

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

Nominating Committee Looking for Volunteers & Helpers

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

Quakerism 101 Classes starting Oct. 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Donate New Stamps to Those in Need

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

Carson City Worship Group

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

Quaker Stamp Mission

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

Outside Non-Profits That Meet at the Quaker Meeting House

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

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

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

Other Non-Profits Affiliated with Reno Friends

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

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

Inspiration

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

-  Thomas Merton

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

Hold Them in the Light

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

Quaker Activities & Announcements

College Park Fall Quarterly Meeting: Oct. 14-16

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

American Friends Service Committee, West Region

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

-     Submitted by Peter Lin, AFSC West Region

Reno Friends Newsletter: How To Contribute

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

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

September 2016 Newsletter 

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

Announcements

Sand Harbor Swim Potluck Picnic Sun. Sept. 18

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

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

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

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

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

Quakerism 101 Classes starting Oct. 2

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

Donate New Stamps to Those in Need

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

Carson City Worship Group

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

Quaker Stamp Mission

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

Outside Non-Profits That Meet at the Quaker Meeting House

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

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

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

Other Non-Profits Affiliated with Reno Friends

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

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

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

Inspiration

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

-  Terry Tempest Williams

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

Hold Them in the Light

Please hold the following in the Light:

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

Quaker Activities & Announcements

College Park Fall Quarterly Meeting: Oct. 14 – 16

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Help Ben Lomond Quaker Center Buy Chairs

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

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

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

News from Friends House

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

-          Submitted by Elizabeth Boardman, Resident Board member

American Friends Service Committee, West Region

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

-     Submitted by Peter Lin, AFSC West Region

Reno Friends Newsletter: How To Contribute

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

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

July-August 2016 Newsletter 

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

Announcements

Grover Hot Springs Camping Trip:  Sept. 16-18

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

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

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

Carson City Worship Group

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

Quaker Stamp Mission

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

Outside Non-Profits That Meet at the Quaker Meeting House

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

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

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

Other Non-Profits Affiliated with Reno Friends

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

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

Inspiration

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

-  William Wordsworth

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

Hold Them in the Light

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

Quaker Activities & Announcements

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Help Ben Lomond Quaker Center Buy Chairs

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

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

College Park Fall Quarterly Meeting: Oct. 14 – 16

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

American Friends Service Committee, West Region

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

-     Submitted by Peter Lin, AFSC West Region

Reno Friends Newsletter: How To Contribute

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

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

June 2016 Newsletter 

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

Announcements

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

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

Dr. Willem Houwink, Obituary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Carson City Worship Group

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

Quaker Stamp Mission

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

Outside Non-Profits That Meet at the Quaker Meeting House

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

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

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

Other Non-Profits Affiliated with Reno Friends

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

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

Inspiration

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

-  William Penn

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

Hold Them in the Light

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

Quaker Activities & Announcements

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

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

Quaker Center Summer Youth Camps: July 24-31

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

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

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

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

Friends House Retirement Community, Santa Rosa, CA

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

-          Submitted by Elizabeth Boardman

San Jose Friends Meeting Announcement

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

-          In the Light, Diego Navarro, Presiding Clerk.

American Friends Service Committee, West Region

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

-     Submitted by Peter Lin, AFSC West Region

Reno Friends Newsletter: How To Contribute

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

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

May 2016 Newsletter 

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

Announcements

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

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

Here are things that need attending this May:

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

Thanks everyone!

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

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

Potluck Speaker, May 22:  Beatrice Hamilton on Israel

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

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

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

Carson City Worship Group

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

Quaker Stamp Mission

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

Outside Non-Profits That Meet at the Quaker Meeting House

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

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

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

Other Non-Profits Affiliated with Reno Friends

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

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

Inspiration

“Today, I am grateful for:

Another day to be alive and living my life.

Another opportunity to love those who are special to me.

Another chance to share my love with strangers I meet.

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

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

Another experience of the awe and wonder of nature.”

-  Algernon Charles Swinburne (shared by Beatrice Hamilton)

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

Hold Them in the Light

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

Quaker Activities & Announcements

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quaker Center Summer Youth Camps: July 24-31

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

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

San Jose Friends Meeting Announcement

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

-          In the Light, Diego Navarro, Presiding Clerk.

American Friends Service Committee, West Region

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

-     Submitted by Peter Lin, AFSC West Region

Reno Friends Newsletter: How To Contribute

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

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

April 2016 Newsletter 

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

Announcements

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

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

Coffee, Tea and a Nibble Starts Apr. 3

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

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

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

Carson City Worship Group

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

Quaker Stamp Mission

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

Outside Non-Profits That Meet at the Quaker Meeting House

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

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

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

Other Non-Profits Affiliated with Reno Friends

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

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

Inspiration

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

-  Parker Palmer

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

Hold Them in the Light

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

Quaker Activities & Announcements

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quaker Center Summer Youth Camps: July 24-31

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

-          In the Light, Diego Navarro, Presiding Clerk.

American Friends Service Committee, West Region

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

-     Submitted by Peter Lin, AFSC West Region

Reno Friends Newsletter: How To Contribute

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

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

March 2016 Newsletter 

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

Announcements

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

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

Carson City Worship Group

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

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

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

Quaker Stamp Mission

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

Outside Non-Profit Groups That Use the Quaker Meeting House

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

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

Inspiration

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

-  Fyodor Dostoevsky, author

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

Hold Them in the Light

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

Quaker Activities & Announcements

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

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

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

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

Quaker Center Summer Youth Camps: July 24-31

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

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

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

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

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

Pacific Yearly Meeting: June 17-22, 2016

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

American Friends Service Committee, West Region

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

-     Submitted by Peter Lin, AFSC West Region

Reno Friends Newsletter: How To Contribute

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

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

February 2016 Newsletter

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

Announcements

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

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

Alternatives to Violence Workshop, Feb. 19-21

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

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

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

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

1.  What is evident in my Meeting?

2.  What is not evident in my Meeting?

3.  What is crucial in my life?

4.  What is not crucial in my life?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Respectfully submitted, Beatrice Hamilton

Carson City Worship Group

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

Quaker Stamp Mission

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

Inspiration

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

-  Rumi

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

Hold Them in the Light

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

Quaker Activities & Announcements

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pacific Yearly Meeting: June 17-22, 2016

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

American Friends Service Committee, West Region

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

-     Submitted by Peter Lin, AFSC West Region

Reno Friends Newsletter: How To Contribute

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

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

January 2016 Newsletter

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

Announcements

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

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

Alternatives to Violence Weekend Workshop, Feb. 19-21

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

Carson City Worship Group

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

Quaker Stamp Mission

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

Inspiration

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

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

Hold Them in the Light

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

Quaker Activities & Announcements

College Park Quarterly Winter Gathering: Jan. 16, 2016

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

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

Ben Lomond Quaker Center News & Workshops

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

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

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

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

Pacific Yearly Meeting: June 17-22, 2016

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

American Friends Service Committee, West Region

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

-     Submitted by Peter Lin, AFSC West Region

Reno Friends Newsletter: How To Contribute

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

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