2017 Newsletters (up to last month’s)

The newsletters for 2017 and 2018 appear here, starting with the previous month’s and working back to the start of the year.

June 2018 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

Reno Friends’ June Schedule

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

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

Sunday June 10 – Meeting for Business, 11:30 am (2nd Sunday)

Sunday June 24 – Potluck 11:30 am (4th Sunday)

Reno Friends Meeting Events & Notices

Reno Friends Meeting Gets a New Meeting Clerk

As of this month, Steve Wolgast is our new Meeting Clerk. Steve came to us a few years ago from San Jose Meeting and brings a wealth of experience and wisdom to the job of Meeting Clerk.  Please welcome Steve to his new role!

Next RISE Dinner for the Homeless is Sat. July 19, 4:45-6pm

Please volunteer to cook a large meal, side dish or dessert, and join other Reno Friends as we help to feed Reno’s homeless on Sat. July 28 from 4:45-6 pm. We will be working with RISE (Reno Initiative for Shelter & Equality) at their station in the parking lot of the Community Assistance Center at 335 Record Street. Put it on your calendar now, and check the July newsletter for more details.

RFM’s Grover’s Hot Springs Camping Trip Will be Sept. 21-23

Mark your calendars! The popular annual camping trip to Grover’s Hot Springs will be the third weekend of September, the 21-23. Carson Friends will join us in this beautiful mountain spot above Markleeville, CA. More details in the months to come. 

Quaker Mission Stamp Project

The Quaker Stamp Project, which started over twenty years ago, helps countless poor women in developing countries through Right Sharing of World Resources, a Quaker organization that provides micro-grants to worthy recipients in Kenya, Sierra Leone, and India. To support the Stamp Project, please save and send in all your new and canceled foreign and domestic stamps, including Forever, flag and non-profit stamps, plus stamps in sets and series issued after 2000. Please leave 1/8″ to 1/4″ of paper around stamps when cutting them off.  Send stamps to:  Stamps for Right Sharing, c/o Indianapolis First Friends, 3030 Kessler Blvd East Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46220.  Your support of this project is much appreciated.  You can help make a difference in the world – one stamp at a time!

The Friends Committee on National Legislation Advocacy Group in Reno/Carson

An FCNL Advocacy Group is being started here in the Reno/Carson area, and anyone interested is invited to join the effort. The Friends Committee on National Legislation (www.fcnl.org) lobbies Congress and the administration to advance peace, justice, opportunity, and environmental stewardship. FCNL is a nonpartisan organization that seeks to live our Quaker values of integrity, simplicity and peace as we build relationships across political divides to move policies forward. The Reno/Carson FCNL Advocacy Group is putting together a ‘host committee’ of about 4-7 participants. The work can range from writing letters and calling legislators, to face-to-face lobbying, but it will be up to the Reno/Carson FCNL Advocacy Group to decide what our policy priorities will be. Anyone interested please contact Doug at dsmith1317(at)aol.com.

Donate New Stamps to the Homeless

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

Carson City Worship Group

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

Outside Non-Profits That Meet at the Quaker Meeting House

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

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. CCL meets in the Quaker Meeting House every 4th Tuesday of the month, from 6:30 pm to 8 pm (except for December). 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.

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.

Sierra Interfaith Action for Peace (SIAP) has been “holding a space” for peace for over 16 years. The group gathers for a peace vigil in Reno every Monday from 5:30-6:00 pm in front of the Federal Building at Virginia and Liberty Streets. Members take turns leading the group with relevant articles and discussions. Everyone is welcome to attend!

Inspiration

“There is no surprise more magical than the surprise of being loved.”

- Charles Langbridge Morgan

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 who struggle with loneliness or sadness; all those grieving over the epidemic of gun violence in our country, and for everyone hurt and challenged by war and terrorism and racism; the migrants in Europe and the countries absorbing them; the people and leaders of our national and all countries experiencing war or oppression, so that we may find peaceful resolutions to all our economic and political troubles; and all who suffer from privation and economic hardship. In particular, we ask that you hold Sharonlee Souza in the Light as well as the family of former Reno Friend Neil Hendricks.  And please hold in the Light 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

Pacific Yearly Meeting 72nd Annual Session
Walker Creek Ranch, Petaluma, California, Fri. July 13 to Wed. July 18, 2018
Clerk’s Call: Faithfulness – A Call to Practice Radical Vulnerability and Love

This year, Pacific Yearly Meeting is called to be vulnerable to faith. The radical act of faith is required in our relationship to the Divine and in our relationship to our Quaker community. Faithfulness requires obedience to the living Presence and trust to wherever it may lead us, which leaves us vulnerable to our ego, our fear, and the world. This vulnerability was required of the Apostles who followed Jesus. This vulnerability was required of those seekers who heard George Fox’s call to align their lives to the Christ Spirit. No doubt there were times when the Apostles and early Friends felt like they were crazy to do what was being asked of them. But again and again they turned towards the Divine and each other.

Our Quaker tradition is rich with resources (practices) to help us deepen our awareness of, and faithfulness to, the living Presence and to experience the joy and love of deep Fellowship. The practice of Extended Worship (worship not to an appointed hour, but to the movement of Spirit) opens us to deep corporate resonance where the still small voice can be heard. Bringing our life decisions to our Quaker community by asking for discernment support through Clearness and Accountability Committees which helps align our lives with the Spirit’s calling. Praying in Meeting for Worship helps us to be vulnerable to the living Spirit. Holding the Meeting and one another in prayer and taking responsibility for the spiritual formation of each other strengthens our spiritual lives. Taking the time daily to sit in prayer and worship helps us become sensitive to the ways of the Spirit at work in us. Reading Quaker writings, the Bible, or religious texts help us to understand how God has spoken to, and through, those who have lived lives devoted to listening and obeying their True Guide.

Do we dare make these practices central to our lives? Are we too comfortable in our regular routines, current beliefs and lifestyles to create the time to hear and obey the Spirit’s call? Through their discipline of listening to what the Christ Spirit had to teach them, Friends through the ages reordered their lives individually and collectively to align with Spirit. They relied upon their faith community to hold them accountable to personal transformation and the inner work that is required to be obedient and faithful.

This summer we will explore the theme of radical vulnerability and faithfulness. Our keynote speakers Carin Anderson and Elena Anderson-Williams will be bringing their insights to this summer’s Annual Session. These Friends grew up in Pacific Yearly Meeting. They both have been vulnerable to the Spirit throughout their lives, following its direction on paths they could not have imagined. Please join us.

For more information, or to register, go to pacificyearlymeeting.org.

Ben Lomond Quaker Center News, Workshops & Camps
Quaker Service and Art Camp for Kids, June 23-30

This year, camp for kids entering 5th – 9th grades is a combination and reconfiguration of our two previous youth camps. Campers will join Camp Co-directors, Julian Garrett and Nate Secrest, camp staff and seasoned Friends to experience a multi-generational community through fun activities. Multi-generational crews will gather to work on service projects at Quaker Center or travel to Santa Cruz. In addition to community service, we will explore Quaker practices through town meetings, experiential learning, inter-generational kitchen and cleaning crews, games and music. Campers will also enjoy games, hiking around Quaker Center, and swimming, as well as whichever art course they choose to take for the week. Learn more and register your child by June 1st at http://www.quakercenter.org/quaker-service-and-art-camp/.

Family Work Camp, July 30-Aug. 4

Family work camp is an opportunity to invest your strength and energy into Quaker Center and community building. Through a work camp culture of service as a spiritual practice, people with all skill levels can experience the joy of community life as we work, learn, and play together. Family Work Camp is open to anyone interested regardless of age or skill level. Young people, accompanied by a parent or adult sponsors, are welcome and will be helped to participate in the work camp in a meaningful way.

Wherever Two (Kids) are Gathered: Quaker Community and Spiritual Growth with Youth, Sept. 7-9, with Betsey and Darren Kenworthy

Answering that of God in a child is a special opportunity, a gift, and a weighty responsibility. We need particular attentiveness to our own fears, hopes and temptations, for children are especially sensitive and vulnerable. But by the same token they will answer a clear heart with a tender one. In their tenderness we can find ourselves reawakened to our own. We invite you to join us in forming a pop-up sacred community to explore how to prepare ourselves, and our Meetings, to welcome children. Our guiding query will be “How do we help children learn to build and maintain sacred community?”

Participants will explore in small groups their fundamental concerns related to Quaker youth so we can begin on common ground. We will also have the chance to become childlike through exploration of activities we might share with children at various stages of development. Can we feel the presence of God through finger painting? Can we develop empathy and playfulness through small group role playing?

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

Job Opening: Ben Lomond Quaker Center is now accepting applications for two full-time Co-Director positions beginning spring 2019. Co-Directors provide spiritual leadership to West Coast Friends; develop workshops; manage staff, finances and facilities; fund-raise and work closely with spirit-led Board. Compensation includes: salary, housing, utilities, benefits, glorious California coastal redwoods. Seeking applications from couples or two individuals. LGBTQ & persons of color encouraged to apply. See the Quaker Center website to review the job description.    Please see http://www.quakercenter.org/about-us/employment-opportunities/ for more information and to apply.

Camp Woolman, Sierra Friends Center, Nevada City, CA
Woolman Family Work Camp, June 18-23

Family work camp at Sierra Friends Center is, quite simply, the best week of the year. It’s a time to relax with friends and family, unplug, and re-connect with the simple joys in life. It’s a time to work hard, make music, sing, holler, run, lay in the grass, and eat healthy vegetarian food. It’s a time to teach your children about how working with others, digging deep and getting sweaty can be the most fun you will ever have. For registration and more information, go to www.woolman.org/family-work-camp.

Kids/Teens Camp Woolman, June 24-Aug. 4

Camp Woolman is a Quaker summer camp for ages 9-17, located on 236 acres in the Sierra foothills. The Camp Woolman program, modeled after the Baltimore Yearly Meeting camping program, emphasizes backpacking skills on trail as well as an in-camp program. In-camp days include time for Meeting for Worship, age-group games, chores, choice activities or workshops, a little relaxation time, and lots of singing.  Each week, campers and counselors leave for a two or three night camping trip.  They are most often hiking in Tahoe National Forest or on the Pacific Crest Trail.  They carry everything they need with them, and though they are not back at the cabins, they are still at camp-playing games, laughing and singing. Teen Leadership Camp extends the camp experience into longer trips, service projects, age-appropriate activities and leadership skill building.

For registration and more information, go to www.woolman.org/camp.

For all events happening at Woolman/Sierra Friends Center: go to www.woolman.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.

Go to Newsletter Archive for prior months’ news.

May 2018 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

Reno Friends’ May Schedule

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

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

Sunday May 6 – Quakerism 101 Adult Ed Class, 8:45-9:45 am (1st Sunday)

Monday May 7 – KTMB & RFM Joint Trail Clean-Up, 4:30-6:30 pm

Saturday May 19 – RISE Dinner for the Homeless, 4:45-6 pm at the Community

Assistance Center (see details below)

Sunday May 20 – Business Meeting, 11:30 am (3nd Sunday – Note Change)

Friday May 25 to Sunday May 27 – Western Friend Weekend (see details below)

Saturday May 26 – Western Friend Potluck & Program, 5:30 to 8 pm

            (There will be no 4th Sunday Potluck after Worship in May)

Reno Friends Meeting Events & Notices

Last Quakerism 101 Class is May 6, 8:45-9:45 am

Our course on Quaker practice concludes this month with a discussion about the grassroots campaign “Home Means Nevada,” which is concerned with homelessness and affordable housing in Reno. The session will be led by Aria Overli from the human-services non-profit ACTIONN (Acting in Community Together in Organizing Northern Nevada). The class meets from 8:45 am to 9:45 am in the Meeting House.  Please join us for what is sure to be an informative and interesting discussion.

KTMB & Reno Friends Joint Trail Clean-Up Mon. May 7, 4:30 to 6:30 pm

Join the Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful non-profit and Reno Friends in helping to clear trash and other debris from a section of the Truckee River Bike Path Trail. The clean-up will be Monday, May 7, from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm starting at the trail entrance on the east side of Valley Road, just north of I-80. Come with closed-toe shoes, appropriate clothing, water, and a snack. KTMB provides gloves, bags, trash pickers, sharps containers, sunscreen, and volunteer sign-in sheets. If you plan to help, please RSVP to Gina Russo: grusso2011(at)gmail.com.

RISE Dinner to Help Feed the Homeless Sat. May 19, 4:45 to 6 pm

Please volunteer to cook a large meal, side dish or dessert, and join other Reno Friends as we help to feed Reno’s homeless on Sat. May 19 from 4:45-6 pm. We will be working with RISE (Reno Initiative for Shelter & Equality) at their station in the parking lot of the Community Assistance Center at 335 Record Street. Parking near the CAC is difficult, so if you would like to carpool, gather at the Meeting House at 4:45 pm. The best dishes to bring include meat or bean casseroles (avoid pasta), salads, vegetable side dishes or crates of fruit. There may be an opportunity to cook together before the event, so stay tuned for more info, or email Jana at corhar(at)mac.com.

Western Friend Weekend May 25-27

Reno Friends will be hosting the editorial board of Western Friend Magazine at our Meeting House the weekend of May 25-27. Friends have been asked to help provide beds for the eight board members for Friday and Saturday nights, as well as transportation assistance, if possible. The Meeting will also host a potluck supper for the board on the evening of Sat. May 26, so please plan to bring a dish and join us for that event, even if you can’t offer a place to stay. If you do have an extra bedroom, or can help drive board members around town, please contact Doug Smith, who is organizing our hospitality. Doug is at: dsmith1317(at)aol.com.

Reno Friends Meeting Gets a New Meeting Clerk

Meeting Clerk Wendy Swallow will be passing the baton in June to Reno Friend Steve Wolgast. Steve came to us a few years ago from San Jose Meeting and will bring a wealth of experience and wisdom to the job of Meeting Clerk.  This change was approved by Meeting for Business in March. Please help us welcome Steve to his new role.

RFM’s Grover’s Hot Springs Camping Trip Will be Sept. 21-23

Mark your calendars now! The popular annual camping trip to Grover’s Hot Springs will be the third weekend of September, the 21-23. Carson Friends will join us in this beautiful mountain spot above Markleeville, CA. More details in the months to come. 

Quaker Mission Stamp Project

Over twenty years ago, a Quaker stamp ministry was begun to help people of all races and all faiths who were in need. In the beginning, many different Quaker organizations were supported by people sending in their canceled stamps, stamp collections, and collectibles. Over the years, more than $90,000 has been donated to worthy causes that aid folks all over the world. The program was begun in 1996 in Massachusetts by retired stamp dealer Brad Hathaway, with stewardship of the project switching to Claremont Friend Earl Walker in 2009.  Due to poor health, Earl has recently passed the reins of the project over to a Quaker Meeting in Indianapolis.

Now, the Quaker Stamp Project primarily helps countless poor women in developing countries through Right Sharing of World Resources, a Quaker organization that provides micro-grants to worthy recipients in Kenya, Sierra Leone, and India. Read the history of the Stamp Project on Right Sharing’s website: www.rswr.org, where you can also see how your recycled donations can change lives. Also, ask Reno Friends member Doug Smith about RSWR if you are interested in what they do. He is deeply involved with them and will gladly share his knowledge and insights.

With the latest transition in management of the stamp mission, some big changes have been made as to what the organization wants us to save and send in. They are no longer collecting anything except stamps. At this time, please continue to save all your new and canceled foreign and domestic stamps, including Forever, flag and non-profit stamps, plus stamps in sets and series issued after 2000. Please leave 1/8″ to 1/4″ of paper around stamps when cutting them off. Send stamps to:  Stamps for Right Sharing, c/o Indianapolis First Friends, 3030 Kessler Blvd East Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46220.

Your support of this project is much appreciated.  You can help make a difference in the world – one stamp at a time!

The Friends Committee on National Legislation Advocacy Group in Reno/Carson

An FCNL Advocacy Group is being started here in the Reno/Carson area, and anyone interested is invited to join the effort. The Friends Committee on National Legislation (www.fcnl.org) lobbies Congress and the administration to advance peace, justice, opportunity, and environmental stewardship. FCNL is a nonpartisan organization that seeks to live our Quaker values of integrity, simplicity and peace as we build relationships across political divides to move policies forward. The Reno/Carson FCNL Advocacy Group is putting together a ‘host committee’ of about 4-7 participants. The work can range from writing letters and calling legislators, to face-to-face lobbying, but it will be up to the Reno/Carson FCNL Advocacy Group to decide what our policy priorities will be. Anyone interested please contact Doug at dsmith1317(at)aol.com.

Donate New Stamps to the Homeless

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

Carson City Worship Group

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

Outside Non-Profits That Meet at the Quaker Meeting House

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

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

Other Non-Profits Affiliated with Reno Friends

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

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

Sierra Interfaith Action for Peace (SIAP) has been “holding a space” for peace for over 16 years. The group gathers for a peace vigil in Reno every Monday from 5:30-6:00 pm in front of the Federal Building at Virginia and Liberty Streets. Members take turns leading the group with relevant articles and discussions. Everyone is welcome to attend!

Inspiration

“All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well… for there is a Force of love moving through the universe that holds us fast and will never let us go.”

- Julian of Norwich

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 who struggle with loneliness or sadness; all those grieving over the epidemic of gun violence in our country, and for everyone hurt and challenged by war and terrorism and racism; the migrants in Europe and the countries absorbing them; the people and leaders of our national and all countries experiencing war or oppression, so that we may find peaceful resolutions to all our economic and political troubles; and all who suffer from privation and economic hardship. In particular, we ask that you hold Sharonlee Souza in the Light as well as the family of former Reno Friend Neil Hendricks.  And please hold in the Light 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 Quarterly Meeting Spring Session
Ben Lomond Quaker Center, Ben Lomond, California
Sat. May 19 to Sun. May 20

Coming together for Quarterly Meeting is a way to revitalize our faithfulness to God, Divine Spirit, to love.  It is a way to learn more about and strengthen our spiritual disciplines.  What are we longing for in our gathering?  Do we seek deepening in God’s presence in our ‘well of hope’ in these troubled times?

Registration information at collegeparkquarterlymeeting.org.

Pacific Yearly Meeting 72nd Annual Session
Walker Creek Ranch, Petaluma, California, Fri. July 13 to Wed. July 18, 2018
Clerk’s Call: Faithfulness – A Call to Practice Radical Vulnerability and Love

This year, Pacific Yearly Meeting is called to be vulnerable to faith. The radical act of faith is required in our relationship to the Divine and in our relationship to our Quaker community. Faithfulness requires obedience to the living Presence and trust to wherever it may lead us, which leaves us vulnerable to our ego, our fear, and the world. This vulnerability was required of the Apostles who followed Jesus. This vulnerability was required of those seekers who heard George Fox’s call to align their lives to the Christ Spirit. No doubt there were times when the Apostles and early Friends felt like they were crazy to do what was being asked of them. But again and again they turned towards the Divine and each other.

Our Quaker tradition is rich with resources (practices) to help us deepen our awareness of, and faithfulness to, the living Presence and to experience the joy and love of deep Fellowship. The practice of Extended Worship (worship not to an appointed hour, but to the movement of Spirit) opens us to deep corporate resonance where the still small voice can be heard. Bringing our life decisions to our Quaker community by asking for discernment support through Clearness and Accountability Committees which helps align our lives with the Spirit’s calling. Praying in Meeting for Worship helps us to be vulnerable to the living Spirit. Holding the Meeting and one another in prayer and taking responsibility for the spiritual formation of each other strengthens our spiritual lives. Taking the time daily to sit in prayer and worship helps us become sensitive to the ways of the Spirit at work in us. Reading Quaker writings, the Bible, or religious texts help us to understand how God has spoken to, and through, those who have lived lives devoted to listening and obeying their True Guide.

Do we dare make these practices central to our lives? Are we too comfortable in our regular routines, current beliefs and lifestyles to create the time to hear and obey the Spirit’s call? Through their discipline of listening to what the Christ Spirit had to teach them, Friends through the ages reordered their lives individually and collectively to align with Spirit. They relied upon their faith community to hold them accountable to personal transformation and the inner work that is required to be obedient and faithful.

This summer we will explore the theme of radical vulnerability and faithfulness. Our keynote speakers Carin Anderson and Elena Anderson-Williams will be bringing their insights to this summer’s Annual Session. These Friends grew up in Pacific Yearly Meeting. They both have been vulnerable to the Spirit throughout their lives, following its direction on paths they could not have imagined. Please join us.

For more information, or to register, go to pacificyearlymeeting.org.

Ben Lomond Quaker Center News, Workshops & Camps
Remixing Faith: Seeds of Renewal in Quaker Tradition for the 21st CenturyJune 1-3

Join Wess Daniels to reflect upon the challenges within the Quaker tradition and consider a “convergent” framework for how Friends can address these changes in ways that honor the importance of tradition, while also allowing space for creation and innovation. If you are a Friend who is open to change, and want new ways of looking at Quakerism and our engagement with culture, we hope you will join us. Register online at http://www.quakercenter.org/programs/remixing-faith/.

Quaker Service and Art Camp for Kids, June 23-30

This year, camp for kids entering 5th – 9th grades is a combination and reconfiguration of our two previous youth camps. Campers will join Camp Co-directors, Julian Garrett and Nate Secrest, camp staff and seasoned Friends to experience a multi-generational community through fun activities. Multi-generational crews will gather to work on service projects at Quaker Center or travel to Santa Cruz. In addition to community service, we will explore Quaker practices through town meetings, experiential learning, inter-generational kitchen and cleaning crews, games and music. Campers will also enjoy games, hiking around Quaker Center, and swimming, as well as whichever art course they choose to take for the week. Learn more and register your child by June 1st at http://www.quakercenter.org/quaker-service-and-art-camp/.

Job Opening: Ben Lomond Quaker Center is now accepting applications for two full-time Co-Director positions beginning spring 2019. Co-Directors provide spiritual leadership to West Coast Friends; develop workshops; manage staff, finances and facilities; fund-raise and work closely with spirit-led Board. Compensation includes: salary, housing, utilities, benefits, glorious California coastal redwoods. Seeking applications from couples or two individuals. LGBTQ & persons of color encouraged to apply. See the Quaker Center website to review the job description.    Please see http://www.quakercenter.org/about-us/employment-opportunities/ for more information and to apply.

For the annual Quaker Center schedule or to register for 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.

February 2018 Newsletter

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

Announcements

Reno Friends’ February Schedule

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

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

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

Sunday Feb. 25 –  Potluck, 11:30 am (4th Sunday)

Reno Friends Meeting Events & Notices

A New Way to “Break” From Meeting for Worship Starts Sun. Feb. 4 

Reno Friends have a new process for “breaking” at the end of Meeting for Worship. We hope these changes will allow for a more worshipful space for after-thoughts, and eliminate the unnecessary standing and moving about that is difficult for some members and attenders.  At 11 o’clock, we will now stay in our seats rather than stand, and “pass the peace” by turning quietly to greet the people sitting near us.  The Worship Clerk will then invite people to share spiritual after-thoughts.  We ask that those sharing please stand (if able), and speak loudly, so everyone can hear.  We would also like people to pause between messages, so there is a bit of time to reflect on the last message.  After that, we will have introductions, followed by announcements and joys and concerns.  The Worship Clerks have been fully briefed, and there will be reminders on the chairs for the first few weeks so that everyone knows what to do.

Reno Friends Quakerism 101 Classes start Sun. Mar. 4, 8:45-9:45 am

A five-session class to explore aspects of Quaker practice starts on Sunday, Mar. 4, with a discussion of “Worship Sharing as a Topic and Practice,” led by Gina Russo. On Sun. Mar. 4, Wendy Swallow will lead a class on “Sharing in Silent Worship.” All classes will meet from 8:45 am to 9:45 am in the Meeting House, and generally occur on the first and third Sundays of the month. Please join us for what are sure to be interesting discussions, and stay tuned for additional topics in April and May.  A full schedule will be in the March Newsletter.

The Friends Committee on National Legislation Advocacy Group in Reno/Carson

Doug Smith plans to help facilitate starting an FCNL Advocacy Group in Reno/Carson, probably beginning this year. The Friends Committee on National Legislation (www.fcnl.org) The Friends Committee on National Legislation lobbies Congress and the administration to advance peace, justice, opportunity, and environmental stewardship. Founded in 1943 by members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), FCNL fields an expert team of lobbyists on Capitol Hill and works with a grassroots network of tens of thousands of people across the country to advance policies and priorities established by our governing General Committee. FCNL is a nonpartisan organization that seeks to live our values of integrity, simplicity and peace as we build relationships across political divides to move policies forward. The Reno/Carson FCNL Advocacy Group will initially need a ‘host committee’ of about 4-7 participants, then will set up a 3-hour training with someone from FCNL. The work can range from writing letters and calling legislators to face-to-face lobbying, but it will be up to Reno/Carson Advocacy Group to decide what our priorities will be. Las Vegas Friends set up an advocacy group last year, and offered to help Reno Friends get started and to coordinate efforts. Anyone interested please stay tuned, or contact Doug at dsmith1317(at)aol.com.

Donate New Stamps to the Homeless

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

Carson City Worship Group

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

Outside Non-Profits That Meet at the Quaker Meeting House

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

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

Other Non-Profits Affiliated with Reno Friends

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

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

Inspiration

“We are participants in a vast communion of being, and if we open ourselves to its guidance, we can learn anew how to live in this great and gracious community of truth.”

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 who continue to suffer from climate-related displacement or hardship; all who struggle with loneliness or sadness; all those grieving over violence by and against the police, and for everyone hurt and challenged by war and terrorism and racism; the migrants in Europe and the countries absorbing them; the people and leaders of our national and all countries experiencing war or oppression, so that we may find peaceful resolutions to all our economic and political troubles; and all who suffer from privation and economic hardship. In particular, we ask that you hold in the Light Sharonlee Souza 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
Finding Our Quaker Voice, Feb. 23-25, 2018

With Diane Randall, Executive Secretary of the Friends Committee on National Legislation. Large and small group discussions as well as time in worship, will benefit those who reflect on the intersection of their faith journeys and public life—particularly for those who want to be politically active but who are frustrated by partisanship.

Awakening to the Presence, Mar. 19-24, 2018

During this 5-day program, Bob Runyan, Janet Leslie, Jim Anderson and Kathy Runyan will facilitate experiences of individual worship, the gathered meeting, reading and listening to the ways that Spirit has been at work in the lives of others, and the witness of the work of Spirit within each of us.

Job Opening: Quaker Center is now accepting applications for the position of Maintenance Technician. The Maintenance Technician is responsible for performing routine and periodic maintenance tasks, making improvements to Quaker Center’s buildings and grounds, working with campers, as well as the organization and implementation of the preventive maintenance program. This is a full-time residential position. Please see http://www.quakercenter.org/about-us/employment-opportunities/ for more information and to apply.

For the annual Quaker Center schedule or to register for 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.

January 2018 Newsletter

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

Announcements

Reno Friends’ January Schedule

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

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

Sunday Jan. 14 – Business Meeting, 11:30 am (2nd Sunday)

Saturday Jan. 20 – RISE Dinner for the Homeless, 4:45 to 6 pm (details below)

Sunday Jan. 28 –  Potluck, 11:30 am (4th Sunday)

Reno Friends Meeting Events & Notices

RISE Dinner to Help Feed the Homeless Sat. Jan. 20 4:45-6 pm

Please volunteer to cook a large meal, side dish or dessert, and join other Reno Friends as we help to feed Reno’s homeless on Sat. Jan. 20 from 5-6 pm. We will be working with RISE (Reno Initiative for Shelter & Equality) at their station in the parking lot of the Community Assistance Center at 335 Record Street. Parking near the CAC is difficult, so if you would like to carpool, gather at the Meeting House at 4:45 pm. The best dishes to bring include meat or bean casseroles (avoid pasta), salads, vegetable side dishes or crates of fruit. We had fifteen Friends when we did this in October, and all were moved by the experience.  Jana Harvill-Correa has invited Friends to cook together at her house Friday evening Jan. 19.  For more information, contact Jana at corhar(at)mac.com.

Breaking Meeting Proposal at Sun. Jan. 14 Meeting for Business, 11:30 am

Reno Friends are considering changing the process we follow to break Meeting for Worship. In the past, we have invited after-thoughts, followed by joys and concerns, introductions and announcements. In an effort to both streamline the process and create a more worshipful space for after-thoughts, we are considering the following changes: Inviting after-thoughts during the last ten minutes of Silent Worship; passing the peace while still sitting; then following with introductions and announcements. We would not rise until all was completed, in part to accommodate those who find it difficult to stand. The new format will be discussed more fully at our Jan. 14 Meeting for Business. Please join us to help craft the best approach for our Meeting.

Sierra Friends Center Director Amy Cooke to speak at Sun. Jan. 28 Potluck

SFC and Woolman School Director Amy Cooke will talk with Reno Friends at 12 noon on Jan. 28 as part of our monthly potluck. Cooke reports that there is a lot happening at SFC. The restoration of Madrone Hall is nearing completion and will soon house the offices, labs and classrooms for the Sierra Streams Institute. SFC staff are excited about collaborating with Sierra Streams, the local Nisenan tribe and others as they plan and pilot the new Woolman Outdoor School. Another new program, the Jorgensen School for Nonviolence, is in the planning stages and will support both budding and experienced activists in carrying out nonviolent direct action campaigns. “With all of the changes that have happened here,” says Cooke, “we are sensing that we are entering a new era of vitality. Your generosity helps us take care of this land, bring kids to camp, and design new programs. We at SFC are deeply grateful to the many Friends, near and far, old and new, who are reaching out to support this work.”

Quakerism 101 Classes  POSTPONED until March.

A four-session class that explores different aspects of our Quaker practice and spiritual leanings has been postponed until March. The course is now planned to run March 4, March 18, April 8 and April 22. All sessions will be held from 8:45 am to 9:45 am in the Meeting House. The first session, “Sharing in Silent Worship,” will be led by Wendy Swallow.  Please join us for what are sure to be interesting and informative discussions!

The Friends Committee on National Legislation Advocacy Group in Reno/Carson

Doug Smith plans to help facilitate starting an FCNL Advocacy Group in Reno/Carson, probably beginning this year. The Friends Committee on National Legislation (www.fcnl.org) The Friends Committee on National Legislation lobbies Congress and the administration to advance peace, justice, opportunity, and environmental stewardship. Founded in 1943 by members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), FCNL fields an expert team of lobbyists on Capitol Hill and works with a grassroots network of tens of thousands of people across the country to advance policies and priorities established by our governing General Committee. FCNL is a nonpartisan organization that seeks to live our values of integrity, simplicity and peace as we build relationships across political divides to move policies forward. The Reno/Carson FCNL Advocacy Group will initially need a ‘host committee’ of about 4-7 participants, then will set up a 3-hour training with someone from FCNL. The work can range from writing letters and calling legislators to face-to-face lobbying, but it will be up to Reno/Carson Advocacy Group to decide what our priorities will be. Las Vegas Friends set up an advocacy group last year, and offered to help Reno Friends get started and to coordinate efforts. Anyone interested please stay tuned, or contact Doug at dsmith1317(at)aol.com.

Donate New Stamps to the Homeless

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

Carson City Worship Group

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

Outside Non-Profits That Meet at the Quaker Meeting House

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

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

Other Non-Profits Affiliated with Reno Friends

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

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

Inspiration

“I do not at all understand the mystery of grace – only that it meets us where we are but doesn’t leave us where it found us.”

Anne Lamott

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 continue to suffer from climate-related displacement or hardship; all who struggle with loneliness or sadness; all those grieving over violence by and against the police, and for everyone hurt and challenged by war and terrorism and racism; the migrants in Europe and the countries absorbing them; the people and leaders of our national and all countries experiencing war or oppression, so that we may find peaceful resolutions to all our economic and political troubles; and all who suffer from privation and economic hardship. In particular, we ask that you hold in the Light Sharonlee Souza, Steve Christensen and his father, and Cheri and Doug Smith, whose long-time friend Mary Harper died last week, as well as their friend Cathy McAdoo who lost her husband unexpectedly last week as well.  Please hold in the Light 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
Lucretia Mott and Levi Coffin, Jan. 26-28, 2018

Please join Stephen Angell to explore the theology, spirituality, and activism of two Quaker human rights radicals, nearly contemporaneous in their long lives, and consider their contributions both to America and to Quakers. We will examine the lives of Quaker Abolitionists such as Coffin and Mott, and the theological ideas that inspired them (and that they in turn used to inspire others). Stephen Angell and Carole Spencer wrote articles relevant to this workshop that we hope you’ll read before you come. You can access them (and a number of other articles on Quakers) with this link: https://christianhistoryinstitute.org/magazine/issue/quakers/ 

Finding Our Quaker Voice, Feb. 23-25, 2018

With Diane Randall, Executive Secretary of the Friends Committee on National Legislation. Large and small group discussions as well as time in worship, will benefit those who reflect on the intersection of their faith journeys and public life—particularly for those who want to be politically active but who are frustrated by partisanship.

Awakening to the Presence, Mar. 19-24, 2018

During this 5-day program, Bob Runyan, Janet Leslie, Jim Anderson and Kathy Runyan will facilitate experiences of individual worship, the gathered meeting, reading and listening to the ways that Spirit has been at work in the lives of others, and the witness of the work of Spirit within each of us.

Job Opening: Quaker Center is now accepting applications for the position of Maintenance Technician. The Maintenance Technician is responsible for performing routine and periodic maintenance tasks, making improvements to Quaker Center’s buildings and grounds, working with campers, as well as the organization and implementation of the preventive maintenance program. This is a full-time residential position. Please see http://www.quakercenter.org/about-us/employment-opportunities/ for more information and to apply.

For the annual Quaker Center schedule or to register for 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.

December 2017 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

Reno Friends’ December Schedule

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

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

Saturday Dec. 3 – Christmas Party 4-8 pm (see details below)

Sunday Dec. 4 – Business Meeting, 11:30 am (1st Sunday)

Saturday Dec. 24 – Homeless Clothing & Food Giveaway, 8:30 am (see details below)

Sunday Dec. 31 –  Potluck (5th Sunday)

Reno Friends Meeting Events & Notices

Reno/Carson Friends Potluck Christmas Party Sat. Dec. 2, 4 to 8 pm

Please join us for good food, laughter and Christmas carols at the home of Ivan, Jana and Luca Correa. People should feel free to drop by or stay for the duration.  For the potluck supper, please bring one dish to serve eight, either an appetizer/finger food, or a casserole, side dish, salad or dessert.  Items that can easily be eaten with plastic utensils and from our laps are best.  Please attach a list of ingredients so that those with allergies will know what they are getting, and bring your own serving utensils.

Getting There: Nut Tree Lane is located near the intersection of Lakeside Drive and West Peckham Lane. From that intersection, go west on Peckham — the street narrows here and is marked with a yellow No Outlet sign. After 1/10 of a mile, turn left onto Nut Tree, a short, gravel road with two houses at the end. Your destination, #3915, is the last house on the right. There will be a number of parking spaces near the house. If those spots are full, you can park along the fence on the west side of Nut Tree, or out on West Peckham. (Note: you cannot access Nut Tree coming from Plumas Street, even if your navigation software indicates otherwise.) Hope to see you there!

Share Food and Clothing with Reno’s Neediest, Dec. 24 8:30-9:45 am

Please donate new thermal socks or other gently-used warm clothing for the homeless. (There is a box in the Meeting House for donations.) Then, on Christmas Eve morning, please join Reno Friends and the family of Dave Humphrey and Kulani Mahikoa in sharing what we have collected, along with food and fellowship, with the needy at the Reno-Sparks Gospel Mission. The mission is part of the Community Assistance Center at 355 Record Street, just five minutes from the Meeting House. We will distribute 175 sack lunches (already donated) along with the clothes, as well as other personal items that may be useful to the community members. The Gospel Mission will provide us with tables and hot cider. We will set up just outside the dining hall, so dress warmly. Those who participated in this event last year said the best part is sharing fellowship with the community. Things you may consider bringing to give: warm socks, coats, hats, snacks, gifts, etc. (No canned food, though, as the homeless have no way to cook it.)

The Next RISE Dinner to Help Feed the Homeless is Sat., Jan. 20 5-6 pm

Reno Friends will gather on Saturday Jan. 20 to bring dishes to the RISE dinner served at the Community Assistance Center and help feed the hungry in the Reno community.  We had fifteen Friends when we did this in October, and all were moved by the experience. There may be an opportunity to cook together before the event, and also the possibility of going out for a bite together afterwards.  Stay tuned for more information, or email Jana at corhar(at)mac.com.

The Friends Committee on National Legislation Advocacy Group in Reno/Carson

Doug Smith plans to start an FCNL Advocacy Group in Reno/Carson, probably beginning early next year. The Friends Committee on National Legislation (www.fcnl.org) lobbies Congress and the administration to advance peace, justice, opportunity, and environmental stewardship. Founded in 1943 by members of the Religious Society of Friends, FCNL fields an expert team of lobbyists on Capitol Hill and works with a grassroots network of tens of thousands of people across the country to advance policies and priorities established by our governing General Committee. FCNL is a nonpartisan organization that seeks to live our values of integrity, simplicity, and peace as we build relationships across political divides to move policies forward. The Reno/Carson FCNL Advocacy Group will initially need a ‘host committee’ of about 4-7 participants, then will set up a 3-hour training with someone from FCNL. The work can range from writing letters and calling legislators to face-to-face lobbying, but it will be up to Reno/Carson Friends to decide what our priorities will be. Las Vegas set up an advocacy group last year, and has offered to help us get started and to coordinate efforts. This will be particularly helpful with our Senators. Anyone interested please stay tuned, or contact Doug at dsmith1317(at)aol.com.

Donate New Stamps to the Homeless

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

Carson City Worship Group

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

Outside Non-Profits That Meet at the Quaker Meeting House

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

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

Other Non-Profits Affiliated with Reno Friends

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

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

Inspiration

“The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one 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 in who continue to suffer from hurricane and fire damage in California, Houston, Florida and the Caribbean; all who struggle with loneliness or sadness; all those grieving over violence by and against the police, and for everyone hurt and challenged by war and terrorism and racism; the migrants in Europe and the countries absorbing them; the people and leaders of our nation and all countries experiencing war or oppression, so that we may find peaceful resolutions to all our economic and political troubles; and all who suffer from privation and economic hardship. In particular, we ask that you hold Sharonlee Souza in the Light, as well as 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
8th Annual Music and Dance Retreat, Dec. 1-3

Come for a weekend of celebrating multi-generational community with our Music and Dance Retreat. We will enjoy a variety of different ways to sing, dance and make music together that will be facilitated by participant volunteers who will lead activities they know and love. The one professional leader we’ll have is a caller for our family friendly 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 interspersed by a few dancing opportunities.

Year-End Retreat: Awareness, Attentiveness, Acceptance, Dec. 27 – Jan. 1

Join us for our Year-end Retreat: Awareness, Attentiveness and Acceptance, facilitated by David and Trish Johnson, former Co-Directors of the Silver Wattle Quaker Center in Australia. We will be exploring Quaker writings, the Bible and your Inner Guide for ‘walking in the Light’. Whatever happened in 2017, let our hearts be opened so each of us may better understand and undertake what God is asking of us. Please register by December 15th.

Lucretia Mott and Levi Coffin, Jan. 26-28, 2018

Please join Stephen Angell to explore the theology, spirituality, and activism of two Quaker human rights radicals, nearly contemporaneous in their long lives, and consider their contributions both to America and to Quakers. We will examine the lives of Quaker Abolitionists such as Coffin and Mott, and the theological ideas that inspired them (and that they in turn used to inspire others). Stephen Angell and Carole Spencer wrote articles relevant to this workshop that we hope you’ll read before you come. You can access them (and a number of other articles on Quakers) with this link: https://christianhistoryinstitute.org/magazine/issue/quakers/

Finding Our Quaker Voice, Feb. 23-25, 2018

Join Diane Randall, Executive Secretary of the Friends Committee on National Legislation, in large and small group discussions as well as time in worship, to reflect on the intersection of personal faith journeys and public life—particularly for those who want to be politically active but who are frustrated by partisanship.

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

Woolman School at Sierra Friends Center

Woolman Semester School is suspended for the foreseeable future, but there are still exciting things happening at Sierra Friends Center.

Go to https://woolman.org for more information.

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 2017 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

Reno Friends’ November Schedule

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

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

Saturday Nov. 4 – Fall Clean-up at the Meeting House 9:00 to noon

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

Sunday Nov. 26 – Thanksgiving Potluck (4th Sunday)

Reno Friends Meeting Events & Notices

Fall Clean-Up at the Meeting House Sat. Nov. 4, 9am to 12 noon

Please join us to clear the yard and scour the Meeting House on Sat. Nov. 4 from 9 to noon. Many hands make light work. Bring work gloves, and snacks if inclined.

Reno/Carson Friends Potluck Christmas Party Sat. Dec. 2, 4 to 8 pm

Please join us for good food, laughter and Christmas carols at the home of Ivan, Jana and Luca Correa.  The Correa home is at 3915 Nut Tree Lane, in Reno.  Nut Tree is off West Peckham between Plumas and Lakeside.  To get onto West Peckham, you need to approach from Lakeside Drive.  Once on W. Peckham, take the only left onto Nut Tree.  It is a short gravel road with two houses at the end, and 3915 is the one on the right.  You can park on Nut Tree or Peckham.

People should feel free to drop by or stay for the duration.  For the potluck supper, please bring one dish to serve eight, either an appetizer/finger food, or a casserole, side dish, salad or dessert.  Items that can easily be eaten with plastic utensils and from our laps are best.  Please attach a list of ingredients so that those with allergies will know what they are getting, and bring your own serving utensils.

RISE Dinner to Feed the Homeless a Success

Reno Friends gathered on Saturday Oct. 21 to bring dishes to the RISE dinner served at the Community Assistance Center and helped feed the hungry in the Reno community.  Fifteen Friends participated and all were moved by the experience. The Meeting is signing up for more RISE dinners in 2018, so stay tuned. 

The Friends Committee on National Legislation Advocacy Group in Reno/Carson

Doug Smith plans to start an FCNL Advocacy Group in Reno/Carson, probably beginning early next year. The Friends Committee on National Legislation (www.fcnl.org) lobbies Congress and the administration to advance peace, justice, opportunity, and environmental stewardship. Founded in 1943 by members of the Religious Society of Friends, FCNL fields an expert team of lobbyists on Capitol Hill and works with a grassroots network of tens of thousands of people across the country to advance policies and priorities established by our governing General Committee. FCNL is a nonpartisan organization that seeks to live our values of integrity, simplicity, and peace as we build relationships across political divides to move policies forward. The Reno/Carson FCNL Advocacy Group will initially need a ‘host committee’ of about 4-7 participants, then will set up a 3-hour training with someone from FCNL. The work can range from writing letters and calling legislators to face-to-face lobbying, but it will be up to Reno/Carson Friends to decide what our priorities will be. Las Vegas set up an advocacy group last year, and has offered to help us get started and to coordinate efforts. This will be particularly helpful with our Senators. Anyone interested please stay tuned, or contact Doug at dsmith1317(at)aol.com.

Donate New Stamps to the Homeless

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

Carson City Worship Group

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

Outside Non-Profits That Meet at the Quaker Meeting House

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

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

Other Non-Profits Affiliated with Reno Friends

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

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

Inspiration

“No matter where life takes you the place that you stand at any given moment is holy ground. Love hard, and love wide and love long and you will find the goodness in .”

Susan Vreeland

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 in who suffered from hurricane and fire damage in California, Houston, Florida and the Caribbean; all who struggle with loneliness or sadness; all those grieving over violence by and against the police, and for everyone hurt and challenged by war and terrorism and racism; the migrants in Europe and the countries absorbing them; the people and leaders of our national and all countries experiencing war or oppression, so that we may find peaceful resolutions to all our economic and political troubles; and all who suffer from privation and economic hardship. In particular, we ask that you hold in the Light 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 Report

As the firefighters moved steadily toward containment of the two fires in Nevada County, CPQM moved cautiously with our plans for Fall Quarterly at Sierra Friends Center. We were very fortunate to have fire containment, clear air, blue skies and very pleasant daytime temperatures throughout the weekend. We were cognizant of those facing fire in their local areas in northern California and held all those people tenderly in the Light throughout the weekend.

Our theme for Quarterly Meeting was “Awaken to the call of the Divine Spirit within one’s self, within all persons.” As a plenary panel on Spirit-Led Eldering or Spiritual Accompaniment, Gordon Bishop, Grass Valley Meeting and Stephen Matchett of San Francisco Meeting shared their experiences of accompanying another, or of being spiritually accompanied. They showed how Spirt-Led Eldering was a worshipful way of holding another in love and providing spiritual support to assist a Friend who is discerning their spiritual work. Accompaniment/eldering in this view calls for deep listening, sometimes reflecting back, and very occasionally a searching question.

During bible study the first morning, Psalm 23 was read from 4 different translations, each by a different voice, allowing those attending to hear it anew. As we read about the ‘lying down in green pastures’ we were again holding those in the areas of fire in the Light. The second morning we read from parts of Peter 1 chapter 4 & 5. Several reflections related to ‘God’s love covering a multitude of sin’, and ‘I am in Love and God is in me’ and ‘God’s love comes through us’ and therefore no need to strive, as in push, but to really experience God’s love.

Groups met in different formats to consider Worship-sharing Queries. There was a writing group, a paired walking meditation group and a traditional sitting, worship-sharing group.  The following queries were presented:  How do I answer that of God in everyone, though they may express themselves in ways that are difficult for me to understand? How do I experience seeing things that need to change in me or my way of life? How has being part of a community played a role in my spiritual growth? Blessings until we meet again on Saturday, January 20th, 2018 at the San Francisco Monthly Meeting.

- Sandy Kewman, Clerk, CPQM

Ben Lomond Quaker Center News & Workshops
The Quaker Legacy and Campaigning for Social Justice, Nov. 16-18

George Lakey will facilitate the practice of building courage, resilience, and teamwork. Have you ever wondered how to design and carry out nonviolent direct action campaigns? The methodology will be experiential. You will learn most by being willing to pray, laugh, cry, step out of your comfort zone, and give and receive support. Bring your joy and sorrow, your confidence and anxiety.  Be willing to apply what you learn back home — this weekend can provide the defining moment for your next decade.

8th Annual Music and Dance Retreat, Dec. 1-3

Come for a weekend of celebrating multi-generational community with our Music and Dance Retreat. We will enjoy a variety of different ways to sing, dance and make music together that will be facilitated by participant volunteers who will lead activities they know and love. The one professional leader we’ll have is a caller for our family friendly 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 interspersed by a few dancing opportunities.

Year-End Retreat: Awareness, Attentiveness, Acceptance, Dec. 27 – Jan. 1

Join us for our Year-end Retreat: Awareness, Attentiveness and Acceptance, facilitated by David and Trish Johnson, former Co-Directors of the Silver Wattle Quaker Center in Australia. We will be exploring Quaker writings, the Bible and your Inner Guide for ‘walking in the Light’. Whatever happened in 2017, let our hearts be opened so each of us may better understand and undertake what God is asking of us. Please register by December 15th.

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

Woolman School at Sierra Friends Center

Woolman Semester School is suspended for the foreseeable future, but there are still events happening at Sierra Friends Center.

Go to https://woolman.org for more information.

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 2017 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

Reno Friends’ September Schedule

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

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

Saturday Oct. 21 – RISE Community Dinner

Sunday Oct. 22 – Business Meeting, 11:30 am (4th Sunday)

Sunday Oct. 29 – Halloween Potluck (5th Sunday)

Reno Friends Meeting Events & Notices

College Park Fall Quarterly Meeting Oct. 13-15, Sierra Friends Center 

“Awaken to call of the Divine Spirit” at the Fall College Park Quarterly Meeting, Friday evening Oct. 13 to Sunday noon Oct. 15, at Sierra Friends Center in Nevada City, CA. Enjoy the natural setting and Quaker fellowship. Discuss common problems within Meetings with Friends. You may learn you are not alone and, together with others, find new ways forward as we pay attention to the Light within ourselves and all people.  For information on costs and housing, and to register, go to the new CPQM website: www.collegeparkquarterlymeeting.org. Registrations after Oct. 3 will incur a $20 late fee.

Reno Friends Feed the Homeless Sat. Oct. 21

Please volunteer to cook a large meal, side dish or dessert, and join other Reno Friends as we serve Reno’s homeless on Sat. Oct. 21 from 5-6 pm. We will be working with RISE (Reno Initiative for Shelter & Equality) at their station in the parking lot of the Community Assistance Center in Reno. The CAC is at 335 Record Street, one block east of 4th and Evans Street. RISE serves food on the east side of the parking lot, which is where we will gather with our dishes just before 5 pm. Dishes to bring include casseroles, salads, side dishes, biscuits, crates of fruit, desserts.  Wendy Swallow and Jana Harvill-Corhar are going to prepare their dishes together, so if you want to join us for what should be a fun afternoon OR if you plan to cook at home and meet us at the CAC site, please RSVP to Jana at corhar(at)mac.com or sign the sign-up sheet in the Meeting House. We hope to get at least six Reno Friends participating.

Next Business Meeting is Oct. 22

Reno Meeting cancelled September Business Meeting, so there’s lots to discuss at our October Business Meeting. We will gather late in the month, on the fourth Sunday, Oct. 22, at 11:30 in the Meeting House.  Please join us!

Halloween Potluck Sun. Oct. 29 11:30-1

October Potluck is fifth Sunday, Oct. 29, 11:30 to 1 pm, so that we can celebrate Halloween together. Bring something delicious to share and wear a costume! There will be special activities for kids and those young-at-heart. Contact the clerk at wswallow54(at)gmail.com if you have questions or ideas for activities.

Reno Friends Attend Pacific Yearly Meeting

Belinda, Cheri and Doug attended PYM this year and reported very positively on the experience. Zach Moon, the keynote speaker, grew up in Berkeley Meeting, and both he and his dad (Eric) have been to Reno Friends Meeting in the past. Zach surprised many Friends by joining the Navy. He served as a chaplain, then, after finishing his service, completed seminary. His perspectives were both unique and thought-provoking. Daily Bible study, various interest groups, and a workshop on early Quaker writings were attended by various Reno Friends, in addition to the plenary sessions. Cheri commented that Walker Creek Ranch was a great place to stay, and that meals were varied and good. Belinda noted that, as a relative newcomer to Friends, she felt comfortable and welcomed.

Grover Hot Springs Camp-Out Report

Reno and Carson Friends gathered at Grover Hot Springs campground for the weekend of September 15th to the 17th. Three hardy souls, Cliff, Anne and their dog Shy, endured a cold night Friday, and even the dog tried to cozy up with them at night since he is a short-haired dog. They welcomed other Friends to the campsite on Saturday with a warm and inviting fire. Gradually, Quakers drifted in from far and near. Jana, Ivan and son Luca came from Reno, along with Betsy, and hiked to the waterfall. Later that day Beatrice, Melanie, John and Andy came from Reno, while Richard, Joan and Tom came from Carson.

After lunch, Cliff and Anne brought out a stack of tie-dyed shirts and tops inviting us all to choose one. We each found one with colors or a design we liked and donned it. The three four-legged Quaker attenders were dressed in shirts as well—Jake loved his, Shy was not excited about his, and Bear only barely endured it. Then, John and Yurie arrived from Carson City, but there were no shirts left for them, they had gone to the dogs! Regardless, we gathered for a group picture in our tie-dyes feeling like we were back in the Sixties. Thanks to Anne and Cliff’s forethought, we were all treated to a fun activity and photo opportunity.

Preparations were made for dinner, and a variety of tasty offerings appeared on the picnic table. We sat around a wonderfully warm campfire fed by our young fire-tender, Luca, who wanted to roast his hot dogs—hungrily eyed by all three dogs especially, Jake. After supper, we were entertained by Beatrice on her accordion and Yurie singing acapella Chinese songs remembered from her youth and later years in China. Other campers must have been pleasantly surprised to hear an accordion and a Chinese singer in a forest setting. As dusk settled in, those who came for the day had to depart. Those who were camping for the night got ready for another night under the stars.

Sunday morning was as bright and sunny as it had been the day before. Seven of us gathered in a circle under the trees to the side of the camping area. It was peaceful with the occasional camp noises muted by the forest setting. We were grateful for the time to reflect on the weekend and in an environment not often enjoyed for Worship. We reluctantly parted after sharing a few ideas for other gatherings of Reno and Carson City Quakers. We hope to find a good location and time for next year’s camp-out.

submitted by Joan Graham

Friends Committee on National Legislation Advocacy Group in Reno/Carson

Doug Smith plans to help facilitate starting an FCNL Advocacy Group in Reno/Carson, probably beginning this fall. The Friends Committee on National Legislation (www.fcnl.org) The Friends Committee on National Legislation lobbies Congress and the administration to advance peace, justice, opportunity, and environmental stewardship. Founded in 1943 by members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), FCNL fields an expert team of lobbyists on Capitol Hill and works with a grassroots network of tens of thousands of people across the country to advance policies and priorities established by our governing General Committee. FCNL is a nonpartisan organization that seeks to live our values of integrity, simplicity, and peace as we build relationships across political divides to move policies forward. The Reno/Carson FCNL Advocacy Group will initially need a ‘host committee’ of about 4-7 participants, then will set up a 3-hour training with someone from FCNL. The work can range from writing letters and calling legislators to face-to-face lobbying, but it will be up to us to decide what our priorities will be. Interestingly, Las Vegas set up a Group last year, and will be pleased to help us get started and to coordinate efforts. This will be particularly helpful with our Senators.  Anyone interested please stay tuned, or contact Doug at dsmith1317(at)aol.com.

Donate New Stamps to the Homeless

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

Carson City Worship Group

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

Outside Non-Profits That Meet at the Quaker Meeting House

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

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

Other Non-Profits Affiliated with Reno Friends

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

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

Inspiration

“There is a quality about silent meeting which goes beyond personal devotions. Our relationship with God stretches two ways. We come into the sanctuary alone, needing to make our peace, but the conditions on which we do so derive from something wider than our own personal needs. We are not islands of consciousness, fragments of understanding, solo voices of praise, pieces of moral rectitude. Within the sanctuary we join with others. We become a people. We hear together. We minister to each other’s needs on behalf of the One we have come to worship.”

John Punshon (submitted 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 in who suffered from hurricane damage in Houston, Florida and the Caribbean; all who struggle with loneliness or sadness; all those grieving over violence by and against the police, and for everyone hurt and challenged by war and terrorism and racism; the migrants in Europe and the countries absorbing them; the people and leaders of our national and all countries experiencing war or oppression, so that we may find peaceful resolutions to all our economic and political troubles; and all who suffer from privation and economic hardship. In particular, we ask that you hold in the Light Jana, Ivan and Luca and Ivan’s family in Puerto Rico, as well as 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
The Long Haul: Inspiration, Strength & Perseverance for the Spiritual Life, Sept. 29 – Oct. 1

This workshop will use the underlying metaphor of a school for apprentices: a community of individuals gathered together to learn how to live in harmony with God and each other through a long-time dedication to their craft, learning from each other, from seasoned journeymen and journeywomen, and of course from the Master Teacher of us all. With Lloyd Lee Wilson. Find out more and register online at http://www.quakercenter.org/programs/in-for-the-long-haul-inspiration-strength-and-perseverance-for-spirituallife-today/.

What Matters in the End? Accompanying Oneself or Another to Death, Oct. 27 – 29

Explore your readiness to die, chosen death, caregiving and receiving, difficulties that arise between the person dying and the one accompanying that person. The focus will be on personal exploration and clarification of physical, emotional and spiritual issues surrounding death. With Margaret Sorrel and Dinah Bachrach.

The Quaker Legacy and Campaigning for Social Justice, Nov. 16-18

George Lakey will facilitate the practice of building courage, resilience, and teamwork. Have you ever wondered how to design and carry out nonviolent direct action campaigns? The methodology will be experiential. You will learn most by being willing to pray, laugh, cry, step out of your comfort zone, and give and receive support. Bring your joy and sorrow, your confidence and anxiety.  Be willing to apply what you learn back home — this weekend can provide the defining moment for your next decade.

8th Annual Music and Dance Retreat, Dec. 1-3

Come for a weekend of celebrating multi-generational community with our Music and Dance Retreat. We will enjoy a variety of different ways to sing, dance and make music together that will be facilitated by participant volunteers who will lead activities they know and love. The one professional leader we’ll have is a caller for our family friendly 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 interspersed by a few dancing opportunities.

Year-End Retreat: Awareness, Attentiveness, Acceptance, Dec. 27 – Jan. 1

Join us for our Year-end Retreat: Awareness, Attentiveness and Acceptance, facilitated by David and Trish Johnson, former Co-Directors of the Silver Wattle Quaker Center in Australia. We will be exploring Quaker writings, the Bible and your Inner Guide for ‘walking in the Light’. Whatever happened in 2017, let our hearts be opened so each of us may better understand and undertake what God is asking of us. Please register by December 15th.

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

Woolman School at Sierra Friends Center

Woolman Semester School is suspended for the foreseeable future, but there are still events happening at Sierra Friends Center:

Earth, Air, Fire, Water, Oct. 27-29

Potters of all ages are invited to come learn about the history of the unique design of the oldest Noborigama “climbing kiln” in the United States and to help load it for its 128th firing. The Noborigama kiln, which dates from 17th century Japan, is a six-chambered kiln, with each chamber using the residual heat of the chamber below it. When all six chambers are loaded, it uses up to five cords of wood and hold as many as 3000 pieces of pottery. Fee:  $60 for tent camping for 2 nights; $30 additional per person for a cabin. Bring a plate, cup, utensils, and food to share. If you have questions, or want to reserve a cabin, please email laurac@woolman.org. To register, go to Woolman.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 2017 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

Reno Friends’ September Schedule

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

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

Sunday Sept. 10 – Business Meeting, 11:30 am (2nd Sunday)

Friday – Sunday Sept. 15 – 17 – Grover Hot Springs Camping Trip

Sunday Sept. 24 – Potluck (4th Sunday)

Reno Friends Meeting Events & Notices

Grover Hot Springs Camping Trip Sept. 15-17

Reno Friends Meeting and the Carson City Worship Group are joining forces this fall to renew our traditional September camping trip at Grover Hot Springs State Park in Markleeville, California! You do not need to camp to enjoy the fellowship. On Saturday, Sept. 16, all non-campers are invited to join the campers for the day, to hike or swim in the hot springs, and to enjoy the potluck supper around the campfire. For the campers, we will hold Silent Worship in the meadow Sunday morning.  Put it on your calendar and watch for updates. Jana Harvill-Correa will be our coordinator.

Reno Friends Feed the Homeless Sat. Oct. 21

Please volunteer to cook a large meal, side dish or dessert, and join other Reno Friends as we serve Reno’s homeless on Sat. Oct. 21 from 5-6 pm. We will be working with RISE (Reno Initiative for Shelter & Equality) at their station in the parking lot of the Community Assistance Center in Reno. The CAC is at 335 Record Street, one block east of 4th and Evans Street. RISE serves food on the east side of the parking lot, which is where we will gather with our dishes just before 5 pm. Dishes to bring include casseroles, salads, side dishes, biscuits, crates of fruit, desserts. Please RSVP to Jana Harvill-Corhar at corhar(at)mac.com or sign the sign-up sheet in the Meeting House. We hope to get at least six Reno Friends participating.

Reno Friends Clean-Up on the Truckee River Trail

Many thanks to everyone who came out on Monday, Aug. 26 to help clean up the Truckee River Trail through an area frequented by the homeless. We had at least ten Reno Friends in the crew, which was led by Gina Russo. This event, partnered with Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful (KTMB), was one of our designated “Civic Engagements” for 2017. Check the newsletter for upcoming opportunities to let our lives speak.

Quaker Center Survey on “What We Do in Quaker Worship”

Ben Lomond Quaker Center is conducting a short survey to get a sense of what we do in Quaker meeting for worship, what we are seeking there, and whether we are successful in finding it. If you are, or have been, a regular participant in Quaker worship, please take five minutes to fill it out at the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/E8RQ1N8rv0fuiXvE2.

AVP Report: O.J. Simpson Credits Nevada AVP at his Parole Hearing

The Nevada Alternatives to Violence Project got a boost from Lovelock prisoner O.J. Simpson during his parole hearing in July when he said two AVP courses he took while at Lovelock helped with his rehabilitation. “It’s the most important course anyone in this prison could take, as it teaches you to solve conflict through conversation,” Simpson said.

No matter how one may feel about O.J. Simpson, as Reno Friends we applaud any inmate who takes advantage of the non-violence training Nevada AVP offers. Simpson is one of thousands of incarcerated people who have benefited from these trainings. AVP workshops and trainings are currently given in 32 states and more than 50 countries. Reno Friends Meeting made a commitment several years ago to use a significant percentage of its charitable budget to help cover Nevada AVP’s operating costs. Since 1975, when a group of Quakers were invited into Green Haven Prison in upstate New York, the AVP has been a powerful force for transformation inside of prison and in community groups in the USA and around the globe.  Participants learn trust and communication skills, practice empathy, build community, and practice resolving conflict nonviolently. The training is also given in communities and schools with a vision of creating a more collaborative world where we are able to work through conflicts rather than avoid them or resort to violence. For more information go to www.avpusa.org.

Donate New Stamps to the Homeless

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

Carson City Worship Group

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

Outside Non-Profits That Meet at the Quaker Meeting House

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

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

Other Non-Profits Affiliated with Reno Friends

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

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

Inspiration

“In a world so torn apart by rivalry, anger, and hatred, we have the privileged vocation to be living signs of a love that can bridge all divisions and heal all wounds.” -     Henri Nouwen

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 in Charlottesville and Houston; all who struggle with loneliness or sadness; all those grieving over violence by and against the police, and for everyone hurt and challenged by war and terrorism; the migrants in Europe and the countries absorbing them; the people and leaders of our national and all countries experiencing war or oppression, so that we may find peaceful resolutions to all our economic and political troubles; and all who suffer from privation and economic hardship. In particular, we ask that you hold in the Light Reno Friend Andy Robinson, who lost his mother 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. 13-15 

Fall Quarterly Meeting will take place at Sierra Friends Center in Nevada City, CA. Please put it on your calendar! The theme for the 2017 fall meeting has yet to be determined. Stay tuned for updates, or go to collegepark.quaker.org for more information and registration.

Ben Lomond Quaker Center News & Workshops
Colonialism, Racism and White Supremacy, Sept. 1-3

Have you ever wondered what white supremacy and colonization are? Have you wondered how they affect our lives both individually and institutionally? Over the weekend we will spend time examining colonization, racism and white supremacy.  With Vanessa Julye. Register early at http://www.quakercenter.org/programs/register/.

The Long Haul: Inspiration, Strength & Perseverance for the Spiritual Life, Sept. 29 – Oct. 1

This workshop will use the underlying metaphor of a school for apprentices: a community of individuals gathered together to learn how to live in harmony with God and each other through a long-time dedication to their craft, learning from each other, from seasoned journeymen and journeywomen, and of course from the Master Teacher of us all. With Lloyd Lee Wilson. Find out more and register online at http://www.quakercenter.org/programs/in-for-the-long-haul-inspiration-strength-and-perseverance-for-spirituallife-today/.

What Matters in the End? Accompanying Oneself or Another to Death, Oct. 27 – 29

Explore your readiness to die, chosen death, caregiving and receiving, difficulties that arise between the person dying and the one accompanying that person. The focus will be on personal exploration and clarification of physical, emotional and spiritual issues surrounding death. With Margaret Sorrel and Dinah Bachrach.

The Quaker Legacy and Campaigning for Social Justice, Nov. 16-18

George Lakey will facilitate the practice of building courage, resilience, and teamwork. Have you ever wondered how to design and carry out nonviolent direct action campaigns? The methodology will be experiential. You will learn most by being willing to pray, laugh, cry, step out of your comfort zone, and give and receive support. Bring your joy and sorrow, your confidence and anxiety.  Be willing to apply what you learn back home — this weekend can provide the defining moment for your next decade.

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

Woolman School at Sierra Friends Center

Woolman Semester School is suspended for the foreseeable future, but there are still events happening at Sierra Friends Center:

Earth, Air, Fire, Water, Oct. 27-29

Potters of all ages are invited to come learn about the history of the unique design of the oldest Noborigama “climbing kiln” in the United States and to help load it for its 128th firing. The Noborigama kiln, which dates from 17th century Japan, is a six-chambered kiln, with each chamber using the residual heat of the chamber below it. When all six chambers are loaded, it uses up to five cords of wood and hold as many as 3000 pieces of pottery. Fee:  $60 for tent camping for 2 nights; $30 additional per person for a cabin. Bring a plate, cup, utensils, and food to share. If you have questions, or want to reserve a cabin, please email laurac@woolman.org. To register, go to Woolman.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.

 

July-August 2017 Newsletter

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

Announcements

Reno Friends’ July & August Schedule

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

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

Sunday July 23 – Potluck (4th Sunday)

NOTE:  NO BUSINESS MEETING IN JULY

Sunday Aug. 13 – Business Meeting, 11:30 am (2nd Sunday)

Sunday Aug. 27 – Potluck (4th Sunday)

Reno Friends Meeting Events

Dinner with Friends Postponed Until Fall

Please note that our proposed Dinner with Friends (suppers at the homes of Reno Friends) have been postponed until later this year, for organizational reasons.

Truckee River Trail Cleanup – Date and Time TBA

Gina is organizing a Truckee River Trail Cleanup day in August for Reno Friends interested in giving back to our community.  Stay tuned – details to follow.

Grover Hot Springs Camping Trip Sept. 15-17

Reno Friends Meeting and the Carson City Worship Group are joining forces this fall to renew our traditional September camping trip at Grover Hot Springs State Park in Markleeville, California! You do not need to camp to enjoy the fellowship. On Saturday, Sept. 16, all non-campers are invited to join the campers for the day, to hike or swim in the hot springs, and to enjoy the potluck supper around the campfire. For the campers, we will hold Silent Worship in the meadow Sunday morning.  Put it on your calendar and watch for updates. Jana Harvill-Correa will be our coordinator.

Donate New Stamps to the Homeless

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

Carson City Worship Group

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

Outside Non-Profits That Meet at the Quaker Meeting House

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

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

Other Non-Profits Affiliated with Reno Friends

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

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

Inspiration

“The future is not some place we are going, but one we are creating. The paths are not to be found, but made. And the activity of making them changes both the maker and their destination.” -     John Schaar

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

Hold Them in the Light

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

Quaker Activities & Announcements

PYM 2017 Annual Session, July 14-19, Walker Creek Ranch, CA 

Please join us as we open ourselves to Spirit’s Presence during our week together in community and contemplation. Pacific Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends 71st Annual Session will be July 14th to July 19th at Walker Creek Ranch in 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.

Our keynote speaker, Zachary Moon, grew up in our Yearly Meeting. His work in the world grew out of his own personal transformation and discernment of God’s will. His leading has taken him to unexpected work in unexpected places. For the past eight years, he has served as a chaplain with military service members, drawing near to the impact of war and accompanying those suffering from it. Zachary will share how his experience of awakening to the Presence informed his leading.

When we open ourselves to Spirit, we can expect the unexpected. I hope that you are able to attend this year’s Annual Session. Come join several hundred Quakers who together will discern God’s will the way Friends have for centuries. Come experience how Spirit would like us to manifest its will in the world.

For more information on Pacific Yearly Meeting, go to pacificyearlymeeting.org. Registration for PYM is now open.

Diego Navarro, Presiding Clerk

Ben Lomond Quaker Center News & Workshops
Colonialism, Racism and White Supremacy, Sept. 1-3

Have you ever wondered what white supremacy and colonization are? Have you wondered how they affect our lives both individually and institutionally? Over the weekend we will spend time examining colonization, racism and white supremacy.  With Vanessa Julye. Register early at http://www.quakercenter.org/programs/register/.

The Long Haul: Inspiration, Strength & Perseverance for the Spiritual Life, Sept. 29 – Oct. 1

This workshop will use the underlying metaphor of a school for apprentices: a community of individuals gathered together to learn how to live in harmony with God and each other through a long-time dedication to their craft, learning from each other, from seasoned journeymen and journeywomen, and of course from the Master Teacher of us all. With Lloyd Lee Wilson. Find out more and register online at http://www.quakercenter.org/programs/in-for-the-long-haul-inspiration-strength-and-perseverance-for-spirituallife-today/.

Family Work Camp at Ben Lomond, Aug. 1-6

Discover the best family vacation around. Family Work Camp is only $50 per person for the full week and all ages are welcome. 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. For the annual Quaker Center schedule or to register for workshops go to www.quakercenter.org.

Woolman School at Sierra Friends Center
Go-Fund-Me Request for Cabin and Bath Renovation

The Woolman Semester School has started a Go Fund Me request to raise money for restoring the cabins and bathrooms at Sierra Friends Center in Nevada City, Ca.  For those who were students at Woolman, the cabins became our homes away from home. These cabins saw us in tears, song, and laughter, sheltered us through late night conversations and through looming academic deadlines, and fostered deep and meaningful connections with our roommates. Many of us looked forward to returning “home” after wilderness and service-learning trips, or even after semester breaks, returning to campus, building a fire in the winter months, and settling back in our cabins at at Woolman. Please consider donating to the Woolman Cabin Area Restoration Fund to ensure that these cabins can continue being homes away from home for future generations of young people. For more information and links to register a donation, go to https://www.gofundme.com/cabins-and-bathhouses-renovation.

-     Submitted by Amy Cooke, Interim Director, Woolman Semester

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 2017 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

Reno Friends’ June Schedule

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

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

Sunday June 4 – Business Meeting, 11:30 am (1st Sunday)

Sunday June 25 – Potluck 11:30 am (4th Sunday)

Reno Friends Meeting Events

Grover Hot Springs Camping Trip Sept. 15-17

Reno Friends Meeting and the Carson City Worship Group are joining forces this fall to renew our traditional September camping trip at Grover Hot Springs State Park in Markleeville, California! You do not need to camp to enjoy the fellowship. On Saturday, Sept. 16, all non-campers are invited to join the campers for the day, to hike or swim in the hot springs, and to enjoy the potluck supper around the campfire. For the campers, we will hold Silent Worship in the meadow Sunday morning.  Put it on your calendar and watch for updates. Jana Harvill-Correa will be our coordinator.

Donate New Stamps to the Homeless

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

Carson City Worship Group

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

Nevada Prayer Breakfast Report from Beatrice Hamilton

I attended my first Annual Interfaith Prayer Breakfast on May 2, 2017 at the Atlantis Casino. The event was sponsored by the Nevada Clergy Association. The theme of the Prayer Breakfast was entitled “Out of Many, One”. This event is an annual coming together of a number of faith practices in our community.

A Vision Award is given each year to a significant person who has contributed his or her talents in a special way for the good of the community. This year the reward was given to Dr. Anthony Slonim, President and CEO of Renown Health in gratitude for his work in groundbreaking technology and innovative healthcare solutions and for the advancing of spiritual wellness in the world of medicine. The topic of spiritual wellness resonated strongly with me through my experience some years ago when I attended a conference in Bethesda, Maryland at the National Institute of Health & Wellness on the “Integration of Health and Spirituality”.

The Reno Taiko Drums opened the ceremony with an impressive chant and drum ensemble. Inspirational talks, readings, and poetry were shared from each representative:  Baha’l Faith, Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Universal Society of Hinduism, St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, No. Nevada Muslim Community, Lutheran Church Good Shephard, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, and Reno Buddhist Center. The Nevada Clergy Association’s purpose is to foster and promote interfaith relations and encourage the sharing of information among its members and promote a climate of favorable to and respectful of religious and spiritual freedom. The vision for the Interfaith Spiritual Center includes creating a resource center and multi-use space that will fully embrace all faith practices and diversity of patients, their loved ones and caregivers.  “Hope lies in having more faith in the power of God to heal us than in the power of anything to hurt or destroy us.” Marianne Williamson. Author, Healing the Soul of America.

Beatrice Hamilton  

Outside Non-Profits That Meet at the Quaker Meeting House

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

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

Other Non-Profits Affiliated with Reno Friends

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

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

Inspiration

“The fact that we are here and that I speak these words is an attempt to break that silence and bridge some of those differences between us, for it is not difference which immobilizes us, but silence. And there are so many silences to be broken.” -     Audre Lorde

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

Hold Them in the Light

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

Quaker Activities & Announcements

Spring College Park Quarterly Meeting May 19-21

The next CPQM Gathering will be held Friday-Sunday, May 19-21, at Ben Lomond Quaker Center.  The theme is “An Invitation to the Dance:  Learning more about & sharing the Quaker way.” For information and registration materials, go to http://collegepark.quaker.org.

PYM Clerking Workshop May 26-28

Join PYM Young Adult Friends for their Clerking Workshop, May 26-28 (Memorial Day weekend) at Sierra Friends Center in Nevada City, CA. If interested, please contact Reno Friends Meeting clerk at clerk(at)renofriends.org for the registration link, or you can contact Rebekah Percy and/or JT Dorr-Bremme, YAF Clerks at: pacym.yafclerks(at)gmail.com.

PYM 2017 Annual Session, July 14-19, Walker Creek Ranch, CA. Clerk’s Call: Awakening to the Presence

Our strength as a Religious Society comes from our connection with the Spirit, its presence and guidance. Last year’s theme, “Lifting the Veil,” explored what it means to open ourselves to a reality that underpins our lives, and is at times overshadowed by our ego and/or intellect. This year’s theme builds on last year’s foundation and will explore what it means to awaken to Spirit’s Presence, which is always within and among us.

Please join us as we open ourselves to Spirit’s Presence during our week together in community and contemplation. Pacific Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends 71st Annual Session will be July 14th to July 19th at Walker Creek Ranch in 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.

Our keynote speaker, Zachary Moon, grew up in our Yearly Meeting. His work in the world grew out of his own personal transformation and discernment of God’s will. His leading has taken him to unexpected work in unexpected places. For the past eight years, he has served as a chaplain with military service members, drawing near to the impact of war and accompanying those suffering from it. Zachary will share how his experience of awakening to the Presence informed his leading.

Like last year’s annual session, this annual session is scheduled differently from previous years. Plenary sessions are designed to allow time for Spirit to 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 Friends 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 on Sunday so that more people can attend.

When we open ourselves to Spirit, we can expect the unexpected. I hope that you are able to attend this year’s Annual Session. Come join several hundred Quakers who together will discern God’s will the way Friends have for centuries. Come experience how Spirit would like us to manifest its will in the world.

For more information on Pacific Yearly Meeting, go to pacificyearlymeeting.org. Registration for PYM is now open.

Diego Navarro, Presiding Clerk

Ben Lomond Quaker Center News & Workshops
Still Point and Moving Edge:  June 2-9

This program is a five-day gathering where we will embrace and explore the tensions of our Quaker faith. We will ask: is our faith determined by where we ground ourselves or by where that grounding leads us? Is it particular specific beliefs or openness to varying faiths? Quakers new and seasoned, involved and estranged, are welcome to join and seek how our lives fit into the Religious Society of Friends and how the Society fits into our lives. Young Friends (under age 35) can register at no charge.

Colonialism, Racism and White Supremacy, Sept. 1-3

Have you ever wondered what white supremacy and colonization are? Have you wondered how they affect our lives both individually and institutionally? Over the weekend we will spend time examining colonization, racism and white supremacy.  With Vanessa Julye. Register early at http://www.quakercenter.org/programs/register/.

The Long Haul: Inspiration, Strength & Perseverance for the Spiritual Life, Sept. 29 – Oct. 1

This workshop will use the underlying metaphor of a school for apprentices: a community of individuals gathered together to learn how to live in harmony with God and each other through a long-time dedication to their craft, learning from each other, from seasoned journeymen and journeywomen, and of course from the Master Teacher of us all. With Lloyd Lee Wilson. Find out more and register online at http://www.quakercenter.org/programs/in-for-the-long-haul-inspiration-strength-and-perseverance-for-spirituallife-today/.

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

Quaker Center is offering a $50 discount to both campers who register as friends (or siblings) for Quaker and Service Camp from Saturday, June 24th- Saturday, July 1st. Quaker Camp serves rising 4th – 6th graders, and Service Camp serves kids going into 7th – 9th grade. Campers explore community, peace, equality, integrity, simplicity, and stewardship through service, values that Quakers hold strongly. Find out more and register online at http://www.quakercenter.org/summer-youth-camps/ or call Kathy Runyan at 831-336-8333.

Family Work Camp at Ben Lomond, Aug. 1-6

Discover the best family vacation around. Family Work Camp is only $50 per person for the full week and all ages are welcome. 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. For the annual Quaker Center schedule or to register for workshops go to www.quakercenter.org.

Woolman School at Sierra Friends Center
Go-Fund-Me Request for Cabin and Bath Renovation

The Woolman Semester School has started a Go Fund Me request to raise money for restoring the cabins and bathrooms at Sierra Friends Center in Nevada City, Ca.  For those who were students at Woolman, the cabins became our homes away from home. These cabins saw us in tears, song, and laughter, sheltered us through late night conversations and through looming academic deadlines, and fostered deep and meaningful connections with our roommates. Many of us looked forward to returning “home” after wilderness and service-learning trips, or even after semester breaks, returning to campus, building a fire in the winter months, and settling back in our cabins at at Woolman. Please consider donating to the Woolman Cabin Area Restoration Fund to ensure that these cabins can continue being homes away from home for future generations of young people. For more information and links to register a donation, go to https://www.gofundme.com/cabins-and-bathhouses-renovation.

-     Submitted by Amy Cooke, Interim Director, Woolman Semester

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 2017 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

Reno Friends’ May Schedule

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

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

Sunday May 7 – Business Meeting, 11:30 am (1st Sunday)

Saturday May 13 – Memorial Meeting for Ricki Ann Jones, 2 pm

Sunday May 28 – Potluck 11:30 am (4th Sunday)

Business Meeting Dates Changed for May and June

Please note that Business Meeting in May and in June will be moved to the first Sunday of the month, May 7 and June 4. We apologize if that creates any inconvenience. 

Ricki Ann Jones Memorial Meeting Sat. May 13 at 2 pm

Please join us to celebrate the life of Reno Friend and member Ricki Ann Jones, who passed away Mar. 22, 2017. The Memorial Meeting will start at 2 pm in the Meeting House, and be followed by the planting of a bush in her memory and a small reception. We ask Reno Friends to bring a plate of cookies or some cut fruit to share for the reception.

Spring Clean-Up Day Sat. May 20, 9 am to Noon

Come one and all to help tidy the garden, the Meeting House and First Day School. Many hands are more fun and make for light work. Bring your own garden gloves if you plan to work outside. Snacks are always welcome!

Donate New Stamps to the Homeless

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

Carson City Worship Group

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

Outside Non-Profits That Meet at the Quaker Meeting House

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

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

Other Non-Profits Affiliated with Reno Friends

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

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

Inspiration

“I swear I will not dishonor my soul with hatred, but offer myself humbly as a guardian of nature, as a healer of misery, as a messenger of wonder, as an architect of peace.”

-     Diane Ackerman

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

Hold Them in the Light

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

Quaker Activities & Announcements

Spring College Park Quarterly Meeting May 19-21

The next CPQM Gathering will be held Friday-Sunday, May 19-21, at Ben Lomond Quaker Center.  The theme is “An Invitation to the Dance:  Learning more about & sharing the Quaker way.” For information and registration materials, go to http://collegepark.quaker.org.

PYM Clerking Workshop May 26-28

Join PYM Young Adult Friends for their Clerking Workshop, May 26-28 (Memorial Day weekend) at Sierra Friends Center in Nevada City, CA. If interested, please contact Reno Friends Meeting clerk at clerk(at)renofriends.org for the registration link, or you can contact Rebekah Percy and/or JT Dorr-Bremme, YAF Clerks at: pacym.yafclerks(at)gmail.com.

PYM 2017 Annual Session, July 14-19, Walker Creek Ranch, CA
Clerk’s Call: Awakening to the Presence

“The Society of Friends arose as a rediscovery of the ever-open inward springs of immediacy and revelation.… Dedicating themselves utterly and completely to attendance upon this Inward Living Christ.… Aflame with the Light of the inner sanctuary, they went out into the world, into its turmoil and its fitfulness, and called (people) to listen above all to that of God speaking within them, to order all life by the Light of the Sanctuary.” – Thomas Kelly, “A Testament of Devotion”

Our strength as a Religious Society comes from our connection with the Spirit, its presence and guidance. Last year’s theme, “Lifting the Veil,” explored what it means to open ourselves to a reality that underpins our lives, and is at times overshadowed by our ego and/or intellect. This year’s theme builds on last year’s foundation and will explore what it means to awaken to Spirit’s Presence, which is always within and among us.

Why have Quakers been in the forefront of social movements? Early Friends developed practices that helped guide us to incrementally understand the Spirit’s intentions. These practices help us, both individually and corporately, to notice the unfolding revelations of the Spirit. Individually, we become conscious of concerns and leadings. Corporately we seek the guidance of Spirit and as we surrender to it, we come to unity on a way forward.

Thomas Kelly wrote, “John Woolman… resolved so to order his outward affairs, so to adjust his business burdens, that nothing, absolutely nothing would crowd out his prime attendance upon the Inward Principle. And in this sensitizing before the inward altar of his soul, he was quickened to see and attack effectively the evils of slave-holding, of money-loaning, of wars upon the Indians.” Awakening to the Presence is part of a transformation of the heart, a radical vulnerability to the Inward Principle. This happens when we wake up from our fears, judgments, habitual behaviors and thinking; and true ourselves towards the Spirit’s north star. Early Friends were first transformed by Spirit before they went out to transform the world. What is Spirit calling us to change in ourselves? What is Spirit calling us to do?

Our keynote speaker, Zachary Moon, grew up in our Yearly Meeting. His work in the world grew out of his own personal transformation and discernment of God’s will. His leading has taken him to unexpected work in unexpected places. For the past eight years, he has served as a chaplain with military service members, drawing near to the impact of war and accompanying those suffering from it. Zachary will share how his experience of awakening to the Presence informed his leading.

Please join us as we open ourselves to Spirit’s Presence during our week together in community and contemplation. Pacific Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends 71st Annual Session will be July 14th to July 19th at Walker Creek Ranch in 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.

Like last year’s annual session, this annual session is scheduled differently from previous years. Plenary sessions are designed to allow time for Spirit to 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 Friends 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 on Sunday so that more people can attend.

When we open ourselves to Spirit, we can expect the unexpected. I hope that you are able to attend this year’s Annual Session. Come join several hundred Quakers who together will discern God’s will the way Friends have for centuries. Come experience how Spirit would like us to manifest its will in the world.

For more information on Pacific Yearly Meeting, go to pacificyearlymeeting.org. Registration for PYM starts May 19.

-     In the Light, Diego Navarro, Presiding Clerk     

Ben Lomond Quaker Center News & Workshops
Still Point and Moving Edge:  June 2-9

This program is a five-day gathering where we will embrace and explore the tensions of our Quaker faith. We will ask: is our faith determined by where we ground ourselves or by where that grounding leads us? Is it particular specific beliefs or openness to varying faiths? Quakers new and seasoned, involved and estranged, are welcome to join and seek how our lives fit into the Religious Society of Friends and how the Society fits into our lives. Young Friends (under age 35) can register at no charge.

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

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

Family Work Camp at Ben Lomond, Aug. 1-6

Discover the best family vacation around. Family Work Camp is only $50 per person for the full week and all ages are welcome. 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.

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

Woolman School at Sierra Friends Center
Go-Fund-Me Request for Cabin and Bath Renovation

The Woolman Semester School has started a Go Fund Me request to raise money for restoring the cabins and bathrooms at Sierra Friends Center in Nevada City, Ca.  For those who were students at Woolman, the cabins became our homes away from home. These cabins saw us in tears, song, and laughter, sheltered us through late night conversations and through looming academic deadlines, and fostered deep and meaningful connections with our roommates. Many of us looked forward to returning “home” after wilderness and service-learning trips, or even after semester breaks, returning to campus, building a fire in the winter months, and settling back in our cabins at at Woolman. Please consider donating to the Woolman Cabin Area Restoration Fund to ensure that these cabins can continue being homes away from home for future generations of young people. For more information and links to register a donation, go to https://www.gofundme.com/cabins-and-bathhouses-renovation.

-     Submitted by Amy Cooke, Interim Director, Woolman Semester

American Friends Service Committee, West Region

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

-     Submitted by Peter Lin, AFSC West Region

Reno Friends Newsletter: How To Contribute

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

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

Go to Newsletter Archive for prior months’ news.

April 2017 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

Reno Friends’ April Schedule

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

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

Sunday Apr. 9 – Business Meeting, 11:30 am (2nd Sunday)

Wednesday Apr. 5 & 19 – Climate Change Discussion Group, 6:30-8:00 pm

Sunday Apr. 16 – Easter Potluck, Egg Hunt and Hike, 11:15 am (3rd Sunday)

RFM and Social Justice in Reno:  Brainstorming Session Sun. Apr. 2

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

Climate Change Reading & Discussion Group Meets Apr. 5 and Apr. 19

Reno Friends is holding a Wednesday evening reading and discussion group about Climate Change, Social Justice Consequences and Quaker Engagement. The classes meet every two weeks from 6:30 pm to 8 pm in the Meeting House. We continue this month on Apr. 5 with Guest Speaker David Gibson, a “clean energy guru,” led by Betsy Fadali; and on Apr. 19 we will discuss Quaker engagement with climate initiatives, led by Gina Russo. The discussion group is open to all and a reading list is available in the Meeting House, or email the clerk at wswallow54(at)gmail.com for a digital version with embedded links to the articles. Light snacks are welcome!

Easter Egg Hunt, Potluck and Hike up Peavine: Sun. Apr. 16

Our monthly potluck will be held this month on Easter Sunday, Apr. 16, at the home of Reno Friend Betsy Fadali, followed by a hike up Peavine Mountain from her house to look for wildflowers. Right after Silent Worship, before we head to Betsy’s, there will be an Easter Egg Hunt for the children on the Meeting House Grounds. The potluck lunch will start at 11:30. Betsy’s house is at: 3959 Regal Drive, Reno, NV. No need to RSVP but please bring something delicious to share. All are welcome!  

Ricki Ann Jones

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Ricki Ann Jones on Wed. March 22, 2017, at Renown Hospital in Reno. She was in Hospice care at the end. Many Reno Friends visited with her in her final weeks at the hospital, which she seemed to appreciate. Thank you, one and all, for rallying around. We were her Reno family, and she will be deeply missed. Plans for a Memorial Meeting will be announced later.

Donate New Stamps to the Homeless

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

Carson City Worship Group

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

Outside Non-Profits That Meet at the Quaker Meeting House

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

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

Other Non-Profits Affiliated with Reno Friends

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

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

Inspiration

“If there is anything I have learned about men and women, it is that there is a deeper spirit of altruism than is ever evident. Just as the rivers we see are minor compared to the underground streams, so, too, the idealism that is visible is minor compared to what people carry in their hearts unreleased or scarcely released.”

-  Albert Schweitzer

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

Hold Them in the Light

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

Quaker Activities & Announcements

Spring College Park Quarterly Meeting May 19-21

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

Ben Lomond Quaker Center News & Workshops
Being Silence: A Restorative Silent Retreat: Apr. 28-30

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

Still Point and Moving Edge:  June 2-9

This program is a five-day gathering where we will embrace and explore the tensions of our Quaker faith. We will ask: is our faith determined by where we ground ourselves or by where that grounding leads us? Is it particular specific beliefs or openness to varying faiths? Quakers new and seasoned, involved and estranged, are welcome to join and seek how our lives fit into the Religious Society of Friends and how the Society fits into our lives. Young Friends (under age 35) can register at no charge.

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

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

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

Woolman School at Sierra Friends Center

Spring is coming to the Woolman campus. As many of you know, we suspended The Woolman Semester School last August and have engaged in a period of discernment to vision the future of our school and Center. Just as new life is emerging from a long, wet winter, so it feels that we are emerging from our discernment with unfolding plans and programs. We are moving forward cautiously, sensing our leadings, setting benchmarks to mark the path forward, testing each idea with our advisors and supporters.

Some of the gifts from this discernment period have been connections we’ve made with other like-minded nonprofits. One local environmental science organization, Sierra Streams Institute, will be collaborating with us on the piloting of the newly formed Woolman Outdoor School this Spring. We will be welcoming to our campus eighty middle school students from Oakland this May, and we plan on furthering the pilot with three additional Bay Area schools in the 2017-18 academic year. The Woolman School for Nonviolence is also in its nascent stage. We are looking at some possible collaborations with other non-profits.

We are also preparing for Camp Woolman, currently in its 13th year. We are eager to welcome the campers this summer who will explore the Sierra, live in community, meet in worship and experience the magic of Woolman. Sessions will take place from June 25 to August 5. Space is filling up in both Camp Woolman (for 9- to 14-year-olds) and Teen Leadership Camp (for 15- and 16-year-olds), so if you know of anyone who may be interested in attending, please send them to the Camp Woolman website at camp.woolman.org. Registration is open for Family Work Camp (June 11-18).

The spirit of Woolman is strong. We envision many more children, youth, adults and families who will be touched by their time here – a place where they can live in beloved community, wholly authentic, connected with the land and alive to the possibilities of our time. We welcome your visits, your calls, your emails and letters.

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

Come explore and learn about the land, water and indigenous people of Pa’an. We will trace the source of our water upstream and consider how we can all be water protectors. We will work together to plant pollinator habitat to restore the earth. We will share our histories and love one another across seeming divides through fun, interactive activities.

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

American Friends Service Committee, West Region

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

-     Submitted by Peter Lin, AFSC West Region

Reno Friends Newsletter: How To Contribute

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

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

March 2017 Newsletter 

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

Announcements

Reno Friends’ March Schedule

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Donate New Stamps to the Homeless

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

Carson City Worship Group

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

Outside Non-Profits That Meet at the Quaker Meeting House

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

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

Other Non-Profits Affiliated with Reno Friends

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

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

Inspiration

“We were made for these times”

-  Clarissa Pinkola Estes

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

Hold Them in the Light

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

Quaker Activities & Announcements

Spring College Park Quarterly Meeting May 19-21

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

American Friends Service Committee, West Region

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

-     Submitted by Peter Lin, AFSC West Region

Reno Friends Newsletter: How To Contribute

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

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

February 2017 Newsletter 

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

Announcements

Reno Friends’ February Schedule

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Climate Change Reading & Discussion Group Begins Feb. 22

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

Donate New Stamps to Those in Need

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

Carson City Worship Group

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

Outside Non-Profits That Meet at the Quaker Meeting House

 

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

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

Other Non-Profits Affiliated with Reno Friends

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

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

Inspiration

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

-  Howard Zinn

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

Hold Them in the Light

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

Quaker Activities & Announcements

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

American Friends Service Committee, West Region

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

-     Submitted by Peter Lin, AFSC West Region

Reno Friends Newsletter: How To Contribute

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

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

January 2017 Newsletter 

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

Announcements

Reno Friends’ January Schedule

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

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

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

Sunday Jan. 22 – Potluck (4th Sunday)

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

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

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

Climate Change Reading & Discussion Group Begins Feb. 22

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

Donate New Stamps to Those in Need

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

Carson City Worship Group

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

Outside Non-Profits That Meet at the Quaker Meeting House

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

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

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

Other Non-Profits Affiliated with Reno Friends

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

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

Inspiration

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

-  Wendell Berry

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

Hold Them in the Light

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

Quaker Activities & Announcements

College Park Quarterly Winter Session: Jan. 14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

American Friends Service Committee, West Region

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

-     Submitted by Peter Lin, AFSC West Region

Reno Friends Newsletter: How To Contribute

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

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