Past Newsletters (last 12 months)

The newsletters for the previous twelve months appear here, working backwards chronologically.  For older newsletters, contact the archivist at clerk@renofriends.org.

April 2020 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 Meeting is closed for gatherings through April, 2020, but we are offering some activities online through the web app Zoom, and we are taking money donations for the RISE Dinner (rather than making food to serve). There will be no First Day School or Singing in the Meeting House this month. For details on everything, including using Zoom, see below.

Reno Friends’ April Schedule

In lieu of gathering for Silent Worship in our Meeting House, please consider sitting for Silent Worship in your own home Sunday mornings from 10-11 am, as many of us will be doing. If you care to share afterthoughts or joys & concerns, please email them to Rhonda at: rhondalou14(at)gmail.com. We will then compile them in the new RFM Weekly Inspiration Update, which we will send to everyone on Wednesdays.

Thurs. Apr. 2 – Zoom Noon Lunch, 12-1:30 (details below)

Wednesday Apr. 8 Zoom Spiritual Discussion, 6:30-7:30 pm (details below)

Thurs. Apr. 16 – Zoom Noon Lunch, 12-1:30 (details below)

Saturday Apr. 18 – RISE Dinner CANCELLED (details on donations, below)

Sunday Apr. 19 – Zoom Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business, 11:30

Wednesday Apr. 29 Zoom Spiritual Discussion, 7-8 pm (details below)

Reno Friends Meeting Events & Notices               

How to Participate Through Zoom: Guidelines

Join us on Zoom as we share fellowship, lunches and spiritual discussions this month from our own homes. Zoom is a web-conferencing program that works on a computer, or an IPhone or IPad. It is designed for school classes and business meetings, which means it works best if someone manages the discussion, especially if many people participate.

Therefore, we have decided that when we hold Meeting for Business on Zoom, the Clerk will manage the discussion and call on people to talk. This will also work for the Spiritual Discussions we have scheduled. For the Thursday Zoom Noon Lunches, however, we believe using Zoom will work best if we split the participants into two separate Zoom “tables,” basically a Friendly Six Zoom Noon Lunch. That means that if you want to participate in one of the Zoom Noon Lunches, you will need to RSVP to Wendy beforehand, and she will set you up for a “table” hosted by either herself or Jana Dunn. It’s not ideal, but it will work better than having twelve people talking over each other if we try to do it all as one.

For the Spiritual Discussions and for Business Meeting, Wendy will send a Zoom meeting invitation to everyone in the Meeting one day before the event. The invitation includes a link to the scheduled meeting.

To join the meeting from your computer, just click on the link. Zoom will want to download its program, which costs you nothing. Just let it do that—you can delete it later if you like.

To join the meeting through your IPhone or IPad, you will have to download the free ZoomCloud app from the Apple app store ahead of time, then you can just click on the link and it will connect. If you have any questions, just email Wendy at wswallow54@gmail.com or Jana Dunn at jldnvjld@gmail.com.

We hope to see you online!

Zoom Noon Lunch, Thurs. Apr. 2 and 16, 12-1:30 pm

Join us on Zoom as we lunch from our own homes. To get assigned to a “table,” you must RSVP to Wendy at wswallow54(at)gmail.com beforehand. (See note above on How to Participate Through Zoom.) We will have two separate lunch “tables.” Everyone who RSVPs will get a Zoom link from either Wendy or Jana Dunn, our two hosts. Read the Zoom guidelines above for more detail. If you have any questions, just email Wendy.

Zoom Spiritual Discussions Wed. Apr. 8, 6:30-7:30 pm on “Stewardship of People and Relationships,” and Wed. Apr. 29, 7-8 pm on “Trails”.

In lieu of our Sunday morning Spiritual Discussions, Reno Friends will now hold our discussions online on Wednesday evenings, 6:30-7:30 twice a month for the foreseeable future. Please join us on Zoom (see above for details) on April 8th to discuss “Principles of Stewardship in our Personal Relationships.” Then join us again on April 29th to discuss “Trails,” led by Rhonda Ashurst, which will examine the paths we make through the difficult decisions of today and how the Simplicity Testimony can help. There is no need to RSVP for these events. Wendy will send out a Zoom invite and link to everyone in the Meeting the day before. 

Next RISE Dinner is Sat. Apr. 18-Cancelled BUT DONATIONS NEEDED!

For the time being, we will not be bringing food for the homeless for the RISE Dinner, as there are too many safety concerns. We are, however, collecting donations to send to RISE each month for food that they will procure and distribute. Please email Wendy Swallow at wswallow54(at)gmail.com if you are interested in adding to our monthly RISE donation. We are sorry to have to make this change, but the RISE folks understand and are happy to have financial resources to tap as they see needs change. As soon as it feels safe to resume our usual RISE commitments, we will let you know.  Stay tuned!

Zoom Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business, Apr. 19, 11:30 am

Please join us for Meeting for Business by Zoom on Third Sunday, Apr. 19 at 11:30 am, the usual time. An agenda and Zoom invite will be sent out beforehand.

Spring Cleanup at the Meeting House

The Spring Cleanup has been POSTPONED for now but if you would like to spend some time helping with garden cleanup, please email Melanie Scott at mel.scott2030(at)gmail.com for instructions.

Embodying the Light Classes Currently on Hiatus, but Stay Tuned!

Rhonda is working on written and video instructions so you can Embody the Light at home, which she will post on her website as soon as possible. Reno Friends will provide a link when it’s ready. 

Sew Hospital Masks for Renown

For those who would like to make and donate hospital masks, here is information about how to participate from Renown:

https://www.renown.org/donations-covid-19/

Online Meeting for Worship with Ben Lomond Quaker Center in California, 7:30–8 am every day

Desire a daily dose of devotion? Ben Lomond’s Quaker Center offers an online meeting for worship from 7:30 am to 8:00 am Pacific time every morning of the week. Folks from all over the United States, Canada and even overseas (plus some Reno Friends), gather together for silent worship. To find it:

It’s a great way to begin the day – regularly or every now and then. Give it a try!

The Quaker Earthcare Witness Corner

Quaker Earthcare Witness (QEW), which was previously known as Unity with Nature, is the largest network of Friends working on the earth’s care today. They work to inspire and promote spirit-led action toward ecological sustainability and environmental justice. They also provide inspiration and resources to Friends throughout North America by distributing information in their newsletter, BeFriending Creation; on their website, www.quakerearthcare.org; through workshops and forums presented to Monthly and Yearly meetings; and through popular social media channels. Over the next few months, more about QEW will be shared in the Quaker Earthcare Witness Corner. Look for it!

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.

Carson City Worship Group:  ON HIATUS

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

Quaker Mission Stamp Project

The Quaker Stamp Project helps the poor in Africa and India through Right Sharing of World Resources, a Quaker organization that provides micro-grants to worthy women. To support the Stamp Project, save canceled foreign and domestic stamps, leaving a small rim 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. You can help make a difference in the world – one stamp at a time!

Outside Non-Profits That Meet at the Quaker Meeting House

Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm, and every Saturday from 5 pm to 6 pm. ACA is a world service 12-step program for those struggling with the legacy of growing up in an alcoholic or dysfunctional home. NOTE:  The Tuesday night group meets in the Sunday School building on the 4th Tuesday of the month. These groups are open to all.

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

“In the stillness of the quiet, if we listen, we can hear the whisper of the heart giving strength to weakness, courage to fear, hope to despair.”

 Howard Thurman

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 are sick or fearful or concerned about loved ones during this time of the coronavirus, all those who struggle with loneliness, sadness or privation; all those grieving over the epidemic of gun violence in our country, and for everyone hurt and challenged by war and terrorism and racism; and all the people and leaders of our nation and all countries experiencing war or oppression or division, so that we may find peaceful resolutions to all our economic and political troubles. In particular, please hold in the Light those who have lost loved ones or who suffer illness or injury.  In particular, please hold in the Light those who have lost loved ones or who suffer illness or injury, and offer prayers for Stephen Matchett, that many of us know from the Ben Lomond Quaker Center and PYM, who will be having a biopsy of his brain tumor Monday, April 30th, so that they can determine the best approach to treatment. Then continue to hold him in the Light after that, too, please.

To request prayers, please leave a message at the Meeting House or contact the Clerk at clerk(at)renofriends.org.

Quaker Activities & Announcements

College Park Spring Quarterly Meeting May 15-17 ONLINE

The officers and clerks of College Park Quarterly Meeting recently made the decision to cancel our reservation at Ben Lomond Quaker Center for our in-person, residential Quarterly Meeting. Instead we will meet online for worship, plenaries, interest groups, worship-sharing, and other activities via virtual platforms such as Zoom.

To help us prepare for the decision, we made an informal inquiry to an epidemiologist Friend. Our primary concern is for the health and safety of all Friends, and both our own instincts and this Friends’ response lead us to believe that meeting in person seems risky for the indefinite future. Since we want to connect with one another, undertake the work of the Quarter, and provide a space to share how Spirit is moving among us, a planning team will organize a schedule of activities that will allow us to interact with one another and with Spirit. We anticipate holding several sessions throughout the weekend so that people can choose which sessions to attend, leaving Sunday morning free so that Friends can attend their own meetings for worship. There will be activities for children and teens, as well as opportunities to gather in regional groups.

Although we are sad to miss the opportunity to be in the same physical space together, we are very excited about exploring new ways of being together in community. We hope you will join us! If you are interested in attending all or part of Quarterly Meeting, please set aside the weekend of May 15-17 on your calendars. We will send more details after Ministry and Oversight Committee meets on April 4, 2020.

Ben Lomond Quaker Center News & Workshops: ON HIATUS 

To check out future workshops, go to http://www.quakercenter.org/programs/register/.

Write for What Canst Thou Say?

Tell us your stories! What Canst Thou Say? (WCTS) is an independent publication co-operatively produced by Friends with an interest in mystical experience and contemplative practice. WCTS is a worship-sharing group in print. We hope to help Friends be tender and open to the Spirit. Articles that best communicate to our readers are those that focus on specific events and are written in the first person. We welcome submissions of articles less than 1500 words and artwork suitable for black and white reproduction. It is published in February, May, August, and November. The editorial and production team is Muriel Dimock, Lissa Field, Mariellen Gilpin, Judy Lumb, Grayce Mesner, Mike Resman, Earl Smith, Eleanor Warnock, and Rhonda Ashurst.

Reno Friends are welcome to email submissions to Rhonda Ashurst at rhondalou14(at)gmail.com. Please send your text submissions in Word or generic text format, and artwork in high resolution jpeg files. Photocopied art and typed submissions are also accepted. All authors and artists retain copyright to their articles and artwork published in WCTS. WCTS retains the right to publish initially and to reprint in WCTS anthologies.

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 2020 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

BECAUSE OF THE CORONOVIRUS, ALL RENO FRIENDS’ ACTIVITIES ARE CANCELLED FOR MARCH EXCEPT FOR THE RISE DINNER.

Please consider sitting down for an hour of Silent Worship in your home Sunday mornings from 10-11 am, as many of us will be doing. If you would like to share afterthoughts or joys & concerns, please email Rhonda at rhondalou@gmail.com. Wendy will then compile them into an email and share them with everyone.

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

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

Saturday Mar. 21 – RISE Dinner for the Homeless, 5-6 pm (see newsletter for details–the site has moved!)

Thursday Apr. 2 – First Thursday Brown Bag Lunch, 12-1:30 pm (see newsletter for details)

Sunday Apr. 5 – Open Spiritual Discussion, 8:45-9:45 am (see newsletter for details). NOTE CHANGE OF SCHEDULE.

Sunday Apr. 5 – Hospitality after Silent Worship, 11:10 am

Wednesday Apr. 8 – Embodying the Light, 6:30-7:45 pm (this is the only December class)

Sunday Apr. 12 – Easter Potluck, 11:30 am

Saturday Apr. 18 – RISE Dinner for the Homeless, 5-6 pm (see newsletter for details.)

Sunday Apr. 19 – Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business, 11:30 am. NOTE CHANGE OF SCHEDULE.

Wednesday Apr. 22 – Embodying the Light, 6:30-7:45 pm

Sunday Apr. 26 – Potluck, 11:30 am

Reno Friends Meeting Events & Notices               

Help Feed the Homeless: RISE Dinners on Sat. Mar. 21 & Apr. 18

Please join us to feed the hungry on Sat. Mar. 21 and Apr. 18 at 4:45 pm, if you feel safe doing so in this time of infection. To participate, cook a large dish and help serve it at the RISE Dinner station, which has moved to 1905 4th St., where there is parking. You can still carpool with other Quakers from the Meeting House at 4:30 pm, or meet us at the site. PLEASE WEAR GLOVES WHEN PREPARING FOOD FOR THE HOMELESS. Dishes to bring include casseroles, salads, vegetable sides, rolls or crates of fruit. No soups, please, as everything is served on plastic plates. Reno Friends will provide meals for the homeless every third Saturday through the spring, including: Apr. 18, May 16 and June 20. Please sign-up on the sheet posted on the bulletin board in the Meeting House, so we can assess whether we have enough participants. In April, Meeting for Business will assess how this is working and decide on the schedule for the second half of 2020.

Online Meeting for Worship with Ben Lomond Quaker Center in California, 7:30–8 am every day

Desire a daily dose of devotion? Ben Lomond’s Quaker Center offers an online meeting for worship from 7:30 am to 8:00 am Pacific time every morning of the week. Folks from all over the United States, Canada and even overseas (plus some Reno Friends), gather together for silent worship. To find it:

It’s a great way to begin the day – regularly or every now and then. Give it a try!

First Thursday Brown Bag Lunch, Thurs. Apr. 2, 12-1:30 pm

Reno Friends is starting a new tradition: Brown bag lunches at the Meeting House on the first Thursday of each month for conversation and fellowship. This is not a potluck, so as to avoid lots of cleanup. Just bring your own brown bag lunch. We hope to see you there!

Open Spiritual Discussion Sun. Apr. 5 (8:45-9:45 am) on “Spiritual Paths and Breaking Trails,” led by Rhonda Ashurst

Reno Friends now holds an open Spiritual Discussion every third Sunday before Worship, from 8:45-9:45 am in the Meeting House. (There will be no singing on these days.) The purpose of the sessions is to give Reno Friends a chance to share and discuss their spiritual journeys and questions. This month we will be discussing Rhonda’s March blog on Spiritual Paths and Breaking Trails. (See below for the blog.) Please join us!

“Embodying the Light” Class Wed. Apr. 8 & 22, 6:30-7:45 pm

Rhonda Ashurst will lead the “Embodying the Light” class from 6:30-7:45 pm in the Meeting House. This class draws from Tai Chi/qigong and yoga practices with the intention of embodying the Light in our physical bodies and our daily lives. Learn about becoming a clearer vessel for the Light, clearing blocks, releasing tension, being present in the moment, feeling the flow of inner energy, improving balance and breathing, and strengthening the muscles that carry us through physical life. Movements will be gentle and easy so anyone can do them. Following the movement, there will be time for questions, discussion and reflection. 

Coffee Hour on 1st and 3rd Sundays after Silent Worship at 11:10 am

Reno Friends is now serving coffee and cookies after Silent Worship on the first and third Sundays of the month. Please join us for this relaxed time to connect and laugh!

The Quaker Earthcare Witness Corner

Quaker Earthcare Witness (QEW), which was previously known as Unity with Nature, is the largest network of Friends working on the earth’s care today. They work to inspire and promote spirit-led action toward ecological sustainability and environmental justice. They also provide inspiration and resources to Friends throughout North America by distributing information in their newsletter, BeFriending Creation; on their website, www.quakerearthcare.org; through workshops and forums presented to Monthly and Yearly meetings; and through popular social media channels. Over the next few months, more about QEW will be shared in the Quaker Earthcare Witness Corner. Look for it!

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.

Carson City Worship Group

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

Quaker Mission Stamp Project

The Quaker Stamp Project helps the poor in Africa and India through Right Sharing of World Resources, a Quaker organization that provides micro-grants to worthy women. To support the Stamp Project, save canceled foreign and domestic stamps, leaving a small rim 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. You can help make a difference in the world – one stamp at a time!

Outside Non-Profits That Meet at the Quaker Meeting House

Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm, and every Saturday from 5 pm to 6 pm. ACA is a world service 12-step program for those struggling with the legacy of growing up in an alcoholic or dysfunctional home. NOTE:  The Tuesday night group meets in the Sunday School building on the 4th Tuesday of the month. These groups are open to all.

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

“Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny. And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it’s all over.”

 Octavia Butler

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 are sick or fearful or concerned about loved ones during this time of the coronavirus, all those who struggle with loneliness, sadness or privation; all those grieving over the epidemic of gun violence in our country, and for everyone hurt and challenged by war and terrorism and racism; and all the people and leaders of our nation and all countries experiencing war or oppression or division, so that we may find peaceful resolutions to all our economic and political troubles. In particular, please hold in the Light those who have lost loved ones or who suffer illness or injury. To request prayers, please leave a message at the Meeting House or contact the Clerk.

Quaker Activities & Announcements

Ben Lomond Quaker Center News & Workshops

God is Calling Us to be More Than We Know, Mar. 24-29, with Marcelle Martin (This may be cancelled; check with Ben Lomond.)

In this 5-day retreat we’ll help each other pay attention to the divine presence within, explore what blocks our whole-hearted response, and offer support for following the leadings of the Spirit. There will be opportunities for individual reflection as well as time in pairs and small groups for listening one another into new discovery and fresh expressions of the truth that resides in our hearts. We’ll explore practices that include evoking questions, mirroring, extended worship, expressive movement, and the Faithfulness Groups format. This program is suitable for adults of all ages who seek a deeper grounding in the life of the Spirit and are able to give loving attention to support others in doing the same. Marcelle Martin, author of Our Life is Love: The Quaker Spiritual Journey, is a member of Swarthmore Meeting. She has led workshops at retreat centers and Quaker meetings across the United States.

Choosing Peace, Apr. 17-19, with Bridget Moix

How do we sustain our witness as peace-builders amid such deep division, violence, and fear today? How do we turn our own anger and dismay into positive change in the world? How do we practice hope?

This workshop will help us reconnect and renew ourselves as peace-builders. Together we will learn from the examples of people building peace around the world, take time to reflect on our own leadings, soak in nature, and share practical ways we can help heal our country and communities. We will worship and work, walk and play, write and reflect. Bridget Moix is a peace advocate, activist, and scholar who has worked with Quaker and other peace organizations throughout her career. She currently serves as US Director of Peace Direct and as Assistant Clerk of the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL). She holds a PhD in conflict resolution and recently published her first book, Choosing Peace: Action and Agency in the Midst of War. Bridget lives in Washington, DC with her two sons, who challenge and nurture her own peacebuilding skills every day.

Register at http://www.quakercenter.org/programs/register/.

Write for What Canst Thou Say?

Tell us your stories! What Canst Thou Say? (WCTS) is an independent publication co-operatively produced by Friends with an interest in mystical experience and contemplative practice. WCTS is a worship-sharing group in print. We hope to help Friends be tender and open to the Spirit. Articles that best communicate to our readers are those that focus on specific events and are written in the first person. We welcome submissions of articles less than 1500 words and artwork suitable for black and white reproduction. It is published in February, May, August, and November. The editorial and production team is Muriel Dimock, Lissa Field, Mariellen Gilpin, Judy Lumb, Grayce Mesner, Mike Resman, Earl Smith, Eleanor Warnock, and Rhonda Ashurst.

Reno Friends are welcome to email submissions to Rhonda Ashurst at rhondalou14(at)gmail.com. Please send your text submissions in Word or generic text format, and artwork in high resolution jpeg files. Photocopied art and typed submissions are also accepted. All authors and artists retain copyright to their articles and artwork published in WCTS. WCTS retains the right to publish initially and to reprint in WCTS anthologies.

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.

February 2020 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

Every Sunday (Except Third Sunday) – Singing in the Meeting House, 9:30-9:50 am

Sunday Feb. 2 – Hospitality after Silent Worship, 11:10 am

Thursday Feb. 6 – First Thursday Brown Bag Lunch, 12 noon (see details below)

Sunday Feb. 9 – Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business, 11:30 am

Wednesday Feb. 12 – Class: Embodying the Light, 6:30-7:45 pm

Sunday Feb. 16 Open Spiritual Discussion, 8:45-9:45 am (see details below)

Sunday Feb. 16 – Hospitality after Silent Worship, 11:10 am

Sunday Feb. 23 Potluck, 11:30 am (Berkeley Quaker Genie Stowers to speak about FCNL)

Wednesday Feb. 26 – Class: Embodying the Light, 6:30-7:45 pm

Reno Friends Meeting Events & Notices               

News from Jan. 12 Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business

RFM Co-Treasurer Charlie Shepard reported that the Meeting is in decent shape financially, but that donations for the year were down considerably from 2018. No serious immediate concerns were raised, but he suggested we should consider increasing our donations to Meeting during this 2020 year to keep on track. He will provide a full end-of-year financial report for 2019 at the February Meeting for Business. Some Friends have asked about automatic transfers for donations, and Charlie said interested parties should talk with him about setting them up.

The Meeting adopted the 2020 Nominating Slate, which is attached with the official minutes sent by email. The Meeting decided to hold another Pancake Breakfast on Sun. Mar. 1 before Silent Worship. The Meeting also discussed what we can do as a Meeting to support some of our younger attenders. M&O agreed to take up the issue and will involve the attenders themselves.

First Thursday Brown Bag Lunch, Thurs. Feb. 6, 12-1:30 pm

Reno Friends is starting a new tradition: Brown bag lunches at the Meeting House on the first Thursday of each month for conversation and fellowship. This is not a potluck, so as to avoid lots of cleanup. Just bring your own brown bag lunch. We hope to see you there!

Embodying the Light Class Wed. Feb. 12 & 26, 6:30-7:45 pm

Rhonda Ashurst will lead the “Embodying the Light” class from 6:30-7:45 pm in the Meeting House. This class draws from Tai Chi/qigong and yoga practices with the intention of embodying the Light in our physical bodies and our daily lives. Learn about becoming a clearer vessel for the Light, clearing blocks, releasing tension, being present in the moment, feeling the flow of inner energy, improving balance and breathing, and strengthening the muscles that carry us through physical life. Movements will be gentle and easy so anyone can do them. Following the movement, there will be time for questions, discussion and reflection. 

Help Feed the Homeless: Next RISE Dinner is Sat. Feb. 15

Join us to feed the hungry on Sat. Feb. 15 at 5 pm. To participate, cook a large dish and help serve it at the RISE Dinner station, which has moved to 1905 4th St., where there is parking. You can still carpool with other Quakers from the Meeting House at 4:45 pm, or meet us at the site. Dishes to bring include casseroles, salads, vegetable sides, rolls or crates of fruit. No soups, please, as everything is served on plastic plates.

Meeting for Business has also approved a new RISE schedule for the next five months: Reno Friends will provide meals for the homeless every third Saturday, including Feb. 15, Mar. 21, Apr. 18, May 16 and June 20. In April, Meeting for Business will assess how this is working and decide on the schedule for the second half of 2020.

Open Spiritual Discussion Sun. Feb. 16, 8:45-9:45 am “The Peace Testimony,” led by Peg McCall

Reno Friends now holds an open Spiritual Discussion every third Sunday before Worship, from 8:45-9:45 in the Meeting House. (There will be no singing on these days.) The purpose of the sessions is to give Reno Friends a chance to share and discuss their spiritual journeys and questions. Please join us!

Coffee Hour on 1st and 3rd Sundays after Silent Worship at 11:10 am

Reno Friends is now serving coffee and cookies after Silent Worship on the first and third Sundays of the month. Please join us for this relaxed time to connect and laugh!

Pancake Breakfast, Sun. Mar. 1, at 8:30 in the First Day School

Join us for a reprise of our popular Pancake Breakfast, with Meeting Clerk Steve Wolgast at the spatula. Steve provides a multi-grain batter, and everyone else is invited to bring toppings (syrup, yogurt, fruit, toasted nuts). If someone could bring a non-gluten alternative, like muffins, that would be great. For more info, or to coordinate what you are bringing, email Wendy at wswallow54(at)gmail.com.

Online Meeting for Worship with Ben Lomond Quaker Center in California, 7:30–8 am every day

Desire a daily dose of devotion? Ben Lomond’s Quaker Center offers an online meeting for worship from 7:30 am to 8:00 am Pacific time every morning of the week. Folks from all over the United States, Canada and even overseas (plus some Reno Friends), gather together for silent worship. To find it:

It’s a great way to begin the day – regularly or every now and then. Give it a try!

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.

Carson City Worship Group

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

Quaker Mission Stamp Project

The Quaker Stamp Project helps the poor in Africa and India through Right Sharing of World Resources, a Quaker organization that provides micro-grants to worthy women. To support the Stamp Project, save canceled foreign and domestic stamps, leaving a small rim 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. You can help make a difference in the world – one stamp at a time!

Outside Non-Profits That Meet at the Quaker Meeting House

Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm, and every Saturday from 5 pm to 6 pm. ACA is a world service 12-step program for those struggling with the legacy of growing up in an alcoholic or dysfunctional home. NOTE:  The Tuesday night group meets in the Sunday School building on the 4th Tuesday of the month. These groups are open to all.

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

“Hope is the deep orientation of the human soul that can be held at the darkest times.”

 Vaclav Havel

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 injured or who have lost homes in the wildfires, all those who struggle with loneliness, sadness or privation; all those grieving over the epidemic of gun violence in our country, and for everyone hurt and challenged by war and terrorism and racism; and all the people and leaders of our nation and all countries experiencing war or oppression or division, so that we may find peaceful resolutions to all our economic and political troubles. In particular, please hold in the Light those who have lost loved ones or who suffer illness or injury. To request prayers, please leave a message at the Meeting House or contact the Clerk.

Quaker Activities & Announcements

College Park Winter Quarterly Meeting Quick Notes

College Park Quarterly Meeting met January 18 at the Palo Alto Friends Meeting and spent the day in worship and discernment on the theme “Harmony with Creation: What is Our Witness?” The Ad-Hoc Committee to Draft a Climate Minute brought two proposed minutes and a heartfelt report on their work and the urgency they feel for Quakers to find a way to engage with climate crises taking concrete steps. Their report was gratefully accepted, and a minute was approved later in the day. The FASE (Friends Association for Services for the Elderly) board gave an encouraging report about their satisfaction with the new management company (Covia) working with them to manage Friends House.

Teens had a full program, including going to the Palo Alto Farmers Market to purchase salad makings for an intergenerational dinner. There they talked with farmers and vendors to learn more about how far the food had traveled before getting to us.

There was a panel moderated by Shelley Tanenbaum (Strawberry Creek), in which each of the three panelists spoke of their personal and organizational engagement with the climate crisis and shared the spiritual impetus that brought them into this work.

College Park Quarterly Meeting approved a call for reflection and engagement on environmental crises, inviting our twenty Monthly Meetings to reflect and engage upon the following, and to report back at Spring Quarter.

– Barbara Babin, Clerk, CPQM

How We Win: Nonviolent Direct Action for Climate Justice, Feb. 5
Free Workshop with George Lakey

Sponsored by Grass Valley Friends Meeting, Woolman, & the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains

This workshop will present effective grassroots strategies and tactics for climate justice and building coalitions. George Lakey is the author of How We Win: A Guide to Direct Action Campaigning. For six decades he has been active in many social movements—working with the civil rights movement, U.S. and Canadian unions, the LGBTQ community, and a successful Quaker direct action campaign against mountaintop removal coal mining in Appalachia. For more information, go to https://www.facebook.com/events/664966610914160/?active_tab=about

Ben Lomond Quaker Center News & Workshops

How Then Shall I Live? Feb. 21-23, 2020, with Lucretia Humphrey

Through the use of silence, meditation, discussion, poetry and nature, this retreat offers participants opportunities to discern their way forward in this time of change.

God is Calling Us to be More Than We Know, Mar. 24-29, with Marcelle Martin

In this 5-day retreat we’ll help each other pay attention to the divine presence within, explore what blocks our whole-hearted response, and offer support for following the leadings of the Spirit. There will be opportunities for individual reflection as well as time in pairs and small groups for listening one another into new discovery and fresh expressions of the truth that resides in our hearts. We’ll explore practices that include evoking questions, mirroring, extended worship, expressive movement, and the Faithfulness Groups format. This program is suitable for adults of all ages who seek a deeper grounding in the life of the Spirit and are able to give loving attention to support others in doing the same. Marcelle Martin, author of Our Life is Love: The Quaker Spiritual Journey, is a member of Swarthmore Meeting. She has led workshops at retreat centers and Quaker meetings across the United States.

Register at http://www.quakercenter.org/programs/register/.

To register, go to:  http://www.quakercenter.org/programs/register/.

Write for What Canst Thou Say?

Tell us your stories! What Canst Thou Say? (WCTS) is an independent publication co-operatively produced by Friends with an interest in mystical experience and contemplative practice. WCTS is a worship-sharing group in print. We hope to help Friends be tender and open to the Spirit. Articles that best communicate to our readers are those that focus on specific events and are written in the first person. We welcome submissions of articles less than 1500 words and artwork suitable for black and white reproduction. It is published in February, May, August, and November. The editorial and production team is Muriel Dimock, Lissa Field, Mariellen Gilpin, Judy Lumb, Grayce Mesner, Mike Resman, Earl Smith, Eleanor Warnock, and Rhonda Ashurst.

Reno Friends are welcome to email submissions to Rhonda Ashurst at rhondalou14(at)gmail.com. Please send your text submissions in Word or generic text format, and artwork in high resolution jpeg files. Photocopied art and typed submissions are also accepted. All authors and artists retain copyright to their articles and artwork published in WCTS. WCTS retains the right to publish initially and to reprint in WCTS anthologies.

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 2020 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

Every Sunday (Except Third Sunday) – Singing in the Meeting House, 9:30-9:50 am

Thursday Jan. 2 – First Thursday Brown Bag Lunch, 12 noon (see details below)

Sunday Jan. 5 – Hospitality after Silent Worship, 11:10 am

Wednesday Jan. 8 – Class: Embodying the Light, 6:30-7:45 pm

Sunday Jan. 12 – Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business, 11:30 am

Sunday Jan. 19 Open Spiritual Discussion, 8:45-9:45 am (see details below)

Sunday Jan. 19 – Hospitality after Silent Worship, 11:10 am

Wednesday Jan. 22 – Class: Embodying the Light, 6:30-7:45 pm

Sunday Jan. 26 Potluck, 11:30 am

Reno Friends Meeting Events & Notices               

First Thursday Brown Bag Lunch, Thurs. Jan. 2, 12-1:30 pm

Reno Friends is starting a new tradition: Brown bag lunches at the Meeting House on the first Thursday of each month for conversation and fellowship. This is not a potluck, so as to avoid lots of cleanup. Just bring your own brown bag lunch. We hope to see you there!

Embodying the Light Class Wed. Jan. 8 & 22, 6:30-7:45 pm

Rhonda Ashurst and Rebecca Brune will lead the “Embodying the Light” class just once in December, on the second and fourth Wednesdays, Jan. 8 and Jan. 22, from 6:30-7:45 pm in the Meeting House. This class draws from Tai Chi/qigong and yoga practices with the intention of embodying the Light in our physical bodies and our daily lives. Learn about becoming a clearer vessel for the Light, clearing blocks, releasing tension, being present in the moment, feeling the flow of inner energy, improving balance and breathing, and strengthening the muscles that carry us through physical life. Movements will be gentle and easy so anyone can do them. Following the movement, there will be time for questions, discussion and reflection. 

Open Spiritual Discussion Sun. Jan. 19, 8:45-9:45 am “The Simplicity Testimony,” led by Wendy Swallow

Reno Friends now holds an open Spiritual Discussion every third Sunday before Worship, from 8:45-9:45 in the Meeting House. (There will be no singing on these days.) The purpose of the sessions is to give Reno Friends a chance to share and discuss their spiritual journeys and questions. Please join us!

Coffee Hour on 1st and 3rd Sundays after Silent Worship at 11:10 am

Reno Friends is now serving coffee and cookies after Silent Worship on the first and third Sundays of the month. Please join us for this relaxed time to connect and laugh!

Online Meeting for Worship with Ben Lomond Quaker Center in California, 7:30–8 am every day

Desire a daily dose of devotion? Ben Lomond’s Quaker Center offers an online meeting for worship from 7:30 am to 8:00 am Pacific time every morning of the week. Folks from all over the United States, Canada and even overseas (plus some Reno Friends), gather together for silent worship. To find it:

It’s a great way to begin the day – regularly or every now and then. Give it a try!

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.

Carson City Worship Group

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

Quaker Mission Stamp Project

The Quaker Stamp Project helps the poor in Africa and India through Right Sharing of World Resources, a Quaker organization that provides micro-grants to worthy women. To support the Stamp Project, save canceled foreign and domestic stamps, leaving a small rim 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. You can help make a difference in the world – one stamp at a time!

Outside Non-Profits That Meet at the Quaker Meeting House

Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm, and every Saturday from 5 pm to 6 pm. ACA is a world service 12-step program for those struggling with the legacy of growing up in an alcoholic or dysfunctional home. NOTE:  The Tuesday night group meets in the Sunday School building on the 4th Tuesday of the month. These groups are open to all.

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

“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 us, 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 who injured or who have lost homes in the wildfires, all those who struggle with loneliness, sadness or privation; all those grieving over the epidemic of gun violence in our country, and for everyone hurt and challenged by war and terrorism and racism; and all the people and leaders of our nation and all countries experiencing war or oppression or division, so that we may find peaceful resolutions to all our economic and political troubles. In particular, please hold in the Light those who have lost loved ones or who suffer illness or injury. To request prayers, please leave a message at the Meeting House or contact the Clerk.

Quaker Activities & Announcements

College Park Winter Quarterly Meeting, Sat. Jan. 19, 2020

This one-day meeting will be held at Palo Alto Meeting, in Palo Alto, CA. For minutes, reports, or more information about this gathering and other work of the Quarter, please go to our Quarterly Meeting website collegeparkquarterlymeeting.org.

Ben Lomond Quaker Center News & Workshops
Young and Old for Climate Justice: A Dialogue, Jan. 24-26, 2020

George Lakey, former Swarthmore College Visiting Professor, has written about non-violence and led workshops on the issues around the world. As young people go on strike, demand divestment from fossil fuels, and urge a Green New Deal, we invite Friends and others motivated to open a dialogue facilitated by George Lakey on how to effectively communicate across generations and communities to tackle the issues caused by climate change. Our goal is to affirm strengths, differences, and build unity around effective actions. We encourage Meetings to send younger members to this event and we have reduced fees for Friends 35 and under.

How Then Shall I Live? Feb. 21-23, 2020, with Lucretia Humphrey

Through the use of silence, meditation, discussion, poetry and nature, this retreat offers participants opportunities to discern their way forward in this time of change.

To register, go to:  http://www.quakercenter.org/programs/register/.

Write for What Canst Thou Say?

Tell us your stories! What Canst Thou Say? (WCTS) is an independent publication co-operatively produced by Friends with an interest in mystical experience and contemplative practice. WCTS is a worship-sharing group in print. We hope to help Friends be tender and open to the Spirit. Articles that best communicate to our readers are those that focus on specific events and are written in the first person. We welcome submissions of articles less than 1500 words and artwork suitable for black and white reproduction. It is published in February, May, August, and November. The editorial and production team is Muriel Dimock, Lissa Field, Mariellen Gilpin, Judy Lumb, Grayce Mesner, Mike Resman, Earl Smith, Eleanor Warnock, and Rhonda Ashurst.

Reno Friends are welcome to email submissions to Rhonda Ashurst at rhondalou14(at)gmail.com. Please send your text submissions in Word or generic text format, and artwork in high resolution jpeg files. Photocopied art and typed submissions are also accepted. All authors and artists retain copyright to their articles and artwork published in WCTS. WCTS retains the right to publish initially and to reprint in WCTS anthologies.

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 2019 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

Every Sunday – Singing in the Meeting House, 9:30-9:50 am

Sunday Dec. 1 – Hospitality after Silent Worship, 11:10 am

Thursday Dec. 5 – First Thursday Brown Bag Lunch, 12 noon (see details below)

NOTE – There is NO Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business in December.  The next one is Jan. 12, 2020.

Wednesday Dec. 11 – Class: Embodying the Light, 6:30-7:45 pm

Sunday Dec. 15 Open Spiritual Discussion, 8:45-9:45 am (see details below)

Sunday Dec. 15 – Hospitality after Silent Worship, 11:10 am

Sunday Dec. 15 – RFM & Carson Christmas Party, 5 pm, at Rhonda’s and Scott’s house (see details below)

Sunday Dec. 22 Potluck, 11:30 am

Reno Friends Meeting Events & Notices               

First Thursday Brown Bag Lunch, Thurs. Dec. 5, 12-1:30 pm

Reno Friends is starting a new tradition:  Brown bag lunches at the Meeting House on the first Thursday of each month for conversation and fellowship.  This is not a potluck, so as to avoid lots of cleanup.  Just bring your own brown bag lunch.  Peg McCall will host the December lunch.  We hope to see you there!

Embodying the Light Class Wed. Dec. 11, 6:30-7:45 pm

Rhonda Ashurst and Rebecca Brune will lead the “Embodying the Light” class just once in December, on the second Wednesday, Dec. 11, from 6:30-7:45 pm in the Meeting House. (In January, they will go back to offering the class on second and fourth Wednesdays.) This class draws from Tai Chi/qigong and yoga practices with the intention of embodying the Light in our physical bodies and our daily lives. Learn about becoming a clearer vessel for the Light, clearing blocks, releasing tension, being present in the moment, feeling the flow of inner energy, improving balance and breathing, and strengthening the muscles that carry us through physical life. Movements will be gentle and easy so anyone can do them. Following the movement, there will be time for questions, discussion and reflection. 

Open Spiritual Discussion Sun. Dec. 15, 8:45-9:45 am “Building the Beloved Community,” led by Rhonda Ashurst

Reno Friends now holds an open Spiritual Discussion every third Sunday before Worship, from 8:45-9:45 in the Meeting House. (There will be no singing on these days.) The purpose of the sessions is to give Reno Friends a chance to share and discuss their spiritual journeys and questions. Please join us!

RFM/CARSON CHRISTMAS POTLUCK PARTY!  Sun. Dec. 15, 5-9 pm At the home of Rhonda Ashurst and Scott Wiley, 585 Putnam Drive, Reno.

Please join us for an evening of food, conversation and laughter! Bring a vegetarian dish to share—appetizer/finger food, casserole, side dish, salad, dessert, non-alcoholic beverage, beer or wine. Please attach a list of ingredients to alert anyone with food allergies. So we know how many chairs and tables to set up, please RSVP to Rhonda at rhondalou14(at)gmail.com or 775-276-0399.

Our home is south of Rancho San Rafael Park off Washington Street. NOTE: The park is closed at 5:00 pm now, so if your phone or GPS tells you to go through the park, don’t. Getting There:  Get off the I-80 freeway at Keystone and turn right. Immediately take another right on 7th Street just past Starbucks. Follow 7th east until it ends on Washington. Take a left on Washington and follow it until it ends at Rancho San Rafael Park entrance, about a mile. Take a right on Putnam. House is the 5th house on the left, the park side. At Christmas time there are old-fashioned colored lights on the roof, a round wreath on the garage, and snowflakes and stars in the trees. You can park along the street anywhere, or in the driveway.

Coffee Hour on 1st and 3rd Sundays after Silent Worship at 11:10 am

Reno Friends is now serving coffee and cookies after Silent Worship on the first and third Sundays of the month. Please join us for this relaxed time to connect and laugh!

Online Meeting for Worship with Ben Lomond Quaker Center in California, 7:30–8 am every day

Desire a daily dose of devotion? Ben Lomond’s Quaker Center offers an online meeting for worship from 7:30 am to 8:00 am Pacific time every morning of the week. Folks from all over the United States, Canada and even overseas (plus some Reno Friends), gather together for silent worship. To find it:

It’s a great way to begin the day – regularly or every now and then. Give it a try!

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.

Carson City Worship Group

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

Quaker Mission Stamp Project

The Quaker Stamp Project helps the poor in Africa and India through Right Sharing of World Resources, a Quaker organization that provides micro-grants to worthy women. To support the Stamp Project, save canceled foreign and domestic stamps, leaving a small rim 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. You can help make a difference in the world – one stamp at a time!

Outside Non-Profits That Meet at the Quaker Meeting House

Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm, and every Saturday from 5 pm to 6 pm. ACA is a world service 12-step program for those struggling with the legacy of growing up in an alcoholic or dysfunctional home. NOTE:  The Tuesday night group meets in the Sunday School building on the 4th Tuesday of the month. These groups are open to all.

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

“In the stillness of the quiet, if we listen, we can hear the whisper of the heart, giving strength to weakness, courage to fear, hope to despair.”

 Howard Thurman

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 injured or who have lost homes in the wildfires, all those who struggle with loneliness, sadness or privation; all those grieving over the epidemic of gun violence in our country, and for everyone hurt and challenged by war and terrorism and racism; and all the people and leaders of our nation and all countries experiencing war or oppression or division, so that we may find peaceful resolutions to all our economic and political troubles. In particular, please hold in the Light those who have lost loved ones or who suffer illness or injury. To request prayers, please leave a message at the Meeting House or contact the Clerk.

Quaker Activities & Announcements

College Park Winter Quarterly Meeting, Sat. Jan. 19, 2020

This one-day meeting will be held at Palo Alto Meeting, in Palo Alto, CA. For minutes, reports, or more information about this gathering and other work of the Quarter, please go to our Quarterly Meeting website collegeparkquarterlymeeting.org.

Ben Lomond Quaker Center News & Workshops
Is God Violent? Making a New Beginning with the Bible, Dec. 27 to Jan. 1

Tom Gates will lead a discussion about Friends struggle with the Bible, especially because of its ubiquitous violence. But violence is precisely the point: the Bible is to a large extent about the human tendency to violence, and how it might be overcome. We will see how the archaic connection between violence and the sacred gradually gives way to the conviction that “violence is not an attribute of God” (Epistle to Diognetus, 2nd century). We will look at some key texts that illustrate “the scapegoat mechanism:” the unconscious collective transfer of aggression and violence on to a random victim; its replication in ritual sacrifice (ubiquitous in the ancient world); and the way in which sacred violence has always provided the glue that makes culture possible. We will see how, beginning in Genesis, continuing through the Hebrew prophets, and culminating with Jesus’ life, teachings, and death, the Bible decisively exposes and undermines this pervasive dynamic of scapegoating. Scapegoating is the prototype of “good” or sacred violence overcoming “bad” violence—a dynamic that is all too present in today’s world. Based on the work of Rene Girard, this reading of Scripture has enormous implications for our understanding of violence in the world, as well as Friends’ work for peace and racial justice.

Young and Old for Climate Justice: A Dialogue, Jan. 24-26, 2020

George Lakey, former Swarthmore College Visiting Professor, has written about non-violence and led workshops on the issues around the world. As young people go on strike, demand divestment from fossil fuels, and urge a Green New Deal, we invite Friends and others motivated to open a dialogue facilitated by George Lakey on how to effectively communicate across generations and communities to tackle the issues caused by climate change. Our goal is to affirm strengths, differences, and build unity around effective actions. We encourage Meetings to send younger members to this event and we have reduced fees for Friends 35 and under.

To register, go to:  http://www.quakercenter.org/programs/register/.

Write for What Canst Thou Say?

Tell us your stories! What Canst Thou Say? (WCTS) is an independent publication co-operatively produced by Friends with an interest in mystical experience and contemplative practice. WCTS is a worship-sharing group in print. We hope to help Friends be tender and open to the Spirit. Articles that best communicate to our readers are those that focus on specific events and are written in the first person. We welcome submissions of articles less than 1500 words and artwork suitable for black and white reproduction. It is published in February, May, August, and November. The editorial and production team is Muriel Dimock, Lissa Field, Mariellen Gilpin, Judy Lumb, Grayce Mesner, Mike Resman, Earl Smith, Eleanor Warnock, and Rhonda Ashurst.

Reno Friends are welcome to email submissions to Rhonda Ashurst at rhondalou14(at)gmail.com. Please send your text submissions in Word or generic text format, and artwork in high resolution jpeg files. Photocopied art and typed submissions are also accepted. All authors and artists retain copyright to their articles and artwork published in WCTS. WCTS retains the right to publish initially and to reprint in WCTS anthologies.

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 2019 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

Every Sunday – Singing in the Meeting House, 9:30-9:50 am

Sunday Nov. 3 – Hospitality after Silent Worship 11:10 am

Thursday Nov. 7 – Friendly Eight Dinner at Beatrice’s, 5:30 pm (details below)

Sunday Nov. 10 – Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business 11:30 am

Wednesday Nov. 13 – Class: Embodying the Light, 6:30-7:45 pm

Sunday Nov. 17 Open Spiritual Discussion 8:45-9:45 am (see details below)

Sunday Nov. 17 – Hospitality after Silent Worship 11:10 am

Saturday Nov. 23 – Friendly Eight Dinner at Wendy and Charlie’s, 6 pm (details below)

Saturday Nov. 23 RISE Dinner, 5-6 pm. NEW LOCATION (details below)

Sunday Nov. 24 Potluck, 11:30 am

Reno Friends Meeting Events & Notices               

Reno Friends Friendly Eight Dinners, Nov. 7 and Nov. 23

Carrying on a tradition of Friends, two families are opening their homes for a potluck dinner with a small group of Reno Friends this month. The first will be Thurs., Nov. 7 at Beatrice Hamilton’s home at 1350 Kirman Ave., Reno, starting at 5:30 pm. The second will be Sat. Nov. 23 at Wendy Swallow & Charlie Shepard’s home at 4395 Mountaingate Dr., Reno, starting at 6 pm. You must sign up in the Meeting House or email the hosts if you are interested in attending. Beatrice is at beabundant(at)sbcglobal.net; Wendy is at wswallow54(at)gmail.com. The hosts will provide a main dish, and others should bring a side dish, salad, appetizer or dessert. The hosts will coordinate the menu once the tables are set. Sign up now! There are still a few seats available at both homes. These are always lovely events, so don’t miss this chance to get to know each other better. 

Embodying the Light Class Wed. Nov. 13 6:30-7:45 pm

Rhonda Ashurst and Rebecca Brune are leading a class in “Embodying the Light” on second and fourth Wednesdays of the month, from 6:30-7:45 pm in the Meeting House. This class draws from Tai Chi/qigong and yoga practices with the intention of embodying the Light in our physical bodies and our daily lives. Learn about becoming a clearer vessel for the Light, clearing blocks, releasing tension, being present in the moment, feeling the flow of inner energy, improving balance and breathing, and strengthening the muscles that carry us through physical life. Movements will be gentle and easy so anyone can do them. Following the movement, there will be time for questions, discussion and reflection.

Open Spiritual Discussion Sun. Nov. 17, 8:45-9:45 am

NOTE: The Nov. 27 class has been cancelled.

Reno Friends is holding an Open Spiritual Discussion that will meet every third Sunday before Worship, from 8:45-9:45 in the Meeting House. (There will be no singing on these days.) The purpose of the sessions is to give Reno Friends a chance to share and discuss their spiritual journeys and questions. Please join us for what should prove to be interesting discussions. The topic on Nov. 17 will be “Living Together on this Earth,” looking at environmental crisis as an opportunity for spiritual growth. Cheri Smith will lead the discussion.

RISE Dinner for the Homeless, Sat. Nov. 23, 5-6 pm in a NEW LOCATION

Join us to feed the hungry on Sat. Nov. 23 at 5 pm. To participate, cook a large dish and help serve it at the RISE Dinner station, which has moved to a new site: an empty lot at 1905 East Fourth Street, on the north side of Fourth St. You can still carpool with other Quakers from the Meeting House at 4:45 pm, or meet us at the site. Dishes to bring include casseroles, salads, vegetable sides, rolls or crates of fruit. No soups, please, as everything is served on plastic plates. ALSO, if you have time, please purchase some warm winter socks to hand out, either men’s or women’s. 

Directions to the new Dinner station:  From the Meeting House, go left out of the parking lot onto Highland Ave. At the stop sign, turn right onto Valley Dr.  Take Valley down to Fourth Street and turn left. Proceed about a mile to 1905 East Fourth Street. There is parking there and streetlights, but you may want to bring a flashlight or headlamp.

First Thursday Brown Bag Lunch, Thurs. Dec. 5, 12-1:30 pm

Reno Friends is starting a new tradition:  Brown bag lunches at the Meeting House on the first Thursday of each month for conversation and fellowship.  This is not a potluck, so as to avoid lots of cleanup.  Just bring your own brown bag lunch.  Peg McCall will host the December lunch.  We hope to see you there!

RFM/CARSON CHRISTMAS POTLUCK PARTY!  Sun. Dec. 15, 5-9 pm

At the home of Rhonda Ashurst and Scott Wiley, 585 Putnam Drive, Reno. Please join us for an evening of food, conversation and laughter! Bring a vegetarian dish to share—appetizer/finger food, casserole, side dish, salad, dessert, non-alcoholic beverage, beer or wine. Please attach a list of ingredients to alert anyone with food allergies. So we know how many chairs and tables to set up, please RSVP to Rhonda at rhondalou14(at)gmail.com or 775-276-0399.

Our home is south of Rancho San Rafael Park off Washington Street. NOTE: The park is closed at 5:00 pm now, so if your phone or GPS tells you to go through the park, don’t. Getting There:  Get off the I-80 freeway at Keystone and turn right. Immediately take another right on 7th Street just past Starbucks. Follow 7th east until it ends on Washington. Take a left on Washington and follow it until it ends at Rancho San Rafael Park entrance, about a mile. Take a right on Putnam. House is the 5th house on the left, the park side. At Christmas time there are old-fashioned colored lights on the roof, a round wreath on the garage, and snowflakes and stars in the trees. You can park along the street anywhere, or in the driveway.

Coffee Hour on 1st and 3rd Sundays after Silent Worship at 11:10 am

Reno Friends is now serving coffee and cookies after Silent Worship on the first and third Sundays of the month. Please join us for this relaxed time to connect and laugh!

Online Meeting for Worship with Quaker Center, 7:30–8 am every day

Desire a daily dose of devotion? Ben Lomond’s Quaker Center offers an online meeting for worship from 7:30 am to 8:00 am Pacific time every morning of the week. Folks from all over the United States, Canada and even overseas (plus some Reno Friends), gather together for silent worship. To find it:

It’s a great way to begin the day – regularly or every now and then. Give it a try!

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.

Carson City Worship Group

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

Quaker Mission Stamp Project

The Quaker Stamp Project helps the poor in Africa and India through Right Sharing of World Resources, a Quaker organization that provides micro-grants to worthy women. To support the Stamp Project, save canceled foreign and domestic stamps, leaving a small rim 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. You can help make a difference in the world – one stamp at a time!

Outside Non-Profits That Meet at the Quaker Meeting House

Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm, and every Saturday from 5 pm to 6 pm. ACA is a world service 12-step program for those struggling with the legacy of growing up in an alcoholic or dysfunctional home. NOTE:  The Tuesday night group meets in the Sunday School building on the 4th Tuesday of the month. These groups are open to all.

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

“Our life is love, and peace, and tenderness; and bearing one with another, and forgiving one another, and not laying accusations one against another; but praying one for another, and helping one another up with a tender hand.”

 Isaac Penington

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 injured or who have lost homes in the wildfires, all those who struggle with loneliness, sadness or privation; all those grieving over the epidemic of gun violence in our country, and for everyone hurt and challenged by war and terrorism and racism; and all the people and leaders of our nation and all countries experiencing war or oppression or division, so that we may find peaceful resolutions to all our economic and political troubles. In particular, please hold in the Light those who have lost loved ones or who suffer illness or injury. To request prayers, please leave a message at the Meeting House or contact the Clerk.

Quaker Activities & Announcements

College Park 2019 Fall Quarterly Quick Notes

“Living Together on This Earth”, the theme chosen for this gathering at Sierra Friends Center Oct. 18-20, helped us consider our inter-connectedness with all life on earth. We had 101 attenders, including 10 teens and 2 children, who joined in worship, small-group worship-sharing, interest groups, delicious meals, deep and warm conversations, singing, and more.

On Saturday morning, we gathered to worship together, get to know who was present, and hear four panelists respond to several queries. First: how has the environmental crisis created an opportunity for your own spiritual growth and evolution of consciousness? Second: does John Woolman’s concern for the physical life of domestic animals, depletion of the soil, the souls of rich people, and the physical difficulty and poverty of the working class still speak to us? What unique Quaker witness are we called towards by human suffering resulting from the destruction of the biosphere? Third: how do you personally maintain hope and gratitude in this difficult time?

For worship-sharing, we chose among three ways of responding to queries: walking in pairs or writing individually and then sharing in a small group or “traditional” sharing in a small group. The queries were similar to those asked of the panelists, which gave us an opportunity to go deeper into our own experience and visions.

Four lively interest groups met Saturday afternoon to explore (1) How can we support young people in getting the information and experience they need to advocate for change? (2) How are our Quaker organizations engaged in climate justice and how can individuals and meetings get involved? (3) How do we deepen and strengthen our spiritual resources, sustaining ourselves and others and supporting one another for the long road ahead? (4) How can we dismantle structural racism in our meetings?

In large group sessions through-out the weekend, we worshipped together, approved new members of various committees, heard reports, heard from the children’s and teens’ programs, and came to know more about each other and our shared lives as Friends in Northern California and Nevada.

Our ad-hoc Committee on Regional Gatherings, formed in 2018 to explore ways to bring Friends together closer to home, organized three successful regional gatherings in Spring 2019 and has now turned over this effort to Ministry and Oversight Committee.

We created a new ad hoc committee to work on coming to unity on our commitment to the environment. Monthly Meetings are invited to reflect on the queries that our panelists addressed and forward any thoughts or minutes that a Meeting has approved on environmental concerns or climate justice to the new ad hoc committee’s convener, Nancy Glock-Gruenich (SC) nglock@antioch.edu.

For minutes, reports, or more information about this gathering and other work of the Quarter, please go to our Quarterly Meeting website (collegeparkquarterlymeeting.org).

 In the Love and Light of the Spirit, Janet Leslie, Assistant Clerk, CPQM

Ben Lomond Quaker Center News & Workshops
Mystics in the Midst, Nov. 15-17 and Nov. 18-20

Ben Pink Dandelion will facilitate two linked but separate workshops. The first program: Quaker Spiritual Community over Time, from Nov. 15th – 17th, will be followed by a break from Sunday noon through Monday evening. The second program, Building the Blessed Community, from Nov. 18th – 20th will look at the theological basis of separation and of standing apart as well as the historical shifts that have fostered a greater sense of finding allies in the non-Quaker world. Join us to put our collective spiritual quest in perspective and consider ways to lighten our load and nurture the spiritual life within our Quaker communities. Quaker Center will provide housing and meals during our day off for participants who attend both workshops. We expect this program to fill, so register early at http://www.quakercenter.org/programs/register/.

Is God Violent? Making a New Beginning with the Bible, Dec. 27 to Jan. 1

Tom Gates will lead a discussion about Friends struggle with the Bible, especially because of its ubiquitous violence. But violence is precisely the point: the Bible is to a large extent about the human tendency to violence, and how it might be overcome. We will see how the archaic connection between violence and the sacred gradually gives way to the conviction that “violence is not an attribute of God” (Epistle to Diognetus, 2nd century). We will look at some key texts that illustrate “the scapegoat mechanism:” the unconscious collective transfer of aggression and violence on to a random victim; its replication in ritual sacrifice (ubiquitous in the ancient world); and the way in which sacred violence has always provided the glue that makes culture possible. We will see how, beginning in Genesis, continuing through the Hebrew prophets, and culminating with Jesus’ life, teachings, and death, the Bible decisively exposes and undermines this pervasive dynamic of scapegoating. Scapegoating is the prototype of “good” or sacred violence overcoming “bad” violence—a dynamic that is all too present in today’s world. Based on the work of Rene Girard, this reading of Scripture has enormous implications for our understanding of violence in the world, as well as Friends’ work for peace and racial justice. Register early at http://www.quakercenter.org/programs/register/.

Write for What Canst Thou Say?

Tell us your stories! What Canst Thou Say? (WCTS) is an independent publication co-operatively produced by Friends with an interest in mystical experience and contemplative practice. WCTS is a worship-sharing group in print. We hope to help Friends be tender and open to the Spirit. Articles that best communicate to our readers are those that focus on specific events and are written in the first person. We welcome submissions of articles less than 1500 words and artwork suitable for black and white reproduction. It is published in February, May, August, and November. The editorial and production team is Muriel Dimock, Lissa Field, Mariellen Gilpin, Judy Lumb, Grayce Mesner, Mike Resman, Earl Smith, Eleanor Warnock, and Rhonda Ashurst.

Reno Friends are welcome to email submissions to Rhonda Ashurst at rhondalou14(at)gmail.com. Please send your text submissions in Word or generic text format, and artwork in high resolution jpeg files. Photocopied art and typed submissions are also accepted. All authors and artists retain copyright to their articles and artwork published in WCTS. WCTS retains the right to publish initially and to reprint in WCTS anthologies.

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 2019 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’ October Schedule

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

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

Every Sunday – Singing in the Meeting House, 9:30-9:50 am

Sunday Oct. 6 & 20 – Hospitality after Silent Worship, 11:10 am

Wednesday Oct. 9 & Oct. 23 – Class: Embodying the Light, 6:30-7:45 pm (see below for details)

Sunday Oct. 13 – Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business, 11:30 am

Sunday Oct. 20 Open Spiritual Discussion, 8:45-9:45 am (see below for details).  There will be no singing on this Sunday.

Friday-Sunday October 18-20 – CPQM Fall Quarterly Meeting, Sierra Friends Center, Nevada City, CA (see newsletter for details)

Saturday Oct. 26 – Fall Cleanup of Meeting House and Garden, 9 am -12 noon.

Sunday Oct. 27 Potluck & Speaker RISE Ex. Dir. Ben Castro, 11:30 am

Reno Friends Meeting Events & Notices               

Embodying the Light Class Wed. Oct. 9 & Wed. Oct. 23, 6:30-7:45 pm

Rhonda Ashurst is leading a class in “Embodying the Light” on second and fourth Wednesdays of the month, from 6:30-7:45 pm in the Meeting House. This class will draw upon Tai Chi/qigong and yoga practices with the intention of embodying the Light in our physical bodies and our daily lives. Learn about becoming a clearer vessel for the Light, clearing blocks, releasing tension, being present in the moment, feeling the flow of inner energy, improving balance and breathing, and strengthening the muscles that carry us through physical life. These practices are also helpful in decreasing back, muscle and joint pain, plus they are a wonderful way to wind down mid-week and get a good night’s sleep. Movements will be gentle and easy so anyone can do them. They can be done in a chair if standing is difficult for you. Most of the practice is done in silence as a moving meditation. Following the movement, there will be time for questions, discussion and reflection.

Open Spiritual Discussion Sun. Oct. 20, 8:45-9:45 am

Reno Friends is starting an Open Spiritual Discussion that will meet every third Sunday before Worship, from 8:45-9:45 in the Meeting House. (There will be no singing on these days.) The purpose of the sessions is to give Reno Friends a chance to share and discuss their spiritual journeys and questions. Please join us for what should prove to be interesting discussions! The topic on Oct. 20 will be a continuation of the September topic: “What Silent Worship Means to Us.” Wendy Swallow will lead.

Fall Meeting House Cleanup, Sat. Oct. 26, 9 am to noon

Join Reno Friends for our semi-annual cleanup of the Meeting House, First Day School and garden. Many hands make light work! A list of chores will be sent out closer to the day. If you want to work in the garden, bring gloves, rakes, shears, etc. There is also work in the buildings for those who would rather work inside. Hope to see you there.

Online Meeting for Worship with Quaker Center, 7:30–8 am every day

Desire a daily dose of devotion? Ben Lomond’s Quaker Center offers an online meeting for worship from 7:30 am to 8:00 am Pacific time every morning of the week. Folks from all over the United States, Canada and even overseas (plus some Reno Friends), gather together for silent worship. To find it:

It’s a great way to begin the day – regularly or every now and then. Give it a try!

Next RISE Dinner for the Homeless, Sat. Nov. 30, 5-6 pm

Join us to feed the hungry on Sat. Sept. 28 at 5 pm. To participate, cook a large dish and help serve it at the RISE Dinner station on the east side of the parking lot of the Community Assistance Center, 335 Record Street. You can carpool with other Quakers from the Meeting House at 4:45 pm, or meet us at the CAC. Dishes to bring include casseroles, salads, vegetable sides, rolls or crates of fruit. No soups, please, as everything is served on plastic plates. For the full RISE schedule for 2019, check the RFM calendar.

Coffee Hour on 1st and 3rd Sundays after Silent Worship at 11:10 am

Reno Friends is now serving coffee and cookies after Silent Worship on the first and third Sundays of the month. Please join us for this relaxed time to connect and laugh!

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.

Carson City Worship Group

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

Quaker Mission Stamp Project

The Quaker Stamp Project helps the poor in Africa and India through Right Sharing of World Resources, a Quaker organization that provides micro-grants to worthy women. To support the Stamp Project, save canceled foreign and domestic stamps, leaving a small rim 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. You can help make a difference in the world – one stamp at a time!

Outside Non-Profits That Meet at the Quaker Meeting House

Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm, and every Saturday from 5 pm to 6 pm. ACA is a world service 12-step program for those struggling with the legacy of growing up in an alcoholic or dysfunctional home. NOTE:  The Tuesday night group meets in the Sunday School building on the 4th Tuesday of the month. These groups are open to all.

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

“The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do.”

 Galileo Galilei

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 injured or who have lost homes in the wildfires, all those who struggle with loneliness, sadness or privation; all those grieving over the epidemic of gun violence in our country, and for everyone hurt and challenged by war and terrorism and racism; and all 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. In particular, please hold in the Light those who have lost loved ones or who suffer illness or injury. To request prayers, please leave a message at the Meeting House or contact the Clerk.

Quaker Activities & Announcements

College Park Fall Quarterly Oct. 18-20, Sierra Friends Center
13075 Woolman Lane, Nevada City, CA 95959

Our Advices and Queries on Harmony with Creation ask us to consider how we are living within the inter-connectedness of all species, in interdependence with all life on earth. We are invited to reflect on how our actions cause damage already felt by vulnerable systems and populations. Many Friends feel a sense of urgency. How might we support one another to live more responsibly—in right relationship with one another and life on our planet? Are we called to do more? How do we prepare and nurture ourselves spiritually, individually and in community, so that we can sustain our efforts to meet the challenges of climate disruption? How can we, as Quakers, bring a loving witness, responding to the needs of all living beings, helping to calm fears, and mitigate injustices? Join us to hear from Friends who are called to address this multi-faceted concern through different approaches. There will be plenary talks, interest groups, and worship sharing to help you discern how you might be called to respond.

Friday 4-10 pm: Registration, dinner, worship, singing

Saturday All Day: Bible study, 3 meals together, worship, 3 plenary sessions, worship-sharing, interest groups, free time, family night, singing

Sunday 6:30am-2pm: Bible study, breakfast & lunch, worship, final plenaries, clean up

Concurrent Children’s and Teen Programs

Please Register by October 12 online at collegeparkquarterlymeeting.org For email or phone registration, contact the Registrar, eesabelman(at)gmail.com or 650-322-2455.  Parents of children and teens, please fill out Medical Consent and Permission forms found on the website.

IF YOU CAN’T ATTEND IN PERSON, we are experimenting with live streaming part of a Saturday plenary session.  Individuals and small groups who want to attend remotely should contact the Registrar at eesabelman(at)gmail.com or 650-322-2455.

Ben Lomond Quaker Center News & Workshops
The Pursuit of Wisdom: Oct. 25-27

Join Michael Birkel to consider the Ancient Desert Monastics, The Epistle of James and John Woolman. We will listen to our elders from across the centuries as they reflect on the pursuit of wisdom. What are the inward and outward dimensions of wisdom? To what interior transformation does wisdom invite us, and what are the consequences for our life with others? Find out more and register early at http://www.quakercenter.org/programs/pursuit-of-wisdom/.

Mystics in the Midst, Nov. 15-17 and Nov. 18-20

Ben Pink Dandelion will facilitate two linked but separate workshops. The first program: Quaker Spiritual Community over Time, from Nov. 15th – 17th, will be followed by a break from Sunday noon through Monday evening. The second program, Building the Blessed Community, from Nov. 18th – 20th will look at the theological basis of separation and of standing apart as well as the historical shifts that have fostered a greater sense of finding allies in the non-Quaker world. Join us to put our collective spiritual quest in perspective and consider ways to lighten our load and nurture the spiritual life within our Quaker communities. Quaker Center will provide housing and meals during our day off for participants who attend both workshops. We expect this program to fill, so register early at http://www.quakercenter.org/programs/register/.

New Co-Directors of Ben Lomond Quaker Center: Bob Fisher & Susan Wilson

Quaker Center welcomes two new co-directors, Bob Fisher & Susan Wilson. Bob and Susan come to Quaker Center with rich, varied and complementary skills and experiences. Susan brings a solid background in program development, team building, conflict resolution, and fostering community. Bob is immersed in Quaker process and outreach, with an abundance of practical and problem-solving skills. In their marriage vows of thirty years ago, Bob and Susan pledged to work together toward “a peaceful and just world for ourselves, our children and all of humanity.” They look forward to continuing this journey at Quaker Center with joyous expectation. 

Write for What Canst Thou Say?

Tell us your stories! What Canst Thou Say? (WCTS) is an independent publication co-operatively produced by Friends with an interest in mystical experience and contemplative practice. WCTS is a worship-sharing group in print. We hope to help Friends be tender and open to the Spirit. Articles that best communicate to our readers are those that focus on specific events and are written in the first person. We welcome submissions of articles less than 1500 words and artwork suitable for black and white reproduction. It is published in February, May, August, and November. The editorial and production team is Muriel Dimock, Lissa Field, Mariellen Gilpin, Judy Lumb, Grayce Mesner, Mike Resman, Earl Smith, Eleanor Warnock, and Rhonda Ashurst.

Reno Friends are welcome to email submissions to Rhonda Ashurst at rhondalou14(at)gmail.com. Please send your text submissions in Word or generic text format, and artwork in high resolution jpeg files. Photocopied art and typed submissions are also accepted. All authors and artists retain copyright to their articles and artwork published in WCTS. WCTS retains the right to publish initially and to reprint in WCTS anthologies.

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 2019 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

Every Sunday – Singing in the Meeting House, 9:30-9:50 am

Every First and Third Sunday – Coffee Hour Hospitality, 11-11:30 am

Sunday September 8 – Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business, 11:30 am

Sunday September 15 – Open Spiritual Discussion, 8:45-9:45 am (details below) There will be no singing on this Sunday.

Friday to Sunday Sept. 20, 21 & 22 Grover Hot Springs Camping Trip (details below)

Wednesday September 25 – Class: Embodying the Light, 6:30-7:45 pm (details below)

Saturday, September 28 RISE Dinner, 5-6 pm (details below)

Sunday September 29 Potluck, 11:30 am

Reno Friends Meeting Events & Notices               

Open Spiritual Discussion starts Sun. Sept. 15, 8:45-9:45 am

Reno Friends is starting an Open Spiritual Discussion that will meet every third Sunday before Silent Worship, from 8:45-9:45 am in the Meeting House. (There will be no singing on these days.) The purpose of the sessions is to give Reno Friends a chance to share and discuss their spiritual journeys and questions. Please join us for what should prove to be interesting discussions!

Grover Hot Springs Fall Camping Trip, Fri. to Sun., Sept. 21-22

Mark your calendars now! The popular annual camping trip to Grover’s Hot Springs (near Markleeville, CA) will be the third weekend of September, the 21-23. Cliff Smith of Carson Friends will take a campsite by noon on Sat. Sept. 21. Join Nevada Quakers for hiking, enjoying the hot springs pool, and a potluck bonfire supper on Saturday. If you camp overnight, or if you return the next morning, Cliff will clerk worship in the meadow Sunday morning. Dogs welcome! For more details, contact Cliff Smith at cliffsmith1511(at)sbcglobal.net.

Coffee Hour on 1st and 3rd Sundays after Silent Worship at 11:10 am

Reno Friends is now serving coffee and cookies after Silent Worship on the first and third Sundays of the month. Please join us for this relaxed time to connect and laugh!

Embodying the Light Class Wed. Sept. 25, 6:30-7:45 pm

Rhonda Ashurst is leading a class in “Embodying the Light” Sept. 25 from 6:30-7:45 pm in the Meeting House. Starting in October, this class will be held every second and fourth Wednesday of the month, except for holiday weeks. (Check the schedule on the website for exact dates.) The class will draw upon Tai Chi/qigong and yoga practices with the intention of embodying the Light in our physical bodies and our daily lives. Learn about becoming a clearer vessel for the Light, clearing blocks, releasing tension, being present in the moment, feeling the flow of inner energy, improving balance and breathing, and strengthening the muscles that carry us through physical life. These practices are also helpful in decreasing back, muscle and joint pain, plus they are a wonderful way to wind down mid-week and get a good night’s sleep. Movements will be gentle and easy so anyone can do them. They can be done in a chair if standing is difficult for you. Most of the practice is done in silence as a moving meditation. Following the movement, there will be time for questions, discussion and reflection.

Next RISE Dinner for the Homeless, Sat. Sept. 28, 5-6 pm

Join us to feed the hungry on Sat. Sept. 28 at 5 pm. To participate, cook a large dish and help serve it at the RISE Dinner station on the east side of the parking lot of the Community Assistance Center, 335 Record Street. You can carpool with other Quakers from the Meeting House at 4:45 pm, or meet us at the CAC. Dishes to bring include casseroles, salads, vegetable sides, rolls or crates of fruit. No soups, please, as everything is served on plastic plates. For the full RISE schedule for 2019, check the RFM website.

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.

Carson City Worship Group

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

Quaker Mission Stamp Project

The Quaker Stamp Project helps the poor in Africa and India through Right Sharing of World Resources, a Quaker organization that provides micro-grants to worthy women. To support the Stamp Project, save canceled foreign and domestic stamps, leaving a small rim 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. You can help make a difference in the world – one stamp at a time!

Outside Non-Profits That Meet at the Quaker Meeting House

Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm, and every Saturday from 5 pm to 6 pm. ACA is a world service 12-step program for those struggling with the legacy of growing up in an alcoholic or dysfunctional home. NOTE:  The Tuesday night group meets in the Sunday School building on the 4th Tuesday of the month. These groups are open to all.

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

“Love doesn’t just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time, made new.”

 Ursula K. Le Guin

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 injured or who have lost homes in the wildfires, all those who struggle with loneliness, sadness or privation; all those grieving over the epidemic of gun violence in our country, and for everyone hurt and challenged by war and terrorism and racism; and all 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. In particular, please hold in the Light those who have lost loved ones or who suffer illness or injury. To request prayers, please leave a message at the Meeting House or contact the Clerk.

Quaker Activities & Announcements

College Park Fall Quarterly Oct. 18-20

The College Park Fall Quarterly Meeting will be held Oct. 18-20 at Sierra Friends Center in Nevada City, California. A theme and registration material will be available soon, so watch this space. If you are interested in attending, email Wendy Swallow at wswallow54(at)gmail.com

Ben Lomond Quaker Center News & Workshops
Explore Holiness: The Soul of Quakerism Sept. 27 – 29

Carole Spencer regards holiness as the unifying thread within the evolution of Quakerism and is eager to delve into understandings of this ancient and mystical term with spiritual seekers across the wide spectrum of Quakerism today. We will look at Quaker interpretations of holiness and what meaning holiness might have in the secularized, polarized, pluralistic and interfaith world we live in today. Join us to seek threads, themes and values that can still unite us within our diversity. Register online at http://www.quakercenter.org/programs/holiness/.

The Pursuit of Wisdom: Oct. 25-27

Join Michael Birkel to consider the Ancient Desert Monastics, The Epistle of James and John Woolman. We will listen to our elders from across the centuries as they reflect on the pursuit of wisdom. What are the inward and outward dimensions of wisdom? To what interior transformation does wisdom invite us, and what are the consequences for our life with others? Find out more and register early at http://www.quakercenter.org/programs/pursuit-of-wisdom/.

Mystics in the Midst, Nov. 15-17 and Nov. 18-20

Ben Pink Dandelion will facilitate two linked but separate workshops. The first program: Quaker Spiritual Community over Time, from Nov. 15th – 17th, will be followed by a break from Sunday noon through Monday evening. The second program, Building the Blessed Community, from Nov. 18th – 20th will look at the theological basis of separation and of standing apart as well as the historical shifts that have fostered a greater sense of finding allies in the non-Quaker world. Join us to put our collective spiritual quest in perspective and consider ways to lighten our load and nurture the spiritual life within our Quaker communities. Quaker Center will provide housing and meals during our day off for participants who attend both workshops. We expect this program to fill, so register early at http://www.quakercenter.org/programs/register/.

New Co-Directors of Ben Lomond Quaker Center: Bob Fisher & Susan Wilson

Quaker Center welcomes two new co-directors, Bob Fisher & Susan Wilson. Bob and Susan come to Quaker Center with rich, varied and complementary skills and experiences. Susan brings a solid background in program development, team building, conflict resolution, and fostering community. Bob is immersed in Quaker process and outreach, with an abundance of practical and problem-solving skills. In their marriage vows of thirty years ago, Bob and Susan pledged to work together toward “a peaceful and just world for ourselves, our children and all of humanity.” They look forward to continuing this journey at Quaker Center with joyous expectation. 

Write for What Canst Thou Say?

Tell us your stories! What Canst Thou Say? (WCTS) is an independent publication co-operatively produced by Friends with an interest in mystical experience and contemplative practice. WCTS is a worship-sharing group in print. We hope to help Friends be tender and open to the Spirit. Articles that best communicate to our readers are those that focus on specific events and are written in the first person. We welcome submissions of articles less than 1500 words and artwork suitable for black and white reproduction. It is published in February, May, August, and November. The editorial and production team is Muriel Dimock, Lissa Field, Mariellen Gilpin, Judy Lumb, Grayce Mesner, Mike Resman, Earl Smith, Eleanor Warnock, and Rhonda Ashurst.

Reno Friends are welcome to email submissions to Rhonda Ashurst at rhondalou14(at)gmail.com. Please send your text submissions in Word or generic text format, and artwork in high resolution jpeg files. Photocopied art and typed submissions are also accepted. All authors and artists retain copyright to their articles and artwork published in WCTS. WCTS retains the right to publish initially and to reprint in WCTS anthologies.

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 2019 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

Every Sunday – Singing in the Meeting House, 9:30-9:50 am

NOTE: There will be NO MEETING FOR BUSINESS IN JULY

Wednesday July 10 – Class: Embodying the Light, 6:30-7:45 pm

Saturday, July 20 RISE Dinner, 5-6 pm (see below for details)

Sunday July 28 Potluck, 11:30 am

Sunday August 11 – Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business, 11:30 am

Wednesday August 14 – Class: Embodying the Light, 6:30-7:45 pm

Sunday August 25 Potluck, 11:30 am

Reno Friends Meeting Events & Notices               

Embodying the Light Class Wed. July 10 & Aug. 14, 6:30-7:45 pm

Rhonda Ashurst is leading a class in “Embodying the Light” with two sessions during the summer: July 10 and August 14 (second Wednesdays) from 6:30-7:45 pm in the Meeting House. This class will draw upon Tai Chi/qigong and yoga practices with the intention of embodying the Light in our physical bodies and our daily lives. Learn about becoming a clearer vessel for the Light, clearing blocks, releasing tension, being present in the moment, feeling the flow of inner energy, improving balance and breathing, and strengthening the muscles that carry us through physical life. These practices are also helpful in decreasing back, muscle and joint pain, plus they are a wonderful way to wind down mid-week and get a good night’s sleep. Movements will be gentle and easy so anyone can do them. They can be done in a chair if standing is difficult for you. Most of the practice is done in silence as a moving meditation. Following the movement, there will be time for questions, discussion and reflection.

Next RISE Dinner for the Homeless, Sat. July 20, 5-6 pm

Join us to feed the hungry on Sat. July 20 at 5 pm. To participate, cook a large dish and help serve it at the RISE Dinner station on the east side of the parking lot of the Community Assistance Center, 335 Record Street. You can carpool with other Quakers from the Meeting House at 4:45 pm, or meet us at the CAC. Dishes to bring include casseroles, salads, vegetable sides, rolls or crates of fruit. No soups, please, as everything is served on plastic plates. For the full RISE schedule for 2019, check the RFM website.

Grover Hot Springs Fall Camping Trip! Fri.–Sun., Sept. 20-22

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.

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.

Carson City Worship Group

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

Quaker Mission Stamp Project

The Quaker Stamp Project helps the poor in Africa and India through Right Sharing of World Resources, a Quaker organization that provides micro-grants to worthy women. To support the Stamp Project, save canceled foreign and domestic stamps, leaving a small rim 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. You can help make a difference in the world – one stamp at a time!

Outside Non-Profits That Meet at the Quaker Meeting House

Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm, and every Saturday from 5 pm to 6 pm. ACA is a world service 12-step program for those struggling with the legacy of growing up in an alcoholic or dysfunctional home. NOTE:  The Tuesday night group meets in the Sunday School building on the 4th Tuesday of the month. These groups are open to all.

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

“The eyes of the future are looking back at us and they are praying for us to see beyond our own time. They are kneeling with hands clasped that we might act with restraint, that we might leave room for the life that is destined to come.”

 Terry Tempest Williams

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

Hold Them in the Light

Please hold the following in the Light: All who injured or who have lost homes in the wildfires, all those who struggle with loneliness, sadness or privation; all those grieving over the epidemic of gun violence in our country, and for everyone hurt and challenged by war and terrorism and racism; and all 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. In particular, please hold in the Light those who have lost loved ones or who suffer illness or injury. To request prayers, please leave a message at the Meeting House or contact the Clerk.

Quaker Activities & Announcements

Pacific Yearly Meeting Annual Session: CLERK’S CALL
Fri. July 12 to Wed. 17, 2019 at Walker Creek Ranch, Petaluma, CA

Dwelling in Truth and Trusting Divine Spirit

We are called to “dwell in Truth.”  Living in Truth is an experience and a confident dependence on the guidance of Divine Spirit rather than a set of beliefs to be accepted.  “Abide in me and I in you” is the promise we find in John 15:4.  Indeed, God is always reaching out to us, always present; it is we who need to come back to the Presence again and again.

And O, know that your strength lies not in yourselves, not in any thing ye can do of yourselves: but in God’s living principle of truth, wherein he appears and whereby he works in your hearts. ~ Isaac Penington, 24 July, 1679

Robert Griswold, in his book Marking the Quaker Way, writes, “Dwelling in Truth, or reality is not a place to visit,” but rather “a place to live.” We have continual work to do as individual Friends and as Quaker Meetings in seeking, looking beyond our ideas, opinions, and comfortable habits toward what Divine Spirit is calling us to be and to do.

Our keynote speaker will be David Johnson, a seasoned Friend and author from Australia Yearly Meeting. He will speak of the many ways the Spirit of God, known to many of us as the Light of Christ, moves and works within us, based on his own experience as well as the experiences of early Friends. Christ is working to enable us to Dwell in Truth.

Discernment is part of the work we will do together in our plenary sessions (our Meetings for Worship on the occasion of Business) at Annual Session. We are called to trust Spirit in deep worship with one another, to speak the truth we see and listen to the truth others bring, and to release our expectations into the hands of Spirit. We are seeking unity with a truth that may be beyond what any one of us sees. This discernment is a vital part of Quaker practice that has been likened to “separating by means of sifting.” We know from our own experience that we can easily misunderstand or be misled by irrelevant worldly fears. The sifting that is discernment must include our hearts and our minds, with faith in the wisdom of the Divine Spirit.

With gratitude to Divine Spirit, I extend this invitation to Pacific Yearly Meeting Annual Session. During our time together we will have opportunities to meet new Friends and visit with known Friends; to play, to wait in expectant worship, to learn and discern together and to be renewed in our faith and practice. Please save the dates and plan to attend. ~ Sandy Roske Kewman, Presiding Clerk

Registration for PYM’s Annual Session is now open. Register by June 12 to avoid late fees.

College Park Spring Quarterly Meeting Report

Eighty Friends from Arcata to La Jolla gathered for CPQM’s Spring Quarterly May 17-19 at Ben Lomond Quaker Center in California, including 69 adults, 7 teens, and 4 children. Our theme was “Spring Forth a Well.” Together, through worship, worship sharing, and spontaneous discussion, we looked at how we gather around our communal wells, both as sources of sustenance and spiritual refreshment, and as places where we can work to ensure that others experience the same nourishment.

We spent time with the state of the meeting reports each meeting has sent the quarter, working together to discern the spiritual and secular health of our constituent meetings in two ways. First small groups looked together at a specific meeting’s report, trying to better discern what that meeting’s experience of God and the world was through the past year. With that in mind, we then broke into groups by themes identified across the reports, such as the quality of worship, corporate discernment and business, and so forth, looking together to see our common experiences across the quarter and attempting to relate them to our own meetings and ourselves.

We met on the occasion of business as well, hearing reports from committees, from the regional gatherings held this Spring, and from Quaker Center. After eight years, Bob and Kathy Runyan are moving on from their co-directorship at BLQC in September and the board and its search committee is working to find their replacement. We continue to experiment with new ways of being together, including an interactive roll call, intergenerational activities, and varied formats for worship-sharing. We also came together for the usual early morning worship and “come-as-you-are” Bible reading, lively conversations over meals, late night singing, and a vibrant teen-led community night.

The children closed our final plenary with music and handmade gifts for all of us. We will gather again this fall, on the third weekend of October, at Woolman at Sierra Friends Center. We look forward to being with you then.

~ Ray Rischpater, CPQM Ministry and Oversight

Ben Lomond Quaker Center News & Workshops
Family Work Camp July 30 – Aug. 4

It is the best family vacation deal around– only $60 to $140 for all 5 days! Individuals as well as families of all ages are welcome. Quaker Center staff will co-facilitate work camp crews to improve Quaker Center facilities while everyone co-creates the Quaker community. Crews gather in the morning after breakfast and work until lunch. After lunch there will be opportunities to play, hike, swim, and cook together, or for time alone to enjoy the redwoods. Some work campers choose to keep working. Learn more about this inter-generational camp and register online at http://www.quakercenter.org/family-work-camp/.

Clerking with Joy and Enthusiasm Aug. 30 – Sept. 1

Barbara Babin and Jamie Newton will look at the real joys and challenges of clerking. We will weave the practical experience of seeking unity together with the mystical experience of Quaker worship. This workshop is for all Friends with an interest deepening their connection with the Divine through Quaker process and meeting for business. Registration will be limited to 36 participants. Register soon at http://www.quakercenter.org/programs/clerking-with-joy/.

Explore Holiness: The Soul of Quakerism Sept. 27 – 29

Carole Spencer regards holiness as the unifying thread within the evolution of Quakerism and is eager to delve into understandings of this ancient and mystical term with spiritual seekers across the wide spectrum of Quakerism today. We will look at Quaker interpretations of holiness and what meaning holiness might have in the secularized, polarized, pluralistic and interfaith world we live in today. Join us to seek threads, themes and values that can still unite us within our diversity. Register online at http://www.quakercenter.org/programs/holiness/.

Write for What Canst Thou Say?

Tell us your stories! What Canst Thou Say? (WCTS) is an independent publication co-operatively produced by Friends with an interest in mystical experience and contemplative practice. WCTS is a worship-sharing group in print. We hope to help Friends be tender and open to the Spirit. Articles that best communicate to our readers are those that focus on specific events and are written in the first person. We welcome submissions of articles less than 1500 words and artwork suitable for black and white reproduction. It is published in February, May, August, and November. The editorial and production team is Muriel Dimock, Lissa Field, Mariellen Gilpin, Judy Lumb, Grayce Mesner, Mike Resman, Earl Smith, Eleanor Warnock, and Rhonda Ashurst.

Reno Friends are welcome to email submissions to Rhonda Ashurst at rhondalou14(at)gmail.com. Please send your text submissions in Word or generic text format, and artwork in high resolution jpeg files. Photocopied art and typed submissions are also accepted. All authors and artists retain copyright to their articles and artwork published in WCTS. WCTS retains the right to publish initially and to reprint in WCTS anthologies.

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 2019 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

Every Sunday – Singing in the Meeting House, 9:30-9:50 am

Sunday June 9 – Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business, 11:30 am

Sunday June 23  – Potluck, 11:30 am (4th Sunday)

Reno Friends Meeting Events & Notices               

Embodying the Light Class starts Wed. July 10, 6:30-7:45 pm

Rhonda Ashurst will offer a class “Embodying the Light” starting with two sessions this summer: July 10 and August 14 (both are second Wednesdays). NOTE: This class was going to start in June, but the start has been delayed to July. It will meet from 6:30-7:45 pm in the Meeting House. The class draws upon Tai Chi/qigong and yoga practices with the intention of embodying the Light in our physical bodies and our daily lives. Learn about becoming a clearer vessel for the Light, clearing blocks, releasing tension, being present in the moment, feeling the flow of inner energy, improving balance and breathing, and strengthening the muscles that carry us through physical life. These practices are also helpful in decreasing back, muscle and joint pain, plus they are a wonderful way to wind down mid-week and get a good night’s sleep. Movements will be gentle and easy so anyone can do them. They can be done in a chair if standing is difficult for you. Most of the practice is done in silence as a moving meditation. Following the movement, there will be time for questions, discussion and reflection. If you cannot participate this summer, but are interested in such a class in the fall, please let Rhonda know.

Next RISE Dinner for the Homeless, Sat. July 20, 5-6 pm

Join us to feed the hungry on Sat. July 20 at 5 pm. To participate, cook a large dish and help serve it at the RISE Dinner station on the east side of the parking lot of the Community Assistance Center, 335 Record Street. You can carpool with other Quakers from the Meeting House at 4:45 pm, or meet us at the CAC. Dishes to bring include casseroles, salads, vegetable sides, rolls or crates of fruit. No soups, please, as everything is served on plastic plates. For the full RISE schedule for 2019, check the RFM website.

Grover Hot Springs Fall Camping Trip! Fri.–Sun., Sept. 20-22

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.

The Wisdom of Living in Community

A group of Reno Friends met recently to discuss Matthew 18, using the guidance of a Quaker pamphlet (Pendle Hill) by Connie McPeak Green and Marty Paxson Grundy. Together, with Bible passages, queries and personal sharing, we explored the link between understanding and reconciliation as a spiritual practice.

We began with the disciples asking “who then is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?” (The disciples were often concerned about greatness.) Jesus settles this question by bringing a child into their midst, saying: “Assuredly, unless you change and become as little children, you will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven.” This prophecy was the beginning of much of the internal work in Matthew 18.

“Our experience has shown us that the first step in healing relationships and in building a deeper faith community is to become as a little child, striving to become humble, trusting, open, hopeful, teachable and obedient to God.” (Green & Grundy)

The reference in Matthew 18:7 describes how sin, offenses and stumbling blocks will come, as each of us is human, and that people will inevitably hurt one another. We shared how hurtful behavior can sometimes be damaging for years, and the ongoing struggles keep us from experiencing spiritual growth. Through the guidance of Mathew18: 8-9 we asked, what causes us to stumble.  Is it our hands, our feet, our eyes?

We also read the parable of the “lost sheep” and how the shepherd rejoices finding the one who strayed from the ninety-nine. As an example, Green and Grundy say: “this lost sheep, for whose welfare Jesus seems so tenderly concerned, is that person whom I dislike in Meeting; but this little one, this lost sheep, is also me with my shortcomings.”

As we moved further into the chapter, we came to a place where we asked ourselves: “what nurtures love, what blocks it, what needs to be changed, and how to put into practice what each of us may be learning inwardly from God.” (Green & Grundy)

Finally, we discovered that one of the most important parts of our spiritual discipline was prayer and forgiveness. Forgiveness becomes necessary because people will inevitably hurt one another. As Quaker author Richard J. Foster says: “when we forgive, the offense becomes a hundred times better, but it is never forgotten.” Jesus shows the way by which genuine forgiveness can come into a community without destroying it. This principle is found in Matthew 18: 15-22:  “If your sister or brother should commit some wrong against you, go and point out the error, but keep it between the two of you.  If she or her listened to you, you have a loved one back.”

“The internal work that we understand Jesus is inviting us to carry out is not easy, and alone we are tempted to avoid it, at the cost of foregoing the sweet joy and peace of healed relationships.” (Green & Grundy)

~ Respectfully submitted, Beatrice Hamilton

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.

Carson City Worship Group

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

Quaker Mission Stamp Project

The Quaker Stamp Project helps the poor in Africa and India through Right Sharing of World Resources, a Quaker organization that provides micro-grants to worthy women. To support the Stamp Project, save canceled foreign and domestic stamps, leaving a small rim 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. You can help make a difference in the world – one stamp at a time!

Outside Non-Profits That Meet at the Quaker Meeting House

Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm, and every Saturday from 5 pm to 6 pm. ACA is a world service 12-step program for those struggling with the legacy of growing up in an alcoholic or dysfunctional home. NOTE:  The Tuesday night group meets in the Sunday School building on the 4th Tuesday of the month. These groups are open to all.

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

“Life from the center is a life of unhurried peace and power. It is serene and radiant. It takes no time, but it occupies all our time, making our life programs new and overcoming. We need not get frantic. Love is at the helm..”

 Thomas Kelly

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 injured or who have lost homes in the wildfires, all those who struggle with loneliness, sadness or privation; all those grieving over the epidemic of gun violence in our country, and for everyone hurt and challenged by war and terrorism and racism; and all 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. In particular, please hold in the Light those who have lost loved ones or who suffer illness or injury. To request prayers, please leave a message at the Meeting House or contact the Clerk.

Quaker Activities & Announcements

Pacific Yearly Meeting Annual Session: CLERK’S CALL
Fri. July 12 to Wed. 17, 2019 at Walker Creek Ranch, Petaluma, CA

Dwelling in Truth and Trusting Divine Spirit

We are called to “dwell in Truth.”  Living in Truth is an experience and a confident dependence on the guidance of Divine Spirit rather than a set of beliefs to be accepted.  “Abide in me and I in you” is the promise we find in John 15:4.  Indeed, God is always reaching out to us, always present; it is we who need to come back to the Presence again and again.

And O, know that your strength lies not in yourselves, not in any thing ye can do of yourselves: but in God’s living principle of truth, wherein he appears and whereby he works in your hearts. ~ Isaac Penington, 24 July, 1679

Robert Griswold, in his book Marking the Quaker Way, writes, “Dwelling in Truth, or reality is not a place to visit,” but rather “a place to live.” We have continual work to do as individual Friends and as Quaker Meetings in seeking, looking beyond our ideas, opinions, and comfortable habits toward what Divine Spirit is calling us to be and to do.

Our keynote speaker will be David Johnson, a seasoned Friend and author from Australia Yearly Meeting. He will speak of the many ways the Spirit of God, known to many of us as the Light of Christ, moves and works within us, based on his own experience as well as the experiences of early Friends. Christ is working to enable us to Dwell in Truth.

Discernment is part of the work we will do together in our plenary sessions (our Meetings for Worship on the occasion of Business) at Annual Session. We are called to trust Spirit in deep worship with one another, to speak the truth we see and listen to the truth others bring, and to release our expectations into the hands of Spirit. We are seeking unity with a truth that may be beyond what any one of us sees. This discernment is a vital part of Quaker practice that has been likened to “separating by means of sifting.” We know from our own experience that we can easily misunderstand or be misled by irrelevant worldly fears. The sifting that is discernment must include our hearts and our minds, with faith in the wisdom of the Divine Spirit.

With gratitude to Divine Spirit, I extend this invitation to Pacific Yearly Meeting Annual Session. During our time together we will have opportunities to meet new Friends and visit with known Friends; to play, to wait in expectant worship, to learn and discern together and to be renewed in our faith and practice. Please save the dates and plan to attend. ~ Sandy Roske Kewman, Presiding Clerk

Registration for PYM’s Annual Session is now open. Register by June 12 to avoid late fees.

Ben Lomond Quaker Center News & Workshops
Abundance and Justice in our Common Home, May 31 – June 2, with Shelley Tanenbaum and Sara Wolcott

Summoning gardeners and prison justice reformers, mystics and peace advocates for a time of deep listening stemming from our interconnections. Through history, story-telling, and worship-sharing, we seek an ecology of hope, ways of integration and action.

Quaker Service and Art Camp from June 22 – 29

Kids entering 5th through 9th grades are welcome to join camp staff and seasoned Friends to get a taste of community life in the redwoods through a variety of activities. Multi-generational crews will gather to work on service projects at Quaker Center or travel to Santa Cruz. We will explore Quaker practices through town meetings, worship sharing, inter-generational kitchen and cleaning crews, games and music. Learn more and register your child early at http://www.quakercenter.org/youth-camp/

Family Work Camp July 30 – Aug. 4

It is the best family vacation deal around– only $60 to $140 for all 5 days! Individuals as well as families of all ages are welcome. Quaker Center staff will co-facilitate work camp crews to improve Quaker Center facilities while everyone co-creates the Quaker community. Crews gather in the morning after breakfast and work until lunch. After lunch there will be opportunities to play, hike, swim, and cook together, or for time alone to enjoy the redwoods. Some work campers choose to keep working. Learn more about this inter-generational camp and register online at http://www.quakercenter.org/family-work-camp/.

Write for What Canst Thou Say?

Tell us your stories! What Canst Thou Say? (WCTS) is an independent publication co-operatively produced by Friends with an interest in mystical experience and contemplative practice. WCTS is a worship-sharing group in print. We hope to help Friends be tender and open to the Spirit. Articles that best communicate to our readers are those that focus on specific events and are written in the first person. We welcome submissions of articles less than 1500 words and artwork suitable for black and white reproduction. It is published in February, May, August, and November. The editorial and production team is Muriel Dimock, Lissa Field, Mariellen Gilpin, Judy Lumb, Grayce Mesner, Mike Resman, Earl Smith, Eleanor Warnock, and Rhonda Ashurst.

Reno Friends are welcome to email submissions to Rhonda Ashurst at rhondalou14(at)gmail.com. Please send your text submissions in Word or generic text format, and artwork in high resolution jpeg files. Photocopied art and typed submissions are also accepted. All authors and artists retain copyright to their articles and artwork published in WCTS. WCTS retains the right to publish initially and to reprint in WCTS anthologies.

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 2019 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

Every Sunday – Singing in the Meeting House, 9:30-9:50 am

Saturday May 4 – Meeting House Spring Clean-Up, 9 am-noon

Sunday May 19 – Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business, 11:30 am (NOTE: 3rd Sunday)

Saturday May 25 – RISE Dinner for the Homeless, 4:45-6 pm at the Community Assistance Center (see details in the newsletter, below)

Sunday May 26 – Potluck, 11:30 am (4th Sunday)

Reno Friends Meeting Events & Notices               

Meeting House Clean-Up Sat. May 4, 9-12 am

Many hands make light work, so please join us for our spring clean-up of the Meeting House, First Day School and garden on Sat. May 4, from 9 am to 12 noon. A list of suggested projects will be in the Meeting House kitchen. Please bring gardening gloves and rakes for outside work.

Reno Friends Feed the Homeless Sat. May 25, 5-6 pm

Join us to feed the hungry on Sat. May 25 at 5 pm. To participate, cook a large dish and help serve it at the RISE Dinner station on the east side of the parking lot of the Community Assistance Center, 335 Record Street. You can carpool with other Quakers from the Meeting House at 4:45 pm, or meet us at the CAC. Dishes to bring include casseroles, salads, vegetable sides, rolls or crates of fruit. No soups, please, as everything is served on paper plates. For the full RISE schedule for 2019, check the RFM website calendar.

Embodying the Light Class starts Wed. June 12, 6:30-7:45 pm

Rhonda Ashurst will offer a class in “Embodying the Light” starting with three sessions during the summer: June 12, July 10 and August 14 (all second Wednesdays) from 6:30-7:45 pm in the Meeting House. This class will draw upon Tai Chi/qigong and yoga practices with the intention of embodying the Light in our physical bodies and our daily lives. Learn about becoming a clearer vessel for the Light, clearing blocks, releasing tension, being present in the moment, feeling the flow of inner energy, improving balance and breathing, and strengthening the muscles that carry us through physical life. These practices are also helpful in decreasing back, muscle and joint pain, plus they are a wonderful way to wind down mid-week and get a good night’s sleep. Movements will be gentle and easy so anyone can do them. They can be done in a chair if standing is difficult for you. Most of the practice is done in silence as a moving meditation. Following the movement, there will be time for questions, discussion and reflection. NOTE: If you cannot participate this summer, but are interested in such a class in the fall, please let Rhonda know.

Grover Hot Springs Fall Camping Trip! Fri.–Sun., Sept. 20-22

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.

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.

Carson City Worship Group

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

Quaker Mission Stamp Project

The Quaker Stamp Project helps the poor in Africa and India through Right Sharing of World Resources, a Quaker organization that provides micro-grants to worthy women. To support the Stamp Project, save canceled foreign and domestic stamps, leaving a small rim 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. You can help make a difference in the world – one stamp at a time!

Outside Non-Profits That Meet at the Quaker Meeting House

Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm, and every Saturday from 5 pm to 6 pm. ACA is a world service 12-step program for those struggling with the legacy of growing up in an alcoholic or dysfunctional home. NOTE:  The Tuesday night group meets in the Sunday School building on the 4th Tuesday of the month. These groups are open to all.

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

“For though my faith is not yours and your faith is not mine, if we each are free to light our own flame, together we can banish some of the darkness of the world.”

 Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

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 injured or who have lost homes in the wildfires, all those who struggle with loneliness, sadness or privation; all those grieving over the epidemic of gun violence in our country, and for everyone hurt and challenged by war and terrorism and racism; and all 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. In particular, please hold in the Light those who have lost loved ones or who suffer illness or injury. To request prayers, please leave a message at the Meeting House or contact the Clerk.

Quaker Activities & Announcements

CPQM Valley/Sierra Regional Gathering Report

Cheri and Doug Smith attended the Valley and Sierra Friends Regional Gathering on Saturday April 13, the first such gathering in our College Park Quarterly Meeting region.  It was a kind of experiment, to see if Friends in the area are interested in a gathering for community and fellowship apart from the more formal Quarterly Meetings. We gathered at the Chico, CA Meeting’s fellowship hall, then started worship in their Meeting House.  Jim Anderson led us through a series of community building activities, queries, and worship sharing both as a large group (there were over 30 of us from six or so meetings outside of Chico) and in small groups. Mid-day, Chico Friends fed us all a delicious homemade lunch. We ended at 4:00, which gave attenders the opportunity to drive home or continue fellowship over dinner. Housing with Chico Quakers was furnished if requested.

The exercise queries were rich, yielding deep sharing which offered insights into the life of other Friends’ meetings and ideas that might help our own. A couple of samples:  ‘Reflect on the past year in your meeting: what was alive in your meeting and what was your part in that life?’ and ‘Reflect on the year ahead in your meeting: what possibilities do you see for strengthening and deepening your meeting?’

A few of the exercises we did together are used in Alternatives to Violence Project workshops and were fascinating and fun. Concentric circles let us get to know lots of folks in a short amount of time and hear their perspectives on Friendly Topics, and the ‘where might you stand’ activity was especially enlightening and meaningful with questions such as ‘Do you think belief in God is important for Quakers?’ For that one, there was a wide spectrum, depending on what one emphasized…belief, literal or figurative God, uniqueness to Quakers, etc., but in the end we felt a clear similarity in thoughts and feelings.

We were deeply impressed by the willingness of Chico Meeting to take on the hosting of the gathering, considering they are still dealing with and helping many of the 17,000 folks displaced by the Camp Fire last fall. One of the Chico Friends Doug met had lost their family home and all possessions.

If this experiment continues, we would like to support it again.

— Submitted with Light & Love, Doug and Cheri Smith

College Park Spring Quarterly Meeting, May 17-19

The next College Park Quarterly Meeting will be May 17-19 at Ben Lomond Quaker Center outside Santa Cruz, CA. For details, go to http://collegeparkquarterlymeeting.org.

Ben Lomond Quaker Center News & Workshops
Renewing our Meetings to Welcome New Quakers, May 10 – 12, with Henri Ducharme and Hilary Burgin

At times Friends are afraid: “We don’t have enough young people!” And new folks can be discouraged: “This meeting doesn’t meet my needs!” There is a third path: calm, deep meeting renewal. For a preview, go to quakernewrenew.wordpress.com.

Abundance and Justice in our Common Home, May 31 – June 2, with Shelley Tanenbaum and Sara Wolcott

Summoning gardeners and prison justice reformers, mystics and peace advocates for a time of deep listening stemming from our interconnections. Through history, story-telling, and worship-sharing, we seek an ecology of hope, ways of integration and action.

Quaker Service and Art Camp from June 22 – 29

Kids entering 5th through 9th grades are welcome to join camp staff and seasoned Friends to get a taste of community life in the redwoods through a variety of activities. Multi-generational crews will gather to work on service projects at Quaker Center or travel to Santa Cruz. We will explore Quaker practices through town meetings, worship sharing, inter-generational kitchen and cleaning crews, games and music. Learn more and register your child early at http://www.quakercenter.org/youth-camp/

Family Work Camp July 30 – Aug. 4

It is the best family vacation deal around– only $60 to $140 for all 5 days! Individuals as well as families of all ages are welcome. Quaker Center staff will co-facilitate work camp crews to improve Quaker Center facilities while everyone co-creates the Quaker community. Crews gather in the morning after breakfast and work until lunch. After lunch there will be opportunities to play, hike, swim, and cook together, or for time alone to enjoy the redwoods. Some work campers choose to keep working. Learn more about this inter-generational camp and register online at http://www.quakercenter.org/family-work-camp/.

Write for What Canst Thou Say?

What Canst Thou Say? (WCTS) is an independent publication co-operatively produced by Friends with an interest in mystical experience and contemplative practice. It is published in February, May, August, and November. The editorial and production team is Muriel Dimock, Lissa Field, Mariellen Gilpin, Judy Lumb, Grayce Mesner, Mike Resman, Earl Smith, Eleanor Warnock, and Rhonda Ashurst.

Tell us your stories! WCTS is a worship-sharing group in print. We hope to help Friends be tender and open to the Spirit. Articles that best communicate to our readers are those that focus on specific events and are written in the first person. We welcome submissions of articles less than 1500 words and artwork suitable for black and white reproduction. Please send your text submissions in Word or generic text format, and artwork in high resolution jpeg files. Photocopied art and typed submissions are also accepted. Send via email to wctseditors(at)gmail.com or hard copy to WCTS, 815 9th Street SW, Rochestor MN 55902. All authors and artists retain copyright to their articles and artwork published in WCTS. WCTS retains the right to publish initially and to reprint in WCTS anthologies. Reno Friends are welcome to email submissions to Rhonda Ashurst at rhondalou14(at)gmail.com.

For August 2019: Discernment

Guest Editor: Marcia NelsonDeadline May 15, 2019.

Growth in the spiritual life comes precisely in faithful exercise of whatever capacity for discernment we are given. … As far as we are able, we practice an ongoing intentional openness and prayerful attentiveness to intimations of divine presence and guidance, both inwardly and in outward life and relationships. – Patricia Loring. How have you experienced discernment? What tests of discernment have you used? How have you distinguished discernment from ordinary thinking? In what ways has discernment made a difference for you?

For November 2019: Young Adult Friends’ Spirituality

Guest Editor: Greg WoodsDeadline August 15, 2019.

What role has your faith/spiri­tuality played as you traverse young adulthood? What has most surprised you about your journey? What are you seeking in a spiritual community? What have been the challenges in your search? Have you found what you seek? What gifts do you bring to a spiritual community? Who or what has inspired you spiritually as a young adult? How has that inspiration affected your spiritual journey?

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.