April 2019 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.)


Reno Friends’ April 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 Apr. 7 – Spiritual Discussion Class “Opening to the Light,” 8:45-9:45 am (1st Sunday)

Sunday Apr. 14 – Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business, 11:30 am (2nd Sunday)

Sunday Apr. 21 – Easter Potluck and Egg Hunt, 11:30 am (3rd Sunday)

Sunday Apr. 28 – Spiritual Discussion Class “The Wisdom of Living in Community through the Words of Matthew 18,” 8:45-9:45 am (4th Sunday)

Reno Friends Meeting Events & Notices               

Upcoming Spiritual Discussion Classes in April

On Sun. April 7, Rhonda Ashurst will lead a class on “Opening to the Light,” sharing several simple practices from yoga and Qigong/Tai Chi. On Sun. April 28, Beatrice Hamilton will complete her class on the Pendle Hill Pamphlet: “The Wisdom of Living in Community through the Words of Matthew 18.” Both classes will meet in the Meeting House before Silent Worship, from 8:45-9:45.

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.

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.

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


“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 Cluster Meeting at Chico Friends, Sat. Apr. 13

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

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