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.)


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!


“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.

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