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.)


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!


“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

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