March 2017 Newsletter
For a list of upcoming events, see our Calendar. For the monthly Queries, March: Stewardship and Vocation. (The red text on this page and within this web site contains embedded hypertext links. Double click on any red link to open the web page associated with that link.)
Reno Friends’ March Schedule
Every Sunday – Meeting for Worship, 10:00-11:00 am
Every Sunday – First Day School, 10:10-11:00 am
Sunday Mar. 12 – Business Meeting, 11:30 am (2nd Sunday)
Wednesday Mar. 8 & Mar. 22 – Climate Change Discussion Group 6:30-8:00 pm
Sunday Mar. 26 – Potluck 11:15 am (4th Sunday)
Climate Change Reading & Discussion Group Meets Mar. 8 and Mar. 22
Reno Friends is holding a Wednesday evening reading and discussion group about Climate Change, Social Justice Consequences and Quaker Engagement. The classes meet every two weeks from 6:30 pm to 8 pm in the Meeting House. We continue this month on Mar. 8 with a discussion on the Social Justice Consequences of Climate Change, led by Wendy Swallow; and on Mar. 22 for a talk on Effective Protest and Alternative Living in the 21st-Century, led by Kyle Chandler-Isacksen. The discussion group is open to all and a reading list is available in the Meeting House, or email Wendy at wswallow(@)gmail.com for a digital version with embedded links to the articles. Light snacks are welcome!
How Can RFM “Get Off the Quaker Porch?” Join our discussion Sun. Apr. 2
Reno Friends will convene Sun. Apr. 2 from 11:30 to 1 pm to talk about our social justice engagement in the Reno community. Please join us to discuss the historical roots of social justice work in the Religious Society of Friends and help us define our priorities and plans. Light snacks welcome, or feel free to bring a brown-bag lunch.
Donate New Stamps to the Homeless
Want to help those in need? Donate new FOREVER stamps to be distributed to the homeless through the Reno Family Resource Center. Put stamp donations in the little drawer under the bulletin board in the Meeting House. You can make a difference!
Carson City Worship Group
The Carson City worship group meets every Sunday of the month for unprogrammed worship from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm in the living room of the Rectory of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Carson City. St. Peter’s, located at 314 North Division Street, occupies a small city block in the heart of Carson City’s Historic District. The Rectory, an historic two-story brick house, sits just south of the church building.
Outside Non-Profits That Meet at the Quaker Meeting House
Adult Children of Alcoholics meets every Thursday from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm. ACOA is a world service 12-step program for those struggling with the legacy of growing up in an alcoholic or dysfunctional home. If you are interested in attending, please contact Andy Robinson at a.robinsongmtc(at)gmail.com.
Art of Living meets on Monday evenings at 5:30 pm, except for holidays and bad weather days. This meditation group, founded by the spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, “provides breathing techniques, meditation, yoga, and practical wisdom for daily living.” If you are interested in attending, please contact Alison Pratte at amepratte(at)gmail.com.
Other Non-Profits Affiliated with Reno Friends
Be the Change Project is an urban homestead movement in Reno that promotes urban gardening, composting, earthen building projects, environmental speakers and other interesting developments in living off the grid. For more information about the cool stuff they are doing—from community murals to various workshops—check out their new website: bethechangeprojectreno.org. Or, contact Reno Friend Kyle Chandler-Isacksen at kisacksen (at) gmail.com.
Citizens Climate Lobby of Northern Nevada is a group working with local and national legislators to pass a carbon tax and dividend to help stop global warming. For more information, email Betsy Fadali at bfadali (at) sbcglobal.net. Feel free to bring friends and neighbors, if they’re interested. For more on CCL, go to www.citizensclimatelobby.org.
“We were made for these times”
- Clarissa Pinkola Estes
Do you want to share a poem, prayer, verse, quote or message that inspires you? Send it to Reno Friends newsletter editor Wendy Swallow at wswallow54 (at) gmail.com.
Hold Them in the Light
Please hold the following in the Light: All those who struggle with loneliness or sadness; all those grieving over violence by and against the police, and for everyone hurt and challenged by war and terrorism; the migrants in Europe and the countries absorbing them; the people and leaders of our national and all countries experiencing war or oppression, so that we may find peaceful resolutions to all our economic and political troubles; all the armed service people who continue to serve in Afghanistan and other conflict zones around the world; those who have lost their jobs and/or health insurance; all elected officials at the city, county, state and federal levels who have the responsibility for difficult economic decisions. In particular, we ask that you hold in the Light Ricki-Ann Jones, as well as those who have lost loved ones, or who suffer illness or injury. To request prayers, please leave a message at the Meetinghouse or contact the Clerk.
Quaker Activities & Announcements
Spring College Park Quarterly Meeting May 19-21
The next CPQM Gathering will be held Friday-Sunday, May 19-21, at Ben Lomond Quaker Center.
Ben Lomond Quaker Center News & Workshops
Emerging Leadership, Spiritual Power and Faithful Witness: Mar. 28-Apr. 2
How often have you felt the Spirit alive in your Meeting? Are younger people taking on leadership and eldership roles? How can we open to the Spirit’s power to transform us, our Meetings and the world? This workshop will be led by Minga (Elizabeth) Claggett-Borne and Jonathan Vogel-Borne, and will consider how deep worship, strong community, Spirit-led leadership and faithful witness build powerful meetings. We encourage Meetings to send at least two people, pairing an older Friend with a younger Friend.
Being Silence: A Restorative Silent Retreat: Apr. 28-30
Many of us yearn for a break from the multiple demands and distractions of our daily lives. The purpose of this retreat, led by Terrill and Robin Keeler, is to provide an opportunity for deep and nourishing silence. We want to create at Quaker Center a supportive community in which people can connect with their own Spiritual journeys. This retreat is open to anyone, Quaker or non-Quaker, religiously active or not, who hears the call deep within themselves for silence. Participants need not have a regular meditation discipline to be in this retreat. Persons seeking to develop and enrich their own spiritual discipline are particularly encouraged to attend.
Quaker Center Summer Camp for Kids 4th through 9th Grade
It’s time to register for summer camp! We welcome all kids to join us from June 25 to July 1. Quaker Camp serves rising 4th – 6th graders, and Service Camp serves kids going into 7th – 9th grade. Campers explore community, peace, equality, integrity, simplicity, and stewardship through service, values that Quakers hold strongly. Find out more and register online at http://www.quakercenter.org/summer-youth-camps/ or call Kathy Runyan at 831-336-8333.
For the annual Quaker Center schedule or to register for workshops go to www.quakercenter.org.
Youth Service Learning Camp at Quaker Oaks Farm, April 10-14
Come explore and learn about the land, water and indigenous people of Pa’an. We will trace the source of our water upstream and consider how we can all be water protectors.
We will work together to plant pollinator habitat to restore the earth. We will share our histories and love one another across seeming divides through fun, interactive activities.
In partnership with the Wukchumni Yokuts of Central California’s San Joaquin Valley and Pacific Yearly Meeting Youth Programs (Quakers). Open to middle and high School age youth. Will be held at Quaker Oaks Farm – Visalia Friends Meeting House, 17216 Avenue 296, Visalia, CA 93292. The cost is on a sliding scale up to $500 to cover food, lodgin, and transportation during the camp week, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. To register, go to https://quakeroaksfarm.org/blogevents/service-camp-registration/. For more information please contact: Melissa Lovett-Adair at (805) 305-9011 or email@example.com; Darlene Franco at (559) 731-1519 or firstname.lastname@example.org; or Alyssa Nelson at (530) 563-6369 or email@example.com.
American Friends Service Committee, West Region
AFSC West has a robust schedule of events in California concerning the Wage Peace Program, Urban Shield events, Responses and Resistance to Militarism, etc. For more information, go to http://afsc.org/office/san-francisco-ca.
- Submitted by Peter Lin, AFSC West Region
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