October 2017 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’ September Schedule

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

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

Saturday Oct. 21 – RISE Community Dinner

Sunday Oct. 22 – Business Meeting, 11:30 am (4th Sunday)

Sunday Oct. 29 – Halloween Potluck (5th Sunday)

Reno Friends Meeting Events & Notices

College Park Fall Quarterly Meeting Oct. 13-15, Sierra Friends Center 

“Awaken to call of the Divine Spirit” at the Fall College Park Quarterly Meeting, Friday evening Oct. 13 to Sunday noon Oct. 15, at Sierra Friends Center in Nevada City, CA. Enjoy the natural setting and Quaker fellowship. Discuss common problems within Meetings with Friends. You may learn you are not alone and, together with others, find new ways forward as we pay attention to the Light within ourselves and all people.  For information on costs and housing, and to register, go to the new CPQM website: www.collegeparkquarterlymeeting.org. Registrations after Oct. 3 will incur a $20 late fee.

Reno Friends Feed the Homeless Sat. Oct. 21

Please volunteer to cook a large meal, side dish or dessert, and join other Reno Friends as we serve Reno’s homeless on Sat. Oct. 21 from 5-6 pm. We will be working with RISE (Reno Initiative for Shelter & Equality) at their station in the parking lot of the Community Assistance Center in Reno. The CAC is at 335 Record Street, one block east of 4th and Evans Street. RISE serves food on the east side of the parking lot, which is where we will gather with our dishes just before 5 pm. Dishes to bring include casseroles, salads, side dishes, biscuits, crates of fruit, desserts.  Wendy Swallow and Jana Harvill-Corhar are going to prepare their dishes together, so if you want to join us for what should be a fun afternoon OR if you plan to cook at home and meet us at the CAC site, please RSVP to Jana at corhar(at)mac.com or sign the sign-up sheet in the Meeting House. We hope to get at least six Reno Friends participating.

Next Business Meeting is Oct. 22

Reno Meeting cancelled September Business Meeting, so there’s lots to discuss at our October Business Meeting. We will gather late in the month, on the fourth Sunday, Oct. 22, at 11:30 in the Meeting House.  Please join us!

Halloween Potluck Sun. Oct. 29 11:30-1

October Potluck is fifth Sunday, Oct. 29, 11:30 to 1 pm, so that we can celebrate Halloween together. Bring something delicious to share and wear a costume! There will be special activities for kids and those young-at-heart. Contact the clerk at wswallow54(at)gmail.com if you have questions or ideas for activities.

Reno Friends Attend Pacific Yearly Meeting

Belinda, Cheri and Doug attended PYM this year and reported very positively on the experience. Zach Moon, the keynote speaker, grew up in Berkeley Meeting, and both he and his dad (Eric) have been to Reno Friends Meeting in the past. Zach surprised many Friends by joining the Navy. He served as a chaplain, then, after finishing his service, completed seminary. His perspectives were both unique and thought-provoking. Daily Bible study, various interest groups, and a workshop on early Quaker writings were attended by various Reno Friends, in addition to the plenary sessions. Cheri commented that Walker Creek Ranch was a great place to stay, and that meals were varied and good. Belinda noted that, as a relative newcomer to Friends, she felt comfortable and welcomed.

Grover Hot Springs Camp-Out Report

Reno and Carson Friends gathered at Grover Hot Springs campground for the weekend of September 15th to the 17th. Three hardy souls, Cliff, Anne and their dog Shy, endured a cold night Friday, and even the dog tried to cozy up with them at night since he is a short-haired dog. They welcomed other Friends to the campsite on Saturday with a warm and inviting fire. Gradually, Quakers drifted in from far and near. Jana, Ivan and son Luca came from Reno, along with Betsy, and hiked to the waterfall. Later that day Beatrice, Melanie, John and Andy came from Reno, while Richard, Joan and Tom came from Carson.

After lunch, Cliff and Anne brought out a stack of tie-dyed shirts and tops inviting us all to choose one. We each found one with colors or a design we liked and donned it. The three four-legged Quaker attenders were dressed in shirts as well—Jake loved his, Shy was not excited about his, and Bear only barely endured it. Then, John and Yurie arrived from Carson City, but there were no shirts left for them, they had gone to the dogs! Regardless, we gathered for a group picture in our tie-dyes feeling like we were back in the Sixties. Thanks to Anne and Cliff’s forethought, we were all treated to a fun activity and photo opportunity.

Preparations were made for dinner, and a variety of tasty offerings appeared on the picnic table. We sat around a wonderfully warm campfire fed by our young fire-tender, Luca, who wanted to roast his hot dogs—hungrily eyed by all three dogs especially, Jake. After supper, we were entertained by Beatrice on her accordion and Yurie singing acapella Chinese songs remembered from her youth and later years in China. Other campers must have been pleasantly surprised to hear an accordion and a Chinese singer in a forest setting. As dusk settled in, those who came for the day had to depart. Those who were camping for the night got ready for another night under the stars.

Sunday morning was as bright and sunny as it had been the day before. Seven of us gathered in a circle under the trees to the side of the camping area. It was peaceful with the occasional camp noises muted by the forest setting. We were grateful for the time to reflect on the weekend and in an environment not often enjoyed for Worship. We reluctantly parted after sharing a few ideas for other gatherings of Reno and Carson City Quakers. We hope to find a good location and time for next year’s camp-out.

submitted by Joan Graham

Friends Committee on National Legislation Advocacy Group in Reno/Carson

Doug Smith plans to help facilitate starting an FCNL Advocacy Group in Reno/Carson, probably beginning this fall. The Friends Committee on National Legislation (www.fcnl.org) The Friends Committee on National Legislation lobbies Congress and the administration to advance peace, justice, opportunity, and environmental stewardship. Founded in 1943 by members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), FCNL fields an expert team of lobbyists on Capitol Hill and works with a grassroots network of tens of thousands of people across the country to advance policies and priorities established by our governing General Committee. FCNL is a nonpartisan organization that seeks to live our values of integrity, simplicity, and peace as we build relationships across political divides to move policies forward. The Reno/Carson FCNL Advocacy Group will initially need a ‘host committee’ of about 4-7 participants, then will set up a 3-hour training with someone from FCNL. The work can range from writing letters and calling legislators to face-to-face lobbying, but it will be up to us to decide what our priorities will be. Interestingly, Las Vegas set up a Group last year, and will be pleased to help us get started and to coordinate efforts. This will be particularly helpful with our Senators.  Anyone interested please stay tuned, or contact Doug at dsmith1317(at)aol.com.

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.


“There is a quality about silent meeting which goes beyond personal devotions. Our relationship with God stretches two ways. We come into the sanctuary alone, needing to make our peace, but the conditions on which we do so derive from something wider than our own personal needs. We are not islands of consciousness, fragments of understanding, solo voices of praise, pieces of moral rectitude. Within the sanctuary we join with others. We become a people. We hear together. We minister to each other’s needs on behalf of the One we have come to worship.”

- John Punshon (submitted by Beatrice Hamilton)

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 in who suffered from hurricane damage in Houston, Florida and the Caribbean; all 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 and racism; 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; and all who suffer from privation and economic hardship. In particular, we ask that you hold in the Light Jana, Ivan and Luca and Ivan’s family in Puerto Rico, as well as all 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

Ben Lomond Quaker Center News & Workshops
The Long Haul: Inspiration, Strength & Perseverance for the Spiritual Life, Sept. 29 – Oct. 1

This workshop will use the underlying metaphor of a school for apprentices: a community of individuals gathered together to learn how to live in harmony with God and each other through a long-time dedication to their craft, learning from each other, from seasoned journeymen and journeywomen, and of course from the Master Teacher of us all. With Lloyd Lee Wilson. Find out more and register online at http://www.quakercenter.org/programs/in-for-the-long-haul-inspiration-strength-and-perseverance-for-spirituallife-today/.

What Matters in the End? Accompanying Oneself or Another to Death, Oct. 27 – 29

Explore your readiness to die, chosen death, caregiving and receiving, difficulties that arise between the person dying and the one accompanying that person. The focus will be on personal exploration and clarification of physical, emotional and spiritual issues surrounding death. With Margaret Sorrel and Dinah Bachrach.

The Quaker Legacy and Campaigning for Social Justice, Nov. 16-18

George Lakey will facilitate the practice of building courage, resilience, and teamwork. Have you ever wondered how to design and carry out nonviolent direct action campaigns? The methodology will be experiential. You will learn most by being willing to pray, laugh, cry, step out of your comfort zone, and give and receive support. Bring your joy and sorrow, your confidence and anxiety.  Be willing to apply what you learn back home — this weekend can provide the defining moment for your next decade.

8th Annual Music and Dance Retreat, Dec. 1-3

Come for a weekend of celebrating multi-generational community with our Music and Dance Retreat. We will enjoy a variety of different ways to sing, dance and make music together that will be facilitated by participant volunteers who will lead activities they know and love. The one professional leader we’ll have is a caller for our family friendly community dance on Saturday night. This is low-cost program with a sliding scale of only $60-$100 per person to encourage you to bring your kids and grandkids or just yourselves for a weekend filled with a variety of singing and playing interspersed by a few dancing opportunities.

Year-End Retreat: Awareness, Attentiveness, Acceptance, Dec. 27 – Jan. 1

Join us for our Year-end Retreat: Awareness, Attentiveness and Acceptance, facilitated by David and Trish Johnson, former Co-Directors of the Silver Wattle Quaker Center in Australia. We will be exploring Quaker writings, the Bible and your Inner Guide for ‘walking in the Light’. Whatever happened in 2017, let our hearts be opened so each of us may better understand and undertake what God is asking of us. Please register by December 15th.

For the annual Quaker Center schedule or to register for workshops go to www.quakercenter.org.

Woolman School at Sierra Friends Center

Woolman Semester School is suspended for the foreseeable future, but there are still events happening at Sierra Friends Center:

Earth, Air, Fire, Water, Oct. 27-29

Potters of all ages are invited to come learn about the history of the unique design of the oldest Noborigama “climbing kiln” in the United States and to help load it for its 128th firing. The Noborigama kiln, which dates from 17th century Japan, is a six-chambered kiln, with each chamber using the residual heat of the chamber below it. When all six chambers are loaded, it uses up to five cords of wood and hold as many as 3000 pieces of pottery. Fee:  $60 for tent camping for 2 nights; $30 additional per person for a cabin. Bring a plate, cup, utensils, and food to share. If you have questions, or want to reserve a cabin, please email laurac@woolman.org. To register, go to Woolman.org.

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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