June 2018 Newsletter

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Reno Friends’ June Schedule

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

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

Sunday June 10 – Meeting for Business, 11:30 am (2nd Sunday)

Sunday June 24 – Potluck 11:30 am (4th Sunday)

Reno Friends Meeting Events & Notices

Reno Friends Meeting Gets a New Meeting Clerk

As of this month, Steve Wolgast is our new Meeting Clerk. Steve came to us a few years ago from San Jose Meeting and brings a wealth of experience and wisdom to the job of Meeting Clerk.  Please welcome Steve to his new role!

Next RISE Dinner for the Homeless is Sat. July 19, 4:45-6pm

Please volunteer to cook a large meal, side dish or dessert, and join other Reno Friends as we help to feed Reno’s homeless on Sat. July 28 from 4:45-6 pm. We will be working with RISE (Reno Initiative for Shelter & Equality) at their station in the parking lot of the Community Assistance Center at 335 Record Street. Put it on your calendar now, and check the July newsletter for more details.

RFM’s Grover’s Hot Springs Camping Trip Will be Sept. 21-23

Mark your calendars! 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. 

Quaker Mission Stamp Project

The Quaker Stamp Project, which started over twenty years ago, helps countless poor women in developing countries through Right Sharing of World Resources, a Quaker organization that provides micro-grants to worthy recipients in Kenya, Sierra Leone, and India. To support the Stamp Project, please save and send in all your new and canceled foreign and domestic stamps, including Forever, flag and non-profit stamps, plus stamps in sets and series issued after 2000. Please leave 1/8″ to 1/4″ of paper 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.  Your support of this project is much appreciated.  You can help make a difference in the world – one stamp at a time!

The Friends Committee on National Legislation Advocacy Group in Reno/Carson

An FCNL Advocacy Group is being started here in the Reno/Carson area, and anyone interested is invited to join the effort. The Friends Committee on National Legislation (www.fcnl.org) lobbies Congress and the administration to advance peace, justice, opportunity, and environmental stewardship. FCNL is a nonpartisan organization that seeks to live our Quaker values of integrity, simplicity and peace as we build relationships across political divides to move policies forward. The Reno/Carson FCNL Advocacy Group is putting together a ‘host committee’ of about 4-7 participants. The work can range from writing letters and calling legislators, to face-to-face lobbying, but it will be up to the Reno/Carson FCNL Advocacy Group to decide what our policy priorities will be. Anyone interested please 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.

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!


“There is no surprise more magical than the surprise of being loved.”

- Charles Langbridge Morgan

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 struggle with loneliness or sadness; all those grieving over the epidemic of gun violence in our country, 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 Sharonlee Souza in the Light as well as the family of former Reno Friend Neil Hendricks.  And please hold in the Light 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

Pacific Yearly Meeting 72nd Annual Session
Walker Creek Ranch, Petaluma, California, Fri. July 13 to Wed. July 18, 2018
Clerk’s Call: Faithfulness – A Call to Practice Radical Vulnerability and Love

This year, Pacific Yearly Meeting is called to be vulnerable to faith. The radical act of faith is required in our relationship to the Divine and in our relationship to our Quaker community. Faithfulness requires obedience to the living Presence and trust to wherever it may lead us, which leaves us vulnerable to our ego, our fear, and the world. This vulnerability was required of the Apostles who followed Jesus. This vulnerability was required of those seekers who heard George Fox’s call to align their lives to the Christ Spirit. No doubt there were times when the Apostles and early Friends felt like they were crazy to do what was being asked of them. But again and again they turned towards the Divine and each other.

Our Quaker tradition is rich with resources (practices) to help us deepen our awareness of, and faithfulness to, the living Presence and to experience the joy and love of deep Fellowship. The practice of Extended Worship (worship not to an appointed hour, but to the movement of Spirit) opens us to deep corporate resonance where the still small voice can be heard. Bringing our life decisions to our Quaker community by asking for discernment support through Clearness and Accountability Committees which helps align our lives with the Spirit’s calling. Praying in Meeting for Worship helps us to be vulnerable to the living Spirit. Holding the Meeting and one another in prayer and taking responsibility for the spiritual formation of each other strengthens our spiritual lives. Taking the time daily to sit in prayer and worship helps us become sensitive to the ways of the Spirit at work in us. Reading Quaker writings, the Bible, or religious texts help us to understand how God has spoken to, and through, those who have lived lives devoted to listening and obeying their True Guide.

Do we dare make these practices central to our lives? Are we too comfortable in our regular routines, current beliefs and lifestyles to create the time to hear and obey the Spirit’s call? Through their discipline of listening to what the Christ Spirit had to teach them, Friends through the ages reordered their lives individually and collectively to align with Spirit. They relied upon their faith community to hold them accountable to personal transformation and the inner work that is required to be obedient and faithful.

This summer we will explore the theme of radical vulnerability and faithfulness. Our keynote speakers Carin Anderson and Elena Anderson-Williams will be bringing their insights to this summer’s Annual Session. These Friends grew up in Pacific Yearly Meeting. They both have been vulnerable to the Spirit throughout their lives, following its direction on paths they could not have imagined. Please join us.

For more information, or to register, go to pacificyearlymeeting.org.

Ben Lomond Quaker Center News, Workshops & Camps
Quaker Service and Art Camp for Kids, June 23-30

This year, camp for kids entering 5th – 9th grades is a combination and reconfiguration of our two previous youth camps. Campers will join Camp Co-directors, Julian Garrett and Nate Secrest, camp staff and seasoned Friends to experience a multi-generational community through fun activities. Multi-generational crews will gather to work on service projects at Quaker Center or travel to Santa Cruz. In addition to community service, we will explore Quaker practices through town meetings, experiential learning, inter-generational kitchen and cleaning crews, games and music. Campers will also enjoy games, hiking around Quaker Center, and swimming, as well as whichever art course they choose to take for the week. Learn more and register your child by June 1st at http://www.quakercenter.org/quaker-service-and-art-camp/.

Family Work Camp, July 30-Aug. 4

Family work camp is an opportunity to invest your strength and energy into Quaker Center and community building. Through a work camp culture of service as a spiritual practice, people with all skill levels can experience the joy of community life as we work, learn, and play together. Family Work Camp is open to anyone interested regardless of age or skill level. Young people, accompanied by a parent or adult sponsors, are welcome and will be helped to participate in the work camp in a meaningful way.

Wherever Two (Kids) are Gathered: Quaker Community and Spiritual Growth with Youth, Sept. 7-9, with Betsey and Darren Kenworthy

Answering that of God in a child is a special opportunity, a gift, and a weighty responsibility. We need particular attentiveness to our own fears, hopes and temptations, for children are especially sensitive and vulnerable. But by the same token they will answer a clear heart with a tender one. In their tenderness we can find ourselves reawakened to our own. We invite you to join us in forming a pop-up sacred community to explore how to prepare ourselves, and our Meetings, to welcome children. Our guiding query will be “How do we help children learn to build and maintain sacred community?”

Participants will explore in small groups their fundamental concerns related to Quaker youth so we can begin on common ground. We will also have the chance to become childlike through exploration of activities we might share with children at various stages of development. Can we feel the presence of God through finger painting? Can we develop empathy and playfulness through small group role playing?

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

Job Opening: Ben Lomond Quaker Center is now accepting applications for two full-time Co-Director positions beginning spring 2019. Co-Directors provide spiritual leadership to West Coast Friends; develop workshops; manage staff, finances and facilities; fund-raise and work closely with spirit-led Board. Compensation includes: salary, housing, utilities, benefits, glorious California coastal redwoods. Seeking applications from couples or two individuals. LGBTQ & persons of color encouraged to apply. See the Quaker Center website to review the job description.    Please see http://www.quakercenter.org/about-us/employment-opportunities/ for more information and to apply.

Camp Woolman, Sierra Friends Center, Nevada City, CA
Woolman Family Work Camp, June 18-23

Family work camp at Sierra Friends Center is, quite simply, the best week of the year. It’s a time to relax with friends and family, unplug, and re-connect with the simple joys in life. It’s a time to work hard, make music, sing, holler, run, lay in the grass, and eat healthy vegetarian food. It’s a time to teach your children about how working with others, digging deep and getting sweaty can be the most fun you will ever have. For registration and more information, go to www.woolman.org/family-work-camp.

Kids/Teens Camp Woolman, June 24-Aug. 4

Camp Woolman is a Quaker summer camp for ages 9-17, located on 236 acres in the Sierra foothills. The Camp Woolman program, modeled after the Baltimore Yearly Meeting camping program, emphasizes backpacking skills on trail as well as an in-camp program. In-camp days include time for Meeting for Worship, age-group games, chores, choice activities or workshops, a little relaxation time, and lots of singing.  Each week, campers and counselors leave for a two or three night camping trip.  They are most often hiking in Tahoe National Forest or on the Pacific Crest Trail.  They carry everything they need with them, and though they are not back at the cabins, they are still at camp-playing games, laughing and singing. Teen Leadership Camp extends the camp experience into longer trips, service projects, age-appropriate activities and leadership skill building.

For registration and more information, go to www.woolman.org/camp.

For all events happening at Woolman/Sierra Friends Center: go to www.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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