April 2017 Newsletter 

For a list of upcoming events, see our Calendar. For the monthly Queries, April: Harmony with Creation. (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’ April Schedule

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

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

Sunday Apr. 9 – Business Meeting, 11:30 am (2nd Sunday)

Wednesday Apr. 5 & 19 – Climate Change Discussion Group, 6:30-8:00 pm

Sunday Apr. 16 – Easter Potluck, Egg Hunt and Hike, 11:15 am (3rd Sunday)

RFM and Social Justice in Reno:  Brainstorming Session 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.

Climate Change Reading & Discussion Group Meets Apr. 5 and Apr. 19

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 Apr. 5 with Guest Speaker David Gibson, a “clean energy guru,” led by Betsy Fadali; and on Apr. 19 we will discuss Quaker engagement with climate initiatives, led by Gina Russo. The discussion group is open to all and a reading list is available in the Meeting House, or email the clerk at wswallow54(at)gmail.com for a digital version with embedded links to the articles. Light snacks are welcome!

Easter Egg Hunt, Potluck and Hike up Peavine: Sun. Apr. 16

Our monthly potluck will be held this month on Easter Sunday, Apr. 16, at the home of Reno Friend Betsy Fadali, followed by a hike up Peavine Mountain from her house to look for wildflowers. Right after Silent Worship, before we head to Betsy’s, there will be an Easter Egg Hunt for the children on the Meeting House Grounds. The potluck lunch will start at 11:30. Betsy’s house is at: 3959 Regal Drive, Reno, NV. No need to RSVP but please bring something delicious to share. All are welcome!  

Ricki Ann Jones

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Ricki Ann Jones on Wed. March 22, 2017, at Renown Hospital in Reno. She was in Hospice care at the end. Many Reno Friends visited with her in her final weeks at the hospital, which she seemed to appreciate. Thank you, one and all, for rallying around. We were her Reno family, and she will be deeply missed. Plans for a Memorial Meeting will be announced later.

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.


“If there is anything I have learned about men and women, it is that there is a deeper spirit of altruism than is ever evident. Just as the rivers we see are minor compared to the underground streams, so, too, the idealism that is visible is minor compared to what people carry in their hearts unreleased or scarcely released.”

-  Albert Schweitzer

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
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.

Still Point and Moving Edge:  June 2-9

This program is a five-day gathering where we will embrace and explore the tensions of our Quaker faith. We will ask: is our faith determined by where we ground ourselves or by where that grounding leads us? Is it particular specific beliefs or openness to varying faiths? Quakers new and seasoned, involved and estranged, are welcome to join and seek how our lives fit into the Religious Society of Friends and how the Society fits into our lives. Young Friends (under age 35) can register at no charge.

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.

Woolman School at Sierra Friends Center

Spring is coming to the Woolman campus. As many of you know, we suspended The Woolman Semester School last August and have engaged in a period of discernment to vision the future of our school and Center. Just as new life is emerging from a long, wet winter, so it feels that we are emerging from our discernment with unfolding plans and programs. We are moving forward cautiously, sensing our leadings, setting benchmarks to mark the path forward, testing each idea with our advisors and supporters.

Some of the gifts from this discernment period have been connections we’ve made with other like-minded nonprofits. One local environmental science organization, Sierra Streams Institute, will be collaborating with us on the piloting of the newly formed Woolman Outdoor School this Spring. We will be welcoming to our campus eighty middle school students from Oakland this May, and we plan on furthering the pilot with three additional Bay Area schools in the 2017-18 academic year. The Woolman School for Nonviolence is also in its nascent stage. We are looking at some possible collaborations with other non-profits.

We are also preparing for Camp Woolman, currently in its 13th year. We are eager to welcome the campers this summer who will explore the Sierra, live in community, meet in worship and experience the magic of Woolman. Sessions will take place from June 25 to August 5. Space is filling up in both Camp Woolman (for 9- to 14-year-olds) and Teen Leadership Camp (for 15- and 16-year-olds), so if you know of anyone who may be interested in attending, please send them to the Camp Woolman website at camp.woolman.org. Registration is open for Family Work Camp (June 11-18).

The spirit of Woolman is strong. We envision many more children, youth, adults and families who will be touched by their time here – a place where they can live in beloved community, wholly authentic, connected with the land and alive to the possibilities of our time. We welcome your visits, your calls, your emails and letters.

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 chair@quakeroaksfarm.org; Darlene Franco at (559) 731-1519 or darfranco15@gmail.com; or Alyssa Nelson at (530) 563-6369 or pym.youthcoordinator@gmail.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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