April 2018 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. 1 – Quakerism 101 Adult Ed Class, 8:45-9:45 am (1st Sunday)

Sunday Apr. 1 – Easter Potluck and Egg Hunt, 11:30 am (1st Sunday)

Sunday Apr. 8 – Business Meeting, 11:30 am (2nd Sunday)

Saturday Apr. 14 – Meeting House Clean-Up, 10:30 am to 1:30 pm

Sunday Apr. 15 – Quakerism 101 Adult Ed Class, 8:45-9:45 am (3rd Sunday)

Sunday Apr. 15 – Patsy and Denny Gehr Farewell Potluck, 11:30 am (3rd Sunday)

Sunday Apr. 29 – Potluck, 11:30 am (5th Sunday)

Reno Friends Meeting Events & Notices

Quakerism 101 Classes Continue Apr. 1, Apr. 15 & May 6, 8:45-9:45 am

Our course on Quaker practice continues this month with a discussion of “What Do We Mean By The Light?” led by George Green on Sun. Apr. 1, and a class on Eldering lead by Gina Russo and George Green on Sun. Apr. 15. The final class on Sun. May 6 will be about homelessness in Reno led by Aria Overli from the human-services non-profit ACTIONN (Acting in Community Together in Organizing Northern Nevada). All classes meet from 8:45 am to 9:45 am in the Meeting House.  Please join us for what are sure to be informative and interesting discussions.

Easter Potluck and Egg Hunt Apr. 1, 11:30 am

Our annual Easter Potluck will be Sun. Apr. 1 starting at 11:30 am, followed by an Egg Hunt for kids in the garden of the Meeting House. Bring something delicious to share, if you can, and enjoy the company of Reno Friends. All are welcome!

Meeting House Clean-Up, Sat. Apr. 14, 10:30 am to 1 pm

Many hands make light work, so please join us for our spring clean-up of the Meeting House, First Day School and garden on Sat. Apr. 14 from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm. A list of suggested projects will be in the Meeting House kitchen. Please bring gardening gloves and rakes for outside work.

Patsy and Denny Gehr Farewell Potluck, Sun. Apr. 15, 11:30 am

Please join us on Sun. Apr. 15 at 11:30 am for a Farewell Potluck for Patsy and Denny Gehr. Patsy was a long-time member of our Meeting, and this is our chance to give them a rousing send-off as they move to their new home in Tucson to be closer to grandchildren. Please bring something delicious to share, if you can.

KTMB & Reno Friends Joint Trail Clean-Up, Mon. May 7, 4:30 to 6:30 pm

Join the Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful non-profit and Reno Friends in helping to clear trash and other debris from a section of the Truckee River Bike Path Trail. The clean-up will be Monday, May 7, from 4 pm to 6 pm starting at the trail entrance on the east side of Valley Road, just north of I-80. Come with closed-toe shoes, appropriate clothing, water, and a snack. KTMB provides gloves, bags, trash pickers, sharps containers, sunscreen, and volunteer sign-in sheets. If you plan to help, please RSVP to Gina Russo: grusso2011(at)gmail.com.

Reno Friends Meeting Gets a New Meeting Clerk

Meeting Clerk Wendy Swallow will be passing the baton in June to Reno Friend Steve Wolgast. Steve came to us a few years ago from San Jose Meeting and will bring a wealth of experience and wisdom to the job of Meeting Clerk.  This change was approved by Meeting for Business in March. Please help us welcome Steve to his new role.

RISE Dinner to Help Feed the Homeless Sat. May 19, 4:45 to 6 pm

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. May 19 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. Parking near the CAC is difficult, so if you would like to carpool, gather at the Meeting House at 4:45 pm. The best dishes to bring include meat or bean casseroles (avoid pasta), salads, vegetable side dishes or crates of fruit. There may be an opportunity to cook together before the event, so stay tuned for more info, or email Jana at corhar(at)mac.com.

Western Friend Weekend May 25-27

Reno Friends will be hosting the editorial board of Western Friend Magazine at our Meeting House the weekend of May 25-27. Friends have been asked to help provide beds for the eight board members for Friday and Saturday nights, as well as transportation assistance, if possible. The Meeting will also host a potluck supper for the board on the evening of Sat. May 26, so please plan to bring a dish and join us for that event, even if you can’t offer a place to stay. If you do have an extra bedroom, or can help drive board members around town, please contact Doug Smith, who is organizing our hospitality. Doug is at: dsmith1317(at)aol.com.

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

Mark your calendars now! 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

Over twenty years ago, a Quaker stamp ministry was begun to help people of all races and all faiths who were in need. In the beginning, many different Quaker organizations were supported by people sending in their canceled stamps, stamp collections, and collectibles. Over the years, more than $90,000 has been donated to worthy causes that aid folks all over the world. The program was begun in 1996 in Massachusetts by retired stamp dealer Brad Hathaway, with stewardship of the project switching to Claremont Friend Earl Walker in 2009.  Due to poor health, Earl has recently passed the reins of the project over to a Quaker Meeting in Indianapolis.

Now, the Quaker Stamp Project primarily 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. Read the history of the Stamp Project on Right Sharing’s website: www.rswr.org, where you can also see how your recycled donations can change lives. Also, ask Reno Friends member Doug Smith about RSWR if you are interested in what they do. He is deeply involved with them and will gladly share his knowledge and insights.

With the latest transition in management of the stamp mission, some big changes have been made as to what the organization wants us to save and send in. They are no longer collecting anything except stamps. At this time, please continue to save 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.

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.

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!


“Do not be dismayed by the brokenness of the world. All things break. And all things can be mended. Not with time, as they say, but with intention. So go. Love intentionally, extravagantly, unconditionally. The broken world waits in darkness for the light that is you.”

- L.R. Knost

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

College Park Quarterly Meeting Spring Session
Ben Lomond Quaker Center, Ben Lomond, California
Sat. May 19 to Sun. May 20

Coming together for Quarterly Meeting is a way to revitalize our faithfulness to God, Divine Spirit, to love.  It is a way to learn more about and strengthen our spiritual disciplines.  What are we longing for in our gathering?  Do we seek deepening in God’s presence in our ‘well of hope’ in these troubled times?

Registration information at collegeparkquarterlymeeting.org.

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
Toward Right Relationships with Native Peoples, Apr. 13-15

What can we learn from Quaker history? From some good examples? From Native people themselves? Beginning with an historical overview of genocide and colonization, to the role Quakers played in this history, to examples of positive processes for peacemaking, truth and reconciliation and restorative justice. With Paula Palmer.

Remixing Faith: Seeds of Renewal in Quaker Tradition for the 21st Century, June 1-3

Join Wess Daniels to reflect upon the challenges within the Quaker tradition and consider a “convergent” framework for how Friends can address these changes in ways that honor the importance of tradition, while also allowing space for creation and innovation. If you are a Friend who is open to change, and want new ways of looking at Quakerism and our engagement with culture, we hope you will join us. Register online at http://www.quakercenter.org/programs/remixing-faith/.

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/.

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.

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

Friends House, Santa Rosa, CA

The Governing Board of the Friends Association for the Elderly (FASE) seeks candidates to join the Board and engage in the important work of supporting Friends House, a unique, values-centered community, as it engages with a new strategic partner to strengthen and expand its services to current and future residents as well as the wider community. This is an opportunity to make a big difference in the lives of seniors and their families while, at the same time, creating a model of excellence in the field of senior living and as an employer of choice. The Board also seeks those interested in membership on the FASE Finance and Audit Committees. If you’d like to know more, contact Sylvia Walker, sylviamwalker@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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