February 2018 Newsletter

For a list of upcoming events, see our Calendar. For the monthly Queries, February: Meeting for Worship for Business. (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’ February Schedule

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

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

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

Sunday Feb. 25 –  Potluck, 11:30 am (4th Sunday)

Reno Friends Meeting Events & Notices

A New Way to “Break” From Meeting for Worship Starts Sun. Feb. 4 

Reno Friends have a new process for “breaking” at the end of Meeting for Worship. We hope these changes will allow for a more worshipful space for after-thoughts, and eliminate the unnecessary standing and moving about that is difficult for some members and attenders.  At 11 o’clock, we will now stay in our seats rather than stand, and “pass the peace” by turning quietly to greet the people sitting near us.  The Worship Clerk will then invite people to share spiritual after-thoughts.  We ask that those sharing please stand (if able), and speak loudly, so everyone can hear.  We would also like people to pause between messages, so there is a bit of time to reflect on the last message.  After that, we will have introductions, followed by announcements and joys and concerns.  The Worship Clerks have been fully briefed, and there will be reminders on the chairs for the first few weeks so that everyone knows what to do.

Quakerism 101 Classes start Sun. Mar. 4, 8:45-9:45 am

A five-session class to explore aspects of Quaker practice starts on Sun., Mar. 4, with a discussion of “Worship Sharing as a Topic and Practice,” led by Gina Russo. On Sun. Mar. 18, Wendy Swallow will lead a class on “Sharing Messages in Silent Worship.” All classes will meet from 8:45 am to 9:45 am in the Meeting House, and will be held the first and third Sundays of the month during March, April and through to May 6.

The course will continue with a class Sun. Apr. 1 on “What Do We Mean by The Light?” led by George Green; a class Sun. Apr. 15 on “Spirit-Led Eldering” led by Gina Russo and George Green; and a class on Sun. May 6 on “Homelessness in Reno,” with a speaker from the human-services non-profit group ACTIONN (Acting in Community Together in Organizing Northern Nevada). Please join us for what are sure to be informative and interesting discussions.

Alternatives to Violence Project Community Workshop Mar. 23-25

Please come get familiar with the Alternatives to Violence Project, a program that our Quaker Meeting actively supports. (Go to http://www.renofriends.org/all-about-reno-friends/alternatives-to-violence/ for more information on AVP.) AVP Nevada is holding a community workshop in Reno March 23-25.  We usually present these workshops in the prisons, so take advantage of this rare opportunity to experience the AVP approach to non-violence training. You’ll have a weekend filled with experiential learning, fun and community. Put it on your calendar and wait for more information to come your way. The workshop will start Friday evening, continue all day on Saturday, and finish up Sunday at 4:30 pm.  Participants must commit to the entire time for the workshop. The workshop costs $30, but scholarships are available. Contact Cheri at dougncheri@aol.com if you want more info or details.

Reno Friend, Neil Hendricks

One of our long-term members, Neil Hendricks, passed away Jan. 7, 2018, in Austin, TX.  Neil joined Reno Friends in 1997 and was an active and beloved member until he moved in 2011 to Austin to be near family.  He was 95 years old.  Reno Friends also remember his wife, Yoshi, who died in 2003. Neil and Yoshi had eight children, one of who died in 1963. His daughter Nettie Hendricks has invited Reno Friends to a memorial for Neil in Austin, Texas, on Sat. April 7 at the Austin Meeting House. Please contact the clerk if you would like information on how to contact Nettie about the service. A memorial minute for Neil will be presented at Meeting for Business soon.

The 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 year. 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 Reno/Carson Advocacy Group to decide what our priorities will be. Las Vegas Friends set up an advocacy group last year, and offered to help Reno Friends get started and to coordinate efforts. 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.

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!


“Ultimately, we have just one moral duty: to reclaim large areas of peace in ourselves, more and more peace, and to reflect it towards others. And the more peace there is in us, the more peace there will also be in our troubled world.”

Etty Hillesum

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
Finding Our Quaker Voice, Feb. 23-25, 2018

With Diane Randall, Executive Secretary of the Friends Committee on National Legislation. Large and small group discussions as well as time in worship, will benefit those who reflect on the intersection of their faith journeys and public life—particularly for those who want to be politically active but who are frustrated by partisanship.

Awakening to the Presence, Mar. 19-24, 2018

During this 5-day program, Bob Runyan, Janet Leslie, Jim Anderson and Kathy Runyan will facilitate experiences of individual worship, the gathered meeting, reading and listening to the ways that Spirit has been at work in the lives of others, and the witness of the work of Spirit within each of us.

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.

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

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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