December 2019 Newsletter
For a list of upcoming events, see our Calendar. For the monthly Queries, December: Meeting for Worship. (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’ December Schedule
Every Sunday – Meeting for Worship, 10:00-11:00 am
Every Sunday – First Day School, 10:10-11:00 am
Every Sunday – Singing in the Meeting House, 9:30-9:50 am
Sunday Dec. 1 – Hospitality after Silent Worship, 11:10 am
Thursday Dec. 5 – First Thursday Brown Bag Lunch, 12 noon (see details below)
NOTE – There is NO Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business in December. The next one is Jan. 12, 2020.
Wednesday Dec. 11 – Class: Embodying the Light, 6:30-7:45 pm
Sunday Dec. 15 – Open Spiritual Discussion, 8:45-9:45 am (see details below)
Sunday Dec. 15 – Hospitality after Silent Worship, 11:10 am
Sunday Dec. 15 – RFM & Carson Christmas Party, 5 pm, at Rhonda’s and Scott’s house (see details below)
Sunday Dec. 22 – Potluck, 11:30 am
Reno Friends Meeting Events & Notices
First Thursday Brown Bag Lunch, Thurs. Dec. 5, 12-1:30 pm
Reno Friends is starting a new tradition: Brown bag lunches at the Meeting House on the first Thursday of each month for conversation and fellowship. This is not a potluck, so as to avoid lots of cleanup. Just bring your own brown bag lunch. Peg McCall will host the December lunch. We hope to see you there!
Embodying the Light Class Wed. Dec. 11, 6:30-7:45 pm
Rhonda Ashurst and Rebecca Brune will lead the “Embodying the Light” class just once in December, on the second Wednesday, Dec. 11, from 6:30-7:45 pm in the Meeting House. (In January, they will go back to offering the class on second and fourth Wednesdays.) This class draws from Tai Chi/qigong and yoga practices with the intention of embodying the Light in our physical bodies and our daily lives. Learn about becoming a clearer vessel for the Light, clearing blocks, releasing tension, being present in the moment, feeling the flow of inner energy, improving balance and breathing, and strengthening the muscles that carry us through physical life. Movements will be gentle and easy so anyone can do them. Following the movement, there will be time for questions, discussion and reflection.
Open Spiritual Discussion Sun. Dec. 15, 8:45-9:45 am “Building the Beloved Community,” led by Rhonda Ashurst
Reno Friends now holds an open Spiritual Discussion every third Sunday before Worship, from 8:45-9:45 in the Meeting House. (There will be no singing on these days.) The purpose of the sessions is to give Reno Friends a chance to share and discuss their spiritual journeys and questions. Please join us!
RFM/CARSON CHRISTMAS POTLUCK PARTY! Sun. Dec. 15, 5-9 pm At the home of Rhonda Ashurst and Scott Wiley, 585 Putnam Drive, Reno.
Please join us for an evening of food, conversation and laughter! Bring a vegetarian dish to share—appetizer/finger food, casserole, side dish, salad, dessert, non-alcoholic beverage, beer or wine. Please attach a list of ingredients to alert anyone with food allergies. So we know how many chairs and tables to set up, please RSVP to Rhonda at rhondalou14(at)gmail.com or 775-276-0399.
Our home is south of Rancho San Rafael Park off Washington Street. NOTE: The park is closed at 5:00 pm now, so if your phone or GPS tells you to go through the park, don’t. Getting There: Get off the I-80 freeway at Keystone and turn right. Immediately take another right on 7th Street just past Starbucks. Follow 7th east until it ends on Washington. Take a left on Washington and follow it until it ends at Rancho San Rafael Park entrance, about a mile. Take a right on Putnam. House is the 5th house on the left, the park side. At Christmas time there are old-fashioned colored lights on the roof, a round wreath on the garage, and snowflakes and stars in the trees. You can park along the street anywhere, or in the driveway.
Coffee Hour on 1st and 3rd Sundays after Silent Worship at 11:10 am
Reno Friends is now serving coffee and cookies after Silent Worship on the first and third Sundays of the month. Please join us for this relaxed time to connect and laugh!
Online Meeting for Worship with Ben Lomond Quaker Center in California, 7:30–8 am every day
Desire a daily dose of devotion? Ben Lomond’s Quaker Center offers an online meeting for worship from 7:30 am to 8:00 am Pacific time every morning of the week. Folks from all over the United States, Canada and even overseas (plus some Reno Friends), gather together for silent worship. To find it:
- click on the Quaker Center website: http://www.quakercenter.org/
- scroll down and click on ‘online meeting for worship’
It’s a great way to begin the day – regularly or every now and then. Give it a try!
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.
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.
Quaker Mission Stamp Project
The Quaker Stamp Project helps the poor in Africa and India through Right Sharing of World Resources, a Quaker organization that provides micro-grants to worthy women. To support the Stamp Project, save canceled foreign and domestic stamps, leaving a small rim 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. You can help make a difference in the world – one stamp at a time!
Outside Non-Profits That Meet at the Quaker Meeting House
Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm, and every Saturday from 5 pm to 6 pm. ACA is a world service 12-step program for those struggling with the legacy of growing up in an alcoholic or dysfunctional home. NOTE: The Tuesday night group meets in the Sunday School building on the 4th Tuesday of the month. These groups are open to all.
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!
“In the stillness of the quiet, if we listen, we can hear the whisper of the heart, giving strength to weakness, courage to fear, hope to despair.”
– Howard Thurman
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 injured or who have lost homes in the wildfires, all those who struggle with loneliness, sadness or privation; all those grieving over the epidemic of gun violence in our country, and for everyone hurt and challenged by war and terrorism and racism; and all the people and leaders of our nation and all countries experiencing war or oppression or division, so that we may find peaceful resolutions to all our economic and political troubles. In particular, please hold in the Light those who have lost loved ones or who suffer illness or injury. To request prayers, please leave a message at the Meeting House or contact the Clerk.
Quaker Activities & Announcements
College Park Winter Quarterly Meeting, Sat. Jan. 19, 2020
This one-day meeting will be held at Palo Alto Meeting, in Palo Alto, CA. For minutes, reports, or more information about this gathering and other work of the Quarter, please go to our Quarterly Meeting website collegeparkquarterlymeeting.org.
Ben Lomond Quaker Center News & Workshops
Is God Violent? Making a New Beginning with the Bible, Dec. 27 to Jan. 1
Tom Gates will lead a discussion about Friends struggle with the Bible, especially because of its ubiquitous violence. But violence is precisely the point: the Bible is to a large extent about the human tendency to violence, and how it might be overcome. We will see how the archaic connection between violence and the sacred gradually gives way to the conviction that “violence is not an attribute of God” (Epistle to Diognetus, 2nd century). We will look at some key texts that illustrate “the scapegoat mechanism:” the unconscious collective transfer of aggression and violence on to a random victim; its replication in ritual sacrifice (ubiquitous in the ancient world); and the way in which sacred violence has always provided the glue that makes culture possible. We will see how, beginning in Genesis, continuing through the Hebrew prophets, and culminating with Jesus’ life, teachings, and death, the Bible decisively exposes and undermines this pervasive dynamic of scapegoating. Scapegoating is the prototype of “good” or sacred violence overcoming “bad” violence—a dynamic that is all too present in today’s world. Based on the work of Rene Girard, this reading of Scripture has enormous implications for our understanding of violence in the world, as well as Friends’ work for peace and racial justice.
Young and Old for Climate Justice: A Dialogue, Jan. 24-26, 2020
George Lakey, former Swarthmore College Visiting Professor, has written about non-violence and led workshops on the issues around the world. As young people go on strike, demand divestment from fossil fuels, and urge a Green New Deal, we invite Friends and others motivated to open a dialogue facilitated by George Lakey on how to effectively communicate across generations and communities to tackle the issues caused by climate change. Our goal is to affirm strengths, differences, and build unity around effective actions. We encourage Meetings to send younger members to this event and we have reduced fees for Friends 35 and under.
To register, go to: http://www.quakercenter.org/programs/register/.
Write for What Canst Thou Say?
Tell us your stories! What Canst Thou Say? (WCTS) is an independent publication co-operatively produced by Friends with an interest in mystical experience and contemplative practice. WCTS is a worship-sharing group in print. We hope to help Friends be tender and open to the Spirit. Articles that best communicate to our readers are those that focus on specific events and are written in the first person. We welcome submissions of articles less than 1500 words and artwork suitable for black and white reproduction. It is published in February, May, August, and November. The editorial and production team is Muriel Dimock, Lissa Field, Mariellen Gilpin, Judy Lumb, Grayce Mesner, Mike Resman, Earl Smith, Eleanor Warnock, and Rhonda Ashurst.
Reno Friends are welcome to email submissions to Rhonda Ashurst at rhondalou14(at)gmail.com. Please send your text submissions in Word or generic text format, and artwork in high resolution jpeg files. Photocopied art and typed submissions are also accepted. All authors and artists retain copyright to their articles and artwork published in WCTS. WCTS retains the right to publish initially and to reprint in WCTS anthologies.
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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