June 2017 Newsletter

For a list of upcoming events, see our Calendar. For the monthly Queries, June: Reaching Out. (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’ June Schedule

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

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

Sunday June 4 – Business Meeting, 11:30 am (1st Sunday)

Sunday June 25 – Potluck 11:30 am (4th Sunday)

Reno Friends Meeting Events

Grover Hot Springs Camping Trip Sept. 15-17

Reno Friends Meeting and the Carson City Worship Group are joining forces this fall to renew our traditional September camping trip at Grover Hot Springs State Park in Markleeville, California! You do not need to camp to enjoy the fellowship. On Saturday, Sept. 16, all non-campers are invited to join the campers for the day, to hike or swim in the hot springs, and to enjoy the potluck supper around the campfire. For the campers, we will hold Silent Worship in the meadow Sunday morning.  Put it on your calendar and watch for updates. Jana Harvill-Correa will be our coordinator.

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.

Nevada Prayer Breakfast Report from Beatrice Hamilton

I attended my first Annual Interfaith Prayer Breakfast on May 2, 2017 at the Atlantis Casino. The event was sponsored by the Nevada Clergy Association. The theme of the Prayer Breakfast was entitled “Out of Many, One”. This event is an annual coming together of a number of faith practices in our community.

A Vision Award is given each year to a significant person who has contributed his or her talents in a special way for the good of the community. This year the reward was given to Dr. Anthony Slonim, President and CEO of Renown Health in gratitude for his work in groundbreaking technology and innovative healthcare solutions and for the advancing of spiritual wellness in the world of medicine. The topic of spiritual wellness resonated strongly with me through my experience some years ago when I attended a conference in Bethesda, Maryland at the National Institute of Health & Wellness on the “Integration of Health and Spirituality”.

The Reno Taiko Drums opened the ceremony with an impressive chant and drum ensemble. Inspirational talks, readings, and poetry were shared from each representative:  Baha’l Faith, Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Universal Society of Hinduism, St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, No. Nevada Muslim Community, Lutheran Church Good Shephard, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, and Reno Buddhist Center. The Nevada Clergy Association’s purpose is to foster and promote interfaith relations and encourage the sharing of information among its members and promote a climate of favorable to and respectful of religious and spiritual freedom. The vision for the Interfaith Spiritual Center includes creating a resource center and multi-use space that will fully embrace all faith practices and diversity of patients, their loved ones and caregivers.  “Hope lies in having more faith in the power of God to heal us than in the power of anything to hurt or destroy us.” Marianne Williamson. Author, Healing the Soul of America.

Beatrice Hamilton  

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.


“The fact that we are here and that I speak these words is an attempt to break that silence and bridge some of those differences between us, for it is not difference which immobilizes us, but silence. And there are so many silences to be broken.” -     Audre Lorde

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.  The theme is “An Invitation to the Dance:  Learning more about & sharing the Quaker way.” For information and registration materials, go to http://collegepark.quaker.org.

PYM Clerking Workshop May 26-28

Join PYM Young Adult Friends for their Clerking Workshop, May 26-28 (Memorial Day weekend) at Sierra Friends Center in Nevada City, CA. If interested, please contact Reno Friends Meeting clerk at clerk(at)renofriends.org for the registration link, or you can contact Rebekah Percy and/or JT Dorr-Bremme, YAF Clerks at: pacym.yafclerks(at)gmail.com.

PYM 2017 Annual Session, July 14-19, Walker Creek Ranch, CA. Clerk’s Call: Awakening to the Presence

Our strength as a Religious Society comes from our connection with the Spirit, its presence and guidance. Last year’s theme, “Lifting the Veil,” explored what it means to open ourselves to a reality that underpins our lives, and is at times overshadowed by our ego and/or intellect. This year’s theme builds on last year’s foundation and will explore what it means to awaken to Spirit’s Presence, which is always within and among us.

Please join us as we open ourselves to Spirit’s Presence during our week together in community and contemplation. Pacific Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends 71st Annual Session will be July 14th to July 19th at Walker Creek Ranch in Petaluma, California. We are opened, strengthened, and comforted when we join one another in this centuries-old Friends practice of gathering as a Yearly Meeting body.

Our keynote speaker, Zachary Moon, grew up in our Yearly Meeting. His work in the world grew out of his own personal transformation and discernment of God’s will. His leading has taken him to unexpected work in unexpected places. For the past eight years, he has served as a chaplain with military service members, drawing near to the impact of war and accompanying those suffering from it. Zachary will share how his experience of awakening to the Presence informed his leading.

Like last year’s annual session, this annual session is scheduled differently from previous years. Plenary sessions are designed to allow time for Spirit to guide us. Furthermore, the first day of Annual Session will be on Friday and the last day will be on Wednesday. We know that many Friends work and may not have a full week off, so we hope that you can come at least for the weekend if not the full five days. The Meeting for Memorials will be held on Sunday so that more people can attend.

When we open ourselves to Spirit, we can expect the unexpected. I hope that you are able to attend this year’s Annual Session. Come join several hundred Quakers who together will discern God’s will the way Friends have for centuries. Come experience how Spirit would like us to manifest its will in the world.

For more information on Pacific Yearly Meeting, go to pacificyearlymeeting.org. Registration for PYM is now open.

Diego Navarro, Presiding Clerk

Ben Lomond Quaker Center News & Workshops
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.

Colonialism, Racism and White Supremacy, Sept. 1-3

Have you ever wondered what white supremacy and colonization are? Have you wondered how they affect our lives both individually and institutionally? Over the weekend we will spend time examining colonization, racism and white supremacy.  With Vanessa Julye. Register early at http://www.quakercenter.org/programs/register/.

The Long Haul: Inspiration, Strength & Perseverance for the Spiritual Life, Sept. 29 – Oct. 1

This workshop will use the underlying metaphor of a school for apprentices: a community of individuals gathered together to learn how to live in harmony with God and each other through a long-time dedication to their craft, learning from each other, from seasoned journeymen and journeywomen, and of course from the Master Teacher of us all. With Lloyd Lee Wilson. Find out more and register online at http://www.quakercenter.org/programs/in-for-the-long-haul-inspiration-strength-and-perseverance-for-spirituallife-today/.

Quaker Center Summer Camp for Kids 4th through 9th Grade

Quaker Center is offering a $50 discount to both campers who register as friends (or siblings) for Quaker and Service Camp from Saturday, June 24th- Saturday, July 1st. 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.

Family Work Camp at Ben Lomond, Aug. 1-6

Discover the best family vacation around. Family Work Camp is only $50 per person for the full week and all ages are welcome. We’ll work on improvements to Quaker Center facilities while building community among us. Work crews gather in the morning after breakfast and work until lunch. After lunch we offer opportunities to play, hike, swim, and cook together, or for time alone to enjoy the redwoods. Some work campers choose to keep working. For the annual Quaker Center schedule or to register for workshops go to www.quakercenter.org.

Woolman School at Sierra Friends Center
Go-Fund-Me Request for Cabin and Bath Renovation

The Woolman Semester School has started a Go Fund Me request to raise money for restoring the cabins and bathrooms at Sierra Friends Center in Nevada City, Ca.  For those who were students at Woolman, the cabins became our homes away from home. These cabins saw us in tears, song, and laughter, sheltered us through late night conversations and through looming academic deadlines, and fostered deep and meaningful connections with our roommates. Many of us looked forward to returning “home” after wilderness and service-learning trips, or even after semester breaks, returning to campus, building a fire in the winter months, and settling back in our cabins at at Woolman. Please consider donating to the Woolman Cabin Area Restoration Fund to ensure that these cabins can continue being homes away from home for future generations of young people. For more information and links to register a donation, go to https://www.gofundme.com/cabins-and-bathhouses-renovation.

-     Submitted by Amy Cooke, Interim Director, Woolman Semester

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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