Reno Friends recently gathered on Zoom for a spiritual discussion about the Quaker “testimonies,” shared truths that Quakers have distilled from their spiritual experience down through the last 350 years. The most common Quaker testimonies spell out the acronym SPICES – Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality/Equity and Stewardship. We use the term “testimonies” because each […]
These are, without a doubt, difficult times in America. It is painful to witness the erosion of civil rights, the stark divisions between people and parties, the growing threats to the disadvantaged, not to mention the threats to our democracy. Instead of a War Against Poverty, we now seem to have a war against the […]
The war in Ukraine is troubling for all, but for Quakers it presents a particular dilemma: how do we respond to a war against a sovereign nation in light of our Peace Testimony? The Peace Testimony of the Religious Society of Friends is one of the important pillars that defines Quakerism. The Quakers, along with […]
(from the Pacific Yearly Meeting’s Faith & Practice) “We utterly deny all outward wars, and strife, and fightings with outward weapons, for any end, or under any pretence whatsoever, and this is our testimony to the whole world.… The spirit of Christ which leads us into all Truth will never move us to fight and war against any man with […]
In 1651, English Puritans imprisoned Quaker founder George Fox in a dungeon for refusing to fight in the English Civil War. Out of this refusal grew the testimony to peace among early Quakers. As Fox said: “…we do certainly know, and so testify to the world, that the spirit of Christ, which leads us into […]
As a young Friend, I care deeply about the state of the world and what we can do to reduce climate change and rebalance our economy. I recently read Toward a Life-Centered Economy by John Lodenkamper, Paul Alexander, Pete Baston, and Judith Streit, and it left me feeling deeply inspired about the future.
For the past several months, Reno Friends have been holding a Quakerism 101 class, to learn more about Quaker faith and practice. Some of the first questions to surface were about the Quakers testimonies: What are the testimonies, who wrote them, and why do they matter?
For the schedule of upcoming events, see the list below. For the monthly Queries, see November: The Meeting Community. (The blue text on this page and within this web site contains embedded hypertext links. Click on a link to open the web page associated with that link.) Announcements We are happy to announce that Reno Friends Meeting has returned to […]
For the schedule of upcoming events, see the list below. For the monthly Queries, see October: Peace. (The blue text on this page and within this web site contains embedded hypertext links. Click on a link to open the web page associated with that link.) Announcements We are happy to announce that Reno Friends Meeting has returned to the Meeting […]
“Every morning I awake torn between a desire to save the world and an inclination to savor it. This makes it hard to plan the day. But if we forget to savor the world, what possible reason do we have for saving it? In a way, the savoring must come first.” ~ E. B. White […]