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April 2024 Newsletter

April 2024 Reno Friends Meeting Schedule

Sun. Apr. 7 – Hybrid Silent Worship (In-Person and on Zoom), 10 am (details

Sun. Apr. 14 – In-Person Silent Worship, 10 am (details

Sun. Apr. 14 – Zoom Meeting for Business, 12:30 pm (details)

Thurs. Apr. 18 – In-Person Brown Bag Lunch, 12 noon (details)

Sun. Apr. 21 – Hybrid Silent Worship (In-Person and on Zoom), 10 am (details)

Tues. Apr. 23 – Spiritual Discussion, “Stewardship,” 7-8 pm (details)

Wed. Apr. 24 – Zoom Embodying the Light, 10-11 am (details)

WEEK of Fourth Sunday:
  • Sun. Apr. 28 – In-Person Silent Worship, 10 am (details
  • Sun. Apr. 28 – In-Person First Day School, 10 am (details)
  • Sun. Apr. 28 – Vegetarian Potluck, 11:30 am (details)
  • Sat. May 4 – Spring Cleanup at the Meeting House and in the garden, 9 am to noon

Announcements

We hold online meetings, spiritual discussions, book discussions and yoga on Zoom throughout the year. For details on using Zoom, see our Zoom guidelines.

Reno Friends Meeting Event Details & Other Notices

Join Us for Silent Worship in the Meeting House Every Sunday, or for Zoom Hybrid Worship, 1st and 3rd Sundays

Reno Friends Meeting holds Silent Worship in the Meeting House every Sunday at 10 am, with fellowship afterwards. On First and Third Sundays, we hold Hybrid Worship — and you may join us either in person or online via Zoom. You can read more about our setup here. For Hybrid Silent Worship on Zoom, we have developed a set of Zoom Worship guidelines. Here is the recurring Zoom link for Hybrid Silent Worship:

https://zoom.us/j/98305205938?pwd=cDZseGdLbWMyYWZsZDdiN00rMjRUZz09

If you cannot attend, we invite you to send after-thoughts, joys and concerns, and requests to hold people in the Light to ministry(at)renofriends.org. Our worship clerk will read them at the next Silent Worship.

COVID Updates

If you are not feeling well – even if you think it’s just a cold or allergies – we ask that you stay home. Masks are optional but welcome at all our events. You can read more about our COVID policy here.

First Day School: In-Person, Sun. Apr. 28, 10-11 am.

Our First Day School holds class once a month, on fourth Sundays, which is also potluck Sunday. Children attend their class in the First Day School building and then join their parents for the last ten minutes of Silent Worship. Please contact the Meeting if you are interested in bringing children to the First Day School for the first time. You can email us at firstdayschool(at)renofriends.org.

Embodying the Light: On Zoom, Wed. Apr. 24, at 10 am

Rhonda Ashurst leads our “Embodying the Light” class of gentle yoga and Tai Chi/Qigong as a service to Reno Friends and the community. The class is usually held on Zoom from 10-11 am, on second and fourth Wednesday mornings. For April, however, there will only be ONE Embodying the Light session, Wed. Apr. 24. The Zoom link will be sent in the Weekly Update. Rhonda encourages everyone to check out a new video she recently recorded that teaches an advanced version of her Embodying the Light practice you can do at home. You can learn more about the practice, and all her available videos, on the Embodying the Light website.

Brown Bag Lunch, Thurs., Apr. 18, at 12 noon

Join hosts Peg McCall and Melanie Scott for an in-person Brown Bag Lunch at the Meeting House on Apr. 18 at 12 noon. Anyone who wants to share lunch and fellowship with other Reno Friends is welcome.

RFM Spiritual Discussion on “Stewardship,” with Kristin Winford: Tues. Apr. 23, 7-8 pm

The Spiritual Discussions meet every-other-month on Fourth Tuesdays from 7-8 pm on Zoom, and the next meeting is Tues. April 23 with Kristin Winford leading a discussion on Stewardship. At each gathering, we will consider a different topic, with brief readings or online videos, and a volunteer facilitator to summarize the material and pose queries for discussion. If you can, please read the assigned readings or watch the videos and come prepared to discuss the material. For April, Kristin plans to prepare an exercise for participants to complete outdoors prior to the discussion. Watch the Weekly Update for more details.

Upcoming topics are:

  • June: Spiritual Discussion on Ways to Connect with the Divine, with Cliff Smith.

If you have questions, please email them to classes(at)renofriends.org. Rhonda Ashurst is the Spiritual Discussion coordinator, and she welcomes ideas/topics for future discussions and encourages everyone to consider facilitating on a topic of interest to you.

Next RFM Book Club, Tues. May 28, 7-8 pm

The Reno Friends Book Club meets every-other-month on fourth Tuesdays from 7:00 to 8:00 pm on Zoom. The Zoom link for the book gathering will be sent out in the RFM Weekly Update email. Volunteers facilitate the discussion, and all are welcome to join our lively debates — even those who have not read or finished the book!

Our book club selection for May 28 is: Sacred Nature: Restoring our Ancient Bond with the Natural World, by Karen Armstrong. From one of the most original thinkers on the role of religion in the modern world, a profound exploration of the spiritual power of nature—and an urgent call to reclaim that power in everyday life (Amazon). The book is nonfiction; 224 pages; a Kindle version is available. The book is a new release.

Upcoming dates and book selections are:

  • August 27, 2024: Still Forms on Foxfield by Joan Slonczewski; “Fleeing the final war that would destroy Earth’s civilization, a small group of Friends–Quakers–found refuge on the uncharted planet they named Foxfield. Somehow they managed to survive, with the aid of the bizarrely gifted native life-form, the Commensals–and, even more extraordinarily, they kept up the practice of their gentle but demanding beliefs. Then, after nearly a century of silence, Earth contacted them–human civilization had miraculously survived the war and had spread out to the stars, flourishing to an undreamed-of richness. And the Friends of Foxfield were a part of it–whether they agreed or not.” Science fiction; published in 1980; available used. No Kindle version available. This book is out of print, so you will need to order a used copy. If you don’t have a favorite used book seller, try ABE books.
  • October, 22nd, 2024: Seeking the Light: A Quaker Journey for Quakers and Non-Quakers by Linda Seger ThD The author, Dr. Linda Seger, is a long-time Quaker who has integrated her Quaker values as a professional in the scriptwriting and film industry for 40 years. This practical and accessible book deepens the faith of Quakers and introduces non-Quakers to Quaker testimonies, practices, and values. 329 pages; paperback and Kindle available; 11/23 release.

We are always looking for the next volunteer to lead our book discussions. Is there a Quaker-ish book that you would like to share with us? Take a look at a list of our past and upcoming reads. For the book discussion, you may provide Quaker-style queries, or a few easy discussion questions, or a few quotes or passages from the book we’re discussing. If you have questions, email bookclub (at) renofriends.org

Peace and Social Concerns Committee

Friends interested in celebrating Earth Day on Monday, April 22, can check out the following community events:

  • Idlewild Park, Saturday April 20, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm: Educational and non-profit booths (sustainability, recycling, energy, etc); Handcrafted products (Great American Craft Fairs); food and music.
    • TMCC Earth Day Celebration, Thursday, April 18, 9:00 am – noon, Dandini Campus Red Mountain Building (activities begin at 9:30):  Learn about sustainable practices, how to save the planet, ways to protect Earth’s natural resources.  Bring clothes to be mended by Patagonia Repairs Department (sustainable wardrobe practices).  Plant a native plant at Bee Campus Pollinator Garden.  Walk the TMCC par-course to learn about campus flora and fauna. Meet the goats that are used as a natural form of fire suppression.  Paint rocks with the Student Diversity and Services Office.  Learn about e-vehicles and view Tesla cars.  From 11:30 am – noon at the Countess Dandini Pollinator Garden: child care students will release ladybugs and lace-wigs, ceremony Honoring the Land of the Great Basin Tribes, ArtFest Dancing, Unveiling of Bee BQ built by TMCC Welding students.

Friends Organizations’ Activities:

  • FCNL holds online “Intro to Advocacy with FCNL” sessions monthly.  April’s is Thursday, April 18, 5:00 – 6:00 pm Pacific Time.  Register online at fcnl.org/events.
  • Pendle Hill’s First Monday lectures are streamed live via Zoom and available as recordings of Pendle Hill’s YouTube channel:

    “Pursuing a Just Peace in Israel/Palestine:  What Can Quakers Bring to the Table?” Monday, April 1, 4:30 – 6:00 pm Pacific Time, with Steve Chase, member of Friends Meeting of Washington and the Quaker Palestine Israel Network.

    “Graffiti as Witness: The Art and Activism of a Quaker Pirate,” Monday, May 6, 4:30 – 6:00 pm Pacific Time, with Todd Drake, member of Brooklyn Monthly Meeting. Drake shares his lifelong journey and witness as a visual artist and social justice activist, including making art with children in the West Bank to posting graffiti on the streets of New York City.

    Pendle Hill also has a monthly Reading Group, gathering on Zoom to consider queries about the reading in a spirit of worship sharing.  April’s worship sharing is on Tom Gates’s “Reclaiming the Transcendent: God in Process” (PHP #422) on Wednesday, April 17, 4:00 – 5:30 pm Pacific Time.  Links to register and to purchase the pamphlet are found on Pendle Hill’s website, pendlehill.org/events .

    Pendle Hill/s May Reading Group, Wednesday, May 15, 4:00 – 5:30 pm Pacific Time, will look further at the work of Steve Chase on Israel/Palestine with the pamphlet #445, “Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions? A Quaker Zionist Rethinks Palestinian Rights,” written in 2017. The discernment journey and rethinking described in this pamphlet offers some context and useful background for understanding and acting on the current crisis.

The following American Friends Service Committee events are available in person [in Philadelphia] and via Zoom.  Recordings of past events are also available online at afsc.org/events.

“A Conversation with Jose Antonio Vargas,” Thursday, April 11, 3:30 – 4:30 pm (PDT).  Founder of Define American, an organization that empowers diverse and nuanced storytelling about immigrant experiences across a variety of different media, Vargas wrote the bestselling memoir, “Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen.”

“The Movement and the ‘Madman’” Film Screening and Panel Discussion, Saturday, April 13, 3:00 pm Pacific Time. A 2023 PBS documentary that shows how two antiwar protests in the fall of 1969 – the largest the country had ever seen – pressured President Nixon to cancel what he called his “madman” plans for a massive escalation of the U.S. war in Vietnam, including a threat to use nuclear weapons.

Donating to Reno Friends in 2024

If you would like to support Reno Friends Meeting, donations can be sent to our Meeting Treasurer Charlie Shepard at his home at 4395 Mountaingate Dr., Reno, NV, 89519. Or you can send money to the Meeting via your bank using the zelle payment application, which most banks offer for free. To make a Zelle transfer, you’ll need Reno Friends’ bank account number, which you can get by emailing the treasurer(at)renofriends.org. Zelle eliminates the need to write a check and, for our Treasurers, the need to deposit your check at the bank. Thank you from Reno Friends!

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. Masks are optional at this time. 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. If anyone would like to be connected to the Carson group, just email clerk(at)renofriends.org.

Quaker Mission Stamp Project

Your canceled stamps are needed!  Read about it here! https://rswr.org/sites/default/files/Newsletters/2022-Q1-Newsletter.pdf  Reno Friends Meeting has been supporting Right Sharing of World Resources for decades. Learn how this Quaker organization helps women in Sierra Leon, Kenya, India and before too long, Guatemala, support themselves, which in turn helps their families and villages.  

Outside Non-Profits That Meet at the Quaker Meeting House

Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families meets every 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. These groups are open to all.

Citizens Climate Lobby of Northern Nevada works with local and national legislators to pass a carbon tax and dividend to help stop global warming. CCL meets the 4th Tuesday of the month, 6:30 to 8 pm (except for Dec.). For more info, email Betsy Fadali at bfadali(at)sbcglobal.net. Feel free to bring friends and neighbors, if they are interested. For more on CCL, go to www.citizensclimatelobby.org.

Other Quaker Activities & Announcements

Pacific Yearly Meeting 2024 Annual Session July 19 to 24: Clerk’s Call

We are happy to announce that Pacific Yearly Meeting will be meeting at Whittier College in Whittier, California, July 19-24, 2024.

Clerk’s Call, Pacific Yearly Meeting, 2024

Unprogrammed Quakers, beginning with George Fox, have claimed the concept of being “an experimental” tradition. We try out ideas, leadings, insights in community. George Fox said: “And when all my hopes in them (the priests and preachers) and in all were gone, so that I had nothing outwardly to help me nor could tell what to do, then, Oh then, I heard a voice which said, “There is one, even Christ Jesus, that can speak to thy condition,’ then when I heard it my heart did leap for joy…And this I knew experimentally.” — George Fox’s journal.
The theme for our annual session in July, 2024, will be Transformation. That doesn’t mean we know where we are headed, but we are invited to seek, to ask questions, to map where we have been, and to see if we can chart a path forward together. “I pin my hopes on quiet processes and small circles, where transforming events take place,” — Rufus Jones.

We will be blessed by a key note speaker, “.O” (see listeningheartslove.org) who will be zooming in from Philadelphia to be with us. To address both environmental and social justice issues, .O has made health and well-being their life’s purpose. S/He has worked for over 25 years as a practitioner and educator in the areas of body work, self-care, social services, and
health care support. S/He is a seasoned facilitator and leads workshops for individuals and groups to support their goals of healing our society’s legacies of racism, sexism, homophobia, and class privilege in order to build healthier and stronger relationships and organizations. Drawing on their Quaker values rooted in love, peace, and social justice, .O’s practice embraces a care-based, trauma-informed, healing justice approach to community organizing in support of social and environmental justice. .O is a staff member and spiritual midwife of Philly Thrive, a Philadelphia-based environmental justice organization focused on improving the health and wellbeing of the city’s residents and supporting a just transition to a cleaner, healthier future. S/He is a founding member of Alternatives To Gun Violence, a community healing collaborative committed to social justice in the Philadelphia area. A longtime Quaker, .O is a member of
Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, and leads Love and Respect Transform, a ministry that focuses on deepening our understanding and experience of alternatives to social and environmental violence by exploring the transformative power of love.

As we head into this transformative journey, the positive news is we will not all agree on the state of our yearly meeting, or where we want to go. We will have different visions and different priorities. The question is: Where is Spirit leading us? What does listening to each other and
Spirit look like? What changes might we need to undergo in order to act on what we discover?
“Listening to one another…into a condition of disclosure and discovery may be almost the greatest service that any human being ever performs for another.” — Douglas Steere.
“The only promise Life makes is this: Things will change. And when they do, we can try something new. We will still be we. But we will be different. We might not fit together as well as we once did, or maybe we’ll fit together even better.” — Mary Klein, Editor, Western Friend.
Come join us on this new chapter of our adventure as a faith community. We will be meeting in a new space, on the Whittier College Campus, in Whittier, California, and with Friends online in a more robust hybrid format. More spaces will have Zoom capacity, and students from the
campus will help facilitate these hybrid encounters.

For more information, go to Pacific Yearly Meeting.

Ben Lomond Quaker Center, Ben Lomond, CA

Ben Lomond Quaker Center has posted its 2024 calendar of programs and retreats. Programs include daily online Silent Worship (7:30-8 am) and Wednesday morning online Worship Sharing (10-11:30 am), go to http://www.quakercenter.org.

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 classes (at) renofriends.org. 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.