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January 2024 Newsletter

January 2024 Reno Friends Meeting Schedule

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tues. Jan. 23 – Zoom RFM Book Club, 7-8 pm (details)

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

Sun. Jan. 28 – In-Person Silent Worship, 10 am (details

Sun. Jan. 28 – In-Person First Day School, 10 am (details)

Sun. Jan. 28 – Vegetarian Potluck, 11:30 am (details)

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.

Important Discussion of Cottage Renovation and Meeting House Upgrades, Jan. 14, 12:30 pm on Zoom at Meeting for Business

At January’s Meeting for Business (Sun. Jan. 14 at 12:30 pm on zoom) we’ll be discussing the renovation of our rental cottage and some other Meeting House long-term upgrades. The Buildings and Grounds committee will be presenting several options to consider and would like feedback from the Meeting community. It promises to be an interesting conversation. Please join us for the opportunity to understand and help shape the way forward for Reno Friends! The Zoom link will be available in the weekly email update.

First Day School: In-Person, Sun. Jan. 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.

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. Do you need more COVID tests? Every home in the U.S. is eligible to receive four COVID tests by mail, beginning November 20th. You can learn more and sign up here: https://www.covid.gov/tools-and-resources/resources/tests

Embodying the Light: Wednesdays on Zoom, Jan. 10 & Jan. 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. Zoom sessions this month will be Wednesdays Jan. 10 and Jan. 24. The Zoom link will be sent in the Weekly Update. See our website for more details.

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

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

Reno Friends Book Club on Zoom, Tues. Jan. 23, 7-8 pm

Starting this month, the Book Club will meet every-other-month on fourth Tuesdays from 7 to 8 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 selection for January 23, 2024 is: Busara Road, by David Hallock Sanders; https://www.amazon.com/Busara-Road-David-Hallock-Sanders/dp/0999550128. After the death of his mother, 11-year-old Mark Morgan starts a new life with his father at the Kwetu Quaker Mission high in the rain forest of western Kenya. It is 1966, just after Kenya’s bloody struggle for independence. As Mark embraces his own independence in this new home, he develops a deep love for the Kenyan people while experiencing cultural and sexual awakenings beyond his years. Beneath the mission’s calm surface, however, simmer animosities left over from the long fight against colonialism—and what Mark discovers here will change him forever. Paperback, Kindle edition, new and used copies available.

Upcoming dates and book selections are:

March, 2024: The Peaceable Kingdom: The Children of the Light, 1652-1653 by Jan de Hartog; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Peaceable_Kingdom:_An_American_Saga; Children of the Light is the first book in de Hartog’s three-book novelization of the development of the Quaker movement. This first book describes the meeting of George Fox and Margaret Fell. Published in 1972, it’s out of print but was a bestseller; a little over 300 pages, depending on edition. The US edition has the first two volumes in one book and goes by the title The Peaceable Kingdom. Don’t be intimidated by the thickness of the book; we will only be reading the first volume, The Children of Light. You will need to order this book used, so plan ahead. Due to the age of the book, a hardback is likely a better choice than a paperback, as the binding should be in better shape. If you don’t have a favorite used book seller, try  Abe Books

May, 2024: 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.

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 can 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.

Next Spiritual Discussion: Tues. Feb. 27, 7-8 pm

There is no Spiritual Discussion in January. Starting in 2024, the Spiritual Discussions will meet every-other-month on Fourth Tuesdays from 7-8 pm on Zoom, beginning February 27. 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. Upcoming topics are:

February: Spiritual Discussion on Transpersonal Psychology and Quakerism: Where do They Intersect? With Lyn Gunn-Smith.

April: Spiritual Discussion on Stewardship, with Kristin Winford.

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, if you are so inclined.

Peace and Social Concerns News Update

Reno Posse: Melanie is collecting clean, lidded plastic food containers, up to 16 ounces (e.g. that held yogurt, margarine) for use by the Reno Posse. See Melanie for details.

RFM Charitable Giving: Each year, as part of the year-end financial close, P&SC Committee recommends outside groups that the Meeting might support with financial donations. Our criteria for evaluating outside groups include: the group must have 501(c)3 nonprofit status, and either a Quaker connection and/or a purpose that our Meeting has decided is a priority. The P&SC Committee is now developing its recommendations for 2023 and will present them for discussion at the Feb. 11 Meeting for Business. We encourage all Meeting members and attenders interested in helping shape the Meeting’s charitable giving to participate in the February Meeting for Business discussion.

Pendle Hill’s “First Monday Events”: The focus for Pendle Hill’s “First Monday Events” in January and February is on Racial Justice and may be of interest to Reno Friends:

  • Monday, January 8, 2024: Addressing Patterns of Racial Wounding and Racial Justice in Quaker Communities
    Members of the Steering Committee of the Quaker Coalition for Uprooting Racism believed they had a responsibility to name the pain from patterns of white supremacy culture and racism that they have experienced, witnessed, and heard throughout the Religious Society of Friends and associated organizations. To that end, they created a guide with examples of harm and interventions towards racial justice. This guide, inspired by the work of Tema Okun and several Quaker institutions, points to the ways that they see white supremacy culture weaving its way into Quaker culture and suggests methods to disrupt it. In this lecture, Lauren Brownlee and Zenaida Peterson will share ways that the guide has been and can be used in Quaker communities.
  • Monday, February 5, 2024: Truth and Justice: The Black Quaker Project Challenges Quakerism in the 21st Century
    “If Quakers were so active in the Abolitionist movement, then why are there so few African American Friends today?” This haunting query, initially posed by a concerned Black Cuban Quaker visiting Wellesley Friends Meeting some years ago, will serve as a springboard for a presentation challenging Friends to greater commitment to Truth and Justice through new, innovative narratives and models.
  • These Pendle Hill events are streamed live via Zoom and are open and free to the public. Registration is required: https://pendlehill.org/event-topic/first-monday-series/.
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 Epistle from the 2023 Annual Meeting (last July)

Pacific Yearly Meeting recently distributed its “Epistle” from the 2023 Annual Session, which was held this past July. The Epistle is a summary of the session, and it is available at:

https://www.pacificyearlymeeting.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/Pacific-Yearly-Meeting-Epistle-28-July-2023.pdf

Ben Lomond Quaker Center, Ben Lomond, CA

Ben Lomond Quaker Center has posted its 2023 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.