Newsletter Archive

July/August 2022 Newsletter


We are happy to announce that Reno Friends Meeting has returned to the Meeting House for Silent Worship at 10:00 am on Sundays. Twice a month, on First and Third Sundays, we will have Hybrid Silent Worship, which will be both on Zoom and In-Person from the Meeting House. Our First Day School for children is open, with a varied schedule of classes on Zoom or in the Meeting House garden (for COVID safety.) We are also holding online meetings, spiritual discussions, book discussions and yoga on Zoom. For details on using Zoom, see our Zoom guidelines.

July 2022 Reno Friends Meeting Schedule

Sun. July 3 – Hybrid Silent Worship (on Zoom and In-Person), 10 am (details

Wed. July 6 – Embodying the Light at Lake Park, 9:30-10:30 am (details)

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

NOTE: No Meeting for Business in July; Next One is Aug. 14

Wed. July 13 – Embodying the Light at Lake Park, 9:30-10:30 am (details)

Sun. July 17 – Hybrid Silent Worship (Zoom and In-Person), 10 am (details

Thurs. July 21 – In-Person Brown Bag Lunch, with Melanie and Peg, 12 noon (details)

Sun. July 24 – In-Person Silent Worship, 10 am (details

Sun. July 24 – In-Person First Day School (outside) on “Integrity,” 10 am (details

Sun. July 24 – Garden Potluck 11:30 am (details)

Tues. July 26 – Zoom Spiritual Discussion on “Balancing Our Spiritual Lives with Our Worldly Commitments,” 7-8:30 pm (details)

Wed. July 27 – Embodying the Light on Zoom 10:00-11:00 am (details

Thurs. July 28 – Ministry and Oversight Committee meeting, 2 pm (details)

Sun. July 31 – In-Person Silent Worship, 10 am (details

August 2022 Reno Friends Meeting Schedule

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

Tues. Aug. 9 – Zoom RFM Book Club, 4-5 pm (details)

Wed. Aug. 10 – Embodying the Light on Zoom, 10:00-11:00 am (details)

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

Sun. Aug. 14 – Zoom First Day School, 10 am (details)

Sun. Aug. 14 – Zoom Meeting for Business, 12:30 pm (NOTE NEW TIME) (details)

Tues. Aug. 16 – Ministry and Oversight Committee meeting, 2 pm (rescheduled) (details)

Thurs. Aug. 18 – In-Person Brown Bag Lunch, with Melanie and Peg, 12 noon (details)

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

Tues. Aug. 23 – Zoom Spiritual Discussion, “Living in Right Relationship with the Living World,” with Mary Ann Percy of Quaker Earthcare Witness. 7-8:30 pm (details)

Wed. Aug. 24 – Embodying the Light on Zoom, 10:00-11:00 am (details

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

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

Sun. Aug. 28 – Garden Potluck 11:30 am (details

Other Important Dates

July 22nd – 27thPacific Yearly Meeting Annual Session; This will be a hybrid gathering, with the in-person component taking place at Mt. Madonna Conference Center near Watsonville, CA.  This gathering will be fully “pay as led” and youths 18 and under will be free. See below in this newsletter or the Pacific Yearly Meeting website for more information. Registration is now open and closes July 15th.

Reno Friends Meeting Event Details & Other Notices

Join Us for Silent Worship Back in the Meeting House

Reno Friends Meeting has returned to the Meeting House for Silent Worship, at 10:00 am, with fellowship afterwards. We ask that attenders be vaccinated, boosted, and wear a mask for indoor activities. If necessary, we may open doors and/or windows for air. We plan to run our air purifiers. If you are not feeling well, we ask that you stay home, even if you are vaccinated.

For Hybrid Worship, we will use a webcam and a small video screen so that in-person attendees and remote/Zoom attendees can see each other. The chairs inside the Meeting House that will be off camera are so marked, so you may sit off camera if you prefer. If you are moved to speak during hybrid Silent Worship, please use the mic or ask for the handheld mic so that everyone, including remote attendees, can hear you.

Going forward, we plan to hold Hybrid Silent Worship (Zoom and In-Person) twice a month on First and Third Sundays. Here is the recurring Zoom link for Hybrid Silent Worship:

For Hybrid Silent Worship on Zoom, we have developed a set of Zoom Worship guidelines. For those who would like to learn more about Zoom in advance, go to If you would rather sit in Silent Worship quietly at home rather than online, we invite you to send after-thoughts, joys and concerns, and requests to hold people in the Light to Rhonda at classes(at) Our worship clerk will read them at the next Silent Worship.

Occasionally, we may need to run Parallel Silent Worship, which means that the Zoom Meeting will be separate from the In-Person Meeting in the Meeting House. For Parallel Zoom Worship, use the zoom link above.

First Day School Report

First Day School will meet in-person on July 24 (potluck Sunday). The curriculum will focus on Integrity, one of our  Quaker Testimonies. The children will sit in silent worship with their parents for the first ten to fifteen minutes before class. At this time, for COVID safety, in-person FDS classes are being held outdoors. The August schedule will be announced later. 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 clerk (at)

The PEACE testimony! That was First Day School’s focus in June. Our bright, creative, open minded children learned lots… like how Quaker Alice Shaffer, working for the United Nations, helped found UNICEF; and how Bayard Rustin’s strong Quaker beliefs helped shape Martin Luther King, Jr’s non-violence approach toward furthering Civil Rights. We discussed Hitler and World War II, and the more recent conflict between Russia and Ukraine. The children made Ukrainian flags stating NO WAR and learned how to make the traditional Peace Symbol.  They shared sayings of PEACE with everyone at Potluck Sunday, when their ‘peace’-fully decorated quote signs were posted around the Meeting House and yard. First Day School has proudly partnered with RFM’s Peace and Social Concerns committee, and each child is collecting ‘Spare Change for Ukraine.’  We’ll donate all money collected to UNICEF at summer’s end. 

To finish, we’d like to share some of the PEACE quotes that we discussed: “Peace begins with a smile,” Mother Teresa. “You can’t shake hands with a clenched fist,” Indira Gandhi. “We will not learn to live together in peace by killing each other’s children,” Jimmy Carter. “Let there be peace on each – and let it begin with me,” Jill Jackson & Sy Miller. “True peace is not merely the absence of tension, it is the presence of justice,” Martin Luther King, Jr. “Let us then try what love can do,” William Penn.

Zoom Spiritual Discussions: Tues. July 26, “Balancing Our Spiritual Lives with Our Worldly Commitments;” and Tues. Aug. 23, “Living in Right Relationship with the Living World,” with Mary Ann Percy of Quaker Earthcare Witness. From 7 to 8:30 pm.

Please join us for a spiritual discussion on Zoom, Tues. July 26 at 7 pm, on “Balancing Our Spiritual Lives with Our Worldly Commitments.” Then in August, on Tues. Aug. 23 at 7 pm, we will be joined on Zoom by Mary Ann Percy of Quaker Earthcare Witness for a discussion of “Living in Right Relationship with the Living World.” We will hold Zoom spiritual discussions from 7-8:30 pm on the 4th Tuesday of each month in 2022, except December. The Zoom links and background info on each topic are sent out in the RFM Weekly Updates. Please contact clerk(at) if you are interested in attending.

Starting in the fall of 2022, our spiritual discussions will be focused on Quakerism 101 Curriculum, standard topics about our Quaker testimonies, background and history. The Spiritual Discussion Committee includes: Rhonda Ashurst, Earl Piercy, Catie Polley and Cliff Smith. We will facilitate discussions as a team this year. We welcome your ideas/topics. We encourage you to join us to facilitate a topic of interest to you.

The NEW Reno Friends Book Club, Aug. 9 from 4-5 pm

Reno Friends recently decided to start a book discussion group, and will kick off the group with a Zoom discussion on Tues. Aug. 9 about Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants, by Robin Wall Kimmerer. The RFM Book Club will meet monthly on the second Tuesday of every month from 4:00-5:00 p.m. We will be meeting via Zoom over the summer, and will revisit that come Fall. Questions for the group to discuss can be sent to the the moderator at plakey (at) The Zoom link will be sent out in the RFM Weekly Update email.

For those interested in another book club, Humboldt Monthly Meeting Friends plan to host a book group to discuss Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in with Unexpected Resilience and Creative Power, by Joanna Macy.  The group will meet via Zoom monthly; exact dates and times TBD.  Email Suellen Lowry at suellenquaker (at) for more information.

Embodying the Light on Zoom: Wed. July 13, Wed. July 27, Wed. Aug. 10 & Wed. Aug. at 24, from 10-11 am

Rhonda Ashurst leads the “Embodying the Light” class of gentle yoga and Tai Chi/Qigong as a service to Reno Friends and the community. The class is held on Zoom from 10-11 am, on second and fourth Wednesday mornings. A Zoom link will be sent in the Weekly Update. See our website for more details.

Brown Bag Lunch, Thurs. July 21 & Thurs. Aug. 18, at 12 noon

Join hosts Peg McCall and Melanie Scott for an in-person Brown Bag Lunch at the Meeting House on Thurs. July 21 and Thurs. Aug. 18 at 12 noon. Anyone who wants to share lunch and fellowship with other Reno Friends is welcome.

Peace & Social Concerns Update

After April’s Spiritual Discussion on the war in Ukraine and Friends’ Peace Testimony, many participants – including the children who listened to the online discussion – felt called to do something in support of the Ukrainian people. The P&SC Committee proposed to the Religious Education Committee the idea of the children collecting “Spare Change for Ukraine,” and everyone agreed that the children were very interested in helping Ukraine as soon as possible. The First Day School children will be collecting spare change throughout the summer, especially at 4th Sunday potlucks in June, July, and August. At the end of summer, they will tally up their collections and send the donation to UNICEF, which is already active in helping the children in Ukraine in meeting the most critical needs for safety, health care, safe water and nutrition. UNICEF has expanded these efforts to the refugees from Ukraine as well.

Donating to Reno Friends in 2022

If you would like to support Reno Friends Meeting this summer, donations should be sent to our Meeting Co-Treasurer Katie Dwyer at her home at 40 Arbor Oak Court, Reno, NV  89509. 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 Charlie at treasurer (at) Zelle eliminates the need to write a check and, for our Treasurers, to deposit your check at the bank. Thank you from Reno Friends!

Consider Supporting Quaker Earthcare Witness

Those who support Quaker Earthcare Witness, a Quaker-led environmental group, say they believe it is important for Quakers to have a place to share concerns about the planet within the context of Quaker values, while also being cared for. One members said: “It is inspiring to be a small part of a community of Earthcare activists.” If you’ve enjoyed and benefited from reading BeFriending Creation this year, please consider making a donation to support our efforts. In peace, Hayley Hathaway, Editor, BeFriending Creation

For suggestions of books recommended by Quaker Earthcare Witness, click here: 

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. Attenders are asked to wear a mask. 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)

Quaker Mission Stamp Project

Read all about it!  The current online Right Sharing of World Resources newsletter is focused on the stamp mission that Reno Friends Meeting has been supporting for decades. Learn how this Quaker organization helps women in Sierra Leon, Kenya, and India support themselves, which in turn helps their families and villages.

Outside Non-Profits That Meet at the Quaker Meeting House

NOTE:  These groups are negotiating their return to our Meeting House. Please contact the groups directly for updates.

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) Feel free to bring friends and neighbors, if they are interested. For more on CCL, go to

Other Quaker Activities & Announcements

College Park Fall Quarterly Meeting

The next College Park Quarterly will be held Oct. 14-16 at Sierra Friends Center, near Nevada City, CA. Registration details will be posted online at

Reno Friends Monthly Meeting is a member of College Park Quarterly Meeting (CPQM), a quarterly meeting of the unprogrammed Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in northern California and northern Nevada. CPQM holds Quarterly Meetings in the Winter, Spring and Fall, which are gatherings of Quakers from all the member Monthly Meetings, and it also provides support for member Meetings. There are 24 Monthly Meetings and six Worship Groups in CPQM.

Pacific Yearly Meeting

Pacific Yearly Meeting’s Annual Session 2022 will take place July 22-27, 2022.  It will be a hybrid gathering, with the in-person component taking place at Mt. Madonna Conference Center near Watsonville, CA. Registration is now open and closes July 15th.

Pacific Yearly Meeting is a community of “unprogrammed” Friends (Quaker) Meetings in parts of Mexico and the western USA. After decades of independence, PYM recently became affiliated with Friends General Conference. In FGC there is another PYM, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, so Pacific Yearly Meeting is now known as PacYM instead. Reno Monthly Meeting is a member of PacYM, and uses the PacYM book Faith and Practice which sets out the beliefs of Friends, PacYM’s structures and processes, and the spiritual foundation of these processes and of our way of worship. Western Friend is the official publication of Quakers in Pacific, North Pacific, and Intermountain Yearly Meetings. PacYM is a year-round community, and holds a four-day summer gathering called “PacYM Annual Session.”

Ben Lomond Quaker Center, Ben Lomond, CA

For more information about Ben Lomond Quaker Center programs and retreats, including Worship Sharing and Silent Worship, or to donate, go to

Camp Woolman at Sierra Friends Center

Wombat Camp, June 3 – July 15, 2022

For kids ages 9 to 14. There will be both day camp and overnight sessions, offering the simple joys of hiking, team building, sports, song and theatrics, and embracing the qualities that make us beautiful & unique. Games, skits, crafts, and learning will be abundant, and campers will practice “giving back” to camp through age-appropriate responsibilities, such as cleaning up after themselves and others, nature restoration and art beautification. Campers can attend one or more sessions:

  • Overnight Camp will be offered for 2 weeklong sessions: July 3rd – 8th  & July 10th – 15th
Teen Leadership Camp, July 17-29, 2022

For Young adults age 15 to 17. In this two-week overnight session, campers will explore their relationship with themselves, their peers, and the natural world around them. They will choose for themselves how much to engage with camp activities, as our trained staff offers encouragement to plan outings, lead activities, and care for their fellow campers.

Bear in mind that electronics will be left at home during camp sessions. Our staff will  take ample amounts of photographs for your household to cherish! If you’re ready to consider camp, please fill out our initial “Save my Place” form.

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) 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.

Reno Friends Newsletter: How To Contribute

Submissions: Please submit your items for the newsletter by the 25th of the month for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter. Send Friends events and information to Reno Friends newsletter editor Wendy Swallow, wswallow54 (at), or leave a message on the Meeting phone, (775) 329-9400.

Getting the newsletter in the mail: If you need to receive your newsletter by postal mail, please notify RFM newsletter editor Wendy Swallow by emailing wswallow54(at) or calling 775-473-5559.

Subscribing and Unsubscribing: We use the same email list for all our communications, including the monthly newsletter and the weekly update. To subscribe to our email list, attend Silent Worship with us either virtually or in person and be sure we get your email address. Add the address “update (at)” to your email address list to help keep our email from going in to your spam folder. If email from us still goes into your spam folder, go into your spam folder, find the email from us, and mark it as “not SPAM.” To unsubscribe to the mailing list, email  clerk (at) with the subject line “unsubscribe.”