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July & August 2024 Newsletter

NO First Day School in July. Next FDS class will be Sun. Aug. 25. No book club or Spiritual Discussion in July; there is book club in August.

Sunday July 7 – Hybrid Silent Worship (In-Person and on Zoom), 10 am (details

Wednesday July 10 – Zoom Embodying the Light, 10-11 am (details)

Thursday July 11 – Zoom Meeting for Business, 7 to 8:30 pm (details)

Sunday July 14 – In-Person Silent Worship, 10 am (details

Thursday July 18 – In-Person Brown Bag Lunch (Third Thursday), 12 noon (details)

Sunday July 21 – Hybrid Silent Worship (In-Person and on Zoom), 10 am (details)

Wednesday July 24 – Zoom Embodying the Light, 10-11 am (details)

Sunday July 28 – In-Person Silent Worship, 10 am (details)

  • Vegetarian Potluck, 11:30 am (details)

Sunday Aug. 4 – Hybrid Silent Worship (In-Person and on Zoom), 10 am (details

Sunday Aug. 11 – In-Person Silent Worship, 10 am (details

Wednesday Aug. 14 – Zoom Embodying the Light, 10-11 am (details)

Thursday Aug. 15 – In-Person Brown Bag Lunch (Third Thursday), 12 noon (details)

Thursday Aug. 15 – Zoom Meeting for Business, 7-8:30 pm (details)

Sunday Aug. 18 – Hybrid Silent Worship (In-Person and on Zoom), 10 am (details)

Sunday Aug. 25 – In-Person Silent Worship, 10 am (details)

  • In-Person First Day School, 10-11 am
  • Vegetarian Potluck, 11:30 am (details)

Tuesday Aug. 27 – Book Club Discussion 7-8 pm (details)

Wednesday Aug. 28 – Zoom Embodying the Light, 10-11 am (details)

Other Important Dates

July 4-7 – Our affiliate Pacific Yearly Meeting is sponsoring wilderness adventures for Young Adult Friends (18-35) including a July 4th – 7th backpack in the Tahoe Forest.  Register for more information on the PacYM Young Adults page (under “Events”): https://www.pacificyearlymeeting.org/wordpress/young-adult-friends/ .

July 19th – 24th Pacific Yearly Annual Session in person in Whittier, CA, and on Zoom. (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. In the case of poor weather or air quality, we may move Silent Worship to Zoom only; watch your email for an alert.

Here is the recurring Zoom link for Hybrid Silent Worship:

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

If you cannot attend Silent Worship with us, 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.

Donating to Reno Friends in 2024

Reno Friends Meeting welcomes financial donations to help support our many projects:  renovating our rental cottage, making charitable grants to local and national Quaker organizations, paying our operating expenses, and funding scholarships for young attenders to travel to Quarterly and Annual Meetings. If you would like to support Reno Friends, donations can be deposited in the wooden box on the wall just below the bulletin board in the Meeting House. To arrange to make a zelle payment, or a contribution by check, email the treasurer(at)renofriends.org . Thank you from Reno Friends!

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.

NO First Day School in July. Next FDS class is Sun. Aug. 25, from 10-11 am

There is NO First Day School in July but there will be an FDS class on Sun. Aug. 25, from 10-11am. During the school year, 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 email firstdayschool(at)renofriends.org if you are in

Embodying the Light: Wednesdays on Zoom, July 10 & July 24, and Aug. 14 & 28, 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. The Zoom link will be sent in the Weekly Update. See our website for more about the practice.

Brown Bag Lunch, Thurs., July 18 and Aug. 15, at 12 noon

Join hosts Peg McCall and Melanie Scott for an in-person Brown Bag Lunch at the Meeting House on July 18 and Aug. 15 at 12 noon. Anyone who wants to share lunch and fellowship with other Reno Friends is welcome.

Spiritual Discussion and RFM Book Club Will NOT Meet in July

We generally hold our Spiritual Discussions and RFM Book Club every-other-month, alternating, on Fourth Tuesdays from 7-8 pm on Zoom. The next Spiritual Discussion will be Tuesday, Sept. 24 on “Cultivating Inner Peace,” with Rhonda Ashurst. If you have questions about the Spiritual Discussions, 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.

Reno Friends Book Club on Zoom, Tues. August 27, from 7-8 pm

Our next Zoom Book Club on Tues. Aug. 27 will discuss 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.

The Reno Friends Book Club meets every-other-month on fourth Tuesdays from 7-8 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!

Upcoming dates and book selections:
  • October 22, 2024: We plan to discuss Still Forms on Foxfield by Joan Slonczewski in October. “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. Most of us have managed to obtain a copy; if you are having difficulty, email bookclub (at) renofriends.org for suggestions; we have a paperback available to loan as well.

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.

Pacific Yearly Meeting 2024 Annual Session July 19-24

Pacific Yearly Meeting will be meeting at Whittier College in Whittier, California, July 19-24, 2024. You can read the Clerk’s Call and more about the gathering here. For more information, go to Pacific Yearly Meeting.

Reno Friends Peace & Social Concerns Committee July 2024 Update

Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe 13th Annual Sacred Visions Pow Wow at Big Bend Ranch, Wadsworth, NV, July 12-14: The RFM Peace and Social Concerns Committee is coordinating carpooling for Friends interested in attending the Grand Entry event of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe at noon on Saturday, July 13, at Big Bend Ranch at the southern end of the Reservation right off I-80 at Wadsworth, NV, (a 35-minute drive from Reno.) This event is free and open to the public. P&SC asks those interested to RSVP to Laura Wetherington [laura.wetherington (at) gmail.com] to organize carpools.  A Pow Wow is a Native American tradition that brings together many different tribes and communities to celebrate cultural dancing, singing, socializing, crafts, arts, and food. 

Sierra Friends Center Land Transfer: Santa Cruz Friends Meeting is calling on Friends to participate spiritually and financially in an historic Quaker moment: Homeland Return of the Sierra Friends Center (Woolman) to the Nevada City Rancheria Nisenan Tribe. This opportunity reflects two different occurrences of Nisenan land being taken:

  1. The Federal Government illegally terminated the Nevada City Rancheria Nisenan Tribe in 1964 and sold their reservation at auction.
  2. The 232 acres of the Sierra Friends Center, as well as the surrounding land known as “Nevada City, California,” were taken from Indigenous peoples during the Gold Rush and sold to settlers who were colonizing the area. A group of Quakers purchased the Sierra Friends Center site in 1960’s for educational programs. This land is the site of an ancestral Nisenan village called Yuli??a.

This is the Tribe’s best opportunity to re-establish a tribal homeland and may support their efforts toward Federal re-recognition. Learn more about Homeland Return and a link to donate at https://chirpca.org/homelandreturn.

Each month, P&SC is featuring one of the organizations financially supported by Reno Friends Meeting. This month’s feature is Quaker Earthcare Witness (QEW): This organization began in 1987 – at the same time that many of our Millennial Generation were born (1981-1996), a significant coincidence since the Millennial Generation is the group most likely to think climate change is due to human activities (Gallup Poll, 2004). Initially known as the Friends Committee on Unity with Nature (FCUN), the name was changed to Quaker Earthcare Witness in 2003.

The organization grew out of a 1987 Friends General Conference Gathering workshop which formulated the following epistle:

For six days at the Friends General Conference Gathering at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, our workshop group has considered questions of how to live in harmony with the natural environment. Together with all the Gathering we have listened to Marshall Massey speak about the necessity for a Quaker testimony on unity with nature.

We have concluded from our worship and our study that there is, indeed, a need for Friends to give forceful witness to the holiness of creation and to demonstrate in their lives the meaning of this testimony.

We believe right relationship with our natural environment is basic to the achievement of peace and a just social order, and the equitable distribution of the world’s resources, both today and through generations to come.

Arising from the Gathering is a continuing organization of Friends concerned for unity with nature. We call upon Friends everywhere to join us in support of this group, and in continuing consideration of, and witness to, a corporate testimony on living in unity with nature.

For over 30 years, QEW has helped Friends integrate Earthcare into their daily lives and worked to inspire Spirit-led action toward ecological sustainability and environmental justice. As communities are being impacted more and more by the climate crisis, QEW Friends feel an urgent leading to share witness by sharing spiritual and educational resources and speaking out as a public Quaker voice.

QEW is led by a 50-person volunteer Steering Committee with representatives from North American Quaker Yearly Meetings, supported in the day-to-day work by staff. The broader network includes thousands of Friends and hundreds of Quaker meetings and churches who:

  • Read the Quaker Earthcare Witness quarterly newsletter, BeFriending Creation. Current and archived copies are available at quakerearthcare.org and can be received by mail or electronically by signing up on the website.
  • Attend Events, including online workshops or speakers coming to Friends’ groups in person or virtually.
  • Share Educational Resources with Friends’ communities, including videos, pamphlets for sharing, mini-grants to help Friends complete projects related to environmental concerns, a downloadable faith-based study guide and curriculum reflecting a range of topics, and a downloadable curriculum for children in First Day School.
  • Connect on Social Media: Quaker Earthcare Witness Facebook page.
  • All of the above links can be accessed from the “How We Work” box on the “About Us” tab of the QEW website.

QEW considers Mini-Grants a central part of what QEW does.  This program gives small grants to help Friends complete eco-friendly projects as varied as some of these funded in 2023: tree nurseries in Burundi and Kenya; earth-related art projects for AIDS survivors in Rwanda; geothermal heat pump installation at Concord Monthly Meeting; and a preschool curriculum integrating Alternative to Violence concepts with regenerative care for the Earth in Indonesia.

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

Suze Rand is now in charge of Reno Friends stamp contributions to the Quaker Stamp Mission Project, that supports Right Sharing of World Sharing. Please save your canceled stamps and give them to her or put them in the drawer of the little table under the Meeting House bulletin board. No common flag stamps, please. Thanks for helping women in underdeveloped countries, just by donating your canceled stamps!

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
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.

You can read about all our Quaker affiliates here.

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.