May 2020 Newsletter

For a list of upcoming events, see our Calendar. For the monthly Queries, May: Social and Civic Responsibility. (The red text on this page and within this web site contains embedded hypertext links. Double click on any red link to open the web page associated with that link.)


Reno Friends Meeting is closed for gatherings through May 2020, with one exception – the Garden Silent Worship on May 24 and May 31 at 9:30 am (details below). We are also offering many activities online through the web app Zoom. For details on using Zoom, see below.  The First Day School is closed, but you can contact the teacher if you plan to bring children. See below for all details.

May 2020 Reno Friends Modified Schedule

NOTE: All events could be cancelled due to bad weather, changes in Government and Health Department Guidelines, and availability of clerks. Watch your email for updates.

Every Sunday from June – September 2020:  Silent Worship in the Meeting House Garden, from 9:30 to 10:30 am.
There will be no Singing in the Meeting House this summer.
Thurs. May 7 – Zoom Noon Lunch, 12-1, Wendy hosting (details below)
Tues. May 12 – Zoom Noon Lunch, 12-1, Mark & Edie hosting (details below)
Wed. May 13 Zoom Spiritual Discussion, 7-8 pm, “Stewardship of the Earth,” with Cheri Smith (details below)
Sat. May 16 – RISE DINNER: CANCELLED (see details)
Sat. May 16 – Zoom College Park Quarterly Meeting, all day (details below)
Sun. May 17 – Zoom Meeting for Business, 11:30 am
Thurs. May 21 – Zoom Brown Bag Lunch, 12-1, Holly hosting. (details below)
Sun. May 24 – SILENT WORSHIP in the GARDEN, 10-11 am (details below)
Tues. May 26 – Zoom Brown Bag Lunch, 12-1, Mark & Edie hosting (details below)
Wed. May 27 – Embodying the Light, 9:30-10:30 am, at Lake Park, with Rhonda hosting (details below)
Wed. May 27 – Zoom Spiritual Discussion, 7-8 pm, “Living the Quaker Testimonies in the Time of Coronavirus,” with Wendy Swallow (details below)
Sun. May 31 – SILENT WORSHIP in the GARDEN, 9:30-10:30 am (details below)

Reno Friends Meeting Events & Notices               

Silent Worship in the Garden, Sun. May 31, 9:30-10:30 am

Please join us to sit in silence in the garden of our Meeting House on Sun.  May 31 starting at 9:30 am. PLEASE NOTE THE EARLIER TIME. We ask that everyone bring a beach or camp chair of their own, and a mask. (If you do not have a mask or chair to bring, one will be provided for you.) Everyone must set up their chairs with appropriate 6-foot spacing, and keep their distance the entire time. We ask that you wear your mask through worship, after-thoughts and departure. The Meeting House is not open for gathering, but people may use the bathroom one at a time (please use the north side back door). Please come into the garden quietly a few minutes before 9:30 am so we can all get settled. If weather threatens, we will decide the evening before whether to cancel, so check your email or this website for updates, if necessary. In case of an unexpected cloudburst or other disturbance during worship, the worship clerk will stop our session and suggest everyone retreat to their cars until we can reassemble. 

Sit in Silent Worship in Your Own Home, Sundays, 9:30-10:30 am

If you would rather sit in Silent Worship from the comfort of your own home rather than joining us in the Meeting House Garden, we invite you to send After-Thoughts, Joys and Concerns, requests to Hold People in the Light and bits of Inspiration to Rhonda at Our Worship Clerk will read them at the next Garden Silent Worship.

 Embodying the Light, Wed., May 27, 9:30 – 10:30 am, Lake Park

Rhonda Ashurst will lead the “Embodying the Light” class on Wed. May 27 from 9:30 to 10:30 am at Lake Park, which is at the intersection of Wesley and Coleman Streets, off Keystone. There is adequate parking on both streets, on the park side. We will only do the standing part of our Tai Chi/qigong practice, but please bring a folding chair or mat for our brief meditation, and a mask. We will have adequate room to space out so wearing the mask is optional if it is difficult for you to breathe with one while exercising. There is no bathroom at this site, so plan accordingly. This class draws from eastern practices with the intention of embodying the Light in our physical bodies and our daily lives. Movements are gentle and easy so anyone can do them. We also take time for questions, discussion and reflection. If you cannot come to the park, a videotaped version of the class is online at 

Zoom Spiritual Discussions Wednesdays May  27, 7-8 pm.

Please join us for interesting discussions of all things Quakerly and spiritual. This month we will be discussing “Living the Quaker Testimonies in the Time of Coronavirus” with Wendy Swallow on Wed. May 27 from 7 to 8 pm .  A Zoom invite, along with queries for our discussion, will be sent to everyone a few days ahead. Check out the Zoom Guidelines, below.

RISE Dinner Sat. May 16, CANCELLED

Reno Friends WILL NOT officially make and serve food for the homeless this month, but the Meeting will be making a financial contribution to RISE for food costs, as we did in April. If you would like to help by donating funds, please let Wendy know at If you are under 65 and feel inspired to help RISE by bringing sandwiches or volunteering to pack pre-made food for the homeless, the East 4th St. yard (1905 East 4th St.) will open at 4 pm on Saturdays. Show up with a mask and gloves. For more information, go to

College Park Quarterly Meeting Sat. May 16, 10 am to 5:30 pm

The College Park Spring Quarterly Meeting will be held on Zoom ,Sat. May 16. It starts at 10 am with a welcome, worship and first plenary session; then continues after lunch with regional groups from 1-2:30 pm; and finishes with worship-sharing, second plenary and closing worship from 3:30-5 pm. Watch your email for updated info on the Meeting. To register, go to

Embodying the Light Classes Available Online!

 Many thanks to Rhonda for all her hard work! And stay tuned – Rhonda and Rebecca are experimenting with holding the class at Idlewild Park this summer.

Zoom Guidelines for Reno Friends

Join us on Zoom as we share fellowship, lunches and spiritual discussions this month from our own homes. Zoom is a web-conferencing program that works on a computer, or an IPhone or IPad. It is designed for school classes and business meetings, which means it works best if someone manages the discussion. Each RFM Zoom session will have a host or clerk to do that. A Zoom invitation for each RFM session will be sent out to all members and attenders at least one day before the event. The invitation includes a link to the scheduled session. Hosts for our events include Wendy Swallow, Jana Dunn, Holly Buchan, Mark Woolbright and Edie Uber. Watch for the emails from them.

To join the meeting from your computer, just click on the link in the invite. Zoom will want to download its program, which costs you nothing. It will ask “Open Zoom?” and you click on that.

To join the meeting through your IPhone or IPad, you will have to download the free ZoomCloud app from the Apple app store ahead of time, then you can just click on the link in the invite and it will connect. You may have to allow it to use your camera and microphone, which you should do. If you have any questions, just email Wendy at or Jana Dunn at 

Online Meeting for Worship with Ben Lomond Quaker Center in California, 7:30–8 am every day

Desire a daily dose of devotion? Ben Lomond’s Quaker Center offers an online meeting for worship from 7:30 am to 8:00 am Pacific time every morning of the week. Folks from all over the United States, Canada and even overseas (plus some Reno Friends), gather together for silent worship. To find it:

It’s a great way to begin the day – regularly or every now and then. Give it a try!

The Quaker Earthcare Witness Corner

Quaker Earthcare Witness (QEW), which was previously known as Unity with Nature, is the largest network of Friends working on the earth’s care today. They work to inspire and promote spirit-led action toward ecological sustainability and environmental justice. They also provide inspiration and resources to Friends throughout North America by distributing information in their newsletter, BeFriending Creation; on their website,; through workshops and forums presented to Monthly and Yearly meetings; and through popular social media channels. Over the next few months, more about QEW will be shared in the Quaker Earthcare Witness Corner. Look for it!

Donate New Stamps to the Homeless

Want to help those in need? Donate new FOREVER stamps to be distributed to the homeless through the Reno Family Resource Center. Put stamp donations in the little drawer under the bulletin board in the Meeting House.

Carson City Worship Group:  ON HIATUS

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. 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.

Quaker Mission Stamp Project

The Quaker Stamp Project helps the poor in Africa and India through Right Sharing of World Resources, a Quaker organization that provides micro-grants to worthy women. To support the Stamp Project, save canceled foreign and domestic stamps, leaving a small rim around stamps when cutting them off. Send stamps to: Stamps for Right Sharing, c/o Indianapolis First Friends, 3030 Kessler Blvd East Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46220. You can help make a difference in the world – one stamp at a time!

Outside Non-Profits That Meet at the Quaker Meeting House

Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families meets every Tuesday and 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. NOTE:  The Tuesday night group meets in the Sunday School building on the 4th Tuesday of the month. These groups are open to all.

Citizens Climate Lobby of Northern Nevada is a group working with local and national legislators to pass a carbon tax and dividend to help stop global warming. CCL meets in the Quaker Meeting House every 4th Tuesday of the month, from 6:30 pm to 8 pm (except for December). For more information, email Betsy Fadali at bfadali (at) Feel free to bring friends and neighbors, if they’re interested. For more on CCL, go to

Art of Living meets on Monday evenings at 5:30 pm, except for holidays and bad weather days. This meditation group, founded by the spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, “provides breathing techniques, meditation, yoga, and practical wisdom for daily living.” If you are interested in attending, please contact Alison Pratte at amepratte(at)

Other Non-Profits Affiliated with Reno Friends

Be the Change Project is an urban homestead movement in Reno that promotes urban gardening, composting, earthen building projects, environmental speakers and other interesting developments in living off the grid. For more information about the cool stuff they are doing—from community murals to various workshops—check out their new website: Or, contact Reno Friend Kyle Chandler-Isacksen at kisacksen (at)

Sierra Interfaith Action for Peace (SIAP) has been “holding a space” for peace for over 16 years. The group gathers for a peace vigil in Reno every Monday from 5:30-6:00 pm in front of the Federal Building at Virginia and Liberty Streets. Members take turns leading the group with relevant articles and discussions. Everyone is welcome to attend!


“Gratitude is most powerful as a response to the Earth because it provides an opening to reciprocity, to the act of giving back, to living in a way that the Earth will be grateful for us.”

 Robin Wall Kimmerer

Do you want to share a poem, prayer, verse, quote or message that inspires you? Send it to Reno Friends newsletter editor Wendy Swallow at wswallow54 (at)

Hold Them in the Light

Please hold the following in the Light: All who have lost loved ones, been taken ill, or who have suffered job loss or economic need during this difficult time; all those who struggle with loneliness, sadness or privation; all those grieving over the epidemic of gun violence in our country, and for everyone hurt and challenged by war and terrorism and racism; and all the people and leaders of our nation and all countries experiencing pandemic, war or oppression, so that we may find peaceful resolutions to all our economic and political troubles.

To request prayers, please leave a message at the Meeting House or contact the Clerk at clerk(at)

Quaker Activities & Announcements

Ben Lomond Quaker Center News & Workshops: ON HIATUS 

To check out future workshops, go to

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.

American Friends Service Committee, West Region

AFSC West has a robust schedule of events in California concerning the Wage Peace Program, Urban Shield events, Responses and Resistance to Militarism, etc.  For more information, go to

– Submitted by Peter Lin, AFSC West Region

Reno Friends Newsletter: How To Contribute

Submissions: Please submit your items for the newsletter by the Second Sunday of the month for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter. Send Friends Calendar 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 at: wswallow54 (at) or call at 775-473-5559.

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