Past Newsletters (last 12 months)

The newsletters for the previous twelve months appear here, working backwards chronologically.  For older newsletters, contact the archivist at clerk@renofriends.org.

April Reno Friends Meeting Schedule

Every Sunday for the foreseeable future:  Silent Worship on Zoom, from 10:00 to 11:00 am, with Zoom fellowship following. (Click the “Silent Worship” link, above, for the zoom link.)

Thurs. Apr. 1 – PM Embodying the Light, 7-8 pm, on Zoom (details)
Tues. Apr. 6 – Zoom Ministry & Oversight Committee Meeting, 11 am
Thurs. Apr. 8 – Zoom Clerks’ Committee Meeting, 10:30 am
Sun. Apr. 11 – Zoom Meeting for Business, 11:30 am
Wed. Apr. 14 – AM Embodying the Light, 10-11 am, on Zoom (details)
Thurs. Apr. 22 — Spiritual Discussion: “Are We One Nation? with Steve Wolgast, 7-8:30 pm (details below)
Wed. Apr. 28 – AM Embodying the Light, 10-11 am, on Zoom (details)

Reno Friends Meeting Events & Notices

Silent Worship now on Zoom every Sunday at 10 am, with Fellowship afterwards

We are meeting for Silent Worship only on Zoom for the rest of the winter and early spring. We will hold our usual social hour after Worship on Zoom, as well, so after we rise from Worship, everyone can go get a cup of coffee and return to the Zoom session. Here is the recurring Zoom link for online Silent Worship on Sundays mornings. (The Zoom session is active between 9:45-12:00, with Silence starting at 10.)

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

For 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 https://westernfriend.org/media/how-use-zoom-videoconferencing. 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 rhondalou14(at)gmail.com. Our worship clerk will read them at the next Zoom Silent Worship.

Embodying the Light: First Thursday evening class on Zoom, 7-8 pm, Apr. 1; Second and Fourth Wednesday morning classes on Zoom, 10-11 am, Apr. 14 and Apr. 28.

Rhonda Ashurst leads the “Embodying the Light” class of gentle yoga and Tai Chi/Qigong as a service to Reno Friends and the community. All the Embodying the Light classes are currently being held on Zoom because of the pandemic. For the foreseeable future, Rhonda will teach an evening class from 7-8 pm on first Thursdays (Apr. 1), and morning classes from 10-11 am on second and fourth Wednesdays (Apr. 14 and Apr. 28). We will do our Tai Chi/Qigong practice standing, but please have a chair or mat for our brief meditation. See our website for more details. Please watch the Weekly Schedule Update for the Zoom link.

Zoom Ministry and Oversight Committee Meeting, Tues. Apr. 6, at 11 am

RFM’s M&O Committee will meet on Zoom Tues. Apr. 6 at 11 am. This meeting is open only to M&O Committee members and helpers. A link for that Zoom session, along with an agenda, will go out to those involved the day before. If anyone in the Meeting has a concern they would like to bring forward to Ministry & Oversight, please contact Wendy Swallow.

Zoom Clerks Committee Meeting, Thurs. Apr. 8, at 10:30 am

RFM’s Clerks’ Committee will meet Thurs. Apr. 8 at 10:30 am on Zoom to discuss the March Meeting for Business agenda. A link for that Zoom session, along with an agenda, will go out to those involved the day before. If anyone in the Meeting has an item for the Meeting for Business agenda, please forward it to one of the Meeting Clerks, either John Hervey or Mark Woolbright.

Zoom Meeting for Business, Sun. Apr. 11, at 11:30 am 

Business Meetings will be held on Zoom for the foreseeable future 11:30 am. A Zoom link will be sent out to all in advance of each Meeting for Business, along with the agenda. Everyone is welcome at Meeting for Business.

Zoom Spiritual Discussion, 7-8:30 pm, Thurs. Apr. 22, “Are We One Nation,” with Steve WOlgast.

Please join Steve Wolgast for a spiritual discussion Thurs. Apr. 22 for a discussion on Are We One Nation. The link for this discussion, and additional background material and queries, will be sent out later in the month. We welcome everyone.

Sugar Pine Planting Party, Sat. May 1:  Meet in Truckee at 10 am

Reno Friends will work together to plant Sugar Pine seedlings on Saturday May 1. We will gather at the Truckee Ranger District building at 10811 Stockrest Springs Rd., Truckee, at 10 am. From there, we will caravan together about 15 minutes to our planting site. To get to the Ranger District building, go west on I-80 from Reno. As you approach the Truckee area, take Exit 188 (Rtes. 267/89) and turn right (north). You will quickly hit a roundabout; go 3/4s of the way around it and exit on Truckee Way. You will be heading south on Truckee Way and will quickly hit another roundabout.  Go just 1/2 way around so that you are still on Truckee Way. You will encounter a third roundabout after crossing back above I-80.  Go 3/4s of the way around that one and get off on Stockrest Springs Rd.  Go straight on Stockrest Springs and the Ranger District building is the first building on the right. Please note if you are using a GPS, it likely will say to use “Donner Pass Road” for the roundabouts. The name of the street in that section has been changed to “Truckee Way” and the signs in the roundabouts now say Truckee Way.  Total travel time from Reno is about 30-35 minutes.

ONE OTHER TRAVEL NOTE: We don’t know if the Ranger Station will be open for bathroom use. There is a public bathroom at the Train Station in downtown Truckee, which you might want to stop at. There will be no bathrooms at the planting site.

We are working with the Sugar Pine foundation, who will direct our work and provide shovels, seedlings and everything we need. There is no hiking or strenuous shoveling involved. The exact time and location will be announced as soon as we have it set. Friends will convene at the site and should bring water, a camp chair, a mask and hat. Brownies and other snacks will be provided, but feel free to bring your lunch if you like. If you want to join us, please RSVP to Wendy Swallow at wswallow54(at)gmail.com. And many thanks to Shanna Mae and her family for suggesting and planning this fun outdoor adventure!

Kudos to Reno Friend Jim Brune, Recently Honored for his Earthquake Work

If you were to type “Brune Stress Drop” into an internet search bar today, you would find numerous scholarly references, peer-reviewed papers, and expert discussion on the merits of the earthquake measuring model developed by our long-time Reno Quaker Jim Brune. Jim described this model in his paper published in 1970 in the American Geophysical Union’s Journal of Geophysical Research.  His finding, now familiarly known as the Brune Stress Drop Model, is one of the most cited in all aspects of seismology, and has become the standard used in studies of earthquake source physics, tectonic stress, ground-motion prediction and more.  According to Dr. John Anderson, UNR Seismology professor, Jim’s paper significantly advanced seismologists’ methods of measuring internal stresses — forces that cause the earth movements — and their resultant release in earthquakes.

This past December Jim was recognized for this seminal paper during the Annual Meeting of the AGU (held online for the first time.)  An entire session devoted to Jim’s work was titled ‘Fifty Years of the Brune Earthquake Source Model: What Have We Learned, and What is Next?’  From the session introduction, we have this excerpt:  The Brune earthquake source model “provides a framework in which to link seismic observations to basic earthquake source physics….” Who knew Jim had produced, a half-century ago, such ‘ground-breaking’, ‘earth-shaking’ work?

Reno Friend Conor McQuivey Launches Podcast “Renoites”

Our very own Conor McQuivey recently launched an interesting new podcast called “Renoites,” in which he interviews key people from Reno or the surrounding area on various issues that affect all of us. He plans to cover arts, culture, politics, business:  in short, a little bit of everything. Sometimes the conversation is locally focused, and sometimes more broad, but always with people who have a connection to our community here in Northern Nevada. He has interviewed Ben Castro of RISE about homelessness in Reno, and Bob Conrad of ThisIsReno.com about local media. The podcast is available on all the major podcast apps, wherever people prefer to listen. Check out any of the Renoite podcasts at https://www.facebook.com/Renoites/ or directly on the website at renoites.com. Congrats, Conor!

Donating to Reno Friends in 2021

While our Meeting House is closed until we can safely hold worship inside, Reno Friends are still busily providing food for the homeless, supporting national Quaker efforts around justice and equality, gathering online for worship and discussions and meetings, and working to keep our Meeting House and grounds maintained and functioning. If you would like to support the Meeting, donations should 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 Charlie at cshepard54(at)gmail.com. It eliminates the need to write a check and, for our Treasurers, to deposit your check at the bank. Thank you from Reno Friends!

RISE Update

Changes have been coming to RISE, the local charity that serves Reno’s homeless and which is supported by Reno Friends. RISE, which stands for the Reno Initiative for Shelter and Equality, is no longer managing the RISE & Dine meal service that Reno Friends have helped with in the past. The Catholic Charities (under the direction of the Community Homeless Advisory Board made up of local officials) has taken over that service. Instead, RISE is operating the new family shelter, Our Place.

Some Reno Friends have been working with a group of volunteers who prepare foods to distribute to homeless camps. If anyone is interested in helping with this effort, known as the “Verdi Posse,” please email Wendy Swallow, at wswallow54(at)gmail.com. For a report on RISE from Steve Wolgast, the RFM RISE liaison, please see the Reno Friends RISE Report.

Quaker Earthcare Witness:  Books on Climate and Care of the Earth

Each of us approaches Earthcare from the calling deep within us. Some are called to advocacy; some are called to tilt at the political windmills; some of us are called to teach/share with others; some of us are called to regenerative agriculture and/or native plants. Each has its place in Earthcare. It’s important to find our own starting place – and that will guide our reading. Reading broadly can also help us find that starting place.” – Hope Ascher, Quaker Meeting of Melbourne. For some suggestions of recommended books, click here:  https://www.quakerearthcare.org/article/qews-favorite-books

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

The Carson City worship group is currently meeting privately because of the pandemic. If you are interested in attending, please contact clerk(at)renofriends.org and we will connect you to the Carson clerk. In better times, the Carson 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. When the Carson Worship Group is able to meet again in the St. Peter’s Rectory, we will announce that here.

Quaker Mission Stamp Project

Stamping for Dollars, previously know as The Quaker Stamp Project, helps the poor through Right Sharing of World Resources, a Quaker organization that provides micro-grants to groups of very poor women for starting up a business. All live in impoverished areas in Africa and India. To support this worthwhile program, save canceled foreign and domestic stamps, and send them to: Stamps for Right Sharing, c/o Indianapolis First Friends, 3030 Kessler Blvd East Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46220. For more information: https://www.rswr.org/stamp-program. You can help make a difference in the world – one stamp at a time!

Outside Non-Profits That (Previously) Met at the Quaker Meeting House

NOTE:  These groups are currently meeting online only.

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. 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 Non-Profits Affiliated with Reno Friends

Sierra Interfaith Action for Peace (SIAP) has been “holding a space” for peace for over 16 years. Instead of gathering in front of the Federal Building, as they have done in the past, the group now gathers for a peace vigil on Zoom every Monday from 5:30-6:00 pm. Members take turns leading the group with relevant articles and discussions. If anyone wants to join the group, please send an email to either Pat Coia at crmmp2001@yahoo.com or Rita Sloan at rwrksloan@hotmail.com.

Hold Them in the Light

Please hold the following in the Light: All who those who have lost loved ones or who have suffered illness during the pandemic; those who have lost jobs or business; everyone hurt and challenged by racism, war and terrorism; those who struggle with loneliness, sadness or privation; all those grieving over the epidemic of gun violence and police violence in our country, and for and all the people and leaders of our nation and all countries experiencing war or oppression, so that we may find peaceful resolutions to all our economic and political troubles. In particular, please hold in the Light:  Sharonlee Souza; Peg’s cousin Cathy; Suze’s friends Anthony and Amber, and Kristy and Aiden; Mark and Edie’s niece Hannah and friends Karen, Lee, and Bart; Rick’s wife Beth and all of San Jose Meeting; Melanie’s sister Stephanie and friend Allen; Erin’s friend Derek; Rhonda’s friend Deb; Catie’s friend Damien; Wendy’s mother Edie and her Aunt Anne.

To request prayers, or to add or subtract someone from the “Hold in the Light” list, please contact Rhonda Ashurst at rhondalou14(at)gmail.com.

Quaker Activities & Announcements

College Park Spring Quarterly: May 14-16 (Virtual) 

Mark your calendars for the CPQM Spring Quarterly, which will be held online. The theme has yet to be determined. For more information, go to https://collegeparkquarterlymeeting.org/.

“Clerk’s Call” for Pacific Yearly Meeting Annual Session, July 23-28

Love and Justice:  Heeding the Spirit’s Power Within and Among Us

 “God, who made all, pours out his spirit upon all [people] in the world, in the days of his new covenant, yea, upon blacks and whites, Moors, and Turks, and Indians, Christians, Jews, and Gentiles, that all with the spirit of God, might know God and the things of God, and serve and worship him in his spirit and truth.”  ~ George Fox

 “Here we have a prospect of one common interest from which our own is inseparable, that to turn all the treasure we possess into the channel of universal love becomes the business of our lives.”  ~ John Woolman, “A Plea for the Poor”

As this is being written, we are holding a deep concern for the epidemic of racism, systemic and overt white supremacy in our country. The COVID 19 epidemic and global climate crisis have also greatly impacted Friends this year and many in our community have experienced loss, uncertainty and ongoing grief. And yet we know that these affect Friends in our Yearly Meeting in markedly different ways. Both COVID 19 and the climate crisis disproportionately affect Friends in the Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) communities. We are called to move toward love and justice.

The virtual Annual Session 2021 of Pacific Yearly Meeting will be held July 23 to 28. Our keynote speakers are Avotcja Jiltonilro, a poet, storyteller and multi-instrumentalist from Strawberry Creek Friends Meeting and Gabriela Portillo Alvarado, a second year college student at the University of Pennsylvania and a Young Adult Friend from Sacramento Friends Meeting. These two women will share their poetry and will engage in a dialogue on the theme.

Together we will take the time to connect with the Power of the Spirit within us. The indwelling Spirit connects us to one another and to all of creation.

This interconnectedness requires us to reevaluate how we relate to one another. The dominant culture within our country and our Religious Society of Friends of the Truth has centered whiteness for too long. What acts of love and justice are necessary for us to re-center our Society to a place of justice, of love, for all? How do we begin to move from entitlement to humbly giving our energy to a different way of being? How do we grow our abilities to cherish one another and develop a culture of dignity within our Yearly Meeting and beyond? Ongoing learning, truth telling, and willingness to repair are needed to break the bonds of racism. Each of us can see a portion of Light, but we need all of us to see the way forward, guided by Spirit.

You are invited to the Pay as Led online Annual Session of Pacific Yearly Meeting July 23 to 28, 2021 from wherever you are tending your heart. When registration is open you will be able to choose which activities are right for you. Together at Annual Session we will seek the guidance of the Divine Spirit in worship, in learning, and in rejoicing together.  ~ Sandy Kewman, Presiding PYM clerk

Ben Lomond Quaker Center Workshops

Ben Lomond is still operating, but most programs are currently held online. Check out their website for Worship Sharing, Silent Worship, specific programs and more. Go to http://www.quakercenter.org.

Embodied Spirituality, A Quaker Center Interest Group Invitation, 90-minute sessions every Monday evening for 6 weeks, starting Apr. 5, Online with Barbara Birch

You are invited to join Barbara Birch, Strawberry Creek Monthly Meeting*, and Susan Wilson, Quaker Center Co-Director in a 6-week exploration of embodiment and how it is a way to resist body image dissatisfaction and societal standards of beauty. Embodied spirituality helps us understand health, intuitive eating and drinking, and mindful exercise. Source material will be our personal sharing through exploration of the Bible and Quaker writings, as well as other topical resources. This program is FREE, but we request a serious commitment to participate all 6 weeks in order to establish a deep and confidential space for spiritual connection.

Choosing Peace: Nurturing Ourselves as Peacebuilders in a Divided World, Apr. 16-18, Online with Bridget Moix

How do we sustain our witness as peacebuilders amid such deep division, violence, and fear today? How do we turn our own anger and dismay into positive change in the world? How do we practice hope?
This workshop will help us reconnect and renew ourselves as peacebuilders. Together we we will learn from the examples of people building peace around the world, take time to reflect on our own
leadings, soak in nature, and share practical ways we can help heal our country and communities. We will worship and work, walk and play, write and reflect. This program will be active and interactive.

Ben Lomond Financial Appeal

Between COVID and the recent fires, Ben Lomond Quaker Center
has lost about $15,000 per month of budgeted income. We started out with some healthy reserves, we’ve cut back on expenditures and Friends have been exceedingly generous in offering financial support. But, as the pandemic continues, and as we recover from the CZU fire, we are nearly certain to approach the limits of our ability to stay afloat and to chart the course. Please help, as you are able: DONATE

British Yearly Meeting Shares a Daily Feed of Advices and Queries: Go to http://quakerthoughtfortheday.com/

Quaker worship and fellowship online through Western Friend Magazine: https://westernfriend.org/quaker-worship-and-fellowship-online

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)gmail.com. 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 WCTSWCTS 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 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) gmail.com, 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)gmail.com or call at 775-473-5559.

March 2021 Newsletter

For upcoming events, see our Calendar. For the monthly Queries, see March: Stewardship and Vocation . (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.)

Announcements

Reno Friends Meeting House and the First Day School are closed for now due to the pandemic, but we are holding Silent Worship through the web app Zoom at 10:00 am (details below). We are also holding online meetings, spiritual discussions, yoga classes and fellowship on Zoom. For details on using Zoom, see our Zoom guidelines

March Reno Friends Meeting Schedule

Every Sunday for the foreseeable future:  Silent Worship on Zoom, from 10:00 to 11:00 am, with Zoom fellowship following. (Click the “Silent Worship” link, above, for the zoom link.)
Tues. Mar. 2 – Zoom Ministry & Oversight Committee Meeting, 10 am
Thurs. Mar. 4 – PM Embodying the Light, 7-8 pm, on Zoom (details)
Wed. Mar. 10 – AM Embodying the Light, 10-11 am, on Zoom (details)
Thurs. Mar. 11 – Zoom Clerks’ Committee Meeting 10 am
Sun. Mar. 14 – Zoom Meeting for Business, 11:30 am. (First Sunday this month)
Wed. Mar. 24 – AM Embodying the Light, 10-11 am, on Zoom (details)
Thurs. Mar. 25 — Spiritual Discussion: “What is the Meaning of Life? with Catie Polley & Rhonda Ashurst, 7-8:30 pm (details below)

Reno Friends Meeting Events & Notices

Silent Worship now on Zoom every Sunday at 10 am, with Fellowship afterwards

We are meeting for Silent Worship only on Zoom for the rest of the winter and early spring. We will hold our usual social hour after Worship on Zoom, as well, so after we rise from Worship, everyone can go get a cup of coffee and return to the Zoom session. Here is the recurring Zoom link for online Silent Worship on Sundays mornings. (The Zoom session is active between 9:45-12:00, with Silence starting at 10.)

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

For 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 https://westernfriend.org/media/how-use-zoom-videoconferencing. 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 rhondalou14(at)gmail.com. Our worship clerk will read them at the next Zoom Silent Worship.

Embodying the Light: First Thursday evening class on Zoom, 7-8 pm, Mar. 4; Second and Fourth Wednesday morning classes on Zoom, 10-11 am, Mar. 10 and Mar. 24.

Rhonda Ashurst leads the “Embodying the Light” class of gentle yoga and Tai Chi/Qigong as a service to Reno Friends and the community. All the Embodying the Light classes are currently being held on Zoom because of the pandemic. For the foreseeable future, Rhonda will teach an evening class from 7-8 pm on first Thursdays (Mar. 4), and morning classes from 10-11 am on second and fourth Wednesdays (Mar. 10 and Mar. 24). We will do our Tai Chi/Qigong practice standing, but please have a chair or mat for our brief meditation. See our website for more details. Please watch the Weekly Schedule Update for the Zoom link.

Zoom Ministry and Oversight Committee Meeting, Tues. Mar. 2, at 10 am

RFM’s M&O Committee will meet on Zoom Tues. Mar. 2 at 10 am. This meeting is open only to M&O Committee members and helpers. A link for that Zoom session, along with an agenda, will go out to those involved the day before. If anyone in the Meeting has a concern they would like to bring forward to Ministry & Oversight, please contact Wendy Swallow.

Zoom Clerks Committee Meeting, Thurs. Mar. 11, at 10 am

RFM’s Clerks’ Committee will meet Thurs. Mar. 11 at 10 am on Zoom to discuss the March Meeting for Business agenda. A link for that Zoom session, along with an agenda, will go out to those involved the day before. If anyone in the Meeting has an item for the Meeting for Business agenda, please forward it to one of the Meeting Clerks, either John Hervey or Mark Woolbright.

Zoom Meeting for Business, Sun. Mar. 14, at 11:30 am 

Business Meetings will be held on Zoom for the foreseeable future 11:30 am. A Zoom link will be sent out to all in advance of each Meeting for Business, along with the agenda. Everyone is welcome at Meeting for Business.

Zoom Spiritual Discussion, 7-8:30 pm, Thurs. Mar. 25, “What is the Meaning of Life?” with Catie Polley and Rhonda Ashurst

Please join Catie Polley and Rhonda Ashurst for a spiritual discussion Thurs. Mar. 25 on the topic: What is the Meaning of Life? What brings meaning to your life? How has that been influenced by your Quaker faith? The link for this discussion, and additional background material and queries, will be sent out later in the month. We welcome everyone.

RFM Easter Garden Party!  Join us Sun. Apr. 4 at 2 pm, in the Meeting House Garden

Reno Friends will gather in the garden of the Meeting House on Easter Sunday, Apr. 4, at 2 pm to share finger foods and show off our Easter bonnets.  We will have tables and a few chairs set up outside.  If the weather threatens, we will reschedule and let everyone know by email.

  • Please bring a finger food to share;
  • We will socially distance and wear masks when not eating;
  • Bring a mask, and wear an Easter bonnet if you like;
  • M&O will supply plates, napkins and a cooler of canned seltzer;
  • Bring your own beverage, if you prefer (but no alcohol, please);
Donating to Reno Friends in 2021

While our Meeting House is closed until we can safely hold worship inside, Reno Friends are still busily providing food for the homeless, supporting national Quaker efforts around justice and equality, gathering online for worship and discussions and meetings, and working to keep our Meeting House and grounds maintained and functioning. If you would like to support the Meeting, donations should 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 Charlie at cshepard54(at)gmail.com. It eliminates the need to write a check and, for our Treasurers, to deposit your check at the bank. Thank you from Reno Friends!

RISE Update

Changes have been coming to RISE, the local charity that serves Reno’s homeless and which is supported by Reno Friends. RISE, which stands for the Reno Initiative for Shelter and Equality, is no longer managing the RISE & Dine meal service that Reno Friends have helped with in the past. The Catholic Charities (under the direction of the Community Homeless Advisory Board made up of local officials) has taken over that service. Instead, RISE is operating the new family shelter, Our Place.

Some Reno Friends have been working with a group of volunteers who prepare foods to distribute to homeless camps. If anyone is interested in helping with this effort, please email Wendy Swallow, at wswallow54(at)gmail.com. For a report on RISE from Steve Wolgast, the RFM RISE liaison, please see the Reno Friends RISE Report.

Quaker Earthcare Witness:  Books on Climate and Care of the Earth

Each of us approaches Earthcare from the calling deep within us. Some are called to advocacy; some are called to tilt at the political windmills; some of us are called to teach/share with others; some of us are called to regenerative agriculture and/or native plants. Each has its place in Earthcare. It’s important to find our own starting place – and that will guide our reading. Reading broadly can also help us find that starting place.” – Hope Ascher, Quaker Meeting of Melbourne. For some suggestions of recommended books, click here:  https://www.quakerearthcare.org/article/qews-favorite-books

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

The Carson City worship group is currently meeting privately because of the pandemic. If you are interested in attending, please contact clerk(at)renofriends.org and we will connect you to the Carson clerk. In better times, the Carson 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. When the Carson Worship Group is able to meet again in the St. Peter’s Rectory, we will announce that here.

Quaker Mission Stamp Project

Stamping for Dollars, previously know as The Quaker Stamp Project, helps the poor through Right Sharing of World Resources, a Quaker organization that provides micro-grants to groups of very poor women for starting up a business. All live in impoverished areas in Africa and India. To support this worthwhile program, save canceled foreign and domestic stamps, and send them to: Stamps for Right Sharing, c/o Indianapolis First Friends, 3030 Kessler Blvd East Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46220. For more information: https://www.rswr.org/stamp-program. You can help make a difference in the world – one stamp at a time!

Outside Non-Profits That (Previously) Met at the Quaker Meeting House

NOTE:  These groups are currently meeting online only.

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. 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 Non-Profits Affiliated with Reno Friends

Sierra Interfaith Action for Peace (SIAP) has been “holding a space” for peace for over 16 years. Instead of gathering in front of the Federal Building, as they have done in the past, the group now gathers for a peace vigil on Zoom every Monday from 5:30-6:00 pm. Members take turns leading the group with relevant articles and discussions. If anyone wants to join the group, please send an email to either Pat Coia at crmmp2001@yahoo.com or Rita Sloan at rwrksloan@hotmail.com.

Hold Them in the Light

Please hold the following in the Light: All who those who have lost loved ones or who have suffered illness during the pandemic; those who have lost jobs or business; everyone hurt and challenged by racism, war and terrorism; those who struggle with loneliness, sadness or privation; all those grieving over the epidemic of gun violence and police violence in our country, and for and all the people and leaders of our nation and all countries experiencing war or oppression, so that we may find peaceful resolutions to all our economic and political troubles. In particular, please hold in the Light:  Sharonlee Souza, Peg’s cousin Cathy; Suze’s friend Linda and her friends Anthony and Amber; Mark and Edie’s niece Hannah and friends Karen, Lee, and Bart; Rick’s wife Beth and all of San Jose Meeting; Rhonda’s friend Deb; Melanie’s sister Stephanie; Katie’s friend Rick; Erin’s friend Derek.

To request prayers, or to add or subtract someone from the “Hold in the Light” list, please contact Rhonda Ashurst at rhondalou14(at)gmail.com.

Quaker Activities & Announcements

Ben Lomond Quaker Center Workshops

Ben Lomond is still operating, but most programs are currently held online. Check out their website for Worship Sharing, Silent Worship, specific programs and more. Go to http://www.quakercenter.org.

Promptings of the Spirit, a Writers’ Retreat: Mar. 24-28, Online with Dwight Wilson, Nancy Thomas & Bob Fisher

Opportunities to give and receive support and inspiration, to learn and share collective wisdom and genre specific techniques in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, lyrics and creative non-fiction/ memoir. We will be seeking and responding to nudges of the spirit from lived experience, reading, walking, writing prompts, sharing stories, poetry, centering worship and worship sharing.

Embodied Spirituality, A Quaker Center Interest Group Invitation, 90-minute sessions every Monday evening for 6 weeks, starting Apr. 5, Online with Barbara Birch

You are invited to join Barbara Birch, Strawberry Creek Monthly Meeting*, and Susan Wilson, Quaker Center Co-Director in a 6-week exploration of embodiment and how it is a way to resist body image dissatisfaction and societal standards of beauty. Embodied spirituality helps us understand health, intuitive eating and drinking, and mindful exercise. Source material will be our personal sharing through exploration of the Bible and Quaker writings, as well as other topical resources. This program is FREE, but we request a serious commitment to participate all 6 weeks in order to establish a deep and confidential space for spiritual connection.

Choosing Peace: Nurturing Ourselves as Peacebuilders in a Divided World, Apr. 16-18, Online with Bridget Moix

How do we sustain our witness as peacebuilders amid such deep division, violence, and fear today? How do we turn our own anger and dismay into positive change in the world? How do we practice hope?
This workshop will help us reconnect and renew ourselves as peacebuilders. Together we we will
learn from the examples of people building peace around the world, take time to reflect on our own
leadings, soak in nature, and share practical ways we can help heal our country and communities. We
will worship and work, walk and play, write and reflect. This program will be active and interactive.

Ben Lomond Financial Appeal

Between COVID and the recent fires, Ben Lomond Quaker Center
has lost about $15,000 per month of budgeted income. We started out with some healthy reserves, we’ve cut back on expenditures and Friends have been exceedingly generous in offering financial support. But, as the pandemic continues, and as we recover from the CZU fire, we are nearly certain to approach the limits of our ability to stay afloat and to chart the course. Please help, as you are able: DONATE

British Yearly Meeting Shares a Daily Feed of Advices and Queries: Go to http://quakerthoughtfortheday.com/

Quaker worship and fellowship online through Western Friend Magazine: https://westernfriend.org/quaker-worship-and-fellowship-online

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)gmail.com. 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 WCTSWCTS 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 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) gmail.com, 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)gmail.com or call at 775-473-5559.

February 2021 Newsletter

For upcoming events, see our Calendar. For the monthly Queries, see February: Meeting for Worship for Business(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.)

Announcements

Reno Friends Meeting House and the First Day School are closed for now, but we are holding Silent Worship through the web app Zoom at 10:00 am (details below). We are also holding online meetings, spiritual discussions, yoga classes and fellowship on Zoom. For details on using Zoom, see our Zoom guidelines

February Reno Friends Meeting Schedule

Every Sunday for the foreseeable future:  Silent Worship on Zoom, from 10:00 to 11:00 am, with Zoom fellowship following. (Click the “Silent Worship” link, above, for the zoom link.)
Tues. Feb. 2 – Zoom Ministry & Oversight Committee Meeting, 11 am (NOTE TIME CHANGE)
Thurs. Feb. 4 – Zoom Clerks’ Committee Meeting 10 am
Thurs. Feb. 4 – PM Embodying the Light, 7-8 pm, on Zoom (details)
Wed. Feb. 10 – AM Embodying the Light, 10-11 am, on Zoom (details)
Sun. Feb. 14 – Zoom Meeting for Business, 11:30 am. (First Sunday this month)
Wed. Feb. 24 – AM Embodying the Light, 10-11 am, on Zoom (details)
Thurs. Feb. 25 — Spiritual Discussion: “What is God?,” with Rhonda Ashurst, 7-8:30 pm (details below)

Reno Friends Meeting Events & Notices

Silent Worship now on Zoom every Sunday at 10 am, with Fellowship afterwards

We are meeting for Silent Worship only on Zoom for the rest of the winter and early spring. We will hold our usual social hour after Worship on Zoom, as well, so after we rise from Worship, everyone can go get a cup of coffee and return to the Zoom session. Here is the recurring Zoom link for online Silent Worship on Sundays mornings. (The Zoom session is active between 9:45-12:00, with Silence starting at 10.)

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

For 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 https://westernfriend.org/media/how-use-zoom-videoconferencing. 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 rhondalou14(at)gmail.com. Our worship clerk will read them at the next Zoom Silent Worship.

Embodying the Light: First Thursday evening class on Zoom, 7-8 pm, Feb. 4; Second and Fourth Wednesday morning classes on Zoom, 10-11 am, Feb. 10 and Feb. 24.

Rhonda Ashurst leads the “Embodying the Light” class of gentle yoga and Tai Chi/Qigong as a service to Reno Friends and the community. Starting in November 2020, all the Embodying the Light classes will be held on Zoom.  For the foreseeable future, Rhonda will teach an evening class from 7-8 pm on first Thursdays (Feb. 4), and morning classes from 10-11 am on second and fourth Wednesdays (Feb. 10 and Feb. 24). We will do our Tai Chi/Qigong practice standing, but please have a chair or mat for our brief meditation. See our website for more details. Please watch the Weekly Schedule Update for the Zoom link.

Zoom Ministry and Oversight Committee Meeting, Tues. Feb. 2, at 11 am NOTE TIME CHANGE

RFM’s M&O Committee will meet on Zoom Tues. Feb. 2 at 11 am. This meeting is open only to M&O Committee members and helpers. A link for that Zoom session, along with an agenda, will go out to those involved the day before. If anyone in the Meeting has a concern they would like to bring forward to Ministry & Oversight, please contact Wendy Swallow.

Zoom Clerks Committee Meeting, Thurs. Feb. 4, at 10 am

RFM’s Clerks’ Committee will meet Thurs. Feb. 4 at 10 am on Zoom to discuss the November Meeting for Business agenda. A link for that Zoom session, along with an agenda, will go out to those involved the day before. If anyone in the Meeting has an item for the Meeting for Business agenda, please forward it to one of the Meeting Clerks, either John Hervey, Mark Woolbright or Steve Wolgast.

Zoom Meeting for Business, Sun. Feb. 14, at 11:30 am 

Business Meetings will be held on Zoom for the foreseeable future and we are returning to our usual gathering time of 11:30 am. A Zoom link will be sent out to all in advance of each Meeting for Business, along with the agenda. Everyone is welcome at Meeting for Business.

Zoom Spiritual Discussion, 7-8:30 pm, Thurs. Feb. 25, “What is God,” with Rhonda Ashurst

Join us on Zoom each month for a Spiritual Discussion on various Quaker topics, from 7-8 pm on third or fourth Thursdays. On Thurs. Feb. 25, Rhonda Ashurst will lead a discussion on how Quakers conceive and think of God. Be prepared for different perspectives! We welcome everyone, even if you are not sure there is a God. Bring your curiosity!.

This discussion draws from the June/July 2014 Friends Journal issue entitled “Concepts of God.” This issue is filled with thought-provoking essays, poems and quotes from Quakers. The Executive Director introduces the issue by saying, “…to describe God is a vulnerable act. Like the blind men in the South Asian parable, we speak of the elephant we are touching in different ways, and only in the sharing of our own experience do we begin to piece together the full picture and also realize the limits of our perception.

Here are a few excerpts from this rich and wonderful issue:

I see creation, the entire Universe, as the visible part of God, or God’s body. I believe we are each a part of God’s body experiencing other parts of God’s body. Bruce Birchard.

To me, Spirit, Light and God mean the fundamental connection from which our love and our testimonies as Quakers flow. JA Kruger

God is the green of Cedar Lake, in the middle about five feet down, on a sunny day in summer. Pam Burrows

My relationship with God is inviolable. I have a direct and unmediated experience with God. There is a dynamic, spiritual presence in the world that transforms the world, including me. The possibilities are limitless. Tonya Thames Taylor

The burning oneness binding everything. Kenneth E. Boulding

I don’t feel adequate to define God. I may not think it’s even possible. But I can describe what I recognize as characteristics of God. In short, God is love, compassion, patience and commitment.” Jane O’Shields-Hayner

For me, “God” does not mean something like a divine “super-person”. Bruce Birchard

God is both immeasurably limitless and deeply personal, beyond our comprehension and right by our sides. Sarah Katreen Hoggatt

There is that of God in everyone. Quaker saying

The way I use the word “God” is to denote a cosmic creative and animating force that is both immanent and transcendent. I often call this force “the Spirit”. Bruce Birchard

The notion of God—has never held much meaning for me. I continue to learn how to experience centeredness and gathering while connecting inwardly in unprogrammed Quaker meeting and among Friends generally, in the light of nontheistic Friendliness. Scott MacLeod

Thinking About Concepts of God

A trickle of water swirls gracefully along the roadside, moving in response to the geography of the moment.

Standing there, looking down, I sense a similar movement in my vessels and cells.

I feel kin to all, a swirl in the stream of life.

This is my starting point, and my ending point: swirling is marvelous for me, and I need nothing more.

Perhaps you raise your eyes to the sky and beyond, seeking there what I seek here.

If so, our notions differ, but this need not separate us: my swirling water flows into your ocean of light and love.

We unite in worshiping and witnessing, and… Oh joy! …a Quaker way opens for all.

Poem by Os Cresson

Queries:

  1. What is God?
  2. Has your concept of God changed over time?
  3. Do have another name or names for God?
  4. How do you communicate/commune with God?
  5. Have you had experiences with God that you would like to share?
Donating to Reno Friends Meeting

The Reno Meeting Treasurer recently reported that – while the Meeting is in good financial shape – it faces several unique circumstances in the current COVID-19 environment. The outside groups that use the Meeting House for weekly meetings have not been able to do so since March, resulting in a loss of rental income. Cash donations in the Meeting’s donation box have also stopped during this shut-down period. And to avoid large groups in tight spaces while serving at RISE dinners for the homeless, we are donating to RISE monetarily instead. As a Meeting, we will continue to budget so that we are operating within our means; however, any extra small donations to meet these special circumstances will be appreciated. Because the Meeting House is closed for the foreseeable future, donations should 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 Charlie at cshepard54(at)gmail.com. It eliminates the need to write a check and, for our Treasurers, to deposit your check at the bank. Thank you from Reno Friends!

RISE Update

Changes have been coming to RISE, the local charity that serves Reno’s homeless and which is supported by Reno Friends. RISE, which stands for the Reno Initiative for Shelter and Equality, is no longer managing the RISE & Dine meal service that Reno Friends have helped with in the past. The Catholic Charities (under the direction of the Community Homeless Advisory Board made up of local officials) has taken over that service. Instead, RISE is operating the new family shelter, Our Place.

Some Reno Friends have been working with a group of volunteers who prepare foods to distribute to homeless camps. If anyone is interested in helping with this effort, please email Wendy Swallow, at wswallow54(at)gmail.com. For a report on RISE from Steve Wolgast, the RFM RISE liaison, please see the Reno Friends RISE Report.

Quaker Earth Care

Quaker Earthcare Witness (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 www.quakerearthcare.org; by providing workshops and forums at Monthly, Quarterly and Yearly meetings; and through popular social media channels. Show you care about our dear Earth by checking them out!

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

The Carson City worship group is currently meeting privately because of the pandemic. If you are interested in attending, please contact clerk(at)renofriends.org and we will connect you to the Carson clerk. In better times, the Carson 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. When the Carson Worship Group is able to meet again in the St. Peter’s Rectory, we will announce that here.

Quaker Mission Stamp Project

Stamping for Dollars, previously know as The Quaker Stamp Project, helps the poor through Right Sharing of World Resources, a Quaker organization that provides micro-grants to groups of very poor women for starting up a business. All live in impoverished areas in Africa and India. To support this worthwhile program, save canceled foreign and domestic stamps, and send them to: Stamps for Right Sharing, c/o Indianapolis First Friends, 3030 Kessler Blvd East Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46220. For more information: https://www.rswr.org/stamp-program. You can help make a difference in the world – one stamp at a time!

Outside Non-Profits That (Previously) Met at the Quaker Meeting House

NOTE:  These groups are currently meeting online only.

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. 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 Non-Profits Affiliated with Reno Friends

Sierra Interfaith Action for Peace (SIAP) has been “holding a space” for peace for over 16 years. Instead of gathering in front of the Federal Building, as they have done in the past, the group now gathers for a peace vigil on Zoom every Monday from 5:30-6:00 pm. Members take turns leading the group with relevant articles and discussions. If anyone wants to join the group, please send an email to either Pat Coia at crmmp2001@yahoo.com or Rita Sloan at rwrksloan@hotmail.com.

Hold Them in the Light

Please hold the following in the Light: All who those who have lost loved ones or who have suffered illness during the pandemic; those who have lost jobs or business; everyone hurt and challenged by racism, war and terrorism; those who struggle with loneliness, sadness or privation; all those grieving over the epidemic of gun violence and police violence in our country, and for and all the people and leaders of our nation and all countries experiencing war or oppression, so that we may find peaceful resolutions to all our economic and political troubles. In particular, please hold in the Light:  Sharonlee Souza, Jana and Rhonda’s neighbor Marge, Mike’s brother-in-law Bob and his family; Peg’s cousin Cathy; Rhonda’s uncle Harry and aunt Nora; Suze’s friend Linda and her friends Anthony and Amber; Mark and Edie’s niece Hannah and friend Karen; Ruth and Rick of San Jose Meeting; Melanie’s sister Stephanie; Peggy’s stepson Adam and son-in-law Mike; Katie’s sister Martha and friend Rick; and the Brune family.

To request prayers, or to add or subtract someone from the “Hold in the Light” list, please contact Rhonda Ashurst at rhondalou14(at)gmail.com.

Quaker Activities & Announcements

Ben Lomond Quaker Center Workshops

Ben Lomond is still operating, but most programs are currently held online. Check out their website for Worship Sharing, Silent Worship, specific programs and more. Go to http://www.quakercenter.org.

Quakerism in the Age of the Internet: Feb. 5-7, 2021, Online with Jon Watts, founder of QuakerSpeak

The internet is the most powerful, disruptive advance in mass communication technology since the printing press. How are Friends led to engage with it? Through reflection, worship sharing, and multimedia presentations, we will be exploring the past, present and future of Friends’ relationship with new communications technology and asking: what does the Quaker witness look like in the age of the internet?

The Gathered Meeting, Feb. 26-28, 2021, Online with Stanford Searl

Last spring, Stanford Searl worked as the Carroll Research Scholar at Pendle Hill, completing fifty-five interviews (mostly virtual because of the pandemic) with both Pastoral and non-Pastoral Friends, asking them about the meanings of the Quaker gathered meeting. This workshop explores various themes and challenges about the paradox of preparation for the Quaker gathered meeting. Together, using a Quaker contemplative inquiry approach, we will reflect upon four main themes connected to spiritual preparation:  letting go of the ego; various forms of prayer as preparatory practices; practicing worship together; deeper vocal ministry.

Promptings of the Spirit: A Writers’ Workshop, Mar. 24-28 2021, Online with Dwight Wilson, Zenaida Peterson & Bob Fisher

Share opportunities to give and receive support and inspiration, to learn and share collective wisdom and genre specific techniques in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, lyrics and creative non-fiction/ memoir.

Ben Lomond Financial Appeal

Between COVID and the recent fires, Ben Lomond Quaker Center
has lost about $15,000 per month of budgeted income. We started out with some healthy reserves, we’ve cut back on expenditures and Friends have been exceedingly generous in offering financial support. But, as the pandemic continues, and as we recover from the CZU fire, we are nearly certain to approach the limits of our ability to stay afloat and to chart the course. Please help, as you are able: DONATE

British Yearly Meeting Shares a Daily Feed of Advices and Queries: Go to http://quakerthoughtfortheday.com/

Quaker worship and fellowship online through Western Friend Magazine: https://westernfriend.org/quaker-worship-and-fellowship-online

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)gmail.com. 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 WCTSWCTS 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 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) gmail.com, 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)gmail.com or call at 775-473-5559.

January 2021 Newsletter

For upcoming events, see our Calendar. For the monthly Queries, see January: Spiritual Life(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.)

Announcements

Reno Friends Meeting House and the First Day School are closed for now, but we are holding Silent Worship through the web app Zoom at 10:00 am (details below). We are also holding online meetings, spiritual discussions, yoga classes and fellowship on Zoom. For details on using Zoom, see our Zoom guidelines

January Reno Friends Meeting Schedule

Every Sunday for the foreseeable future:  Silent Worship on Zoom, from 10:00 to 11:00 am, with Zoom fellowship following. (Click the “Silent Worship” link, above, for the zoom link.)
Tues. Jan. 5 – Zoom Ministry & Oversight Committee Meeting, 10 am.
Thurs. Jan. 7 – Zoom Clerks’ Committee Meeting 10 am
Thurs. Jan. 7 – PM Embodying the Light, 7-8 pm, on Zoom (details)
Sun. Jan. 10 – Zoom Meeting for Business, 11:30 am. (First Sunday this month)
Wed. Jan. 13 – AM Embodying the Light, 10-11 am, on Zoom (details)
Wed. Jan. 27 – AM Embodying the Light, 10-11 am, on Zoom (details)
Thurs. Jan. 28 — Spiritual Discussion: “Quakers and Prayer,” with Wendy Swallow and Peggy Lakey, 7-8:30 pm (details below)

Reno Friends Meeting Events & Notices

Silent Worship now on Zoom every Sunday at 10 am, with Fellowship afterwards

As of Nov. 1 2019, we will meet for Silent Worship only on Zoom for the rest of the fall, winter and early spring. We will hold our usual social hour after Worship on Zoom, as well, so after we rise from Worship, everyone can go get a cup of coffee and return to the Zoom session. Here is the recurring Zoom link for online Silent Worship on Sundays mornings. (The Zoom session is active between 9:45-12:00, with Silence starting at 10.)

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

For 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 https://westernfriend.org/media/how-use-zoom-videoconferencing. 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 rhondalou14(at)gmail.com. Our worship clerk will read them at the next Zoom Silent Worship.

“Be a Friend” Holiday Clothing Drive Report

Reno Friends donated a significant trove of clothing for the homeless this last month. Peg McCall, who organized the “Be A Friend” Clothing Drive, reported the following collection, which was taken to the Reno Sparks Gospel Mission to hand-out to the needy: Men’s socks, 110 pairs; Men’s gloves, 12 pairs; Headbands, 3; Men’s thermal tops/bottoms, 14; Men’s boxer briefs, 8 extra-large; Women’s socks,  48 pairs; Women’s thermal tops/bottoms, 4 pairs; Gloves, 30 pairs; Warm hats, 40; Women’s sweatshirts and leggings, 5; Children’s hats and gloves, 8; Children’s superb winter jackets, 3; plus a large size trash bag of clean used garments and 3 men’s winter coats. A very big thank you to everyone who participated, and a special thank you to Peg and Charlie for organizing our drive!

Embodying the Light: First Thursday evening class on Zoom, 7-8 pm, Jan. 7; Second and Fourth Wednesday morning classes on Zoom, 10-11 am, Jan. 13 and Jan. 27.

Rhonda Ashurst leads the “Embodying the Light” class of gentle yoga and Tai Chi/Qigong as a service to Reno Friends and the community. Starting in November 2020, all the Embodying the Light classes will be held on Zoom.  For the foreseeable future, Rhonda will teach an evening class from 7-8 pm on first Thursdays (Jan. 7), and morning classes from 10-11 am on second and fourth Wednesdays (Jan. 13 and Jan. 27). We will do our Tai Chi/Qigong practice standing, but please have a chair or mat for our brief meditation. See our website for more details. Please watch the Weekly Schedule Update for the Zoom link.

Zoom Ministry and Oversight Committee Meeting, Tues. Jan. 5, at 10 am

RFM’s M&O Committee will meet on Zoom Tues. Jan. 5 at 10 am. This meeting is open only to M&O Committee members and helpers. A link for that Zoom session, along with an agenda, will go out to those involved the day before. If anyone in the Meeting has a concern they would like to bring forward to Ministry & Oversight, please contact Wendy Swallow.

Zoom Clerks Committee Meeting, Thurs. Jan. 7, at 10 am

RFM’s Clerks’ Committee will meet Thurs. Jan. 7 at 10 am on Zoom to discuss the November Meeting for Business agenda. A link for that Zoom session, along with an agenda, will go out to those involved the day before. If anyone in the Meeting has an item for the Meeting for Business agenda, please forward it to one of the Meeting Clerks, either John Hervey, Mark Woolbright or Steve Wolgast.

Zoom Meeting for Business, Sun. Jan. 10, at 11:30 am 

Business Meetings will be held on Zoom for the foreseeable future and we are returning to our usual gathering time of 11:30 am. A Zoom link will be sent out to all in advance of each Meeting for Business, along with the agenda. Everyone is welcome at Meeting for Business.

Zoom Spiritual Discussion, 7-8:30 pm, Thurs. Jan. 28, with Wendy Swallow & Peggy Lakey; discussing “Quakers and Prayer.”

Join us on Zoom each month for a Spiritual Discussion on various Quaker topics, from 7-8 pm on third or fourth Thursdays. On Thurs. Jan. 28, Wendy Swallow and Peggy Lakey will lead a discussion on what prayer means to Quakers. Be prepared for different perspectives! We welcome those who pray and those who do not.

The following is from Susanne Kromberg’s blog Susanne’s Quaker Musings. (Kromberg is a Quaker from Seattle who works as Hospital Chaplin. Her blog is https://quakersusanne.wordpress.com/)

          “What I understand Quakerism to say about prayer is that we can encounter God at any time, in any place, or in any circumstance. I get that from the Quaker refusal to designate any particular time, place, or person as the primary conduit of the Holy. And I get that from my favorite quote: “There is one, even Jesus Christ, that can speak to thy condition.” What I understand this to mean is that we will be spoken to, whatever our condition. This means that there is no human condition in which God cannot speak to us. God can use any form – verbal and non-verbal, sensory and non-sensory, intuitive or tangible.

          George Fox seems to me to be saying not that a mainline church service is necessarily wrong but that repetitive or required acts of worship have a tendency to dull our spiritual awareness. He disliked any priest who based his authority on something other than the Power of the Lord, but George absolutely believed that the Lord gave tremendous Power to the words and acts of someone who is animated by the Holy Spirit.

          What this means for silent worship is that we can be in prayer when we sit in expectant silence, but that is not the superior way. Indeed, silent worship, too, can become a spiritually dead structure. Silent worship or prayer is not superior to other forms of worship and prayer.

          What sets us apart as a denomination is that we are not surprised when we encounter God outside of the Meeting’s agreed-upon times and places of worship. Being a Quaker allows me not to be surprised – indeed perhaps to expect – that God may appear in any kind of situation and transform that moment into a moment of prayer.

          So what is prayer? I think anything can be prayer. Any act or thought that engenders awareness of God or brings forth any of the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) is prayer – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. I would add harmony and creativity to that list.”

More on Quakers and Prayer from the Friends General Conference website (https://www.fgcquaker.org/):

For many Quakers, prayer is part of our individual lives as well as part of Meeting for Worship.

Prayer is simply conversation or contact with God where we open ourselves to the Divine presence. This can take different forms. Quakers may pray silently. We may formulate words or an image or just be. It is important that we listen for what God may have to say to us. Some Quakers also use set prayers from the Bible or other spiritual writings when they pray.

Quakers and Prayer

For me, prayer is more about listening than talking. Prayer is a way of being with God. — Quaker Deborah Fisch, 2010

When I read that I was supposed to make “a place for inward retirement and waiting upon God” in my daily life, . . . I thought: “Oh, those stuffy old Friends, they don’t understand! Do they think I’m going to be able to sit for an hour, or half an hour, or a quarter of an hour, or for any time at all, in my very busy life, just to have some kind of feeling of ‘inward retirement’?” I felt irritated and misunderstood, and I tried to put the whole thing out of my mind.  At last I began to realize . . . that I needed some kind of inner peace, or inward retirement, or whatever name it might be called by. . . . I began to realize that prayer was not a formality or an obligation; it was a place which was there all the time and always available.  — Elfrida Vipont Foulds (From: The Candle of the Lord, Pendle Hill Pamphlet #248, 1983)

Queries about Quakers and Prayer:

  1. Do practicing Quakers distinguish between prayer and sitting in silence? What might be the difference?  Is sitting in silence prayer. in your view?
  2. What are your experiences of prayer?
  • Do you talk to God or listen to God?
  • Do you get quiet when you pray?
  • How do you know what to pray for – what is the crux of the matter?
  • Do you ask for everything you want?
  • Do wait for an answer? How do answers come to you?
  • Do you pray to angels? To Jesus? Others?
  • How often do you pray, and in what settings?
  1. What is your understanding of prayer from a Quaker perspective?
  2. Does praying with others give your prayer more power?
  3. How do you teach your children to pray?
Donating to Reno Friends Meeting

The Reno Meeting Treasurer recently reported that – while the Meeting is in good financial shape – it faces several unique circumstances in the current COVID-19 environment. The outside groups that use the Meeting House for weekly meetings have not been able to do so since March, resulting in a loss of rental income. Cash donations in the Meeting’s donation box have also stopped during this shut-down period. And to avoid large groups in tight spaces while serving at RISE dinners for the homeless, we are donating to RISE monetarily instead. As a Meeting, we will continue to budget so that we are operating within our means; however, any extra small donations to meet these special circumstances will be appreciated. Because the Meeting House is closed for the foreseeable future, donations should 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 Charlie at cshepard54(at)gmail.com. It eliminates the need to write a check and, for our Treasurers, to deposit your check at the bank. Thank you from Reno Friends!

RISE Update

Changes have been coming to RISE, the local charity that serves Reno’s homeless and which is supported by Reno Friends. RISE, which stands for the Reno Initiative for Shelter and Equality, is no longer managing the RISE & Dine meal service that Reno Friends have helped with in the past. The Catholic Charities (under the direction of the Community Homeless Advisory Board made up of local officials) has taken over that service. Instead, RISE is operating the new family shelter, Our Place.

Some Reno Friends have been working with a group of volunteers who prepare foods to distribute to homeless camps. If anyone is interested in helping with this effort, please email Wendy Swallow, at wswallow54(at)gmail.com. For a report on RISE from Steve Wolgast, the RFM RISE liaison, please see the Reno Friends RISE Report.

Quaker Earth Care

Quaker Earthcare Witness (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 www.quakerearthcare.org; by providing workshops and forums at Monthly, Quarterly and Yearly meetings; and through popular social media channels. Show you care about our dear Earth by checking them out!

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

The Carson City worship group is currently meeting privately because of the pandemic. If you are interested in attending, please contact clerk(at)renofriends.org and we will connect you to the Carson clerk. In better times, the Carson 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. When the Carson Worship Group is able to meet again in the St. Peter’s Rectory, we will announce that here.

Quaker Mission Stamp Project

Stamping for Dollars, previously know as The Quaker Stamp Project, helps the poor through Right Sharing of World Resources, a Quaker organization that provides micro-grants to groups of very poor women for starting up a business. All live in impoverished areas in Africa and India. To support this worthwhile program, save canceled foreign and domestic stamps, and send them to: Stamps for Right Sharing, c/o Indianapolis First Friends, 3030 Kessler Blvd East Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46220. For more information: https://www.rswr.org/stamp-program. You can help make a difference in the world – one stamp at a time!

Outside Non-Profits That (Previously) Met at the Quaker Meeting House

NOTE:  These groups are currently meeting online only.

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. 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 Non-Profits Affiliated with Reno Friends

Sierra Interfaith Action for Peace (SIAP) has been “holding a space” for peace for over 16 years. Instead of gathering in front of the Federal Building, as they have done in the past, the group now gathers for a peace vigil on Zoom every Monday from 5:30-6:00 pm. Members take turns leading the group with relevant articles and discussions. If anyone wants to join the group, please send an email to either Pat Coia at crmmp2001@yahoo.com or Rita Sloan at rwrksloan@hotmail.com.

Hold Them in the Light

Please hold the following in the Light: All who those who have lost loved ones or who have suffered illness during the pandemic; those who have lost jobs or business; everyone hurt and challenged by racism, war and terrorism; those who struggle with loneliness, sadness or privation; all those grieving over the epidemic of gun violence and police violence in our country, and for and all the people and leaders of our nation and all countries experiencing war or oppression, so that we may find peaceful resolutions to all our economic and political troubles. In particular, please hold in the Light: Sharonlee Souza, Jana and Rhonda’s neighbor Marge, Catie Polley and family; Peg’s granddaughter Eliza and her cousin Cathy; Peggy’s stepson Adam; Rhonda’s uncle Harry and aunt Nora; Suze and Suze’s friend Linda; Mark and Edie’s niece Hannah and friend Karen; Melanie’s sister Stephanie; Katie’s sister Martha and friend Rick; and the Brune family.

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

Quaker Activities & Announcements

Ben Lomond Quaker Center Workshops

Ben Lomond is still operating, but most programs are currently held online. Check out their website for Worship Sharing, Silent Worship, specific programs and more. Go to http://www.quakercenter.org.

Quakerism in the Age of the Internet: Feb. 5-7, 2021, Online with Jon Watts, founder of QuakerSpeak.

We would have all to call upon the Lord, while he is near, and that is the intent of all our writing and printing.”  ~ Thomas Atkinson, 1653

The internet is the most powerful, disruptive advance in mass communication technology since the printing press. How are Friends led to engage with it? Through reflection, worship sharing, and multimedia presentations, we will be exploring the past, present and future of Friends’ relationship with new communications technology and asking: what does the Quaker witness look like in the age of the internet?

The Gathered Meeting, Feb. 26-28, 2021, Online with Stanford Searl.

            “What I experience in a gathered meeting is a form of communion of hearts and minds and spirits in the room – and a communion, not just with each other, but also with the Divine.” ~ Reflection from an Upstate New York Friend

Last spring, Stanford Searl worked as the Carroll Research Scholar at Pendle Hill, completing fifty-five interviews (mostly virtual because of the pandemic) with both Pastoral and non-Pastoral Friends, asking them about the meanings of the Quaker gathered meeting.

This workshop explores various themes and challenges about the paradox of preparation for the Quaker gathered meeting. Together, using a Quaker contemplative inquiry approach, we will reflect upon four main themes connected to spiritual preparation that emerged from a research project about the gathered meeting experience.

  • The letting go of the ego.
  • Various forms of prayer as preparatory practices.
  • Practicing worship together.
  • Deeper vocal ministry.

We will explore these themes (drawn from the study’s fifty-five Friends, both Pastoral and non-Pastoral) from the conversations about the Quaker gathered meeting and employ a contemplative, devotional approach together.

Ben Lomond Financial Appeal

Between COVID and the recent fires, Ben Lomond Quaker Center
has lost about $15,000 per month of budgeted income. We started out with some healthy reserves, we’ve cut back on expenditures and Friends have been exceedingly generous in offering financial support. But, as the pandemic continues, and as we recover from the CZU fire, we are nearly certain to approach the limits of our ability to stay afloat and to chart the course. Please help, as you are able: DONATE

British Yearly Meeting Shares a Daily Feed of Advices and Queries: Go to http://quakerthoughtfortheday.com/

Quaker worship and fellowship online through Western Friend Magazine: https://westernfriend.org/quaker-worship-and-fellowship-online

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)gmail.com. 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 WCTSWCTS 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 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) gmail.com, 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)gmail.com or call at 775-473-5559.

December 2020 Newsletter

For a list of upcoming events, see our Calendar. For the monthly Queries, December: Meeting for Worship(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.)

Announcements

Reno Friends Meeting House and the First Day School are closed for now, but we are holding Silent Worship through the web app Zoom at 10:00 am (details below). We are also holding online meetings, spiritual discussions, yoga classes and fellowship on Zoom. For details on using Zoom, see our Zoom guidelines

December Reno Friends Meeting Schedule

Every Sunday for the foreseeable future:  Silent Worship on Zoom, from 10:00 to 11:00 am, with Zoom fellowship following. (Click the “Silent Worship” link, above, for the zoom link.)
Dec. 1 through Dec. 18 – “Be a Friend” Winter Clothing Drive (details below)
Tues. Dec. 1 – Zoom Ministry & Oversight Committee Meeting, 10 am.
Thurs. Dec. 3 – Zoom Clerks’ Committee Meeting 10 am
Thurs. Dec. 3 – PM Embodying the Light, 7-8 pm, on Zoom (details)
Sun. Dec, 6 – Zoom Meeting for Business, 11:30 am. (First Sunday this month)
Wed. Dec. 9 – AM Embodying the Light, 10-11 am, on Zoom (details)
Sat. Dec. 12 — Christmas Cookie Exchange at the Meeting House, 10-11 am (details below)
Sat. Dec. 12 — RFM Zoom Christmas Party, 7-8:30 pm (details below)
Wed. Dec. 23 – AM Embodying the Light, 10-11 am, on Zoom (details)

Reno Friends Meeting Events & Notices

Silent Worship now on Zoom every Sunday at 10 am, with Fellowship afterwards

As of Nov. 1, we will meet for Silent Worship only on Zoom for the rest of the fall, winter and early spring. We will hold our usual social hour after Worship on Zoom, as well, so after we rise from Worship, everyone can go get a cup of coffee and return to the Zoom session. Here is the recurring Zoom link for online Silent Worship on Sundays mornings. (The Zoom session is active between 9:45-12:00, with Silence starting at 10.)

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

For 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 https://westernfriend.org/media/how-use-zoom-videoconferencing. 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 rhondalou14(at)gmail.com. Our worship clerk will read them at the next Zoom Silent Worship.

Join us for a socially-distanced Christmas Cookie Exchange on Saturday morning, Dec. 12, from 10-11 am at the Meeting House. Bring 2-3 dozen of your favorite homemade Christmas cookies to share, with a note about the ingredients and the name of the baker (in case people with allergies have questions). A few gluten-free options would be great, and keep in mind that some Reno Friends have nut allergies. Also bring an empty container to take home your booty.  Dress warmly, and wear your mask. If you would like to join us for the fellowship but cannot provide cookies, please come anyway, as there will be plenty to share. We will set up a table with the cookies inside the Meeting House, then take turns collecting the cookies we want from the exchange. Bring a warm drink, if you like, and linger with us outside the Meeting House for a little holiday fellowship. We will have food prep gloves for all. You can also drop off new warm hats, gloves, socks and caps (or laundered, gently-used winter wear) for the homeless, as part of our Be a Friend holiday clothing drive (see below for details).

Reno Friends Zoom Christmas Party, Sat. Dec. 12 in the evening, 7-8:30 pm

We also hope you will join us Saturday evening Dec. 12, from 7-8:30 pm, for a Reno Friends Zoom Christmas Party. The Ministry & Oversight Committee will lead us in games, laughter and Christmas carols! Even though we can’t gather, we can still have fun together. Please wear a Christmas hat or other holiday décor for the head, and supply yourself with a favorite holiday beverage and plate of cookies/snacks (see the Christmas Cookie Exchange, above).  Our zoom party will open at 6:45 pm. Here’s the link:

https://zoom.us/j/91249712050?pwd=amZWTHhMTlFxU2FabnZuTTk2aFNEZz09

Meeting ID: 912 4971 2050; Passcode: 651008; One tap mobile: +16699009128,,91249712050#,,,,,,0#,,651008# US (San Jose); +12532158782,,91249712050#,,,,,,0#,,651008# US (Tacoma); Dial by your location:  +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)

Be a Friend Holiday Clothing Drive, December Only

With the cold weather setting in, Reno Friends are once again collecting donations to help Reno’s homeless or financially challenged residents stay warmer through the winter. You can contribute in one of several ways:

  1. PREFERRED OPTION: Donate NEW and WARM socks, gloves, hats or caps in any size.
  2. NEXT FAVORITE OPTION: Contribute money to Reno Friends Meeting earmarked for the “Be a Friend” drive. We will use your gifts to purchase new, and warm, socks, gloves, hats or caps.
  3. ALTERNATIVE OPTION: Donate lightly used and laundered winter wear, any size or style.

If you are donating either new or used clothing, you may drop them off at Peg’s house between Dec. 1 and Dec. 18. Please consult the RFM Directory for her address. (If you don’t have an emailed copy, contact Wendy Swallow at wswallow54(at)gmail.com). Please put the clothing in the appropriate labeled box on Peg’s front porch. Or, you can drop off these items at the Friends’ Christmas Cookie Exchange, Sat. Dec. 12, 10-11 am. (Details for the Cookie Exchange, above.) If you prefer to make a donation of money, write a check to Reno Friends Meeting (adding into the memo field “Be a Friend Drive”) and mail it to our co-Treasurer, Charlie Shepard, 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 Charlie at cshepard54(at)gmail.com. (You may use Zelle to make cash contributions to the Meeting anytime. It eliminates the need to write a check and, for our Treasurers, to deposit your check at the bank.) All money donations for the clothing drive must be in by Dec. 15 so we have time to purchase the clothing. Dec. 18 is the final day for clothing donations. After that, we will deliver what we have collected to the Reno/Sparks Gospel Mission which will distribute the clothes to the needy. Thank you to Peg and Charlie for organizing our drive, and to everyone for helping out!

Embodying the Light: First Thursday evening class on Zoom, 7-8 pm, Dec. 3; Second and Fourth Wednesday morning classes on Zoom, 10-11 am, Dec. 9 and Dec. 23.

Rhonda Ashurst leads the “Embodying the Light” class of gentle yoga and Tai Chi/Qigong as a service to Reno Friends and the community. Starting in November 2020, all the Embodying the Light classes will be held on Zoom.  For the foreseeable future, Rhonda will teach an evening class from 7-8 pm on first Thursdays (Dec. 3), and morning classes from 10-11 am on second and fourth Wednesdays (Dec. 9 and Dec. 23). We will do our Tai Chi/Qigong practice standing, but please have a chair or mat for our brief meditation. See our website for more details. Please watch the Weekly Schedule Update for the Zoom link.

Zoom Ministry and Oversight Committee Meeting, Tues. Dec. 1, at 10 am

RFM’s M&O Committee will meet on Zoom Tues. Dec. 1 at 10 am. This meeting is open only to M&O Committee members and helpers. A link for that Zoom session, along with an agenda, will go out to those involved the day before. If anyone in the Meeting has a concern they would like to bring forward to Ministry & Oversight, please contact Wendy Swallow.

Zoom Clerks Committee Meeting, Thurs. Dec. 3, at 10 am

RFM’s Clerks’ Committee will meet Thurs. Dec. 3 at 10 am on Zoom to discuss the November Meeting for Business agenda. A link for that Zoom session, along with an agenda, will go out to those involved the day before. If anyone in the Meeting has an item for the Meeting for Business agenda, please forward it to one of the Meeting Clerks, either John Hervey, Mark Woolbright or Steve Wolgast.

Zoom Meeting for Business, Sun. Dec. 6, at 11:30 am (NOTE: First Sunday of Dec.)

Business Meetings will be held on Zoom for the foreseeable future and we are returning to our usual gathering time of 11:30 am. A Zoom link will be sent out to all in advance of each Meeting for Business, along with the agenda. Everyone is welcome at Meeting for Business.

COVID Financial Appeal from Reno Friends

The Reno Meeting Treasurer recently reported that – while the Meeting is in good financial shape – it faces several unique circumstances in the current COVID-19 environment. The outside groups that use the Meeting House for weekly meetings have not been able to do so since March, resulting in a loss of rental income. Cash donations in the Meeting’s donation box have also stopped during this shut-down period. And to avoid large groups in tight spaces while serving at RISE dinners for the homeless, we are donating to RISE monetarily instead. As a Meeting, we will continue to budget so that we are operating within our means; however, any extra small donations to meet these special circumstances will be appreciated. Because the Meeting House is closed for the foreseeable future, donations should 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 Charlie at cshepard54(at)gmail.com. It eliminates the need to write a check and, for our Treasurers, to deposit your check at the bank. Thank you from Reno Friends!

RISE Update

Changes have been coming to RISE, the local charity that serves Reno’s homeless and which is supported by Reno Friends. RISE, which stands for the Reno Initiative for Shelter and Equality, is no longer managing the RISE & Dine meal service that Reno Friends have helped with in the past. The Catholic Charities (under the direction of the Community Homeless Advisory Board made up of local officials) has taken over that service. Instead, RISE is operating the new family shelter, Our Place.

Reno Friends are considering trying to help prepare meals to be distributed to the homeless in their camps, which RISE is already doing. If anyone is interested in helping with this effort, please email Wendy Swallow, at wswallow54(at)gmail.com. For a report on RISE from Steve Wolgast, the RFM RISE liaison, please see the Reno Friends RISE Report.

The Quaker Earthcare Witness Corner

Quaker Earthcare Witness (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 www.quakerearthcare.org; by providing workshops and forums at Monthly, Quarterly and Yearly meetings; and through popular social media channels. Show you care about our dear Earth by checking them out!

Alternatives to Violence Project Update, from RFM liaison Cheri Smith

Though Covid 19 has stopped all Alternatives to Violence Project workshops in prisons, Rita Sloan, Nevada’s AVP leader, continues to help inmates as a member of the Board for the Nevada Coalition Against the Death Penalty.  They have been especially active recently and have begun planning for the next legislative session. Newly enlisted Board members, including Public Defenders in Clark County, plus a couple of large grants, have enabled the group to really push toward ending the death penalty in our state. They have been able to hire a full-time “project coordinator” and will soon be hiring a full time organizer. With connections to the ACLU and other nonprofits and also a number of national organizations, they are hopeful the coalition’s mission will be successful. Check out NCADP’s website  http://nvcadp.org  to learn more and keep informed of their important work. The death penalty in Nevada is costly, ineffective, racially and economically biased, and does nothing to make us safer.  Let’s end 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

Stamping for Dollars, previously know as 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 this worthy program, save canceled foreign and domestic stamps, and send them to: Stamps for Right Sharing, c/o Indianapolis First Friends, 3030 Kessler Blvd East Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46220. For more information: https://www.rswr.org/stamp-program. You can help make a difference in the world – one stamp at a time!

Outside Non-Profits That (Previously) Met at the Quaker Meeting House

NOTE:  These groups are currently meeting online only.

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. 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 Non-Profits Affiliated with Reno Friends

Sierra Interfaith Action for Peace (SIAP) has been “holding a space” for peace for over 16 years. Instead of gathering in front of the Federal Building, as they have done in the past, the group now gathers for a peace vigil on Zoom every Monday from 5:30-6:00 pm. Members take turns leading the group with relevant articles and discussions. If anyone wants to join the group, please send an email to either Pat Coia at crmmp2001@yahoo.com or Rita Sloan at rwrksloan@hotmail.com.

Hold Them in the Light

Please hold the following in the Light: All who those who have lost loved ones or who have suffered illness during the pandemic; those who have lost jobs or business; everyone hurt and challenged by racism, war and terrorism; those who struggle with loneliness, sadness or privation; all those grieving over the epidemic of gun violence and police violence in our country, and for and all the people and leaders of our nation and all countries experiencing war or oppression, so that we may find peaceful resolutions to all our economic and political troubles. In particular, please hold in the Light: Rhonda’s uncle Harry, Steve Wolgast and his family, Mark and Edie’s niece Hannah, and Len Brune and his family.

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

Quaker Activities & Announcements

Ben Lomond Quaker Center Workshops

Ben Lomond is still operating, but most programs are currently held online. Check out their website for Worship Sharing, Silent Worship, specific programs and more. Go to http://www.quakercenter.org.

  • 11th Annual MUSIC AND DANCE RETREAT  Dec. 4-6
    Join us online as we sing, dance and make music, beginning Friday night, December 4th, Saturday afternoon/ evening and Sunday morning worship with song.
  • Living Into the Center: Integrity & Renewal, Dec. 27-Jan. 1                    An Online Program with Quaker Center Co-Directors, Susan Wilson and Bob Fisher.  “We shall not be able to rebuild our shattered world until we recover our faith in eternal realities, and we shall not do that until we discover spirit within ourselves..”
    ~ Rufus Jones 1863 – 1948
Ben Lomond Financial Appeal

Between COVID and the recent fires, Ben Lomond Quaker Center
has lost about $15,000 per month of budgeted income. We started out with some healthy reserves, we’ve cut back on expenditures and Friends have been exceedingly generous in offering financial support. But, as the pandemic continues, and as we recover from the CZU fire, we are nearly certain to approach the limits of our ability to stay afloat and to chart the course. Please help, as you are able: DONATE

British Yearly Meeting Shares a Daily Feed of Advices and Queries: Go to http://quakerthoughtfortheday.com/

Quaker worship and fellowship online through Western Friend Magazine: https://westernfriend.org/quaker-worship-and-fellowship-online

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)gmail.com. 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 WCTSWCTS 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 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) gmail.com, 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)gmail.com or call at 775-473-5559.

November 2020 Newsletter

For a list of upcoming events, see our Calendar. For the monthly Queries, November: The Meeting Community(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.)

Announcements

Reno Friends Meeting House and the First Day School are closed for now, but we are holding Silent Worship through the web app Zoom at 10:00 am (details below). We are also holding online meetings, spiritual discussions, yoga classes and fellowship on Zoom. For details on using Zoom, see our Zoom guidelines

November Reno Friends Meeting Schedule

Every Sunday in November & December 2020:  Silent Worship on Zoom, from 10:00 to 11:00 am, with Zoom fellowship following. (Click the link, above, for the zoom link.)
Dec. 1 through Dec. 18 – “Be a Friend” Winter Clothing Drive (details below)
Wed. Nov. 4 – Zoom Ministry & Oversight Committee Meeting, 10 am.
Thurs. Nov. 5 – Zoom Clerks’ Committee Meeting 10 am
Thurs. Nov. 5 – PM Embodying the Light, 7-8 pm, on Zoom (details)
Sun. Nov. 8 – Zoom Meeting for Business, 11:30 am.
Wed. Nov. 11 – AM Embodying the Light, 10-11 am, on Zoom (details)
Wed. Nov. 19 – Zoom Spiritual Discussion: Rufus Jones and Mystical Quakerism, 7-8 pm
Wed. Nov. 25 – AM Embodying the Light, 10-11 am, on Zoom (details)

Reno Friends Meeting Events & Notices

Silent Worship now on Zoom every Sunday at 10 am, with Fellowship afterwards

As of Nov. 1, we will meet for Silent Worship only on Zoom for the rest of the fall, winter and early spring. We will hold our usual social hour after Worship on Zoom, as well, so after we rise from Worship, everyone can go get a cup of coffee and return to the Zoom session. Here is the recurring Zoom link for online Silent Worship on Sundays mornings. (The Zoom session is active between 9:45-12:00, with Silence starting at 10.)

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

For 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 https://westernfriend.org/media/how-use-zoom-videoconferencing. 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 rhondalou14(at)gmail.com. Our worship clerk will read them at the next Zoom Silent Worship.

Join us for a socially-distanced Christmas Cookie Exchange on Saturday morning, Dec. 12, from 10-11 am at the Meeting House. Bring 2-3 dozen of your favorite homemade Christmas cookies to share, with a note about the ingredients and the name of the baker (in case people with allergies have questions). A few gluten-free options would be great, and keep in mind that some Reno Friends have nut allergies. Also bring an empty container to take home your booty.  Dress warmly, and wear your mask. If you would like to join us for the fellowship but cannot provide cookies, please come anyway, as there will be plenty to share. We will set up a table with the cookies inside the Meeting House, then take turns collecting the cookies we want from the exchange. Bring a warm drink, if you like, and linger with us outside the Meeting House for a little holiday fellowship. We will have food prep gloves for all. You can also drop off new warm hats, gloves, socks and caps (or laundered, gently-used winter wear) for the homeless, as part of our Be a Friend holiday clothing drive (see below for details).

Reno Friends Zoom Christmas Party, Sat. Dec. 12 in the evening, 7-8:30 pm

We also hope you will join us Saturday evening Dec. 12, from 7-8:30 pm, for a Reno Friends Zoom Christmas Party. The Ministry & Oversight Committee will lead us in games, laughter and Christmas carols! Even though we can’t gather, we can still have fun together. Please wear a Christmas hat or other holiday décor for the head, and supply yourself with a favorite holiday beverage and plate of cookies/snacks (see the Christmas Cookie Exchange, above).  Our zoom party will open at 6:45 pm. Here’s the link:

https://zoom.us/j/91249712050?pwd=amZWTHhMTlFxU2FabnZuTTk2aFNEZz09

Meeting ID: 912 4971 2050; Passcode: 651008; One tap mobile: +16699009128,,91249712050#,,,,,,0#,,651008# US (San Jose); +12532158782,,91249712050#,,,,,,0#,,651008# US (Tacoma); Dial by your location:  +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)

Be a Friend Holiday Clothing Drive, December Only

With the cold weather setting in, Reno Friends are once again collecting donations to help Reno’s homeless or financially challenged residents stay warmer through the winter. You can contribute in one of several ways:

  1. PREFERRED OPTION: Donate NEW and WARM socks, gloves, hats or caps in any size.
  2. NEXT FAVORITE OPTION: Contribute money to Reno Friends Meeting earmarked for the “Be a Friend” drive. We will use your gifts to purchase new, and warm, socks, gloves, hats or caps.
  3. ALTERNATIVE OPTION: Donate lightly used and laundered winter wear, any size or style.

If you are donating either new or used clothing, you may drop them off at Peg’s house between Dec. 1 and Dec. 18. Please consult the RFM Directory for her address. (If you don’t have an emailed copy, contact Wendy Swallow at wswallow54(at)gmail.com). Please put the clothing in the appropriate labeled box on Peg’s front porch. Or, you can drop off these items at the Friends’ Christmas Cookie Exchange, Sat. Dec. 12, 10-11 am. (Details for the Cookie Exchange, above.) If you prefer to make a donation of money, write a check to Reno Friends Meeting (adding into the memo field “Be a Friend Drive”) and mail it to our co-Treasurer, Charlie Shepard, 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 Charlie at cshepard54(at)gmail.com. (You may use Zelle to make cash contributions to the Meeting anytime. It eliminates the need to write a check and, for our Treasurers, to deposit your check at the bank.) All money donations for the clothing drive must be in by Dec. 15 so we have time to purchase the clothing. Dec. 18 is the final day for clothing donations. After that, we will deliver what we have collected to the Reno/Sparks Gospel Mission which will distribute the clothes to the needy. Thank you to Peg and Charlie for organizing our drive, and to everyone for helping out!

Embodying the Light: First Thursday evening class on Zoom, 7-8 pm, Nov. 5; Second and Fourth Wednesday morning classes on Zoom, 10-11 am, Nov. 11 and Nov. 25.

Rhonda Ashurst leads the “Embodying the Light” class of gentle yoga and Tai Chi/Qigong as a service to Reno Friends and the community. Starting in November 2020, all the Embodying the Light classes will be held on Zoom.  For the foreseeable future, Rhonda will teach an evening class from 7-8 pm on first Thursdays (Nov. 5), and morning classes from 10-11 am on second and fourth Wednesdays (Nov. 11 and Nov. 25). We will do our Tai Chi/Qigong practice standing, but please have a chair or mat for our brief meditation. See our website for more details. Please watch the Weekly Schedule Update for the Zoom link.

Zoom Ministry and Oversight Committee Meeting, Tues. Dec. 1, at 10 am

RFM’s M&O Committee will meet on Zoom Tues. Dec. 1 at 10 am. This meeting is open only to M&O Committee members and helpers. A link for that Zoom session, along with an agenda, will go out to those involved the day before. If anyone in the Meeting has a concern they would like to bring forward to Ministry & Oversight, please contact Wendy Swallow.

Zoom Clerks Committee Meeting, Thurs. Dec. 3, at 10 am

RFM’s Clerks’ Committee will meet Thurs. Dec. 3 at 10 am on Zoom to discuss the November Meeting for Business agenda. A link for that Zoom session, along with an agenda, will go out to those involved the day before. If anyone in the Meeting has an item for the Meeting for Business agenda, please forward it to one of the Meeting Clerks, either John Hervey, Mark Woolbright or Steve Wolgast.

Zoom Meeting for Business, Sun. Dec. 6, at 11:30 am 

Business Meetings will be held on Zoom for the foreseeable future and we are returning to our usual gathering time of 11:30 am. A Zoom link will be sent out to all in advance of each Meeting for Business, along with the agenda. Everyone is welcome at Meeting for Business.

COVID Financial Appeal from Reno Friends

Earlier this year, the Reno Meeting Treasurer shared that – while the Meeting is in good financial shape – it faces several unique circumstances in the current COVID-19 environment. The outside groups that use the Meeting House for weekly meetings have not been able to do so since March, resulting in a loss of rental income. Cash donations in the Meeting’s donation box have also stopped during this shut-down period. And to avoid large groups in tight spaces while serving at RISE dinners for the homeless, we are donating to RISE monetarily instead. As a Meeting, we will continue to budget so that we are operating within our means; however, any extra small donations to meet these special circumstances will be appreciated. Because the Meeting House is closed for the foreseeable future, donations should 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 Charlie at cshepard54(at)gmail.com. It eliminates the need to write a check and, for our Treasurers, to deposit your check at the bank. Thank you from Reno Friends!

RISE Update

Changes have been coming to RISE, the local charity that serves Reno’s homeless and which is supported by Reno Friends. RISE, which stands for the Reno Initiative for Shelter and Equality, is no longer managing the RISE & Dine meal service that Reno Friends have helped with in the past. The Catholic Charities (under the direction of the Community Homeless Advisory Board made up of local officials) has taken over that service. Instead, RISE is operating the new family shelter, Our Place.

Reno Friends are considering trying to help prepare meals to be distributed to the homeless in their camps, which RISE is already doing. If anyone is interested in helping with this effort, please email Wendy Swallow, at wswallow54(at)gmail.com. For a report on RISE from Steve Wolgast, the RFM RISE liaison, please see the Reno Friends RISE Report.

The Quaker Earthcare Witness Corner

Quaker Earthcare Witness (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 www.quakerearthcare.org; by providing workshops and forums at Monthly, Quarterly and Yearly meetings; and through popular social media channels. Show you care about our dear Earth by checking them out!

Alternatives to Violence Project Update, from RFM liaison Cheri Smith

Though Covid 19 has stopped all Alternatives to Violence Project workshops in prisons, Rita Sloan, Nevada’s AVP leader, continues to help inmates as a member of the Board for the Nevada Coalition Against the Death Penalty.  They have been especially active recently and have begun planning for the next legislative session. Newly enlisted Board members, including Public Defenders in Clark County, plus a couple of large grants, have enabled the group to really push toward ending the death penalty in our state. They have been able to hire a full-time “project coordinator” and will soon be hiring a full time organizer. With connections to the ACLU and other nonprofits and also a number of national organizations, they are hopeful the coalition’s mission will be successful. Check out NCADP’s website  http://nvcadp.org  to learn more and keep informed of their important work. The death penalty in Nevada is costly, ineffective, racially and economically biased, and does nothing to make us safer.  Let’s end 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

Stamping for Dollars, previously know as 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 this worthy program, save canceled foreign and domestic stamps, and send them to: Stamps for Right Sharing, c/o Indianapolis First Friends, 3030 Kessler Blvd East Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46220. For more information: https://www.rswr.org/stamp-program. You can help make a difference in the world – one stamp at a time!

Outside Non-Profits That (Previously) Met at the Quaker Meeting House

NOTE:  These groups are currently meeting online only.

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. 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 Non-Profits Affiliated with Reno Friends

Sierra Interfaith Action for Peace (SIAP) has been “holding a space” for peace for over 16 years. Instead of gathering in front of the Federal Building, as they have done in the past, the group now gathers for a peace vigil on Zoom every Monday from 5:30-6:00 pm. Members take turns leading the group with relevant articles and discussions. If anyone wants to join the group, please send an email to either Pat Coia at crmmp2001@yahoo.com or Rita Sloan at rwrksloan@hotmail.com.

Hold Them in the Light

Please hold the following in the Light: All who those who have lost loved ones or who have suffered illness during the pandemic; those who have lost jobs or business; everyone hurt and challenged by racism, war and terrorism; those who struggle with loneliness, sadness or privation; all those grieving over the epidemic of gun violence and police violence in our country, and for and all the people and leaders of our nation and all countries experiencing war or oppression, so that we may find peaceful resolutions to all our economic and political troubles. In particular, please hold in the Light: Rhonda’s uncle Harry, Suze’s friend Linda, Cheri and family, Steve Wolgast and his family, Mark and Edie’s niece Hannah, Joan Graham, her brother Dan and Dan’s son, and Len Brune and his family.

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

Quaker Activities & Announcements

Ben Lomond Quaker Center Workshops

Ben Lomond is still operating, but most programs are currently held online. Check out their website for Worship Sharing, Silent Worship, specific programs and more. Go to http://www.quakercenter.org.

Ben Lomond Fire and Finance Update: Despite losing nearly 2,000 feet of waterline and two-years-worth of firewood, Quaker Center managed to avoid losing any buildings. For that we are so grateful and hold in the Light so many neighbors who were not so fortunate. We hope to find ways to help and support those in need. We are beginning to roll up our sleeves and begin cleaning process, gearing up to do some serious erosion control, to continue with fire prevention work and to replace all of that waterline.
In terms of finances, we are continuing to hold our heads above water,  despite losing about $15,000 per month of budgeted income. We started out with some healthy reserves, we’ve cut back on expenditures and Friends have been exceedingly generous in offering financial support. But, as the pandemic shows no sign of going away, and as we recover from the CZU fire, we are nearly certain to approach the limits of our ability to stay afloat and to chart the course. Please help, as you are able: DONATE

Fall 2020 Ben Lomond Workshops

  • A Convincing Translation, Nov. 20-22; With Robin Mohr and Benigno Sanchez Eppler. As Friends, we already translate between cultures, centuries, languages. How do we develop the stamina to have difficult conversations with people from different backgrounds or beliefs, in our families, our Quaker meetings, our world?
Quaker worship and fellowship online through Western Friend Magazine:  https://westernfriend.org/quaker-worship-and-fellowship-online
British Yearly Meeting Shares a Daily Feed of Advices and Queries: Go to http://quakerthoughtfortheday.com/

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)gmail.com. 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 WCTSWCTS 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 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) gmail.com, 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)gmail.com or call at 775-473-5559.Go to Newsletter Archive for prior months’ news.Return to Home page

October 2020 Newsletter

For a list of upcoming events, see our Calendar. For the monthly Queries, October: Peace(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.)

Announcements

Reno Friends Meeting House and the First Day School are closed for now, but we are holding Silent Worship in the Garden at 10:00 am (details below). We are also  online meetings and discussions through the web app Zoom. For details on using Zoom, see our guidelines

October Reno Friends Modified Schedule

NOTE: Remember that any scheduled event could be cancelled due to bad weather, poor air quality, changes in government and Health Department Guidelines, or availability of clerks. Watch your email for updates.
Every Sunday in October 2020:  Silent Worship in the Meeting House Garden, from 10:00 to 11:00 am, weather and air quality permitting.
Tues. Oct. 6 – Ministry & Oversight Committee Meeting, 10 am.
Thurs. Oct. 8 – Zoom Clerks’ Committee Meeting 10 am
Thurs. Oct. 8 – PM Embody the Light, 7-8 pm, on Zoom (details)
Sun. Oct. 11 – Zoom Meeting for Business, 12 noon. (Note later time.)
Wed. Oct. 14 – AM Embody the Light, 10-11 am, at Lake Park (details)
Sat. Oct. 17 – Meeting House Garden Clean-up, 9-12 am
Wed. Oct. 28 – AM Embody the Light, 10-11 am, at Lake Park (details)
Thurs. Oct. 29 – Zoom Spiritual Discussion, 7-8 pm, “Membership,” with Edie Uber.

Reno Friends Meeting Events & Notices

NOTE:  All daytime RFM events have been moved to 10:00 am now that the weather is cooling.
Silent Worship in the Garden, Sundays 10:00-11:00 am

We are currently holding Silent Worship sitting outside in our Meeting House Garden. Please follow these guidelines to keep everyone safe.

If you would rather sit in silent worship from the comfort of your own home, we invite you to send after-thoughts, joys and concerns, and requests to hold people in the light to Rhonda at rhondalou14(at)gmail.com. Our worship clerk will read them at the next garden silent worship.

Silent Worship and Social Hour will move to Zoom starting Nov. 1 (or possibly earlier, if necessary). Worship will be from 10:00 am to 11:00 am.

Business Meeting has decided to keep Silent Worship in the Garden through October, unless inclement weather or poor air quality force us onto Zoom.  This will be decided on a Sunday by Sunday basis through October, so if outdoor conditions look iffy, keep an eye out for an alert from the Meeting that we are moving Worship onto Zoom. As of Nov. 1, we will meet for Silent Worship only on Zoom for the rest of the fall, winter and early spring. We will hold our usual social hour after Worship on Zoom, as well, so after we rise from Worship, everyone can go get a cup of coffee and return to the Zoom session. Here is the recurring Zoom link for online Silent Worship on Sundays mornings. (The Zoom session is active between 9:45-12:00, with Silence starting at 10.)

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

For 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 https://westernfriend.org/media/how-use-zoom-videoconferencing.

Embodying the Light: Wednesday morning class at Lake Park 10 to 11 am, Oct. 14 and Oct. 28; Thursday evening class on Zoom, 7-8 pm, Oct. 8.

Rhonda Ashurst leads the “Embodying the Light” class of gentle yoga and Tai Chi/Qigong as a service to Reno Friends and the community. This month, she has started offering a third session of Embodying the Light, which will meet the first Thursday evening of each month at 7 pm on Zoom (watch the Weekly Schedule Update for the link). The Thursday evening class this month is Oct. 8.

While the weather is good, the second and fourth Wednesday morning classes will still meet at Lake Park. This quiet park is at the intersection of Wesley and Coleman Streets, off Keystone Avenue. There is adequate parking on both streets, on the park side. We will do our Tai Chi/Qigong practice standing, but please bring a folding chair or mat for our brief meditation, and please bring 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 the park, so plan accordingly. See our website for more details.

Zoom Spiritual Discussion, 7-8 pm, Thurs. Oct. 29, with Edie Uber; discussing “Membership in a Quaker Meeting.”

Join us on Zoom each month for a Spiritual Discussion on various Quaker topics, from 7-8 pm on third or fourth Thursdays.  On Thurs. Oct. 29, Edie Uber will lead a discussion on what it means to become a member of a Quaker Meeting. Queries for the session will be sent out ahead of time, along with the Zoom invite.

Zoom Ministry and Oversight Committee Meeting, Tues. Oct. 6, at 10 am

RFM’s M&O Committee will meet on Zoom. This meeting is open only to M&O Committee members and helpers. A link for that Zoom session, along with an agenda, will go out to those involved the day before.

Zoom Clerks Committee Meeting, Thurs. Oct. 8, at 10 am

RFM’s Clerks Committee will meet to discuss the Meeting for Business agenda. A link for that Zoom session, along with an agenda, will go out to those involved the day before.

Zoom Meeting for Business, Sun. Oct. 11, at 12 NOON

Business Meetings will be held on Zoom for the foreseeable future. We are currently meeting at 12 noon, so everyone has time to return home from Garden Worship.  A Zoom invite will be sent out to all in advance of each Meeting for Business, along with the agenda. Everyone is welcome at Meeting for Business.

Meeting House In-Person Fall Garden Cleanup, Sat. Oct. 17, 9 to 12 am

Please wear a mask and bring garden tools and gloves. (The Meeting House will only be available for bathroom use, one person at a time.) Please put it on your calendars!

Sierra Friends Center/Woolman School Damaged by Fire Outside Nevada City

To the great shock and sadness of all local Quakers, our beloved Quaker retreat/Woolman School and Camp, known as Sierra Friends Center, suffered serious damage to a number of buildings on August 18, when the Jones fire swept through the hills outside of Nevada City, CA. Fortunately, the Center had insurance and plans to rebuild. If you would like to help financially, go to the link, above. Please hold the Woolman/SFC community, and all those affected by the fires, in the Light.

COVID Financial Appeal from Reno Friends

At the May Business Meeting, the Reno Meeting Treasurer shared that – while the Meeting is in good financial shape – it faces several unique circumstances in the current COVID-19 environment. The outside groups that use the Meeting House for weekly meetings have not been able to do so since March, resulting in a loss of rental income. Cash donations in the Meeting’s donation box have also stopped during this shut-down period. And to avoid large groups in tight spaces while serving at RISE dinners for the homeless, we are donating to RISE monetarily instead. As a Meeting, we will continue to budget so that we are operating within our means; however, any extra small donations to meet these special circumstances will be appreciated. Because the Meeting House is temporarily closed, donations should be sent to our Meeting Co-Treasurer Katie Dwyer, at her home at 40 Arbor Oak Court, Reno, NV  89509-6887. Thank you from Reno Friends!

RISE Update

Changes have been coming to RISE, the local charity that serves Reno’s homeless and which is supported by Reno Friends. RISE, which stands for the Reno Initiative for Shelter and Equality, is no longer managing the RISE & Dine meal service that Reno Friends have helped with in the past. The Catholic Charities (under the direction of the Community Homeless Advisory Board made up of local officials) has taken over that service. Instead, RISE is operating the new family shelter, Our Place. Here is a report on RISE from Steve Wolgast, the RFM RISE liaison, after a discussion with Ben Castro, the Executive Director of RISE:

The pandemic has had an impact on RISE programs and efforts. Staff with any suspicious symptoms can’t come back to work for ten days, leaving them short-handed. Washoe County has been supportive in providing more funds available under the CARES act and RISE is hiring additional staff. Peer counselor training is a priority so that staff can provide counseling in addition to support services. Ben is pleased that 12 staff members are certified and another 12 are currently pursuing the certification. The certification involves some formal training (done at UNR) in addition to a requirement for a minimum number of hours working in the field.

The Our Place Family Shelter is at capacity with 28 families. Along with parents with children, this facility is available to pregnant single women. There are 40 families on the waiting list. The Women’s Shelter has moved to the new site from the warehouse on Third St. This is a lot nicer. There are currently 100 women there, with capacity for 130 maximum. There is a wing that allows pets. Ben thinks it’s really a healing environment. The problem is that there is no affordable housing to move into for those who are prepared to leave the shelter. At the Senior Shelter, there are 12 units, which are now full. There are few problems managing this facility at this time.

Fourth Street Rest Stop: This is the location that was recently made available for the “RISE and Dine” food program (Saturday night dinners).  There are new large tents housing up to 168 men for overnight shelter here.  All food is provided by the Catholic Charities. Reno intends this to be temporary as the tents are not suitable for winter use. At that point, the volunteer food program would presumably continue. Due to a neighbor’s suit, the court has affirmed that the tents need to be removed by December.  Winter shelters may be set up at Governor’s Field nearby.  Reno has asked to buy the Fourth St property from TMWA, but they have refused to sell. Plans for the winter are being negotiated between Catholic Charities, Volunteers of America, and the Reno-Sparks Gospel Mission. Plans are largely up in the air now. RISE continues with some outreach efforts with volunteers going to the homeless camps.  There is still a need for ordinary items such as tarps, flashlights, etc. Cash donations received are used for personal hygiene products. Ben would like to start a fund to provide for raises and promotions as his staff become more experienced and demonstrate their proficiency. Ben plans to update the website, as most of the information there is out of date. Steve suggested they hire a web designer to create something basic but current. Ben provided Steve with the RISE 990 form for 2019 describing their financial operations. Volunteers will need to get a background check pre county regulations. This can be arranged by RISE. If you want to help, check RISE’s Amazon wishlist for the Our Place shelter for updates and details on what’s needed. You don’t have to buy items from Amazon, but seeing what RISE is asking for is helpful. If you have something you’d like to donate, email Kim (at) RenoInitiative.org for instructions on how deliver your donation, or you can bring your item to Sunday Silent Worship and Rhonda Ashurst can deliver it to the home of RISE Ex. Dir. Ben Castro for you. The Meeting has been making a monthly financial contribution to RISE. If you would like to help by donating funds, please send a donation to the Meeting Co-Treasurer, Katie Dwyer, at 40 Arbor Oak Court, Reno, NV  89509-6887.

The Quaker Earthcare Witness Corner

Over the last few months, we have printed sections of the vision of Quaker Earthcare Witness’s publication BeFriending Creation.  Now, here they are, all together: We are called to live in right relationship with all Creation, recognizing that the entire world is interconnected and is a manifestation of God.  We work to integrate into the beliefs and practices of the Religious Society of Friends the Truth that God’s Creation is to be respected, protected, and help in reverence in it’s own right, and the Truth that human aspirations for peace and justice depend upon restoring the earth’s ecological integrity.  We promote these truths by being patterns and examples, by communicating our message, and by providing spiritual and material support to those engaged in the compelling task of transforming our relationship to the earth. Learn more about Earthcare at www.quakerearthcare.org

Alternatives to Violence Project Update, from RFM liaison Cheri Smith

Though Covid 19 has stopped all Alternatives to Violence Project workshops in prisons, Rita Sloan, Nevada’s AVP leader, continues to help inmates as a member of the Board for the Nevada Coalition Against the Death Penalty.  They have been especially active recently and have begun planning for the next legislative session.  Newly enlisted Board members, including Public Defenders in Clark County, plus a couple of large grants, have enabled the group to really push toward ending the death penalty in our state. They have been able to hire a full-time “project coordinator” and will soon be hiring a full time organizer.  With connections to the ACLU and other nonprofits and also a number of national organizations, they are hopeful the coalition’s mission will be successful.

Check out NCADP’s website  http://nvcadp.org  to learn more and keep informed of their important work.  The death penalty in Nevada is costly, ineffective, racially and economically biased, and does nothing to make us safer.  Let’s end 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 (Previously) Met at the Quaker Meeting House

NOTE:  These groups are currently meeting online only.

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. 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 Non-Profits Affiliated with Reno Friends

Sierra Interfaith Action for Peace (SIAP) has been “holding a space” for peace for over 16 years. Instead of gathering in front of the Federal Building, as they have done in the past, the group now gathers for a peace vigil on Zoom every Monday from 5:30-6:00 pm. Members take turns leading the group with relevant articles and discussions. If anyone wants to join the group, please send an email to either Pat Coia at crmmp2001@yahoo.com or Rita Sloan at rwrksloan@hotmail.com.

Hold Them in the Light

Please hold the following in the Light: All who those who have lost loved ones or who have suffered illness during the pandemic; those who have lost jobs or business; everyone hurt and challenged by racism, war and terrorism; those who struggle with loneliness, sadness or privation; all those grieving over the epidemic of gun violence and police violence in our country, and for and all the people and leaders of our nation and all countries experiencing war or oppression, so that we may find peaceful resolutions to all our economic and political troubles. In particular, please hold in the Light, Joan Graham, whose brother has contracted COVID.

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

Quaker Activities & Announcements

College Park Fall Quarterly Meeting Oct. 16-18, on Zoom

The theme for the College Park Fall Quarterly Meeting, Oct. 16-18, is “Walking Together in the Light.” The Meeting will be held on Zoom, as was done for Spring Quarterly earlier this year. At this time when the concurrent pandemics of climate degradation, COVID-19, and racism unleash a triple whammy that disproportionately and drastically affects people of color and the poor, there is a great need for spiritually strong and grounded people to join together in the Light to effect a sea change. The Quaker response to injustice is reflected in our testimonies and our practice of patient listening for Divine leading.

Fall quarterly meeting will be a time to partake of spiritual nourishment and consider faithful action, a time to join together in the Presence to tap into our deep spiritual roots as we discern what witness and action the
Divine is calling us into. We will be invited into waiting worship to “sink down to the seed which God sows in the heart” and will have opportunities for individual Friends, monthly meetings, and our Friends organizations
to share the ways they are working through the obstacles of sheltering in place and social distancing in order to engage with the needs of their local communities and to take action on public policies. Please join us at our virtual quarterly meeting, October 16-18, 2020. We look forward to sharing worship and fellowship with you! Faithfully yours, Barbara Babin, clerk, College Park Quarterly Meeting. For details on how to register, go to collegeparkquarterlymeeting.org.

Ben Lomond Quaker Center Workshops

Ben Lomond is still operating, but all programs are currently held online. Check out their website for Worship Sharing, Silent Worship, specific programs and more. Go to http://www.quakercenter.org.

Fall 2020 Ben Lomond Workshops

  • Listening to Nature’s Wisdom, Oct. 9-10; With Mica Estrada.  Nature allows diversity to flourish and find its way to equity, inclusion and letting go. But how does nature respond to imbalances and limited resources? When does it flow with conscious effort toward precious coexistence? We will reflect upon the implications for forming a more radically inclusive and healthy Society of Friends.
  • Couples Enrichment, Oct. 30-Nov. 1; With Jeff and Kathy Richman.  Nurture and deepen your couple relationship through communication exercises, couples dialog, worship and laughter. Practice addressing conflict in ways consistent with Quaker values. Make good relationships even better.
  • A Convincing Translation, Nov. 20-22; With Robin Mohr and Benigno Sanchez Eppler. As Friends, we already translate between cultures, centuries, languages. How do we develop the stamina to have difficult conversations with people from different backgrounds or beliefs, in our families, our Quaker meetings, our world?

Quaker worship and fellowship online through Western Friend Magazine:  https://westernfriend.org/quaker-worship-and-fellowship-online

British Yearly Meeting Shares a Daily Feed of Advices and Queries

Go to http://quakerthoughtfortheday.com/

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)gmail.com. 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 WCTSWCTS 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 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) gmail.com, 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) gmail.com or call at 775-473-5559.

September 2020 Newsletter

For a list of upcoming events, see our Calendar. For the monthly Queries, September: Personal Relationships(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.)

Announcements

Reno Friends Meeting House and the First Day School are closed for now, but we are holding Silent Worship in the Garden at 10:00 am (details below). We are also  online meetings and discussions through the web app Zoom. For details on using Zoom, see our guidelines

September Reno Friends Modified Schedule

NOTE: Remember that any scheduled event could be cancelled due to bad weather, poor air quality, changes in government and Health Department Guidelines, or availability of clerks. Watch your email for updates.
Every Sunday in September 2020:  Silent Worship in the Meeting House Garden, from 10:00 to 11:00 am.
Wed. Sept 2 – Gab & Garden, 10:00 – 11:00 am (details below).
Thurs. Sept. 3 – Zoom Clerks’ Committee Meeting 10 am
Tues. Sept. 8 – Ministry & Oversight Committee Meeting, 10 am
Wed. Sept. 9 – Embody the Light, 10-11 am, at Lake Park (details)
Sun. Sept. 13 – Zoom Meeting for Business, 12 noon. (Note later time.)
Wed. Sept. 23 – Embody the Light, 10-11 am, at Lake Park (details).
Thurs. Sept. 24 – Zoom Spiritual Discussion, 7-8 pm, “Mysticism,” with Doug Smith.

Reno Friends Meeting Events & Notices

NOTE:  All daytime RFM events have been moved to 10:00 am now that the weather is cooling.
Silent Worship in the Garden, Sundays 10:00-11:00 am

We are currently holding Silent Worship sitting outside in our Meeting House Garden. Please follow these guidelines to keep everyone safe.

If you would rather sit in silent worship from the comfort of your own home, we invite you to send after-thoughts, joys and concerns, and requests to hold people in the light to Rhonda at rhondalou14(at)gmail.com. Our worship clerk will read them at the next garden silent worship.

Silent Worship and Social Hour will move to Zoom starting Oct. 4 (or possibly earlier, if necessary)

The Ministry and Oversight Committee has decided to move Silent Worship and our usual social hour time after Worship to the Zoom meeting platform online for the fall, winter and spring. M&O feels strongly that we need to keep our Quaker Worship and Friendly connections alive during this next phase of the pandemic. We will start Oct. 4 unless temperatures drop and force us inside earlier. M&O will send out a Zoom link for online Silent Worship at 10 am on Sundays before each session, along with guidelines. We plan to keep the Zoom session open for an additional hour after Worship so that people can get a cup of coffee and return for online fellowship (do-it-yourself-hospitality.) We even plan to hold an online “potluck” on the 4th Sunday of each month through the fall, winter and spring. For those who would like to learn more about Zoom in advance, go to https://westernfriend.org/media/how-use-zoom-videoconferencing. Stay tuned for more updates!

Gab and Garden: Fellowship in the Meeting House Garden, Wed. 10 am, Sept. 2; last one!

Bring your lawn chair and your icy-cold refreshment, and enjoy a little Friendly fellowship together in the garden for the last time this summer. Lending a hand with garden chores is strictly optional, of course. Tools for light weeding will be available, but bring garden gloves if you like. Please wear a face mask. Call or email Melanie if you have any questions, suggestions or concerns. (The Meeting House will be open for bathroom use only.)

Zoom Clerks Committee Meeting and Zoom Orientation, Thurs. Sept. 3, at 10 am

RFM’s Clerks Committee will meet to discuss the Meeting for Business agenda, and for some Zoom orientation and practice time with Jana Dunn. A link for that Zoom will go out to those involved the day before. For those who would like to learn more about Zoom in advance, go to https://westernfriend.org/media/how-use-zoom-videoconferencing. If you are interested in learning how to help as a “Zoom clerk,” just email Wendy Swallow at wswallow54(at)gmail.com.

Zoom Meeting for Business, Sun. Sept. 13, at 12 NOON

Business Meetings will be held on Zoom for the foreseeable future. We are currently meeting at 12 noon, so everyone has time to return home from Garden Worship.  A Zoom invite will be sent out to everyone in advance of each Meeting for Business.

Embodying the Light Class, at Lake Park, Wed. 10 to 11 am, Sept. 9 and Sept. 23

Rhonda Ashurst leads the “Embodying the Light” class as a service to Reno Friends and the community. While the weather is good, she is holding class at Lake Park. This quiet park is at the intersection of Wesley and Coleman Streets, off Keystone Avenue. There is adequate parking on both streets, on the park side. We will do our Tai Chi/Qigong practice standing, but please bring a folding chair or mat for our brief meditation, and please bring 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 the park, so plan accordingly. See our website for more details.

Zoom Spiritual Discussion, 7-8 pm, Thurs. Sept 2, with Doug Smith; discussing “Quakers and Mysticism.”

Join us on Zoom each month for a Spiritual Discussion on various Quaker topics, from 7-8 pm on third or fourth Thursdays.  On Thurs. Sept. 24, Doug Smith will lead a discussion on “Quakers and Mysticism.” Queries for the session will be sent out ahead of time, along with the Zoom invite.

Meeting House In-Person Fall Garden Cleanup, Sat. Oct. 17, 9 am

Please wear a mask and bring garden tools and gloves. (The Meeting House will only be available for bathroom use, one person at a time.) Please put it on your calendars!

Sierra Friends Center/Woolman School Lost to Fire Outside Nevada City

To the great shock and sadness of all local Quakers, our beloved Quaker retreat/Woolman School and Camp, known as Sierra Friends Center, suffered serious damage to a number of buildings on August 18, when the Jones fire swept through the hills outside of Nevada City, CA. Many of us know Sierra Friends Center as the site of the College Park Fall Quarterly Meeting, with its little cabins in the woods, the beautiful Grass Valley Meetinghouse, the scattered schoolroom buildings, the dining hall, the little farm and the lovely grass hills. Fortunately SFC had insurance, and staff had done considerable work in the past several years to reduce fire hazard on the site. Apparently a team of prison-workers employed as a fire crew worked tirelessly and courageously to save buildings, which probably accounts for why more of the center did not burn. But it is still a sorrow for College Park Quarterly Friends, and many others who have attended Woolman School or Camp, attended retreats and meetings there, or who lived there for a time, teaching, tending the buildings and grounds, or working.  Please hold the Woolman/SFC community, and all those affected by the fires, in the Light.

COVID Financial Appeal from Reno Friends

At the May Business Meeting, the Reno Meeting Treasurer shared that – while the Meeting is in good financial shape – it faces several unique circumstances in the current COVID-19 environment. The outside groups that use the Meeting House for weekly meetings have not been able to do so since March, resulting in a loss of rental income. Cash donations in the Meeting’s donation box have also stopped during this shut-down period. And to avoid large groups in tight spaces while serving at RISE dinners for the homeless, we are donating to RISE monetarily instead. As a Meeting, we will continue to budget so that we are operating within our means; however, any extra small donations to meet these special circumstances will be appreciated. Because the Meeting House is temporarily closed, donations should be sent to our Meeting Co-Treasurer Katie Dwyer, at her home at 40 Arbor Oak Court, Reno, NV  89509-6887. Thank you from Reno Friends!

RISE Update, from RFM Liaison Steve Wolgast

Changes have been coming to RISE, the local charity that serves Reno’s homeless and which is supported by Reno Friends. RISE, which stands for the Reno Initiative for Shelter and Equality, is no longer managing the RISE & Dine meal service that Reno Friends have helped with in the past. The Catholic Charities (under the direction of the Community Homeless Advisory Board made up of local officials) has taken over that service. Instead, RISE is operating the new family shelter, Our Place.

Reno Friends are still committed to helping RISE, so the Meeting has put together a RISE task force (Steve Wolgast and Edie Uber) to coordinate our assistance. If you want to help, check RISE’s Amazon wishlist for the Our Place shelter for updates and details on what’s needed. You don’t have to buy items from Amazon, but seeing what RISE is asking for is helpful. If you have something you’d like to donate, email Kim (at) RenoInitiative.org for instructions on how deliver your donation, or you can bring your item to Sunday Silent Worship and Rhonda Ashurst can deliver it to the home of RISE Ex. Dir. Ben Castro for you.

As of this writing, Ben needs volunteers to help with the shelter, including serving and cleaning up after meals. He could also use the help of a “gofer” to shop for items needed on a day-to-day basis. Any volunteers would need to pass a background check that is neither expensive nor time consuming. If you are interested, email Ben at info (at) RenoInitiative.org.

The Meeting has been making a monthly financial contribution to RISE. If you would like to help by donating funds, please send a donation to the Meeting Co-Treasurer, Katie Dwyer, at 40 Arbor Oak Court, Reno, NV  89509-6887.

For more information on what RISE needs to keep the shelters running, check their website at www.renoinitiative.org

The Quaker Earthcare Witness Corner

This month we are sharing the final section of the Vision and Witness of Quaker Earthcare Witness’s newsletter, BeFriending Creation:  We promote these truths by being patterns and examples, by communicating our message, and by providing spiritual and material support to those engaged in the compelling task of transforming our relationship to the earth. Learn more about Earthcare at www.quakerearthcare.org

Alternatives to Violence Project Update, from RFM liaison Cheri Smith

Though Covid 19 has stopped all Alternatives to Violence Project workshops in prisons, Rita Sloan, Nevada’s AVP leader, continues to help inmates as a member of the Board for the Nevada Coalition Against the Death Penalty.  They have been especially active recently and have begun planning for the next legislative session.  Newly enlisted Board members, including Public Defenders in Clark County, plus a couple of large grants, have enabled the group to really push toward ending the death penalty in our state. They have been able to hire a full-time “project coordinator” and will soon be hiring a full time organizer.  With connections to the ACLU and other nonprofits and also a number of national organizations, they are hopeful the coalition’s mission will be successful.

Check out NCADP’s website  http://nvcadp.org  to learn more and keep informed of their important work.  The death penalty in Nevada is costly, ineffective, racially and economically biased, and does nothing to make us safer.  Let’s end 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 (Previously) Met at the Quaker Meeting House

NOTE:  These groups are currently meeting online only.

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. 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 Non-Profits Affiliated with Reno Friends

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!

Inspiration

“Let us be silent that we may hear the whisper of God.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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) gmail.com.

Hold Them in the Light

Please hold the following in the Light: All who those who have lost loved ones or who have suffered illness during the pandemic; those who have lost jobs or business; everyone hurt and challenged by racism, war and terrorism; those who struggle with loneliness, sadness or privation; all those grieving over the epidemic of gun violence and police violence in our country, and for and all the people and leaders of our nation and all countries experiencing war or oppression, so that we may find peaceful resolutions to all our economic and political troubles. In particular, please hold in the Light, the Brune family and their son Len, who lost his partner and is struggling with health issues; Joan and Tom Graham, whose son Christopher has contracted COVID, Mark Woolbright and Edie Uber, who lost Mark’s mother to COVID last month.

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

Quaker Activities & Announcements

College Park Fall Quarterly Meeting Oct. 16-18

The theme for the College Park Fall Quarterly has yet to be determined. The Meeting will most likely be held on Zoom, as was done for Spring Quarterly earlier this year. Stay tuned for details or go to collegeparkquarterlymeeting.org.

Ben Lomond Quaker Center Workshops

Ben Lomond is still operating, but all programs are currently held online. Check out their website for Worship Sharing, Silent Worship, specific programs and more. Go to http://www.quakercenter.org.

Fall 2020 Ben Lomond Workshops:

  • September 4-6 Living into the Promise Sept. 4-6; With Julie Peyton and Marge Abbott. Friends speak of the reality of a Life and Power that is available to all. What on earth does that mean? Will we know it if we see it? Will we seek it if it’s missing?
  • Listening to Nature’s Wisdom, Oct. 9-10; With Mica Estrada.  Nature allows diversity to flourish and find its way to equity, inclusion and letting go. But how does nature respond to imbalances and limited resources? When does it flow with conscious effort toward precious coexistence? We will reflect upon the implications for forming a more radically inclusive and healthy Society of Friends.
  • Couples Enrichment, Oct. 30-Nov. 1; With Jeff and Kathy Richman.  Nurture and deepen your couple relationship through communication exercises, couples dialog, worship and laughter. Practice addressing conflict in ways consistent with Quaker values. Make good relationships even better.
  • A Convincing Translation, Nov. 20-22; With Robin Mohr and Benigno Sanchez Eppler. As Friends, we already translate between cultures, centuries, languages. How do we develop the stamina to have difficult conversations with people from different backgrounds or beliefs, in our families, our Quaker meetings, our world?

Quaker worship and fellowship online through Western Friend Magazine:  https://westernfriend.org/quaker-worship-and-fellowship-online

British Yearly Meeting Shares a Daily Feed of Advices and Queries

Go to http://quakerthoughtfortheday.com/

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)gmail.com. 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 WCTSWCTS 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 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) gmail.com, 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) gmail.com or call at 775-473-5559.

July and August 2020 Newsletter

For a list of upcoming events, see our Calendar. For the monthly Queries, July: Simplicity, and August: Integrity and Personal Conduct(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.)

Announcements

Reno Friends Meeting House is closed for now, but we are holding Silent Worship in the Garden at 9:30 am (details below). We are also offering other outdoor activities, as well as online meetings and discussions through the web app Zoom. For details on using Zoom, see our guidelinesThe First Day School is closed.

July 2020 Reno Friends Modified Schedule

NOTE: Remember that any scheduled event could be cancelled due to bad weather, changes in Government and Health Department Guidelines, or availability of clerks. Watch your email for updates.

Every Sunday from May 24 – August, 2020:  Silent Worship in the Meeting House Garden, from 9:30 to 10:30 am.
There will be no singing this summer.
Wed. July 1 – Gab & Garden, 9:30-10:30 am (details below).
Wed. July 8 – Embodying the Light, 9:30-10:30 am, at Lake Park, with Rhonda Ashurst (details below).
Thurs. July 9 – Zoom M&O Committee Meeting, 10 am.

NO MEETING FOR BUSINESS IN JULY

Wed. July 15 – Gab & Garden, 9:30-10:30 am (details below).
Thurs. July 16 – Zoom Clerks’ Committee Meeting, 10 am.
Wed. July 22 – Embodying the Light, 9:30-10:30 am, at Lake Park, with Rhonda Ashurst (details below).
Thurs. July 30 – Zoom Spiritual Discussion, 7-8 pm,  Topic: “Love Thy Neighbor (No Exceptions)”; with Rhonda Ashurst.

August 2020 Reno Friends Modified Schedule

Every Sunday from May 24 – August, 2020:  Silent Worship in the Meeting House Garden, from 9:30 to 10:30 am.
Wed. Aug. 5 – Gab & Garden, 9:30-10:30 am (details below.)
Thurs. Aug 6 – Zoom M&O Committee Meeting, 10 am.
Sun. Aug 9 – Zoom Meeting for Business, 12 noon (note later time.)
Wed. Aug. 12 – Embodying the Light, 9:30-10:30 am, at Lake Park, with Rhonda Ashurst (details below).
Sat. Aug. 15 – RISE Dinner for the Homeless CANCELLED (details below on how you may contribute to RISE.)
Wed. Aug. 19 – Gab & Garden, 9:30-10:30 am (details below.)
Thurs. Aug. 20 – Zoom Clerks’ Committee Meeting, 10 am.
Wed. Aug. 26 – Embodying the Light, 9:30-10:30 am, at Lake Park, with Rhonda Ashurst (details below).
Thurs. Aug. 27 – Zoom Spiritual Discussion, 7-8 pm,  topic TBA; with Rhonda Ashurst.

Reno Friends Meeting Events & Notices

Silent Worship in the Garden, Sundays 9:30-10:30 am

We are currently holding Silent Worship sitting outside in our Meeting House Garden. Please follow these guidelines to keep everyone safe.

If you would rather sit in silent worship from the comfort of your own home, we invite you to send after-thoughts, joys and concerns, and requests to hold people in the light to Rhonda at rhondalou14(at)gmail.com. Our worship clerk will read them at the next garden silent worship.

Gab and Garden: Fellowship in the Meeting House Garden, Weds. 9:30 – 10:30 am, July 1, July 15, Aug. 5 & Aug. 19

Bring your lawn chair and your icy-cold refreshment, and let’s catch up on each other’s lives in the shade of the cedar tree. Just anticipating seeing your smile lifts my spirits; talking together will be social nourishment! Lending a hand with garden chores is strictly optional, of course. Some find weeding and chatting go well together! I will have tools for light weeding and I expect it will be too warm for anything heftier. Please plan on wearing a face mask at least during your arrival and departure. We will see what the county’s recommendations are for outdoor mask use in advance of each Gab and Garden.

Please call or email Melanie if you have any questions, suggestions or concerns.

(The Meeting House will only be open for bathroom use only.)

Zoom Meeting for Business, Sun. Aug. 9, at 12 NOON

Business Meetings will be held on Zoom through the summer, but at a new time: 12 noon, so everyone has time to return home from Garden Worship. We will meet on second Sundays except for July, when we skip a month. A Zoom invite will be sent out to everyone in advance of each Meeting for Business.

Embodying the Light Class, at Lake Park, Wed. 9:30 – 10:30 am, July 8, July 22, Aug. 12 & Aug. 26

Rhonda Ashurst will lead the “Embodying the Light” class on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month, 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. Learn about becoming a clearer vessel for the Light, clearing blocks, releasing tension, being present in the moment, feeling the flow of inner energy, improving balance and breathing, and strengthening the muscles that carry us through physical life. Movements are gentle and easy so anyone can do them. We also take time for questions, discussion and reflection.  If you are unable to attend but would like to do the practice at home,  here are video instructions: https://rhondaashurst.com/embodying-the-light/.

Zoom Spiritual Discussions, 7-8 pm, Thurs. July 30 and Thurs. Aug. 27. Rhonda Ashurst will lead on various topics.

Join us on Zoom each month for a Spiritual Discussion on various Quaker topics, from 7-8 pm on third or fourth Thursdays. On Thurs. July 30, Rhonda Ashurst will lead a discussion on “Love Thy Neighbor (No Exceptions).” Queries for the session will be sent out ahead of time, along with the Zoom invite.

Queries for the 7/30 discussion:

Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.   Matthew 22:39, Mark 12:31

Friends testimonies include Community and Peace, which is based on loving one another, treating each other with respect (Equality), and responding to conflict with peace.

  1. When is it hard for you to love your neighbor/friend?
  2. How do you get beyond your desire to judge, retaliate against, or control your neighbor/friend?
  3. In what ways have you reached out to a neighbor/friend when conflict has arisen between you?
  4. Have you had to leave a situation or end a relationship because that was the best way to keep peace and stand in your integrity?
  5. How have others mended a relationship with you?
  6. In these times of political polarity which threaten to divide our nation, how do we love those with whom we disagree? Can we agree to disagree and still love one another?
Pacific Yearly Meeting Annual Session on ZOOM: July 10-15 

As Quakers, most of us have been inspired and moved by the racial justice protests rocking the country, but these events also raise challenging questions for society and government. If you long for the opportunity to discuss and share with other Quakers, then check out the schedule for Pacific Yearly Meeting’s Annual Session, July 10-15, on Zoom. PYM’s summer gathering is the chance for Quakers from all over the west and Pacific region to share ideas and concerns, worship together, and seek out solutions to the problems we face as communities and a nation. This year, the event is being held online and the registration fee is “pay as you are led,” so it’s a great opportunity for anyone interested to tune-in.

The keynote speaker this year is Mica Estrada, who serves on the Pacific Yearly Meeting Racial Justice and the Eldering Subcommittees. Mica also serves on the Geneva Quaker United National Committee, so she is sure to have important insights and wisdom to share.

As for the other events, there are many different sessions to attend, so here’s the link: https://www.pacificyearlymeeting.org/annual-session-minutes-reports/2020-annual-session/ Click on “Schedules and Agendas” for details. You must register to be sent the zoom links. Please be advised that you need to register in advance (at least a few days), so that they can process everyone in time.

Assisting RISE

RISE is a local charity that focuses on the homeless. RISE stands for the Reno Initiative for Shelter and Equality.  RISE operates the new family shelter, Our Place, and has long provided community meals to the homeless. For more information, go to www.renoinitiative.org.

As of August 1st, RISE won’t be serving dinner with volunteers at the 4th Street location. RISE will continue with managing the womens’ and family shelters.

Reno Friends has put together a RISE task force to coordinate our assistance to RISE.  The RFM RISE task force consists of: Steve Wolgast, our RISE coordinator, who will be our liaison to RISE Ex. Dir Ben Castro; Holly Buchan, and Edie Uber, who has been rounding up items RISE needs at their shelter and who will also write a monthly newsletter update on RISE and communicate with the M&O committee.

Several Reno Friends have been helping RISE stock their new family shelter. If you would like to donate something, below is a list of  needs for the Women’s Shelter and Family Shelter:Bed-in-a-bags (new); primarily twin sizePack-n-Play bassinets and Pack-n-Play sheetsFabric face masks (RISE needs 150-200 of these!)Pillows (new or like new)Towels (new or like new)HangersToys for children ages 2-10Childrens’ books, fiction and non-fictionDisposable razorsHairbrushesMattress covers/protectorsToothpaste/toothbrushesWomen’s and children’s clothingDiapers, all sizes; baby wipes

Check RISE’s Amazon wishlist for the shelter (Our Place) for updates and details on what’s needed.  You don’t have to buy items from Amazon, but seeing what RISE is asking for is helpful.For RISE’s outreach efforts to people living outside, they need:Tents (2-4 person are best)Tarps (darker colors are better)SunscreenSleeping BagsFabric Face MasksBlanketsYou can also check the Amazon wishlist for these operations.

If you have something you’d like to donate, email Kim@RenoInitiative.org for instructions on how deliver your donation, or you can bring your item to Sunday Silent Worship and Rhonda Ashurst or Holly Buchan can deliver it to Ben Castro’s house for you.

As of this writing, Ben could use some volunteers to help with the shelter. He could use volunteers to serve and clean up after meals.  He could also use the help of a “gofer” to shop for items needed on a day-to-day basis.  Any volunteers would need to pass a background check which is neither expensive nor time consuming.  If you are interested, email Ben at info@RenoInitiative.org.

The Meeting has been making a monthly financial contribution to RISE. If you would like to help by donating funds, please send a donation to the Meeting Co-Treasurer, Katie Dwyer, at 40 Arbor Oak Court, Reno, NV  89509-6887.

COVID Financial Appeal from Reno Friends

At the May Business Meeting, the Reno Meeting Treasurer shared that – while the Meeting is in good financial shape – it faces several unique circumstances in the current COVID-19 environment. The outside groups that use the Meeting House for weekly meetings have not been able to do so since March, resulting in a loss of rental income. Cash donations in the Meeting’s donation box have also stopped during this shut-down period. And to avoid large groups in tight spaces while serving at RISE dinners for the homeless, we are donating to RISE monetarily instead. As a Meeting, we will continue to budget so that we are operating within our means; however, any extra small donations to meet these special circumstances will be appreciated. Because the Meeting House is temporarily closed, donations should be sent to our Meeting Co-Treasurer Katie Dwyer, at her home at 40 Arbor Oak Court, Reno, NV  89509-6887. Thank you from Reno Friends!

Call for Submissions for What Canst Thou Say?

Rhonda Ashurst is one of the editors for this Friend’s publication. She is editing the November issue: Jesus’ Love in Action. If you are inspired to write on the topic, she would welcome your submissions.  The deadline is September 1st.

The Religious Society of Friends is rooted in Christianity and has always found inspiration in the life and teachings of Jesus. How do you interpret your faith in the light of this heritage? How does Jesus speak to you today? Are you following Jesus’ example of love in action? Are you learning from his life the reality and cost of obedience to God? How does his relationship with God challenge and inspire you? (Advices and Queries #4, Britain Yearly Meeting) Deadline: September 1st. Issue comes out in November.

The Quaker Earthcare Witness Corner

BeFriending Creation, Earthcare’s newsletter, which is distributed quarterly, has an inspirational vision and mission statement.  RFM’s last newsletter carried the first section of it; here is the second: We work to integrate into the beliefs and practices of the Religious Society of Friends the Truth that God’s Creation is to be respected, protected, and help in reverence in its own right, and the Truth that human aspirations for peace and justice depend upon restoring the earth’s ecological integrity.

Next month the final section will be shared. Until then, you can learn more about QEW through their website: www.quakerearthcare.org

Alternatives to Violence Project Update

Though Covid 19 has stopped all Alternative to Violence Project workshops in prisons, Rita Sloan, Nevada’s AVP leader, continues to help inmates as a member of the Board for the Nevada Coalition Against the Death Penalty. They have been especially active recently and have begun planning for the next legislative session and are actively lobbying and educating during this special session, too. Newly enlisted Board members, including Public Defenders in Clark County, plus a couple of large grants, have enabled the group to really push toward ending the death penalty in our state. They have been able to hire a full-time “project coordinator” and will soon be hiring a full time organizer. With connections to the ACLU and other nonprofits and also a number of national organizations, they are hopeful the coalition’s mission will be successful.

Governor Sisolak plans to call a Second Special Session to address reforms regarding the criminal legal system, social justice and additional COVID-19 related policy.  The Nevada Coalition Against the Death Penalty wants Governor Sisolak to add death penalty repeal to the Special Session agenda.  You can add your voice to this request by signing  NVCADP’s petition to end the death penalty in Nevada .  Check out the NVCADP’s website http://nvcadp.org to learn more and keep informed of their important work.

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

NOTE:  These groups are currently meeting online, as the Quaker Meeting House is closed.

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)sbcglobal.net. Feel free to bring friends and neighbors, if they’re interested. For more on CCL, go to www.citizensclimatelobby.org.

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)gmail.com.

Other Non-Profits Affiliated with Reno Friends

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!

Inspiration

“There is a hard truth to be told: before spring becomes beautiful, it is plug ugly, nothing but mud and muck…But in that muddy mess, the conditions for rebirth are being created.”

– Parker Palmer

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) gmail.com.

Hold Them in the Light

Please hold the following in the Light: All who those who have lost loved ones or who have suffered illness during the pandemic; those who have lost jobs or businesses; everyone hurt and challenged by racism, war and terrorism; those who struggle with loneliness, sadness or privation; all those grieving over the epidemic of gun violence in our country, and all the people and leaders of our nation and all countries experiencing war or oppression, so that we may find peaceful resolutions to all our economic and political troubles. In particular, please hold in the Light the Brune family and their son Len, who recently lost his partner and is struggling with health issues.

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

Quaker Activities & Announcements

Attend Silent Worship Online with Other Quaker Meetings – Links

Ben Lomond’s Quaker Center offers an online meeting for worship from 7:30 am to 8:00 am Pacific time every day. Folks from all over the U.S, Canada and gather together for silent worship. To find it, go to: http://www.quakercenter.org/ then scroll down and click on ‘online meeting for worship’

Quaker worship and fellowship online through Western Friend Magazine:  https://westernfriend.org/quaker-worship-and-fellowship-online

British Yearly Meeting Shares a Daily Feed of Advices and Queries

Go to http://quakerthoughtfortheday.com/

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)gmail.com. 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 WCTSWCTS 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 theWage Peace Program, Urban Shield events, Responses and Resistance to Militarism, etc.  For more information, go to http://afsc.org/office/san-francisco-ca.

– 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) gmail.com, 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) gmail.com or call at 775-473-5559.

June 2020 Newsletter

For a list of upcoming events, see our Calendar. For the monthly Queries, June: Reaching Out(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.)

Announcements

Reno Friends Meeting House is closed through June 2020, but we are holding Silent Worship in the Garden at 9:30 am (details below). We are also offering other outdoor activities, as well as online meetings and discussions through the web app Zoom. For details on using Zoom, see below. The First Day School is closed.

June 2020 Reno Friends Modified Schedule

NOTE: Remember that any scheduled event could be cancelled due to bad weather, changes in Government and Health Department Guidelines, or availability of clerks. Watch your email for updates.

Every Sunday from May 24 – August, 2020:  Silent Worship in the Meeting House Garden, from 9:30 to 10:30 am.
There will be no Singing this summer.
Wed. June 3 – Chat & Garden, 9:30-10:30 am (details below).
Thurs. June 4 – Zoom M&O Committee Meeting, 10 am.
Wed. June 10 – Embodying the Light, 9:30-10:30 am, at Lake Park, with Rhonda Ashurst (details below).
Sun. June 14 – Zoom Meeting for Business, 12 noon (details below).
Wed. June 17 – Chat & Garden, 9:30-10:30 am (details below).
Sat. June 20 – RISE DINNER: CANCELLED (see details).
Wed. June 24 – Embodying the Light, 9:30-10:30 am, at Lake Park, with Rhonda Ashurst (details below).
Thurs. June 25 – Zoom Spiritual Discussion, 7-8 pm, “Continuing Revelation” with Wendy Swallow (details below).

Reno Friends Meeting Events & Notices

Silent Worship in the Garden, Sundays 9:30-10:30 am

We are currently holding Silent Worship sitting outside in our Meeting House Garden. Please follow these guidelines to keep everyone safe:

  • In the garden, each person should keep a space of 6’ or more from others. Please avoid clustering at the gate or entrance.
  • Bring your own folding chair (beach or camp), a mask (surgical or homemade, or a face shield), and a hat (it’s sunny).
  • Arrive 10 minutes early to get situated on the lawn.
  • A mask or face shield is required at all times during garden worship, so that everyone feels safe. Thank you for understanding!
  • If you have difficulty breathing through your mask, while you are seated you may temporarily pull your mask down below your nose, but please keep your mouth covered. Please pull your mask back up over your nose when speaking, arriving, and departing, and cover your nose and mouth if you have to sneeze or cough.
  • Since it is difficult to hear outdoors, and also difficult to hear people speak through masks, we will have a microphone stand and speaker set up in the center of the garden. If you are moved to speak during the silence, please go to the microphone to speak so everyone can hear you. If you wish to share during afterthoughts or joys & concerns, raise your hand and the worship clerk will recognize you to approach the microphone. Please don’t touch the microphone while using it and ignore the furball on the end, it’s a wind muff and will not bite!
  • The Meeting House bathroom will be available via the BACK (north side) door. One person at a time, no gathering inside.
  • Please do NOT bring food or drinks or anything to share with others.
  • If weather threatens, we will make a decision about whether to cancel the evening before and send out an email and update the website. Check your email before you come if the weather looks doubtful.
  • In the event of a cloudburst or unexpected disruption during our worship, the worship clerk will disband the session and suggest we retreat to sit in our cars until we can reassemble.

NOTE:  If you need a chair, arrive early enough to have one provided you from inside the Meeting House.

If you would rather sit in silent worship from the comfort of your own home, we invite you to send after-thoughts, joys and concerns, and requests to hold people in the light to Rhonda at rhondalou14(at)gmail.com. Our worship clerk will read them at the next garden silent worship.

Chat and Garden: Fellowship in the Meeting House Garden, Weds., June 3 &17, 9:30 – 10:30 am

Please join us to chat and, if you like, do a little gardening on first and third Wednesdays from 9:30 to 10:30 am in the Meeting House garden. Please bring a folding chair, a mask, and remember to stay six-feet away from others. You may also bring garden tools, if you want to help weed, or you can bring a cup of coffee and just visit with others. Please do NOT bring food or drinks to share, but you may bring your own to snack on. The Meeting House will only be open for bathroom use.

Embodying the Light, Weds., June 10 & 24, 9:30 – 10:30 am, Lake Park

Rhonda Ashurst will lead the “Embodying the Light” class 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 https://rhondaashurst.com/embodying-the-light/

Zoom Meeting for Business, Sun. June 14, at 12 NOON

Business Meetings will be held on Zoom through the summer, but at a new time: 12 noon, so everyone has time to return home from Garden Worship. We will meet on second Sundays except for July, when we skip a month. A Zoom invite will be sent out to everyone in advance of each Meeting for Business.

Zoom Spiritual Discussion Thurs. June 25, 7-8 pm.

Please join us for monthly discussions of all things Quakerly and spiritual. This month we will be discussing “Continuing Revelation” with Wendy Swallow on Thurs. June 25 from 7 to 8 pm .   The following queries will be part of the discussion:

1. How might the Quaker concept of Continuing Revelation relate to the Quaker Testimonies?

2. What does Continuing Revelation mean to you?

3. Have you experienced times when your Inner Light revealed something to you that was surprising, or difficult to accept?

4. How does Quaker discernment relate to the idea of Continuing Revelation?

Check out the Zoom Guidelines, below.

RISE Dinner Sat. June 20, 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 this spring. If you would like to help by donating funds, please let Wendy know at wswallow54(at)gmail.com. 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 www.renoinitiative.org.

COVID Financial Appeal from Reno Friends

At the May Business Meeting, the Reno Meeting Treasurer shared that – while the Meeting is in good financial shape – it faces several unique circumstances in the current COVID-19 environment. The outside groups that use the Meeting House for weekly meetings have not been able to do so since March, resulting in a loss of rental income. Cash donations in the Meeting’s donation box have also stopped during this shut-down period. And to avoid large groups in tight spaces while serving at RISE dinners for the homeless, we are donating to RISE monetarily instead. As a Meeting, we will continue to budget so that we are operating within our means; however, any extra small donations to meet these special circumstances will be appreciated. Because the Meeting House is temporarily closed, donations should be sent to our Meeting Co-Treasurer Katie Dwyer, at her home at 40 Arbor Oak Court, Reno, NV  89509-6887. Thank you from Reno Friends!

Zoom Guidelines for Reno Friends

Join us on Zoom for spiritual discussions and meetings 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.

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 wswallow54(at)gmail.com or Jana Dunn at jldnvjld(at)gmail.com.

Info and registration links for Pacific Yearly Meeting’s Annual Session, July 10-15

As Quakers, most of us have been inspired and moved by the racial justice protests rocking the country, but these events also raise challenging questions for society and government. If you long for the opportunity to discuss and share with other Quakers, then check out the schedule for Pacific Yearly Meeting’s Annual Session, July 10-15, on Zoom. PYM’s summer gathering is the chance for Quakers from all over the west and Pacific region to share ideas and concerns, worship together, and seek out solutions to the problems we face as communities and a nation. This year, the event is being held online and the registration fee is “pay as you are led,” so it’s a great opportunity for anyone interested to tune-in.

The keynote speaker this year is Mica Estrada, who serves on the Pacific Yearly Meeting Racial Justice and the Eldering Subcommittees. Mica also serves on the Geneva Quaker United National Committee, so she is sure to have important insights and wisdom to share.

As for the other events, there are many different sessions to attend, so here’s the link: https://www.pacificyearlymeeting.org/annual-session-minutes-reports/2020-annual-session/

Click on “Schedules and Agendas” for details.

You must register to be sent the zoom links. Click here to register.  Please be advised that you need to register in advance (at least a few days), so that they can process everyone in time.

Here’s the annual “PYM CLERK’S CALL” from PYM Clerk Sandy Kewman:

I want to reach out to each one of you in this time of uncertainty and urge you to please take good care of yourselves and each other. Stay connected. We will get through this difficult time together in community.

Since few of us are meeting in physical proximity at this time because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will gather as a Yearly Meeting using online technology for our Annual Session. As a yearly meeting, we are working on creating virtual worship-sharing opportunities, interest groups, affinity groups, and the keynote, which will be available to be seen by anyone who can connect to the internet. We are hearing positive responses from those who have been able to attend virtual Meetings for Worship. We urge everyone to reach out to those who need technical support or to let us know of the need so that Friends can help one another to be connected. Information about the Annual Session is on the pacificyearlymeeting.org website.

Our world is in transition and positive transformation is possible. Our world is crying out for healing. What is being called forth at this time, from each one of us and all of us together and from the world? Let us take the next steps together with openness, curiosity and a dedication to learning with and from one another.

In service,
Sandy Kewman, Presiding Clerk

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!

British Yearly Meeting Shares a Daily Feed of Quaker Advices and Queries

Go to http://quakerthoughtfortheday.com/

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, www.quakerearthcare.org; 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

NOTE:  These groups are currently meeting online, as the Quaker Meeting House is closed.

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)sbcglobal.net. Feel free to bring friends and neighbors, if they’re interested. For more on CCL, go to www.citizensclimatelobby.org.

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)gmail.com.

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: bethechangeprojectreno.org. Or, contact Reno Friend Kyle Chandler-Isacksen at kisacksen (at) gmail.com.

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!

Inspiration

“The trees remind me that roots need dark, just as leaves need light, and neither roots nor leaves survive without the other.”

 Merlin Rainwater

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) gmail.com.

Hold Them in the Light

Please hold the following in the Light: All who injured or who have lost homes in the wildfires, 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 war or oppression, so that we may find peaceful resolutions to all our economic and political troubles. In particular, please hold in the Light those who have lost loved ones or who suffer illness or injury, as well as the family and loved ones of Stephen Matchette, a lifelong Quaker, social justice advocate, AVP leader and so much more, who died peacefully, the way he lived, on May 19th.

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

Quaker Activities & Announcements

College Park Spring 2020 Quarterly Meeting Quick Notes

On May 16 and 17, College Park Quarterly Meeting held its first ever virtual gathering, based in the theme “Shall we Gather at the River?” Over a hundred Friends attended on Zoom from all over the Quarter as well as visitors from Southern California Quarterly Meeting. It was a joy and a gift that so many could gather, see one another’s faces, and sink down into that sense of eternal love. The Zoom platform also offered challenges around timing, clerking, accessibility, ease of use, and ability to share information, all of which the planning team will explore how to address in the future.  We were greatly assisted by our Zoom coordinator/concierge, Andrea Harmann, and are grateful for her service.

Sessions included a Come-As-You-Are Bible Study, Worship, Worship-Sharing, and Plenary meetings. We also broke into regional groups to consider how we might support one another in the same geographic area of the Quarter, and had a wonderful family night with inter-generational activities organized by young adult Friends and teens, including a sing-along provided by Annie Patterson and Peter Blood of “Rise Up Singing.” On Sunday, there were three well-attended interest groups: Unity with Nature, Earthcare, Climate Activism; Listening Meetings into Wholeness; and California Policymakers and Advocates Respond to the COVID-19 Crisis.

Full minutes, including updates from Ben Lomond Quaker Center, the CPQM Finance Committee, and the College Park Friends Education Association/Woolman School are available on the website at https://www.collegeparkquarterlymeeting.org

Right Sharing of World Resources

A Special Appeal: RSWR Partners in Sierra Leone, Kenya and India

This is a challenging time for all of us regardless of where we live in the world. This is, however, a particularly difficult time in the life of our women partners, to whom we provide seed loans for local projects and for whom shelter-in-place has an immediate impact on their ability to feed their children and families. When we reached out and asked our partners what is their most urgent need, all of our partners unequivocally replied: FOOD to tide us over until we are able to work. Recognizing the urgency of their request for help—and the potential long-term impact on their families and communities—the Right Sharing board this past week made the decision to immediately send $60,000 from our reserve fund to provide assistance to as many of our RSWR women partners as possible, and to set a goal of raising an additional $50,000 for emergency food aid by the first week in June. Please help with a special gift to empower these woman and their families to weather the current crisis. If you are able to give, please visit our website www.rswr.org. Thanks.

Ben Lomond Quaker Center News & Workshops: ON HIATUS 

To check out future workshops, go to http://www.quakercenter.org/programs/register/.

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)gmail.com. 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 WCTSWCTS 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 theWage Peace Program, Urban Shield events, Responses and Resistance to Militarism, etc.  For more information, go to http://afsc.org/office/san-francisco-ca.

– 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) gmail.com, 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) gmail.com or call at 775-473-5559.Go to Newsletter Archive for prior months’ news.Return to Home page

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.)

Announcements

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 rhondalou14@gmail.com. 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 https://rhondaashurst.com/embodying-the-light/

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 wswallow54@gmail.com. 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 www.renoinitiative.org.

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 www.collegeparkquarterlymeeting.org.

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 wswallow54@gmail.com or Jana Dunn at jldnvjld@gmail.com.

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, www.quakerearthcare.org; 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) sbcglobal.net. Feel free to bring friends and neighbors, if they’re interested. For more on CCL, go to www.citizensclimatelobby.org.

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)gmail.com.

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: bethechangeprojectreno.org. Or, contact Reno Friend Kyle Chandler-Isacksen at kisacksen (at) gmail.com.

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!

Inspiration

“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) gmail.com.

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)renofriends.org.

Quaker Activities & Announcements

Ben Lomond Quaker Center News & Workshops: ON HIATUS 

To check out future workshops, go to http://www.quakercenter.org/programs/register/.

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)gmail.com. 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 WCTSWCTS 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 theWage Peace Program, Urban Shield events, Responses and Resistance to Militarism, etc.  For more information, go to http://afsc.org/office/san-francisco-ca.

– 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) gmail.com, 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) gmail.com or call at 775-473-5559.

April 2020 Newsletter

For a list of upcoming events, see our Calendar. For the monthly Queries, April: Harmony with Creation. (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.)

Announcements

Reno Friends Meeting is closed for gatherings through April, 2020, but we are offering some activities online through the web app Zoom, and we are taking money donations for the RISE Dinner (rather than making food to serve). There will be no First Day School or Singing in the Meeting House this month. For details on everything, including using Zoom, see below.

Reno Friends’ April Schedule

In lieu of gathering for Silent Worship in our Meeting House, please consider sitting for Silent Worship in your own home Sunday mornings from 10-11 am, as many of us will be doing. If you care to share afterthoughts or joys & concerns, please email them to Rhonda at: rhondalou14(at)gmail.com. We will then compile them in the new RFM Weekly Inspiration Update, which we will send to everyone on Wednesdays.

Thurs. Apr. 2 – Zoom Noon Lunch, 12-1:30 (details below)

Wednesday Apr. 8 – Zoom Spiritual Discussion, 6:30-7:30 pm (details below)

Thurs. Apr. 16 – Zoom Noon Lunch, 12-1:30 (details below)

Saturday Apr. 18 – RISE Dinner CANCELLED (details on donations, below)

Sunday Apr. 19 – Zoom Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business, 11:30

Wednesday Apr. 29 – Zoom Spiritual Discussion, 7-8 pm (details below)

Reno Friends Meeting Events & Notices

How to Participate Through Zoom: Guidelines

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, especially if many people participate.

Therefore, we have decided that when we hold Meeting for Business on Zoom, the Clerk will manage the discussion and call on people to talk. This will also work for the Spiritual Discussions we have scheduled. For the Thursday Zoom Noon Lunches, however, we believe using Zoom will work best if we split the participants into two separate Zoom “tables,” basically a Friendly Six Zoom Noon Lunch. That means that if you want to participate in one of the Zoom Noon Lunches, you will need to RSVP to Wendy beforehand, and she will set you up for a “table” hosted by either herself or Jana Dunn. It’s not ideal, but it will work better than having twelve people talking over each other if we try to do it all as one.

For the Spiritual Discussions and for Business Meeting, Wendy will send a Zoom meeting invitation to everyone in the Meeting one day before the event. The invitation includes a link to the scheduled meeting.

To join the meeting from your computer, just click on the link. Zoom will want to download its program, which costs you nothing. Just let it do that—you can delete it later if you like.

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 and it will connect. If you have any questions, just email Wendy at wswallow54@gmail.com or Jana Dunn at jldnvjld@gmail.com.

We hope to see you online!

Zoom Noon Lunch, Thurs. Apr. 2 and 16, 12-1:30 pm

Join us on Zoom as we lunch from our own homes. To get assigned to a “table,” you must RSVP to Wendy at wswallow54(at)gmail.com beforehand. (See note above on How to Participate Through Zoom.) We will have two separate lunch “tables.” Everyone who RSVPs will get a Zoom link from either Wendy or Jana Dunn, our two hosts. Read the Zoom guidelines above for more detail. If you have any questions, just email Wendy.

Zoom Spiritual Discussions Wed. Apr. 8, 6:30-7:30 pm on “Stewardship of People and Relationships,” and Wed. Apr. 29, 7-8 pm on “Trails”.

In lieu of our Sunday morning Spiritual Discussions, Reno Friends will now hold our discussions online on Wednesday evenings, 6:30-7:30 twice a month for the foreseeable future. Please join us on Zoom (see above for details) on April 8th to discuss “Principles of Stewardship in our Personal Relationships.” Then join us again on April 29th to discuss “Trails,” led by Rhonda Ashurst, which will examine the paths we make through the difficult decisions of today and how the Simplicity Testimony can help. There is no need to RSVP for these events. Wendy will send out a Zoom invite and link to everyone in the Meeting the day before.

Next RISE Dinner is Sat. Apr. 18-Cancelled BUT DONATIONS NEEDED!

For the time being, we will not be bringing food for the homeless for the RISE Dinner, as there are too many safety concerns. We are, however, collecting donations to send to RISE each month for food that they will procure and distribute. Please email Wendy Swallow at wswallow54(at)gmail.com if you are interested in adding to our monthly RISE donation. We are sorry to have to make this change, but the RISE folks understand and are happy to have financial resources to tap as they see needs change. As soon as it feels safe to resume our usual RISE commitments, we will let you know.  Stay tuned!

Zoom Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business, Apr. 19, 11:30 am

Please join us for Meeting for Business by Zoom on Third Sunday, Apr. 19 at 11:30 am, the usual time. An agenda and Zoom invite will be sent out beforehand.

Spring Cleanup at the Meeting House

The Spring Cleanup has been POSTPONED for now but if you would like to spend some time helping with garden cleanup, please email Melanie Scott at mel.scott2030(at)gmail.com for instructions.

Embodying the Light Classes Currently on Hiatus, but Stay Tuned!

Rhonda is working on written and video instructions so you can Embody the Light at home, which she will post on her website as soon as possible. Reno Friends will provide a link when it’s ready.

Sew Hospital Masks for Renown

For those who would like to make and donate hospital masks, here is information about how to participate from Renown:

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, www.quakerearthcare.org; 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) sbcglobal.net. Feel free to bring friends and neighbors, if they’re interested. For more on CCL, go to www.citizensclimatelobby.org.

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)gmail.com.

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: bethechangeprojectreno.org. Or, contact Reno Friend Kyle Chandler-Isacksen at kisacksen (at) gmail.com.

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!

Inspiration

“In the stillness of the quiet, if we listen, we can hear the whisper of the heart giving strength to weakness, courage to fear, hope to despair.”

 Howard Thurman

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) gmail.com.

Hold Them in the Light

Please hold the following in the Light: All who are sick or fearful or concerned about loved ones during this time of the coronavirus, 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 war or oppression or division, so that we may find peaceful resolutions to all our economic and political troubles. In particular, please hold in the Light those who have lost loved ones or who suffer illness or injury.  In particular, please hold in the Light those who have lost loved ones or who suffer illness or injury, and offer prayers for Stephen Matchett, that many of us know from the Ben Lomond Quaker Center and PYM, who will be having a biopsy of his brain tumor Monday, April 30th, so that they can determine the best approach to treatment. Then continue to hold him in the Light after that, too, please.

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

Quaker Activities & Announcements

College Park Spring Quarterly Meeting May 15-17 ONLINE

The officers and clerks of College Park Quarterly Meeting recently made the decision to cancel our reservation at Ben Lomond Quaker Center for our in-person, residential Quarterly Meeting. Instead we will meet online for worship, plenaries, interest groups, worship-sharing, and other activities via virtual platforms such as Zoom.

To help us prepare for the decision, we made an informal inquiry to an epidemiologist Friend. Our primary concern is for the health and safety of all Friends, and both our own instincts and this Friends’ response lead us to believe that meeting in person seems risky for the indefinite future. Since we want to connect with one another, undertake the work of the Quarter, and provide a space to share how Spirit is moving among us, a planning team will organize a schedule of activities that will allow us to interact with one another and with Spirit. We anticipate holding several sessions throughout the weekend so that people can choose which sessions to attend, leaving Sunday morning free so that Friends can attend their own meetings for worship. There will be activities for children and teens, as well as opportunities to gather in regional groups.

Although we are sad to miss the opportunity to be in the same physical space together, we are very excited about exploring new ways of being together in community. We hope you will join us! If you are interested in attending all or part of Quarterly Meeting, please set aside the weekend of May 15-17 on your calendars. We will send more details after Ministry and Oversight Committee meets on April 4, 2020.

Ben Lomond Quaker Center News & Workshops: ON HIATUS 

To check out future workshops, go to http://www.quakercenter.org/programs/register/.

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)gmail.com. 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 WCTSWCTS 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 theWage Peace Program, Urban Shield events, Responses and Resistance to Militarism, etc.  For more information, go to http://afsc.org/office/san-francisco-ca.

– 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) gmail.com, 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) gmail.com or call at 775-473-5559.

March 2020 Newsletter

For a list of upcoming events, see our Calendar. For the monthly Queries, March: Stewardship and Vocation (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.)

Announcements

Reno Friends’ March Schedule

BECAUSE OF THE CORONOVIRUS, ALL RENO FRIENDS’ ACTIVITIES ARE CANCELLED FOR MARCH EXCEPT FOR THE RISE DINNER.

Please consider sitting down for an hour of Silent Worship in your home Sunday mornings from 10-11 am, as many of us will be doing. If you would like to share afterthoughts or joys & concerns, please email Rhonda at rhondalou@gmail.com. Wendy will then compile them into an email and share them with everyone.

Every Sunday – Meeting for Worship, 10:00-11:00 am

Every Sunday – First Day School, 10:10-11:00 am

Saturday Mar. 21 – RISE Dinner for the Homeless, 5-6 pm (see newsletter for details–the site has moved!)

Thursday Apr. 2 – First Thursday Brown Bag Lunch, 12-1:30 pm (see newsletter for details)

Sunday Apr. 5 – Open Spiritual Discussion, 8:45-9:45 am (see newsletter for details). NOTE CHANGE OF SCHEDULE.

Sunday Apr. 5 – Hospitality after Silent Worship, 11:10 am

Wednesday Apr. 8 – Embodying the Light, 6:30-7:45 pm (this is the only December class)

Sunday Apr. 12 – Easter Potluck, 11:30 am

Saturday Apr. 18 – RISE Dinner for the Homeless, 5-6 pm (see newsletter for details.)

Sunday Apr. 19 – Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business, 11:30 am. NOTE CHANGE OF SCHEDULE.

Wednesday Apr. 22 – Embodying the Light, 6:30-7:45 pm

Sunday Apr. 26 – Potluck, 11:30 am

Reno Friends Meeting Events & Notices

Help Feed the Homeless: RISE Dinners on Sat. Mar. 21 & Apr. 18

Please join us to feed the hungry on Sat. Mar. 21 and Apr. 18 at 4:45 pm, if you feel safe doing so in this time of infection. To participate, cook a large dish and help serve it at the RISE Dinner station, which has moved to 1905 4th St., where there is parking. You can still carpool with other Quakers from the Meeting House at 4:30 pm, or meet us at the site. PLEASE WEAR GLOVES WHEN PREPARING FOOD FOR THE HOMELESS. Dishes to bring include casseroles, salads, vegetable sides, rolls or crates of fruit. No soups, please, as everything is served on plastic plates. Reno Friends will provide meals for the homeless every third Saturday through the spring, including: Apr. 18, May 16 and June 20. Please sign-up on the sheet posted on the bulletin board in the Meeting House, so we can assess whether we have enough participants. In April, Meeting for Business will assess how this is working and decide on the schedule for the second half of 2020.

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!

First Thursday Brown Bag Lunch, Thurs. Apr. 2, 12-1:30 pm

Reno Friends is starting a new tradition: Brown bag lunches at the Meeting House on the first Thursday of each month for conversation and fellowship. This is not a potluck, so as to avoid lots of cleanup. Just bring your own brown bag lunch. We hope to see you there!

Open Spiritual Discussion Sun. Apr. 5 (8:45-9:45 am) on “Spiritual Paths and Breaking Trails,” led by Rhonda Ashurst

Reno Friends now holds an open Spiritual Discussion every third Sunday before Worship, from 8:45-9:45 am in the Meeting House. (There will be no singing on these days.) The purpose of the sessions is to give Reno Friends a chance to share and discuss their spiritual journeys and questions. This month we will be discussing Rhonda’s March blog on Spiritual Paths and Breaking Trails. (See below for the blog.) Please join us!

“Embodying the Light” Class Wed. Apr. 8 & 22, 6:30-7:45 pm

Rhonda Ashurst will lead the “Embodying the Light” class from 6:30-7:45 pm in the Meeting House. This class draws from Tai Chi/qigong and yoga practices with the intention of embodying the Light in our physical bodies and our daily lives. Learn about becoming a clearer vessel for the Light, clearing blocks, releasing tension, being present in the moment, feeling the flow of inner energy, improving balance and breathing, and strengthening the muscles that carry us through physical life. Movements will be gentle and easy so anyone can do them. Following the movement, there will be time for questions, discussion and reflection.

Coffee Hour on 1st and 3rd Sundays after Silent Worship at 11:10 am

Reno Friends is now serving coffee and cookies after Silent Worship on the first and third Sundays of the month. Please join us for this relaxed time to connect and laugh!

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, www.quakerearthcare.org; 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

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) sbcglobal.net. Feel free to bring friends and neighbors, if they’re interested. For more on CCL, go to www.citizensclimatelobby.org.

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)gmail.com.

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: bethechangeprojectreno.org. Or, contact Reno Friend Kyle Chandler-Isacksen at kisacksen (at) gmail.com.

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!

Inspiration

“Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny. And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it’s all over.”

 Octavia Butler

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) gmail.com.

Hold Them in the Light

Please hold the following in the Light: All who are sick or fearful or concerned about loved ones during this time of the coronavirus, 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 war or oppression or division, so that we may find peaceful resolutions to all our economic and political troubles. In particular, please hold in the Light those who have lost loved ones or who suffer illness or injury. To request prayers, please leave a message at the Meeting House or contact the Clerk.

Quaker Activities & Announcements

Ben Lomond Quaker Center News & Workshops

God is Calling Us to be More Than We Know, Mar. 24-29, with Marcelle Martin (This may be cancelled; check with Ben Lomond.)

In this 5-day retreat we’ll help each other pay attention to the divine presence within, explore what blocks our whole-hearted response, and offer support for following the leadings of the Spirit. There will be opportunities for individual reflection as well as time in pairs and small groups for listening one another into new discovery and fresh expressions of the truth that resides in our hearts. We’ll explore practices that include evoking questions, mirroring, extended worship, expressive movement, and the Faithfulness Groups format. This program is suitable for adults of all ages who seek a deeper grounding in the life of the Spirit and are able to give loving attention to support others in doing the same. Marcelle Martin, author of Our Life is Love: The Quaker Spiritual Journey, is a member of Swarthmore Meeting. She has led workshops at retreat centers and Quaker meetings across the United States.

Choosing Peace, Apr. 17-19, with Bridget Moix

How do we sustain our witness as peace-builders amid such deep division, violence, and fear today? How do we turn our own anger and dismay into positive change in the world? How do we practice hope?

This workshop will help us reconnect and renew ourselves as peace-builders. Together we will learn from the examples of people building peace around the world, take time to reflect on our own leadings, soak in nature, and share practical ways we can help heal our country and communities. We will worship and work, walk and play, write and reflect. Bridget Moix is a peace advocate, activist, and scholar who has worked with Quaker and other peace organizations throughout her career. She currently serves as US Director of Peace Direct and as Assistant Clerk of the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL). She holds a PhD in conflict resolution and recently published her first book, Choosing Peace: Action and Agency in the Midst of War. Bridget lives in Washington, DC with her two sons, who challenge and nurture her own peacebuilding skills every day.

Register at http://www.quakercenter.org/programs/register/.

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)gmail.com. 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 WCTSWCTS 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 theWage Peace Program, Urban Shield events, Responses and Resistance to Militarism, etc.  For more information, go to http://afsc.org/office/san-francisco-ca.

– 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) gmail.com, 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) gmail.com or call at 775-473-5559.Edit