FIRST DAY SCHOOL REPORT FOR 2005
Submitted by Beverly Weiler (with Rebecca Cecil)
• We have had First Day School for ages 2-16 with a new program each week organized by Beverly W with a new parent volunteer each month, and assisted by Heather Bertram. Thanks to the volunteers!
• The theme for this year “Finding Spirit Through the Arts” has been actively explored using stories (fiction and non-fiction), songs, art projects, cooking, field trips, visiting artists and community members, and multicultural celebrations. We have introduced religions from all over the world, and highlighted history and spiritual values from Quaker and non-Quaker sources. We attend Meeting for the first 10-15 minutes and share our lessons, celebrations, etc., at rise of meeting.
• Our group of children is diverse. It’s great! Everyone contributes!
• In August, when I agreed to teach this group again, I asked that a teacher/mentor be found for the teens, to ‘upgrade’ their learning experience and to provide a place/time to separate the older kids and their behaviors/needs/experiences from the younger. This hasn’t happened and I am often feeling ‘stretched thin,’ especially when we have visitors!
• The first day school room, when used by others or well used by us, needs lots of cleaning, straightening, and care, and Heather and I would appreciate some help with it.
• The variable number/ages of children each week is difficult to plan for. I have extra work to do communicating with and encouraging families.
• Don’t give up on Teens! It’s great that they want to come – we need to go the ‘extra mile’ to invite them in fully and teach them! Any ideas?
• Other adults are welcome to volunteer, especially in the upcoming months, March-May.
• Remember that all parents already work overtime. Asking us to take on additional meeting responsibilities may not be appropriate.
• Please support our service projects with donations when asked. Even the smallest support is great!
PEACE OF THE RIVER
Peace I ask of thee, oh river - peace, peace, peace
When I learn to live serenely, care will cease
From the hills I gather courage, visions of the day to be
Strength to lead and faith to follow, all are given unto me
Peace I ask of thee, o river - peace, peace, peace
From Rise Up Singing, The Group Singing Songbook, page 46
Used by permission of Girls Scouts of the U.S.A.
(I first heard the song at Girl Scout camp. We used to sing when washing
dishes after each meal, and this song I particularly love and remember.)
A Recipe for Quaker Process
Joe Franko, Orange Grove Monthly Meeting
“Words should be few and savory, seasoned with grace.” --George Fox, Journal
(Submitted to the newsletter ny Joan Spencer)
The longer I am a Quaker, the less certain I am that any of us can agree on what “Quaker Process” is. I think there are certain ingredients that are important, but we are always seasoning to taste each time it’s served. Like a good bouillabaisse, we recognize the taste of it, though the fish used might be very different each time it’s served. Good cooks have a basic recipe in mind, and then season with a pinch of this or a dollop of that. That way, the recipe is always fresh and always reflective of the cook at the time the bouillabaisse is made.
I think God does the same thing with us. God, the cook, has a basic recipe for Quaker Process. A teaspoon of respect for each other, three tablespoons of willingness to back away from our beliefs, a dollop of humor, a pound off silence, another teaspoon of respect, lots of seasoning, and stirred and simmered until cooked just right. When we center down, we allow God to use us as a part of the ingredients in the stew. If we are too wedded to the importance of our own beliefs, we spoil the basic recipe, believing that we have a better recipe than God does. It’s as if the potatoes in a stew decided they were more important than the carrots. Hey, it ain’t stew without the carrots! If we allow the time to be cooked, respecting that God has put all the ingredients necessary in the post, then we are cooked to a wonderful stew, full of the flavor of each of us as seasoning.
Quaker Process is for me a cooking, a boiling, a roasting. We are all ingredients in the pot, trusting that our cook has a food recipe, led by a clerk we agree can stir the pot and sense with God’s help when the recipe is done. Sometimes the recipe requires a long rolling boil, sometimes a gentle simmer. Each occasion God comes to cook us might require a different recipe, seasoned a different way.
If George Fox were to walk through the door of our Meetinghouse, would he recognize our worship? Would our Meeting for Business thoroughly confuse him? Perhaps George, being a man of his time, (yes, even George was stuck squarely in his time), might need Margaret Fell to convince him that it’s the same recipe, seasoned for a different time and place.
AnnouncementsAn invitation to join our Dream Seminar: Marty Carroll and Mary Ray Cate are scheduled to lead a week-long seminar entitled Dreams: A Path to Wholeness and Self-Understanding at Ghost Ranch this summer (not part of IMYM). The dates of the seminar are July 31 to August 6. We'll be looking at methods of recall and interpretation, common dream themes, and the use of artwork to explore dream images. We would love to have our Friends join the seminar! Further details can be found on the Ghost Ranch website, www.ghostranch.org, or you can speak to one of us! Marty & Mary Ray ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Some Key Meeting Contacts
Ministry and Oversight Committee: (to whom you bring personal or meeting-wide concerns and needs for pastoral counseling) Audrey Miller, convener 424-1208, audrey88 at pobox.com; Greg Cliburn, 474-7313, gcliburn at gmail.com; Rebecca Henderson, 989-8627 rebeccahenderson4 at hotmail.com; Jan-Willem Jansons, 471-6167, JanWillemJ at msn.com; Beverly Busching, 984-8742, bbusching at mindspring.com; Roland Pool, 983-7241, RolandPool at aol.com; Reuben Hersh, 983-5044
Meeting Clerk: Beverly Busching, 984-8742, bbusching at mindspring.com
Meeting Resident: (to schedule use of building, guest apartment, report building problems, etc.) Roland Pool, 983-7241, rolandpool at aol.com
Newsletter: Kate Moses, editor, 988.2709, please email submissions, preferably as Word docs, to katemoses at earthlink.net, by the Friday before Business Meeting (held each third First Day).
Recorder: Marguerite Kearns Culp, marguerite at owlmount.com, 505-753-9760 home, 505-670-3124 cell
Treasurer: Frank Hirsch, 466.0109. Please mail financial contributions to: Treasurer, Santa Fe Monthly Meeting of Friends, 630 Canyon Road, Santa Fe, NM 87501
(All Committees and members, attenders and their contact information are listed in the Meeting Directory.)