A      LETTER       TO       FRIENDS

Newsletter of the Santa Fe Monthly Meeting       3rd Month 2006           

Query for this month:  In what ways do we bring together different generations, members and attenders, partnered and single, into our love and community?


Calendar of Events

All events to be held at the Meetinghouse, 630 Canyon Road, Santa Fe, unless otherwise noted.

Meeting for Worship is held every Sunday at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. 

Childcare and teen First-Day School are provided during the 11 a.m. service.


Sunday, March 5        10:00 a. m.  Singing, First Day School room

                                    10:10 - 10:45 a. m. Meeting for Worship for Healing

                                    12:10 a. m.  Potluck following 11 a.m. Meeting


Sunday, March 12        9:15 a. m. Ministry and Oversight Committee, guest apartment.  Friends with

                                       concerns to bring before the committee, please come at 10:00

                                    10:00 a. m. Draft and Military Counseling Committee. 

                                       10:00 a. m.  Singing, First Day School room

                                    Spiritual Nurturing group meets at Rise of Meeting.  All are welcome.


Sunday, March 19        10:00 a. m.  Singing, First Day School room

                                    10:00 a. m. Educational Program on Quaker History and Principles:

                                       (See Announcements, below) Inner Light, and Showing Light to the                                  

                                          World: Words and deeds. 

                                    12:30 p. m.  Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business 


Sunday, March 26        10:00 a. m.  Singing, First Day School room

                                    10:00 a. m.  Peace and Social Concerns Committee, Library                                                                                                              

Sunday, April 2            10:00 a. m.  Singing, First Day School room

                                    10:00 a. m. Educational Program on Quaker History and Principles:

                                       (See Announcements, below) 19th-Century Quakerism

                                    10:10 - 10:45 a. m. Meeting for Worship for Healing

                                    12:10 a. m.  Potluck following 11 a.m. meeting


Attention All Committee and Group Members:  Please send calendar items to the newsletter editor at katemoses at earthlink.net  The editor is not aware of committee meetings, events, etc., unless you make her aware.  Help get the word out!  Please include date, time, place, and description of events.  Thanks. 



"Life is like the sun shining on water. "  D. H .Lawrence
"Sometimes it's beautiful and sometimes it's blinding." M. M. Simon



If each day falls

Inside each night

There exists a well


We need to sit on the rim

Of the well of darkness

And fish for fallen light

With patience


--Pablo Neruda


 Minutes of Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business

Third First Day, First Month (February 19) 2006


Meeting opened with a period of silence.

Attendees: Diane LeResche, Steven Spencer, Joan Spencer, Bob Gaines, Audrey Miller, Frank Hirsch, Reuben Hersch, Philip Balcombe, Peggy Giltrow, David Giltrow, Rebecca Henderson, Michael Simon, Mary Ray Cate, Kip Corneli, Helen Corneli, Margy Willen, John Kretzmann and Beverly Busching, Interim Clerk


Only the first part of first month minutes were published in the newsletter. Beverly Busching read the remainder of the minutes. Meeting approved the minutes of the first month Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business with the following correction: Steven Spencer was also in attendance.


Ad Hoc Headdress Committee presented their findings on the Native American tableta, formerly mounted in the Meeting room. Their research indicates that it is an item worn by women being initiated into a Hopi women’s society and, as such, it is a personal possession and does not belong to a society or clan. It is not a sacred item in the sense of being used in a religious ceremony; however, Hopi consider all ceremonies to be sacred in the sense that life is sacred. Dr. Barton Wright, former curator of the Museum of New Mexico and a leading authority on Hopi culture and crafts, surmises that,”…at some point in her life Olive Rush did a Hopi woman a great service and she repaid Olive with something that was very important to her. It was a great gift and it would be wonderful to know what precipitated this mutual relationship.” A knowledgeable manager of the Case Trading Post at the Wheelwright Museum estimates the age of the piece at ca. 1900-1925. Two Hopi woman were consulted, one of them a member of the Mamzrau society, and felt it was acceptable to display the headdress.


The committee recommended that the tableta be returned to its original location above the door in the main room of the Meeting House, after placing it in a protective mount for security and preservation, accompanied by a descriptive plaque.


An extensive discussion followed. Alternate locations, either for display or storage of the item, were suggested. Some felt that Native Americans may still be disturbed by the display of the tableta in the Meeting House. Another person suggested that display of the tableta in the Meeting room is a symbol of Quakerism in finding that which is pure in the human heart, and in its openness to be informed by others. Others felt that Quaker belief in simplicity places this decision within larger concerns about our place of worship. No clear resolution on the value of further consultation was reached. Posting of findings related to the tableta if displayed seemed to be important to most.


The Meeting received the report of the committee with thanks for their extensive research, and requested that the Ad Hoc Committee look into the costs of the protection of the item. The Meeting agrees to season this matter further before making a decision on disposition of the tableta.


Fellowship Committee reported that, in addition to light weekly cleaning, about four hours of deeper cleaning is required to keep the Meeting House clean. Discussion was held on the merits of either hiring someone to clean or of trying to organize regular cleaning by Meeting members and attenders. The treasurer reported that the Meeting has funds for cleaning in the coming year.


Following discussion, the Meeting adopted the following minute: Santa Fe Monthly Meeting agrees to hire help to regularly clean the Meeting House (according to the monthly Meeting tasks in the Fellowship committee report of 02/16/2006) for approximately four hours each month at $15 to $20 per hour. The resident will remain responsible for cleaning of the guest apartment and residence.


Nominating Committee recommended several nominations, all of which Meeting approved:

·        On second reading, the nomination of Ann McLaughlin as a member of Ministry and Oversight Committee.

·        Jennifer Wellington, Alison Martinez, Greg Cliburn and Guthrie Miller to comprise the Naming Committee, which will make recommendations to Meeting for members of the new Nominating Committee next month.

·         Bob Gaines as a member of the Communications Committee.


The Nominating Committee is looking for a Friend to represent the Monthly Meeting on the continuing committee of Intermountain Yearly Meeting. When setting up committees each year, Nominating Committee will name a first-time convenor for each committee. (The committee reminded us that the clerk and convenor of a committee are not necessarily the same person.) The Meeting commends the current Nominating Committee for its extensive and thoughtful work this past year.


Ministry and Oversight Committee: The Meeting joyfully accepts the transfer of membership of Barri Sanders and Roger Sanders from Baltimore Monthly Meeting, Stony Run, and of Audrey Miller from Storrs, CT Monthly Meeting to the Santa Fe Monthly Meeting. Meeting approved the purchase of one copy of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Faith and Practice and one copy of Britain Yearly Meeting Faith and Practice for the use of the committee.


The Committee continues the support of members under our care.


Reuben Hersch and Roland Pool will hold four sessions on basic Quakerism, in the library on four First days, March 5 and 19 and April 2 and 16 from 10:10 t0 10:50 am. (See details in newsletter.)


An arrangements committee for the marriage of John Kretzmann and Pattie Ravenheart has been organized with Mary Ray Cate as convenor.


The committee accepted a report from Ken Winston Caine about his visit to Taos Clearlight Worship Group.


The committee considered the annual report of the First Day School and hopes that more people with become involved with the program. The committee is considering how to attend to the needs of the teenagers in the Meeting.


The committee is working on better flow of information, including announcements, between the 9 and 11 am Meetings for Worship. If you have an announcement for 9 am Meeting, please call or email Anne McLaughlin at 955-6617, 995-9655 or <caunteton at cs.com>.   


Intermountain Yearly Meeting will meet June 11 -18 at Ghost Ranch. Plans and announcements are available at imym.org. The theme of Yearly Meeting will be “The Force of Truth and the Power of Love” with Joe Volk, Executive Secretary of Friends Committee of National Legislation will be the guest speaker.


The treasurer reported that the balance at the end of first month for the General Fund was a corrected balance of $7,387.50 and for the Maintenance Fund $$9,469.80.


Building Committee reported that work continues to finish restoration of the north windows in the Meeting room and that a low profile shed will be purchased for $800 and will be installed in the relatively hidden southeast corner of the garden. A local appraiser is evaluating the six paintings gifted to the Meeting by Joe Paull and Robert Jerkins at the donor’s expense. Other work underway or completed include refurbishing various outdoor benches, installing additional smoke detectors in the library and First Day School room, and cleaning the area just south of the trash barrels.


The Annual State of the Meeting Report will be read at Regional Meeting in Albuquerque on March 25 and 26 and at Yearly Meeting in June. A meeting to discuss the past year in Santa Fe Monthly Meeting will be held during potluck following rise of Meeting for Worship on March 5. Mark your calendars.


Michael Wadja, Jim Perkins, and Rick Ragins of the Friends General Conference Development Committee met with about 15 people from Meeting on February13.


Respectfully submitted by John Kretzmann



Regional Meeting meets March 25 and 26 in Albuquerque. Events begin at 1:00 PM, Saturday, at the Meeting House (1600 5th St. NW, Albuquerque, (505) 843-6450). The theme will be Quaker Worship.


To register contact Wade Villanueva by March 10 (WVillanueva at dmc-logistics.com) or  5208 Mesa del Oso NE, Albuquerque, Nm 87111. Let Wade know the names of those attending, the ages of any children, whether you are requesting overnight lodging, and whether you can help with children’s activities. The registration fee is $5 per adult.


Educational program on Quaker history and principles.  In response to requests from members, the Ministry and Oversight Committee has announced a four-session educational program, to meet at 10 a.m. on Sundays during March and April.  All members and attenders are invited to participate, either in all four sessions, or as many as they choose or wish to join.  Reading material will be provided.  Roland Pool and Reuben Hersh have agreed to lead the discussions.  The scheduled sessions are:


March 5:Early Friends History.  (Roland)

March 19:  Inner Light, and Showing Light to the World: Words and deeds.  The lives and writings of William Penn, John Woolman, and Lucretia Mott.  (Reuben)

April 2: 19th-Century Quakerism.  Orthodox, Conservative, and Hicksite. (Roland)

April 16: The Present Day.  Intermountain Yearly Meeting, programmed Friends and unprogrammed Friends, Christocentric and Universalist, FWC and FCNL and AFSC, Friends in Africa and Latin America.  (Reuben)


Interested persons are invited to make suggestions or requests about these sessions to Roland (983-7241  rolandpool at aol.com) or Reuben (983-5044  rhersh at gmail.com)


Call to Intermountain Yearly Meeting 2006.  To be held at Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, New Mexico June 11-18, 2006.  We invite all Friends to the annual gathering of Intermountain Yearly Meeting.  As our theme this year we have chosen  “The Force of Truth and the Power of Love.”  During worship, business sessions, and interest group times we hope to reflect on how one can come from a place of love, in the face of fear, when so much seems to be going wrong in our world.  Our plenary speaker will be Joe Volk, Executive Director of the Friends Committee for National Legislation.  He will draw on his own spiritual journey and add examples from FCNL’s history of ways we can ground our work in love.  As William Penn noted, we can try what love can do to mend a broken world, and live so that love is the first motion.


Friends are encouraged to consider the following queries:  “In what areas of my life do I most need the force of truth and the power of love?”  “How have I experienced these in my life?” and  “How can love and truth extend deeper into my way of life?”


There are two segments of the annual gathering.  Beginning Sunday evening (June 11th) we invite you to come for Early Days, a three-day period with seminars and workshops in the morning then time for relaxing and reflecting in the afternoons.  Wednesday evening (June 14th) Yearly Meeting begins with the welcoming session.   The schedule will be similar to last year’s.  Mornings include worship sharing groups and meetings for business.  Afternoons provide time for Friends to gather for interest groups to explore topics, concerns and spiritual deepening.  Programs for children and sessions of Junior Young Friends and Senior Young Friends happen throughout the day.  


In mid-March registration forms and seminar information will be posted on the web site, imym.org.  Registrars will also send materials to all the meetings and worship groups.  No one should stay home because of financial concernsContact your monthly meeting first for scholarship information.  The Yearly Meeting will assist when the monthly meeting cannot.  We are a stronger community with each and every one present.  Register as soon as possible.

We extend a special invitation to those who have not attended Intermountain Yearly Meeting before.  Talk to someone who has been there.  Find out what happens when you mix Quaker worship and business with the natural beauty of the high desert country.  Last year more than 300 attended, about a fifth of whom were under 21.  Yearly Meeting is a time to get to know Friends from other meetings and deepen friendships.  We will gather strength and inspiration to return to our homes ready for working and sharing our gifts and our love.  Rebecca Henderson and Cynthia Smith, co-clerks of Yearly Meeting

An 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.)