Newsletter of the Santa Fe Monthly Meeting 3rd
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
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
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.
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
26 10:00 a. m. Singing, First Day School room
10:00 a. m. Peace and Social Concerns Committee,
2 10:00 a. m. Singing, First Day
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
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.
"Life is like the sun shining on water. " D. H .Lawrence
"Sometimes it's beautiful and sometimes it's blinding." M. M.
each day falls
exists a well
need to sit on the rim
the well of darkness
fish for fallen light
Minutes of Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business
Third First Day, First
Month (February 19) 2006
Meeting opened with a period
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
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
Bob Gaines as a member of the
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
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
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
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
March 5:Early Friends
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
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.
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
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.
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 concerns. Contact
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
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
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
Meeting Resident: (to schedule use of building, guest apartment, report
building problems, etc.) Roland Pool, 983-7241, rolandpool
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,
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