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<p class=MsoTitle><b><font size=5 face="Times New Roman"><span
style='font-size:18.0pt'>Letter to Friends</span></font></b></p>

<p class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'><font size=3
face="Times New Roman"><span style='font-size:12.0pt'>Newsletter of the Santa
Fe Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends</span></font></p>

<h2><b><font size=3 face="Times New Roman"><span style='font-size:12.0pt'>Fifth
Month 2007</span></font></b></h2>

<p class=MsoBodyText align=left style='text-align:left;text-indent:.5in'><font
size=3 face="Times New Roman"><span style='font-size:12.0pt'>�Lo, the winter is
past, the rain is over and gone; The flowers appear on the earth; the time of
the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle(dove) is heard in our
land.� (Song of Solomon 2:11-12)</span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=3 face="Times New Roman"><span style='font-size:
12.0pt'>&nbsp;</span></font></p>

<h1><b><font size=4 face="Times New Roman"><span style='font-size:14.0pt'>Calendar
of Events</span></font></b></h1>

<p class=MsoNormal style='text-indent:.5in'><font size=3 face="Times New Roman"><span
style='font-size:12.0pt'>All events take place at the Meetinghouse, 630 Canyon
Road, unless otherwise noted.� Meeting for Worship is held every Sunday at 9:00
a.m. and 11:00 a.m.� Child care and First-Day School are provided during the
11:00 a.m. Meeting.</span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=3 face="Times New Roman"><span style='font-size:
12.0pt'>&nbsp;</span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=3 face="Times New Roman"><span style='font-size:
12.0pt'>Sunday ����������� 4/22/07����������� ����������� 10:00 a.m. ������ Singing,
First Day School room or in garden</span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=3 face="Times New Roman"><span style='font-size:
12.0pt'>&nbsp;</span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=3 face="Times New Roman"><span style='font-size:
12.0pt'>Sunday ����������� 4/29/07����������� ����������� 10:00 a.m. ������ Singing,
First Day School room or in garden</span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=3 face="Times New Roman"><span style='font-size:
12.0pt'>����������������������������������������������� 10:10-10:50���� Meeting
for Muffins: <b><span style='font-weight:bold'>all welcome!</span></b></span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=3 face="Times New Roman"><span style='font-size:
12.0pt'>����������������������������������������������� 7:00 p.m.��������� Immigration
&amp; border concerns discussion</span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=3 face="Times New Roman"><span style='font-size:
12.0pt'>&nbsp;</span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=3 face="Times New Roman"><span style='font-size:
12.0pt'>Saturday���������� 5/5/07������������� 3:00 p.m.��������� Worship
Sharing about south Santa Fe worship</span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:2.5in;text-indent:.5in'><font size=3
face="Times New Roman"><span style='font-size:12.0pt'>group at Southside branch
library</span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:2.5in;text-indent:.5in'><font size=3
face="Times New Roman"><span style='font-size:12.0pt'>&nbsp;</span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=3 face="Times New Roman"><span style='font-size:
12.0pt'>Sunday ����������� 5/6/07������������� 10:00 a.m.������� Singing, First
Day School room or in garden</span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=3 face="Times New Roman"><span style='font-size:
12.0pt'>����������������������������������������������� 12:30 p.m.������� Potluck</span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=3 face="Times New Roman"><span style='font-size:
12.0pt'>Mother�s Day</span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=3 face="Times New Roman"><span style='font-size:
12.0pt'>Sunday ����������� 5/13/07����������� ����������� 10:00 a.m.������� Singing,
First Day School room or in garden</span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=3 face="Times New Roman"><span style='font-size:
12.0pt'>����������������������������������������������� 12:30�������������� Potluck
with FGC Traveling Ministries</span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=3 face="Times New Roman"><span style='font-size:
12.0pt'>&nbsp;</span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=3 face="Times New Roman"><span style='font-size:
12.0pt'>Sunday ����������� 5/20/07����������� ����������� 10:00 a.m.������� Singing,
First Day School room or in garden</span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=3 face="Times New Roman"><span style='font-size:
12.0pt'>����������������������������������������������������������������������� Meeting
for Worship for Business</span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=3 face="Times New Roman"><span style='font-size:
12.0pt'>Pentecost</span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=3 face="Times New Roman"><span style='font-size:
12.0pt'>Sunday ����������� 5/27/07����������� ����������� 10:00 a.m.������� Singing,
First Day School room or in garden</span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=3 face="Times New Roman"><span style='font-size:
12.0pt'>����������������������������������������������� 12:30 p.m.������� Meeting
for Worship for Business</span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=3 face="Times New Roman"><span style='font-size:
12.0pt'>&nbsp;</span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=3 face="Times New Roman"><span style='font-size:
12.0pt'>Please tell the editor of items that should be in the calendar:� Alison
Martinez, 438-0729 apapmtz@msn.com.� Thank you.</span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=3 face="Times New Roman"><span style='font-size:
12.0pt'>&nbsp;</span></font></p>

<p class=MsoTitle><b><font size=5 face="Times New Roman"><span
style='font-size:16.0pt'>Minutes of the Meeting for Worship for Business</span></font></b></p>

<p class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'><font size=3
face="Times New Roman"><span style='font-size:12.0pt'>Santa Fe Monthly Meeting
of Quakers, Fourth Month, 2007</span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=3 face="Times New Roman"><span style='font-size:
12.0pt'>&nbsp;</span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal style='text-indent:.5in'><font size=3 face="Times New Roman"><span
style='font-size:12.0pt'>Present:� Pamela Geyer, Bob Gaines, Philip Balcombe,
Jennifer Wellington, Ford Robbins, Shelley Cohen, Frank Hirsch, David Giltrow,
Rebecca Henderson, Bettina Raphael, Beverly Busching, clerk; Mary Dunham,
acting recording clerk.</span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal style='text-indent:.5in'><font size=3 face="Times New Roman"><span
style='font-size:12.0pt'>Meeting began with silence and a message from the
banner in front of the Homewood Friends Meeting, Baltimore:� Together we seek a
peaceful world.</span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal style='text-indent:.5in'><font size=3 face="Times New Roman"><span
style='font-size:12.0pt'>Minutes from Third Month were approved with one
correction: Alan Rogers� telephone number is 984-1172.</span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=3 face="Times New Roman"><span style='font-size:
12.0pt'>����������� A draft of the State of the Meeting Report (for IMYM) was
shared and discussed.� Beverly will incorporate suggestions and share by email
with those present and Ministry and Oversight.</span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal style='text-indent:.5in'><font size=3 face="Times New Roman"><span
style='font-size:12.0pt'>Immigrant and Border Concerns.� At Regional Meeting in
Albuquerque a panel of activists spoke on immigrant health and civil rights
issues, and a minute for Regional Meeting was drafted. (To be shared with our
Meeting later.)� We would like to be able to share information and suggestions
for action at our own meeting.� For example, in Albuquerque attenders learned that
700 detainees from all over the country are being held in an Albuquerque
detention center.� The upcoming immigration bill in Congress is worth our
support, but changes in the bill were suggested.� Friends decided to hold a
meeting on immigration issues at the Santa Fe Meetinghouse on Sunday evening,
April 29th at 7 pm.� Wyn and Beverly will convene the meeting. An AFSC
representative will be invited.</span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal style='text-indent:.5in'><font size=3 face="Times New Roman"><span
style='font-size:12.0pt'>Ministry and Oversight Committee.� M &amp; O discussed
personal concerns in the Meeting and visits to Las Vegas, Los Alamos, and Taos Clearlight
Worship Groups.� The query for fifth month will be:� Do we search diligently
for ways to assure the right of everyone to be loved, to be cared for, to be
educated, to obtain useful employment and to live in dignity?� The committee
laid over two items for further information and discussion:� the special
Advisory Committee on Stewardship and Long Range Planning and decisions about
�long lost� Friends.</span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=3 face="Times New Roman"><span style='font-size:
12.0pt'>����������� M &amp; O asked Meeting if action should be taken regarding
the Peace and Social Concerns Committee which is now without conveners and has
not been meeting regularly.� It was mentioned that this committee is �at the
heart of the Meeting� and is a very valuable resource for us.� On the other
hand, Friends in the Meeting have been very active on peace and social concerns
even though the committee has not been meeting.� Friends decided to let the
Nominating Committee look for a new convener and members.� M &amp; O further
asked Meeting to consider whether the Good Works Committee should be extended
throughout the year, instead of just operating in preparation for the new
year�s budget.� It could handle the many requests and reports that come in
during the year.� Meeting approved the Good Works Committee as a continuing
standing committee.</span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal style='text-indent:.5in'><font size=3 face="Times New Roman"><span
style='font-size:12.0pt'>Display of a Message on the front of the Meetinghouse.�
The suggestion that a message might be displayed on Canyon Road was
reintroduced, after being disapproved last month.� Although there was some
support for this idea, it was decided to consult informally with the Resident
and other Friends to explore more thoroughly the objections, and to consider
different kinds of messages or display types.</span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal style='text-indent:.5in'><font size=3 face="Times New Roman"><span
style='font-size:12.0pt'>Treasurer�s Report.� The balance of the General Fund
at the beginning of the month was $9736.� Income received was $1,677; $5099 was
disbursed, leaving a balance of $6,314.� For the Maintenance Fund, the
beginning balance was $7896.� Funds received were $462; funds spent, $1354,
leaving an ending balance of $7004.� Guest apartment income for March was $430,
with an occupancy rate of 33%.� We were pleased to see that the financial
report letter resulted in increased donations in the first part of the year,
enabling the treasurer to pay the large amounts due in this period.</span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal style='text-indent:.5in'><font size=3 face="Times New Roman"><span
style='font-size:12.0pt'>The Meeting census has been sent to IMYM.� We have 98
members, and regular attendance on Sunday Meeting for Worship (9:00 and 11:00)
is 50-60.� There is often overflow into the library for the 11:00 Meeting.</span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal style='text-indent:.5in'><font size=3 face="Times New Roman"><span
style='font-size:12.0pt'>Earthcare Committee Report.� On Saturday April 14 at
Climate Change Action Day at Franklin Miles Park, the committee had a table to
give out literature and lemonade, under the slogan �if you�re given lemons,
make lemonade.� Jennifer W. showed the dramatic display of paper lemons with
definite steps to save the earth. Friends are encouraged to bring appropriate
kitchen and garden contributions.� Next Sunday, April 22, Hazardous Waste
Drop-off Day in Santa Fe, the committee will have a pickup truck in front of
the Meetinghouse, for Friends to use to drop off hazardous waste. </span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=3 face="Times New Roman"><span style='font-size:
12.0pt'>����������� They have enlisted the help of Dante Valore, the student
organizer of A Wonderful Sense of Humus, to begin composting in the garden. Two
bike racks will be installed.� Peg Martin was commended for the work she has
done in the garden.� </span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=3 face="Times New Roman"><span style='font-size:
12.0pt'>Respectfully submitted, Mary Dunham, acting recording clerk</span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=3 face="Times New Roman"><span style='font-size:
12.0pt'>&nbsp;</span></font></p>

<p class=MsoTitle><b><font size=5 face="Times New Roman"><span
style='font-size:16.0pt'>Regional Meeting Urges Study and Action on Immigration</span></font></b></p>

<p class=MsoTitle align=left style='text-align:left'><b><font size=3
face="Times New Roman"><span style='font-size:12.0pt;font-weight:normal'>&nbsp;</span></font></b></p>

<p class=MsoTitle align=left style='text-align:left;text-indent:.5in'><b><font
size=3 face="Times New Roman"><span style='font-size:12.0pt;font-weight:normal'>Approximately
forty Friends from Santa Fe, Las Vegas, Durango, Socorro, Gallup, Cuba, Silver
City, and Albuquerque gathered at Albuquerque Meetinghouse April 14-15 for spring
regional meeting.� Albuquerque Friends welcomed the visitors with
sweet-smelling lilacs on the check-in table and delicious meals.� They even
arranged for simultaneous interpretation of Spanish presentations in the panel
on immigration.� Congratulations and thanks go to all who helped with this
regional meeting!</span></font></b></p>

<p class=MsoTitle align=left style='text-align:left;text-indent:.5in'><b><font
size=3 face="Times New Roman"><span style='font-size:12.0pt;font-weight:normal'>�Dying
to Live,� a video produced by the University of Notre Dame, showed the dangers
and injustices suffered by illegal immigrants from Mexico.� A panel of four
speakers told their experiences as legal immigrants from South America and
first-generation U.S. citizens.� One shock for them was racial discrimination.</span></font></b></p>

<p class=MsoTitle align=left style='text-align:left;text-indent:.5in'><b><font
size=3 face="Times New Roman"><span style='font-size:12.0pt;font-weight:normal'>Deeply
moved, Friends approved a minute urging love for all�migrants and
others�affected by the migration of peoples, and action based on principles
enunciated by FCNL.� The minute urges monthly meetings throughout the region to
learn about the issues and issue minutes as they are led.</span></font></b></p>

<p class=MsoTitle align=left style='text-align:left;text-indent:.5in'><b><font
size=3 face="Times New Roman"><span style='font-size:12.0pt;font-weight:normal'>Santa
Fe Monthly Meeting will hold a meeting to discuss Immigration and Border
Concerns Sunday evening, April 29, at 7:00 PM at the Meetinghouse.</span></font></b></p>

<p class=MsoTitle align=left style='text-align:left;text-indent:.5in'><b><font
size=3 face="Times New Roman"><span style='font-size:12.0pt;font-weight:normal'>&nbsp;</span></font></b></p>

<p class=MsoBodyText><b><font size=4 face="Times New Roman"><span
style='font-size:14.0pt;font-weight:bold'>�The Heart of Christianity:
Rediscovering a Life of Faith�</span></font></b></p>

<p class=MsoBodyText><font size=3 face="Times New Roman"><span
style='font-size:12.0pt'>by Marcus Borg, reviewed by Bob Gaines</span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=3 face="Times New Roman"><span style='font-size:
12.0pt'>&nbsp;</span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal style='text-indent:.5in'><font size=3 face="Times New Roman"><span
style='font-size:12.0pt'>Newcomers � and long-time Quakers � occasionally ask
whether Quakers are really Christians or whether to be a Quaker it is necessary
to be a Christian.� The answer probably turns on what one thinks it means to be
�Christian.�� Marcus Borg describes an �earlier paradigm� of Christianity,
�shaped by the conflict with modernity over the past few hundred years,� which
�views the Bible as the unique revelation of God, emphasizes its literal
meaning, and sees the Christian life as...believing now for the sake of
salvation later....�� Borg finds an �emerging paradigm� which sees the Bible
and Christian tradition as �a metaphor and sacrament of the sacred, as a means
whereby the Spirit continues to speak to us today...the Christian life [which]
is about a relationship with God that transforms life in the present.�</span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal style='text-indent:.5in'><font size=3 face="Times New Roman"><span
style='font-size:12.0pt'>From the book jacket: �Borg offers a practical guide to
thinking about God, Jesus, the Bible, faith, and Christian practice. He shows
how faith in God and Jesus has never really been about believing certain
propositions but rather about a dynamic relationship. He shows that being �born
again� is at the center of Christian life and that the �kingdom of God� is a
matter of transforming society into real world values of justice and love. And
that the Christian life is essentially about opening one�s heart�to God and to
others....Marcus J. Borg is Hundere Distinguished Professor of Religion and
Culture at Oregon State University and author of the bestselling Meeting Jesus
Again for the First Time, Reading the Bible Again for the First Time, The God
We Never Knew.�</span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal style='text-indent:.5in'><font size=3 face="Times New Roman"><span
style='font-size:12.0pt'>�The Heart of Christianity� is in the Meeting library
and the Santa Fe Public Library, and available for $9.42 at Amazon.com.</span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal style='text-indent:.5in'><font size=3 face="Times New Roman"><span
style='font-size:12.0pt'>&nbsp;</span></font></p>

<p class=MsoTitle><b><font size=5 face="Times New Roman"><span
style='font-size:16.0pt'>From Draft IMYM Faith and Practice</span></font></b></p>

<p class=MsoTitle><b><font size=5 face="Times New Roman"><span
style='font-size:16.0pt'>&nbsp;</span></font></b></p>

<p class=MsoTitle align=left style='text-align:left;text-indent:.5in'><b><font
size=3 face="Times New Roman"><span style='font-size:12.0pt;font-weight:normal'>�It
is thought that realizes will.� Only a thinking person can live.� Only a
thinking people can create history.� Only an thinking kind can live in the
midst of the dead.</span></font></b></p>

<p class=MsoTitle align=left style='text-align:left'><b><font size=3
face="Times New Roman"><span style='font-size:12.0pt;font-weight:normal'>����������� �The
future always belongs to us.� It is neither the working of nature, nor that of
fate.� It comes by our resolution.</span></font></b></p>

<p class=MsoTitle align=left style='text-align:left'><b><font size=3
face="Times New Roman"><span style='font-size:12.0pt;font-weight:normal'>����������� �Only
a person who resolves not to be enslaved enjoys freedom.� Only a person who
resolves not to assert his own enjoys freedom.</span></font></b></p>

<p class=MsoTitle align=left style='text-align:left'><b><font size=3
face="Times New Roman"><span style='font-size:12.0pt;font-weight:normal'>����������� �Only
the person who resolves to love even at the cost of his/her life can win love.</span></font></b></p>

<p class=MsoTitle align=left style='text-align:left'><b><font size=3
face="Times New Roman"><span style='font-size:12.0pt;font-weight:normal'>����������� �The
first ingredient of life is courage.</span></font></b></p>

<p class=MsoTitle align=left style='text-align:left'><b><font size=3
face="Times New Roman"><span style='font-size:12.0pt;font-weight:normal'>����������� �The
problem of today is not that of knowledge or technology.� It is a spiritual
problem.� It is a question which requires a revolution in our outlook on life,
on history, and on the nation.</span></font></b></p>

<p class=MsoTitle align=left style='text-align:left'><b><font size=3
face="Times New Roman"><span style='font-size:12.0pt;font-weight:normal'>����������� �The
world today does not require an increase in technology nor an easier access to
its store of learning.� It requires faith and spirit to overcome the present
hurdle.� The age calls for a new religion.�� From the writings of Ham Sok Hon,
1965, Ch. 9.12 pg. 98.� Submitted by Ministry and Oversight Committee.</span></font></b></p>

<p class=MsoTitle align=left style='text-align:left'><b><font size=5
face="Times New Roman"><span style='font-size:16.0pt;font-weight:normal'>&nbsp;</span></font></b></p>

<p class=MsoTitle><b><font size=5 face="Times New Roman"><span
style='font-size:16.0pt'>Announcements</span></font></b></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><font size=3 face="Times New Roman"><span style='font-size:
12.0pt'>&nbsp;</span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal style='text-indent:.5in'><font size=3 face="Times New Roman"><span
style='font-size:12.0pt'>Alison Martinez asks, how about a <b><span
style='font-weight:bold'>south-side worship group</span></b>?� If the idea
interests you, please gather at 3:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon, May 5 in the
Community Room at the Southside Library for worship sharing on the subject.�
Directions to the library: from Airport Road turn south at the light on Country
Club Road.� Pass the Woodmen Lodge and some new housing on your left.� The
library is on the corner with Valentine Way; turn left on Valentine Way to
enter the parking lot.</span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal style='text-indent:.5in'><font size=3 face="Times New Roman"><span
style='font-size:12.0pt'>For more detailed directions, or to share your
thoughts if you can�t attend the meeting, please contact Alison: 438-0729,
apapmtz@msn.com.</span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal style='text-indent:.5in'><font size=3 face="Times New Roman"><span
style='font-size:12.0pt'>&nbsp;</span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal style='text-indent:.5in'><font size=3 face="Times New Roman"><span
style='font-size:12.0pt'>Shelley Cohen is coordinating a wonderful opportunity
for us to learn more about <b><span style='font-weight:bold'>Friends General
Conference Traveling Ministries Program</span></b>�very timely, as Yearly
Meeting's membership in FGC will be considered at IMYM this summer. There will
be a pot-luck and discussion with representatives from Friends General
Conference Traveling at the rise of Meeting on May 13.� It�s not too late to
help with the visit and potluck.� Contact Shelley at 231-9091,
scohen@plateautel.net.</span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal style='text-indent:.5in'><font size=3 face="Times New Roman"><span
style='font-size:12.0pt'>&nbsp;</span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal style='text-indent:.5in'><font size=3 face="Times New Roman"><span
style='font-size:12.0pt'>Ann Anthony asks, <b><span style='font-weight:bold'>Friends
General Conference</span></b> anyone?� This Wisconsin gathering offers
wonderful workshops, inspiring speakers, and the chance to get to know Quakers
from all over.� Look at the program, posted at fgcquaker.org�and do so soon,
because although it runs June 30-July 7, the conference is very popular and
fills up fast.� Ann is going and would like a roommate and someone to share
driving her car. 955-1959.</span></font></p>

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style='font-size:12.0pt'>&nbsp;</span></font></p>

<p class=MsoNormal style='text-indent:.5in'><font size=3 face="Times New Roman"><span
style='font-size:12.0pt'>John Calvi, whom many of us know from Ghost Ranch,
announces the second <b><span style='font-weight:bold'>Quaker Conference on
Torture</span></b>, June 1-3, 2007 at Guilford College, Greensboro NC.� Joan
and Steve Spencer found the first conference last year �very valuable,� she
says.� Workshops will delve deeper into the issues, and there will be many
opportunities for access to information and resources, as well as networking
with other anti-torture activists.� Space is limited, so visit
quit-torture-now.org and register soon.� Late fees apply after April 30.</span></font></p>

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<p class=MsoNormal style='text-indent:.5in'><font size=3 face="Times New Roman"><span
style='font-size:12.0pt'>Alan Rogers reminds Friends that <b><span
style='font-weight:bold'>Freecycle Santa Fe</span></b> can be a resource for
simple living.� Visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FreeCycle_Santa_Fe. </span></font></p>

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