Mary Miles Lantz
August 5, 1950 – October 19, 2005
Memorial Minute for Intermountain Yearly Meeting, June 2006
Mary Lantz and her son Michael Lantz joined the Santa Fe Monthly Meeting in 2005 after attending for some years. Her husband Christopher began his association with Quakers as a student at the Mohawk Quaker School (NY) and then the Quakers School at Grammercy Park (NYC). She was a driving force on the Peace and Social Concerns Committee. She served as Co-Clerk of the Meeting from July 2003 through June 2004.
All her life Mary was a passionate advocate for the care of the environment and the empowerment of people to create a just and peaceable world. When the small rural town of Ojo de la Vaca, located near Rowe Mesa where the Lantz family lives, was threatened with elimination, she rallied support to save this town cherished by generations of inhabitants. When the elk herds of New Mexico were threatened by ranchers who saw them as competition with their cattle, Mary embarked on a successful nine-month advocacy campaign, driving all over the state to speak out at public hearings. Later, even as she struggled with cancer, she made phone calls from the hospital to help save whales from low frequency military sonar testing. As a university student she led protests against the war in Viet Nam. Later, in Tennessee, she rallied supporters to back a million dollar centennial extravaganza that would have honored Andrew Jackson, receiving national press attention. As she said, “Don’t honor the scoundrel.”
At their home on Rowe Mesa, named “The House of Symphonies,” Mary and her husband Christopher created the Dos Manos Institute of Creativity, housing thousands of visitors who came to plan and study new music over a period of 15 summers. She co-organized an event at St. John’s College, Santa Fe Campus, called “Spirit Bridge” that brought shamans from Siberia and Navajo, Zuni, and Hopi elders, to share their wisdom with large groups of attenders. She developed a friendship with a famous Russian anthropologist and a tribal chief from Sakhalin Island that led to raising thousands of dollars for Siberian tribal preservation.
Mary loved the mesa, and she loved the house that Christopher constructed so that the floors followed the contours of the land and the walls the contours of his music. Mary loved being part of the nature that surrounded the house, especially a mother bear. She met it several times, once when it appeared as she was coming out of the outhouse and she had to stay a while longer than planned. She felt they had an understanding and she was never afraid of it.
She was devoted to her son, and always advocated for a whole spiritual, ethical and scholastic education for him. He was homeschooled in the early years. He had extended travel around the world, and his later education was expanded by Mary’s own research and critique. He was equally devoted to her.
Mary Lantz was born on August 5, 1950 to Robert B. Miles and Laura M. Larsen Miles, and grew up near Council Bluffs, Iowa, about three miles from the Missouri River. The family gardened and had goats, dogs and various stock. Contracting polio when she was five, she was in an iron lung for a time and faced many surgeries in her childhood. She, however, never let limitations of any kind interfere with what she wanted to do.
She graduated from Crighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, majoring in psychology. She worked many years in the business world, both in Florida and Tennessee. She and her son Michael moved to New Mexico and found their heart’s home on the mesa hear Santa Fe. She and Christopher Lantz were married in 1998. She is survived by her husband, Christopher, her son Michael, her mother Laura Miles, three brothers, Ron, John, and Sid Miles, and three foster sisters, Debbie Hensley, Becky Hissong, and Tina Plank.
At a prayer gathering for her a few months before her death, we played crystal bowls with her in the House of Symphonies. Mary filled her life with love, art, and politics. She was brilliant and mystical, a fierce activist, and a little outrageous. We miss her greatly.
A Week for Honoring MaryLantz
Christopher and Michael Lantz invite Friends to join their family and friends in a celebration to honor Mary Lantz and her life. The house on Rowe Mesa will be open all week, June 26 to June 30, and they hope that Friends will join them ANY TIME to have coffee, chat, tour the house, take walks, and enjoy the mesa in the springtime. If you want to call 505-2240- that’s fine, but the phone service is irregular and Christopher truly wants people to just come whenever they can. On Wednesday a ceremony will take place to release Mary’s ashes.
Monday and Tuesday, June 26 & 27 – visiting any time during the day at the house on the Mesa.
Tuesday evening, June 27, at 6:00 – informal buffet dinner at Beverly Busching’s house 133 W. Berger St. in Santa Fe. Meet Mary and Christopher’s family. (Thanks for letting her know if you are coming, 984-8742.)
Wednesday, June 28 – Celebration on the mesa
11:30 Come for coffee, snacks, and visiting
1:00 Releasing the ashes and a gathering to share our thoughts and love for Mary
2:00 Pot Luck and Grand Party!
Thursday and Friday, June 29 & 30 – Visiting any time during the day at the house on the Mesa.
Friends and family of Mary and Christopher will be coming from all over the country at different times during the week. At this time, it is not anticipated that additional help is needed. Directions and a map to the Mesa house are on the portal at the Meeting House.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
by Roland Pool
A newcomer once asked this year if we do communion. I answered, "We sure do, but in a different way." The mass as it is called by Roman Catholics and the Eucharist by the Episcopalians is practiced by Friends in a inward spiritual way. Quakers don’t do outward sacraments for communion and baptism. A gathered meeting in silent worship is the body of Christ. The communion of the Friends’ Inner Spirits with each other and the The Spirit is in essence the blood of Christ.
When the Church of England was established they decided to write their own liturgy including the Eucharist. They did so in English and changed the wording. The result is the Book of Common Prayer.
Now Catholics believed that when the wine and bread were consecrated they became the actual body and blood of Christ. The wine and bread may still look like wine and bread, but their substance has changed. This event is called transubstantiation. The Church of England changed the meaning of the liturgy so that the wine and blood became the spiritual essence of Christ. The event in Catholic Latin mass for the consecration began with the word “Hocus” and ended with the word “Pocus.” The English derided the Latin mass as “hocus pocus.” The term made its way into main stream English as a phrase for something that appears to be magical but isn’t.
The term was brought to America by Baptists and other English denominations. In the Appalachians a folk tune was created to mimic hocus pocus. The hill tune was called the Hokey Pokey and became quite popular. The next time you are singing the Hokey Pokey think of it as American rural theology.
“You put your whole body in.
You put you whole body out.
You put your whole body in,
And you shake it all about.
You do the hokey pokey
And turn yourself around.
That’s what it’s all about.”
The Communications Committee would like to know whether Friends believe the Meeting's website should be expanded to facilitate sharing of information within the Meeting. (Our current website at santa-fe.quaker.org simply provides information for visitors about worship times and the guest apartment.
In addition to providing general information for the public, some meetings post sensitive material, such as their newsletter and the meeting directory, in a password-protected area for meeting use only. At the May business meeting we began the website discussion with these questions:
* What functions of a website does the Meeting really need: Newsletter (posting current and past issues)?; directory (possibly one that allowed the listed person to update their own info)?; announcements and calendar?; Meeting documents (e. g., some of the items posted on kiosk)?; list of titles in the library?
* What are the privacy concerns some in the Meeting may have? (Even a password-protected directory was unacceptable to one person at business meeting.)
* About 80% of those listed in the Meeting directory have email, but some may not want to use the website, so what alternative ways of communicating with them would we need to continue (e. g., a printed newsletter, a phone tree, others)?
The Yearly Meeting created imym.org in 2004 -- should the Meeting support imym.org by asking them to host our website?
The Fellowship Committee is seeking volunteers to close up on Sundays after meeting. The main responsibilities are tidying up (i.e., washing cups and emptying wastebaskets) and closing up the meetinghouse. Most Sundays it probably takes 15 to 20 minutes, less if two people work together. Potluck Sundays typically take a bit longer, but usually there are more volunteers to help. Everyone is invited to volunteer, but we would especially like to hear from those who are willing to serve either once a month or every other month. If you are ready to volunteer, or if you need more details before committing, contact Bob Gaines at gaines at comcast.net or 466-1746. If you can only help intermittently, you can just sign up for an open date on the roster in the kitchen. We'll give you a reminder call before your Sunday.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 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 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ War is still not the answer!! And if you want to make your views known, consider a beautiful yard sign with this message. There is a holder that allows you to stick the sing into the ground. There are some at the meetinghouse. Ask Ann Anthony for help getting a sign. FCNL requests a $5.00 donation, which may be placed in bird house in library with an explanatory note. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Help is needed cleaning up after meeting--washing cups, returning tray with
Santa Fe Monthly Meeting Website: http://santa-fe.quaker.org/index.html
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.)