Letter to Friends

Newsletter of the Santa Fe Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends

Sixth Month 2007


"If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery of things,"

from The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

"Love yourself, whatever faults you have, and love the world, however bad it is,"

from A Quaker Book of Wisdom by Robert Lawrence Smith


Calendar of Events


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.


Sunday 6/3/07              10:00 a.m.        Singing, First Day School room or in garden

                                                12:30 p.m.        Potluck

Saturday           6/9/07                6:00 p.m.        Aaron Fowler/Laura Dungan garden concert

Sunday 6/10/07            Yearly Meeting annual gathering at Ghost Ranch begins 

                                                9:15 a.m.          Ministry and Oversight Committee

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

Wednesday      6/13/07            Official Yearly Meeting sessions begin at Ghost Ranch

Sunday 6/17/07            10:00 a.m.        Singing, First Day School room or in garden

Sunday 6/24/07            10:00 a.m.        Singing, First Day School room or in garden

                                                12.30 p.m.       Meeting for Worship for Business

                                                                        (4th Sun just this month because of IMYM)

Sunday 7/1/07              10:00 a.m.        Singing, First Day School room or in garden

                                                12:30 p.m.        Potluck


Please tell the editor of items that should be in the calendar: 

David Vaux, 988-9545 dvaux at comcast.net.  Thank you.




Minutes of the Meeting for Worship for Business

Santa Fe Monthly Meeting of Quakers, Fifth Month, 2007


Attendance:  Beverly Busching (Clerk), Alison Martinez, Pam Geyer, Philip Balcombe, Jennifer Wellington, Bob Gaines, Peg Martin, Mary Ray Cate, Jonathan Ashworth


Beverly's reading was on spiritual responsibility.  Meeting began with silence.





Present were Philip Balcombe, Beverly Busching (ex officio), Dimitri Mihalas, Reuben Hersh, Roland Pool, Jennifer Wellington (Clerk in waiting) and Ford Robbins (Clerk)

1. Ford gave a short reading from Chaim Potok’s novel, Davita’s Harp, regarding one’s relationship to discontent in the world, followed by silent worship.

2. Members of the committee shared concerns regarding themselves, others within the Meeting, and members of Worship Groups.

3. The Query for Sixth Month, 2007:  "Do we look for and recognize 'that of God' in all others? Do we love our neighbor as ourselves?"

4. M & O next took up the Meeting’s request that it make recommendations to Meeting regarding the charge and formation of the Special Advisory Committee on Stewardship and Long Range Planning "within the larger consideration of the ongoing process of future planning in the meeting." M & O discussed this issue for most of the remainder of the meeting without full resolution. We agreed to consider draft language for a recommendation to Business Meeting by e-mail. After such consideration, M & O makes the following recommendations to Business Meeting:

"The Special Advisory Committee on Stewardship and Long Range Planning should assess, develop, recommend and prioritize alternatives for the physical and spiritual needs and care of Santa Fe Monthly Meeting. Such alternatives will, of necessity, require an assessment of the financial considerations connected therewith. However, the committee should not involve itself in the planning of fund raising. Such planning should be undertaken by a separate committee. Members of the Special Committee should include members and attenders with experience or expertise in planning, design, construction, real estate, law, historic building requirements and finance as well as the history of Meeting. We suggest that at least one Trustee, in addition to the Clerk of Meeting, be included as a member of the Special Committee. One person may have experience in more than one area."

5. M & O then briefly addressed whether Meeting should become a "Sanctuary" for an immigrant family(–ies) subject to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement Deportation Order. M & O will continue to consider this issue.

6. M & O will consider other issues on its agenda by e-mail.

The M & O meeting closed with silent worship.

Respectfully submitted,  Ford Robbins, Clerk


Meeting approved the proposed query.


Special Advisory Committee on Stewardship and Long Range Planning:  Friends approved the special committee to work on long-range planning as described above.  We approved of the following additions to M & O's proposal:

         The charge of this committee is to research alternatives for the physical needs and care of Santa Fe Monthly Meeting, in the context of Friends' spiritual traditions as well as the goals of the Meeting.

         The Committee should be comprised of Santa Fe members and attenders, and will seek additional expertise as needed.

         The Committee is not charged with short-term needs fundraising. The Building & Finance Committees should address immediate concerns (now to 12 months) with money already approved, and ask for further assistance if needed.

Many concerns were raised about this process, during which Mary Ray

knit two sweaters for Peruvian orphans.  These concerns were:

Friends emphasized the importance of proceeding with visioning/future plans, especially for the housing of the Meeting, with vigor.

That long-range planning not obscure immediate needs.

We need to agree on a set of goals for the future before we need fundraising.

We need more seats.  With more people we will better be able to

support the life of the Meeting, practically and spiritually.





The financial report was received after Business Meeting, as Frank has been in China.  The General Fund gained $458 net for  April, ending with a balance of $6773.61.  The Maintenance Fund gained a net of $2272.6, ending with a balance of $9,277.58.


Bob Gaines presented us with a manual for the responsibilities and procedures of the Finance Committee and Treasurer. Finance Committee has described the duties of the Treasurer in this manual, so that they might be split between two or more people if needed.  The duties of the treasurer are extensive. Some of these duties may be handled by Finance Committee in the future.


Meeting accepted Finance Committee's report and approved the transfer of responsibility of scholarship approval from the Treasurer to the Meeting Clerk and Clerk of M & O.


Accuracy and safety of bookkeeping and handling of donations were discussed.  Please let the committee know if you have any suggestions. Bob & Peggy Giltrow will audit Frank's books soon and report to Business Meeting.





Meeting approved of Sarah Cutler using IMYM scholarship to go to FGC instead.


Naming Committee was charged with coming up with an emergency

replacement for a nominating committee member.  A called meeting for business will be held very soon to approve the nomination.



EARTH CARE COMMITTEE REPORT:  (See full report following these minutes)


Jennifer said National Bike to Work Week was very successful. Luke did not win a Cadillac; he won a Camelback  (hydration device).  Earthday/week was a  success, as was the lightbulb exchange. Discussions of solar radiant heat for the Meetinghouse are on hold while Meeting decides on the future of the Meetinghouse.  First Day Schoolers recently planted an organic garden, and worked on a compost pile.  The committee is very energetic; if you have ideas for them please talk to Mary Ray Cate.







Date            Activities:                                                                                      Hours


4/1-4/8       Tidy meetinghouse, did trash, garden work                             5

                   and paperwork (then absent 6 days)

4/9-4/15     Two turnarounds (laundry, cleaning), trash                              15

                    & recycle, bookkeeping, tidy mtghouse

4/16-4/22   Two turnarounds (laundry, cleaning), trash                              16

                    tidy mtghouse, garden work, helped with doors,

                   paperwork (mail, bookkeeping, etc.)

4/23-4/30   One turnaround, tidy up meetinghouse, carpet shampoo,         22

                   trash & recycle, garden cleanup, weedwacking (8 hrs)___________


Apartment Income for April  = $730  Occupancy rate =  66%

Expenses for April:  Cleaning supplies, shower mats for apt., carpet cleaner,

tea, tissues.        $40.00 total


Meeting discussed the need for attention to the garden and more tools.  Gardening Committee and Resident Support Committee were asked for help.  The possibility of hiring someone was raised.


Beverly will talk to Building Committee on plans to raise the suggested donation for the guest apartment now that refurbishing is completed, as requested by Business Meeting.




They are investigating ways to help with emergencies and deportation of

Families, as well as studying national legislation.  Beverly & Lorraine attended a subcommittee of the mayor's Committee on Immigration, and hope this group will help connect Santa Fe Meeting to other churches working on these concerns.


Meeting ended at 2.25 p.m. with silence.


Respectfully submitted, Jonathan Ashworth, Recording Clerk du jour




Minutes of The Earth Care Committee

Santa Fe Monthly Meeting of Quakers,13th, Fifth Month, 2007

Attendance: Jane Goldthwait and Mary Ray Cate.        

            1. Jane will be leaving Santa Fe next Sunday, eventually returning to her home in the Celo community in North Carolina.  We appreciate all her contributions to our committee and to Santa Fe Meeting during her stay here.

            2.  May 14-18 is national Bike to Work Week.  There will be several events  which we will announce at rise of meeting today.

            3.  IMYM interest group:  eleven people have signed up to present the play "Mother Earth vs. the World's Peoples" at Ghost Ranch.

            4.  Earth Day/Week events were a success:  Jennifer's lemonade booth, the light bulb exchange, and the plays at the Unitarian Church all were popular.

            5. The proposal to investigate solar powered radiant heating for the meeting room is on hold until the Meeting decides if we are going to stay in our historic building or move to a larger space where we can grow.

            6.  Our video/discussion evenings drew a small number of participants but seemed to have been generally worthwhile.  We are still hoping that other films can be shown.

            7.  Jennifer Wellington now has the added responsibility of being Clerk.  We do not know if she will be able to continue as part  of our committee.  If so we will schedule meetings to accommodate her.

            8.  The First Day School children planted an organic vegetable garden last week under the supervision of Dante Valore, director of A Wonderful Sense of Humus.  Dante has built straw bale compost bins in the very back of the garden, and Meeting members and attenders are encouraged to bring their vegetable scraps, tea bags, coffee grounds (a treat for the worms!), grass clippings and egg shells to add to the compost.

            9.  Car pooling to Meeting and to Meeting-sponsored events is encouraged.  Please consult our map to see who lives in your neighborhood.

            10.  New members are needed for our committee.  If you have ideas and energy for environmental action please contact Mary Ray at 989-1630.   Minutes by Mary Ray Cate





Bob Bowman electrifies Meetinghouse audience


"We have lost our republic," Dr. Robert M. Bowman declared.  Speaking at the Meetinghouse 5/4/07, in an appearance facilitated by Guthrie Miller, Bowman called on America to "end the belligerence, bring home the troops, and rejoin the family of nations."

Bowman is a tall, good-looking man with a thick head of gray hair and a playful sense of humor.  His speech was framed as a mock State of the Union address, inviting the audience to imagine themselves as Congress hearing a new president after Bush and Cheney had been impeached for starting the Iraq war.

The audience cheered and clapped as Bowman explained how corporate interests dominate our government, causing war, debt, poverty, and the loss of our liberties.  "We love our country, but we fear our government—with good reason," he said.

Referring to 9/11, Bowman demanded, "If the Bush administration had nothing to hide, why did they hide everything?  And with a bigger war budget than all other nations put together, why couldn’t we even protect the Pentagon?" he asked.

Bowman said that the way the Bush administration started the Iraq war was treason.  "Never again must we allow this nation to be stampeded into war under false pretenses," he warned.

            Bowman is on tour, calling patriots of the left, right, and middle to "Take back America!"  Biographical materials supplied by tour organizers say that he flew 101 combat missions as a fighter pilot in Vietnam, earned a Cal Tech Ph.D., and directed Star Wars under presidents Ford and Carter.

            Bowman has taught at five colleges and universities, chaired eight major international conferences, and lectured at the National War College, the United Nations, Congressional caucuses, the Academies of Science of six nations, and the British House of Lords.  He has received many awards including the Eisenhower Medal, the George F. Kennan Peace Prize, the President's Medal of Veterans for Peace, the Air Medal with five oak leaf clusters, and the Meritorious Service Medal. Bowman ran for President on the Reform ticket in 2000 and was the Democratic candidate for Congress from the 15th Congressional District of Florida in 2006.  The Republican won with questionable electronic vote counts.  Bowman says that the first thing our restored democracy will need is paper ballots.

            For more information, visit www.thepatriots.us.



Making Beautiful Music in the Meetinghouse Garden

June 9


            "Infectious energy and professional integrity… not to be missed!" says Peter Blood, creator of our "Rise Up singing" hymnal.

            "They bring the arts to life… engaging and energizing," says Don Smith of the Virginia Opera Association.

            Concertgoer Mary Blake sums it up:  "A magical evening!"

            Through the generosity of resident Peg Martin, guitarist Aaron Fowler and singer Laura Dungan will share their music with Friends and friends of Friends on Saturday, June 9, at 6:00 p.m.  "Aaron and Laura’s music will make the flowers in the garden grow for joy!" says Peg with a smile.

Listeners say that Fowler & Dungan’s music, rooted in the folk tradition, leads us to be attentive to and appreciative of our place in the world, to examine heart and conscience, and to gain courage for the next steps of our journey. 

            Fowler earned music degrees from Friends University in Wichita, Kansas, and Wichita State University.  He now works with inner city youth.  Dungan also earned a music degree from Friends University, and after beginning a family with Fowler, trained as a community organizer.  She now combines her passions for music and justice, seeking to draw audiences to something bigger than themselves.

            Please bring your friends to the Fowler & Dungan concert, to enjoy the music, the summer twilight, and the grace of our lovely old garden.  All are welcome. There is no charge.  A freewill collection will be taken to help with travel expenses.  Advance donations will be accepted; contact Peg.



4th Annual Bill Sutherland Institute for Africa Advocates

June 28/29–in collaboration U.S. Social Reform


            The Bill Sutherland Institute for Africa Advocates is a training event designed to improve activists', advocates' and educators' abilities to change U.S. policies toward those that promote peace and justice in Africa.

            The Institute is an outgrowth of the American Friends' Service Committee Africa Initiative, and is inspired by the fifty years' unofficial ambassadorship of Bill Sutherland, which has linked AFSC and its diverse constituencies. It seeks to create an environment where basic skill training and issue analysis take place.

            The next great liberation movement will come from the same place the last one came from, and so many before it: from below. 

                                                                                    James Goodman, scholar

For more information E-mail American Friends Service Committee,

africa at afsc.org or call (215) 241-7168.


That Dostoyevsky Quote


            For those readers wondering about the quote from The Brothers Karamazov on the front of this newsletter, here is a little more context.

The speaker is Father Zossima. His teaching includes this advice:

"Love all God's creation, the whole and every grain of sand in it. Love every leaf, every ray of God's light. Love the animals; love the plants; love everything. If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery of things. Once you perceive it, you will begin to comprehend it better every day. And you will come at last to love the whole world with all-embracing love. Love the animals: God has given them the rudiments of thought and joy untroubled. Do not trouble them; don't harass them; don't deprive them of their happiness; don't work against God's intent. Man, do not pride yourself on superiority to the animals; they are without sin, and you, with your greatness, defile the earth by your appearance on it, and leave traces of your foulness after you––alas, it is true of almost every one of us!"  You can find reference to this quote on various web sites, including Garrison Keillor's Writer's Almanac.



Messages and Announcements


Wyn Lewis has found where to recycle old Names and Numbers phone books: Buckman Road Transfer Station, La Farge Public Library on Llano, Ft Marcy Sports Complex, and Siler Road Office Complex (1142 Siler Road).


Alison Martinez reports that a group did meet 5/5/07 for worship sharing about a south Santa Fe worship group. All the feelings are positive. The group is looking for a place to meet on Sunday mornings. All suggestions are appreciated! Contact Alison at 438-0729.


With this issue, Alison Martinez passes the editor's baton to David Vaux.


The editor apologises to those of you who find that the RTF version of this newsletter produces odd page breaks or tables which don’t line up properly. Please let him know if this is the case. Our aim is to produce a basic Rich Text Format document that is readable in a variety of programs, but the downside of that is that it may be too primitive to transfer the pagination correctly to everyone’s computer. It’s a learning process!






Some Key Meeting Contacts


Santa Fe Monthly Meeting Websites:

http://sf.imym.org          http://santa-fe.quaker.org/index.html

Ministry and Oversight Committee: (for personal or meeting-wide concerns, and needs for pastoral counseling) Ford Robbins, convenor, 466-7665 fordrobbins at earthlink.net; Joan Spencer, 984-2217 ssspencer at pol.net; Dimitri Mihalas, 661-7414; Anne McLaughlin, 995-9655 caunteton at cs.com; Philip Balcombe, 466-2982 pjbalcombe at cybermesa.com; Beverly Busching, 984-8742 bbusching at mindspring.com; Roland Pool, 983-7241 RolandPoole 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.) Peg Martin, 983-7241.

Newsletter: David Vaux, 988-9545 and Alison Martinez, 438-0729 phone/fax, co-editors.  Please e-mail submissions to dvaux at comcasst.net no later than the day after business meeting.  Put paper submissions in the Newsletter box at the Meetinghouse by the day of business meeting and alert the editors.

Recorder: Nina Sammons, 471-6779 NinaSammons at gmail.com.

Treasurer: Frank Hirsch, 466-0109.  Please mail financial contributions to Treasurer, Santa Fe Monthly Meeting of Friends, 630 Canyon Rd, Santa Fe NM  87501, or put in "birdhouse" box.  Thank you!

Young Friends (18-40ish) get together often.  For information please contact Sarah Cutler, 216-5219 smcutler at mtholyoke.edu.

The Peace and Social Concerns Committee welcomes new members.  Temporary contact people are Kip and Helen Corneli, 473-3039 knhc at cybermesa.com hfmc at cybermesa.com.

The Committee on Conscientious Objection, meets as needed.  For information please call Howard Shulman, 984-9908.

South Santa Fe Worship Group contact person is Alison Martinez, 438-0729 apapmtz at msn.com.

There’s a complete list of committees and members, attenders and their contact information in the Meeting Directory. Would you like to receive a paper copy of our new Meeting directory?  Telephone Molly Vaux at 988-9545 to arrange to receive it via the US Mail.


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