A      LETTER       TO       FRIENDS

Newsletter of the Santa Fe Monthly Meeting       8th Month 2006           


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, Aug. 6          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, Aug. 13          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, Aug. 20          10:00 a. m.  Singing, First Day School room                               

                                    12:10 p. m.  Meeting for Worship for Business 

                                                             

Sunday, Aug. 27          10:00 a. m.  Singing, First Day School room

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

                                    5:30 p. m.    Visioning Meeting w/ potluck dinner.  Meeting community discussion

                                                        about a vision for the future of out meeting.                                                                                                       

                                     

Sunday, Sept/ 3           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 at rise of 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.  --ed.


Dates Proposed For Fall - Mark Your Calendar

Pizza Party for Young Adult Friends. Social time and discussion on how these Friends want to participate in our Meeting.  September 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the Garden

Committee Clerks Meeting.  To discuss procedures and decisions as committees and groups work together in our Quaker Meeting.  Includes M & O, officers, and any others who want to participate. September 24, 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. at Beverly Busching’s house 

Good Works Meeting. Open discussion on what Good Works our Meeting should consider for funding. October 8 at rise of meeting.

Olive Rush Appreciation Day.  Information about and celebration of Olive Rush, and the history and importance of her bequest to our Meeting (this year 40 years ago). October 29 at rise of meeting in the Meeting house, with potluck. 

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1VISIONING MEETING

(with potluck)

Sunday, August 27

5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

to be held at

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Santa Fe

107 W. Barcelona Rd.

 

This dialogue is important for the life of the meeting.  Please plan to attend

 

SANTA FE MONTHLY MEETING OF FRIENDS IN 2026?!

What do we want our Meeting to look like twenty years from now?

 

Queries

E-mail or call David Henkel    davidhenkel at comcast.net   466-2019

Jan-Willem Jansens   JanWillemJ at msn.com   471-6167

Peggy Giltrow    pgiltrow at cybermesa.com   988-4751

with suggestions or questions.

 

The meeting will begin with Silent Worship at 5:30, followed by an explanation of the queries and structure.  Small groups will gather over Potluck to discuss queries of special interest.  Groups will report back for worshipful dialogue to develop an initial sense of the meeting.  Final item is next steps needed to continue the visioning process.  The Visioning Meeting will end promptly at 8:30.  It is important to be on time at 5:30 so that you can be part of the whole process.

 

Please plan to attend.  Our Meeting, as all organizations, needs periodic assessment of our common long-term vision of our spiritual leading for our community.  The discussion with Michael Wajda of Friends General Conference made it clear that any discussion of the future of our Meeting House needs to arise from discussion of the future of our Meeting. Greater clarity on where we are going makes it easier for Meeting to make short-term and long-term decisions.

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Local Friends Attend Quaker Initiative to End Torture Conference

 


Steve and Joan Spencer felt very fortunate to be able to attend the first QUIT Conference, in June 2006.  The conference was organized byJohn Calvi, who has twice been an excellent resource at IMYM at Ghost Ranch.  John’s report of the conference follows.  The conference website is www.quit-torture-now.org

 

Friends from 18 yearly meetings including Canada, Britain, and Rwanda, gathered on June 2-4, 2006, at Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina to learn about United States-sponsored torture and to plan how to end it.  Several non-Friends worshipped and worked with us, as well.  Sixteen speakers, including three survivors of torture, provided information and inspiration to 126 conference attenders. 

 

After a period of welcome and worship, Jennifer Harbury gave a riveting keynote on Friday evening, giving us a brief but comprehensive overview of U.S. torture.  She spoke from her personal experiences with CIA-sponsored torture of her deceased Guatemalan activist husband in the 1980s through the May 2006 United Nations hearings on United States compliance with the Convention Against Torture.  This was followed by the film, “Hidden in Plain Sight,” which gave a vivid history of the School of the Americas and the twenty-year struggle to close the school that has trained Latin American military officers since World War II.  The film and the question and answer session offered by two survivors brought participants a sense of immediacy and responsibility.

 

On Saturday morning, a panel of three speakers introduced us to the topics of direct action, legislation and executive monitoring, and treatment, which were followed by more intensive workshops providing in-depth information to conference participants on these topics, and on strategic planning.  On Saturday afternoon, Hector Aristizibal using the techniques of the Theatre of the Oppressed depicted his own experience as a survivor of torture and then engaged the audience in a powerful interactive movement that moved us toward hopeful engagement to end the practice of torture.  Chuck Fager and Bal Pinguel then took the stage to exhort us towards the long work ahead to abolish torture, moving us from learning to action.  Conferees next joined in a town meeting to brainstorm ideas in the five categories of education, legislation, treatment, prisons, and media/strategy.  After supper, work groups in those categories met to plan actions.  A hard day’s work closed with a folk music concert donated by the Short Sisters, an amazing a capella group of three women. 

 

Sunday worship was led by our five elders, who held the conference in the Light throughout the weekend and attended every session, workshop, and work group.  The conference culminated in a second town meeting in which we heard from each work group and then discussed the future of QUIT. 

 

There was a clear sense of the meeting towards the following actions:

      -educating our meetings and others;

      -asking for monthly, quarterly, and yearly meeting support (minutes, donations, conference        attendance);

      -using the QUIT website as a resource of information and events (http://www.quit-torture-now.org); 

      -joining the QUIT listserv via the website to share news and ideas.

 

Conferees appreciated the QUIT planning team’s care in creating an excellent conference on a difficult topic presented with a tone of reverence, and they thanked the five elders for their prayerful attention in setting the tone for spiritual work.  The planning team was asked to bring in more members and plan a second conference at Guilford College, June 1-3 2007.

 

We ended with worship that was deep in silence and full of gratitude and expectancy.

 

Save the date QUIT 2nd Conference June 1-3 2007

 


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A BRIEF BOOK REVIEW

Robert Turner: Shaping silence, a life in clay by Marsha Miro and Tony Hepburn

 

Our meeting is full of hidden treasures.  Until our librarian purchased the excellent biography of Bob Turner, a former attender at Santa Fe Meeting who died recently, I had no idea that he was one of the most important ceramic artists in the United States.   Bob and Sue Turner were based in Alfred, NY but had family and a small house in Santa Fe and spent quite a bit of time here.  I knew them as the parents of John Turner, who had worked in North Carolina with me in an AFSC project in the 1970’s.  When we saw each other at Santa Fe Meeting I enjoyed their positive energy.

 

Reading the book I learned that Bob Turner was recognized world wide for his “dynamic yet serene” sculptured forms and well as for his earlier elegant and functional casserole and serving dishes.  The spiritual base of his life and work was Quakerism.  He attended Friends schools and graduated from Swarthmore College in 1936 where he met Sue Thomas.  They were married in 1938.  Nonviolence was a “critical commitment” for him, and during World War II he worked in Quaker work camps, then served as a conscientious objector in Civilian Public Service.  He was assigned to forestry conservation in Big Flats, New York, then worked at the Training School for Mentally Deficient in Pownal, Maine.  After the war was over he began his study of ceramics.

 

The book is beautifully illustrated with color photos of Bob Turner’s pots and black and white photos of Bob at work and of the Turner family.  His creations were influenced by his and Sue’s travels in Africa and the Southwest, by  Atlantic shores,  Canyon de Chelly cliffs and thatched roofed African houses.  The text gave me a sense of who Bob was as a person, someone whose depth I had only caught glimpses of before.  What does it take to be an artist?  Years and years of practice, experimentation and dedication.  Shaping silence, a life in clay chronicles the long and thoughtful course of Bob’s life as a potter and teacher of ceramics. His inner serenity is expressed in the subtle colors and grounded shapes of his pots.  This is an inspiring book that makes me wish I could have seen his pots while he was still alive and told him how much I like them.

 

---Mary Ray Cate

 

MEETING FOR WORSHIP FOR BUSINESS

16 seventh month 2006

 

Present:  Maria Barcelona, Ford Robbins, John Kretzmann, Philip Balcombe, Shelley Cohen, Nina Sammons, David Giltrow, Peggy Giltrow, Bob Gaines, Roland Pool, Bettina Raphael, Jane Robinson, Michael Simon, Beverly Busching, clerk, Mary Ray Cate, recording clerk.

 

Meeting began with a reading from the new IMYM Faith and Practice followed by a short period of silence.

 

1. Nominating committee report:  Additional officers and committee members on second reading were approved. Nina Sammons will help Peggy Giltrow and Mary Ray Cate  as recording clerk. Ford Robbi will join M and O as clerk.  Eliza Packard will be a greeter.  Additional committee members are Lorraine Graham (garden); Frank Hirsch, Peggy Giltrow and Bob Gaines (finance); Steve Spencer (good works); Bettina Raphael, David Giltrow, Jim Valenti and Guthrie Miller (building); Bob Gaines, Kate Moses, and Alan Rogers (communications); Ann Anthony (peace and social concerns); Bob Gaines; Bob Gaines, resident committee; and Margi Willen (fellowship); Betsy Bartels, Nina Sammons, Ariel Harrison and Jim Valenti, (young Friends); Jonathan Ashworth (library).

 

On first reading, the following Friends were nominated:  Joan Spencer, M and O; Molly Vaux, communications; Rachel Wood, draft counseling and conscientious objection; Ann Anthony, resident committee.  Names of those who will convene the first meeting of their committees are underlined. Nominating Committee was commended for their continuing hard work. Beverly Busching suggested that Nominating Committee come up with a procedure for Friends to review the procedures for nominating, as several uncertainties arose during this year’s process.

 

2. Garden committee:  The garden committee will meet next first day at 10 am to look over the garden and make plans.  The committee requested  up to $250 to hire a gardener through the end of 2006 and up to $250 for mulch and other materials.  Both requests were approved, to be paid out of the maintenance fund since there is no money budgeted for the garden committee.

 

3.  Sufferings request: Maria Barcelona participated in a war protest in Washington DC in 3-06 and was arrested.  She must appear at a hearing there on 8-4-06. Maria is requesting $200 towards travel expenses.  The hearing is another opportunity to testify to her convictions against war.  Meeting approved $200 from the sufferings fund.

 

4. Worship group news:  Shelley Cohen brought greetings from Las Vegas Friends.  They meet the second first day of the month at the Muellers or at United World College.  Attendance varies from 8 to 28 with the average attendance  being 15.  Members are involved with various social activist organizations. They wonder what SFMM expects of worship groups and would like a visit from SFMM for socializing and worship, followed by a potluck lunch on 9-10-06.  That intervisitation was approved.

 

Jane Robinson from Clearlight worship group in Taos reported that they meet weekly, but attendance is very small in summer as many members travel.  They have business meetings and a bank account.  Having seasoned Friends visit and participate is very valuable.

 

Worship group liaisons are Wyn Lewis & Ken W. Caine, Taos Clearlight, John Kretzmann, Los Alamos, and Shelley Cohen, Las Vegas.

 

5.  Ministry and Oversight: Ford Robbins, beginning his term as clerk of M and O, urges everyone to read the new IMYM Faith and Practice.  Comments on it will be accepted during the next year by the committee that compiled it.

 

6.  Treasurer’s report:  Frank Hirsch is out of town, but told Philip that very little had changed since last month. $500 was paid to Kate Pope for cataloging the Olive Rush archives from private donations.

 

7.  Building committee:   Kate has worked for three weeks and has cataloged the largest of eight boxes of Olive’s materials, entering them in a computer data base.  Materials are being put into protective containers purchased by Bettina.  The total project will cost $1800  and more contributions are needed.

 

The ramada now has a new security screen door.  Bettina has written a list of  other repairs that need to be done before the new resident moves into the ramada. The Building committee will talk with the Garden Committee about tree pruning to protect buildings and fences.

 

8. Fellowship committee:  Bob Gaines reported difficulty in finding volunteers to clean and close the Meetinghouse after Meeting.  Only three people have signed up despite notices in the newsletter and at rise of Meeting.  Phone calls will be made to recruit more volunteers.  No one who contributes to Meeting in other ways should feel guilty about not taking on this task.   Bob respectfully requests that we wash our own cups after use, and if we see a full wastebasket, empty it.  We do not want to rush people out of the meetinghouse so it can be locked.  The current arrangement is to be reviewed in the fall.

 

9.  Visioning meeting:  The planning committee presented a report and queries for the 8-17-06 meeting, and requested up to $150 to rent a space for the meeting.   Funding request was approved. The goal of the meeting is to envision our Meeting’s future needs and wants, not to assess our current building’s status. Everyone is strongly urged to attend, so that we can make significant plans for our future.

 

Meeting for worship of business closed with silence.

 

--Mary Ray Cate, Recording clerk

 

An Invitation from Las Vegas Friends

 

The Las Vegas Friends Worship Group invites Santa Fe Friends to worship with us on Sunday September 10.  Friends will gather at 9:45 at the home of Helen and Werner Muller (directions will be provided). A pot-luck will follow Meeting for Worship. To learn more about Las Vegas Friends or to arrange to car pool contact Shelley at 421-3857 or scohen at plateautel.net.

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Announcements

 

Female helper needed to do personal care for a charming, smart 13 year old deaf girl with severe cerebral palsy. Must know or be willing to learn sign language.  10 - 15 hours a week.  Salary dependent on experience.  For more information contact Jim Griffith or Cleo Fowler 988 4285.

 
 
 
Some Key Meeting Contacts

 

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.)