Letter to Friends

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

Ninth Month 2007

 

“A good end cannot sanctify evil means, nor must we ever do evil, that good may come of it… Let us then try what love will do.”

William Penn

 

 

                                               

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 in summer recess until the second Sunday in September. The South Santa Fe Worship Group holds Meeting for Worship every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. at the Jewish Center at 1382 Vegas Verdes.

 

Sunday 9/2/07              10:00 a.m.        Singing, First Day School room or in garden

                                                12:30 p.m.        Potluck            

Sunday 9/9/07              9:15 a.m.          Ministry and Oversight Committee

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

                                                10.00 a.m.        First Day School Committee (See notice)

                                                11.00 a.m.        First Day Sch. 'Welcome Back' party (ditto)

                                                12.30 – 3.00 p.m. Introduction to IMYM Spiritual

Formation Program  (See article within)

Saturday           9/15/07            8:00 a.m.noon (or when able to join in) Meetinghouse

Garden working group (See notice within)

                        9.30 a.m.          Meeting-in-the-Woods campers assemble at

 630 Canyon Rd, to carpool to Bandelier

(See full weekend schedule within)

Sunday 9/16/07            10:00 a.m.        Singing, First Day School room or in garden

                                                12.30 p.m.       Meeting for Worship for Business

Sunday 9/23/07            10:00 a.m.        Singing, First Day School room or in garden

Sunday 9/30/07            10:00 a.m.        Singing, First Day School room or in garden

                                                10.00 a.m.        "Meeting for Muffins"

 

 

Please tell the editors about any items that should be in the calendar:  David Vaux, 988-9545 dvaux@comcast.net or Alison Martinez, 438-0729 alison1@cybermesa.com. Thank you.


 

Meeting for Worship for Business

19th, eighth month, 2007

 

Present:  Philip Balcombe, Beverly Busching, Marty Carroll, Bob Gaines, David Giltrow, Lorraine Graham, Pam Geyer, Rebecca Henderson, John Kretzmann, Anne McLaughlin, Alison Martinez, Steve Spencer, David Vaux, Molly Vaux, Jennifer Wellington – Clerk, Peggy Giltrow – Recording Clerk

 

Meeting began at 12:40 p.m. with a short period of silence. 

 

The minutes of the business meeting of 7th month were discussed and approved.

 

Ministry and Oversight Committee Report

The written report of M&O’s meeting of August 8, 2007 was read. M&O began its new term by reading and discussing the description of duties found in the Draft IMYM Faith and Practice, followed by a short silence. Members of the committee shared concerns regarding themselves, others within the Meeting, and worship groups under the care of Meeting. Los Alamos Worship Group requested M&O’s assistance to help it build attendance. M&O discussed at length the request of the South Santa Fe Quaker Worship Group and the unresolved issues related to the process of bringing the Group under the care of Meeting. M&O considered Nominating Committee’s request to consider changing the time and/or day of its monthly meeting to accommodate a representative from 9 o’clock Meeting and after thoughtful discussion declined, since the current time best meets the needs of members and attenders of Meeting and of the committee. M&O will contact 9 o’clock Meeting to discuss the matter and then request Nominating Committee to nominate a representative from 9 o’clock Meeting for Business Meeting’s approval.

 

The Query for the 9th month will be: “Is our Meeting a loving, spirit-centered community in which each person is accepted and nurtured and strangers are welcomed?”

 

Business Meeting took action on several items raised by M&O:

  1. The request for transfer by Barry Crossno of the Clear Light Worship Group to Dallas was approved as recommended by M&O. Meeting adds its good wishes to those of M&O.
  2. Alison Martinez, as representative of the South Santa Fe Quaker Worship Group, agreed to contact Roxanne Seagraves, appointed by M&O to represent the committee, to discuss the unresolved issues, pain, and conflict arising out of the request and process of bringing the group under the care of Meeting.
  3. Meeting approved M&O’s recommendations for members of the Special Advisory Committee on Stewardship and Long Range Planning:  Beverly Busching, David Giltrow, Frank Hirsch, John Kretzmann, Bettina Rafael, and Jennifer Wellington.  Beverly Busching agreed to be first convener.  Meeting was reminded that Jennifer, as Clerk, is one of the three Trustees of the Meeting.  The committee’s charge, as recommended to Business Meeting by M&O in 5th month and approved with three additions, can be found in the minutes of the fifth month business meeting (in Letter to Friends, newsletter for 6th month).  The Clerk hopes the committee will meet in a timely manner to begin discussions.

 

Spiritual Formation Groups

Marty Carroll introduced further discussion of the sponsorship of Spiritual Formation Groups by Santa Fe Meeting. She apologized for herself and Wyn Lewis if they did not follow right order in their request to M&O or Business Meeting. She had attended the discussion of Spiritual Formation Groups at IMYM, and thinks it would be a great thing for this Meeting to do. The purpose is to allow people to develop their spiritual life in a supported community environment, and to use the motivation, synergy and gifts of community endeavor which develop to benefit the Meeting as a whole. Those who are interested commit to weekend-long opening and closing retreats with IMYM facilitators, plus two small group meetings per month during the 9-month duration.  Books from the reading list will be purchased for the Meeting library for use of those who are not able to join a group.

At the 7th month Business Meeting it was agreed that Santa Fe Meeting would host an introduction to Spiritual Formation Groups on Sept. 9 at rise of Meeting.  People from Albuquerque Meeting are expected to attend the introduction, and perhaps our Meeting for Worship before the introduction. 

A long discussion of the process of interaction between Business Meeting and M&O, the roles of each, and the need for respect of process, tenderness, and timeliness ensued.  A request was made for clarity of Business Meeting minutes, which the Recording Clerk will attempt to achieve.

Meeting approved the following minute:  “While acknowledging misunderstandings in communication between Business Meeting and M&O, Santa Fe Meeting felt moved to approve support of Spiritual Formation Groups happening this year, starting with an opening retreat on Oct. 5 & 6, if coordinators feel there is sufficient interest.”  The decision will be made following the introductory presentation on Sept. 9.

 

The Treasurer’s Report was read and accepted.  The Treasurer made the following comments before giving the numbers:  Briefer is better, and he will try several formats in which to present the numbers to Business Meeting during the coming year. He will ask the Finance Committee, which receives lots of financial data from him monthly, to review and approve the report each month before it comes to Meeting.  The General Fund has received $9,124, or 41% of expected donations for the year, by July 31.  This is pretty typical, since many people do not contribute until December. The Treasurer hopes that Meeting can encourage people to even out their donations through the year. The General Fund had spent 49% of the amount budgeted for the year by the end of the 7th month, or $10,947. The Finance Committee agreed to make donations on a quarterly basis to help even out the cash flow of those to whom Meeting contributes.  Total cash in the bank on August 17 is $14,459.  $7,223 of that is in the General Fund and $4,991 is in the Maintenance Fund.  Although draw-downs are expected to both funds, fairly steady income is expected into the Maintenance Fund throughout the year.

 

The report of the Finance Committee, available on e-mail, on the Kiosk, and on the web site, was read and accepted.  The committee welcomes one new member, Bill Weldon.  Peggy Giltrow continues as committee clerk.  The only action item follows:

In-Kind donations.  Meeting had asked the Finance Committee to suggest policy on this matter.  We may have ranged farther afield than requested.

    1. For use of the Guest Apartment, we recommend that either money or work be accepted as a donation, but not physical objects (art, toasters, bed sheets, etc.)  If someone needs to use the apartment but does not have money or the physical capability to work the donation policy allows them to stay free for a reasonable amount of time. 
    2. If someone wants to donate an item to the Meeting, it should be the responsibility of the committee which takes care of that area to decide whether or not to accept the item.  For instance, if the object is for the garden it would be decided by the Garden Committee; for the Meetinghouse or Guest Apartment by the Building Committee; for the casita by the Residence Committee, etc.  At times two or more committees might be involved.
    3. In all cases where an item is offered, the committee needs to make it clear that the Meeting has the right to dispose of the item appropriately if it is no longer of use to Meeting. 
    4. Once a decision is made to accept the item, the Treasurer will be notified so that he may write an appropriate letter of acknowledgement according to IRS guidelines.  The letter will describe the item, but not give a dollar value.  It is the donor’s responsibility to ascribe fair market value for the IRS and to get an appraisal if they need one.

      Discussion and clarification followed. For people who are traveling on Quaker business, such as the Friends from Quaker House, Fayetteville, NC, currently occupying the Guest Apartment, their contribution or presentation to Meeting is considered to be their donation. For guests who cannot afford to pay, the Resident discusses the proper amount of hours to be worked in lieu of money. The present donation requested is $40 per single or $50 per double per night.

      The policy suggestions, with clarification, were accepted by the Meeting.

 

      The summary of the Internal Audit Report, approved by the Finance Committee and available on

e-mail, the Kiosk, and the web site, was read. The objective of the internal audit is to be sure adequate controls are in place. The books were audited by Bob Gaines and Peggy Giltrow before the office of Treasurer was handed over. The only exception was that the bank statement was larger than the fund balance. This has been reconciled, and going forward the two balances should match. As can be expected, as an organization grows its finances become more complex. The Finance Committee was asked to consider whether a Post Office box would provide the Meeting with more security for its finances and that of its benefactors. The Internal Audit Report was accepted by the Meeting.

 

Peace and Social Concerns asked Santa Fe Meeting to co-sponsor, with Albuquerque Meeting, a 2nd level Alternatives to Violence Workshop on Sept. 1 and 2. No money is involved. Meeting approved.

 

The Garden Committee, consisting of Beverly Busching, Peg Martin, and co-clerk Lorraine Graham, were very pleased to add Jamie Gagan as co-clerk.They meet twice a month, and have work days on the 3rd Saturday plus each Thursday. Please contact Lorraine (986-5005) for more information. They have been concentrating on cleaning up the garden, and have taken 4 or 5 truckloads of debris to the dump. Thanks to all who have volunteered their love and labor!  In the fall their attention will turn to planting, pathways, grassy areas for the children, the compost heap, and the abandoned bicycle. Justin will work on the shade ramada full-time in mid-September on a volunteer basis, although there will be some expense for materials. Members noted that the garden looks much improved.  Our neighbor Drew Bacigalupa was very appreciative of the trimming which has rescued his garden, trees and PNM lines from encroachment by plants on Meeting grounds. Greg was thanked for a nice job of pruning.

 

Positions need to be filled. The work of the Nominating Committee was finished at the end of June, leaving several positions, mostly as Meeting representatives to IMYM, still unfilled. People are asked to volunteer for these positions. Beverly Busching’s offer to serve as Joint Service Committee Representative was approved with thanks.

 

Residence Committee reported that committee members will cover Peg’s tasks while she is away on vacation from October 31 to November 4.   

     Trellis and patio for the casita --  Peg would like to construct a small shade trellis and patio area with stones to the south of the casita. The trellis would replace the old grape arbor. Labor will be done by volunteers. Meeting asked the garden committee to clarify the project, including the need for materials and other costs.  

     Yearly evaluation for the resident --  The Residence Committee will be conducting a twelve-month review in which Peg will evaluate her past year’s experience as resident, and the Committee, after soliciting comments, appreciations and suggestions from the Meeting, will evaluate the experience from the Meeting’s point of view. The Residence Committee invites Friends who wish to contribute comments, appreciations, or suggestions to the process to make their contributions in writing to Molly Vaux by September 10  (Email: mollyvaux@comcast.net Postal: P. O. Box 22575, Santa Fe, NM 87502).  

     The report was accepted with thanks.

 

Migrant and Border Concerns Committee asked Business Meeting to approve and accept sponsorship of four forums, to be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church on August 29 and the following three Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Meeting approved, expressing appreciation that we are acting on Regional Meeting’s call to  deepen understanding of these issues. Translators are needed. To volunteer call Wyn Lewis (982-4588) or Beverly Busching (984-8742).

 

The Building Committee reported on projects recently completed and still to be done.  The full report can be found on e-mail and the web site. 

      Projects finished:  The security gate has been installed and is invisible when opened fully. Minor repairs to the Meetinghouse roof and necessary re-stuccoing were finished in June. The sinkhole which opened during heavy rains has been excavated, inspected, and refilled; monitoring will continue. The south window of the Casita has been repaired/replaced. Repair of the garage doors was completed in July.

       Projects to be done:  Guest apartment bathroom and kitchen ceiling.  Storeroom door of Casita.  Security lights, clearing vegetation, window sill painting, canales inspection.

        Expenditures for repairs and maintenance from the Meeting’s Maintenance Fund since the end of June have totaled $4,493.12, leaving $2,506.88 of the $7,000 approved in June for expenditures through the end of 2007.  Depending on actual costs of repairs needed before winter, it will be difficult to accomplish all the proposed work for less than the remaining $2,500. Income from use of the Guest Apartment should allow coverage of some over-run costs without having to borrow or raise funds for maintenance work. The Building Committee requested authorization from Meeting to complete all critical projects as long as the income projections hold up, and will keep the Meeting informed of expenditures and needs. Some less urgent items could be deferred until 2008. Meeting accepted the committee’s report with thanks to committee members, both former and current, for all their dedicated work.

 

The Draft Maintenance Fund Budget for 2007, dated 8/17/05, can be found in this newsletter on the following page. The Building Committee and Treasurer worked together to develop a total of expenditures and projections. Meeting had approved $5,000 in January for maintenance and repairs, and $7,000 from June to the end of 2007. Income is probably sufficient to cover anticipated expenses, although there are always surprises. Meeting was asked for approval to complete the projects listed, with the assurance that no money would be spent if it was not needed. Finance Committee is aware of the need to maintain $5,000 to cover potential catastrophes. It was noted that the “other” category covers some expenses which are not for maintenance. The report was accepted with gratitude for a lot of hard work

 

The Communication Committee reported that it is not spending as much as budgeted. The committee suggests that it print the Directory only on request. The Directory is continually updated and can be sent by e-mail or pdf, as well as mailed as a print copy. The last full update was September, 2006.  The committee offered to do a new full update this September. People advocated continuing to send updates by e-mail for those who simply want to annotate an old edition. Meeting thanked the committee for its continued work to make information available.

 

Worship Groups

                Los Alamos Worship Group.  John Kretzmann, the contact for that Worship Group, reported that two families have moved out of Los Alamos. That leaves only two people, plus two non-Quaker spouses, as the nucleus for the Worship Group. They need our support. John will be sure they feel included in the September camping trip. Meeting discussed how else they could be included and encouraged and how other interested people in Los Alamos could be identified and encouraged to attend.  Discussion included the possibility of announcements in the religious section of the New Mexican and in its online directory.  The Communications Committee was asked to investigate this.

                Las Vegas Worship Group seems to be flourishing, having increased its meeting times to twice monthly. They have requested Meeting to support action for Amnesty International in Las Vegas on Sept. 15, and to be physically present if possible.

                South Santa Fe Quaker Worship Group meets at 9:30 a.m. each Sunday. Each time there have been several new people in attendance.

                Clearlight Meeting, Taos.  Jane Robinson has recently been in the hospital in Boston, but returns home soon.

 

Meeting ended with silence shortly before 4 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Peggy Giltrow, Recording Clerk

 

 

 

Wage Peace Movie: Wage Peace Campaign

Friends are recommended to visit the AFSC web site http://www.afsc.org/ and click on the link to a short movie which effectively, quietly and artistically promotes the call for an end to war in Iraq. At the movie's end you can choose (or not) to provide email addresses to tell ten friends about the movie. It is a simple way to help your wish for peace to be heard by ten others, multiplied by ten, by ten, by ten…


 

Approved Maintenance Fund Budget for 2007

 

August 22, 2007

 

 

Spent by 8-17

Spent by 12-31

Guest Apartment

 

 

Shower

$884

 

Bed and refrigerator (approved earlier by business meeting)

$1,079

 

Refinish ceiling in bath and kitchen, patch bathroom floor - guesstimate

 

$1,000

Replace/move hot water heater

 

$500

Internet/phone ($540 approved earlier by business meeting)

$480

$60

Subtotal

$2,443

$1,560

 

 

 

Meetinghouse

 

 

Patch exterior stucco, minor roof repairs, seal squirrel hole

$1,900

 

Repair garage doors (including $353.80 for temporary doors)

$3,294

 

Improve drainage in front of garage

 

$800

Patch mud plaster and some paint inside and outside Meetinghouse

 

$800

Resolve protection of outdoor fresco

 

$500

Resolve drainage: front of portal, Meetinghouse west side, front of casita

 

$500

7-29 sink hole in sidewalk

$500

 

Outdoor sensor lights

 

$300

Wrought iron gate (approved earlier by business meeting)

$593

 

Miscellaneous (asbestos, repairs, etc.)

$332

 

Subtotal

$6,619

$2,900

 

 

 

Ramada/Casita

 

 

Minor roof repairs and re-stuccoing of exterior

 

$1,000

Repair/replace south window

$1,003

 

Resolve casita drainage (see above)

 

 

Subtotal

$1,003

$1,000

 

 

 

Other

 

 

Cleaning ($1296 approved earlier by business meeting)

$856

$440

Garden ($500 approved earlier by business meeting)

$53

$447

Tableta

$600

 

Emergency Repairs (approved earlier by business meeting)

 

$250

Subtotal

$1,510

$1,137

 

 

 

Total

$11,575

$6,597

 

 

 

Projected Total Expenditures to 12/31/2007

 

$18,171

 

 

 

Projected Additional Funds Required for August - Dec 2007

 

($6,597)

Maintenance Fund - as of August 17

 

$3,988

Projected Income for August - Dec 2007 (Guest apartment + MH use)

 

$3,795

Projected total in Maintenance Fund on Dec 31, 2007

 

$1,187


 

Meeting in the Woods

 

SEPTEMBER 15 AND 16, 2007

 Camp out or spend a day enjoying nature with others from our Meeting.

Everyone is invited to join us for outdoor fellowship!

 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:  Come for an hour, a day, or overnight.

 

Saturday, September 15, 2007

9:30 a.m.          Meet at Meetinghouse, 630 Canyon Road, to carpool to Bandelier National Monument.

10:30 a.m.        Arrive at Juniper Campground, just inside main entrance station to Bandelier.  Entrance fee is $12 a car, free to seniors with National Park pass (one time lifetime fee of $10 for people 62 years and older). Those staying overnight will set up camp. We hope to secure two adjoining individual campsites, which will accommodate 16 people.

Noon               Bring your own sack lunch. Afternoon free to explore ruins in Frijoles Canyon, to hike, sketch, relax, play games, etc.

5:00 p.m.          Worship sharing under the trees at our campsite

6:00 p.m.          Potluck supper.  We will have a stove to heat water for drinks.

7:00 p.m.          Singing.  Depending on fire conditions we may be able to have a campfire and roast marshmallows for s’mores.

 

Sunday, September 16, 2007

            8:00 a.m.          Pancake breakfast, provided by Earthcare committee

10:30 a.m.        Outdoor Meeting for Worship with Friends from Los Alamos Worship Group.

11:30 a.m.        Light potluck lunch and fellowship with Los Alamos Friends

Noon               Carpools return to Santa Fe in time for Meeting for Worship for Business at 1:00 p.m. or stay later and enjoy more time in nature.

 

WHAT TO BRING:  Tent, ground cloth, sleeping bag, foam pad and other

                                    camping gear if staying overnight   

                                    Warm clothing and rain gear for unpredictable weather

                                    Sack lunch, potluck dish for Saturday night, potluck item for

light lunch on Sunday

Hiking boots, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent

Musical instruments, song books, active or table games

Journal, sketchbook and art supplies

Folding lawn chair for meeting for worship

 

HOW TO SIGN UP: Put your name on the sign-up list on the kiosk in the library or call Mary Ray Cate at 989-1630.  We need to know how many to expect for Sunday’s pancake breakfast.  If you have questions please contact Mary Ray.

 

Garden Committee

 

Garden workdays are being scheduled for once a month on the 3rd Saturday from 8.00 a.m. until 12 noon. Thursdays have been designated as "open" for any individuals to come by and work alone or with others;  guidelines are posted in the garage. We have taken several truckloads of materials to the dump, thanks to Bill Weldon, Elizabeth and friend Jesse, and others. The trees and shrubs have been beautifully pruned. Plans are being made to rebuild the ramada and Justin Kimse is taking input from any interested persons. He hopes to do the bulk of the work in September and we welcome volunteers to assist him.

 

Jamie Gagan has volunteered to be co-clerk and we welcome her.

 

Future projects include new plantings, additional gravel for walkways, regular maint-enance of grassy area in rear of garden for children, participation with Dante in the compost project, and adding grass seed to needed areas.

 

We always welcome input from Friends and look forward to seeing you in the garden! 

 

 

Rumors and Realities

An invitation to listen deeply and respond urgently to the immigrant situation in Santa Fe

~ a series of four bilingual sessions on the lives of immigrants ~

 

SESSION 1: Who are the immigrants in Santa Fe? What brought them here? How are they doing?  Immigrants share their stories and discuss their contributions to the place they now call home.

SESSION 2: What is the immigrant landscape? What’s happening with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), detention centers, and Social Security number confirmations? What are employers’ and immigrants’ rights and responsibilities?

Somos un Pueblo Unido, immigration attorney, employer

SESSION 3: How is Santa Fe supporting immigrants? Health care providers, Amigos del Parque, Catholic Charities, Juntos los Jueves

SESSION 4: What can we do?  What are the theological and moral issues that ground our work? How can immigrants and informed allies join hands to work for justice?

Wednesday evenings, August 29, Sept 5, 12 and 19

7:00–8:30 p.m.

Westminster Presbyterian Church

841 West Manhattan Avenue (corner of Manhattan and St. Francis Drive)

For more information, call: Wyn Lewis, 982-4588 or Erik Mason, 982-1258

Sponsored by the Committee for Migrant and Border Concerns, Santa Fe Monthly Meeting of Friends (Quakers)

 

Do You Seek a Deeper Spiritual Experience?

You are invited to see if the IMYM Spiritual Formation Program

might provide a path to the deepening you are seeking.

Dates: Sun, Sept 9, 12:30–3:00 p.m., Orientation/introduction to the program, at rise of meeting at the Canyon Road Meeting House in Santa Fe.

Fri, Oct 5 and Sat, Oct 6 for an Opening Retreat to launch the 9-month program if there is enough interest.

The IMYM Spiritual Formation Program invites its participants into a deeper experience of God’s presence through retreats, devotional readings, spiritual community and individual spiritual practices. Spiritual Formation provides a practical way for people in our busy culture to turn to God with their minds through spiritual reading, with their hearts through daily spiritual practices and with their human relationships through local friendship groups.

Participants attend retreat weekends at the beginning and end of the Program year.  During the year, participants attend two meetings per month:  (1) the monthly meeting of the local group to share reflections on a spiritual book that all have agreed to read; and (2) the monthly meeting of the friendship group, a subset of the local group–– usually three to five people––who meet to share spiritual journeys and to support one another in spiritual practices. In addition, each participant is encouraged to devote at least 15 minutes per day to a spiritual practice.  Those who participate in the Program are rewarded with a closer relationship with God and an opportunity to form deep spiritual friendships.

If you seek a richer spiritual experience or yearn for a deeper spiritual community, the Spiritual Formation Program may be for you. The Program serves Friends and Meeting attenders who are at many stages of their spiritual journeys. Those who are new to Friends find that the Program is an effective way to learn about Quaker spirituality and to form personal friendships within the meeting. Long-time Friends who are experiencing a period of spiritual dryness or who have become burnt out with committee work turn to the Program for spiritual renewal. Friends who are beginning to feel God’s call into service and who want to explore their gifts and leadings in community find that the Program meets their needs. The Program meets all of its participants wherever they are in the journey, and all benefit when the group includes Friends with a variety of back-grounds and reasons for participating.  Whatever your reason for wanting to participate in the Program, you will find it transforming.

In addition to enriching the spiritual lives of individuals, the Spiritual Formation Program benefits the monthly meetings to which its participants belong by building community, nurturing spirit-led ministries, and developing spirit-led leadership. 

Program costs to individuals vary depending on the books they choose to buy vs. borrow or share, with cost ranging from $25 to $100 per person for reading materials.

By Wyn Lewis

For  additional information, call Wyn, 982-4588


Eyes Wide Open 

 

Eyes Wide Open, the American Friends Service Committee’s widely-acclaimed exhibition on the human cost of the Iraq War, features a pair of boots honoring each U.S. military casualty, a field of shoes and a Wall of Remembrance to memorialize the Iraqis killed in the conflict, and a multimedia display exploring the history, cost and consequences of the war.

Since 1917, the American Friends Service Committee has championed the dignity and worth of every individual, the sanctity of human life and humanity's collective responsibility to promote peace. For almost 90 years of work in war zones on four continents, we have gained an intimate knowledge of the costs and horrors of war.

When this exhibit was unveiled by our Chicago office in January 2004, there were 504 pairs of boots symbolizing the lost lives of U.S. soldiers in Iraq. With each passing week, each stop in a new city, more pairs of boots are added to represent the newly fallen. Alongside the boots stands a wall of remembrance with the names of the more than 11,000 Iraqi civilians who have been killed since the US-led invasion.

As the exhibit makes its appearances across the country, families and friends come to grieve for lost loved ones and strangers honor those who gave their lives to a cause far from home. At each stop, person after person leaves notes of commemoration, photographs of lost soldiers, identification tags, flowers, and American flags to accompany the boots on their journey.

Although a majority of Americans now believe this war is a tragic misadventure, the human cost of the Iraq War grows every day. How many more boots will be standing at silent attention before this war ends, before Iraqis and American soldiers are out of harm's way? This traveling exhibit is a memorial to those who have fallen and a witness to our belief that no war can justify its human cost. Mary Ellen McNish, Gen Sec, AFSC

 

Messages and Announcements

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  • Friends and attenders can request an updated Meeting Directory at any time, either 'printed on demand' and mailed to you or sent to you electronically, i.e. as an email attachment. For hard copy please contact Molly Vaux (mollyvaux@comcast.net, 988-9545) or to receive by email contact Bob Gaines (gaines@comcast.net, 466-1746). In either case please specify whether you want the local Santa Fe directory or the outside Santa Fe directory, or both.
  • Do you have old magazines? Would you like to help women at the state prison in Grants? The prison library there is small. When Audrey Miller visits, she distributes magazines, which the women enjoy and appreciate. Can you give Audrey some of your old magazines? All subjects (except politics) are read with interest. Please call Audrey at 424-1208. Thank you!
  • Are you cleaning out closets, cupboards and bookshelves this fall? Would you like to help our new South Side Worship Group? The group has been running an electronic white elephant sale to help cover its modest expenses—selling books, music Cds, vintage political buttons and miscellaneous items on e-Bay, half.com and Craig's list. Almost anything that you no longer need can help. Please contact Alison (alison1@cybermesa.com or 439-0729) to arrange pick-up of your excess treasures. Thank you!
  • The Immigrant and Border Concerns Committee is sponsoring Wednesday seminars for all on September 5th, 12th & 19th—7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 841 W.Manhattan Ave. (See full notice above.)
  • Friends and attenders are reminded that Michele Chrabot collects brown paper grocery bags for recycling at the Santa Fe Food Bank. They may be given to her after 11 o'clock Meeting for Worship or placed in the designated bag in the Meetinghouse kitchen.
  • The Peace and Social Concerns Committee will not, as previously announced, meet at a regular time. Instead, Anne McLaughlin will post particular meetings as topics come up. Comments and concerns are always welcome. Contact Anne at caunteton@msn.com or (505) 995-9655.
  • Reminder: Betsy Bartels' blog site, where we can read about her Costa Rica journey is: http://madrugadora.blogspot.com

 

 

 

Some Key Meeting Contacts

                                                                      

Santa Fe 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@earthlink.net; Joan Spencer, 984-2217 ssspencer@pol.net; Dimitri Mihalas, 661-7414; Philip Balcombe, 466-2982 pjbalcombe@cybermesa.com; Jennifer Wellington, 438-9399 jfloresta@gmail.com; Michael Simon, 989-3817 msimo@lycos.com; Roxanne Seagraves, 438-3714 rstories@aol.com

Meeting Clerk: Jennifer Wellington, 438-9399 jfloresta@gmail.com

Meeting Resident: (for guest apartment, or to report building problems, etc.) Peg Martin,

 983-7241.

To schedule use of building: Contact Ford Robbins, 466-7665

 fordrobbins@earthlink.net                

Newsletter: David Vaux, 988-9545 and Alison Martinez, 438-0729 (ph/fax), co-editors.  Please e-mail submissions to dvaux@comcast.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: Beverly Busching, 984-8742 bbusching@mindspring.com

Treasurer: Bob Gaines, 466-1746 gaines@Comcast.net  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@mtholyoke.edu.

The Peace and Social Concerns Committee welcomes new members. Anne McLaughlin, 995-9655 gscondon@Comcast.net  Meetings as and when announced.

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 alison1@cybermesa.com

For a complete list of committees, see the Meeting Directory. (Available as advised in first item of Messages and Announcements above.)