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Traveling Minute for Rebecca Henderson

Traveling Minute for Rebecca Henderson

Approved at Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business

Santa Fe Monthly Meeting

September 15, 2013

The Santa Fe Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends sends greetings to the Arizona Half-Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends. We are delighted that Rebecca Henderson will be a plenary speaker at Arizona Half-Yearly Meeting, October 4-6, 2013.

Rebecca is a longtime Quaker, having grown up in the Paullina Monthly Meeting of Iowa Yearly Meeting (Conservative). After her move to Albuquerque in 1985, she settled into the Albuquerque Meeting, and in 2003 became a member of Santa Fe Monthly Meeting. She has over the years served as clerk of the Iowa City and Santa Fe Monthly Meetings and Intermountain Yearly Meeting, and has led clerking workshops for IMYM and Wyoming Friends. She has served on multiple committees, including Friends World Committee for Consultation, the Coordinating Committee for Friends Peace Teams, and Scattergood Friends School Committee. She learned facilitation skills from the Alternatives to Violence Project. She currently serves as Santa Fe Meeting's representative to IMYM's Representatives Committee and New Mexico Regional Meeting’s Representative to IMYM Procedures Committee. Rebecca is the author of “Ingrid’s Tales: A Norwegian-American Quaker Farming Story,” published in April, 2012, about the Quaker community in Paullina, Iowa, a portrait of the family during the summer of 1959. This past year she led workshops for Santa Fe Meeting on Quaker Practice and Business Meeting. The pamphlet by that name was prepared by her with assistance from Santa Fe Meeting’s Ministry and Counsel Committee.

We appreciate and acknowledge the work, experience, and insight that Rebecca has in the area of conflict resolution and peace-making. Over the years she has chosen to limit her income to below a taxable level in order not to pay war taxes. She resigned her position as an environmental consultant with a firm over its contract with the Trident Submarine base. She retrained as a bookbinder, a profession more in line with her peace testimony and desire for simplicity. With other lesbian radicals, she participated in the establishment of a land trust, which among other things educates women in sustainable building and living. In 1992 she married her longtime partner, Pelican Lee, in Albuquerque Monthly Meeting.

Greg Cliburn and Pamela Geyer have served as Rebecca’s anchor committee in Santa Fe to help her craft her message. Pelican Lee, who has been attending Santa Fe Meeting, will be coming for the weekend as well. We entrust Rebecca Henderson and Pelican Lee to your care.

On Behalf of Santa Fe Monthly Meeting,

Jan-Willem Jansens, Clerk

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