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December 2007 Newsletter

Letter to Friends

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

Twelfth Month 2007


“We get distracted by the intellectual claim to our interest in a thousand and one good things, and before we know it we are pulled breathlessly along by an over-burdened programme of good committees and good undertakings… Quaker simplicity needs to be expressed not merely in dress and architecture and height of tombstones but also in the structure of a relatively simplified and co-ordinated life-programme of social responsibilities.”


Thomas R Kelly, 1941, extracted from item 20.36 in Quaker Faith and Practice.

The full “advice” is included within this newsletter.



 

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. Childcare and First Day School are provided during the 11:00 a.m. Meeting. The South Santa Fe Worship Group holds Meeting for Worship every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at the former International Institute for Oriental Medicine, 4884 La Junta del Alamo, Agua Fria.


Sunday 12/2/07 10:00 a.m. Singing, First Day School room or in garden

12:30 p.m. Potluck

Sunday 12/9/07 9:15 a.m. Ministry and Oversight Committee

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

Sunday 12/16/07 10:00 a.m. Singing, First Day School room or in garden

12.30 p.m. Meeting for Worship for Business

Sunday 12/23/07 10:00 a.m. Singing, First Day School room or in garden

Monday 12/24/07 6.00 p.m. Silent, candle light worship in Meetinghouse

Sunday 12/30/07 10.00 a.m. "Meeting for Muffins"



Please tell the editors about any items that should be in the calendar: Alison Martinez, 438-0729 alison1@cybermesa.com. Thank you.


Meeting for Worship for Business

18, eleventh month, 2007


Present: Ford Robbins, serving as clerk, John Kretzmann, Philip Balcombe, Rebecca Henderson, Dave Giltrow, Peggy Giltrow, Steve Spencer, Alison Martinez, Molly Vaux, David Vaux, Beverly Busching, Jonathan Cartland, Mary Ray Cate, recording clerk.


Meeting began at 12:50 p.m. with a reading on simplicity from the new IMYM Faith and Practice (printed elsewhere in this newsletter) followed by a short period of silence.


1. Treasurer’s report: Peggy Giltrow presented the treasurer’s report as of 11-14-07, which was reviewed and approved. Thanks to everyone who responded to the recent letter. Over $600 in donations have been recorded and deposited so far, bringing the general fund balance to $8,603. The maintenance fund is down to $3,222. Maintenance fund income was $390. The Turkle fund for library purchases has $777.65, the Olmstead fund for conscientious objector committee expenses has $224.50 and the Sufferings fund has $1,097.85 for a total amount of cash in the bank of $13,928.


2. Finance committee report: The committee met on 10/22/07 and prepared a Draft Operating Budget for 2008, which appears in its entirety elsewhere in this newsletter. Peggy Giltrow presented the report. Thanks to the Finance committee for preparing the budget and to the Good Works committee for their recommendations. Meeting approved, adding a line item for education effective immediately. Meeting also approved a standing committee on Good Works. The Nominating Committee will recruit this committee next spring. The Draft Budget was also approved.


3. Ministry and Oversight report: Ford Robbins requests us to “hold all of us in the Light so we can continue to share the Light.” This month’s queries are: “Do we avoid commitments beyond our strength and Light as well as a clutter of multiple activities? Are we careful how we choose to use our time and energy?” Query for next month will be: “Do we exercise moderation and honesty in our speech, our manner of living, and our daily work?”

A new ‘Friendly 6’ group will be formed. Contact M&O if you wish to join. Quakerism 101 materials from Pendle Hill are being reviewed for possible use.

Two of the three IMYM Fall Queries were discussed by business meeting. Here is a summary of the discussion. The first query concerned intergenerational nurturing. We do well with the elderly and in providing emergency care. We have had a good connection with a few students from St. John’s College. We are not doing as well with our own children from birth to college age and beyond. Our active members are mainly retired or nearing retirement age. We need interesting educational activities for all ages. Our Meeting could host community events with speakers from organizations we support. We’ve been focused on our physical building, resident issues and finances, and have not made time to have fun together. We could also ask young people to serve on committees. IMYM could help in this area by considering or at least investigating organizing a retirement community, such as the ones run by the Kendall Crosslands organization. IMYM could also integrate young Friends more into the activities and business at yearly meeting. The question was raised, “Should children sit with adults in meeting for worship?” We have no concerns at this time about the safety of children from sexual offenders since none are attending our Meeting as far as we know.

The second query concerned the yearly gathering at Ghost Ranch. IMYM could have less tedious business, more time for spiritual renewal and more intergenerational activities (bread baking?). Too much focus on organizational matters drives people away. A former IMYM registrar, Jonathan C., brought up the early deadline for registration, which he learned was set by IMYM, not Ghost Ranch. Turning people away for not registering in advance gives the impression that IMYM is rigid and restrictive. We need to reach out, not be exclusive. Other suggestions include a per diem registration fee, moving all business to one of the early days, and scheduling alternative activities during business sessions. The main speaker should attract people new to Quakerism, have a wide appeal and be advertised on the IMYM website. Talent night at yearly meeting is popular. The dates are problematic as insects are worse in June, and schools are getting out later.


4. Biographical directory: Thinking that the more we know about each other the better we can worship together, Steve Spencer has offered to compile a directory of members and attenders including each person’s answer to the question, “What would you like us to know about you?” There will be no suggested length; individual creativity will be allowed to run its course. Meeting approved the idea with thanks to Steve. Please send him your biographical statements.


5. Jane Robinson, a member of Clear Light worship group in Taos, died recently. We note her passing and are appreciative of the arrangements her family and Mountain Home Health Care made for the memorial service that was held on November 17 in Taos, attended by approximately 200 people, a multi-generational, multi-ethnic gathering. We need to look up whether Jane is a member of our Meeting. Ford will contact Clear Light to see if they need help with other tasks relating to Jane’s passing.


6. Volunteers to help the homeless: Three churches are housing homeless this winter. The organizing committee made an error in stating that our Meeting will consider providing food. We can’t help as a Meeting but encourage individual members to volunteer to help.


7. Naming committee report: Joan Spencer, Peg Martin and Marty Carroll have consented to be our next nominating committee. The report was accepted with thanks.


8. Christmas Eve: There will be silent worship in the Meetinghouse at 6:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve, as well as singing. A luminaria (bonfire) and farolitos will be taken care of by Young Adult Friends. Alison is requested to put an announcement of the event in The New Mexican. We need volunteers: a) to provide refreshments for those tending the bonfire, and b) to remove the farolitos the next morning. The Fellowship committee is requested to designate someone to close the Meetinghouse at the end of the evening.


9. Resident’s report was presented by Molly Vaux. Peg Martin’s recent dinner party and chat around the campfire was a success. Meeting offers Peg a third year as resident with gratitude for her service so far. Peg will tell the committee by 11-29-07 whether she wants to stay a third year.


10. The Ad Hoc Long Range Planning committee report was summarized by Beverly Busching and is posted on the kiosk. Meeting supports their efforts and frequent reports on this critical issue. No details are being released yet.


11. Recorder’s report: Beverly Busching reports that there has been a breakdown in information collection in the past 5–6 years. Our records are incomplete on individual members. The recorder will be asking people to fill out information sheets to complete our historical records. People in worship groups need to request a change of membership when a worship group is moved from the care of one monthly meeting to that of another. Ford and Beverley will be working to clarify who is and who is not a member of our Meeting.


12. Peace sign or banner: Some time ago M&O suggested that a sign be put in the front window of the Meetinghouse saying “Friends for Peace.” At last business meeting this was objected to and other suggestions were offered such as a banner hanging from the parapet on the front of the meetinghouse with the wording, “War Is Not the Answer.” Meeting decided to return the issue to M&O for them to assess the wishes of the wider Meeting community. Please submit your ideas and comments to Ford Robbins before the January meeting of M&O.


Meeting for worship for business closed with silence at 4:05 p.m.






A Biographical Directory, a proposal by Steve Spencer


At Meeting for Business this month my proposal to create a biographical directory was approved. [Following this paragraph] is the proposal I submitted to Jennifer. I would appreciate each of you sending me a short biographical sketch, addressing mainly the question, “What would you like us to know about you?” My e-mail address is ssspencer@pol.net, and you can put “Bio sketch” in the subject line. Alternatively, you can put your Bio sketch into the pigeonholes at the Meetinghouse, c/o The Clerk, or mail it to the Meeting (at 630 Canyon Road, Santa Fe, NM 87501.) Please get in touch with me if you have any questions, and thank you in advance for your participation.


A basic tenet of Quakerism is that there is that of God in everyone. The Holy Spirit or inner light is in each of us, and we try to speak from that inner light and to speak to the inner light in others. This is also our guiding principle for vocal ministry in meeting for worship. We have no church hierarchy, no ecclesiastical authorities to tell us what is acceptable, so we rely on each other for our spiritual support and guidance. In this respect we are a community of individuals bound together by our common and simple belief in this basic tenet.


The expression of our individual spirits is a reflection of our individual lives, our experiences, our trials and tribulations, our successes and failures, our joys and sorrows, as well as our individual beliefs. We acknowledge the value of strengthening our sense of community, of getting to know each other and understanding each other better, so we can more fully appreciate the unique value of each individual. This has of course been furthered in many ways, through small and large group social and spiritual gatherings.


How else can we get to know each other better? A few years ago Mary Ray Cate addressed this by authoring a series of interviews of members, printed in the Newsletter. This continued for a few months, and was very helpful.


Another way we can learn more about each one of us is by producing a biographical directory. Such a directory of members and frequent attenders would consist of a short biographical sketch of each one. I have frankly been surprised at how little I know about many of our group, even though I have been here for 22 years.


Therefore, if Meeting wishes, I will volunteer to organize the creation of such a biographical directory, to solicit individual contributions, check for typos, and submit to the printer. The bios would not be rigidly structured, but left to the individuals as to what to include, considering basically the question: “What would you like us to know about you?” This project obviously would take time, perhaps several months.



Helping the Homeless


Zia United Methodist Church needs at least 16 volunteers to help work from 7 to 10 p.m. and provide support for homeless moms and children. Volunteers will provide mothers with support by helping children with homework, feeding snacks, and helping get children ready for bed.

 

Anyone interested in working the 7-10 pm shift, please call Francina at 204-2209 and let her know you would like to volunteer. A training session may be involved for new volunteers. Zia will gladly welcome any volunteer from any church.

 

Thank you and Blessings to you and yours,

 

Rachel Sullivan, Administrator

Zia United Methodist Church


Draft 2008 Budget
December 1


To Date 2007

Budgeted 2007

Proposed 2008

Change 2007 to 2008






Operating Income (donations)

16,370

22,375

24,666

2,291






Operating Expenses





FDS staff

812

1,500

2,080

580

FDS supplies (was YF Supplies)

0

150

200

50

Adult Education (new)

152

0

100

100

Subscriptions for library

39

140

140

0

Communications (was Newsletter)

259

900

350

-550

Earthcare (new)

0

0

25

25

Finance (was Treasurer/Finance)

134

150

200

50

Safe Deposit Box (now in Finance)

15

15

0

-15

Garden (in Maintenance in 2007)

(379)

(500)

500

500

History

0

25

25

0

M&O

19

25

25

0

Peace & Social Concerns

0

100

100

0

Cleaning (in Maintenance in 2007)

(1086)

(1296)

1,296

1,296

Insurance

1,955

2,000

2,200

200

MH supplies

720

840

840

0

Utilities (Phone/Internet in MF in 2007)

2,909

4,500

4,500

0

Advertising

267

400

400

0

IMYM travel

0

50

50

0

Miscellaneous

127

100

100

0

Subtotal

7,408

10,895

13,131

2,236






IMYM Assessment

4,410

4,455

4,410

-45

Good Works

4,253

7,025

7,125

100

Subtotal

8,663

11,480

11,535

55






Total Operating Expenses

16,071

22,375

24,666

2,291











Provisional Maintenance Budget





Income (MH use and guest apartment)

9,439

8,300

10,000

1,700






Expenses





All maintenance expenses

15,548

18,371



Repairs only

12,372


7,000


Total Maintenance

12,372

18,371

7,000

-11,371





Draft 2008 Budget
December 1
Good Works Detail and IMYM Assessment


To Date 2007

Budgeted 2007

Proposed 2008

Change 2007 to 2008






IMYM Assessment

4,410

4,455

4,410

-45






Good Works





Our own community





Emergencies

0

400

400

0

Scholarship

1,203

1,000

1,200

200

Sufferings


100

100

0

Subtotal

1,203

1,500

1,700

200

Broader Quaker concerns





AFSC

1,000

1,000

750

-250

FCNL

600

600

600

0

QEW

150

150

150

0

RSWR

150

150

150

0

FWCC

150

150

150

0

Pendle Hill

100

100

100

0

Friends Peace Teams

500

500

500

0

QUNO

100

100

100

0

Quaker Bolivia Link

150

150

0

-150

Subtotal

2,900

2,900

2,500

-400

Local community needs





As Needs Arise

0

375

475

100

A.V.P.

300

300

300

0

Esperanza

300

300

200

-100

Food Depot

250

250

150

-100

La Familia

100

100

100

0

Villa Therese Clinic (new)

0

0

200

200

NM Repeal Death Penalty

600

600

500

-100

Open Hands

100

100

300

200

S.F. Rape Crisis

100

100

100

0

St. Elizabeth Shelter

300

300

300

0

Somos Un Pueblo Unido

100

100

300

200

Youth Shelter

100

100

0

-100

Subtotal

2,250

2,625

2,925

300






Total Good Works/IMYM

10,763

11,480

11,535

55



Mothers’ Day Peace Rally

Sunday, May 11, 2008 on the Plaza


PLANNING DRAFT, November 17, 2007


PURPOSE AND INTENT: The purpose is to commemorate (and work towards re-instituting) the original impetus for Mothers’ Day in the U. S. launched by Julia Ward Howe, prominent American abolitionist, social activist, and poet (most famous as the author of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”) in 1872 for women to demonstrate against war. The intent is to host an inter-generational event celebrating our mothers and women’s role in society while speaking to end the war in Iraq, stand against U.S. use of torture under any circumstance, and forestall the U.S. engaging in preemptive war against Iran.



POTENTIAL CO-SPONSORS AND PLANNING GROUP

 Santa Fe Society of Friends (pending endorsement by Meeting for Business)

 Veterans for Peace (yes, will co-sponsor)

 Code Pink (yes, will co-sponsor)

 People for Peace (whom/how to contact)

 Tewa Women United (waiting for response)

 City of Santa Fe (waiting for response)

 Somos Un Pueblo Unido (waiting for response)

 Unitarian Universalists (waiting for response)

 Pax Christi (waiting for response)

 First Presbyterian (waiting for response)

 Supportive, but not interested in co-sponsoring: Network of Spiritual Progressives, Women in Black.

 Others (have not yet approached: Upaya Zen Center, New Zen…..)



COSTS AND INSURANCE

Base Cost Approximately $300 – due January 2, 2008 to City of Santa Fe, to reserve the Plaza for May 11th. Application must include Certificate of Liability Insurance for $1million, listing the City of Santa Fe as an additional insured. Fees waived if this becomes a city-sponsored event.


SCHEDULE

Proposed for mid-to-late afternoon to allow families time for traditional Mothers’ Day activities.


IDEAS

Celebratory rally, speeches, musical entertainment, balloons and flowers on the plaza. Reading of 1872 Proclamation in English, Spanish and Tewa.


Mothers’ Day Proclamation of 1870


Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mother%27s_Day_Proclamation


[The original "Mothers’ Day Proclamation" by Julia Ward Howe was one of the early calls to celebrate Mothers’ Day in the United States. Written in 1870, Howe's Mothers’ Day Proclamation was a pacifist reaction to the carnage of the American Civil War and the Franco-Prussian War. The Proclamation was tied to Howe's feminist belief that women had a responsibility to shape their societies at the political level.]


Arise, then, women of this day!
Arise, all women who have hearts,
Whether our baptism be of water or of tears!

Say firmly:
"We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies,
Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage, for caresses and applause.
Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn
All that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.
We, the women of one country, will be too tender of those of another country
To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs."

From the bosom of the devastated Earth a voice goes up with our own.
It says: "Disarm! Disarm! The sword of murder is not the balance of justice."
Blood does not wipe out dishonor, nor violence indicate possession.
As men have often forsaken the plough and the anvil at the summons of war,
Let women now leave all that may be left of home for a great and earnest day of counsel.

Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead.
Let them solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means
Whereby the great human family can live in peace,
Each bearing after his own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar,
But of God.

In the name of womanhood and humanity, I earnestly ask
That a general congress of women without limit of nationality
May be appointed and held at someplace deemed most convenient
And at the earliest period consistent with its objects,
To promote the alliance of the different nationalities,
The amicable settlement of international questions,
The great and general interests of peace.










Simplicity in Our Commitments


The full text of Thomas R Kelly’s “Advice”—see headline quotation on the front page:

I wish I might emphasise how a life becomes simplified when dominated by faithfulness to a few concerns. Too many of us have too many irons in the fire. We get distracted by the intellectual claim to our interest in a thousand and one good things, and before we know it we are pulled and hauled breathlessly along by an over-burdened programme of good committees and good undertakings. I am persuaded that this fevered life of church workers is not wholesome. Undertakings get plastered on from the outside because we can’t turn down a friend. Acceptance of service on a weighty committee should really depend on an answering imperative within us, not merely upon a rational calculation of the factors involved. The concern-orientated life is ordered and organised from within. And we learn to say No as well as Yes by attending to the guidance of inner responsibility. Quaker simplicity needs to be expressed not merely in dress and architecture and height of tombstones but also in the structure of a relatively simplified and co-ordinated life-programme of social responsibilities.



Messages and Announcements

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 The new Meeting Directory is available. Friends and attenders can request a copy 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.

 The Peace and Social Concerns Committee proposes a Mothers’ Day Peace Rally on the Plaza, May 11, 2008, which so far Veterans for Peace and Code Pink are interested in co-sponsoring. (Other groups have been approached but either have not yet responded or have declined to participate.) Anne McLaughlin will present the proposal to the Meeting for Worship for Business (twelfth month), to discern whether the Meeting endorses the concept and wishes to be recognized as co-sponsor. A description of the planning status and Purpose and Intent of the Peace Rally is included in this newsletter. If you are interested in helping with the planning, or have comments or concerns to share regarding it, please contact Anne at 995-9655 or via email at caunteton@msn.com.

 Junk no more!  Your excess calendars, greeting cards, and old magazines can help women prisoners to maintain connections with friends, families and the outside world.  Just call Audrey Miller at 424-1208.  She'll pick up your donations and get them to the women.  Thank you!

 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.

 Christmas Eve:  There will be silent, candlelight worship in the Santa Fe Friends’ Meetinghouse, 630 Canyon Road, at 6:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve, lasting about 45 minutes, as well as singing around the luminaria (bonfire). Please join us on Canyon Road for farolitos, fellowship and reflection on the season.

 Meeting for Muffins: Friends of the nine o’clock meeting invite all to enjoy muffins and other goodies with our coffee and tea between Meetings for Worship (i.e. about 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.) on the last First Day of the year, December 30th, 2007. If you usually attend 11:00 a.m. Meeting, please come a little early. Friends from 9:00 a.m. Meeting look forward to sharing with you.





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

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 caunteton@msn.com. Meetings as and when announced.

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

Newsletter: Alison Martinez, 438-0729 (ph/fax). Please e-mail submissions to alison1@cybermesa.com, 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.

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.)


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