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April 2008 Newsletter


Letter to Friends

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


Fourth Month 2008


“Building anything on humanistic lines requires a foundation of real love for humanity. A truly benevolent society will never come into being under the leadership of those who are [primarily] concerned with profit and loss. Where love is paramount, the question of personal loss and gain does not arise. The basic ingredient for building a healthy society is simply love.”


Shrii Shrii Anandamurti, quoted in Liberating the Mad Monkey,

by A. Japasiddhananda




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 4/6/08 10:00 a.m. Singing, First Day School room

12:30 p.m. Potluck, with FCNL representative present

Sunday 4/13/08 9:15 a.m. Ministry and Oversight Committee

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

Sunday 4/20/08 10:00 a.m. Singing, First Day School room

12.30 p.m. Meeting for Worship for Business

Friday 4/25/08 Start of the New Mexico Friendly Women’s Weekend

Retreat at “Westwind” (See notice in this newsletter.)

Sunday 4/27/08 10:00 a.m. Singing, First Day School room




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


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Meeting for Worship for Business

Santa Fe Monthly Meeting of Friends, 16 Third Month, 2008


Present: Philip Balcombe, Ford Robbins, Pam Geyer, Rebecca Henderson, Beverly Busching, Bettina Rafael, Max Cassidy, Molly Vaux, Priscilla LaDrew, Anne McLaughlin, Sara Effner, Michael Simon, Bob Gaines, John Kretzmann, Jennifer Wellington, clerk, Mary Ray Cate, recording clerk.


Meeting began at 12.30 p.m. with silence. “I will” is much better than “You should.” Attributed to Joan Spencer.


1. Minutes of Second Month’s Meeting for Business were approved without corrections.


2. Treasurer’s Report was given by Bob Gaines. Currently we have about $15,000 in the credit union. Numbers are as of the end of second month although the report was prepared March 7, 2008


General Fund donations: $3,332

Percentage of budgeted donations received: 13.5%

General Fund expenses: $2,011

Percentage of budgeted expenses paid: 8%




Maintenance Fund donations: $1,007

Percentage of projected donations received: 10%

Maintenance Fund expenses: $835

Percentage of projected expenses: 12%




Total cash in bank on February 29: $20,960

Checking and money market accounts $8,701

CDs (6 and 9 month) $12,159

Share $100




General Fund: $14,641

Maintenance Fund: $3,515

Turkle, Olmstead, & Sufferings Funds: $2,302

Adult Education Fund $502



Notes: In addition to our other expenses, the IMYM donation of $4,365

and one quarter of the Good Works (about $1,800) are due in March, which will reduce the General Fund by about $6,200.


Meeting approved the report with thanks to Bob. There is no Finance Committee report this month.


3. Building committee report (given by Bettina): With assistance from the new member of the Building Committee, Bill Weldon, a water leak and the ramada/casita roof were repaired. Bettina has started having some of Olive Rush’s paintings and drawings reframed with acid-free mats to prevent further deterioration. One has been completed and eight more will be done this year. A historian who is writing a book about Santa Fe architecture has requested permission to include the Olive Rush Studio in her book. Meeting agreed to let her tour and photograph the Meetinghouse.


4. Jennifer passed around a half scale drawing of a proposed new sign to hang on the front of the Meetinghouse. It will be 30” x 11”, wood with a Plexiglas cover, for short messages in large type. The design was approved. Jennifer noted that both of the old signs need paint and wood preservative.


5. Max gave an informal report on First Day School needs. We need a bigger First Day School program to meet the needs of families who might want to join our Meeting. Only one person responded to a call for helpers for today’s First Day School activities. We need paid professional staff. M&O has not yet scheduled the Meeting-wide discussion session on children’s needs. The unsafe play structures in the garden are still waiting to be removed.


6. Ford Robbins presented the M&O report. The query for fourth month will be, ”How does our connection to the Spirit inspire and challenge us?”

Tony Martinez is approaching death with calmness and humor. Alison would like someone to sit with Tony so she can attend Meeting for Worship on Sunday mornings. She also requests that a memorial service for her mother be held at the South Santa Fe Worship Group.

A memorial minute for Helen Dixon was received. [It is hoped that this will be included in our next newsletter. Ed.]

Rich and Carol Schrader requested a change in their membership status. They attend United Church of Santa Fe for its childcare program and choir. M&O recommended that the Schraders’ membership be placed in inactive status. Rebecca H. informed us that there is no inactive membership status in the Religious Society of Friends. We either drop members and let them rejoin if they later wish to be active, or we keep them on the rolls and absorb the cost of IMYM assessments. For every official member who is not active or involved there is a regular attender who is not a member. Bob Gaines suggested that we not allow the issue of our annual contributions to IMYM to intrude on our consideration of anyone’s membership. Ford withdrew M&O’s request.

Trustees David Henkel and Elliot Skinner met with M&O regarding what they perceive as a lack of transparency in the long range planning process. They are also concerned by the seeming focus on building considerations and lack of focus on spiritual matters. There was a long discussion, hindered by the absence of both of the trustees.


7. The Ad Hoc Committee on Long Range Planning and Stewardship report was given by Beverly Busching. She emphasized that the committee is not making decisions and is not setting goals. They met with the trustees to discuss some of the documents pertaining to Olive Rush’s bequest and George Snyder’s legal opinion of them. The agreement between Olive and the Meeting that accompanied Olive’s will was not notarized or legally recorded, but was signed by the clerk of Meeting at that time. So according to George the trustees do not have authority to make decisions about the property because there is no legal trust and our trustees are only advisors. Ford suggested that we may need another legal opinion. Discussion as to whether all documents should be accessible to all members led to several suggestions for how to post them online. The committee will post all its former reports on the Meeting website.


Long Range Planning and Stewardships Committee

Report to Business Meeting

March 16, 2008


Members: David Giltrow, Frank Hirsch, John Kretzmann, Bettina Raphael, Jennifer Wellington, Beverly Busching (Convener).


To carry out our charge to gather practical information that will assist the Santa Fe Friends Meeting to make decisions about our future, we have tried in all our discussions to keep in mind the spiritual goals of the Meeting, as expressed in our visioning meetings. We remind Friends that we are not charged to make decisions for the Meeting, but only to provide a grounding of information about alternatives – unresolved – that have been proposed by Friends.


Last month we proposed that the Meeting begin a new series of discussions about our future, uniting our spiritual goals and practical considerations, guided by the light of our community working together. These discussions could use the information we have gathered, and perhaps also provide a focus for continued information-gathering.


This month, since the Meeting will be looking for a new Resident, it seemed opportune to encourage the Meeting to hold discussions focused on the reconsideration of how we encourage and use the Resident’s time and talents, and how we use the ramada/casita and the guest apartment. This might be considered short-range or medium-range planning. Are we fulfilling our goals in the best possible way? How do/can the resident and these structures contribute to our spiritual vision for our Meeting? Are there any alternatives that we should consider?


To this end, the Long Range Planning committee is preparing background financial and other information that we hope will be helpful on several alternatives, for example, long-term instead of short-term rental of the guest apartment, freeing the Resident’s time for other contributions to the Meeting (children’s activities, repairs, workshops).

Respectfully submitted, Beverly Busching, convener


The report was accepted with thanks. Meeting decided to hold a discussion of the long term vs. short term rental of the guest apartment and the role of the resident and use of the ramada/casita on the fifth first day of this month at 10 a.m. coinciding with the “Meeting for Muffins.” Ford will contact the trustees to ask them to attend.


8. Resident’s reports for February and March are not yet available.


9. Telephone tree: There is only one member of the Communications Committee currently active, Bob, and he is unable to organize a telephone tree for emergencies such as the cancelling of Meeting for Worship when the plumbing was broken.

[N.B. Currently there are in fact several members of the Communications Committee performing their various duties, including Bob Gaines on the Email Bulletins and the Meeting web site, Alison Martinez receiving and marshalling newsletter contributions and issuing press releases, Molly Vaux supplying and mailing Meeting directories as they are requested, and the editor who produces this newsletter. Ed.]


10. Sara Effner visited business meeting as organizer of the Beijing Human Rights Torch Relay coming to the Santa Fe Plaza on Sunday, May 18 from 1–3 pm. More and more people in China are being arrested in China in preparation for the Olympics. The torch relay began in Greece in August 2007 and is a protest against human rights abuses. There will be bands, music, displays, speakers, and a torch lighting ceremony. Sara asked Meeting to co-sponsor the event and to let her organization use our insurance coverage. Bob Gaines had several questions and will do research to help us determine whether we should sponsor the event. There will be a called meeting for business next First Day before, during or after the Easter Egg hunt to decide this issue.


11. Anne McLaughlin reported for the Peace and Social Concerns Committee. She passed out a flyer giving the schedule of events for the Mothers’ Day Peace Rally on the Plaza on May 11th.


12. Molly Vaux presented the Residence Committee report.


Guest apartment bookings: Communicating about bookings through a third party has sometimes led to misunderstandings about dates and so a reminder has been placed in the newsletter [Third Month] and an announcement has been made in Meeting asking that all bookings be made directly through Peg Martin.


Peg’s term as Resident: Much to the sadness of the committee, Peg has decided that she would like to finish her term as Resident in summer or fall of ’08, instead of in summer of ’09. She is committed to working with the Meeting to make a smooth transition toward engagement of a new Resident. Mindful that some long-range planning proposals call for other uses of the casita and the possible elimination of the Resident position, the committee has arranged for an advertisement to be placed in the April newsletter and in the May issues of Friends Journal and Friends Bulletin announcing an anticipated opening for a resident and asking for letters of interest. In the event that the meeting decides to engage a new resident, we will then have a list of possible candidates to contact for a fuller application. The Resident’s job description and other pertinent information will soon be posted on the meeting website.


13. The Garden Committee is sleeping, says Beverly B.


14. Earth Care Committee. If you are planning to attend FGC Gathering next summer you will have the opportunity to join a group bike ride from Philadelphia to FGC. The group will visit many historic Meetinghouses along the way.


There will be a green building tour May 17 and 18. See Jennifer for details.


15. The Nominating Committee Report was handed out. No committee members were present. Meeting accepted the first reading of the report with recommendations and additions which have been included below in italics.


Nominating Committee Report #2 for Business Meeting of March 16, 2008

Joan Spencer 984-2217, Marty Carro9ll 424-1220, Peg Martin 983-7241


This list is in addition to the Nominating Committee Report #1 submitted for 2/17 Business Meeting and the additional names listed in the minutes of that business meeting. The first reading of Report #1 was accepted.


Report #2 below lists additional folks who are willing to serve starting in July, 2008.




Building Committee: Convener: Bettina Raphael, Peg Martin, David Giltrow, Bill Weldon, Guthrie Miller.


Communications: David and Molly Vaux, Alison Martinez, Frances Shillaker, Bob Gaines.


Good Works Committee: Helen and Kip Corneli, Frank Hirsch.


South Santa Fe Worship Group Contact Person: Alison Martinez.


Committee on Border Concerns: Convener: Wyn Lewis, Lorraine Graham, Pelican Lee, Rebecca Henderson, Steve and Joan Spencer, Beverly Busching, Bettina Raphael.


Earthcare Committee: Convener: Mary Ray Cate, Anne Lindsay, Kip and Helen Corneli, Jennifer Wellington.


Residence Committee: Marty Carroll, Bob Gaines, Peg Martin. Residence Committee needs an additional member who lives near the Meetinghouse.


Ad Hoc Committee on Strategic and Long Range Planning: Beverly Busching, Dave Giltrow, John Kretzman, Frank Hirsch, Jennifer Wellington.


Fellowship: Bob Gaines, Pam Geyer, Roxanne Seagraves, Lorraine Graham, Margy Willen.


Visioning Committee: Beverly Busching, Jan-Willem Jansens, John Kretzman. Another member willing to be convener needs to be recruited.


Naming Committee: Marty Carroll, Peg Martin, Joan Spencer.


If you wish to add your name to any committee please call a member of the Nominating Committee. If you have additions or corrections please call Joan Spencer 984-2217.


16. Jennifer reported on the Interfaith Leadership Alliance. They will meet Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. at St. John’s Methodist Church and Jennifer will attend as our representative. Emergency shelter for women and children has been provided by various congregations this winter. A teen outreach grant was received for a free clothing store (the Cool Closet) which needs donations of new or lightly used work clothing for a variety of jobs. Our Meeting needs to send a volunteer with good fashion sense to help in the store. Jennifer will also represent our Meeting at a gathering next week on Santa Fe watershed issues.


17. An FCNL representative will speak at our next potluck on 4/6/2008.


Meeting for Worship for Business was closed with a silent circle at 4:15 p.m.



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The following advertisement is to be published in Friends Journal and Friends Bulletin:




Santa Fe Friends’ Meeting anticipates an opening for Resident Friend(s) to live in garden cottage in historic Canyon Road district and join in Meeting fellowship. Free rooms and utilities in exchange for about 15 hours per week scheduling use of guest apartment and care of Meetinghouse. Starting date to be determined, but probably early fall 2008. Letters of interest to: For current information about the possible opening, the Meeting, and Resident's duties:


Women’s Weekend Retreat


The New Mexico Friendly Women's Weekend Retreat will be held April 25, 26, and 27, 2008 at Westwind, near Ribera, east of Santa Fe, where Pelican and Rebecca are part of a land trust.  The theme for the weekend is "Deepening our Spiritual Connections and Resting." We expect women to come from various meetings around the state and hope that women from Santa Fe Meeting, Clearlight, Las Vegas, Los Alamos and South Santa Fe worship groups will find this enriching. Women begin arriving on Friday or on Saturday morning. Saturday after lunch we have worship sharing on the theme, relaxing, an evening sharing of new things or projects in our lives, then Meeting for Worship on Sunday. We have some beds, and women can bring mats and sleeping bags for indoor or outdoor camping. We will have tours of the strawbale houses and show various aspects of living off the grid. Shared food is usually a highlight of this retreat that happens twice a year. The land is beautiful and offers many opportunities for fun and hiking. Contact Beverly Busching at or at 984-8742, or Rebecca and Pelican at or 989-8627 or for more information. We'll send you a descriptive flyer.


Are you almost out of high school?

Have you been out for a while but still not figured out what to do with your life? You're not sure what's next, but you know you're in for some changes—a temporary job, different school, even taking a year off from college or a career to explore. You may even be thinking about the military. Whatever you're thinking about doing, each choice means a choice NOT to do something else. So it's a good idea to get a big picture of the options you have before making any decisions.

"It's My Life – A Guide to Alternatives after High School" has information on what it feels like to make a big change, what you might consider doing as your next step and how you can start thinking "outside of the box". If you are between 13 and 25, it could be about you and your life. Go to this AFSC web site and follow the links: They are offering 1000 copies for free.

REMEMBER! You have choices, you can take some time, and you don't have to feel pressured to leap into something you're not sure about.


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A reader advises that here is a link to a good video by Pete Seeger and Chris Miller. It may take a while to download but it’s good.

Getting to Know Each Other


Steve Spencer has begun to receive autobiographical sketches for our Biographical Directory of Friends, which he is compiling. It's not too late to send him a few paragraphs about yourself so we can get to know you better ( or 2154 Calle de Sebastian 87505.) We'll share these introductory sketches via this newsletter while the Directory is in progress.



Sasha Pyle writes:


I'm an artist and designer and long-time anti-nuclear weapons activist––currently with Nuclear Watch, which is for you surfers. Have lived here since 1980. My two kids, Travis and Isabel Gibson, who are in college and high school now, were a fixture at First Day School for a few years.


Our family were Quakers going back to Pennsylvania in the 1680s, and it's the only denomination I can see myself really relating to, so I consider myself a Friend whether you see me or not! My tenuous link to Meeting has been cooking for the shelter with Nichoe, Bonnie and associates over the last decade or so, although I can see that

Friends aren't as central to this particular activity as they have been in the past. I am extremely grateful to the Quaker community in Santa Fe––for many reasons––and hope I will see more of you soon.


Jonathan Ashworth writes:


Jonathan Ashworth was born in a Lancashire desert in 1810. Raised by peacocks, a unicorn, and a copy of Shakespeare, he had his first epiphany when he was seven: "I wish I could write books." He has just finished working on a novel, Caress the Stars.



Editorial Note


If only Friends and Attenders would follow the lead of Sasha and Jonathan, and send Steve your biographies, this project could be real fun, and a boon to the spirit of our Meeting. Bios can be short, factual and deadly serious (like Jonathan’s) or, for those of us who have led long and tortuous lives about which we could wax lyrical, a page or two. Thoughts on how we feel about Quakers––and why––also tell much about who we are, but are not obligatory. Now that we have decided to include selected biographies in the newsletter, as they roll in for Steve’s “directory”, your efforts could be twice as worthwhile… and we get to see a glimpse of how the directory will turn out. Come on, dear reader, it’s time to come out of your shell. Fill up your fountain pen, or leap to the laptop, while the romance of the task excites. Your Meeting needs your bio!





Messages and Announcements


  • Final Affairs Packets are available in the library. Members and Attenders are invited to pick up a packet for consideration.

  • “Friendly Six” groups are forming. If interested, please contact a member of the M & O Committee.

  • Friends are reminded that M & O maintains a Meeting Calendar. Please contact Ford Robbins (505-466-7665) to schedule use of the Meetinghouse for your event. This will help avoid conflicts and will allow Meeting to maintain security of the premises.

  • Friends who know someone who would like to reserve a stay in the guest apartment are asked to have the potential guest(s) contact the resident, Peg Martin (505-983-7241), directly to make the booking, so that she can know exact dates as early as possible and coordinate reservations. If there is a change in plans, this also should be communicated directly to Peg by the guests.

  • 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.

  • Ride to IMYM:  Alison Martinez will drive to IMYM, leaving Tuesday afternoon

6/10 and returning after worship on First Day 6/15.  There's room for three

additional people in a comfortable car.  Please contact Alison 438-0729 if interested.



Some Key Meeting Contacts


Santa Fe Meeting Websites:

Ministry and Oversight Committee: (for personal or meeting-wide concerns, and needs for pastoral counseling) Ford Robbins, convenor, 466-7665; Joan Spencer, 984-2217; Dimitri Mihalas, 661-7414; Philip Balcombe, 466-2982; Jennifer Wellington, 438-9399; Michael Simon, 989-3817; Roxanne Seagraves, 438-3714

Meeting Clerk: Jennifer Wellington, 438-9399

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,

Recorder: Beverly Busching, 984-8742

Treasurer: Bob Gaines, 466-1746 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

The Peace and Social Concerns Committee welcomes new members. Anne McLaughlin, 995-9655 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, 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

For a complete list of committees, see the Meeting Directory. 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 (, 505-454-9352) or to receive by email contact Bob Gaines (, 466-1746). In either case please specify whether you want the local Santa Fe directory or the outside Santa Fe directory, or both.







Our life and death are the same thing. When we realize this fact, we have no fear of death any more, nor actual difficulty in life.


Shunryu Suzuki in Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind




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