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February 2009 Newsletter


Letter to Friends


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

Second Month 2009



“Nobody made a greater mistake than one who did nothing because he could only do a little.”


Edmund Burke

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. on the top floor of 1730 Camino Carlos Rey.


Sunday 2/1/09 10:00 a.m. Singing, First Day School room


12:30 p.m. Potluck


Sunday 2/8/09 9:15 a.m. Ministry and Oversight Committee


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


12.30 p.m. Committee on Conscientious Objection


Sunday 2/15/09 10:00 a.m. Singing, First Day School room


12.30 p.m. Meeting for Worship for Business


Sunday 2/22/09 10:00 a.m. Singing, First Day School room


If you wish to have an item included in the calendar or contribute a notice, article or review to the newsletter, please contact the Clerk of Meeting. Thank you.


Memorial Meeting for Worship celebrating

the life of "Kip" Corneli

 A memorial meeting for worship celebrating the life of "Kip" Corneli will be held at the Center for Spiritual Living, 505 Camino de Los Marquez, Santa Fe, New Mexico on Saturday February 14, 2009 commencing at 1:30 p.m.


Report of Finance Committee to Business Meeting of 1/18/09



The Finance Committee thanks all Friends for their generous donations in 2008. The committee will be contacting Friends in the near future describing Meeting’s financial commitments for 2009 and the need for donations.




The Treasurer has already sent Good Works donations for the first quarter of 2009 to six local organizations which need funds right now to accomplish their community service. The Good Works allotment for the second quarter covers our IMYM assessment.




Once a new Good Works committee is nominated and assumes work in July, there will be a clear place for requests to Meeting for funding to go. Meanwhile, the Finance Committee would be happy to work with the Clerk to consider incoming requests and their urgency. When appropriate, the Committee suggests that we announce requests at rise of Meeting and publish them in the Meeting Digest so that individuals can act on them if so moved.




Respectfully submitted


Peggy Giltrow, Convener








The 2008 End of Year Treasurer's Report


is posted at


(Due to formatting constraints, this report is not included in this newsletter; no password is required to view the items posted.)


Southside Group Reports Growth




More and more Friends and community friends are making use of the new space at Quaker House.




A record crowd of about two dozen people shared a simple supper on Wednesday, January 21. As always, there were several newcomers. Everyone enjoyed each other's company, and our laughter could be heard from outside the building. The free, simple supper of soup and bread is offered on the third Wednesday evening of each month.




The Ministry and Oversight Committee has chosen Quaker House for the Quakerism 101 class that started January 28. (Anyone wishing to get into the class late should contact Roxanne Seagraves at 438-3714, Regional Meeting will take place there on April 18. Two outside events sponsored by individual Friends have taken place at Quaker House, and a spiritual formation group sponsored by Meeting is ongoing.




By making all Friends and like-minded community people welcome at Quaker House, we build relationships. The comfortable, accessible space emphasizes Friends' message of welcome and inclusion. We southside Friends have been surprised and gratified to see how quickly this part of our original vision has begun to come true.




With additional donations of materials for children, Quaker House is now well equipped to serve children and youth. There's a children's nook with books and art supplies, plus a youth room and nearby a park. For details about our service to children and youth, please contact Nichoe Lichen 438-4368 or




We continue to worship at 10:30 every First Day morning without fail. Please contact us at 471-2288 or, or just drop in. One-time drop-ins are welcome! We're on the short end of Camino Carlos Rey, northwest of Cerrillos Road, behind Performance Autos, on the top floor of a rust-red office building. The views over the city to the mountains are glorious!




South Santa Fe Quaker Worship Group


QUAKER HOUSE, 1730 Camino Carlos Rey #209






Fellowship of Quakers in the Arts




A chapter of Fellowship of Quakers in the Arts will hold its first meeting at the southside Quaker House, February 19 at 6:00 p.m. Please call 505-471-2288 for directions.




Thus FQA begins its long anticipated formal existence in the southwest. It is hoped that friends of the artistic persuasion will become involved. Those interested may contact Caroline Rackley, convenor, <>, Ford Robbins  <>, or Ted Pomeroy <>.


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The Fellowship of Quakers in the Arts [] began in 1993 in Burlington Quarter of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting with the purpose "to nurture and showcase the literary, visual, musical, and performing arts within the Religious Society of Friends, for purposes of Quaker expression, ministry, witness, and outreach." It issues a quarterly journal: Types and Shadows.







Pima Monthly Meeting


Religious Society of Friends


931 N. 5th Ave.


Tucson, AZ 85705-7723




Resident Caretaker Position Open




Pima Monthly Meeting in Tucson, Arizona is seeking a Resident Caretaker to live in a small one-bedroom apartment in the meetinghouse and interact with our fellowship. Free room and utilities (not including phone) in exchange for about 10–15 hours per week cleaning, maintaining and scheduling use of the guest apartment and Meetinghouse. Starting date: as soon as possible. Position will be for a one-year term(s), with options to renew yearly by mutual agreement six months into new service year. Please send letter of interest and résumé to: Eileen Haney/4135 E.Cooper St, Tucson, AZ. 85711-3464 or email


For detailed information about the caretaker’s duties, go to


For additional information, contact Eileen. Please, no calls to the Meetinghouse number. Thank-you.














From Eliza Packard:




Position sought –– as live-in carer for elder or child (older than three and a half years).


I am a 43 year old, quiet, respectful, neat & clean person who is a good cook, can run errands, has Waldorf and Montessori Preschool experience, and is great with animals. Must be a household with a dishwasher as I am mostly one-armed and chemically sensitive –– no neurotoxins please! I can provide excellent references and am damned good company. Looking forward to meeting you.


Eliza, 310-4104,


American Friends Service Committee in Gaza




"It was horrible. When I forced with my family to get out my home at midnight, I didn’t know where we are going, I was afraid if there is any place safe to go," said Sara, 10 years old, staying at one UN shelter during the war.




Shelters in UNRWA-operated schools took in thousands of families who escaped or deserted their homes from several areas of Gaza Strip after Israel used its power against civilians, who have been directly targeted and heavily bombed and shelled. About 40,000 persons live in tiny rooms not suitable for humans, where tens of families share such rooms.




During our visits to a few of these schools, we have been unsure about how to address families who have lost everything and are uncertain of their future. Terrible mental images of the past displacements and refuges are still inculcated in women’s, men’s and children’s memories. We have observed their tired eyes because of lack of sleep, fear, and fright; we have postponed asking any questions until they have a peace of mind. In fact, such children are experiencing a terrible kind of trauma, which might lead to serious consequences.




Groups of children gathered around volunteers in the El-Nour Center for the Rehabilitation of the Blind who came to give support to the children and help them in the war circumstances, which are not over yet. We met with young Sara after Karameh Towers had been struck and demolished. She took refuge with her family in this center after being evacuated with a great difficulty. Sara, whose mother is Ukrainian, lives in the Gaza Strip, speaks fluently and confidently, and answers the questions spontaneously. She talks about the first day of the war––although she did not know that there would be war––when she could not get home. She remembers her sister, who is one year older than she is, crying until her father, who is a physician in a nearby practice, took them home.


Sara says she was unable to sleep. She had nightmares every night. She used to get up crying because of her fright. Such nightmares continued until she and her sister slept in their parents’ bedroom. "Killing, murder, displacements, deprivation…" In a few words, Sara said everything about war.




Sara had spent five months in Ukraine before she came back one month prior to the war, and she describes explicitly the difference between Gaza and Ukraine. The latter is peaceful: no killing, no war, and she likes to live there. But since her father likes Gaza, she does not want to live outside Gaza. Above all she loves her original town, al-Magdal which was occupied in 1948. The most difficult situation she has witnessed of the war which affected her is the killing of children and those who were found among the remnants of destroyed houses. She asks, "Why should children and women be killed if they have nothing to do with politics?" Sara says she has heard of her grandfather’s displacement in 1948, but it was just in her imagination. Now she has been experiencing all of that. She dreams of going back to her house, and she wants to live in peace and for the war to be ended and the killing of children be stopped.




AFSC's contributions


Working with partner organizations in Gaza, AFSC will contribute $50,000 to help meet humanitarian needs in the city over approximately two weeks. The money is being used to move supplies from Israel into Gaza, purchase 1,800 gallons of fuel for generators in hospitals and clinics, buy high-energy biscuits for children at a cost of about $1 per child per day, buy medicine, and buy dry and canned food that does not need to be cooked. This will be distributed through feeding centers set up by the YMCA and the Middle East Council of Churches. Once our staff in Gaza can move with some safety, they will go to the distribution sites and monitor, follow up, and document the distributions. We expect to spend all of the $50,000 by the beginning of February. The money is part of approximately $160,000 contributed by the three partner organizations.


Amal Sabawi, Field Worker






Quakers Congratulate a New President




Many Friends were active in the campaign to elect Barack Obama as the new President of the United States. There was a national “Quakers for Obama” campaign group. The election of a mixed race person to the White House was in itself a moment of extraordinary significance and catharsis, for a nation in which millions have long carried a sense of unease, even shame, about their country’s racial history. At the same time, Barack Obama’s evident intellectual brilliance, social conscience and promise to lead with high moral principles have encouraged hope among Friends that longed-for changes in the governance of America are now beginning to take place. However, we watch the new President’s first weeks with bated breath. He has chosen a cabinet and advisors of diverse talent and background, some of conservative ilk. In foreign affairs, a new era of respect and dialogue is promised, but by no means a Quaker’s approach to war and peace. Few are aware that the man nominated for the position of Director of National Intelligence was a close supporter and paymaster of the Indonesian military even as they perpetrated horrendous violence against the East Timorese people ten years ago. Efforts by Friends and others to raise this matter with the new Administration before Admiral Blair’s confirmation appear to have fallen on deaf ears. Let us take joy in what delights us, and at the same time resist the temptation to beatify our new leaders.








Messages and Announcements




  • 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 (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 the resident 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.




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, convener, 466-7665; Joan Spencer, 984-2217; Dimitri Mihalas, 474-0870; 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.)


Kathleen Burke, 983-7241,


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


Recorder: Marguerite Kearns, 505-753-9760


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!


The Committee on Conscientious Objection meets as needed. For information please call Howard Shulman, 984-9908. (For special December meeting see Messages and Announcements above.)


The South Santa Fe Worship Group telephone number is 471-2288, and the email address is


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 David 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.




































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