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March 2009 Newsletter

Letter to Friends

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


Third Month 2009


“I saw also that there was an ocean of darkness and death, but an infinite ocean of light and love, which flowed over the ocean of darkness.”

George Fox


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 3/1/09 10:00 a.m. Singing, First Day School room

12:30 p.m. Potluck

Sunday 3/8/09 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 3/15/09 10:00 a.m. Singing, First Day School room

12.30 p.m. Meeting for Worship for Business

Sunday 3/22/09 10:00 a.m. Singing, First Day School room

Sunday 3/29/09 10:00 a.m. Singing, First Day School room

10:00 a.m. Meeting for Muffins





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.

Minutes of Meeting for Worship for Business

Santa Fe Monthly Meeting of Friends, 15th Day, Second Month 2009


Present:  Ford Robbins, David Henkel, John Kretzmann, Bob Gaines, Alison Martinez, Kathleen Burke, Philip Balcombe, Bettina Raphael, Jennifer Wellington White, Marguerite Kearns


The meeting began with silence at 12:43 p.m.


January Minutes: The minutes for the First Month were not approved as they had not been reviewed by the Clerk. The delay means the approval of the minutes for January will be carried over into March. David Vaux has agreed to continue with the duties of newsletter editor through May, at which time he will step down after two years of service in this capacity. Members and attenders are encouraged to volunteer for this responsibility. Those in attendance for Business Meeting addressed the need to provide more flexibility for the preparation, approval and distribution of the minutes. To do this, there will be several changes, which were discussed, including: (1) distributing the monthly query separately from the minutes, such as in the weekly digest; (2) publishing the newsletter on the 7th day of each month so the month covered would go from the first Sunday to the 7th day of the following month; (3) the draft of the minutes will be prepared by the Recording Clerk no later than during the last week of each month.


Ministry and Oversight: The query for March 2009: “What do we have tied up that God has need of?” The necessity of acknowledging the source of each query was recognized. This particular query is from IMYM. M&O Clerk Ford Robbins shared with Business Meeting his intent to step down from this position immediately, referring to business obligations associated with the production of a book of his photographs to be printed in August and made available in October of 2009. Philip Balcombe will be M&O Clerk in March and Roxanne Seagraves will clerk in May. No one is available at the present time for April. The immediate need is not only for a clerk, but also a working member of M&O. Ford requested the assistance of Business Meeting to fill these vacancies.


Alison Martinez spoke of the “happy reason” behind Ford’s decision and she offered thanks for the “gifts” of each Friend that are provided to our Meeting. Clerk Jennifer Wellington expressed “best wishes and congratulations for such a worthy endeavor.” Ford promised to assist in making sure there is a “smooth transition.” David Henkle, member of the Nominating Committee in addition to Jennifer Wellington and Michelle Chrabot, pointed out past practice relative to the role of business meeting in filling M&O vacancies and assisting with the choosing of another clerk. The discussion of addressing these needs will be carried over into March.


Worship Groups: Alison Martinez expressed her delight with the use of Quaker House on the south side of Santa Fe and the growing interest in using the facility. She reinforced the importance of checking with her relative to scheduling. John Kretzmann reported on his bimonthly visits to the Los Alamos Worship Group where from eight to twelve people gather every second and fourth First Days for worship in people’s homes. It is followed by a potluck. Marie Andrews and Martha Davis are the “mainstays,” he said. Rebecca Henderson and Peli Lee continue their support of the Taos worship group, which is still dealing with the stress of losing several attenders during the past year. The Las Vegas worship group is doing well with its Quakerism 101 class. Worship is once a month involving 15 to 20 people.


Building Committee: Bettina Raphael presented a report highlighting the need for a storm window in the front window of the Meeting room, as well as a May 10, 2009 tour sponsored by the Historic Santa Fe Foundation, 1-4 p.m., which will include the Olive Rush Studio in the afternoon event. Three to five people will be needed as hosts, and the Meeting could bill the event as an Olive Rush Appreciation Day. Friends approved participation in the tour. David Giltrow, Bettina Raphael, and David Henkle have volunteered to be on the premises that day. Requests will be made of someone on the Resident’s Committee to volunteer, as well as Elliott Skinner, one of the three Meeting trustees. Bettina indicated the intention of the Building Committee to prepare for this tour by completing some interior maintenance, reframing some pictures, and making available some archival materials to illustrate Olive’s role in the community.


A planned exhibit of Gustav Baumann’s work in mid-May brought to the attention of Business Meeting Jane Baumann’s role as a founder of the SF Monthly Meeting. It is believed that three artists’ studios in Santa Fe remain intact; the Olive Rush Studio is one. The other two are Randall Davies and Gustav Baumann. Bettina has invited the Chief Curator of the Fine Arts Museum to visit 630 Canyon Road, and she discussed how the Baumann home has been preserved, although it is privately held. References to both Jane and Gustav Baumann can be found in the minutes from the SFMM's early years. Friends approved the ordering of more copies of the Olive Rush catalog written by Stanley Cuba. A paper by Carol Gish about Olive Rush’s art and spirituality was noted as an important resource.


Nominating Committee: David Henkle agreed to clerk the Nominating Committee. Bob Gaines forwarded a copy of the duties of the Nominating Committee to the members to remind them of the process and associated responsibilities. At issue is the clerk vacancy for M&O. Philip Balcombe emphasized the importance of maintaining people with experience on Ministry and Oversight. The Nominating Committee will report to the business meeting in March.


Future Planning: John Kretzmann reported on the continuing work to move the land gift forward. A letter is circulating to adjacent neighbors, as is required by the land covenant.


Newsletter: David Vaux will serve as newsletter editor through May. Friends are encouraged to contribute to the newsletter, either to submit writing or story ideas.


Resident’s Report: Bob Gaines made changes to the SFMM web site which makes information about the Guest Apartment more accessible. The apartment is now booked through April 15th. Income in January totaled $760. Only two days in January [were] not booked. The word has spread about the Guest Apartment and Meeting House as a place for reflection and it may not be necessary to advertise more widely. Friends approved of Resident Kathleen Burke assuming the responsibility of scheduling [use of] the Meeting House by outside groups, a responsibility that has been handled by M&O since [2007].


Treasurer’s Report: Bob Gaines noted that General Fund donations are down in December 2008 and January 2009. Peggy Giltrow is out of town for a month, but on her return, letters will be sent to members and attenders to explain the situation. Ford Robbins noted that M&O is sensitive to the difficult times and economic stresses, and suggested that this concern is likely to continue for the next few years. Both Alison Martinez and Ford Robbins expressed the sentiment, shared by all present, that any gift is appreciated, regardless of its form. And everyone is appreciated through their gifts, whether financial or through prayers. Resident Kathleen Burke pointed out that two recent guests who stayed in the Guest Apartment gave money beyond the requested donation.


Meeting for Worship for Business ended at 2:17 p.m. with silence.


Respectfully submitted,

Marguerite Kearns

Recording Clerk



Ministry & Oversight Committee

Meeting Report, 2nd month, 2009



M&O met in the First Day Room on Sunday, February 8, 2009 starting at 9:15 a.m. and adjourned at 10:45 a.m. Present were Philip Balcombe, Michael Simon, Joan Spencer, Jennifer Wellington-White and Ford Robbins, Clerk.


The Committee updated itself regarding the health and financial issues (or the lack thereof) of meeting members and attenders and the activities of the Worship Groups. 


The Query for 2nd Month, 2009 will be:

“What do we have tied up that God has need of?” 

This query comes from the Draft Intermountain Yearly Meeting Faith & Practice, page 73, Query Two.  The Committee requested that the reference be printed with the Query.


A clearness committee was appointed to consider the request for membership from Guthrie Miller.  


Respectfully submitted,

Ford Robbins

Clerk of M&O




Winter-to-Spring Santa Fe Friends

Women's Gathering and Worship Sharing


                                     Friends and their friends are welcome.


Friday, March 13th  6:00 p.m. at Bettina Raphael's home, 

611 Cortez Street, Santa Fe.

Come join in an evening of companionship and good food

with our traditional potluck Taco Dinner.

Bring your Winter troubles to shed and your Spring hopes to share.


RSVP to Bettina at 988-2487

and let us know what you will bring to the potluck.


Thanks, Bettina



Interfaith Panel on March 5th


“Fear vs. Understanding: Teachings on Meeting the Other”


An interfaith panel will share teachings on reconciliation

on March 5th at 7 p.m. at Temple Beth Shalom

205 E. Barcelona Street. Tel: 982-6161.


Panel members will include:

Pastor Ben Larzelere, Imam Aziz Eddebbarh, Monsignor Jerome Martinez y Alire, Buddhist Dharma Teacher Grove Burnett, Ek Ong Kaar Kaur Khalsa, creative director of Sikh Dharma International, and Rabbi Schwab.

Father Murphy will officiate as moderator.


Tickets: $8 donation

An Opportunity for Enterprising Youth

The Mexico Summer Project


Now in its 69th year, the Mexico Summer Project brings together youth from diverse communities to live with indigenous peoples in the Sierra Norte de Puebla, Mexico. The Mexico Summer Project offers youth interested in issues of social justice and sustainable development a seven-week, mind-blowing experience to witness and learn from different lifestyles, experience community and create change. The project is organized by the American Friends Service Committee in Philadelphia in collaboration with their partner organization in Mexico City, Service, Development and Peace, A.C. (SEDEPAC) and the United Indigenous Nahualt and Totonaca (UNITONA) in the Sierra Norte de Puebla, Mexico.


Through the Mexico Summer Project, participants learn openness to diverse cultures and expand their consciousness of racial and economic inequality worldwide. Participants live as a community among the local Nahua and Totonac indigenous groups, work on projects helpful to their communities, eat local food, share stories, and learn together.

They speak Spanish at all times for the duration of the project, as it is the only language common to all participants and indigenous communities where they live.


After a week of orientation, including a 3-day home stay with a local host family, participants are divided into five groups. Each group of 10 to 14 participants includes two project facilitators. Each diverse team lives as a community; they share chores and cooking responsibilities, and sleep on cots in a room in a school or community building. 

Youth teams will spend their mornings on assigned projects for sustainable development and other physical work helpful in the community such as working in the fields, hauling fire wood, repairing walk ways, etc.  In the afternoon, participants will engage with local families in cooking, arts, music, language workshops and other interactive, cultural activities. Project activities are done in collaboration with the indigenous families. Projects for sustainable development are determined by the UNITONA and SEDEPAC based on community needs. Workshops are enriched by the skills and interests of participants and community members. Participants should not come to learn Spanish nor to boost their ego by helping those in need. The principal objective is to give and receive in a cultural exchange with others, to learn from local systems of community organ-ization, and to reclaim values of justice, multi-cultural relations, and cooperation.


For information on this opportunity look up the AFSC web site first, then contact AFSC in Philadelphia. The URL is:


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) Philip Balcombe, Clerk of M&O in March, 466-2982; Joan Spencer, 984-2217; Dimitri Mihalas, 474-0870; Jennifer Wellington, 438-9399; Michael Simon, 989-3817; Roxanne Seagraves, 438-3714

Meeting Clerk: Jennifer Wellington, 438-9399

Meeting Resident: (to book accommodation in guest apartment, to schedule use of building, or to report building problems, etc.) Kathleen Burke, 983-7241,

Recording Clerk: 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 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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