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August 2010 Newsletter

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


Eighth Month 2010

Calendar of Events

Meeting for Worship at the Meetinghouse, 630 Canyon Road is held every Sunday at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.  First Day School is during the 11:00 a.m. Meeting.  Singing is at 10:00 a.m. each Sunday.
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, 8/1    9:15 am Ministry and Oversight Committee; 12:30 p.m. Potluck
Sunday, 8/8    10:10 am 2nd Sunday Discussion
Sunday, 8/15    12.30 pm Meeting for Worship for Business
Sunday, 8/22
Sunday, 8/29    10:00 am Meeting for Muffins

The Monthly Query for the 8th month, 2010
“As members of a spiritual community, do we actively work to maintain love and unity?”

Garden Committee - We work every (well most) Saturdays weather permitting from 9:00 to 1:00.  Please join Kathleen Burke, Alan Rogers & Lorraine Graham in caring for and co-creating the Meeting's outdoor garden space. All interested & all abilities welcome. Questions to Kathleen @ or 983 7241.

Aug 1 – The Community Closet Coordinator, Julie Bennett, will explain during potluck the Community Closet's work in providing cloths for the homeless through Adelante and the Interfaith Community Shelter.

Aug 4  – People for Peace meets the 1st Wednesday of the month at 7 pm. Meetings are held at the Commons Co-Housing, 2300 W. Alameda St.  Questions to Linda Hibbs, 983-3906.

Aug 8 – The Second Sunday discussion will be a continuation of our consideration of mysticism and Quakerism.  We will begin promptly at 10:10 and end at 10:50.  Articles to be considered, if you do not already have them, can be found next to the bird house in the library, or by calling Pamela Geyer (984 -0377) or Howard Shulman (984 - 9908.)  Friends are heartily encouraged to contribute FJ articles they find meaningful for consideration in future discussions.

Aug. 21 - E-Waste Recycling Drop Off Day: August 21, 2010. Keep Santa Fe Beautiful and The City of Santa Fe will be holding another E-Waste Recycling Drop Off Day on Saturday, August 21, 2010 from 9am to 1pm in the parking lot at Parks at 1142 Siler Rd. More Infor @  505-955-2215.

Aug 26 - Friends in the Arts meets on the 4th Thurs. of each month from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Canyon Rd meetinghouse.  Creative people are invited.  Questions to Kathleen Burke, 983 7241

Aug. 28 - Beverly Busching will host an estate/driveway sale to benefit the Meeting, AFSC, and another group to be selected on Sat. Aug. 28.  Others are encouraged to “slim down” and donate items of "estate value" to be sold in the house and/or "garage sale type" items to be sold in the driveway. To arrange pick up or donation please call Marcy Pompei at 670-2705.

Aug. 29 - Meeting for Muffins will convene at 10:00 am.  The 9:00 meeting will join folks from the 11:00 meeting to share muffins and fellowship.

Can Our Meeting Mentor a Homeless Family Moving Into Permanent Housing?
by Kathleen Burke

The Interfaith Leadership Alliance (ILA) is sponsoring a Santa Fe version of "Imagine LA -Where no child sleeps on the streets" (  The Meeting for Business has asked me to gather the information we will need to decide whether to participate.

In the first 2 year cycle there will be three families selected by St. Elizabeth, Adelante, and Faith at Work.  These families will be in transitional housing and will be moving into permanent housing, probably in the fall.  Each congregation or group of congregations will mentor one family.
The lead congregations are Temple Beth Shalom, St. John's Methodist and, hopefully, either the Unitarian Church or St. Bede's.  We are being asked to support whichever of the last decide to take on the lead role for one of the selected families.  The lead congregation will coordinate all the services offered, as well as providing $3,000 to the Interfaith Leadership Alliance, which is the non profit who will be accepting all funds and goods for distribution.
Each family member needs a mentor, including infants, so we might need to provide some of the mentors for the family.  Or we may be called upon to help with a variety of tasks along the way: getting furniture, giving a ride, teaching a skill, etc.  If our Meeting decides to participate, I do feel it would be good that we contribute some of the $3,000 needed.

The ILA is looking for a name for the project (it was provisionally called "Imagine Santa Fe").  Any ideas?  If so, send them to me (, and I will bring them to the next ILA organizing meeting on August 25, when a name will be selected.  We will need to say yeah or nay to participating at that meeting.

I will give a brief overview and answer questions on the Second Sunday in August  9 after Meeting for Worship and following up at the August Meeting for Business to take a decision.  We currently have three people interested in volunteering but a few more would be good.  Anyone else out there?  (Preliminary expectations for participating congregations)

The following was submitted by guest resident, Deborah Bezanis:

Guest Notes on a Frontier Adobe
An earthen house sheds at night.
Terra cotta landslides fan out from walls,
behind dishes on shelves, below windows,
onto portal stones and the dusty garden.
Because, adobe swells in the cool desert night,
with moisture, and dreams of sleepers in its hold.
A double sedative to those within,
thick adobe and damp sage below windows
bring on ancestral dreams
of silk and water, antler and milk, fire and mazes,
places the sleeper has never been.
In a house with walls that drink them in.
Morning, all dreams are respired in the desert sun,
from interiors through the filter of shelter.
Waking sleepers are light as whistles,
the dreams blown through them.
They open curtains, grind dark coffee.
As the house shifts and dries,
they sweep its edges.

Members are reminded to go to for current action information from the Friends Committee on National Legislation.

South Santa Fe Quaker Worship Group:  Quaker House, 1730 Camino Carlos Rey #209 Santa Fe NM 87507 (505) 471-2288. Meeting is held in a rust-red building on the short end of Camino Carlos Rey, northwest of Cerrillos Road.  Worship is every Sunday at 10:30 a.m.& a simple supper potluck is convening each 3rd
Wednesday all summer. June’s the simple supper potluck is June 16. Welcome!

Please send newsletter comments or suggestions to Marcy Pompei @>.

Minutes of Meeting for Worship for Business:
18th day of Seventh Month 2010

Present: Martha Davis, Kathleen Burke, David Giltrow, Alan Rogers, Mary Ray Cate, John Kretzmann, Steve Spencer, Peggy Giltrow, Beverly Busching, Marcy Pompei, Wyn Lewis, Greg Cliburn, Bob Gaines (Clerk), Marguerite Kearns (Recording Clerk).

The Meeting for Worship for Business started at 12:32 p.m. with silence in the meeting room at 630 Canyon Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Bob Gaines read the following advice from Faith and Practice which was intended for Friends to consider: "Friends way of conducting business is of central importance to the very existence of the monthly meeting. It is the Quaker way of living and working together; it is the way that creates and preserves a sense of fellowship in the meeting community. Friends must be mindful to conduct the business as a meeting for worship with a concern for business. Those present help the meeting by exercising a spirit of wisdom, forbearance, and love. The right conduct of business meetings, even in routine matters, is a vital part of the worship experience. Individuals' submitting themselves to the corporate revelation of Truth forms the basis of Friends' approach to unity."  Page 119, Faith and Practice (IMYM, 2009).

(1.) Minutes: The minutes for the Sixth Month were accepted and approved by Friends.

(2.) "Imagine Santa Fe": Kathleen Burke reported on the Interfaith Leadership Alliance's new program in which Santa Fe faith communities would mentor homeless families.  The program will begin in the fall with three families with children. Several people from SFMM have expressed interest in being involved, but more information is needed before SFMM can decide whether to make the required two-year commitment.  Kathleen will return to the August business meeting with more details. 

(3.) Resident's Report: Friends accepted and approved the resident's report for the past month. The resident put in 76 hours. The guest apartment brought in $675 and was occupied 16 out of 30 days. A total of $270 of additional income was collected from building rentals, bringing the total income to $945.

(4.) Electronic Waste Collection: Because there was confusion about the date, no decision was made on providing for a collection at the Meetinghouse.  The newsletter and email digest will publicize the City collection on August 21 at 1142 Siler Rd. It was also noted that Goodwill recycles computers.

(4.) Debriefing on IMYM: Wyn Lewis reported on the thoughts and concerns of ten people who met in the garden last week to debrief IMYM with a focus on the plenary session. The topic of service projects continues to stir interest and deep concern, reflected in the intensity of the group's sharing.  The group submitted a minute to business meeting with the intent of sending it to the Continuing Committee of IMYM. Friends considered the proposed minute but did not reach unity.  SFMM's representative to Continuing Committee, Bob Gaines, said that the Continuing Committee was also unable to reach unity on the issue when it met in January to consider meetings' responses to the fall queries on service.  The issue of service was left to the business meeting at Annual Gathering, which approved a task group.  That task group is still being formed, and it is not clear yet when it is likely to make recommendations.  Wyn Lewis agreed to take the lead in framing a minute that Friends can unite on.

(5.) FCNL: Steve Spencer reported on his efforts to stay in touch with Friends Committee on National Legislation as the local contact. He welcomed helpful suggestions, one of which is to forward essential information and appeals to the e-mail list.

(5.) Treasurer's Report: Friends accepted and approved the Treasurer's report for the past month. See the website for the report. Greg Cliburn said that members and attenders shouldn't step back from their obligation to donate to the Meeting even though the half way point in the year has been reached and donations appear to be slightly ahead of what had been anticipated. Costs to record the deed for the Camino Lejo property and to incorporate the Meeting were about $50. The cost of Meetinghouse repairs has been high. Greg's continuing hard work was noted and appreciation expressed.

(6.) Ministry and Oversight: Friends accepted and approved the report from Ministry and Oversight (included in the appendix to these minutes). Friends agreed to the minute proposed by M&O: "We rejoice in the presence of children in our Meeting.  We are delighted to hear them tell us about their experience in First Day School, show us what they have made, sing us a song, or share something they have cooked.  We are blessed to have them with us and delighted with the leadership of the school and the help of many volunteers."  Friends also accepted the August query: "As members of a spiritual community, do we actively work to maintain love and unity?"  Friends agreed with the M&O recommendation to keep joys and concerns for the end of meeting for worship on First Day.  M&O was asked to find a date other than the labor Day weekend for the discussion of membership, and to consider scheduling two sessions.  M&O was asked to send the memorial minute for Gerry Greene to Western Friend and Friends Journal.

(7.)  Building Committee: Friends accepted and approved the report from the Building Committee as read by David Giltrow. The report highlighted a recent meeting of the committee which reviewed recently-completed projects, including repair of the exterior portal roof beam, installation of electrical heating units in the meeting room and guest apartment, along with overhead fans in the portal and guest apartment. No major expenditures are expected until the end of the year.


There will be a presentation on the Community Closet during the August 1 potluck.

The second Sunday discussion in August will continue with Mysticism and Quakerism.  Copies of articles on Quaker mysticism are in the library.

The Meeting for Worship for Business ended at 1:50 p.m. with silence.

Respectfully submitted,

Marguerite Kearns
Recording Clerk

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Ministry and Oversight Report to Business meeting  July 18, 2010

Present Joan Spencer, Alan Rogers, Helen Corneli, John Kretzmann, Martha Davis and Bob Gaines ex officio

We contemplated and discussed the role of M&O

1)  We Propose the following Query for 8th Month, 2010 "As members of a spiritual community, do we actively work to maintain love and unity?"

2) There will be a discussion of What it means to be a member of Meeting We welcome everyone from brand new attenders to long time Friends, including Friends of all ages. We suggest Sept. Potluck Sunday which is Sept. 5 Labor day weekend Alan will act as convener.

3) Worship groups we are trying to update contacts any suggestions and/or volunteers would be welcome. Los Alamos Martha and John will continue. Visits to Worship Groups were discussed we wish to encourage the wider meeting to join in this, but no specific plans were made.

4) Absent members: M&O will follow up with outreach to folks we have not seen in awhile. 

5) New Comers we all will try to identify new comers and visit with them after meeting we encourage the whole meeting to join us in this.

6) Regarding Joys Sorrows and concerns  We recommend leaving it in the last five or so minutes of Meeting for Worship.  We specifically do NOT recommend relocating it to the beginning of Worship.

7) We think that enriching both spoken and unspoken worship comes from discussions such as the one at 10 o'clock, retreats such as the one scheduled for Sept., and the one held last May, regional gatherings, study groups, and adult education. We welcome suggestions for further such activities and encourage Friends participation.

8) Review draft of Emergency Fund Wording.  Guidelines for what constitutes and Emergency.  Other funds in the community?    We will take this up in August

9) We recommend the following proposed minute to Business Meeting "We rejoice in the presence of children in our Meeting.  We are delighted to hear them tell us about their experience in First Day School, show us what they have made, sing us a song, or share something they have cooked.  We are blessed to have them with us and delighted with the leadership of the school and the help of many volunteers."

10) Gerry Greene Memorial minute has been completed and a copy will be sent to Clair Leonard, the Clerk of IMYM.

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