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July 2010 Newsletter

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

 

Seventh 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 North.

Sunday, 7/4   -  9:15 am Ministry and Oversight Committee; 12:30 p.m. Potluck
Sunday, 7/11 -  Discussion of Mysticism and Quakerism, 10:10 to 10:50
Sunday, 7/18 - 12.30 pm Meeting for Worship for Business
Sunday, 7/25

The Monthly Query for the 7th month, 2010
“Do we care for one another, so that each other’s needs are recognized and addressed?”

Announcements


July 3 – Garden Committee will work 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. We work every (well most) Saturdays weather permitting.  All interested & all abilities welcome. Questions to Kathleen @ kathleenb39@gmail.com or 983 7241.

July 7  – 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.

July 10 - Women’s Quaker Gathering:  LET'S GATHER IN THE GARDEN
Inviting all the women in the Santa Fe Friends Meeting for an evening pot luck Saturday, July 10, at 5:00.  We will enjoy the garden if it is nice, and go inside if not.  Bring something to eat, but we are leaving the menu to chance, not keeping a list.  RSVP to bbusching@mindspring.com or @ 984 8742.
July 11 - 10:10 am, Discussion on Mysticism and Quakerism in the library.  Please join friends from the 9:00 and 11:00 meetings for worship to discuss articles from the  Friends Journal, available by the birdhouse in the library for those planning to attend.  Everyone is invited!  We begin promptly at 10:10 and end at 10:50.  Friends are encouraged to suggest Friends Journal articles they are interested in for future discussions.  Please call Howard Shulman (984 - 9908) or Pamela Geyer (984 - 0377) if you have any questions..

July 15 to 18, Albuquerque Friends are sponsoring a conference:  Creation as the Body of God, in Albuquerque.  A one day pass for local groups and organizations at the rate of $60 or $45 concession, which will include a meal and free screenings of two movies which speak to our petroleum based food system and creating a  sustainable lifestyle.  Contact Anita Amstutz @ 242-9588 X110 to register.

August 1 - Julie Bennett, Community Closet Coordinator, will make a presentation during potluck on the work of the Community Closet in providing clothing to the homeless through the Interfaith Community Shelter and Adelante.  Community Closet is a project of the Interfaith Leadership Alliance, which the Meeting donates to and is a member.

Food For Santa Fe needs morning volunteers: Early birds are especially needed at 5:30 a.m. and others until 9 a.m. Weds and Thurs mornings. The work includes filling bags with eggs, bread and fresh produce as well as distributing the bags. Call Maynard Chapman at 505/424-9414. "We help bridge the gap between hard times and better times."

 PEACE AND SOCIAL CONCERNS COMMITTEE needs members who are led to serve.
This committee has been waiting for way to open -- current members are Beverly Busching, Kathleen Burke and Jessie Cross. We are hoping to attract a few new members and begin some new Quaker service this year here in Santa Fe.  Interested? If so, please contact Beverly or Kathleen.

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

South Santa Fe Quaker Worship Group:  Quaker House, 1730 Camino Carlos Rey North #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. Welcome!

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

Santa Fe Monthly Meeting, Meeting for Worship for Business, 20th day of Sixth Month 2010
 
Present:  Marcy Pompei, Kathleen Burke, Philip Balcombe, John A. Kretzmann, Marty Carroll, David Giltow, Alan Rogers, Rebecca Henderson, Beverly Busching, Joan Spencer, Peggy Giltrow, Pamela Geyer, Greg Cliburn, Bob Gaines (Clerk), Marguerite Kearns (Recording Clerk),

The Meeting for Worship for Business started at 12:40 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: "Are we prepared to let go of our individual desires and let the Holy Spirit lead us to unity? Do we accept with grace a decision of the meeting with which we are not entirely in agreement?"  Page 121, Faith and Practice (IMYM, 2009).

(1.) Minutes: The minutes for the Fifth Month were accepted by Friends with one correction, that Friends agreed with the recommendations of the Nominating Committee.

(2.) Residence Committee: Friends enthusiastically agreed with the recommendation of the Residence Committee that the term of resident Kathleen Burke be extended from September 1, 2010 to August 31, 2011.  Kathleen arrived in November, but Friends agreed that the resident's term should continue to be from September through August.

(3.) Treasurers Report: Friends accepted the Treasurers’ report which is included in the appendix to these minutes. Treasurer Greg Cliburn explained that the report through May 31st reflects a subtle change on the line item which now says Income rather than Donations because interest is not a donation. Approximately one quarter of anticipated income has been received. Whereas May was a quiet month for the treasurer, June was active with expenses for the Portal repair and garden work.

(4.) Ministry and Oversight: Friends accepted the report from Ministry and Oversight. The edited report for M&O is included in the appendix to these minutes. The query for seventh month will be: Do we care for one another, so that each other's needs are recognized and addressed?"

As this was the last month of service for Philip Balcombe as clerk of M&O, Friends thanked him and expressed appreciation for his work.

Comments during the discussion of the report included: The Finance Committee asks M&O to review the proposed procedures for the use of the emergency fund and bring it to business meeting for approval. Beverly Busching, the retiring recorder, has prepared an updated list of members and will turn it over to Philip, who will become the recorder. Rebecca Henderson and Peli Lee are laying down their role as liaison to the Taos worship group. The Santa Fe MM and the Southside Friends web pages are now linked.

(5.) Imagine Santa Fe:  Several people from SFMM attended a recent meeting sponsored by the Social Justice Committee of Temple Beth Shalom to hear about "Imagine LA," the Los Angeles program which helps homeless families transition to a stable living situation.  The LA model relies on a financial commitment from churches in addition to volunteers.  The Interfaith Leadership Alliance (ILA), of which the Meeting is a member, has decided to recruit Santa Fe congregations to provide services to three homeless families in a two-year pilot program similar to the one operating in Los Angeles.  Peggy Giltrow agreed to prepare an article for the newsletter about the "Imagine Santa Fe" project, and Kathleen Burke will meet with the ILA to gather information and report at a future business meeting on what would be required of our Meeting if we were to participate.

(6 .) The National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT): Friends agreed to the following minute:

In response to the recent report by Physicians for Human Rights providing evidence that CIA health professionals engaged in unethical and illegal medical experiments involving the torture of detainees in U.S. custody following September 2001, Friends approved joining the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT), Friends Committee on National Legislation, other organizations, and thousands of individuals in a complaint filed with the federal Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP).  The complaint urges the OHRP to initiate an official investigation into the CIA's apparent experimentation and failure to comply with federal laws protecting human research subjects.

Alan Rogers will prepare a letter to the editor for submission to the local media. The Clerk will notify NRCAT of our decision to join the complaint.  SFMM has been affiliated with NRCAT for the past two years.  The text of the NRCAT complaint is in the appendix to the minutes.

(7.) Resident’s Report: Friends accepted the resident’s report. Kathleen Burke called the past month "busy," which meant the guest apartment was occupied 26 of 31 days. There was the first implementation of the Garden Master Design Plan. The resident put in a total of 70 hours, which included getting the drip irrigation up and running.

(8.) New Business:  David Giltrow brought up the matter of the deed covenants for the Camino Lejo property donated to the Meeting which originated with the original subdivision in the 1950s. It includes a troublesome  racial covenant determined as "ineffective" by the Supreme Court even before Brown versus Topeka. It remains in the SFMM deed. The State of New Mexico has not acted to bring restrictions like this into alignment with the times. Other states have declared them null and void. Friends were in agreement that David Giltrow should draft a letter to state Senator Cisco McSorley, with copies to the Albuquerque Monthly Meeting and David Henkel,  asking him to introduce legislation during the 2011 legislative session declaring the covenants null and void.

(9.) Announcements:  The topic for the second Sunday discussion group on 7/11 is Mysticism and Quakerism. Friends Journal articles on this topic are available by the birdhouse in the library for those planning to attend. Everyone is invited!  The session begins promptly at 10:10 and ends at 10:50.  Friends are encouraged to suggest Friends Journal articles they are interested in for future discussions.  Please call Howard Shulman (984 - 9908) or Pamela Geyer (984 - 0377) if you have any questions.

David Giltrow reminded those present that the June business meeting is the 62nd annual meeting of SFMM.

Beverly Busching announced that the Nominating Committee is inviting someone to step forward to be a liaison with the Taos worship group, and that several committees, including Peace and Social Concerns, welcome new members. The duties of the Communications Committee were reviewed.

Pete Gardner has requested a clearness committee for membership, but he sent a note that he will be in Wyoming longer than expected. The Interfaith Community Shelter sent a certificate of appreciation to SFMM for its participation last winter. And some Friends requested an opportunity to debrief on the recent IMYM Annual Gathering; the date and time will be announced.

The Meeting for Worship for Business ended at 1:49 p.m. with silence.

Respectfully submitted,
Marguerite Kearns

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APPENDIX TO THE MINUTES: Contents

(1.)  Treasurer’s Report
(2.)  Ministry and Oversight
(3.)  Torture Minute

(1.) Treasurer’s Report

For January 1 to May 31, 2010

         31 May 2010    31 May 2009
General Fund income to date    $6,428    $7,930
Percentage of budgeted income received    26%    25%
General Fund expenses to date    $11,312    $14,383
Percentage of budgeted expenses paid    44%    46%
       
Maintenance Fund income to date    $2,680    $4,542
Percentage of budgeted income received    30%    45%
Maintenance Fund expenses to date    $4,586    $4,148
Percentage of budgeted expenses paid    24%    48%
       
Total cash in bank    $23,192    $16,622
    Checking    $6,648    $809
    Money market    $3,921    $4,394
    CDs (3 and 6 month)    $11,523    $11,317
    Share    $101    $4101
       
General Fund    $5,036    $2,807
Maintenance Fund    $13,603    $10,454
Olmstead Fund    $162    $162
Sufferings Fund    $1,400    $1,400
Turkle Fund    $583    $778
Adult Education Fund    $600    $524
Young Fund    $120    $120
New Meetinghouse Fund    $688    $378

Note: Not counted as income/expense are $5,094 received and $4,439 paid out for the convenience of Friends for workshops/retreats, book purchases, etc. However, this money is reflected in bank and fund balances.
 
(2.) Ministry and Oversight (edited for brevity)

6th MONTH, 2010 REPORT TO BUSINESS MEETING

M&O met in the first day schoolroom on the first first day, sixth month, 2010, at 9.15 am.  Present were Alan Rogers, Michael Simon, and Philip Balcombe, Clerk. It was the last Meeting of their term for Michael and Philip.  The Meeting began with silent worship followed by a discussion of care for individual lives and of the worship groups under our care, which had given no report, except for 9 o'clock Meeting, which submitted the following:

"In the spirit of an annual reporting (thinking of IMYM), we 9 o'clock worshippers send the following thoughts to M&O:
      We have always felt one important meeting goal is that the earlier and later worshippers both stay connected socially and also support each other in their spiritual growth.  For this reason, we inaugurated Meeting for Muffins, and more recently, collaborating with Pam Geyer, initiated the monthly 10 a.m. discussions of Quaker spirituality.  We continue to be pleased these regular events have been well received by both the 9:00 and 11:00 worshippers .
       Also, although we are a small group, we feel we contribute to SFMM goals of service and community.  Among our group are the convener of the Committee on Conscientious Objection and highly active members of Santa Fe Interfaith Homeless Shelter, Alternatives to Violence Project of Northern New Mexico, and Santa Fe Farmers Market.  We support each other and share what is important in our lives such that we are truly grateful for our Quaker family."

The Query for 7th month will be: "Do we care for one another, so that each other's needs are recognized and addressed?"

Our Meeting ended with a period of silent worship.

Respectfully submitted,
Philip Balcombe, Clerk of M&O.

(3.) Minute Joining NRCAT Complaint

In response to the recent report by Physicians for Human Rights providing evidence that CIA health professionals engaged in unethical and illegal medical experiments involving the torture of detainees in U.S. custody following September 2001, Friends approved joining the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT), Friends Committee on National Legislation, other organizations, and thousands of individuals in a complaint filed with the federal Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP).  The complaint urges the OHRP to initiate an official investigation into the CIA's apparent experimentation and failure to comply with federal laws protecting human research subjects.  The Clerk will notify NRCAT of our decision to join the complaint. 

COMPLAINT TO OFFICE OF HUMAN RESEARCH PROTECTIONS REGARDING EVIDENCE OF CIA VIOLATIONS OF COMMON RULE

Recent reports by Physicians for Human Rights and a paper by Renée Llanusa-Cestero in "Accountability in Research" raise concerns that the CIA's Office of Medical Services (OMS) conducted research and experimentation on detainees in US custody and, in the process, likely violated federal regulations governing human subject research carried out by United States Government entities. These regulations are known as The Common Rule (45 CFR 46). The CIA is one of seventeen federal agencies required by law to adhere to The Common Rule when conducting federally funded research on human beings.

The Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) should initiate immediately an official investigation into experimentation by the CIA on detainees in its custody based upon the following evidence of wrongdoing detailed in declassified government documents:

(1) The collection by OMS health professionals of data from detainees in order to derive generalizable knowledge of the effects on detainee subjects of "enhanced interrogation" techniques. These techniques, which have serious potential to cause harm, included sleep deprivation, waterboarding, sensory deprivation and overload. It appears that data also was collected on the impact of techniques both when used individually and when applied in combination;

(2) The collection of data from detainees subjected to the technique of the waterboard in order to develop new methods and procedures for its application, including the experimental use of potable saline in place of water to reduce the risk of hyponatremia;

(3) The CIA's apparent failure to comply with The Common Rule's regulations (a) requiring all human research subjects to provide informed consent, (b) assuring that subjects of research have the right and ability to stop their participation in the research at any time, and (c) requiring the conduct of prior review of the proposed human subject research by an Institutional Review Board.

We request the OHRP to conduct a For-Cause Compliance Oversight Evaluation of the CIA OMS for research targeting detainee subjects.

If the OHRP concludes that OMS research on detainees subjected to "enhanced interrogation" techniques commonly viewed as torture violated The Common Rule and internationally accepted standards of health professional ethics, the CIA must be immediately sanctioned by the Department of Health and Human Services. Any personnel found to have violated the law should be referred to the Department of Justice for prosecution. Professionals determined to be in violation of their ethically mandated responsibilities should be referred to state licensing bodies and professional associations for appropriate professional sanctions.

 

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