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November 2010 Letter to Friends

Letter to Friends

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

Eleventh 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, 11/7 9:15 am Ministry and Oversight Committee; 12:30 p.m. Potluck

Sunday, 11/14 10:10 am 2nd Sunday Discussion

Sunday, 11/21 12:30 pm Meeting for Worship for Business

Sunday, 11/28 12:30 Discussion - John Woolman's Journal

 

The Monthly Query for the 11th month, 2010

How well do we respect that of God in every person, even though the Spirit may be expressed in unfamiliar ways or be difficult to discern?

 

Announcements

 

Nov. 3 – 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.

 

Nov. 6 -- The UU Congregation of Santa Fe - Hunger and Poverty Task Force is presenting the second workshop in a 5-part series on becoming effective political advocates.  Our topic for this workshop is:  "Effective Face to Face Meetings." For practice, we shall use sample current peace and poverty issues. Please feel free to attend this workshop - from 9 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturday, Nov. 6, in the Committee Room of the UUCSF church building, 107 West Barcelona Road in Santa Fe.  To make a reservation for this free workshop or for directions on how to get there, contact Kitty Sherlock via email (kcsherlock43@yahoo.com) or call her at 505-473-9095.

 

Nov. 6 -- Ali Abunimah, Author of One Country, A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse and co-founder of The Electronic Intifada website will speak on "Palestine-Israel: Is a Just Solution Possible?" Abunimah will speak about the current situation in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian territory, and if it might be the U.S. that impedes reaching peace. Saturday, November 6 at 7pm at the Unitarian Congregation, 107 West Barcelona Rd, Santa Fe. Suggested Donation $10. Endorsed by Santa Fe Veterans for Peace, Santa Fe Women in Black, Santa Fe Amnesty International, Journey Santa Fe, Taha Mosque, and Santa Fe Monthly Meeting of Friends.

 

Meeting directory -- There have been quite a few changes recently. Request an updated directory (local or outside Santa Fe or both) by email to gaines@q.com or call 466-1746.

 

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 #209 North, 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. Welcome!

 

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

 

Meeting for Worship for Business, 17th day of Tenth Month 2010

 

Present: Bob Gaines (Clerk), Marguerite Kearns (Recording Clerk), Kathleen Burke, Wyn Lewis, Ted Pomeroy, Martha Davis, John Kretzmann, Rebecca Henderson, Pamela Geyer, Alan Rogers, Greg Cliburn.

 

The Meeting for Worship for Business started at 12:35 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: "In meetings for business, work and worship together with patience and warm affection for each other, aware of the peaceable spirit of the light of Truth. A majority decision or even consensus is not the goal. In waiting patiently for divine guidance, Friends' experience is that the way that leads to unity will open." - IMYM Faith and Practice, p. 120.

 

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

 

(2.) Nominating Committee: Friends approved the changes in the duties of the Nominating Committee. They are posted on the Meeting web site at sf.imym.org. Highlights include the striking of the position of the joint service representative and two year terms for officers and members of Ministry and Oversight.

 

(3.) Minutes of Appreciation: Pam Geyer drafted the following minutes of appreciation. Friends approved the minutes as read and expressed appreciation to Pam for her effort.

 

The Santa Fe Monthly Meeting of Friends would like to thank Beverly Busching for her most generous donations of the proceeds of her estate sale to our Meeting and its youth, and to AFSC. We are deeply blessed by Beverly, her vision, energy, and efforts, and by this most gracious gift.”

 

The Santa Fe Monthly Meeting of Friends would like to thank the Garden Committee for its regeneration of the Meeting House garden. All who partake of the gentle grace and beauty of this garden are deeply blessed by the labors of the committee and its volunteers. We acknowledge and thank them all for the many hours of envisioning, creating, nourishing, and maintaining the garden; its restoration restores our souls, as well.”

 

(4.) Adult Education (aka Quaker Enrichment): A report of the committee is included in the appendix to these minutes. Friends accepted the report of the committee.

 

The following programs have been scheduled: October 24th - Friends' Faith (Wyn Lewis); November 28th - John Woolman's Journal (Ted Pomeroy); December 26th - no session; January 23rd - George Fox (Reuben Hersh); February 27th -Lucretia Mott (Pam Gilchrist); subsequent months - Friends' Testimonies.

 

(5.) September 24-26 Retreat expenses: Friends authorized the treasurer to use $282.60 from the Adult Education Fund to increase the General Fund line item for Adult Education from $500 to $782.60 to cover the cost of the retreat.

 

(6.) Treasurer’s Report: Friends accepted the Treasurer’s Report. It is on the website at http://sf.imym.org/financelist. Treasurer Greg Cliburn stated that SFMM is running a larger deficit than what was planned for this year.

 

(7.) Ministry and Oversight: Friends accepted the report of M&O. The full report is included in the appendix.

 

Query for 11th month, “How well do we respect that of God in every person, even though the Spirit may be expressed in unfamiliar ways or be difficult to discern?”

 

(8.) Resident: Kathleen Burke reported that she worked 23 out of 30 days and collected $994 income in September. The email for the guest apartment has been changed to: friendsguestapartment@gmail.com

 

Friends accepted the Resident’s report and authorized her to purchase an ad for less than $200 in the “Western Friend.” The Facebook page for SFMM set up by Alan Rogers was discussed as a way of publicizing the guest apartment and also increasing communication with Young Friends and other Facebook users.

 

(9.) Good Works: The Good Works report is included in the appendix to these minutes. Good Works committee members are soliciting input about contributions to community organizations.

 

(9.) Announcements:

 

A memorial service for S. Lee Carter will be held on Saturday, October 23, 2010 at Quaker House in Santa Fe.

 

Kathleen Burke reported the October 12 “Envision Santa Fe” training session was attended by 30 to 40 people from our Meeting, Temple Beth Shalom, and St John's Methodist, which will be mentoring three homeless families. Another training is scheduled for December 7th. Interested individuals don’t have to agree to be a mentor, they can act as a resource. Kathleen noted that the number one reason for homelessness in the United States is a lack of affordable housing.

 

In other matters: Pam Geyer is looking into an automated external defibrillator for the Meeting House.

 

The Meeting for Worship for Business ended at 1:45 p.m. with silence.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Marguerite Kearns, Recording Clerk

 

APPENDIX TO THE MINUTES:

 

(1.) Adult Education Committee, aka Quaker Enrichment Committee:

 

Adult Ed Committee Report: 10/16/10

The Quaker Enrichment Committee (aka adult ed committee) met on October 13th to review the recent retreat, the feedback from participants and others who gathered at rise of Meeting on October 10th and to identify a direction for moving forward. Ted Pomeroy, Reuben Hersch and Wyn Lewis were present. We noted our intention to continue to provide a focus for members and attenders to add to their understanding about Quakerism, including Quaker history and current Quaker experience. We felt a longer time period for such sharing than the forty-five minutes available between First Day 10AM and 11 AM was desirable, and that it be potentially open ended. Hence, rise of Meeting for Worship at 12:30 PM on the fourth First Day was selected. Committee members listed topics and suggested a few potential presenters, so that we may begin this month and have an outline through February:

Tentative schedule: October 24th - Friends' Faith (Wyn Lewis); November 28th - John Woolman's Journal (Ted Pomeroy); December 26th - no session; January 23rd - George Fox (Reuben Hersch); February 27th -Lucretia Mott (Pam Gilchrist); subsequent months-Friends' Testimonies.

 

The committee will continue to meet and plan throughout the year, making exceptions for the summer months (including June - for IMYM). We hope that another Meeting Community-wide Retreat/Advance will be possible next spring.

 

We bring to the attention of M&O several requests by participants in the retreat. In particular, many expressed the desire to have more connection and visible caring in our Meeting. Suggestions to strengthen those qualities were offered: 1) Consideration of a specific model used to coordinate caregiving responsibilities(“Share the Care”), 2) Interview each attender and member to see what each person might offer if asked to help those in need, 3) Ongoing worship sharing groups. The QE Committee explicitly requests that SFMM foster creation of such groups, whether this be through Meeting for Worship for Business or through Ministry and Oversight Committee.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Wyn Lewis and Ted Pomeroy for the

Quaker Enrichment Committee

 

(2.) Treasurer’s report for October 2010 is posted at http://sf.imym.org/financelist

 

(3.) Ministry and Oversight

 

Santa Fe Monthly Meeting, Ministry and Oversight Committee

 

Report to Business Meeting 2010_10_17

 

M&O met in the first day room on first first day, tenth month 2010, at 9:15 am. Attending were Rebecca Henderson, Alan Rogers, John Kretzmann, Joan Spencer and Bob Gaines, ex officio.

 

The committee reviewed the status of individuals in the meeting who may be in need of care and support and made plans to contact them.

 

The committee held a discussion on the need to deepening our response to requests for care and the quality of the level of care provided. How should we respond to requests to ask to be held in the Light? The idea of a “listening Friend” was mentioned as well as the possibility of reinstituting Friendly Sixes.

 

Proposed Query for 11th Month, 2010

 

Committee members agreed to present to Business meeting the following query for 11th month, “How well do we respect that of God in every person, even though the Spirit may be expressed in unfamiliar ways or be difficult to discern?”

 

Matters of Concern

 

Bob Gaines, Alan Rogers, Michael Simon and John Kretzmann visited Las Vegas Worship Group on October 10th. Werner Muller agreed to serve as liaison with SF Monthly Meeting for the Worship Group. His contact information is WHTM@desertgate.com, 1.575.760.4943).

 

(4.) Good Works

 

Good Works Committee is beginning the process of proposing a budget for Good Works to Finance Committee and to Business Meeting for 2011.

 

We are requesting that members and attenders of Meeting consider our proposal and provide us with feedback over the next two weeks so that we can massage our recommendations to reflect the sense of Meeting regarding Good Works.

 

What is/are Good Works? Good Works constitutes the monetary support (separate from individual and Meeting person power support) of organizations that provide services that are aligned with Quaker concerns. These organizations are local as well as regional, national and international. They are Quaker and non-Quaker. SF Friends Meeting has historically attempted to devote 50% of it's budget to such causes. The resources to fund Good Works (and the entire SF Friends Meeting Budget) comes from viewers like you.

 

Since you/we are funding these Good Works we would like to solicit your input in the following areas.

 

In 2010 Meeting cut back on Good Works by roughly 33% due to a decrease in donations to Meeting in 2009 that had led to a budget shortfall. Most of that cut back in support of Good Works organizations occurred in local community organizations, which were cut by roughly 66%, while support of our own Quaker community, regional Quaker organizations and broader Quaker organizations were cut by minimal amounts. During 2010, we appear to be on track to meet the financial "obligation" that we have asked of ourselves. In 2010, Good Works represents roughly 40% of the budget for our Meeting, down from the 50% bar we had set for ourselves: $9910 for Good Works in a Total Budget of $25,465.

 

Therefore, the Good Works Committee would like to propose a Good Works Budget for 2011 that is the same as 2010, but invite comment. Even though, perhaps especially because, times are tough, we would like to ask Meeting to consider an increase in the Good Works Budget proposal of roughly 15% from our 2010 level of $9910 to $11,500 for 2011. We suggest that we ask ourselves if we are willing to commit to meeting such an increase? We also would like to ask how best to apply such an increase? We would propose that we consider directing it back to the very local organizations from whom we reduced our donations in 2010. We ask, therefore, are we donating to the organizations that Friends feel are appropriate, most in need and who most reflect Quaker concerns? Are there some that are more in need than others? Some more worthy than others? Some that are no longer in need or who should perhaps be removed from our list of organizations to whom we donate? Are there organizations who are not on our list who should be?

 

Suggestions to date include the following:

Consider adding the following organizations:

Earthworks

Envision Santa Fe (Perhaps to the tune of $1000/year to help address homelessness)

Friends Journal (currently under financial stress)

Organizations that support Prisoners and their families (Does anyone know of specific organizations?)

Organizations that support damaged veterans (Does anyone know of specific organizations?)

Organizations that are at work in the communities of the worship groups that are under the care of our Meeting (Does anyone know of specific organizations?)

 

Please review the attachment to see how we, as Meeting, are currently giving to Good Works.

 

Please respond to any one of us on the Good Works Committee, either in person following rise of Meeting in the next 2 weeks or via email.

 

Respectfully submitted for your consideration,

 

Rebecca Allahyari <allahyari@sarsf.org>

Alan Rogers <drdecanto@mac.com>

Henkel David <davidhenkel@comcast.net>

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