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September 2010 Newsletter

Letter to Friends
Newsletter of the Santa Fe Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends
Ninth 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, 9/5       9:15 am Ministry and Oversight Committee; 12:30 p.m. Potluck and discussion
Sunday, 9/12     9:10 am 2nd Sunday Discussion
Sunday, 9/19   12.30 pm Meeting for Worship for Business
Sunday, 9/26

The Monthly Query for the 9th month, 2010
“When conflicts arise, are they discussed calmly and patiently, while asking for divine guidance, in an attempt to arrive at a creative solution?”


Announcements

Sept 1  – 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.

Sept. 4 – 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.

Sept. 5 -- Discussion of “What it means to be a member of Meeting” during the September 5 potluck (Labor Day weekend) with Alan Rogers acting as convener.

Sept. 12 – The topic for the second Sunday Friends Journal discussion group on September 12 will be "The Gathered Meeting."  Copies of articles to be considered are available beside the bird house in the library.  The meeting begins promptly at 10:10 and ends at 10:50.  EVERYONE is welcome!  Friends are enthusiastically encouraged to submit FJ articles they would like to consider at future discussions.  Please contact Howard Shulman (984 - 9908) or Pamela Geyer (984 - 0377) if you have any questions.

Sept. 23 - 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

Sept. 24 to 26  - Join us in an experience of discovery in “Exploring Our Faith,” a Meeting retreat at the meetinghouse.  "Friends Faith" is the preparatory reading, and it is posted at http://sf.imym.org/friendsfaith.  A few paper copies of "Friends Faith," which is from IMYM Faith and Practice (pp 25-27), are available at the meetinghouse, as are copies of IMYM Faith and Practice ($10).  Contact Bob Gaines.

Oct. 7 - John Calvi will be speaking at 7 pm at Joan and Steve Spencer's and on Saturday afternoon, October 9, at the Albuquerque Meetinghouse.  All are invited.

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 NORTH from Cerrillos Road.  Worship is every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and on the 3rd Wednesdays at 5:30pm before our simple supper pot-luck at 6pm.  In October our simple supper will become "Soup, Bread and Friends" simple supper.

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

Santa Fe Monthly Meeting of Friends, Meeting for Worship for Business, 15th day of Eighth Month 2010

Present: Bob Gaines (Clerk), Marguerite Kearns (Recording Clerk), Philip Balcombe, Pamela Geyer, Peggy Giltrow, John Kretzmann, Rebecca Henderson, Mary Ray Cate, Wyn Lewis, David Giltrow, Beverly Busching, Michael Simon.

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.

Clerk Bob Gaines read the following passage from IMYM’s Faith and Practice: "All members are encouraged to attend meetings for business and to be faithful in the service of the meeting’s affairs. Appointments of office holders and committee members are most successful when made with careful consideration of the qualifications of the nominees and of the opportunities for growth that may be afforded. This is especially important when considering young Friends. In our meetings for business and in all the duties connected with them, we are charged to make conscientious use of our gifts. " - IMYM Faith and Practice, p. 120.

The minutes for the July meeting for worship for business were approved.

Land-Holding Trust: As the trust assets have been distributed to the beneficiary (the Santa Fe Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends), Meeting agrees that the trustees of the land-holding trust should dissolve the trust. In June the land-holding trust deeded ownership of the Camino Lejo property to the Meeting's corporation, and the deed was recorded. The archivist is asked to add this minute to the Meeting's file for the Camino Lejo property.

Interfaith Leadership Alliance (ILA) Mentoring Project: Friends agreed to join the ILA mentoring project for three homeless families for a two-year period. Meeting will accept designated contributions for this purpose. A committee of three people –Kathleen Burke, Peggy Giltrow, and Lorraine Graham—will work with another faith community to be appointed by the end of August. Kathleen will continue as our liaison with ILA for the project. The involvement of mentors, advocates and other volunteers from the Meeting are welcome.

Follow up on the Issue of Quaker Service: The IMYM Clerk is forming a task group to advise the Yearly Meeting about the direction it should take in assisting meetings with Quaker service. Each monthly meeting is asked to appoint a representative to the task group. Wyn Lewis will consult with those who have shown an interest in Quaker service, including those in the nine o’clock meeting and worship groups, and make a recommendation to the September business meeting.

IMYM Minutes on Social Issues: Friends agreed to unite with two IMYM minutes. One involves immigration legislation and reform, and the other: the wars in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Copies of these minutes are included in the appendix to these minutes of business meeting. Friends are encouraged to contact their elected representatives. The minutes are posted on the IMYM and the SFMM web site, in addition to being included in the business meeting minutes. Bob Gaines can send a Word document on request.

Spiritual Retreat: Friends agreed on the importance of making childcare available for Friday and Saturday of the spiritual retreat scheduled for late September and SFMM is accepting designated donations to make this possible. Volunteers are needed to work in support of the spiritual retreat weekend on September 24, 25 and 26. The retreat is entitled “Moving Gracefully Through Crisis.”

Treasurer’s Report:  Peggy Giltrow read the treasurer’s report which is included in the appendix to these minutes. Friends accepted the treasurer’s report. A total of $850 was spent in July toward good works. The details of these expenditures was shared after meeting for worship with members and attenders, which several people acknowledged as noteworthy in terms of keeping everyone up to date.

Ministry and Oversight:  Friends accepted the report from Ministry and Oversight as amended (that the Finance Committee will review before the September business meeting M&O's suggested procedure for emergency assistance for requests originating from outside of SFMM; all such requests are considered confidential).

The content of monthly queries was discussed with a recommendation that Ministry and Oversight consider queries with more context and faith-based language.  The query for September is: “When conflicts arise, are they discussed calmly and patiently, while asking for divine guidance, in an attempt to arrive at a creative solution?"  This query reflects feedback from those present at business meeting to include more of a spiritual context. Friends approved the change in the proposed query to reflect this.

Ministry and Oversight will send the memorial minute for Gerry Greene to the clerk of IMYM and place it in Friends Journal and Western Friend using the $100 budgeted for M&O.

Building Committee:  Friends accepted the brief report from the Building Committee, which highlighted the fact that the committee hasn’t met recently, and it is proceeding with the work underway since last month.

Resident’s Report:  Friends accepted the report from resident Kathleen Burke which includes the following: the phone was out of order several days and is now corrected; she worked 85 hours and the guest apartment was occupied 29 out of 31 days with a total income of $926.

Announcements:  Discussion of “What it means to be a member of Meeting” during the September 5 potluck (Labor Day weekend) with Alan Rogers acting as convener.

The New Mexico Quaker Women's Fall Retreat will be held September 11th, 12th, and 13th at Claire Leonard's house near Reserve, New Mexico, and (about five hours drive from Santa Fe, in SOUTHWEST NM.  The theme will be "What were our early sources of strength and how do they sustain us today?” If you have questions email or call Beverly Busching. at 505-984-8742, and bbusching@mindspring.com; Rebecca Henderson at 505-470-7306 (cell) and rebeccahenderson4@hotmail.com. Or call Karen Reagan at 505-255-3340.  If you need to contact us while on the road, call Rebecca’s cell phone or Claire at 575-533-6836. RSVP, please.

Don’t forget the Spiritual Retreat “Exploring Our Faith” on September 24, 25 and 26 at the meetinghouse.  Volunteers are needed to work in support of the spiritual retreat weekend.

During the first Saturday in October, Rebecca Henderson will conduct a clerking workshop in Albuquerque. More information to follow.

“Into the Silence: An Exploration of Inner Terrain” is scheduled at Ghost Ranch in October and it may be something of interest to Friends. The class limit is 12. It’s October 15-18 and features poetry writing, visual art and meditation. The cost for locals is $125 and $395 for others. Call 800-821-5145, x 223 to register or check the web site: www.ghostranch.org

The Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business ended in silence at 1:55 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Marguerite Kearns, Recording Clerk

APPENDIX TO THE AUGUST 2010 MINUTES:

IMYM Minutes on Social Issues:

IMYM Minute on Recent Immigration Legislation and Comprehensive Immigration Reform
As a faith community committed to welcoming the stranger, we are dismayed and saddened by the failure to find a way forward to craft an immigration system that respects the fundamental rights and dignity of all.  We recognize that inaction at the national level has created a vacuum into which states have stepped to create their own immigration laws.
As Friends, we believe that there is that of God in everyone, regardless of citizenship or legal status.  Our testimony of community challenges us to live with all of our neighbors in a way that encourages trust, love, and security.  Our testimony of equality leads us to value each person as an individual and to respect the human rights and dignity of all persons.  Our testimony of peace guides us to take nonviolent action to resolve conflicts in a way that brings us together and promotes justice.
Arizona Senate Bill 1070 and similar proposed legislation in other states divides our communities and criminalizes immigrants.  These kinds of unjust laws create a climate of fear for those whose area of residence, line of work, complexion, spoken language or accent is deemed suspicious, even if they are citizens or legal foreign residents or visitors.  When state legislation is passed that compels people to hide their identity from authorities, they must live in fear that they will be separated from their families, that they will become victims of crime, that they and their children will not receive an education, and that they will lose their livelihoods and their homes. 
We bear witness to our friends and neighbors in our community who suffer division of their families, exploitation in the workplace, and the daily fear of deportation.  We bear witness to the thousands of deaths on the border and the destruction of border communities and the environment.  The estimated twelve million persons living and working in the United States without papers are essential parts of our communities and economy, yet the system for regularizing their status is woefully insufficient.  Criminalizing immigrants and those who care for them, as in Arizona Senate Bill 1070, does not address the real challenges our country faces with immigration reform and resolution of the humanitarian crisis that results from the broken system. 
We, as people of faith, are called not only to resist unjust laws and to work to change them, but to take the initiative to act in accordance with higher laws.  We call upon Friends everywhere to urge our elected representatives to immediate action on humane immigration reform.  We call upon ourselves to act with integrity in response to these challenges and we rededicate ourselves to loving our neighbors, to doing justice, and to walking humbly in the spirit of love.
INTERMOUNTAIN YEARLY MEETING OF THE
RELIGIOUS SOCIETY OF FRIENDS
JUNE 2010

Intermountain Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) remains deeply concerned about the escalating U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan and Pakistan. We remind our nation that the seeds of war are not only in others, but also within ourselves.  Evil does exist.  But we cannot define evil as only that which is done by others, excluding all that is done by us.  There is no security except in the creation of bonds of faith, trust, fair-dealing, and mutual respect established through diplomacy and understanding of the views and grievances of others.  

Our Quaker Peace Testimony is based on the fundamental conviction that war and violence are wrong in the sight of God, and that every person is worthy of respect:

 “We utterly deny all outward wars and strife, and fighting’s with outward weapons, for any end, or under any pretense whatsoever; this is our testimony to the whole world......    Therefore we cannot learn war any more.” (1651)

War and violence are self perpetuating. Creative and courageous non-violence, however, can overcome hatred and violence and bring about justice and peace.  As William Penn once remarked, “force may subdue, but love gains.” (1693)

We are anguished by the deaths, injuries and trauma of so many.  The US participation in military actions in other nations has become a focus of hate and violence, and its continued military presence will only exacerbate hatred, fear, civil war, internal turmoil and the continued fueling of recruitment of terrorists. We must imagine more compassionately and empathetically how our actions are taken by others, and the difference between our intentions and consequences.      

We believe that we are called to live in that spirit of love and power that takes away the occasion for all war.  It is in this Spirit that we join with others calling for the termination of military action by the US in its current wars and our government opting for diplomacy over violence in all international disagreements. We urgently call upon our President, the Congress, the government of the US, and the Several states to enact a resolution to this effect. We continue to accept our obligations for compassionate, peaceful assistance to the people of these countries, as through the building of bridges, schools, hospitals, water systems, and similar civil infrastructure.

To create peace and justice and to insure domestic tranquility, we must act from a peaceful, compassionate center.  As George Fox stated, “there is an ocean of darkness, but also an ocean of light and the light shall overcome the darkness.”(1694) Our faith echoes that of Martin Luther King, Jr., who said “The Universe bends toward justice.”

Treasurer’s Report For January 1 to July 31, 2010

Note: (a) 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.  (b) $850 was spent in July toward the good works budget, following the Good Works Committee’s specific recommendations reported to the July business meeting.

Ministry and Oversight Report to Business Meeting, August 15, 2010

Present Joan Spencer, Rebecca Henderson, Helen Corneli, John Kretzmann, Martha Davis, and Bob Gaines ex officio
Martha Davis suggested that, while she is healing from her operation and treatment for cancer, John Kretzmann serve as backup clerk for the M&O committee. The committee approved.  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.

Proposed Query for 9th Month, 2010
“When conflicts exist are they discussed calmly and patiently in an attempt to arrive at a creative solution?”

Matters of concern
1) Discussion on “What it means to be a member of Meeting” - M&O suggests Sept. 5 at potluck (Labor Day weekend) with Alan Rogers acting as convener.
2) Worship groups - Visits to Worship Groups were discussed. M&O wishes to encourage the wider meeting to join in this, but no specific plans were made.
3) Absent members -  M&O will regularly check our lists of members and attenders at our meeting and follow up with outreach to folks we have not seen in awhile. 
4) Newcomers – M&O members will identify newcomers to Meeting for Worship and visit with them after meeting.

Business
1) M&O proposes the following text as policy for Requests for Emergency Assistance. The first paragraph is based on the existing policy in the Financial Procedures manual and the rest is modified from draft guidelines from the Finance Committee.
“The treasurer provides the resident with a petty cash fund of $50 to provide emergency assistance to someone who may need immediate help if other resources for help are not available. The resident maintains a record of the disbursements from the fund and requests replenishment from the treasurer as required.
The Meeting also has a separate Emergency Assistance Fund. Requests for assistance should be made to the Meeting Clerk or the Clerk of M&O, preferably in writing. The Meeting Clerk and the Clerk of M&O will determine in consultation with the convener of the Finance Committee what assistance can be offered and whether it is appropriate to offer it as a loan rather than a gift.
If the amount the three agree on is more than is available in the fund, they can commit up to $200 more than the amount available. The Finance Committee convener should request approval at the next business meeting to transfer an amount from the General Fund to the Emergency Assistance Fund sufficient to restore the fund to its normal level, as set by the business meeting.
The budget should contain an amount to be transferred at the beginning of the year to the emergency fund to maintain it at the desired level. Individuals who wish to earmark donations to the Emergency Assistance Fund may do so.”
2)  The Committee is working to update a list of community resources for people in need.
3) A memorial minute for Gerry Greene is completed and will be sent to the Clerk of Yearly Meeting and to Friends Journal.

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