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April 2011 Newsletter

Letter to Friends

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

Fourth Month 2011

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, 4/03 9:15 Ministry and Oversight Committee; 12:30 p.m. Potluck
Sunday, 4/10 10:10 2nd Sunday Discussion
Sunday, 4/17 12:30 Meeting for Worship for Business
Sunday, 4/24 12:30 Adult Education Committee Discussion on Lucretia Mott

Query for the 4th month, 2011


In what ways are we individually committed to resolving conflicts in the manner of Friends?”




April 6 – 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.

April 10 – The Second Sunday Journal Discussion: The Friend’s Journal article to be considered at our Second Sunday Discussion is Thomas Jeavons "Introducing Quakerism: The Unifying Vision of Quakers" from the July 2003 Friends Journal. After reading the article, friends are encouraged to think about, and perhaps share, how we ourselves might describe to non-Friends what it is that unifies the Religious Society of Friends. Our discussion will be held in the Meeting House, beginning at 10:10 and closing at 10:50. Copies of the article will be available by the bird house beginning 3/3. Everyone is invited to this discussion, For questions, please call Howard Shulman (984 - 9908) or Pamela Geyer (984 - 0377.) Friends are also enthusiastically encouraged to suggest FJ articles for consideration in future discussions.

April 24 - Presentation on Lucretia Mott by Pam Gilchrist and the Adult Education Committee.

Members/Attenders are reminded the Santa Fe Monthly Meeting accepts Automatic Contributions for donation; most banks and credit unions now offer a service -- typically free -- which allows you to set up an automatic payment on any frequency you desire. There are two ways you might be able to set up an automatic payment: 1. Your bank or credit union will mail a check to the Meeting at 630 Canyon Road, Santa Fe, NM 87501; or 2. Your bank or credit union will transfer the money electronically to the Meeting's account at Guadalupe Credit Union (contact the treasurer for the Meeting's account number and GCU routing number). More information at

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.

Please send newsletter comments or suggestions to Marcy Pompei @

Santa Fe Monthly Meeting of Friends, Meeting for Worship for Business, 20th day of Third Month 2010

Present: Bob Gaines (Clerk), Marguerite Kearns (Recording Clerk), Mary Ray Cate, Pam Gilchrist, Philip Balcombe, Carolyn Stephenson, Michael Simon, David Giltrow, Peggy Giltrow, Ariel Bibby, Lorraine Graham, Pamela Geyer, Rebecca Henderson, Greg Cliburn, John Kretzmann.
The Meeting for Worship for Business started at 12:44 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 about Friends’ decision making:

"How effectively do members of the meeting temper and strengthen individuals’ leadings?" - IMYM Faith and Practice, Queries, p. 120.

1. Friends approved the minutes of the Second Month’s meeting for worship for business.

2. Corporation: There was no unity on whether to change the bylaws of the Corporation of the Santa Fe Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), which require the directors to meet annually prior to the corporation meeting, so no meeting of the corporation was held. The NM nonprofit corporation law requirements for meetings of the directors will be clarified and the issue revisited at the Fourth Month business meeting.

3. Treasurer’s Report: Friends accepted the treasurer’s report. Treasurer Greg Cliburn presented what he described as a “straightforward report” that is included in the appendix to these minutes. As of February the IMYM assessment had been paid, among other bills. The annual audit will be conducted in March. If Friends notice any errors in their annual contribution report, please contact Greg.

4. Ministry and Oversight: Friends accepted the M&O report that is included in the Appendix to these minutes, including the query for the Fourth Month from M&O: “In what ways are we individually committed to resolving conflicts in the manner of Friends?” M&O was asked to draft a query in the future addressing the collective commitment to resolve conflicts in the manner of Friends. Recommendations for future queries may be sent to M&O for consideration.

Friends warmly agreed with the recommendation by M&O for Pam Gilchrist’s membership as recommended by the clearness committee composed of Peggy Giltrow, Beverly Busching, and Bob Gaines.

Rebecca Henderson read the State of the Meeting report which is included in the Appendix to these minutes. Friends acknowledged the hard work and thoughtful consideration associated with preparing the State of the Meeting report and made several suggestions that were incorporated in the final version. While it has at times been the practice for the clerk to prepare this report, this year's report was drafted by Ministry and Oversight.

Frank Hirsch plans to be married in September "in the manner of Friends" but not "under the care of Meeting." The Clerk asked on behalf of Frank, who was out of town, whether the Meeting would allow the Clerk to sign the marriage form required by the State. M&O had earlier considered Frank's request but decided not to make a recommendation to the business meeting. Although members of the Meeting have in the past signed the form for marriages in the manner of Friends, several members had strong reservations about doing so again. The Clerk will inform Frank that he is unable to sign the form.

5. Peace and Social Concerns: Friends accepted the report of the Peace and Social Concerns Committee included in the Appendix. The use of the guest apartment on May 6th for an overnight stay of a presenter was approved.

6. Building Committee: Although the Building Committee hasn’t met, several items are under consideration, including the need for and possible removal of the piano from the First Day School room in order to make more space. David Giltrow welcomes comments or suggestions on the disposition of the piano, including a possible loan, gift, or other arrangement.

7. Announcements: The Friends Journal article to be considered at the April 10 Second Sunday Discussion is Thomas Jeavons "Introducing Quakerism: The Unifying Vision of Quakers" from the July 2003 Friends Journal. After reading the article, Friends are encouraged to think about, and perhaps share, how we ourselves might describe to non-Friends what it is that unifies the Religious Society of Friends. Our discussion will be held in the Meeting House, beginning at 10:10 and closing at 10:50. Copies of the article will be available by the bird house in the library. Everyone is invited to this discussion, and Friends are encouraged to suggest other FJ articles they would like to have considered. Please feel free to call Howard Shulman (984 - 9908) or Pamela Geyer (984 - 0377) with any questions.

The Meeting for Worship for Business in the third month of 2011 concluded with silence at 1:45 p.m.



(1.) Treasurer's Report
(2.) State of the Meeting report
(3.) Ministry and Oversight
(4.) Peace and Social Concerns


(1.) Treasurer’s Report

Treasurer's Report

For January 1 to February 28, 2011

Prepared March 12, 2011


28 Feb 2011

28 Feb 2010

General Fund income to date



Percentage of budgeted income received



General Fund expenses to date



Percentage of budgeted expenses paid






Maintenance Fund income to date



Percentage of budgeted income received



Maintenance Fund expenses to date



Percentage of budgeted expenses paid






Total cash in bank






Money market



CDs (3 and 6 month)









General Fund



Maintenance Fund



Olmstead Fund



Sufferings Fund



Turkle Fund



Adult Education Fund



Young Fund



New Meetinghouse Fund



Emergency Assistance



(2.) State of the Meeting Report

State of the Meeting Report to Intermountain Yearly Meeting 2010-2011

Santa Fe Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends


Santa Fe Meeting has once again been blessed with a good year. Meetings for worship are deep and meaningful to many, vocal ministry has been neither over abundant nor too scarce, and meetings for worship for business have been well attended. Even this winter, before summer visitors come, we have crowded our main meeting room nearly to capacity on several occasions. Our future planning committee is busy at work. For the first time since the founding of the Meeting, we incorporated in order to clarify the Meeting’s legal capacity to hold property.
Witness for Friends’ testimonies is happening in a variety of ways. We have a guideline that we wish to contribute as much money to good works as we spend on our own meeting operations, although we were not able to devote that much to good works in our 2010 and 2011 budgets. We are continuing the discuss whether to attempt to do so in the future. This past year the Meeting contributed to sixteen local organizations plus our usual contributions to national Quaker organizations. A good works committee helps us clarify how we balance our contributions among the needs we see. Our peace and social concerns committee revived itself and has been active this fall and winter. Several Friends are active in the Interfaith Immigrant Allies group that works on concerns for immigrant rights, particularly for retaining the state policy that allows drivers licenses for all New Mexico drivers. Other Friends have been active in the Interfaith Leadership Alliance that assists the homeless with food and clothing. Envision Santa Fe is another community program the Meeting has joined which helps settle and support homeless families. Much remains to be done to support Quaker concerns in the wider world.
We have had lively participation in discussions organized by our adult education committee, particularly about John Woolman and his messages for our times. Recently three of our elders shared a bit about their spiritual journeys. We have been making more use of the time on Sunday between the 9:00 and 11:00 Meetings. On second Sundays we have had discussions centering around selected Friends Journal articles, many having to do with deepening worship and gathered meetings. The fourth Sunday is for adult discussion, and the infrequent fifth Sundays are for Meeting for muffins to help the 9:00 and 11:00 groups get to know each other better. First Sunday continues to be our meeting potluck and sometimes some of us join together afterward for discussions of various issues. One particularly good one was about how we reach out to take care of each other.
First Day School has proceeded well this year, though not without difficulty. The number of children ranges between none and fifteen, with ages from 1 ½ to 16. This challenge of unpredictability and age mix has been exceptionally well met. Many First Day School sessions include stories for the children about historical Quaker personages, and stories from the Bible and from other spiritual traditions. Usually they also have a project – sometimes making food the children bring to potluck. Our space for children continues to be limited.
The Meeting’s refurbished guest apartment has been occupied more than usual this year, thanks to the meeting resident’s work. The garden has also become a much more beautiful place, thanks to a very active gardening committee and other volunteers, implementation of a plan from the Master Gardeners, and installation of a drip irrigation system.
Ministry and Oversight continues to arrange for care of individuals in need. Several individuals received help and care from care committees. These have often proved as valuable to the helpers as the helped. Many of us struggle with health concerns. We have been saddened this year by the loss of Sharon Lee Carter. We have other hurts to mend also, as do those in other meetings, when we get off our watch and speak to each other in unkindly ways. We arranged for a consultation/retreat weekend entitled “Exploring our Faith” led by Karen Stewart of the Friends General Conference Traveling Ministries Program. She is from the Durham Monthly Meeting in North Carolina. It helped us considerably. Being tender toward one another is not easy with the pressures of the current state of the world, personal finances, busy lives, and agitation that comes from our political concerns.
The worship groups under our care in Las Vegas, Los Alamos, and Taos continue to meet periodically, although Los Alamos and Taos struggled this year to find regular places to meet. We hear that these groups are all doing fairly well. The South Santa Fe Worship Group, that meets at 10:30, just off Cerrillos Road, is robust and has been having lively potlucks and discussion groups as well. They are also making their space available to AFSC committee meetings, and to other groups with Quakerly interests. Both the South Santa Fe and the 9:00 groups have helped mend some of the over-crowding difficulties that the 11:00 Canyon Road Meeting was experiencing.
It is fair to say that we are endeavoring to make Truth prosper among us, are making some headway in that regard, and hope to continue to be led by the Spirit in our work together.

Santa Fe Monthly Meeting, after the Meeting for Worship for Business, March 20, 2011.

  1. Ministry and Oversight.


M&O Report to Business Meeting, Third month 2011

M&O met twice in third month, on 3/6 and 3/13. On 3/6, we met at 9:15 AM in First Day schoolroom. Present were Bob Gaines (ex officio), Pam Gilchrist, Rebecca Henderson, John Kretzmann, Alan Rogers and Joan Spencer. On 3/13 we again met in the First Day schoolroom at 9 AM and the same members were present.

The minutes from the several 2nd month M & O meetings were reviewed, corrected and will be brought forward for approval in 4th month.

The spiritual well being of the Meeting was discussed as was the care of individuals.

The status of the Worship groups under the care of Meeting was reviewed.
9AM: Lucretia Mott tea once a month.
Las Vegas: Quaker Women’s Retreat will be held there 4/8-4/10.
Taos: M & O will be visiting there on 5/29/11.
Los Alamos: Struggling to find a place to meet regularly
South Santa Fe: An extensive Newsletter was received and reviewed. Their future planning committee has been meeting about plans for a new meeting location

M&O continued an ongoing discussion of the methods for contacting absent members. Several thoughts were entertained and the discussion was carried over.

It was decided to remove an extra line from our Yellow Pages ad.

M & O continued to review the concept of a “Welcoming Committee”, but nothing has yet emerged.

M & O continues to look into the issues alluded to in our last report to Business Meeting. We would hope to have a more formal report at next Business Meeting. A special ½ day retreat has been scheduled for M & O to further discuss this.

Note was made that at IMYM on Wednesday of the early days, a session has been scheduled for M & O’s to address the concerns of M & O’s.

Action Items

1. The Clearness Committee for Pam Gilchrist’s request for membership recommended, and M & O heartily endorsed the recommendation, for membership for Pam Gilchrist.

2. The State of the Meeting report was to be prepared by Rebecca Henderson and Martha Davis for submission to IMYM by 4/1/11. Rebecca Henderson will present today.

3. The proposed query for 4th month is as follows and was taken from a leading from Alan Rogers “In what ways are we individually committed to resolving conflicts in the manner of Friends?”

Respectfully submitted,
Alan Rogers

(4.) Peace and Social Concerns

March 20, 2011 Report to Worship with Attention to Business

Attendees: Jonathan Cartland, convenor, Lorraine Graham, recorder, Beverly Busching, Pam Gilchrist, Judith Goff, Rebecca Henderson, David Henkel, Michael Simon.

Following silence, we began with reading of the FCNL mission: “We seek a world free from war and the threat of war. We seek a society with equity and justice for all. We seek a community where every person’s potential may be fulfilled. We seek an earth restored.”

Again we asked ourselves, “How can Friends have a stronger voice?”

The organizers for the GreenFaith conference accept with thanks our offer of an in-kind donation of the guest apartment for the Friday night of their May 6-8 conference.

Action item: Meeting to finalize approval at Worship with attention to business.

Announcements about the GreenFaith workshop will be made prior to the event.

P & SC considered the 6 questions put forth by Sheryl Spear Phillips of the Friends World Committee re: climate change or global change as they call it. We will re-issue these questions on the digest and forward them to GreenFaith and the organizers of the conference. We encourage members and attenders to reply to the request answer these important questions.

We considered again the Environmental Minute we posted on the IMYM link. Critiques have come forth that it may not be strong enough; we agreed seasoning of the Minute is needed. Information on how to edit the minute was put in the Digest.

We were reminded of the need for transparency in all our actions and we must have spiritual clarity. We must be willing to accept the consequences of our actions.

We heard a legislative report on the state of the bill regarding drivers’ licenses for undocumented workers. We will include an article in the Digest from Somos about who needs to be thanked and how. The Death Penalty is dead for this session.

We heard that IMYM will have a threshing session, “Where Do Our Concerns Come From?” which will help us look at the way we treat the other.

Considering how we might have a more effective voice over long term, we read an article from the Nation magazine “UK Uncut”. The article describes the use of social networks to find allies and take action. P & SC will have a potluck meeting the 1st or 2nd week in April so we can have another conversation about this. P & SC committee member will write up how we might use these technologies.

Our Letter to the Editor with information about using a Conservation Voters web site was printed in both the Journal North and the New Mexican. We will submit another letter about the positive aspects of the legislative session at its completion.

The Peace and Social Concerns committee wishes to thank those who signed letters after Meeting for Worship. Many letters were sent to our state legislators.

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