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February 2011 Newsletter

Letter to Friends

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

Second 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 North.

Sunday, 2/06 9:15 Ministry and Oversight Committee; 12:30 p.m. Potluck
Sunday, 2/13 10:10 2nd Sunday Discussion
Sunday, 2/20 12:30 Meeting for Worship for Business
Sunday, 2/27 12:30 Adult Education Committee Discussion

The Monthly Query for the 2nd month, 2011

“In what ways does your life reflect your faith?”
IMYM Faith and Practice, p. 143


Feb. 2 – 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.

Feb 8 -- Envision Santa Fe: Mentors and resources people are invited to another session at Christ Lutheran Church on Tuesday, 6-8 pm, pizza and salad will be provided. Please let Kathleen know if you will attend <>. St. John's family is close to obtaining housing, one of our families has been housed at a monthly rate motel, and in our third family the mom is pregnant with a second child and applying for unemployment benefits. We continue to match resource people with family members and mentors are working on financial fitness with each family. Contact Kathleen Burke for more information.

Feb. 12 - Afternoon tea party to celebrate Susan B. Anthony’s birthday (1820-1906), 2-4 p.m. Santa Fe Friends Meeting House, 630 Canyon Road. Celebrate our history and heritage. Learn about the suffrage movement and what it means for us today. Wear something that hints of the period. Tea and sweets. Consider bringing a dessert that your mother or grandmother made to share with others. Call Marguerite Kearns at 505-670-3124 if you have any questions.

Feb. 13 – The Second Sunday Journal Discussion will be a discussion of Peter Lang's article “The Silence Within the Silence”. A copy of this article along with copies of "The Gathered Meeting" materials can be found next to the bird house in the library. Everyone is invited to attend! For questions, please call Pamela Geyer (984 -0377) or Howard Shulman (984 - 9908.) Friends are heartily encouraged to contribute Friends Journal articles they find meaningful for consideration in future discussions.

Feb. 13 -- The Burning Bowl, Canyon Road Meeting House, Sunday at 4 pm. Facilitated by Njoroge and Kathleen in conjunction with M & O. The Burning Bowl is an invitation to release that which no longer serves one's Self or the highest good. All are welcome. Everyone is encouraged to bring a personal object/photo/image of anything which speaks to their condition. People are also welcome to bring a reading to share on the theme of release, forgiveness, acceptance.

Feb. 20 - Annual Meeting of the Corporation of the Santa Fe Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) will be held in conjunction with the business meeting. The only item of business is to approve a new corporation president and to reaffirm the corporation secretary. Additional items may be submitted to the corporation secretary, Marguerite Kearns. The agenda and bylaws are posted at

February 22 -- Adelante will conduct a "Cultural Karate" course for Envision Santa Fe and all interested parties at Christ Lutheran Church from 6:30-8:00 pm on Tuesday (no dinner provided and no need to rsvp). All are welcome.

Feb. 27th, The Adult Education Committee sponsors the following: "Honoring our Elders, Hearing their Journeys". We'll hear the spiritual journeys of 3 elders in our Meeting: Margaret Stanicci, Joan Spencer and Helen Corneli. We welcome contributions or finger foods of substance, so that we can savor their stories before our hunger hits.

Members/Attenders are reminded the Santa Fe Monthly Meeting accepts Automatic Contributions for donations. 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, Greg Cliburn, 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, Meeting for Worship for Business, 16th day of the First Month 2011

Present: Bob Gaines (Clerk), Marguerite Kearns (Recording Clerk), Philip Balcombe, David Giltrow, David Henkel, Rebecca Henderson, Peggy Giltrow, John Kretzmann, Beverly Busching, Pam Gilchrist, Kathleen Burke, Mary Ray Cate, Ted Pomeroy, Njoroge Tho-Bias, Rebecca A. Allahyari, Greg Cliburn, Alan Rogers.

The Meeting for Worship for Business began at 12:30 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 for Friends to consider: "Are our monthly meetings held in the spirit of a meeting for worship in which we, in love and mutual respect, seek divine guidance?" - IMYM Faith and Practice, Queries, p. 120.

(1.) Minutes for the Twelfth Month 2010: The minutes for the Twelfth Month were accepted and approved by Friends.

(2.) Annual Corporation Meeting: Will be held on February 20, 2011 in conjunction with the business meeting. The only item of business is to approve a new corporation president and to reaffirm the corporation secretary. Additional items may be submitted to the corporation secretary, Marguerite Kearns. The agenda and bylaws are posted at

"Membership: The Corporation shall have as members those who are recorded as members of the Monthly Meeting. Monthly Meeting attenders who register with the Corporation Secretary up until the day before the annual Corporation Meeting shall also be considered members of the Corporation. Decisions rest with the members of the Corporation."

"Quorum: The quorum required to conduct business at the annual meeting and other meetings of the Corporation shall consist of 2 of the 3 Directors and 10% (ten percent) of the Corporation membership." Members of SFMM are automatically members of the corporation. Others should contact the Recording Clerk if prior to the corporation meeting they would like to register as corporation members.

(3.) Treasurer’s Report: Friends approved the Treasurer’s Report as presented by Greg Cliburn. The full report is included in the Appendix to these Minutes. The treasurer’s report brought the financial affairs up to date with an end-of-the-year report as of 12/31. SFMM ended the year having received about $6,300 more than was spent for operations, but there’s $1,500 less in the General Fund than at the start of 2010. The Maintenance Fund is about $8,000 lower than at the beginning of the year, reflecting the considerable work on buildings and grounds during 2010.

(3.) Good Works: Friends approved the Good Works report. Alan Rogers reported that the scheduling of the threshing session has been problematic, but the details are being worked out. Good Works will announce a date and the following issues will be on the agenda to address: guidelines for “as needs arise”; criteria for donating to specific organizations; the definition of “basic human needs”; and the issue of “parity” in terms of Good Works giving. Past guidelines about Good Works decisions and guidelines will be considered.

(4.) Sponsorship of Community Event: Friends approved that SFMM join a list of sponsors for a program called “Beyond the Rhetoric: Realities of Israeli Occupation” which is being sponsored by Another Jewish Voice of Santa Fe. It will be held Sunday, January 30, 2011, 6 p.m. at the Unitarian Congregation, 107 West Barcelona. Bekah Wolf will present slides and lead a discussion. She will speak about life in the Israeli-occupied West Bank where she has worked since 2003 and has lived with her Palestinian husband since 2007. Bekah is the daughter of Temple Beth Shalom musical director Aaron Wolf and co-founder of the Palestine Solidarity Project.

(4.) Adult Education Committee: Friends accepted the report presented by Ted Pomeroy which is included in the Appendix to these Minutes. The program highlights include: First Month, 23rd day, John Woolman, Ted Pomeroy as convener, continuation from 11th Month; Second Month, 27th day, Elders' Spiritual Journeys; Third Month, 27th day, George Fox, Reuben Hersh as convener; Fourth Month, 24th day, Lucretia Mott, Pam Gilchrist as convener; Fifth Month, 22nd day, to be determined.

(5.) Building Committee: Friends accepted the report of the Building Committee that included such things as how a roofer had been called to address the leaks on the Ramada roof. Quentin Wilson consulted with the Meeting about water issues relative to the adobe. David Giltrow reported on a film crew representing a Japanese network documenting water and water issues that used the Meeting House. Discussion also addressed how people are congregating at the back of the meeting room on First Days which blocks the exit, as well as the adequacy of the space reserved for wheelchairs. The need to encourage worshippers to take up seats at the far end of the meeting room near Canyon Road was addressed in order to discourage anyone from standing near the exit.

(6.) Ministry and Oversight: Friends accepted the report of M&O. Query for Second Month: “In what ways does your life reflect your faith?” This is taken from Page 143 of IMYM Faith and Practice on Service. The entire M&O report highlighting matters of concern can be found in the Appendix to these Minutes. The business meeting discussion addressed the purpose of the query and whether or not it should be read in addition to being posted in the meeting room. Queries are intended to pose important questions that keep spirit and faith alive. Friends decided not to read the queries and to consult “Faith and Practice” which has advice on the topic.

(7.) Earthcare: There was no report from this committee for the First Month.

(8.) Peace and Social Concerns: Friends accepted the report from Peace and Social Concerns that is included in the Appendix to these Minutes. Discussion centered on the needs of a family seeking political asylum. Friends in Las Vegas have responded to the need and discussion centered on how SFMM can assist. Questions which must be answered included whether or not SFMM can make a formal commitment to the family seeking asylum or if individual Friends are able to step forward to assist. A coordinator to handle this special project is being sought. Clarity was sought as to the most efficient way to correspond with Las Vegas Friends on this matter. Beverly Busching agreed to take the lead to contact Las Vegas Friends and follow up with Jamie Gagan about her willingness to be a point person on this concern (Jamie Gagan has agreed). Bob Gaines will ask the Interfaith Leadership Alliance to consider financial assistance for the Jurado family.

(9.) Resident’s Report: Friends accepted the report of the resident for the First Month, as well as an update on Envision Santa Fe. The resident Kathleen Burke said that there was $640 income in December and a total of 16 days of 31 occupied in the guest apartment. She worked about ten hours a week. The SFMM web site has been updated with new photos. There will be a report on Envision Santa Fe in the February newsletter. A special meeting will be held on February 9th at 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. to present a special training on poverty and the expectations of different social classes.


You are invited to an afternoon tea party to celebrate Susan B. Anthony’s birthday (1820-1906) on Saturday, February 12, 2011. 2-4 p.m. Santa Fe Friends Meeting House, 630 Canyon Road. Celebrate our history and heritage. Learn about the suffrage movement and what it means for us today. Wear something that hints of the period. Tea and sweets. Consider bringing a dessert that your mother or grandmother made to share with others. Call Marguerite at 505-670-3124 if you have any questions.

The February 13 Second Sunday discussion will consider Peter Lang’s article "The Silence Within the Silence" from the December 2010 FJ. Copies of this article are available next to the birdhouse in the library. All Friends are welcome! We begin promptly at 10:10 and conclude at 10:50. Friends are also heartily encouraged to contribute FJ articles they would like to have considered at future discussions. Please contact Pamela Geyer (984-0377) or Howard Shulman (984-9908) with any questions.

The meeting for worship for business ended in silence at 2:23 p.m.


(1.) Treasurer’s Report is at (login required)

(2.) Adult Education Committee: Adult Education Committee, 13th of First Month, 2011

Present: Wyn Lewis, Reuben Hersh, Pam Gilchrist and Ted Pomeroy

After a few minutes of greetings and getting settled, we were called into a few moments of silence to begin our meeting.

1) Good Works Committee threshing session dates. Wyn is under the impression that way is open for Good Works to find another date. Adult Education Committee prefers to maintain the schedule of 4th First Days being set aside for Adult Ed. sessions. Wyn will contact Good Works to see if they continue this request.

2) Elders' Journeys to be presented soon. Ted and Njoroge Tho-Bias are researching ways that people may present their stories. Committee members present discussed the importance of valuing our elders and celebrating their wisdom and experience. Reuben will invite two elders to participate, Ted will invite one. Helen Corneli, Joan Spencer and Margaret Stanicci have agreed to present their stories on February 27th as part of the Adult Education series. This led to a change in our schedule:

3) Proposed schedule of Fourth First Day Education discussions:
First Month, 23rd day, John Woolman, Ted Pomeroy as convener, continuation from 11th Month. Second Month, 27th day, Elders' Spiritual Journeys
Third Month, 27th day, George Fox, Reuben Hersh as convener
Fourth Month, 24th day, Lucretia Mott, Pam Gilchrist as convener
Fifth Month, 22nd day, To be determined, but current experience shows we may have carry-over themes from any of the sessions. Also note this is the last session before the break for Yearly Meeting and the summer months.

Thank you, Ted Pomeroy, for the Adult Education Committee

(3.) Ministry and Oversight: Report to Business Meeting 1st Month, 2011

M&O met on first first day at 9:15 AM in the first day room. Present were John Kretzman, Bob Gaines (ex oficio), Pam Gilchrist, Rebecca Henderson, Alan Rogers & Joan Spencer. A second meeting was held the next evening at the home of Pam Gilchrist to conclude business. Present were Jon Kretzman, Pam Gilchrist, Rebecca Henderson & Alan Rogers.

The committee reviewed the status of individuals in Meeting who are or may be in need of care and support and made plans to contact them. The committee carried over a discussion about contacting all “absent” members of Meeting.

The committee also discussed the spiritual well-being of the Meeting as pertained to the results of the potluck discussion, “Caring for One Another” that M&O hosted the preceding month. Plans were made to contact Njoroge and Kathleen regarding a proposed “Burning Bowl Healing Ceremony” for individuals in Meeting.

Proposed Query for 2nd Month: “In what ways does your life reflect your faith?” This is taken from Page 143 of IMYM Faith and Practice on Service.

Matters of Concern:
The committee discussed a proposal to read the query at the beginning of Meeting for Worship, but felt that current practice of not doing so was the better course.

Las Vegas Worship Group – Nothing to report. Taos/Clearlight Worship Group – Rebecca will talk with them about arranging a visitation by M&O. Los Alamos Worship Group – John along with Peggy Giltrow recently visited for worship. They have an ongoing issue with finding space for meeting. Southside Santa Fe Worship Group – They meet each first day for worship at 10:30 AM. All are welcome. They have launched a website that is linked to ours. They have a study group on Quaker history, the Brethren and the Mennonites led by Alan Winchester. They have space that is available for use for Quaker related events. 9 AM Meeting – Nothing to report.

The committee discussed consideration of advertising our discussion groups.

Pam Gilchrist asked for a Clearness Committee for membership.

The committee discussed the issue surrounding the recent death of Jean Malcolm and that El Castillo had not notified Meeting as we were not listed by Jean to be contacted, either by her intent or oversight. It was felt that Meeting ought to inquire of members and attenders their preferences for having Meeting notified if their health status were to suddenly deteriorate or if they suddenly passed away and encourage those who were living in facilities to declare their intent in writing there.

The committee reviewed the progress with writing memorial minutes for Lee Carter, Gerald Green and Jean Malcolm.

The committee reviewed the process regarding a recent Emergency Assistance request and felt that it was functioning well. It was felt that when such requests are made that we ought to consider if the individual(s) concerned might benefit from an offer of a Care Committee.

The committee discussed the concept of a “caring committee.”

(4.) Peace and Social Concerns Report to Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business– 1/16/2011

Peace and Social Concerns seeks to address issues that arise from Friends' interest in the Quaker principles of nonviolence, speaking truth to power, social justice, and reconciliation at local, national and international levels.

At our second gathering on 1/9/2011, eleven Friends met and challenged ourselves with the question, “how we might have a stronger voice”. Other agenda items were: having a public presence at the MLK, Jr. commemoration (1/17 at noon) and Witness for the People rally the following day.

Following silence, David Henkel, with Beverly Bushing editing, agreed to write a letter to the editor of the new Mexican connecting the MLK, Jr. commemoration with the "Witness for the People" rally.

David would like to participate in a working group considering Sabbath/moral economics. Books he has been reading: The Biblical Jubilee and the Struggle for Life (Kinsler and Kinsler, 2006) and The Biblical Vision of Sabbath Economics/ (Ched Myers, 2008).

Those present agreed that we will rotate note taking and reporting to the Meeting for Worship with attention to business.

By email consensus we are sponsors of the "Witness for the People" rally to be held at 11am in the Rotunda on Tuesday, Jan. 18.

Following our meeting, Bob Gaines provided addresses for letter writing regarding Bradley Manning’s human rights which were sent on to our committee.

Quantico Brig Commanding Officer
CWO4 James Averhart
3247 Elrod Avenue, Quantico VA 22134

Quantico Base Commander
Colonel Daniel Choike
3250 Catlin Avenue, Quantico VA 22134

We shared the following organizations with web sites as helpful in our work: courage to resist, common dreams, dreaming NM, truth out, conservation voters nm

Bob Gaines forwarded Carrol Pearson’ email. Carrol, a member of the Las Vegas Worship Group, requests SFFM to consider individual monthly pledges to support the asylum seekers sheltered by the Westminster Presbyterian Church - as have 5 members of the Las Vegas worship group. These donations assist the Westminster Church in its work with Cipriana Jurado and her children. Individuals in the SFFM who are concerned about this case and who wish to learn more about the family and their background please contact either Erik Mason <> or Bob and Carrol Pearson ( 505- 425-8980) .

Another proposal before us: May 6-8 area congregations will host Fletcher Harper of GreenFaith at United Church for a series of events aimed at helping equip congregations and synagogues in Santa Fe on addressing green issues. Larry Rasmussen is identifying co-sponsors, including the Santa Fe Institute, around the theme, "Social Networks and Religious Environmentalism: What are the Possibilities?" He is raising $2000 for GreenFaith for three days of events so he is looking for $100-200 from each of 10-15 co-sponsors. The GreenFaith web site is excellent: Would Santa Fe Friends Meeting consider sponsoring and participating in this workshop?

Peace and Social Concerns meets on the 2nd 1st Day at Rise of Meeting; all are welcome.

Pam Gilchrist

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