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March 2011 Newsletter

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


Third 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, 3/06      9:15    Ministry and Oversight Committee; 12:30 p.m. Potluck
Sunday, 3/13    10:10    2nd Sunday Discussion
Sunday, 3/20    12.30    Meeting for Worship for Business
Sunday, 3/27    12:30   Reuben Hersh presents Fox, Gandhi and the Besht. “No to War”.

The Monthly Query for the 3rd month, 2011
“In what ways does your faith illuminate your life.” (IMYM Faith and Practice, p. 143.)



March 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.

March 5 – Annual Women’s potluck  Women's potluck and sharing will take place this year at Wyn Lewis's  starting at 6 p.m.  We want to encourage all to come, old-timers and newcomers alike!  A proposed theme is :  Our sources of Hope.  As usual, we will be doing a taco pot-luck, with each person bringing a possible taco ingredient, or some other meal contribution that goes with tacos.  Vegetarian and non-vegetarian possibilities are welcome.  Please call Bettina (988-2487) or Marty (424-1220) to sign up to bring some item.

March 13 – The Second Sunday Journal Discussion The topic for the Second Sunday Discussion, to be held on 3/13 from 10:10 until 10:50 at the Meeting House, will be  the 2003 FJ article "Thoughts on Spiritual Retirement for Busy People" by Patricia McBee.  Copies of this article are available next to the birdhouse in the library.  After having a chance to reflect on this article, Friends are invited to share their own ideas and techniques for finding time for spiritual retirement in their lives.  Everyone is welcome!  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.

March 19 – 10am to 3pm, First Communal Meeting for Gardening Of 2011, Calling all our current volunteers and newbees!  Please join your garden committee for a Sat. of fun!  Be your skills and time great or small, we welcome you all.  We will prune, tidy, fertilize, compost & of course, wax eloquent.  Hope to see you then, Kathleen, Lorraine, Ariel & Alan.

March 26 - NEW MEXICO REGIONAL MEETING: To be held Saturday March 26th 2011 At Peace Lutheran Church 1701 Missouri Ave, Las Cruces, NM (corner of Locust and Missouri) Hosted by Las Cruces Monthly Meeting.  We will gather to worship and do the business of NM Regional Meeting. Worshiping together is our top priority, followed by appointment of people to fill the positions for Intermountain Yearly Meeting that are our responsibility. Nominating Committee report will be available before the meeting. 

Tentative agenda for FRIDAY EVENING:  Simple Soup supper starting at 6pm at Las Cruces Friends Meeting House 622 N. Mesquite St. Limited overnight hospitality is available by Las Cruces Friends Meeting.

SATURDAY MORNING: Tea/Coffee/Munchies 8:30 AM , Small group worship sharing  (topics to be determined) 9:00 – 10:00 AM, Meeting for Worship 10:30 – 11:30 AM Potluck Lunch, Meeting for Worship with attention to Business 1:00 – 2:00 PM, Discussion Circles focusing on FWCC’s Six Queries on Global Change (see below) Lead by Cheryl Speir-Phillips 2:15 – 4:30 PM  Closing Circle – 4:30, SUNDAY Friends  are invited to join Las Cruces Friends in Worship at Las Cruces Friends Meeting 622 N.Mesquite St. Meeting for worship is at 10:00 AM. 

For More information:  Contact: Sue Thiem at 575-405-3481 or Miki Webb at Hospitality. Las Cruces Friends will offer hospitality to those coming   RSVP by March 10th: We are not asking for registrations but we would appreciate it if you would let us know if you are coming.  Childcare can be available. Directions: To Peace Lutheran 1701 Missouri, from I-25 take the exit at University. Turn right on University (heading west); take a right onto Locust (the 2nd traffic light), Take Locust to Missouri (Missouri is the third major intersection and has a light), cross Missouri and Peace Lutheran is on your left.  To Las Cruces Friends Meeting House 622 North Mesquite St. From the north on I-25 exit at Hwy 342 Lohman Ave. turn right onto Lohman Ave (heading west). Take Lohman to N. Mesquite St., turn right on N. Mesquite. The Meeting House is about 7 blocks down on the right side. There is a blue portal and the words Quaker House on the building. Meeting house phone:  575-647-1929

Queries From FWCC -- The following queries will be used as the backbone of this Consultation process:

1. How has global change affected our communities and ourselves?
2. What actions have we taken in response to global change as experienced in our area, to express our responsibilities towards all creation?  In what ways have my own activities or those of my community contributed to positive or adverse local and global change?
3. How do changes around us affect our relationship with God? How does my relationship with God affect my responses to the changes around us? What role does faith have in my life and in the life of my community? In what ways do I and my Friends church or meeting community bear witness to our
Testimonies in our daily lives?
4. What stories and experiences from past times of catastrophic happenings such as major droughts – perhaps from Scripture, perhaps the record of regional or local events – might inspire us to respond to the changes the world is facing today?
5. How can we bear witness to the abundance God offers us and testify to the world about ways in which justice, compassion, and peace may address significant disruption, stress, and tension?
6. How can we support one another in rekindling our love and respect for God’s Creation in such a way that we are messengers of the transforming power of love and hope? 

March 27 - The Adult Education Committee and Reuben Hersh present Fox, Gandhi and the Besht. “No to War”. (text at, no password needed)

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 the Second Month 2011

Present: Bob Gaines (Clerk), Marguerite Kearns (Recording Clerk), Pamela Geyer, Carolyn Stephenson, Kathleen Burke, Philip Balcombe,  Njoroge C. Tho-Biaz, Ted Pomeroy, David Vaux, Jonathan Cartland, Alan Rogers, Pamela Gilchrist, Beverly Busching, Peggy Giltrow, David Giltrow, Greg Cliburn, Jamie Gagan, Kathleen Burke.

The Meeting for Worship for Business began at 12:10 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: "How well do our meetings for business lead to a corporate search for and revelation of the Light? " - IMYM Faith and Practice, Queries, p. 120.

(1.) The February meeting for worship with attention to business began with the clerk announcing that Philip Balcombe's one-year term as Director of the Corporation of the Santa Fe Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) had expired.  The business meeting therefore needed to appoint a director for a three-year term (the original three directors took either a one-year, two-year, or three-year term).  Friends approved Philip Balcombe as a Director for a three-year term.

At 12:25 p.m. the clerk requested agreement to suspend the meeting for worship with attention to business to convene the required annual corporation meeting.  Friends agreed, and Philip Balcombe convened the corporation meeting and determined that a quorum was present.  The only item of business for the corporation meeting was to appoint two officers for one-year terms, as required by the New Mexico non-profit corporation law.  The corporation must file an annual report with the PRC identifying the corporation’s directors and officers.    Friends approved Philip Balcombe as president and Marguerite Kearns as secretary of the corporation, both for one-year terms.

Friends were reminded that the corporation was established to provide a legal identity for the monthly meeting and to represent the meeting in matters having to do with property and insurance.  The directors serve the monthly meeting by carrying out the directives of the meeting.  According to the bylaws, the corporation directors should meet annually before the annual corporation meeting.  It appears this bylaw requirement was not met in in the past year.  The directors were requested to clarify this issue and to report to the business meeting.

The meeting of the corporation of SFMM was adjourned at 12:56 p.m. and the meeting for worship for business resumed.

(2.)  Minutes for the First Month 2011: The minutes were accepted and approved by Friends except for one change. Treasurer Greg Cliburn requested that the words “the General Fund” be replaced with “the bank” in the sentence: “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.”

(3.) Young Friends Responsibility during 2012 IMYM: The request by Intermountain Yearly Meeting for SFMM to take responsibility for Junior Young Friends during 2012 and 2013 yearly meeting was considered. Clerk Bob Gaines stated the sense of the meeting that SFMM is not prepared to take on this responsibility.

(4.) Treasurer’s Report: Friends approved the report of SFMM treasurer Greg Cliburn, with thanks and appreciation for his hard work; the report appears in the appendix to these minutes. Greg noted that SFMM had less money in the bank at the start of this year than at the beginning of last year because of drawing down the Maintenance Fund to make needed repairs.  He raised the question of whether there should be a designated cushion in the General Fund (as there is in the Maintenance Fund), and the Finance Committee was requested to report to the business meeting on the matter.

(5.) Nominating Committee: Friends accepted the report of the Nominating Committee with thanks. Convener Jamie Gagan reported the group has begun preparing nominations.  In October 2010 SFMM approved a revision of the responsibilities of the Nominating Committee which specified  two-year terms of service for officers and members of M&O, incorporating the idea that responsibilities should be widely shared.  However, other monthly meetings have different practices and traditions regarding length of service.  The Nominating Committee welcomes members' views on whether longer terms or extending terms past two years would be appropriate for our meeting.

Jamie noted that the Nominating Committee members are considering the needs of SFMM, as well as other factors, including the proposed individual’s spiritual growth and circumstances that might affect their ability to serve; this could include the need for child care assistance.  Those interested in becoming more active in SFMM should feel free to make inquiries about service opportunities. Jamie Gagan, Marguerite Kearns, Wyn Lewis, and Beverly Busching serve on this committee.

(6.) Resident’s Committee: Friends accepted the report of the Resident’s Committee as written by Marty Carroll and read by Beverly Busching.  Kathleen Burke began her third year as resident in September 2010, and she has accepted the option of a fourth year, which will begin in September 2011 (offering Kathleen a fourth year was approved at the August 2010 business meeting).  The job description is being revised.

(7.) Ministry & Oversight: Friends approved the M&O report with thanks, including the query for the Third Month that is as follows: “In what ways does your faith illuminate your life.” (IMYM Faith and Practice, p. 143.) The entire M&O report can be found in the appendix to these minutes. See the full report for details.

Clearness Committee for Marriage: Friends accepted the recommendations of M&O and the Clearness Committee for Maxx Cassidy and Suzanne Stradling and recommended that the marriage be under the care of SFMM.  Martha Davis, Peggy Giltrow, Ariel Harrison, Jan Willem Jansens (convener) and John Kretzmann served on the clearness committee. The committee met three times with the couple and once without the couple present. The wedding is planned for April 30, 2011 at Fuller Lodge in Los Alamos. The clearness committee will serve as the arrangements committee.  It is expected that a support committee will continue in the future to work with Maxx and Suzanne, when and if needed.

(8.) Peace and Social Concerns: Friends accepted the Peace and Social Concerns report as read by Pam Gilchrist, which is included in the appendix to these minutes.  The committee recommended an in-kind donation of the SFMM guest apartment for one to three nights for use by the “Green Faith” conference, which was approved by Friends.  A letter to the editor expressing support for drivers’ licenses for illegal immigrants will be submitted to the New Mexican.

(9.) Envision Santa Fe: Friends accepted the report from Kathleen Burke about Envision Santa Fe. A training session was canceled because of the snow. Another training session to understand poverty for volunteers and mentors will be held on February 22 at Christ’s Lutheran Church. On February 28, another meeting for volunteers and future mentors is scheduled. A web page is under design and an official announcement of the program has yet to be made.

(10.) Resident’s Report: Friends accepted the report of Kathleen Burke presented orally at business meeting which described January as a slow month where the guest apartment was occupied nine out of 31 days, and the resident worked 55 hours. February is booked for the guest apartment.

(11.) Other Business:  David Vaux reported to the business meeting that he has applied for U.S. citizenship and that as a Friend he could not take an oath that he would bear arms. He requested and received documentation about his association with Friends and his participation in SFMM. He expressed gratitude for this assistance.


A Good Works discussion will be held on potluck Sunday in April.

A Quaker women’s potluck will be held Saturday, March 5, 2011 at the home of Wyn Lewis.

Third Month, 27th day, after meeting Reuben Hersh will speak on “George Fox and the Peace Testimony”.

New Mexico Regional Meeting will be held in Las Cruces on March 25 and 26, 2011.

Quaker women’s retreat: Friday evening, April 8 through Sunday morning, April 10 in Las Vegas, NM.

The March Second Sunday Discussion will be held on 3/13/2011 at the Meeting House, beginning promptly at 10:10 and ending at 10:50.  Everyone is welcome to attend!  Materials to be discussed are available beside the birdhouse in the library. The topic for the Second Sunday Discussion, to be held on 3/13 from 10:10 until 10:50 at the Meeting House, will be  the 2003 FJ article "Thoughts on Spiritual Retirement for Busy People" by Patricia McBee.  Copies of this article are available next to the birdhouse in the library.  After having a chance to reflect on this article, Friends are invited to share their own ideas and techniques for finding time for spiritual retirement in their lives.  Everyone is welcome!  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.
The meeting for worship for business ended in silence at 2:34 p.m.

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Meeting of Corporation Directors:  After the business meeting at 2:45 p.m., directors Philip Balcombe, Greg Cliburn, and Marguerite Kearns, and ex officio member Bob Gaines met to discuss the requirement for a directors meeting once a year, which was raised during the February 20,, 2011 corporation meeting (see above). The directors agreed to present the following bylaws amendment to the Third Month business meeting for approval, and if agreed to, then to immediately convene a called meeting of the corporation to amend the bylaws:

Proposed amendment: "The Directors shall meet as needed, and at least annually before the Corporation’s annual meeting."  [If you see only plain text, there is a strike-through after the comma.]

The meeting of the corporation’s directors concluded at 2:55 p.m.
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Treasurer’s Report:

Ministry & Oversight:  M&O has met three times in Second Month: on 02/06/2011 at 9:15 a.m. in the First Day School Room, on 02/07/2011 at 7 p.m. at Pam Gilchrist’s home, and on 02/13/2011 at 9 a.m. in the First Day School Room. Attending all three meetings were Alan Rogers, Pam Gilchrist, Rebecca Henderson, Bob Gaines (ex officio), and John Kretzmann. Joan Spencer attended the first two meetings and was unable to attend the third.  With this many meetings in one month, it is clear that the M&O committee is working deeply on matters of significance. Some of these matters require circumspection, the need to protect privacy and confidentiality, and time for seasoning and discernment. The committee will report to the Meeting on developments on these matters when and as appropriate.

The committee held a discussion, with Kathleen Burke participating, on changes to the seating arrangement in Meeting for Worship. M&O, with Kathleen’s assistance, will continue to experiment with alternate arrangements and asks for the Meeting’s patience with this. Jan-Willem Jansens reported on the clearness committee for marriage for Maxx Cassidy and Suzanne Stradling. On the basis of the clearness committee’s recommendation, the M&O committee recommends that the marriage take place under the care of Santa Fe Friends Meeting. The marriage is planned for April 30 at Fuller Lodge in Los Alamos.

Maxx and Suzanne asked that the clearness committee members also serve as the arrangements committee and those members indicated their willingness to serve. If the Business Meeting approves taking this marriage under the care of the Meeting, the M&O committee also recommends to Business Meeting the arrangement committee consist of the original members of the clearness committee (Peggy Giltrow, Jan-Willem Jansens, John Kretzmann, Ariel Harrison, and Martha Davis).

The committee discussed members and attenders who may be in need of care or contact and made plans to speak with several of them.  M&O is forming an ad-hoc welcoming committee. Caroline Rackley of Las Vegas Friends has agreed to write notes of welcome to people who sign the guest book. Pam Gilchrist will provide her with the names and addresses on a monthly basis. This led to a discussion on asking for email addresses in the guest book as a more efficient way to send welcome notes.

San Diego Friends Meeting is preparing a memorial minute for Jean Malcolm and will contact the committee for information on her time in Santa Fe.  Kathleen Burke is willing to act as a contact for the Santa Fe Friends Meeting at the meeting house phone number for circumstances relative to the passing and care of members   – 505.983.7241.  The committee decided to explore the setting up of an ad-hoc committee to address the issue of absent members and is asking several people to serve.

Pam Gilchrist has requested a clearness committee for membership and M&O has formed the committee.

The proposed query for 3rd month is, “In what ways does your faith illuminate your life.” (IMYM Faith and Practice, p. 143.) The committee reviewed the known status of the Worship Groups under the care of the Meeting. Taos Worship group welcomes from Santa Fe Monthly Meeting and a visitation is scheduled for May 29th.

South Santa Fe Quaker House reports that they have formed a long-range planning committee to investigate a future home for the group in anticipation of the end of their current lease in 2013.  The M&O Committee is beginning work on a State of the Meeting Report.

Peace and Social Concerns:  Report of Peace and Social Concerns Committee meeting - February 13, 2011

Attendees:  Beverly Busching,  convener, Lorraine Graham, recorder, Jonathan Cartland, Mary Ray Cate, Helen Corneli, Shari Judith Goff, Ann Anthony, Michael Simon, Pam Gilchrist, Njoroge Tho-Biaz.

Following silence, Beverly Busching read 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?  Letter writing efforts regarding the inhumane treatment of Bradley Manning continue.  See addresses in the January Minutes.  Ann Anthony will liaison with the Department of Peace initiative.  Beverly Busching reported on the Conservation Voters training session at the Round House.  Our legislators do want to hear from us.

P & SC identified three issues for immediate action during this legislative session: 
1. protect drivers licenses for undocumented immigrants 2.  work to stop the reinstatement of the death penalty, and 3.  environmental concerns, such as repeal of oil and gas regulations.  We would like to attract young people to this work.  We will write “Letters to the Editor” in the New Mexican.  We will  encourage letter writing opportunities on our priority issues to our elected officials after rise of meeting. 

Beverly Busching and Wyn Lewis will present a Minute at Business Meeting on Immigrant Drivers Licenses, and Pam Gilchrist and Helen Corneli will present a Minute on Environmental Issues. 

Mary Ray Cate proposed that the Earth Care Committee be merged with the P &SC Committee as it fits within the P & SC mission.  Therefore it was accepted that there would be a laying down of the Earth Care Committee.

Pam Gilchrist proposed support of Greenfaith’s three-day free workshop in Santa Fe, May 6, 7, & 8.  Faith communities have been asked to contribute a $200 sponsorship.  P & SC discussed sponsorship and wondered if an in-kind donation would suffice.  P&SC have since learned that there is a need for an in kind donations of housing.  Sr. Joan Brown, with Interfaith Power and Light, could make use of our guest room for at least Friday night.  Everyone agreed to look at the Greenfaith website <> before the next meeting to help in the decision of sponsorship. 

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