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October 2011 Newsletter

Letter to Friends

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

Tenth 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, 10/2 12:30 Potluck; Ministry and Oversight Committee at 1:30 pm (new time)
Sunday, 10/9 10:10 2nd Sunday Discussion
Sunday, 10/16 12:30 Meeting for Worship for Business
Sunday, 10/23 12:30 Food celebration to say “Good bye” to resident Kathleen Burke
Sunday, 10/30 10:10 Meeting for Muffins

 

Query for the 10th month, 2011

“How do I prepare myself for worship? Do I set aside time during the week to strengthen my spirit? What is it that I bring to the meeting for worship?” - from IMYM Faith and Practice, p. 118

 

Announcements

 

Oct. 5 – 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.

Oct. 1, 8, 15, & 22 – Garden Committee invites you to join us in the garden this and every Saturday at 9:30. There are lots of gentle tasks for all ages and abilities. Please come one and all, join the committee to care for the garden. Thanks!

Oct. 9 - Second Sunday Discussionwill consider "Epiphany", a short piece by Claire Gerber published in the Jan. 2004 FJ. Copies of this article and the associated query are available beside the birdhouse in the library. For those unable to pick up a copy, please contact either Pamela Geyer (984 - 0377) or Howard Shulman (984 - 9908) and we can email you a copy. We will begin promptly at 10:10 and close at 10:50. Everyone is welcome to attend! As always, Friends are invited to suggest FJ articles they would like to have considered at future discussions.

Oct. 9 – Peace & Social Concerns Committee will meet at the rise of the meeting in the garden around 12:30.

Oct. 19 -Bible Reading Group at the Meetinghouse7-8 PM;, we will discuss our reading of the Gospel of John.

Oct. 23 – Goodbye celebration at the rise of meeting for resident, Kathleen Burke. Please join us in extending a heartfelt thank you to Kathleen for her commitment to our meeting as a member and as the resident for the past 3 years. A special cake and hors d'oeuvres will be shared after the rise of the meeting.

Oct. 30 – Meeting for Muffins at 10:10 am. The 9:00 meeting members will join the 11:00 meeting members in a meeting for muffins at the rise of the 9:00 meeting. Come one, come all! Everyone is welcome.


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 http://sf.imym.org/autocontribution

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 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 @ marcypompei@comcast.net.

 

 

Minutes of Meeting for Worship for Business:


Marguerite Kearns, our Recording Clerk, requested that this be included in the newsletter in place of the September minutes (which will be sent separately when completed):

"The Ninth Month minutes couldn't be prepared by the Recording Clerk because too many digital committee reports were not submitted to her. Hard copies are fine for the business meeting, but the Recording Clerk can't re-type every committee report that has already been prepared in digital form. Digital reports should be emailed to both the clerk and recording clerk. If they are not, an explanation will be appreciated. Thanks to those committee members and convenors who have thoughtfully submitted their reports in an accessible form on a regular basis. All missing committee reports this month will be held in the Light."
[added 10-15-11]

Santa Fe Monthly Meeting of Friends. Ninth Month, 18th day, 2011. Business meeting held at 630 Canyon Road, Santa Fe, NM.

 

Present: Bob Gaines (Clerk), Marguerite Kearns (Recording Clerk), Elliott Skinner, Kathleen Burke, John Kretzmann, David Giltrow, Dorothy Lear, Njoroge C. Tho-Biaz, Marty Carroll, Mary Ray Cate, Ted Pomeroy, Marcy Pompei, Pam Gilchrist, Steve Spencer, Pamela Geyer, Beverly Busching, Peggy Giltrow, Bettina Raphael, Jan-Willem Jansens, Kai Qu, Yuyu Cheng.

 

The meeting for worship for business began at 12:40 p.m. with silence in the meeting room at 630 Canyon Road. As is the practice, Clerk Bob Gaines read from Faith and Practice which was a reminder to be mindful of the decision-making process in the manner of Friends. “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, Advices, p. 120.

 

(1.) Minutes:

 

Friends approved the minutes of the Eighth Month.

 

(2.) The Resident’s Committee:

 

Friends accepted the proposal of the Resident’s Committee from last month, as presented by Marty Carroll, which included changes to the resident’s benefits proposal. The resident will be offered up to ten days use of the guest apartment for friends and family members. On October 23 we will honor the current resident, Kathleen Burke, and on November 6 welcome the new resident, Ted Pomeroy, with specially-baked cakes. Friends approved a total of $75 for expenses associated with these cakes. See the Appendix to these minutes for the full report from the committee.

 

(3.) The Parents’ Committee:

 

Friends accepted the report of the Parents’ Committee, presented by Jan-Willem Jansens, which was not available to be included in the Appendix to these minutes. Discussion centered on planning for a teen program. Recommendations will be made at a future time.

 

(4.) Watching Committee:

 

Bettina Raphael presented a report that is included in the Appendix to these minutes with changes marked in italics. Friends accepted the changes. The Watching Committee members have not yet been selected. Discussion among Friends raised questions regarding the “spirit” and intent of Olive Rush, considering that she evolved over time. The actual documentation of Olive Rush’s intentions needs to be reviewed. Other points raised include the relevancy of mentioning IMYM’s use of a watching committee in the report; more clarity is needed about what Olive Rush might think about the concerns and needs of SFMM today; as well as the function of a Watching Committee as a “memory bank” in the consideration of what might be considered as Olive “spirit.” More feedback to the drafting committee is welcome as the members (Elliott Skinner and Bettina Rafael) reconsider the proposal in light of the Ninth Month business meeting discussion.

 

(5.) Envision Santa Fe report:

 

Friends accepted the report presented by Kathleen Burke which is included in the Appendix to these Minutes. Frank Hirsch will replace Kathleen as our liaison. Kathleen will attend the September 21st steering committee meeting. Three new homeless families have been selected for next year. Friends must decide next year if SFMM wants to continue past October 2012 when SFMM’s agreement with Envision Santa Fe ends.

 

(6.) Resident’s Report:

 

Friends accepted the report of resident Kathleen Burke, who worked 70 hours in August. The income was $960 for 24 of 31 days occupancy in the guest apartment. Kathleen’s last day will be Friday, October 28th. She will attend the business meeting in October.

 

(7.) Future Planning Committee:

 

Bettina Raphael read the report of the Future Planning Committee which is included in the Appendix to these minutes. The discussion included: the title for the Canyon Road property that remains a concern and may require a survey; the estimated cost of such a survey; whether or not SFMM needs another opportunity to discuss the needs of the Meeting; the ongoing concerns about problems in funding an expansion; and the needs of the Meeting and young Friends.

 

Friends accepted the report and those present thanked the committee members for their hard work.

 

(8.) Ministry and Oversight:

 

John Kretzmann had been designated to present the M&O report, but he forgot. No report of M&O appears in the Appendix to these minutes, and the Report to Businss Meeting for Ministry and Oversight for Ninth Month will be presented in Tenth Month. John expressed his apology. Ministry and Oversight will change its meeting time to the First Sunday, from 11:30 to 3 p.m.

 

(9.) Peace and Social Concerns:

 

Friends approved the environmental minute (except for the elimination of the proposed language “once again) which now reads as follows: “We of the Santa Fé Monthly Meeting of Friends are deeply concerned by the diminishing biological diversity, resource depletion, and environmental pollution caused by corporate greed coupled with excessive political influence and rapid growth in population. These events are leading to climate change, poverty, malnutrition and wars waged over resources. The indiscriminate deployment of technology and excessive expansion of industry that are reflected in the collective economic choices we make illustrate our shared complicity. We believe that our lives must speak in harmony with all creation: in our households, our community, and in our larger society. Our concerns emanate from our Peace testimony and our testimonies of Simplicity, Integrity, Community, and Equality - in that we are one with God's creation and stewards of what we have inherited. We call upon ourselves to bring our lives into alignment with the natural systems upon which we depend for survival and right living, and to adopt modes of living, economic choices, and public advocacy that contribute to achieving a balance with the natural world.” Pam reported that 22 people attended the threshing session. Friends also accepted the report of Peace and Social Concerns which is included in the Appendix to these minutes.

 

 

 

(10.) Treasurer’s Report

 

Friends accepted the report of the treasurer with the exception that it incorrectly reported that all of the Lee Carter gift was placed in the New Meeting House Fund. Shelley Cohen was away attending the Quaker Women’s Retreat, and she will be informed of the error. The Finance Committee will meet to draft the 2012 budget for SFMM. The draft budget will be presented to the Tenth Month business meeting and hopefully approved in the Eleventh Month.

 

(11.) Building Committee

 

Friends accepted the report of the Building Committee as presented by David Giltrow. Remudding work totaling $5,000 has been completed. Plumbing and heating problems required minor expenses. The gas pilots on the property have been lit.

 

(12.) Announcements

 

The 10/9/2011 Second Sunday FJ Discussion will consider "Epiphany,” a short piece by Claire Gerber published in the Jan. 2004 Friends Journal. Copies of this article and the associated query are available beside the birdhouse in the library. For those unable to pick up a copy, please contact either Pamela Geyer (984 - 0377) or Howard Shulman (984 - 9908) and we can email you a copy. The discussion begin promptly at 10:10 and close at 10:50 a.m. Everyone is welcome to attend! As always, Friends are invited to suggest FJ articles they would like to have considered at future discussions.

 

The Meeting for Worship for Business ended at 2:25 p.m. with silence.

 

Appendix to the Minutes of the Ninth Month:

 

(1.) Resident’s Committee:

 

The Residence committee has taken into account the suggestions offered at last business meeting. We propose that meeting offer the resident up to ten days a year when that person could have family and friends stay in the guest apartment without a donation requested. These days are not cumulative and not carried over from year to year. If the resident's guests do offer a donation, the donation is given to meeting (not to the resident). We would encourage visits to occur during the "low season" if possible, to reduce the amount of lost income for our meeting.

 

Rationale: It is clear that one cannot accommodate family and friends in the Ramada, while living there oneself. There is not enough space. We feel strongly that everyone, including the resident, need to be able to have nourishing visits from family and friends, without it costing them a lot of money. After exploring how many days a year we each have personal guests in our homes, and, for comparison, looking at the use of the guest room at ElderGrace by its cohousing members, we feel that 10 days per year is sufficient. This also reflects a desire to balance the needs of the resident for family visits with the needs of the Meeting for guest apartment income.

 

Also, we have tentatively set the following dates: Oct. 23, following 11 a.m. meeting for worship: Farewell tea/coffee with a special cake for Kathleen, and a chance for people to offer their appreciation and blessings. Sunday November 6, a special "welcome" cake for Ted, to be offered during the potluck.

 

After a consultation with the meeting treasurer, we are requesting funds from the Meeting in the amount of $75 to pay for the cake ingredients and for Ariel Harrison to make them. There is no item for Residence Committee in the current budget, which is why we have been advised by the treasurer to bring these requests to business meeting. We also intend to request a line item in the budget for the Residence Committee in 2012, so that we do not have to appeal in future for special disbursements from the meeting's general funds.

 

Finally, we have tentatively set our next committee meeting for Tuesday, December 6, either at Beverly's house or the Meetinghouse. Our main intention for that meeting is to see how things are going for Ted, and how we may support him in the most helpful way.

 

(2.) Watching Committee

 

Watching Committee for Meeting House and Grounds of Santa Fé Monthly Meeting

 

Revised Draft

Watching Committee for Meeting House and Grounds of Santa Fé Monthly Meeting

The Santa Fé Monthly Meeting approved in March 2010 the laying down of the trustee function that previously oversaw the alignment between the use of the meeting house, its contents and grounds and the wishes expressed by Olive Rush in placing them under our care. To fill that role, we borrowed an application from the practices of our Yearly Meeting and approved the appointment of a Watching Committee, but did not specify its role.

 

At the annual gathering of Intermountain Yearly Meeting we appoint a committee to "watch during the yearly meeting for the growth of a message expressing the spirit and concern of IMYM that might be sent as its epistle to Friends everywhere." This IMYM Watching Committee is appointed for a two-year term but with responsibilities at the annual gathering rather than continuously.

 

Role of the Committee

A Watching Committee directed to the care of the meeting house, its contents and grounds of Santa Fé monthly Meeting might best serve three functions:
1. Pay special attention to the uses of the Meeting House, its contents and grounds so that they are consistent with the wishes expressed by Olive Rush in placing the facilities under our care. Where inconsistencies seem to appear, the Watching Committee shall bring them before the Monthly Meeting for consideration.
2. Respond to requests for clarity about whether a proposed use, modification or transfer of title of the facilities is consistent with the spirit in which the meeting has received them from Olive Rush.
3. Ensure that an archive is kept of all relevant documents, records and discussions in relation to Olive Rush’s intentions and the Meeting’s considerations regarding the property as well as all subsequent legal documents and opinions. These documents will form a reference collection to be kept in an accessible form by the Meeting’s Archivist to whom the Watching Committee will provide recommendations and oversight.

 

It would be helpful to the monthly meeting if the Watching Committee were to report annually on its sense of our adherence to the spirit in which we have received care of the facilities. This might be, but need not be, provided prior to the annual meeting of the Corporation.

 

Expectations of Committee Members by the Monthly Meeting

 

• The Watching Committee should consist of three people who agree to be appointed for a three-year term. The term may be staggered to ensure continuity, but this need not be the case.

• Each of the committee members should be familiar (or become familiar) with the conditions under which Olive Rush conveyed the care of the Meeting House, its contents and grounds to the Santa Fé Monthly Meeting of Friends and with the wishes that she expressed for its continued use.

• It is desirable that among the collective knowledge and skills of the members of this committee there be familiarity with (a) the physical conditions of the property, (b) the uses to which it has been put in the past and, if possible (c) a range of examples from other monthly meetings that might be helpful as a guide to us in our determinations for its use.

• The Committee can communicate on an ad hoc basis in response to proposals for new or modified use of the Meeting House, its contents and grounds, but it is recommended that the members meet annually to reaffirm their purpose and to discuss how changing times may help the Meeting to evolve its sense of what constitutes desirable uses of the property.

 

(3.) Envision Santa Fe

 

The next steering committee meeting, which will include new faith communities will be on Wednesday,September 21, 11:30 - 1pm, at Ellen Biederman's home. We will try to make future meetings on Tuesday or Thursday. If anyone is interested in attending as a future liaison please contact Kathleen.

 

This is an important meeting. We have identified three families for next year and will be identifying faith partners and mentors. Having even one mentor from our Meeting would be great. As of now we'll need 9 new mentors. We will also be reviewing what we have learned from our first year.

 

At the last mentor meeting , it was very gratifying to hear about the growth that has occurred within Envision families this year. It has been a process to establish trust, but everyone felt it was time well spent.

 

Santa Fe Friends had several attendees at the September 15 workshop and their is a September 26 new mentor meeting for interested parties at Christ Lutheran 6:30-8:30.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Kathleen Burke

 

(4.) Future Planning Committee

 

Minutes of Meting from July 13, 2011

Attending the meeting were Frank Hirsch, Guthrie Miller, John Kretzmann, and Bettina Raphael, Convener. We met at Guthrie’s home to take a first-hand look at the Meeting’s land on Camino Lejo. Guthrie gave the group a tour of his property, the adjacent ca. 1 ? acres that the Meeting received as a gift. We also looked at the relationship of the land to surrounding roads and neighbors. Considerations for building included: construction would be controlled by a 50’ setback from the road, the need for a septic tank since Camino Lejo is apparently not on the city sewer, and the fact that traffic noise could be a concern. We noted that the large, fairly flat building site does not obstruct any neighbor’s view and, in fact, a single story building could be situated and landscaped to be hardly visible, especially by neighbors on the north side of Camino Lejo (Gurthrie, Kyra Kerr nearest Guthrie’s house, and Keith Schneider who objects to the Meeting’s use of the land). The proposal of getting Kyra Kerr to sign an affidavit verifying her approval for building a meetinghouse was discussed but unlikely to be pursued since Ms. Kerr may be selling her rental property in the near future and the group questioned if such an affidavit would carry any weight with a new owner. In regard to neighbor resistance to the Meeting’s eventual use of the land for a meetinghouse, Frank Hirsch offered to again try to meet with Mr. and Mrs. Schneider despite the fact that Guthrie’s past experiences with this neighbor have not been encouraging and we think Ruben Hersh has already tried approaching the Schneiders. It was suggested that one last effort will be made by the committee to again raise the legalities of the covenant restrictions with a lawyer. The group also speculated that if a meetinghouse were built and the neighbors objected, the City would probably be the authority that would rule on such a case.

A general sense of the Committee was that even if the obstacles to getting a permission to build on the land were resolved, the lack of funding for a meetinghouse and, more importantly, the lack of motivation among Canyon Road Meeting members for such an initiative make such a project very unlikely at this time. Everyone felt that there seems to be little energy coming from the Meeting to seek new or different physical facilities. It was noted, however, that the Meeting may need to take some action in 2 ? years when it must start paying the property tax on the Camino Lejo property. The Committee members themselves are divided on the urgency of a need for larger worship space and on the prospect of leaving the Olive rush Studio for a new space. The most concrete proposal to come out of our discussions is to look into renting a large tent and pitching it on the Camino Lejo land for anywhere from a week to two months. This would allow the Meeting membership to gather there on Sundays to get a feeling for the land. It was suggested that South Santa Fe Worship Group be invited to join in this experience.

Those present felt that it will be important to attend the next Long Range Planning Comm. meeting of the South Santa Fe Group to get a sense of what facility they envision for the future and whether the Camino Lejo property could play some role in those plans. There was a brief discussion of what the smallest size facility for a meetinghouse could be and still be useful and what budget might be required given the current construction costs. Although 1000 sq. ft. was suggested as perhaps too small, there was a rough cost estimate of likely more than $100/sq. ft. This will need a lot more information and discussion in the future.

Finally, Bettina reported that an estimate for having the Canyon Road property surveyed for future title records and city permits was ca. $1500 and there was some agreement about going ahead with it.

Prepared by B. Raphael 7/14/11

 

(5.) Peace and Social Concerns

 

September 11, 2011

 

PEACE AND SOCIAL CONCERNS COMMITTEE MEETING

 

Attendees: Beverly Busching, Mary Ray Cate, Pam Gilchrist, Lorraine Graham, Rebecca Henderson

 

We read the DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL MINUTE and then entered into a period of silence followed by consideration of input from the Threshing session. The committee decided to eliminate the first two paragraphs because they served as an introduction and background for the actual Minute. The final version - a framework for intention - will be taken to the Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business on 9/18/2011 for adoption.

 

Budget Request for New Year---we agreed to request $100 for expenses which will be the same amount given to the committee for the last calendar year.

 

Windows and Mirrors Exhibit---Pam received a positive response from five churches of the Interfaith Alliance. However, a point person is still needed to take charge of the exhibit which could possibly be in May of 2012. The shipping cost of $60.-$80 will be picked up by the Albuquerque Friends Meeting. Pam will follow up on David Hinkel's initial contact with Linda Hibbs .

 

Cipriana Jurada---a speaker for immigrant issues . Beverly will contact Ann Anthony re:

Support from Southside Meeting. Beverly will also contact Jamie Gagan to inquire re: her availability to assist.

 

Time Bank---Lorraine will prepare information to be submitted to the Weekly Digest regarding our committee's recommendation re: the Santa Fe Time Bank.

 

Environmental Minute for consideration by the SFMM 9/18/2011

We of the Santa Fé Monthly Meeting of Friends are deeply concerned by the diminishing biological diversity, resource depletion, and environmental pollution caused by corporate greed coupled with excessive political influence and rapid growth in population. These events are leading to climate change, poverty, malnutrition and wars waged over resources. The indiscriminate deployment of technology and excessive expansion of industry that are reflected in the collective economic choices we make illustrate our shared complicity. We believe that our lives must once again speak in harmony with all creation: in our households, our community, and in our larger society. Our concerns emanate from our Peace testimony and our testimonies of Simplicity, Integrity, Community, and Equality - in that we are one with God's creation and stewards of what we have inherited. We call upon ourselves to bring our lives into alignment with the natural systems upon which we depend for survival and right living, and to adopt modes of living, economic choices, and public advocacy that contribute to achieving a balance with the natural world.

 

(6.) Treasurer’s report

 

For January 1 to August 31, 2011

Prepared September 15, 2011

 

31 Aug. 2011 31 Aug. 2010

General Fund income to date 19,479 $14,822

Percentage of budgeted income received 69.2% 60%

General Fund expenses to date $14,111 $15,457

Percentage of budgeted expenses paid 49.7% 61%

Maintenance Fund income to date $8,249 $6,286

Percentage of budgeted income received 91.7% 70%

Maintenance Fund expenses to date $7,156 $15,229

Percentage of budgeted expenses paid 79.5% 80%

Total cash in bank $32,851 $18,768

Checking $12,594 $5,648

Money market $8,440 $1,430

CDs (3 and 6 month) $11,716 $11,589

Share $101 $101

General Fund $13,595 $8,650

Maintenance Fund $8014 $6,565

Olmstead Fund $162 $162

Sufferings Fund $1,600 $1,400

Turkle Fund $383 $583

Adult Education Fund $243 $600

Young Fund 200 $600

New Meetinghouse Fund $698 $688

New Meetinghouse: Bricks and Mortar $7,950 $0

Emergency Assistance $200 $0

 

Notes: (a) $7,381.00 was transferred from the General to the newly created New Meetinghouse Bricks and Mortar Fund (Lee Carter's bequest).

(b)$3,000.00 was transferred from the Money Market account to the General Fund to support our Good Works contributions; however, our Good Works contributions will appear in September's Treasurer's Report.

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