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February 2013 Letter to Friends

Letter to Friends

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

Second month 2013

 

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, 2/03 12:30 Potluck @ Rise of Meeting, 1:30 Ministry and Counsel Committee

Sunday, 2/10 10:10 2nd Sunday Friends Worship Sharing

Sunday, 2/17 12:30 10:10 am Peace & Social Concerns 12:30 am, Meeting for

Worship for Business

Sunday,2/24 12:30 Adult Education Committee Discussion

 

 

Query for the 2nd month, 2013

When conflicts exist, are they discussed calmly and patiently, holding each other in the light, in an attempt to arrive at a creative resolution?” (based on IMYM Faith & Practice, p 125, Query #3)

 

Announcements

 

Feb. 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.

 

Feb. 3 – Monthly Potluck will take place at the rise of the 11:00 a.m. meeting. There will be a discussion at our February 3 potluck on a possible minute to be sent to other IMYM Meetings. The following is the initial DRAFT: (please copy it and send any edits to pam@dtbprojects.com)


WE SEEK AN EARTH RESTORED. As Friends communicate with our congressional representatives on climate change legislation, the Friends Committee on National Legislation cautions that, "the impact of a carbon tax on the poor and low-income households is a significant concern." Although this is a complex justice issue, FCNL offers concrete suggestions that protect low income people by carbon tax shifting. Here is what FCNL suggests:

"With carbon tax shifting, other taxes would be reduced to help cushion the impact of carbon taxes on poor and low-income households. Off-setting tax adjustments might include reducing income taxes on, for example, the first $40,000 of income, or expanding the earned Income Tax Credit for low-income households, or providing a flat, annual tax rebate to all households.” With carbon tax shifting, FCNL has crafted a “win-win” idea, “[T]he more households reduce consumption of fossil fuels, the more they will benefit from the off-sets."

 

In the next few weeks Santa Fe Friends Meeting Peace and Social Concerns committee will study and share the FCNL material on Carbon Tax Shifting with our Meeting. You will find information on this topic here: http://fcnl.org/resources/newsletter/sep07/carbon_tax_shifting_a_fair_way_to_reduce_greenhouse_gas_emissions/

Peace &Social Concerns will facilitate letter writing to our representative requesting their support for a fee on carbon that gives revenue back to households.


Friends may look up their representative here:
http://capwiz.com/fconl/dbq/officials/

Feb. 3 – Ministry & Counsel will meet after the potluck, usually around 1:30 p.m.

 

Feb. 10 – The Second Sunday FJ Worship Sharing topic is Beverly Shepard's article "Dazzled and Grateful: (Prayers into Poems)"from the November 1, 2012 Friends Journal. Copies of this article will be available by the birdhouse in the library beginning 1/27 and are also available online at www.friendsjournal.org/dazzled-and-grateful . We will begin promptly at 10:10 and conclude at 10:50. Everyone is welcome to attend! Friends are also encouraged to suggest other FJ articles for future worship sharings. Questions may be directed to Pamela Geyer (984 - 0377) or Howard Shulman (984 - 9908.)

 

Feb. 17 - Peace &Social Concerns will meet at 10:10 am ON THE THIRD FIRST DAY OF EACH MONTH in the Meeting House Library.

 

Feb. 17 - 10:00 am - 3rd Sunday Singing -- A Capella singing as preparation for worship. This is meant to be singing for anyone that has a desire to sing ("if you can talk you can sing"). We will start with some improvised vocalization (making sounds and listening) for a warm up. If you have a reading you like we can try singing it. This is the definitely the time for Christmas Carols. Come with your favorites in mind! For questions or suggestions, please contact Guthrie Miller at 954-4224 or guthriemiller@gmail.com.

 

Feb. 17 - Business meeting for Worship will meet at the rise of the meeting.

Feb. 24 – The Adult Education Committee will sponsor a discussion & the topic will be announced in the Weekly Digest.

 

BOOK REVIEW By Mary Ray Cate: At Home on the Slopes of Mountains: The Story of Peggy Pond Church by Sharon Snyder, 2011, Los Alamos Historical Society Publications, available for $22 from their online bookstore.

 

New Mexico has nurtured many artists, writers and poets over the years, including many who moved here from other parts of the world. The poet Peggy Pond Church, however, was born on a ranch in northeastern New Mexico in 1903 and spent most of her life in various parts of the state. Her poetry was often inspired by her experiences in nature, especially her years growing up on the Pajarito plateau. Her father founded the Los Alamos Ranch School, and Peggy married one of its teachers and raised her three sons in that beautiful setting of mesas, canyons and ancient ruins.

 

When the U.S. government took over the school for the Manhattan Project in 1942, Peggy and her family were forced to leave. Discovering at the end of World War II what the school had been used as – a secret location to develop the atomic bomb – Peggy was shocked and saddened. In 1948 she became one of the first members of Santa Fe Monthly Meeting and was active in Friends activities, attending Quaker gatherings in England, California, and France.

 

This biography is based on her journals, letters and poetry, as well as on information from family members and friends. It covers many aspects of her life as a woman, daughter, wife and poet. Of particular interest to Friends is her response to the physicists who made the bomb and her relationship to Santa Fe Friends Meeting. She was a friend of Jane Baumann and Olive Rush, of course, but left the Meeting when she felt its focus had moved away from the spiritual.

 

The story of how Church wrote her most famous work, The House at Otowi Bridge, reveals the challenges and triumphs of her creative process. Another important work is The Ripened Fields, fourteen sonnets about her marriage to a man whom she did not, at first, love.

 

Although I was lucky enough to know Peggy Pond Church during the last six years of her life and heard her read many of her poems, her poetry became more meaningful to me after learning more details of her life story. A good companion book is This Dancing Ground of Sky, the Selected Poetry of Peggy Pond Church.

 

Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business

First Month 20, 2013

 

Meeting Query: What are we doing as individuals and as a meeting to encourage the use of members’ and attenders’ gifts? (IMYM F&P, p123, #5).

 

Present: Philip Balcombe, Ann Beauchamp, Greg Cliburn, Bob Gaines, Pam Geyer, Pam Gilchrist, David Giltrow, Rebecca Henderson, Frank Hirsch, Jan-Willem Jansens, John Kretzmann, Alan Rogers, Carolina Sherman, Michael Simone, N’joroge Tho-Biaz, Irene Webb, Allen Winchester, Dave Wunker

 

Meeting began at 12:47 with a reading of the Meeting query and then silence.

 

Minutes for Twelfth Month Business Meeting: Approved with deletion of “and New Year’s” in the Ministry and Counsel report and the change of 22 hours to 26 hours in the Resident’s report.

 

First Day School Committee Report: Looking for a rug about twice as large as the existing one. Donations to first day school should be coordinated with Marty. There is an increase in numbers of children and various ages. FDS is looking for another person to help with the (younger) children. Need for the donation of a diaper changing station in the bathroom. Piano has been removed which leaves more space to accommodate more kids and parents. FDS is also hoping for an additional table. Swing set options reviewed. A metal A-frame set is favored. About $2,000 donated and pledged so far. Dave Wunker thanked for repair of tire swing. Behavior standards were reviewed and need to be maintained. The number of people in FDS will be limited. FDS curriculum was reviewed. Content in addition to play is important to most parents. Quaker values also thought to be important. Various topics discussed for the curriculum. There is a current fund balance of $400 for FDS. Additional pledged contributions were noted: $200 from donation, $300 for piano, $150 from summer class, and $1000. Friends were reminded that it was previously decided in Business Meeting that payment for a play structure would come from general funds, if necessary. The use of tire chips was considered in FDS in the past but considered messy; the City is phasing out their use also. Availability of chipped cottonwood mentioned. Additional consultation will occur between FDS and Garden Committee. Report accepted.

 

Kitchen Sanitary Process: Best practices as specified by the City were mentioned. Three washing stations are required: wash, rinse, and sanitizing. Table next to sink would provide a third station. Need for table, another bucket, non-toxic bleach, and instructions. Chlorine-free bleach is already in the cabinet to the left of the sink. Possibility of dishwasher mentioned but pipe size may not be able to accommodate it, space is limited, and more electric capacity would be needed.

 

Garden Committee Report: Alan met with Finance Committee. Garden budget request reviewed. It is $4,000 which includes $3250 for maintenance and upkeep. Preponderance of request is for 12 hours of labor every other week. The necessity of a hedge was questioned. The need for labor to maintain the garden was supported. Weeding needs are dependent on the resident, Meeting members, and hired labor. Those members who cannot contribute labor should consider making financial contributions. Worship sharing needed to come to unity. Finance Committee will wait for results from the worship sharing before bringing final numbers to Business Meeting. The worship sharing was scheduled for the 2nd Sunday in February (2/10th), at rise of Meeting. Pathway options to accommodate disabled will be taken up in Building Committee meeting on Monday.

 

Treasurer’s Report: Report posted on website. Accounts balance and have been reconciled with the bank. Account balances read. Expenses exceeded income for the year by $1,078.14. Report accepted with regret for Ted’s resignation. Electronic copy of report included in the Appendix below.

 

Finance Committee Report. Treasurer has resigned. Nominating committee has made request to an individual to fill the role. Suggestions for replacements requested. Recent resignations are of concern. M and C can address this. $99,000 in investments and cash exist. Proposed budget for 2013 handed out again but was not discussed since this budget was approved at last Business Meeting. A balance sheet is not presented and funds like that of the Building Committee are not noted. It was noted that historically the budget has only shown a spending plan with anticipated revenues. There is no projection of revenue and the maintenance budget has been kept separate. The Building Committee has just presented a spending plan for the budget. In 2012 we fell below in donations but increased in rentals. A request was made that expenditures from funds like the Brinton Turkle Fund be noted as coming out of that specific fund. Process for how to decide on how Ann Baumann fund shall be spent is needed. Perhaps in March or April we should have a worship sharing or threshing session to determine this. Any expenditure from the fund should be determined at Business Meeting. Finance report accepted.

 

Ministry and Counsel Committee Report: The spiritual life of the Meeting was discussed. It was suggested to offer a gift to the parents of newborns. Discussed conflicts in the Meeting and how to deal with them. Members are encouraged to review the Ministry and Counsel protocol regarding conflicts. M and C members should be available to address conflicts. The following proposal was minuted: From now on, we will remove seats in front of the heater and put them in the library for late comers. Handicapped people will be invited to sit in the row beyond the open space. Frequent announcements to fill up meeting room toward the street are recommended. The greeter will be directed to inform people of these changes. Handicapped people will be assisted by the Meeting closer. There was also discussion of type of messages appropriate in Joys, Sorrows, and Concerns. Vocal ministry will be addressed at the next meeting. Mary Ray Cate is the meeting closer for February. M and C will coordinate with Rebecca Allahyari. The status of worship groups under our care discussed including the possibility of new group for Espanola and how the Los Alamos Group is not doing well. A Beverly Bushing memorial will be held at the Unitarian Church on Feb 23 at 10:15am. Wyn Lewis is the liaison and Rebecca Henderson will be presiding. There was a recommendation to release Ann Anthony from membership. Gary Ward and Cecile Zeigler memberships maintained.

It was minuted that Business Meeting approved release of Ann Anthony from membership with regret. It was minuted also that Business Meeting approved maintaining the memberships of Gary Ward and Cecile Zeigler retroactively.

Newly developed vocal ministry pamphlet will continue to be distributed by the Greeter. Anne Kunz, member, died in 2010. Report accepted.

 

Experiment to test new seating arrangement has been working. Chairs could be brought back into the meeting room if space is not used by handicapped. It was suggested that latecomers come in as they enter because it is less disruptive. It was approved that the new seating arrangement will continue.

 

The following query was approved for February: “When conflicts exist, are they discussed calmly and patiently, holding each other in the light, in an attempt to arrive at a creative resolution?” (with some addition, based on IMYM Faith & Practice, p 125, Query #3).

 

 

Nominations Committee: Considering a replacement for Treasurer and perhaps two people for M and C. There is one vacancy now and the possibility of another. Report accepted. It was noted that Anna Darrah had asked for another member for Good Works. The Nominations Committee will not be responsible for nominating individual committee members except for Ministry and Counsel. It was suggested that Anna Darrah ask for another member via the Weekly Digest.

 

Peace & Social Concerns Committee: Discussed concerns about climate change impacts. Discussion and seasoning on this issue proposed for Business Meeting including work being done locally and nationally. P & C is crafting a minute for this Meeting and perhaps IMYM based on FCNL proposals regarding a carbon tax which does not penalize the poor (called “carbon tax shifting”). Two NM bills are being followed: (1) Brian Egolf Jr. - HB136, disclosure of chemicals used in fracking and how much water is being used and contaminated, (2) Peter Wirth, SB105. Gun control legislation will be researched and Education in NM will also be followed. LANL 6 updates: it has been requested that fines be converted to jail time or community service. A future minute on the carbon tax noted above will be discussed at the next potluck and Peace and Social Concerns can then present it to Business Meeting next month. Report accepted with thanks. Electronic copy of report included in the Appendix below.

 

Resident's Report: Resident worked about 19 hours a week during December. Seasonal activities included shoveling snow and preparing for and monitoring the Christmas Eve activities at the Meetinghouse. Other projects included rebuilding the tire swing. Guest apartment occupancy: 16 nights out of a possible 31. Income: $770 (deposits and/or payments)

 

A chart of apartment occupancy comparing 2012 and 2011 was presented. Occupancy is generally lower in 2012. The poor economy may be contributing to the low occupancy. The resident keeps up with booking requests. It was suggested that a link to the guest apartment information be put on the IMYM Santa Fe Monthly Meeting website. Bob Gaines will do this. There are advertisements in Western Friend and Friends Journal. Other religious groups might be unaware of the apartment. Report accepted with gratitude. Electronic copy of report included in the Appendix below.

 

Co-Clerks’ Report: General duties and special activities reported. Report accepted with great thanks.

 

Naming Committee. Three candidates were nominated for a Naming Committee: Greg Cliburn, Jonathan Ashworth, and Pelican Lee. Nominations approved. Greg will take the lead in getting everyone together.


Announcements: Next month is the annual meeting of the Meeting Corporation. Quorum needed so best if scheduled near beginning of the Business Meeting. A quorum of 8 members of the Corporation is needed. Requirements for membership and notification of the meeting were discussed. The bylaws regarding this are on the website. Philip will send out an agenda.

Meeting closed with silence and joining of hands at 3:10 pm.

APPENDIX

Treasurer's Report for January 17, 2013 Meeting for worship with attention to Business:

A) Monthly report (and end of year 2012):

1. The accounts balance and have been reconciled with the bank, as reported to the Finance Committee. The Treasurer's Report is posted on the sf.imym.org website, showing our figures through the end of December. As noted in the summary, year-to-date expenses have exceeded donations by $1,078.14.

Our checking account balance at the end of December 2012 was $8,886.83; the Maintenance account balance was $13,302.59.

 

2) Expenses for the month of December 2012 were: General fund, $1,196.27; Maintenance expenses $1.649.05. Income for the month was General Fund, $3.075.00. Maintenance Fund income for December was $587.16.

3) Annual figures show year end with a difference of only $1,078.14, expenses higher than donations. Our bank balance was higher at year end due to the accumulation of Restricted funds donations deposited to the checking account and not yet transferred to another account for holding.

We donated 77.6% of our projected expenses and spent 81.0% of the projected amount in total. There were variations from 0% use by some committees and increases by others as approved by Meeting in various Monthly meetings for worship with attention to business. These details appear in our minutes and the monthly treasurer's reports.

Submitted, Ted Pomeroy, Treasurer

1/20/2013 - Peace and Social Concerns report to Worship with Attention to Business

Attending today’s meeting: Mary Ross Taylor (at the start), Lauren Vernon (new attender), Njoroge Tho-Biaz, Pelican Lee (at the end) & Pam Gilchrist.

After discussion at our 2/3 potluck and further consideration by our Meeting, P&SC shall we ask our Meeting to minute a Climate Action and send it on to our IMYM lists requesting their participation.

DRAFT minute:
WE SEEK AN EARTH RESTORED.  As Friends communicate with our congressional representatives on climate change legislation, the Friends Committee on National Legislation cautions that, "the impact of a carbon tax on the poor and low-income households is a significant concern."

Although this is a complex justice issue,  FCNL offers concrete suggestions that protect low income people by carbon tax shifting. Here is what FCNL suggests:

"With carbon tax shifting, other taxes would be reduced to help cushion the impact of carbon taxes on poor and low-income households. Off-setting tax adjustments might include reducing income taxes on, for example, the first $40,000 of income, or expanding the earned Income Tax Credit for low-income households, or providing a flat, annual tax rebate to all households.” With carbon tax shifting, FCNL has crafted a “win-win” idea, “[T]he more households reduce consumption of fossil fuels, the more they will benefit from the off-sets."

In the next few weeks Santa Fe Friends Meeting Peace and Social Concerns committee will study and share the FCNL material on Carbon Tax Shifting with our Meeting. http://fcnl.org/resources/newsletter/sep07/carbon_tax_shifting_a_fair_way_to_reduce_greenhouse_gas_emissions/

P&SC will facilitate letter writing to our representative requesting their support for a fee on carbon that gives revenue back to households. Friends may look up their representative here:
http://capwiz.com/fconl/dbq/officials/

ACT NOW: Let your legislators know that you support carbon tax shifting to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and you support shifting our economy rapidly toward a carbon neutral, energy efficient, renewable energy future. Urge them to support carbon tax shifting, with protections for the poor and low income households, in the upcoming debate.

For more information, go to the Carbon Tax Center at
www.carbontax.org. Additional tips and talking points for writing letters to members of Congress: http://citizensclimatelobby.org/JanuaryAction

Follow Climate related issues in New Mexico. Go to nmlegis.gov

See Brian Egolf’s bill HB 136 DISCLOSURE OF FRACTURING…

and Peter Wirth’s SB 105 SMART GRID WORKFORCE TRAINING PROGRAM AND A MICROGRID…

February 7, 8 am - 2pm LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY DAY: People of Faith Caring for Water, Air, Soil and Community in New Mexico. Hosted by Westminster Presbyterian Church, Santa Fe with Sister Joan Brown, Interfaith Power and Light and Conservation Voters of New Mexico.
Briefing on issues will be done by Conservation Voters New Mexico. Participants will be engaged in follow-up on focus issues during the session and will be able to invite others from their congregations to get engaged. Everyone is welcome. Please
RSVP to coordinate resources and car pooling.

Mary Ross Taylor will inform us about New Mexico legislation related to gun control. Lauren Vernon will pass along information regarding state education issues to follow.

The LANL 6 have requested that their probation of one year be dropped and have said they would not pay fines but would do jail time or community service. The court will respond the week of 1/22.

Resident's Report for December, 2012

 

Resident worked about 19 hours a week during December. Activity included outdoor sweeping, handling trash and recycling, mail collection and distribution, guest apartment reservations, guest apartment cleaning and laundry, and Meetinghouse cleaning. Seasonal activities included shoveling snow and preparing for and monitoring the Christmas Eve activities at the Meetinghouse. Other projects included rebuilding the tire swing. As requested by a couple of members, the resident presented a bar chart comparing guest apartment occupancy in 2012 to 2011. Occupancy is generally lower in 2012. The continued poor economy may be responsible. The resident is keeping up with requests for apartment bookings.

 

Guest apartment occupancy: 16 nights out of a possible 31.
Income:
$770 (deposits and/or payments)

 

Submitted by Dave Wunker

 

CLERK’S REPORTS 2012-2013

DECEMBER 16, 2012 – JANUARY 20, 2013 (Jan-Willem Jansens, Clerk)

SPECIAL ACTIVITIES

REGULAR ACTIVITIES

Communicated with two Friends about an interpersonal confrontation

Clerked December MfWwatB

Inquired and shared messages about process concerning passing and memorial for B. Busching

Reviewed/responded to e-mails

I sent a Christmas/Thank you card to Pamela Benson (Meeting House cleaning lady)

Reviewed/edited minutes for MfWwatB

Wrote/sent letters for membership release to 10 Friends; and corrected membership issues for 1 Friend (Gary Ward)

Prepared MfWwAtB for January 2013

Communicated with Gary Ward and M&C about ideas to start a worship group in Espanola area

 

Read/followed up on report from Ph. Balcombe about handicap access and seating at Meeting

 

Assisted with nominations for Naming Committee

 

Tried to ease a conflict and problem of unease of one Friend leading to his request for release from membership

 

Wrote Letter to the Editor about LANL-6 trial and fundraiser

 

 

 

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