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October 2014 Letter to Friends



Letter to Friends

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

Tenth month 2014

 

Calendar of Events

 

Meeting for Worship at 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., 2098 Calle Ensenada on the northwest corner of Siringo Road. 

 

Sunday, 10/05 12:30 Potluck @ Rise of Meeting,

Sunday, 10/12 10:10 Chanting as Preparation for Worship

Sunday, 10/19 12:30 Business Meeting at the rise of Meeting

Sunday, 10/26 10:10 Chanting as Preparation for Worship

 

 

The Monthly Query for the 10th month, 2014

How do we best encourage Friends to share their gifts with the Meeting?'

 

Announcements

Oct. 2 – People for Peace meets the 1st Wednesday of the month at 6:00pm. Meetings are held at the Commons Co-Housing, 2300 W. Alameda St. Questions to Linda Hibbs, 983-3906 or lhibbs@cybermesa.com

Oct. 5 – Monthly Potluck will take place at the rise of the 11:00 a.m. meeting. The Finance Committee will convene a Threshing Session to consider how the meeting should use the current financial resources.

Oct. 5 – Peace and Social Concerns Committee will meet at 12:30 at Quaker House.  As one of our new committee members attends the south side Meeting at Quaker House we will alternate meeting between the two locations.  Canyon Rd. attenders will bring a brown bag lunch.

Oct. 10 to 12th – Quaker Women’s Retreat at Piñon Canyon Center, a YWCA camp east of Albuquerque. Contact Sara Keeney at skeeney@swcp.com

 

Oct. 12 & 26 @ 10:00 am - 4th Sunday Singing -- Chanting as preparation for worship. John Kretzmann & Guthrie Miller learned this practice Tony Martins Chanting workshop at Friends General Conference, July 2013.  And now John is writing his own AMAZING chants! These are simple chants repeated for a long time so that they can be picked up by ear.  For questions or suggestions, please contact Guthrie Miller at 954-4224 or _guthriemiller@gmail.com_

Oct. 19 - Business meeting for Worship will meet at the rise of the meeting.

Oct. 27 - The Ministry and Counsel Committee meets on the last Monday of the month.  The next meeting is at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 29 at Jan-Willem Jansen’s office @ 1413 Second Street, Suite 5. However M & C can arrange to meet with individuals as needed after 11:00 a.m. meetings. M & C members are Allen Winchester, Clerk, Carolyn Sigstedt, Karen Kuranz, Margy Willen, and the current Meeting clerk, Jan-Willem Jansens. Members & attenders are encouraged to bring issues of concern to the committee at any time and to feel free to attend the committee meeting for consideration of any kind.

Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business

Ninth Month (September 21, 2014)

 

Present: Jan-Willem Jansens (Clerk), Peggy Giltrow (Recording Clerk), Peter Bowles. Philip Balcombe, Carol Woodsong, David Murphy, Elliott Skinner, Pam Gilchrist, Betsy Lombardi, Bob Gaines, Ann Lindsay, David Giltrow, Marty Carroll

 

Business Meeting opened at 12:40 with an Inspirational Reading,  an excerpt from Rebecca Henderson’s “Quaker Practice and Business Meetings” concerning the work of committees and the responsibilities of Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business. Meeting reflected for a few moments in silence.

 

The Clerk read the Agenda, and entertained a request to make the Peace and Social Concerns Committee the first item of business. Friends were comfortable with the reconfigured agenda.

 

Minutes for the Eighth Month 2014 Business Meeting were approved, with thanks to John Kretzmann for serving as Recording Clerk pro tem.

 

 Peace & Social Concerns Committee—Please see the written report in Appendix A.

 

The committee has added two new members, Rick Coward and Margie Rutledge. Their concerns include refugee justice and upholding the ban on New Mexico’s death penalty. The committee will research information and possible action on these issues, as well as continuing to send out FCNL alerts in response to the situation in Iraq and Syria via links in the Digest.

 

The Committee encourages participation in the information picket by nurses and technical staff at St. Vincent’s, as well as in the People’s Climate March and the workshop “Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Change: Towards Right relationship with America’s Native Peoples” (both on Sept. 20) and the Public Bank Symposium on Sept. 27.

 

Future Committee meetings will alternate between Quaker House and Canyon Road venues.

 

Friends were pleased to hear that both Thandi Seagraves and Pam Gilchrist are recovering well. The Clerk encouraged Friends to let the Meeting community know when they need help.

 

Meeting accepted the Peace and Social Concerns Committee report.

 

Ministry and Counsel Committee—Please see the written report in Appendix B

 

The Meeting approved the following Query for Tenth Month: “How do we best encourage Friends to share their gifts with the meeting?

 

Discussion of ways to promote better communication between worship groups and the Meeting included a proposal to have regular annual fall and spring gatherings, including educational events, service projects and social events. M&C recommends a Saturday or Sunday Fall Social to occur in October or November, and is checking possible venues.

 

M&C is exploring how to provide childcare during Business Meeting to allow attendance of parents.

M&C is contacting Friends who haven’t attended worship for some time. The committee also discussed ways to support several Friends in their time of need.

 

Helen Corneli’s memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., October 4, at the Center for Spiritual Living on Marques Place. A memorial minute for Helen Corneli can be found in Appendix C. After the minute was read, Meeting sat in silence for a moment to celebrate Helen’s life. Karen Kuranz was thanked for writing such a beautiful and lively minute. A few small changes were proposed, and Meeting approved the Minute as amended.

 

M&C thoroughly discussed a proposal to bring Quaker Quest to Santa Fe to Santa Fe to support individual growth, strengthen community, and foster outreach. The committee asks Meeting to discuss and ask clarifying questions at this Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business. To aid in the discussion, a written proposal providing information on each of these objectives and necessary steps if Meeting later decides to go forward was read. The proposal, “Friends General Conference Quaker Quest for Santa Fe Monthly Meeting,” can be found in Appendix D. It includes the sentence: “M & C is recommending to the meeting that part of the large financial gift to our meeting be used to nurture spiritual growth, community well-being, and healthy outreach.”

 

Discussion covered costs and logistical steps should Meeting decide to participate in Quaker Quest. The initial fee of $1,000 covers bringing two people from Quaker Quest to Santa Fe for a full day workshop for all members and attenders. After that workshop the Meeting decides whether or not to continue. If the decision is yes, M&C would do detailed planning for the next steps, which would include a ½ day preparation meeting for a QQ core group from Santa Fe Monthly Meeting which would plan public sessions on several Quaker principles. That would cost $500 more. Other costs would include space rental (unless free space can be found) and incidental costs for holding meetings.

 

If Meeting decides to do the one day workshop, dates were discussed. An initial proposal for a February date was considered too apt to be snowy. A larger attendance might be expected in April. A concern was raised about how this could fit into proposed Fall and Spring events. One Friend asked us to consider what bringing people in would provide that Meeting couldn’t provide from its own resources.

 

For more information, Friends are encouraged to look at the Quaker Quest web site at http://www.fgcquaker.org/services/quaker-quest or speak with Meeting people who have participated in Quaker Quest: Betsy Lombardi, Guthrie Miller and Sarah Gmitter. Meeting will consider the proposal further at a future Business Meeting.

 

Meeting accepted the report of Ministry and Counsel.

 

Finance Committee—Please see the full report in Appendix E.

 

The committee requests the addition of $120 to the 2014-15 budget to pay for SFMM’s share of IMYM’s new web site. Analysis of budget share per Meeting member shows an amount of $456. The Sept. 7 threshing session, 2nd in a series of 4 in a series on right use of Meeting financial resources, was attended by 18 persons. Comments made during the session will be distributed with the invitation to the 3rd session to be held October 5. The October meeting will consider whether a separate structure or decision-making process is needed to address what to do with the two large sums of money.

 

Friends asked why the per member amount had increased from $300 since the last time we discussed it. Besides fewer members (from close to 100 down to 73), the budget has gone up. Many people who are quite active in Meeting are attenders rather than members. Finance committee hopes attenders as well as visitors contribute to the budget as they are able.

 

Four potluck times during the fall have been committed to threshing sessions on Meeting’s financial resources. Friends raised a concern about whether potlucks should be used for meetings, or instead dedicated to the enjoyment of food and the opportunity to have important individual or small group discussions which strengthen the sense of Meeting community. The Clerk suggested we consider this question under New Business, and the Meeting agreed.

 

Meeting accepted the Finance Committee report.

 

Meeting discussed the requested addition of $120 to the budget to pay for Meeting’s use of the new IMYM web site. The first question was whether we are still in a period of deficit spending. The committee reports that Meeting’s General Fund has received about $5,000 over the last month or so, leaving the General Fund slightly in the black. The Treasurer will give a detailed quarterly report next month.

 

The next question was whether the web site could be hosted more cheaply. Bob Gaines explained that although other software is available at $5 to $10 a month, IMYM requires a robust web site software which only a handful of hosts can accommodate. The new software costs $360 per year. IMYM would pay $120, Durango $120, and Santa Fe $120. Other meetings in IMYM are not using the software in the same way. The purpose is to use the web site as a filing cabinet to make Meeting documents available for our Meeting and IMYM. We also have another web site, hosted free by a NY Quaker and maintained by Bob, which tells about Santa Fe Monthly Meeting and the guest apartment. After further discussion, Meeting approved paying $120 as SFMM’s share of the cost of the IMYM web site.

 

IMYM and SFFM are both looking for people to take charge of their web sites. The two people who are doing it feel a need for fresh blood. Bob will post occasional mentions of the need in the Digest. Meeting thanked Bob for his work on the web sites.

 

Future Planning Committee—Please see the full report in Appendix F for details of the proposal.

 

As a result of several years of discussing and evaluating scenarios to meet the Meeting’s space and program needs, the Future Planning Committee will host a meeting in the garden to present the FPC’s preliminary ideas for a footprint for a suitable structure. This is a first step. All are invited to participate to develop a strong, balanced project that reflects unity. The date of the presentation, to be held at rise of an 11 a.m. Meeting for Worship, is still to be determined.

 

Preliminary questions included the need for Historic Design Board approval and parking.

 

Meeting accepted the committee’s report. 

 

Building Committee --Please see the full report in Appendix G

 

The committee’s report lists current projects being accomplished and explored, as well as routine maintenance being done. The convener points out that otherwise much of what is done is invisible, but takes lots of people time, plus the hiring of capable, long-term workers who get to know the quirks of this old building. Care of the building and garden is a major part of the Resident Friend’s work. Costs of building maintenance come out of profit from use of the guest apartment, not out of donations to the General Fund.

 

At the request of Meeting, the Building Committee discussed the question of building safety and access issues, as well as parking in the Zaguan. Their recommendations are presented in detail in the report, and are intended to start discussion. This summer, space has been reserved for handicapped parking on First Days only, using cones, signs, and guide marks on the garage floor. The committee feels that during the rest of the week it is important for Resident and guest apartment guests to have access to off-street space when needed, and also that service vehicles and workmen may need access to garage and/or driveway. Options needing more exploration include requesting the city to move the current “official” disabled parking place from further up Canyon Road to in front of the Meetinghouse, ways to make access through the two large garage doors easier when the doors are closed, and the possibility of parking on street blocking the driveway, adding a parking space close to the building. Discussion ensued.

 

One Friend is still concerned about access for handicapped for parking. He reminds us that it is more than 25 years since the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act. 7 million people in the USA need wheelchairs. Most don’t leave the house since accessibility is still so difficult. Over the years he personally has been discouraged by having to wait, or not be able to get into the Meetinghouse for committee meetings and other events.

 

While the new cones have made a difference, ease of access is still a real concern. The needs of contractors and others are understood, but we need to make this building as welcoming and accessible as possible. Hopefully the cones and signage will remain and people will follow their instructions. If 3 feet of space is kept clear, then a big wheelchair can get through.

 

The issue: keep reminding Friends to park in a mindful manner. Remind them 4 or 5 times/year in the Digest, at rise of Meeting, in business meeting reports. Keep cones and signs active.

 

If we allow parking at the foot of the drive we also need to leave the necessary 3 feet of space for wheelchair access into the driveway and into the garage.

 

The Clerk asks the Building Committee to consider all the feedback given and come back with other suggestions about parking, 3 foot access, use of the driveway, and making access through the driveway doors easier.

 

Meeting accepted the report of the Building Committee

 

Resident Friend—Please see the full report in Appendix H

 

The Resident Friend served the Meeting approximately 19 hours per week during Eight Month. Numerous tasks included attending business and committee meetings, care of meetinghouse and guest apartment, assisting with the memorial service for Dave Wunker and helping with the third Gallery in the Garden event. Besides routine but essential garden tasks, the Resident Friend dealt with a nest of yellow jackets and the care of a bed of irises, including planting some irises donated by Alan Rogers. Income from groups totaled $106. The guest apartment was occupied for 18 out of a possible 30 nights, with income of $910.

 

Meeting accepted the Resident Friend’s report.

 

Clerk’s Report—Please see the full report in Appendix I

 

The Meeting accepted the Clerk’s report, which lists both regular and special activities, including assistance with tasks of M&C, Future Planning Committee, and P&SC.

 

New Business

 

Should potlucks be used for discussion of Meeting business, or dedicated to the enjoyment of food and the opportunity to have important individual or small group discussions which strengthen the sense of Meeting community? How can we get good attendance for threshing sessions without cutting into fellowship time? This question arose during the discussion of the Finance Committee’s report, particularly the use of four potlucks this fall for threshing sessions on the right use of Meeting’s financial resources.

 

One Friend suggested the reintroduction of Friendly 8s as a way to promote social interaction and an opportunity for Friends to get to know each other more intimately. There are not enough 1st days to deal with all the practical matters and committee concerns.

 

Another Friend felt that when discussions are tacked onto Potluck, people feel shoved out. We all live busy and complex lives. We need to say no to some things in order to say yes to others. In the past, Meeting occupied the entire First Day. Once or twice a month, could people plan to spend 3 or 4 hours here? If we had set aside 4 hours rather that 2 we could enjoy social time plus time to meet.

 

Another Friend felt that, since we can’t even maintain tea and coffee regularly, adding additional involvement is not realistic. At potluck since people can eat it allows them to stay longer; more people show up if we feed them. Those interested in an issue will stay and discuss; others can take lunches somewhere else. There were 18 people at the last threshing session. Lots more participated in potluck. Business meetings seldom draw more than 14 folks.

 

One parent pointed out that it is hard on families to be here 2 afternoons per month. A free Sunday afternoon with family is important. Weekends are busy and lives more complex. More demands on time make choices more complex. Meeting needs more talks about the testimony of simplicity, maybe a couple of times per year. 11% of members and attenders are parents. A non-parent agreed that frequent long Sundays are hard to do.

 

Another Friend pointed out that finance questions are being avoided. At potlucks we get more people. Perhaps we should save potlucks for core issues.

 

One Friend suggested that the next 2 threshing sessions, scheduled for Potluck days, start at 1:15 to allow time for food and fellowship before the discussion. This Friend pointed out that there is a meaningful connection between fundraising and people. Cutting out time to share with people can backfire. We need to remind ourselves of the dimensions of spirituality. Are we overspending on the physical dimension?

 

Friends were happy to hear that M&C is looking at how to extend child care.

 

Meeting accepted the Clerk’s suggestion that this matter be given further seasoning.

Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business ended with silence at 2:40

 

Respectfully submitted,

Peggy Giltrow, Recording Clerk

 

APPENDICES

 

Appendix A

9/21/2014 Santa Fe Monthly Meeting - Peace and Social Concerns report to Worship with Attention to Business

Attending our 9/3 committee mtg: Rick Coward, Margie Rutledge and Pam Gilchrist

After introductions, a review of the agenda and a moment of silence we discussed the interests of our new committee members. Refugee justice and upholding and enforcing the ban on NM’s death penalty are of keen concern. Our committee will research information and possible actions on these issues in the coming months.

FCNL’s alerts in response to the situation in Iraq and Syria will continue to go out with the FCNL link via the Digest.

As Friends are led: We encourage participation in the informational picket by the nurses and tech staff at St. Vincent's. The Picket is on-going until the nurses and tech’s demand for safe staffing is assured.  Area clergy, congregants, progressive groups and politicos are joining in. Last month our Meeting sent a letter to the CEO, Mr, Stassin and the Board of Directors.

We will continue to send information in the P&SC Digest on the following two event occurring September 20.

  1. 12 NOON - starts at the Plaza – the People’s Climate March

  2. 2-4pm, St. Bede’s Episcopal Church 1601 South St. Francis Drive Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Change: Towards Right Relationship with America’s Native Peoples.  Thandi Seagraves will be one of the four readers doing a dramatic reading.

As well as:

September 27, 2014  ~  9:30am-9:30pm
BANKING ON NEW MEXICO
A Public Bank Symposium
Santa Fe Community Convention Center

As Margie attends the south side meeting at Quaker House we will alternate meeting there. Our next meeting will be October 5 at Quaker House at 12:30pm. Canyon Rd. attenders will bring a brown bag lunch.

Pam Gilchrist

 

Appendix B

 

September, 2014 M & C Report to SFMM Meeting for Business

Ministry and Counsel Committee met on August 25, 2014 at Quaker House. Jan-Willem Jansens, Ann Lindsay, Betsy Lombardi, Howard Shulman, Margy Willen, and Allen Winchester attended. Karen Kuranz was absent. Betsy took minutes.

Query for Tenth Month: How do we best encourage Friends to share their gifts with the meeting?

Observations on the spiritual life of the meeting and its worship groups:

9 AM Friends enjoyed a spritely Lucretia Mott Breakfast Club. 11 AM Friends have a positive worship experience that is supported by ongoing visits by people from out-of-town. Chanting, singing, and vocal ministry enriches worship. South Santa Fe continues to have regular attenders and visitors. There has been some vocal ministry. Taos Clear Light Meeting is preparing for a marriage in the manner of friends for two attenders. Karen attended a Clearness Committee in Taos to assist the couple. No information was available from the other worship groups.

 

Discussion of ways to promote unity between the Meeting and worship groups: Concern has been expressed about the need for better communication among worship groups and the Meeting. M & C discussed having annual fall and spring gatherings to encourage this. Having regular events institutionalized into the calendar, would make gatherings of the whole monthly meeting into regular events. Suggestions included offering educational events, service projects and social events. We recommend a Fall social to occur in October or November. M & C members are checking venues for the gathering which could occur on a Saturday or Sunday.

Quaker Quest: M & C thoroughly discussed a proposal to bring Quaker Quest to Santa Fe to support individual growth, strengthen community and foster outreach. Details of the proposal will be discussed today at Business Meeting. The description is for discernment and clarifying questions, not as an item for the meeting’s decision.

Childcare: It is difficult for some Friends to attend Meeting for Business of childcare needs. M & C is exploring how to provide childcare during Business Meeting to allow attendance of parents who might want to attend.

Absent members and attenders: M & C is contacting Friends who haven’t attended worship for some time.

Helen Corneli Memorial Minute & Service: Karen Kuranz completed this minute in the past few weeks and it has been recommended for approval following an e-mail vote by M & C. Wyn Lewis is coordinating a memorial service for Helen, which will be at 2 p.m, October 4, at the Center for Spiritual Living on Marquez Place.

Membership Concerns: We discussed concerns about several Friends and found ways to support them in their time of need.

Next M & C Meeting: The date for our meeting in September will be Monday, September 22nd. We will meet at Quaker House on Ensenada at 5:30 PM.

We ended our meeting with silence.

Appendix C

 

Helen Corneli Memorial Minute

 

 

Helen Corneli, aged 87, died peacefully on May 9, 2014 in Salt Lake City after a brief cascade of illness and injury. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford M. (Kip) Corneli, who died in 2009.

 

Helen was born on June 9, 1926 in Almora, India to a missionary family who were members of The Disciples of Christ Church. She grew up in India and, after graduating from The Woodstock Missionary School in Uttar Pradesh, tutored young maharajahs in English. During WWll, she returned to the United States in a convoy. Little did she know as she was steaming into Boston Harbor, that the man who was to become her husband was shipping out on a troop transport.

 

After her return to the US, Helen earned a BA in English and History in 1948 from Washington University in St. Louis. It was there that she met her husband, Kip. After graduating from Washington U, she and Kip married and Helen continued her education, receiving a Master’s Degree in English in 1950 from the University of Illinois, where they lived for two years in a 6 x 12-foot trailer. After a treasured year in Paris, they came home to start a family. Their two sons were born in St. Louis, MO and their daughter in Madison, WI.

 

Helen began her teaching career in 1962 as a professor of English at the University of Wisconsin, Steven’s Point. She continued to teach for almost 30 years, obtaining her PhD in Education along the way in 1973. From the time her children were small, she modeled an amazing combination of "mom," "working mom," and "professional", relishing every aspect of her very full life.

 

For years, she drove 30 miles each way to her classes, taught all day, and then came home and cooked dinner –complete with dessert for the children and Kip! Then back to work, grading papers from her Freshman English students. On weekends, the whole family pitched in doing chores around the farm and, at the lunchtime break, Helen regaled the children with stories of her childhood in India, sending them into fits of laughter over her “adventures”, helping to make the long workdays fun.

 

Towards the end of her academic career, as the Director of International Programs at UWSP, Helen helped a generation of UWSP students study abroad. In this capacity she brought three of her favorite objectives together; forging connections with people around the globe, educating youth as a way to foster understanding and peace, and seeing as much of the world as possible.

 

While teaching at UWSP, Helen and Kip were introduced to Quaker Meeting for Worship. After an unsatisfying experience at a church in Stevens Point, Helen began looking for a spiritual alternative. She and Kip were introduced to Madison Friend’s Meeting by a colleague and were immediately drawn to the silence, the being led to speak, the non-dogmatic approach, the notion that there was "that of God in every person", the fact that there was not a doctrinaire pastor telling them what to think, and the strong sense of social activism.

 

She was, her son, Howard, recalled, well aware of and interested in Quaker history all her life and had told her children stories about George Fox, William Penn and Quaker abolitionists. Finally finding the spiritual sustenance she sought in Quaker Meeting for Worship was the icing on the cake.

 

Continuing to stay on top of Quaker history, she was fond of noting in the 60s that Richard Nixon was said to come from Quaker stock, but if so, "George Fox would be rolling over in his grave."

 

In 1991, Helen retired and she and Kip moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, while continuing to travel across the US and around the world. During that time, Helen wrote “Mice in the Freezer, Owls on the Porch”, a biography of the naturalists Frederick and Frances Hamerstrom who had been her friends and neighbors. The book was published in 2002 and won a Best University Press Books Citation in 2003.

 

Helen was a vibrant member of the Santa Fe Monthly Meeting of Friends and served the Meeting in various capacities. She and her husband, Kip, agreed to be co-clerks shortly after coming to Santa Fe. They went to a FGC clerking workshop as soon as they could so they could do it well. She was on the gardening committee and was a founding member, along with her husband, of the Santa Fe chapter of Veterans for Peace. She was an active correspondent on the Iraq war and sent many letters to Congressmen and Senators from New Mexico as well as to the local newspaper.

 

Her hospitality was wonderful. Many Meeting members have fond memories of gatherings at the Corneli's round dining table, eating wonderful Indian food and talking for hours. Helen and Kip hosted many committee meetings and clearness committees. Guests of Meeting, Meeting members and lots of others who needed housing for a while stayed in their guest room. One member remembers Helen’s generosity as she traveled across the country to offer bedside support and care after the member’s surgery.

 

Helen loved to devour good books, cook delicious meals, and keep a beautiful garden, but she was never truly happy unless she was doing some good in the world. She was an avid student of social justice. It seemed to her children that she knew which newspaper was the “liberal” one in every city she lived in and that was the one she brought home to read.

 

She researched and would indignantly explain every injustice in world history, from the enclosures of the commons, starting in the 13th century ( “'to raise sheep, can you imagine?” she would say) through the Dreyfus affair, the Pullman strike, and so on down to the details of the nurses’ grievances in Santa Fe hospitals. She knew about many of the heroes and especially heroines of social progress, and could explain the plot and literary significance of many progressive books or writers.

 

Helen was an accomplished person: highly educated, a college professor, a world traveler, author, organizer, leader and activist. She was also a remarkable person because of her capacity to love. Love was at the core of her very existence and she offered it generously to all. We can truly celebrate with Helen, the passage of a wonderful and amazing life, one that left a great legacy for her children, her family and her friends.

 

Helen is survived by her children Howard, Salt Lake City, UT, Steven, Pennington, NJ, Miriam, Kathmandu, Nepal and Danelle, Saratoga, CA and by her sisters Win Griffen, Pasadena, CA and Pat Sheafor, Frankfort, MI, her eight grandchildren, and a new great-grandson.

 

Appendix D

 

Friends General Conference Quaker Quest for Santa Fe Monthly Meeting

 

I. Individual Growth. How do I want to deepen my spiritual understanding and personal transformation? How can I find a more meaningful connection with the Light?

Each attender is a seeker. The QQ process is similar to a spiritual retreat to help each participant focus on beliefs and experiences. Each participant is invited to share and listen. It is an opportunity for growth and personal discernment.

 

II. Community. In what ways can we enrich our community and deepen our relationships?

The QQ experience of sharing stories and revealing gifts builds a caring foundation of trust. This is time that we are together intentionally. QQ participants build respectful connections with one another. Those who worship at different meetinghouses or different times get to know each other experientially. The monthly meeting is strengthened by the friendly bonds that we create with our time together. When we share our fears, joys, and sorrows, we come to celebrate our common ground.

 

III. Outreach. Is our meeting interested in exploring new ways to connect to our wider community? Do Friends in New Mexico have a responsibility to share Quakerism? Are there people in our area who are looking for something that we have found? We who believe in the life of our meeting and the power of love may have something to offer to newcomers. Friends meeting is like a magic penny! When we share the fruits of our faith and practice, other seekers may find a spiritual home. Our community is enriched with more people bringing their gifts. The outreach nourishes individuals as the meeting grows.

 

In some ways, Quaker Quest is an adventure. The meeting opens itself to the stories each person brings and there is space for Spirit to move through us. Quaker Quest is a framework for outreach, enriching our community, and personal growth. We bring the materials to the framework and build our own Quaker Quest. http://www.fgcquaker.org/services/quaker-quest

 

M & C is recommending to the meeting that part of the large financial gift to our meeting be used to nurture spiritual growth, community well-being, and healthy outreach.

 

 

Steps to Quaker Quest

 

1. Meeting decides to hold a full-day (9AM-4PM) workshop.

2. A QQ Core Group from Santa Fe Monthly Meeting makes arrangements.

3. Two Quaker Quest Travel Team members come to Santa Fe to lead the full-day workshop for all members and attenders of SFMM.

4. Sometime after the workshop, meeting will decide in business meeting whether or not to continue with the next part of QQ.

5. If SFMM decides to offer public sessions, FGC Quaker Quest holds a half-day preparation meeting with the QQ Core Group from SFMM.

6. The Core Group plans the public sessions on three or four Quaker principles.

 

Appendix E

 

Finance Committee Report , September 21,2014

The Yearly Meeting has moved imym.org -- and thus sf.imym.org -- to a new web host that will require our meeting paying $120/year of the hosting cost.

The Communications Committee requests that $120 be added to the 2014-15 budget for the website.

The per member share of the 2014-15 budget is $456.

On September 7 Finance Committee hosted the second threshing session in a series on right use of Meeting financial resources.  The topic was whether we can or should try to increase the Meeting's income.  18 persons attended.  Some of the comments made during the session will be distributed with the invitation to the 3rd session on October 5th.

Bob Gaines

 

Appendix F

 

Report of Future Planning Committee

 

For a few years the Future Planning Committee (FPC) has been discussing and evaluating various scenarios that might meet the requirements for space and programs for Meeting in the future. During a formal presentation by the Committee in March 2014 several options were presented.

After much consideration, our thinking now is that the best idea to plan for the future would be to build a suitable structure in the back of our current property. It would accomplish these goals: (1) to better serve current needs for space for all who wish to attend Meeting for Worship. (2) to accommodate increased membership and allow for greater diversity of programs for our youth (3) to maintain the historic Olive Rush house; and importantly, (4) to provide facilities that can allow Meeting to hold workshops and events for service to the community at large. Furthermore the building could be positioned such that 90% or so of the cultivated garden could be retained.

The FPC proposes to start a more thorough discernment of this idea with our entire SF Monthly Meeting community in the near future. In this process it will be important to listen to everyone’s input in order to develop a strong, balanced project that reflects unity.

First step now would be to schedule a meeting in the garden to present the FPC’s preliminary ideas and explore positioning (and footprint) of the structure

 

Appendix G

 

Santa Fe Monthly Meeting: Meeting for Business: Ninth Month, 21st, 2014

Building Committee Report

 

The building committee met on the 15th with all members present. After summer’s recess, we are actively attending to a variety of projects. In some cases, this requires consultation with our roster of experts and master crafts people before work is performed. Currently, there are no urgent items on our project agenda, though several items will be attended to before they rise to the “pay attention now!” level. Also several items are related to the approaching winter.

Our current list includes:

--exploring options for re-roofing given newer, cheaper options since last re-roofing 12 years ago,

--investigating and addressing some “spongy feeling” in a portion of the meetinghouse kitchen’s floor,

--routine replacement of the ramada’s hot water heater (now 12+ years),

--adding de-icing/heating electrical facility to protect the two main roof north canales,

--investigating repairs to the east wall where several squirrels appear to have taken up residence,

--adding security hardware to significant paintings now on various meetinghouse walls,

--closing FDS fireplace chimney at rooftop level,

--protecting the newly installed drip irrigation system water meter against freezing.

In addition, routine maintenance is going ahead.

--re-painting window sills as needed,

--repair of fluorescent fixture in FDS room,

--adding door stops to portal doors

--slowly changing CFL light bulbs to safer, more energy efficient LED bulbs,

--exterior bench repairs,

--changing of smoke/CO detector batteries ahead of turning on gas pilot lights in three heaters, plus other areas,

--consideration of re-siting of some Olive Rush paintings and wall displays,

--adding locking fixture to FDS’s recently installed closet door (alas, long delayed).

 

Parking by disabled. The Clerk’s request to address parking for disabled members/attenders was discussed. Usually, the Meeting’s resident has a vehicle and parks it in the garage, except on mornings and afternoons on First Days. This is an attractive feature for enhancing the resident’s unpaid status with the Meeting since the vehicle is protected against vandals, street slush in the winter and hot interiors in the summer. This summer, we’ve been reserving handicapped parking on First Days only using cones and signs plus guide marks on the garage floor for 9 am and 11 am meeting attenders with garage double doors open.

 

The BC members agreed that it is not practical to reserve the garage and driveway available 24/7 to only those who have restricted mobility. Resident and guest apartment guests should have access to the off-street spaces when needed, except during the First Day hours when the meetinghouse is open for wider use. Also, BC members felt that service vehicles and workmen may need access to the garage and/or driveway to expedite their coming and going during weekday and Saturday working hours. However, various options were discussed which may require further exploration, including:

 

--Requesting the city to move the current “official” disabled parking place from further up Canyon Road to in front of the meetinghouse. One disadvantage to that move is that our contractors’ service vehicles which do not fit into the garage would have one less available space to park in front of the meetinghouse. This is also one less parking place near the meetinghouse for those who are not “officially” handicapped, but who nevertheless benefit greatly by parking as close to the meetinghouse as feasible, including those with small children.

--BC members observed that, aside from parking space, handicapped access to the building is limited by the two large garage doors which are generally not open during “off hours” unless there is prior arrangement with the resident or through a committee convener or other person in charge of a meeting/gathering. Further investigation may be required to determine if an electric door opener could be installed, triggered with a code on a switch near the garage doors. Note: the garage doors can be opened manually from the outside following recent access to the door closing bar used to close the doors. This does require a standing position and sufficient height for reaching the closing bar.

--While not generally known, it is not illegal to park on the street in a manner blocking the driveway when the “owner” does not object to such parking. This automatically adds a parking space in front of the meetinghouse for those who require close-in parking. Of course, this does block access to the off-street parking in the driveway and garage.

 

Appendix H

 

Resident Friend’s Report for Eighth Month 2014

 

The Resident Friend served the Meeting or approximately 19 hours per week during Eighth Month. Tasks included attending business meeting and committee meetings, cleaning the meetinghouse and guest apartment, doing laundry, putting out the trash and recycling, purchasing supplies, sweeping sidewalks, collecting and distributing the mail, responding to e-mails and phone inquiries, helping with the opening and closing of the meetinghouse on First Days, booking the guest apartment and collecting payments to pass on to the Finance Committee, speaking with visitors to the garden and to guests, assisting with the memorial service for Dave Wunker, helping with the third Gallery in the Garden event, and working in the garden. Garden tasks included weeding, watering, pruning, deadheading, filling bird feeders and bird baths, dealing with a nest of yellow jackets, digging up and dividing a bed of irises, replanting some of those irises as well as additional irises donated by Alan Rogers, and mowing the back area of the garden.

 

The meetinghouse was used by the men’s AA group on Mondays, the Subud meditation group on Tuesdays, and a study group every other Wednesday.

 

Guest apartment occupancy: 18 nights out of a possible 30 nights

 

Income from guest apartment: $910

 

Income from groups: $106

 

Appendix I

 

CLERK'S REPORT - JUNE 23 - SEPTEMBER 21, 2014

 

SPECIAL ACTIVITIES

Assisted with several M&C related tasks

Assisted with process and programmatic aspects of the Future Planning

Committee's work

Assisted P&SC Committee with several letters

 

REGULAR ACTIVITIES

Clerked MFWwAtB for June-August 2014

Prepared MfWwAtB for September 2014

Usual communication with and support of committees and Friends, e.g., with

letters and conveying information

Participated in July-September 2014 M&C Committee Mtg (ex officio)

 

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