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May 2014 Letter to Friends

Letter to Friends

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

Fifth month 2014

 

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., 2098 Calle Ensenada on the northwest corner of Siringo Road. 

 

Sunday, 5/04 12:30 Potluck @ Rise of Meeting,

Sunday, 5/11 10:10 2nd Sunday Friends Worship Sharing

Sunday, 5/18 10:10 Peace & Social Concerns Committee

Sunday, 5/25 10:10 Chanting as Preparation for Worship & Business Meeting for Worship

 

 

The Monthly Query for the 5th month, 2014

 

Are we living affectionately as Friends, entering with sympathy into the joys and sorrows of one another’s lives, and making the meeting a channel for God’s love and forgiveness?” (rewritten from Advice #1, 3rd and last sentence, p 123, IMYM Faith & Practice)

 

Announcements

May 4 – Monthly Potluck will take place at the rise of the 11:00 a.m. meeting.

May 7 – People for Peace meets the 1st Wednesday of the month at 6 pm. Meetings are held at the Commons Co-Housing, 2300 W. Alameda St. Questions to Linda Hibbs, 983-3906 or lhibbs@cybermesa.com

May 11- . The Second Sunday Friends Journal Worship Sharing article is “A Message in Clay” by Jiae Paik from the May 2013 Friends Journal - http://www.friendsjournal.org/ . After reading the article please, consider the query “What is the “clay” in my life and Spiritual Community ?” Copies of this article will be available in the folder near the window in the library. Everyone is invited to attend!  We will begin at 10:10 am and close at 10:50 am.  Friends are encouraged to suggest articles, letters or poems from The Friends Journal to consider in future Worship Sharing’s - contact Howard Shulman @ 984-9908. Here’s the Friends Journal site to order your subscription - http://www.friendsjournal.org/

May 18 - Peace and Social Concerns meets the third First day of every month between worship services from 10:05 to 10:55 am, Pam Gilchrist chairs these efforts and will publish topic in the weekly digest.

May 18 - Business meeting for Worship will meet at the rise of the meeting.

May 25 - 10:00 am - 4th Sunday Singing -- Chanting as preparation for worship. The basic repertoire is from Tony Martins Chanting workshop at Friends General Conference, July 2013.  These are simple chants repeated for a long time so that they can be picked up by ear.  If you have a favorite chant, please bring it.  For questions or suggestions, please contact Guthrie Miller at 954-4224 or _guthriemiller@gmail.com_ or mailto:guthriemiller@gmail.com

May 26 - The Ministry and Counsel Committee changed its monthly meeting time from the second Monday of the month to the last Monday of the month.  The next meeting is at 5:30 p.m. on May 26 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.

June 11 – 15 - The IMYM Annual Gathering at Ghost Ranch with Early Days being June 8-11. The registration deadline was April 22 and payment is due by May 1. The following links will give you more information: Adult schedule http://www.imym.org/2014regis/, Gathering - full information http://www.imym.org/2014regis, Gathering online registration site
https://www.regonline.com/
(everyone is urged to register online) Gathering cost info
http://sf.imym.org/,

Santa Fe Friends Meeting

Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business

Fourth Month, 2014 (April 27, 2014)

 

Present: Jan-Willem Jansens (clerk), Shelley Cohen (recording clerk), Marcy Pompei, Michael Simon, Frank Hirsch, Lowber Welsh, Philip Balcombe, Bob Gaines, Greg Cliburn, Reuben Hersh, David Murphy, Pamela Geyer, Elliott Skinner, Pam Gilchrist, John Kretzmann

 

Meeting opened at 12:50 with the Clerk’s reading of an excerpt from “The Sense of the Meeting” from Rebecca Henderson’s Quaker Practice and Business Meetings.

 

Minutes for Third Month 2014 Business Meeting were amended to read “Allen Winchester read the memorial prepared by the Las Vegas Worship Group of which Curtis was a vital part”. The Minutes were accepted as amended.

 

Friends were invited to review First Day School Committee’s Report for March as published in the March newsletter.

 

The Clerk read Sally Spencer’s letter requesting permission to use the Meetinghouse building and grounds for a small preschool summer camp. Sally used the property in a similar capacity last year. Sally would like to use the property from June 9 to July 25, from 9:00-2:00 Monday through Thursday for four to six children ages two to five. Sally will be assisted by a well-qualified college student and has offered to donate a percentage of her proceeds to the Meeting.

 

A concern about whether or not Meeting’s liability insurance would cover this activity was raised. This was brought up last year as well. A conversation with Meeting’s insurance agent, at that time, confirmed that Meeting’s insurance would apply as it is a “one-time” program. Friends recalled that last year’s contract requested that the Meeting receive a donation equal to 10% of the proceeds in exchange for use of the space and would like to see the same condition in this year’s contract. Resident David Murphy was open to having the summer camp return to the Meetinghouse with one request; that the children not play in the flower beds.

 

The Clerk will enter into a contract outlining the above conditions, on behalf of the Meeting, with Sally pending the “okay” of our First Day School teachers. Friends approved.

 

After a brief period of silence, the Peace and Social Concerns Committee Report was read. The report may be viewed in Appendix A.

 

Peace and Social Concerns Committee welcomes their newest member, Becca Conner.  As their first order of business, P&SC discussed the lawsuit the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) has filed against the nine nuclear-armed nations for their failure to negotiate in good faith for nuclear disarmament. The committee seeks Meeting’s approval to distribute the information to Meeting’s Weekly Digest with the link to the petition that is being circulated. This request brought rise to a discussion of the length of digest inserts, the number of inserts in each digest, how we share information and the intention of the digest. The discussion of information flow and overload will be continued at the Fifth Month Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business. Friends approved a short insert in the digest regarding the Marshal Islands lawsuit, with links to more information and the petition.

Peace and Social Concerns brought forward a draft of a letter opposing any expansion of WIPP and/or reopening of WIPP until unknowns are determined and corrected and an independent investigation and decontamination are complete. The letter would be sent to the Governor, the New Mexico Environment Department and State Senators. Friends supported the idea of sending a letter, but had concerns about the specific content and the “strength” of the letter as presented. Friends will re-work the letter and bring it back to May’s Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business for approval. The city and county are considering the appropriation of $200,000 for a feasibility study for a public utility. This study follows up on the one done in 2012. No action is needed at this time.

 

Friends were informed of two important events that are coming up. The first is a presentation by John Dear entitled, “The Nonviolent Life” on May 7th at the Unitarian Church at 7:00. The second, is a workshop at Ghost Ranch entitled Earth Honoring Faith / Listening To Earth, Opening To God being held the last week of June.

 

The Peace and Social Concerns Committee Report was accepted with gratitude.

The Building Committee’s Report was read after a period of silence. The report may be viewed in Appendix B.

 

The Building Committee is pleased to report that the garden accessible walkway has been 90% completed. The remaining portion deals with the emergency gate which will be completed following completion of the city's building permit process. In addition, the "fireplace window" now opens in the opposite direction in an effort to improve airflow into the meeting room. And lastly, deep cleaning of the guest apartment’s vigas and hardwood floors has been completed. The committee is currently considering the continued care and treatment of the floor. The installation of solar power panels on the roof is also being researched by the committee. A comprehensive report outlining pros and cons, costs and potential savings, will be brought before Meeting upon completion for further discussion.

 

Friends accepted the Building Committee’s Report with gratitude.

 

The Garden Committee presented their report for March and April, 2014. The report may be viewed in Appendix C.

 

Watering, pruning and cleaning out the beds have been the committee’s primary focuses for March and April. The committee is planning on having the drip system up and running in May which will greatly facilitate the watering of the garden.

 

United Artists of Santa Fe (including several Meeting members) spent a day painting in the garden and plan on returning in a couple of weeks. Meeting thanks our Resident for handling the logistics.

 

Friends would like to minute their gratitude for the care and attention put into making the garden pathways accessible, as well as all of the hard work that goes into maintaining and improving the garden.

 

Meeting accepted the report the Garden Committee.

 

 

 

The Residence Committee Report was read after a period of silence. The report may be viewed in its entirety in Appendix D.

 

The committee reported on their March meeting with Resident David Murphy to review his first six months as the Monthly Meeting’s Resident Friend. Conversations with Meeting members and attenders indicated that Friends were pleased with David’s service to Meeting. David reported his satisfaction with how things were working out, as well. Other items of concern were discussed to include, the plan in place to support the Resident’s time off, flexibility in the “suggested donation” policy for the guest apartment, increasing guest apartment use during the late winter months and replacing the chair in the guest apartment.

 

The Residence Committee’s Report was accepted with gratitude.

 

Ministry and Counsel’s Report was presented following a period of silence. The full report is available in Appendix E.

 

The proposed Query for Fifth Month of 2014 was read: “Are we living affectionately as Friends, entering with sympathy into the joys and sorrows of one another’s lives, and making the meeting a channel for God’s love and forgiveness?” (re-written from Advice #1, 3rd and last sentence, p.123, IMYM Faith and Practice). Friends expressed concern about the “yes and no” nature of the query and rephrased the query to add more spiritual depth. Friends were also concerned by the query’s reference to “God” and preferred changing “God” to “Spirit”. Those present agreed that Meeting would benefit from an in-depth consideration of the word “God”. Ministry and Counsel will take this up at a future meeting. Friends approved the Query for Fifth Month as modified: “In what ways are we living affectionately as Friends, entering with sympathy into the joys and sorrows of one another’s lives, and making the meeting a channel for Spirit’s love and forgiveness?”

 

The revised Memorial Minute for Dimitri Mihalas was read and accepted as presented with gratitude to all those involved. The Memorial Minute is attached at the end of these Minutes

 

Ministry and Counsel proposed to lay down the Adult Education Committee and to address Adult Education as an informal collaboration between M&C, Peace and Social Concerns and individual Friends with leadings. This proposal was made in light of Nominating Committee’s difficulty in constituting the committee for the past two years. Friends were reluctant to lay down the committee as a commitment to on-going education is necessary to the life of the Meeting. Friends approved moving forward with the informal collaboration between M&C, Peace and Social Concerns and individual Friends with leadings. Friends also agreed that the Education Committee will not be laid down and will be constituted by Nominating Committee if/when way opens.

 

Ministry and Council reminded Friends of the May and June calendar:

May 4: Representatives from the Worship Groups under our care will join Santa Fe Friends for discussion following pot-luck

May 11: Friends Journal article discussion

May 18; Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business

May 25: Memorial Day Weekend

M&C will oversee the scheduling of a meeting with the Garden Committee to discuss priorities and planning for the garden. M&C will also coordinate with the Finance Committee for the scheduling of a meeting to continue consideration of Meeting’s cash reserve and South Santa Fe Quaker Worship Group’s request for a $4,000 grant or loan.

 

Ministry and Counsel’s Report was accepted with gratitude.

 

The Treasurer’s Report was presented after a brief silence. The 1st Quarter Report can be viewed in its entirety at http://sf.imym.org/finance/

 

Meeting’s income and expenditures for January through March were reviewed. The total paid out for the period was $14,043. In addition to our usual monthly expenses, Meeting’s annual IMYM assessment ($3,850, 77 members @ $50) and our NM Regional Meeting contribution ($385, $5 per member) were covered, as was an expenditure of $4,735 from the Maintenance Fund for the labor and materials for the garden walkway. The Treasurer asked that the future proceeds from the sale of Jeanette Young’s book go into the General Fund and that the balance of the Young Fund be spent as intended and the fund laid down. The ensuing discussion revealed that the First Day School Committee is researching purchasing a bench for the garden with the Young Fund and is likely to have information for Business Meeting in the coming months. Meeting accepted the Treasurer’s report with gratitude for the care and accuracy of the report.

 

A moment of silence preceded the Resident Friend’s Report. The report can be viewed in its entirety in Appendix F.

 

The Resident Friend served Meeting approximately 18 hours per week during Third Month. In addition to his usual tasks, time was spent on various spring garden and outdoor clean-up projects. The guest apartment was occupied 11 out of a possible 30 nights up from 0 nights in Second Month. Friends were concerned that more than the designated 15 hours per week were spent working on Meeting activities. It was pointed out that the 15 hours per week is an average and that it actually does work out over the year because the average in the winter months is closer to 10 hours per week.

 

The Resident Friend’s Report was accepted with gratitude.

 

Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business closed in silence at 3:00.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Shelley Cohen

APPENDIX A- PEACE AND SOCIAL CONCERNS REPORT

2014-04-27 Peace & Social Concerns Report to Santa Fe Monthly Meeting Worship with Attention to Business

Present: Becca Conner and Pam Gilchrist

Following silence we considered the following:

Nuke Zero – We will ask Worship with Attention to Business for suggestions as to the best way to bring the news of unprecedented lawsuits against all nine nuclear-armed nations for their failure to negotiate in good faith for nuclear disarmament to the attention of Meeting.

It was decided to include a short announcement the Digest. The following was submitted:

PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION of support: The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) has filed an unprecedented lawsuits against all nine nuclear-armed nations for their failure to negotiate in good faith for nuclear disarmament, as required under the Non-Proliferation Treaty. The suits were filed against all nine nations at the International Court of Justice, with an additional complaint against the United States filed in U.S. Federal District Court.

Please go to www.nuclearzero.org, where you can learn more about the specifics of the lawsuits and show your support by signing a petition supporting the RMI’s bold, non-violent action.

Public Utility - The city and county are considering the appropriation of $200,000 for a

feasibility study for a public utility. This study follows up on the one done in 2012.

The New Energy Economy web site documents that in a study released in December 2012 and titled “Preliminary Economic Feasibility Assessment of a Publicly-Owned Electric Utility for the City of Santa Fe and Santa Fe County,” the city learned that an energy switch to public power could be momentous:

  • It could double savings from energy efficiency from 8% to 20%

  • It could more than double renewable energy production from 20% to 45%

  • It could cut coal’s share of their energy supply from 60% to zero

  • It could increase the percent of local energy fivefold (and possibly much further with local utility-scale solar and city ownership of a combined-cycle natural gas power plant)

  • It could increase customer-sited and -scaled energy from a pittance to over 11%

  • It could cut energy bills by 10-15%

WIPP – We proposed a draft letter opposing any expansion to WIPP, the reopening of WIPP until unknowns are determined and corrected and an independent investigation and decontamination is completed. The letters will be sent to our Sens. Udall and Heinrich as well as Governor Martiniez and NMED Secretary Ryan Flynn. Pam Geyer will help edit the letter to be considered at our Worship with Attention to Business next month.

Weekly Digest:

Wednesday, May 7, 7 pm -THE NONVIOLENT LIFE by JOHN DEAR
You are invited to explore John Dear’s urgent diagnosis of the calamity that’s bearing down on us, but also his dramatic and soulful prescription for healing our lives and the planet.
Suggested Donation: $10.00 Refreshments @ 6:30 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Santa Fe
107 W. Barcelona, Santa Fe, N.M. 87505
Sponsors: Santa Fe Pax Christi, Co-sponsors: Santa Fe Friends Meeting, Joan Duffy Chapter of Veterans for Peace Santa Fe, Upaya Zen Center, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Santa Fe

 

Earth Honoring Faith / Listening To Earth, Opening To God

Ghost Ranch Workshop ID: G14S641

Dates: June 23, 2014 - June 29, 2014 Price: $395.00

What are Earth’s voices saying to us? How do we listen? How do we respond so as to celebrate life, embrace hope and work together for Earth care and self-care on an endangered planet? Women’s experience and voices will be highlighted—Native-American, African-American, Anglo-American, and Latina-American. Men’s voices will join. Presentations, conversations, contemplative practices, art, prayer and ritual come together in this workshop/retreat. Larry Rasmussen, author of Earth-Honoring Faith: Religious Ethics in a New Key, will facilitate.

APPENDIX B-BUILDING COMMITTEE

Building Committee Report, 4th Month, 27, 2014

The major accomplishment of the month has been 90% completion of the garden accessible pathway. The remaining 10% deals with the emergency gate which will be completed following completion of the city's building permit process. Another minor item which had been on our project list has also been completed: reversing the "fireplace window" direction of opening so that a better flow of summer breezes coming from the southwest will enter the meetingroom (original opening faced north). Additionally, deep cleaning of the guest apartment's vigas have been accomplished along with a thorough cleaning of the hardwood floor. Our guest apartment deep cleaner has asked us to consider longer term methods for upgrading the floor's appearance. It is estimated that the floor is about 90 years old. We are investigating the best method of enhancing the floor, short of radical sanding and application of polyurethane coating appropriate for new floors or ones which receive daily heavy traffic.

 

To provide the Meeting with a heads-up, we expect to be closely examining all aspects of installation of solar power panels on the roof in the next few months. When we have compiled a comprehensive report outlining pros and cons, costs and potential savings, the Meeting will have an opportunity to discuss the issue.

 

   Respectfully submitted, David Giltrow, convener

 

APPENDIX C – GARDEN COMMITTEE REPORT

Santa Fe Monthly Meeting, Garden Committee Report for March and April 2014

The Garden Committee’s focus has been watering for March and April. Dave Wunker worked 12 to 16 hours assisting with watering in between working with Rose Pope on the Grounds Improvement of the new pathway. Resident David Murphy was successful in pruning 8 to 10 trees and an equal amount of bushes in the garden. He and Marcy Pompei took a very full truck load to the dump and have filled the trash bin every week.

Beds have been removed of most of the leaves and winter debris.

The city threw snow with street salt on the Vinca beds in the front of the meetinghouse, making the Vinca look dead, however, with watering new growth is showing.

During the month of May the committee anticipates the drip system will be connected and this will facilitate the watering of the garden without a person standing over a hose. Additionally, David Murphy and Marcy Pompei will be free to weed and assess infrastructure, emphasizing maintenance efforts over watering during the month of May.

 

 

 

 

Santa Fe Monthly Meeting, Garden Committee Report for March and April 2014

 

The Garden Committee’s focus has been watering for March and April. Dave Wunker worked 12 to 16 hours assisting with watering in between working with Rose Pope on the Grounds Improvement of the new pathway. Resident David Murphy was successful in pruning 8 to 10 trees and an equal amount of bushes in the garden. He and Marcy Pompei took a very full truck load to the dump and have filled the trash bin every week. Beds have been removed of most of the leaves and winter debris.

The city threw snow with street salt on the Vinca beds in the front of the meetinghouse, making the Vinca look dead, however, with watering new growth is showing.

During the month of May the committee anticipates the drip system will be connected and this will facilitate the watering of the garden without a person standing over a hose. Additionally, David Murphy and Marcy Pompei will be free to weed and assess infrastructure, emphasizing maintenance efforts over watering during the month of May.

 

APPENDIX D – RESIDENCE COMMITTEE REPORT

Residence Committee Report for March

Notes from committee meeting on March 2, 2014, at 12:30 p.m.

Present: Ariel Harrison, Marty Carroll, Guthrie Miller, and David Murphy

 

The Residence Committee met with our Resident, David Murphy, on March 2, 2014. The primary purpose of our meeting was to discover if the meeting’s arrangement with David Murphy to be our Resident Friend and Caretaker was satisfactory to both parties, at this six-month interval since he began his time with us. In preparation for this meeting, the committee solicited input from all meeting members and attenders who might have comments. All the feedback we received was positive. David also seemed to be satisfied with how the arrangement is working out.

During the remainder of our meeting, we discussed specific questions related to the guest apartment use, and came to clarity on most of these issues. Questions we considered were: covering the work during times of the Resident’s vacations (we have a plan), whether there is flexibility in the minimum-three-night policy (left to Resident’s discretion), whether there is flexibility in the “suggested donation” policy (yes, when necessary), ways to possibly increase guest apartment use during the late winter months, and possible avenues to acquire a better-looking chair for the guest apartment.

Feel free to contact any of the above members for more details on these issues.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Marty Carroll

APPENDIX E – MINISTRY AND COUNSEL REPORT

 

 

Santa Fe Monthly Meeting – Ministry and Counsel Committee

Report of March 31, 2014 meeting for Monthly Business Meeting of 4/27/14

 

Attending: Jan-Willem Jansens, Carolyn Sigstedt, Margy Willen, and Allen Winchester (Karen Kuranz was absent due to family commitments)

 

Memorial Minutes:

    1. Some small changes were made by Linda Hibbs in Jeannie Mayes’ memorial minute, and M&C approved the changes in good faith.

    2. Allen clarified that the memorial minutes will not be read during Regional Meeting; only at IMYM.

 

Fellowship Coordination: Carolyn Sigstedt agreed to temporarily fill in for Sara Gmitter.

 

Worship Groups under Our Care: JW agreed to clerk the meeting on May 4th .

 

Religious/Adult Education: M&C recommends that there would not be a committee created again for this function, because our members are already over committed. M&C feels that between M&C and Peace & Social Concerns Committee ideas could be exchanged by staying in touch and meeting informally, perhaps 2-3 times/year to brainstorm ideas and launch educational initiatives.

 

Regional Meeting and IMYM Workshop Plans: Everything is prepared and on track for this.

 

Query for the 5th Month (May 2014):Are we living affectionately as Friends, entering with sympathy into the joys and sorrows of one another’s lives, and making the meeting a channel for God’s love and forgiveness?” (Rewritten from IMYM Faith & Practice: Advice #1, 3rd and last sentences, p 123).

 

Observations on the Spiritual Life of our Meeting:

    • 9:00 am meeting: All is well; the meeting routinely has visitors who bring us great joy.

    • 11:00 am meeting: All is well; attendance is up and down; also several visitors each time; vocal ministry is strong and powerful lately; there is a trend toward an upbeat atmosphere.

    • South Santa Fe Quaker Worship Group: The group is thriving spiritually; there are often 15 people, including 3-4 visitors; the group holds regular Business Meetings; on 3/30, the group received a loan from Friends General Conference and a $3,000 grant from Philadelphia Yearly Meeting for the flooring of the Quaker House on Calle Ensenada.

    • Worship groups: no news.

 

Care for Friends: M&C reviewed the conditions and needs of various Friends.

 

Monthly Scheduling: The next M&C meeting will be on Monday April 28th at 5:30 at JW’s office.

 

Memorial Minute – Dimitri Mihalas

 

World-renowned astrophysicist Dr. Dimitri Mihalas, PhD passed away in his sleep at his home on November 21, 2013 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He donated his body to the University of New Mexico Medical School and his library to New Mexico Tech.

 

His grandfather, fleeing Greece in the 1930’s, brought his family to the U.S. Dimitri was born on March 20, 1939 in Los Angeles, California where he grew up. He received his B.A., with Highest Honors, in three majors; Physics, Mathematics, and Astronomy, from the University of California at Los Angeles at age 20. He received his Ph.D. in Astronomy and Physics from the California Institute of Technology four years later.

 

In 1963, Dimitri joined the faculty of the Department of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University. In the following three decades, he was a professor in the Department of Astronomy at the University of Chicago, the University of Colorado at Boulder, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he was the George C. McVittie Professor of Astronomy for 13 years. He worked for many years as a Senior Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, and was an Astronomer at the National Solar Observatory at Sacramento Peak, New Mexico and a laboratory fellow at the Los Alamos National Laboratory until 2011.

 

Dimitri was a pioneer in astrophysics and computational physics and remained a world leader in the fields of radiation transport, radiation hydrodynamics and astrophysical quantitative spectroscopy for most of his career. His broad knowledge and immense contributions earned him election to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in 1981 at age 42, fifteen years earlier than the usual age of entry. In addition, he earned many other distinguished awards. Dimitri had an exceptional record of both quantity and quality of work, and developed new and far-reaching methodologies yielding results of great importance. He made outstanding contributions to the field of Astronomy and Astrophysics.

 

Besides many high-quality papers, he authored or co-authored seven books and co-edited three others. Among them, three of his books have been used as textbooks for both undergraduate and graduate students worldwide and translated into other languages such as Russian and Chinese. His book, Foundations of Radiation Hydrodynamics, has become the “bible” of the radiation hydrodynamics community, especially at Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories and the Naval Research Laboratory. Dimitri also published several other non-science poetry books including Coming Back From the Dead, Dream Shadows and A Distant Summons.

 

Dimitri’s colleagues and graduate students held him in high appreciation and expressed their admiration for him at the International Conference in Honor of Dimitri Mihalas for his Lifetime Scientific Contributions on the Occasion of his 70th Birthday held at Boulder in late March 2009. A symposium was published following the conference. In the December 2013 issue of The Huffington Post, Dimitri was #5in the line-up of 39 Brilliant Scientific Minds we Lost in 2013 That Changed the World Forever.

 

Dimitri was diagnosed with depression and bipolar disorder when he was in his 40s, although he thought signs of the conditions dated to his childhood. He wrote about his experiences in essays such as “Surviving Depression and Bipolar Disorder” and “A Primer on Depression and Bipolar Disorder” in 2002. He was determined to be open about his conditions in the hopes that it would lessen the stigma of mental illness. And, indeed, these books have had as profound an impact as his professional textbooks and articles. A former student, feeling that Dimitri played an extremely important part in his own wellbeing, especially at the time when he was a student, placed Dimitri's writings on bipolar disorder on an online blog, the HealthyPlace web site for the Bipolar Disorder Community, ensuring open access to all.

Dimitri was invited to attend Quaker Meeting by a friend when he was working at the University of Colorado and the National Center for Atmospheric Research. He became a member of Boulder Friends Meeting in 1977. In 1986, the depressive side of his bipolar condition began to get the better of him and he struggled with suicidal ideas. Medication, psychiatry and the outpouring of friendship and spiritual support from the Boulder Friends community carried him through and he discovered that, in his words, “It is in the deepest darkness that one can most easily see light, God's Light, your Inner Light. I was led to the amazing conclusion that the dark journey is not a test, a trial, or a punishment, it is a gift!”

 

In 1996, Dimitri wrote a pamphlet, published by Pendle Hill, titled, Depression and Spiritual Growth. Its purpose, in Dimitri’s words, “is to describe the transition a depression victim can take from despair to a grounded place for spiritual growth”. In it, Dimitri offered details of his own journey and asserted that the path to healing and wholeness is possible by embracing God’s gift of Grace. He also placed great importance on the role of Quaker Meeting as a source of spiritual and practical support.

 

Dimitri spent several years attending Urbana-Champaign Friends Meeting in the mid-nineties before returning to Boulder. He moved to Los Alamos in the late –nineties and began attending Santa Fe Friends Meeting, transferring his membership there in 2012. Although he attended Meeting irregularly, Dimitri is remembered by Friends with fondness and appreciation. Friends are grateful for his eloquent and profound messages about coping with mental illness, which were comforting to those who found themselves in situations with similar challenges.

 

Friends from Boulder and Urbana Friends Meetings were similarly moved, and deeply affected by his writings and honesty about mental illness. One Friend remembers that Dimitri always appreciated Quakers’ inclusivity and insistence on personal experience as testimony. For Friends who knew him as a member of their Meetings, Dimitri remains an inspiration; a brilliant scientist who shared, with joy and honesty, his own dark journey through depression , which led him to seek out a spiritual path. His life is an affirmation of our oneness in our search for wholeness. He reminds us that “we all have broken places; places through which Grace and Light and Life itself can penetrate our souls, places through which we can reach out from the prisons of our lives to touch one another and touch God.”

 

Dimitri began working at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in the late nineteen-nineties. In accordance with his Quaker beliefs, he refused any work related to nuclear weapons development. He retired from his position as Laboratory Fellow in the Applied Physics department in 2011.

Throughout his long career, he gave generously of himself to all with whom he interacted. As an advisor, role model, confidant, and friend, he saw each person as an individual, acknowledging strengths, helping overcome weaknesses, giving encouragement, and enthusiastically praising their success. He touched the lives and careers of many students, colleagues and friends and has left a lasting legacy to be cherished by all who knew him. He is survived by his wife, Anke Mihalas, his daughter, Alexandra and his son, Michael.

APPENDIX F- RESDENT FRIEND’S REPORT

Resident Friend’s Report for Third Month, 2014

The Resident Friend served the Meeting for approximately 18 hours per week during 3rd Month. Tasks included cleaning the meetinghouse and guest apartment, attending business and committee meetings, purchasing supplies, doing laundry, collecting and distributing the mail, booking the guest apartment, speaking with guests, answering inquiries from visitors, responding to e-mails and phone calls, collecting and recording payments, handling the trash and recycling, making a trip to the dump (with Marcy Pompeii), sweeping the sidewalks, filling the bird feeders, tending to the heaters, installing latches in the kitchen, going to the city’s water and sewer departments (with Bettina Raphael), working in the garden (with the help of Dave Wunker and Marcy Pompeii), attending a Gardening 101 workshop sponsored by Santa Fe Master Gardeners, assisting at Rebecca Henderson’s memorial service, cleaning up the area around the shed (including getting rid of the fire pit and garden swing with the help of Ariel Harrison),creating forms for the youth program at the upcoming Regional Meeting, closing and checking the locks of the meetinghouse after various events, and working in the library.

Guest apartment occupancy: 11 nights out of a possible 30

Income from guest apartment: $ 435 (However, one couple did not pay for their second night though they claim they did so the total should be $490 .)

 

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