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June 2014 Letter to Friends

 

Letter to Friends

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

Sixth 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, 6/01 12:30 Potluck @ Rise of Meeting,

Sunday, 6/15 10:10 Peace & Social Concerns Committee

Sunday, 6/22 10:10 Chanting as Preparation for Worship & Business Meeting for Worship

Sunday, 6/29 10:10 Meeting for Muffins

 

 

The Monthly Query for the 6th month, 2014

How is the life of our Meeting ordered so as to help us live lovingly and joyfully with one another?”

 

Announcements

June 1 – Monthly Potluck will take place at the rise of the 11:00 a.m. meeting.

June 4 – 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

June 8 – 15 - The IMYM Annual Gathering at Ghost Ranch with Early Days being June 8-11. The following links will give you more information: Adult schedule http://www.imym.org/2014regis/adultsched/view, Gathering - full information http://www.imym.org/2014regis, Gathering online registration site
https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1443785
(everyone is urged to register online) Gathering cost info
http://sf.imym.org/meetingnews/imymcost

June 15 - 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 topics in the weekly notice.

June 15 - Business meeting for Worship will meet at the rise of the meeting.

June 22 - 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_.

June 30 - 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.

 

Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business

Fifth Month 2014 (May 18. 2014)

Present: Jan-Willem Jansens (clerk), Peggy Giltrow (recording clerk), Bob Gaines, Pam Gilchrist, Carol Woodsong, Linda Hibbs, Philip Balcombe, Guthrie Miller, John Kretzmann, Pam Geyer, Allen Winchester, David Giltrow

Meeting opened at 12:55 with the Clerk’s reading of an excerpt from Rebecca Henderson’s “Quaker Practice and Business Meetings”. A moment of silence followed.

The Clerk reviewed the proposed agenda. Because Ministry and Council would be reading two Memorial Minutes, Meeting agreed to review one after the Garden Committee report and the other during the M&C report.

Minutes for Fourth Month 2014 Business Meeting were approved as published in the Newsletter.

Newsletter & Digest

Bob Gaines and Marcy Pompei, the Communications Committee, asked the Meeting to review and discuss an updated policy proposal for Newsletter and Email lists, and the Website. The Policy Proposal can be found in Appendix A at the end of these minutes.

The major change is the creation of three separate online lists, in addition to the Monthly Newsletter. The current Weekly Digest list will continue to be sent on Tuesday, including issues or concerns with which the Meeting is currently engaged. An Email Announcement list will be sent to cover urgent messages. A Peace and Social Concerns List, prepared by the Peace and Social Concerns Committee, will be sent out as appropriate. Members and attenders can sign up for one or more of the Meeting’s email communications.

Requests were made for clarification about how the editor can decide what individual requests to put in the Digest. The policy can be shared with the requestor. Friends can be asked to take ownership of information: “This Friend (name) would like Meeting to know that…..Please call me at …..if more information is needed.”

The committee asks Meeting to consider removing password protection from all areas of the Meeting website. The burden would then be on persons providing material to be posted to assure that no contact information is included in the posting. The Meeting Directory is, and will continue to be, available only on request and not on the website. This part of the policy will be discussed again at the June Business Meeting.

Meeting accepted the report, including the creation of new lists, with thanks to Bob and Marcy for their service and suggestions. Abundant opportunities will be offered to Friends to opt into as many online Meeting lists as they would like to receive.

Nominating Committee Report

The Nominating Committee -- James Hogan, Convener; Karen Kuranz and Pam Gilchrist -- met 3/21/2014 and considered the SFMM positions to be filled.  The committee is pleased to present the slate for the positions requiring two readings: Clerk, Recording Clerk, Treasurer, Clerk of M&C and the Meeting Representative to IMYM’s Nominations Committee.

The people willing to continue to serve in these positions are the following:  Clerk: Jan-Willem Jansens; Recording Clerk: Peggy Giltrow, (Peggy requests that Nominations find, soon, a person for her to train to take over next year); Treasurer: Greg Cliburn; Clerk of M&C:  Allen Winchester; and the Meeting Representative to the Nominations Committee of IMYM (and therefore of NM Regional): Allen Winchester.

The committee will ask for a second reading on these positions, and will present a full slate for all positions, at the June Business Meeting. The report was accepted with gratitude.

Building Committee –Please See written report in Appendix B

The Building Committee--John Kretzmann, Bettina Raphael, David Murphy and David Giltrow-- met to review and discuss ongoing business, including the exploration of solar power panels for the roof. The guest apartment floor will be addressed in coming months. No action items were presented. Meeting accepted the report.

The Clerk reported that, as Meeting requested, he checked with First Day School teachers about Sally Spencer’s proposal to again use the Meeting House for a small preschool summer camp. Sally has agreed to the conditions proposed, and the contract is ready to be signed. As last year, 20% of the proceeds from the camp will be donated to Meeting.

Garden Committee

The Garden Committee met on Thursday, May 8, 2014 and set the 2nd Thursday of each month as the committee meeting date through September. The Committee proposes one art show in the garden each month from June through August. Committee members are working on finding Quaker artists and others to show, and will present a more detailed plan at the June Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business. Meeting accepted the report with thanks.

After some discussion about the future of the garden, Meeting approved the following Minute: Meeting asks the Garden Committee what level of energy and cost they see needed. Is what is currently available sufficient to maintain the garden at its present visual level in terms of water, volunteer power, funding, and plant stock?

A Memorial Minute for Karin Salzmann was read. After a moment of silence, several small changes were suggested. The Minute, with suggested changes, was accepted with gratitude. The Memorial Minute is attached at the end of these Minutes. One Friend observed that he is grateful to have memorial minutes read; it is a way to make departed Friends alive again.

Peace & Social Concerns Committee—Please see written report in Appendix C, which includes links to more information.

The committee-- Becca Conner, Tim Downing and Pam Gilchrist--met this morning to consider three pressing issues and the proposed letter concerning WIPP. The committee will be looking at possible responses to the EPA request for public comment on “The NM Haze Reduction Plan”, the Friends Journal article “Why Quakers Should Divest from Fossil Fuels”, and lawsuits filed by the Republic of the Marshall Islands on April 24 against all 9 nuclear-armed nations.

Pam Gilchrist read the proposed letter, which she and Pam Geyer had edited, requesting an independent investigation into the radioactive release at WIPP. Meeting approved sending the letter to the New Mexico Environment Department Secretary, Governor Martinez, and Senators Udall and Heinrich. The letter, including links to supporting documents, is available in Appendix D.

Meeting accepted the report of the Peace and Social Concerns Committee with gratitude.

Ministry and Counsel Committee—Please see written report in Appendix E

The report of the Committee on Ministry Counsel was read, discussed, and approved. As Friends continue to consider and season the topic of Quaker Quest before it is again presented to a future Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business, individual Friends and M&C members are encouraged to continue discussing the program with all who are interested. The May 4 discussion on “What it means to be under the care of the Monthly Meeting” included representatives from Canyon Road and all Worship Groups except Las Vegas. None of the Worship Groups expressed interest in becoming a preparatory meeting.

Meeting joyfully approved the proposed Query for sixth Month of 2014: “How is the life of our Meeting ordered so as to help us live lovingly and joyfully with one another?’

A Memorial Minute for Rebecca Henderson was read. Following a moment of silence, several slight corrections were suggested. These will be sent to Pelican Lee and Matilda Hansen for approval. The Minute was accepted with gratitude to both of them. The draft Memorial Minute can be found as an attachment at the end of these Minutes.

Finance Committee—Please see written report in Appendix F

The Finance Committee will host a discussion at the August potluck on the right use of Meeting’s financial reserves. The Committee proposes that for the time being the Meeting’s financial reserves will be kept in CDs at the Guadalupe Credit Union (no change).

The committee’s report includes recommendations for Meeting’s investment policy and a change in the fiscal year, currently January through December, to July through June. The investment policy will be part of the August discussion. Friends are asked to consider the change in the fiscal year between now and the next business meeting, when action can be taken. It is proposed that the corporation’s fiscal year not be changed. (The corporation does not handle money). There are no IRS implications since Meeting is a religious organization. Meeting accepted the committee’s report. 

Resident Friend’s Report—Please see written report in Appendix G

The Resident Friend served the Meeting approximately 15 hours per week during Fourth Month. In addition to regular duties, he helped with the youth program for Regional Meeting and with the help of a Friend was able to get rid of the chair from the Guest Apartment. Uses of Meetinghouse and garden generated $154. Guest apartment income was $585. The Resident Friend’s report was accepted with thanks.

New Business to hold in the Light

  1. The Recorder raised the question of categories of membership in Santa Fe Monthly Meeting. The IMYM census sheet lists “Associates” and “Youth” as possible membership categories. Friends who have since withdrawn have asked the Recorder if our Meeting had more than one type of membership. Would a youth membership encourage more participation by our youth? The Recorder asked M&C to consider the question. Pam Geyer will look for a Pendle Hill pamphlet or other source to serve as background information. Allen Winchester will continue informal discussion with IMYM on the topic. Friends wondered about implications for IMYM assessments.

  2. David Giltrow suggests an ad hoc committee be formed to discuss the possibility of solar panels for the Meetinghouse roof —finances, technology, environmental obligations. Several members have been involved in solar panel installations for other properties. Local sources of information include an exhibitor at the SF home show and Pam Gilchrist’s son. Bob Gaines volunteers to be on such a committee. Meeting will address the question after the summer.

  3. The Clerk suggests that Meeting develop a manner to evaluate the condition of Meeting in light of dwindling membership and attendance.

Friends discussed the question, pointing out that some members and attenders are worshiping at other times while others have died or moved away. Is there a feeling of acrimony or a sense of unease? How can Meeting address these questions? Might Quaker Quest help us with this? We can ask QQ proponents, or look at the curriculum.

One Friend feels this question is primarily a responsibility of Ministry and Counsel. They ask people to come and express their difficulties. Friends often fail to act on our knowledge that each of us is responsible and should approach M&C if we are having difficulties. Maybe M&C should identify folks with difficulties, invite them to come to M&C and share problems, then decide on the best course of action. If you ask people what the problem is they will tell you. Often the concern is different than what is being whispered. Ministry and Counsel will discuss and follow up.

The Clerk proposes that we ask 1 to 3 members after each business meeting to evaluate how it went. He wants people to say what they feel and be forthright. Topics could include length of meetings, how he serves as clerk. He wants feedback to lead to improvement.

Another Friend feels that there is increased energy and vocal worship at 11 a.m. Meeting for Worship. Visitors are being moved, and speak to that at the end of Meeting. Maybe all of us are stepping up more.

 

Announcements

A folder of Dimitri Mihalas’ writings will soon be available in the Meeting library. It will include his Memorial Minute.

The Future Planning Committee announces the need to take a break for 2 to 3 months. One Friend quipped, “Our future is on hold”.

The guest book in the Guest Apartment goes back 20 years and is almost full. The Building Committee will bring it to the next business meeting so that people can see who was here and their comments, for instance reactions to the expensive double bed and love for the Garden. The guest book gives those who don’t see visitors a chance to find out what they feel about their stay.

Meeting is cosponsoring a workshop on Rights of Indigenous People to be held at St. Bede’s in September. It will be publicized later.

Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business ended with silence at 3:40.

Respectfully submitted, Peggy Giltrow, Recording Clerk

MEMORIAL FOR KARIN SALZMANN

                         Santa Fe Monthly Meeting

 

Karin Johnson Salzmann was born in San Francisco on October 10, l931, the only child in a matriarchy of strong women of Irish and Spanish descent.  She moved to New York City when she won a Glamour magazine contest, “Ten Girls with Taste,” in l952 and became the buyer/editor for their catalog.

 

She met her late husband, Richard Salzmann, in New York City, whose career was at the United Nations.  Richard and Karin had two children.  Katharine lives in Portland, Oregon.  Katharine’s daughter Lake graduates from college this May.  Michael lives in Alaska with his son, Avram.

 

Her lifelong passion for Montessori education was kindled at Goddard College, where she earned her degree.  The Association of Montessori International (AMI/USA) was founded with her coaxing and Karin served as its first executive director for 12 years, as recounted by the current executive director of AMI/USA, Virginia Goodwin, in her tribute.  She continues, “Karin built a sense of community and trust with an emphasis on the spiritual aspect of Montessori” in those early years.  She, with husband, Richard, “… initiated a more open process setting the stage for the many activities that AMI/USA performs today.”

 

Karin went on to be Director of two Montessori schools in Connecticut.  Later in life, she traveled the world as a Montessori examiner at teacher training institutes all over the US and abroad, to Thailand, Japan, and to China in 2012.  She increasingly directed her deep understanding of Montessori pedagogy to the pre-and-post-natal environments, especially those children in the 0 to 3 age group.  She studied video-photography and produced three documentaries on infant development.  Here is a link to one of them that was filmed and narrated by her: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSQlPW988lI.  In the years before her death last July, she was writing a book for new mothers about prenatal development.

 

Karin was active in Santa Fe Friends Meeting during the l990’s.  She served on Ministry and Counsel, and was engaged in many peace activities.  The door to her home was always open for gatherings, formal and informal.  People for Peace, newly formed to resist the first Gulf War, and Los Alamos Study Group meetings met there. Draft counseling sessions were held there.  There were parties.

She designed her home, and its large living room had south-facing French doors that looked across a desert meadow.  A mermaid swam across the length of a long kitchen cabinet facing the living room.  On its top, a round electric skillet simmered with a dish for potluck.  People for Peace made their banners and posters for the next demonstration on the living-room floor.

 

One night in l994, Los Alamos Study Group hosted Frank von Hippel, foremost expert on nuclear arms control and non-proliferation.  He said that he recently quit his post at the Clinton White House, as Assistant Director of National Security.  Despite a flurry of phone calls back and forth within the White House, there was a profound absence of dialogue, and he could not continue working there

.

She was an artist.  Posters, banners, and flyers benefited from her skills as a graphic artist.   She was a published poet and writer.  Envelopes sent in February to friends were exquisite collages of poems and drawings by her and others.  Thin sheets of colored paper were laced with tiny glitter that escaped containment, just like her, glitter that showed up years later in couch seams.

 

Karin’s daughter Katharine says that she was foremost a peace activist.  Her commitments in life were in the service of peace.  This included her faith that early childhood education could change the world, her Zen Buddhist practice, her Quaker faith and practice, her war resistance and anti-nuclear work with People for Peace, an action group following Quaker process.  She attended the 1996 Hague Conference on the legality and use of nuclear weapons.

Karin moved to Trinidad, California in 1999, fulfilling her longing to live by the sea.  She became part of the Humboldt County Friends Meeting.  She continued her work on social justice issues.  Two of them were a group that did outreach on torture, and more recently, she worked on an effort to pass Proposition 34 to end the Death Penalty in California.

 

The Humboldt County Friends Meeting Memorial begins with these words to describe her:  “Laughter, poetry, wisdom, compassion, grace, wit, appreciation.”  It adds that after her first round with cancer,  “ …  her brand of healthy irreverence was undimmed,” and concludes, “…   her indomitable positive attitude in the face of severe health issues made any other concerns seem trivial.” And at the end of life, “she faced death with joy and curiosity, …  an embarkation, as she saw it, on the next journey.”  She died in Portland, Oregon in her home on July 13, 2013, surrounded by her children and their cousins.

Karin’s gifts of generosity and her discernment were present in Santa Fe Friends Meeting for a decade of her life.  Her conscience embodied this truth--   to regenerate a broken world, we never forget the beautiful.

 

May 18, 2014

 

MEMORIAL FOR REBECCA HENDERSON

 

REBECCA JOCELYN HENDERSON

1943 – 2014

 

Rebecca Jocelyn Henderson passed away at age 70 on March 4, 2014 in

Santa Fe NM, from complications of myelofibrosis, a rare blood cancer. She was born

August 29, 1943 to Arthur James Henderson and Sada Thompson Henderson of Paullina,

Iowa, and grew up in Paullina Monthly Meeting of Iowa Yearly Meeting, Conservative.

Her sister Matilda was born fourteen years earlier. They had a grandparent in each

of four major Paullina Meeting families, so were related to almost everyone in the Meeting.

 

As she was growing up, some still spoke the plain language and many wore

the plain clothes or dressed plainly. Respect was shown to children, who sat through the

entire hour of Meeting every First Day, went to Business Meeting after about age 10,

and were included on committees after age 12 or so. Rebeccaʼs father rented farms for

a diversified operation of crops and livestock. She thoroughly enjoyed the farm, helping

raise the animals, doing field work, gardening, and participating in 4-H. Rebecca left

home at age 14 to attend Scattergood Friends School, spending summers at home on

the farm, and graduating in 1961.

 

Rebecca attended Earlham College for several years until 1964, when she decided

to become a landscape architect and transferred to Iowa State University in

Ames. There she was suddenly out of the Quaker cocoon, encountering blatant sexism

in a department where she was the only woman. At the Quaker Meeting in Ames she

found rest and friendliness. Finding connections to the growing student movement, she

protested against racial discrimination and made trips to Washington to protest against

poverty and the escalating war in Vietnam.

 

Rebecca found herself deeply in love with her roommate, who was not a lesbian.

At a demonstration in Washington in 1965 she saw women together holding hands

in broad daylight, her first glimpse of out-of-the-closet, political lesbians. She came to

realize that she was a lesbian and that there were others like her. She discovered and

found comfort in Toward a Quaker View of Sex.

 

In the summer of 1966 Rebecca was a camp counselor at YMCA Camp

Widgiwagan near Ely, Minnesota, making several canoe trips with campers through the

Boundary Waters Area, one of the peak experiences of her life. In 1968 she received a

Bachelor of Science Degree in Landscape Architecture from Iowa State.

 

Rebecca worked eight years for Stanley Consultants, doing recreation planning

for the State of Ohio and environmental impact analyses for transmission lines,

coal-fired power plants, rural electrification, and waterway improvements. She was a

closeted lesbian under pressure to assimilate into mainstream heterosexual culture,

learning how to deal with a difficult homophobic boss. She also became aware of the

looming environmental crisis that people around her had no knowledge of yet.

 

Rebecca moved to Iowa City in 1970, becoming active in the Iowa City Friends

Meeting, serving as Clerk and Recording Clerk, meetinghouse resident, and on the

Scattergood School Committee. She was active with Friends World Committee for Cons-

ultation, representing Iowa Yearly Meeting, Conservative, at the FWCC Triennial in

Sidney, Australia in 1973. On the way there she visited Japan for two weeks, visiting

famous gardens in Kyoto and discovering how little she really knew about landscape

design. She was deeply moved and humbled seeing the spiritual foundation in the natural

world of Japanese gardens. This was the beginning of tremendous respect for nonwhite

cultures, and a lessening of her arrogance.

 

In 1975 when Stanleyʼs got a contract to work on the Trident nuclear submarine

base, she recognized that she could not work with them and continue to be a pacifist,

so she resigned. She came to realize that her work of reducing public opposition to

public utility engineering projects and nuclear power plants did not serve the long-term

survival of the environment.

 

Rebecca prepared to suffer for her principles, but instead began thriving because

she could now live by those principles and let them shape her life. She developed

ideas about simple living and an ethical low-income life-style, and when her car died

she didn't replace it and managed quite well without one. A lower income made it possible

to pay less tax to the military, a step toward more complete war tax resistance later.

She finally was able to come out of the closet and be open and honest about being a

lesbian. She was delighted to find a lesbian community in Iowa City working on issues

close to her heart: equality, justice, peace, and feminism.

 

She entered the field of bookbinding, creating Prairie Fox Publications in 1977.

She hand bound editions of 500 to 1000 books for small presses, made journal books,

and more than 600 cloth-covered boxes to protect rare books for the University of Iowa

Special Collections, made to exactly fit each book. Because Iowa Quakers were not

ready to be accepting of lesbians and gays, and because Rebecca was unwilling to continue

to hide her true self, with sorrow and great disappointment she quietly withdrew

from Quaker work and Meeting in 1975.

 

Rebeccaʼs health crashed and she developed sensitivities to many chemicals

and pollutants, eventually traced to the furnace at her bindery, which was leaking carbon

monoxide. She became unable to work, and in 1985 sold her bindery. That same

year, in her first openly lesbian relationship, Rebecca moved with Quinn Dilkes to Albuquerque,

New Mexico, for better air and healing. There, she was employed at the University

of New Mexico for five years in various departments.

 

Rebecca walked 1700 miles mostly in New Mexico and Colorado, in four

summers. The vigorous movement of air through her lungs helped her regain her health

enough so that she was able to work full time during the winters. After carrying her

backpack on her back the first year, she invented a two-wheeled cart to carry it and extra

water. Walking part of the year reduced her income so that she could earn less than

the taxable income and thus not pay for war.

 

Through encouragement from Al-Anon meetings and after being away for 10

years, Rebecca returned to attending Quaker meeting in Albuquerque, which was supportive

of gays and lesbians. In the fall of 1987, Rebecca and Quinn went to the historic

Gay March on Washington at which half a million marched, and two days later they

were among the 600 arrested in mass non-violent civil disobedience at the Supreme

Court. In 1988, they protested at the Nevada nuclear test site with more than 8,000

people. Quinn moved back to Iowa in 1988.

 

In 1989, Rebecca met Pelican Lee at the end of her summer walk, and in 1990

Rebecca moved to live with Pelican in Santa Fe. In May 1992, Rebecca and Pelican

married under the care of Paullina Meeting, with the wedding conducted by Albuquerque

Meeting. Rebecca joined Pelican at yearly womenʼs Lakota Sundances, a safe

place for lesbian Native Americans to participate in one of their most sacred ceremonies.

This loving community became significant in their lives.

 

In Santa Fe, Rebecca worked at the Museum of New Mexico Foundation until

1997. She also tutored children who had trouble reading and did housecleaning and

data entry.

 

Rebecca, Pelican, and others bought 100 acres of land that became West

Wind, a lesbian intentional community near Ribera, NM. Rebecca built a straw bale

house and oversaw the construction of Pelicanʼs straw bale house, teaching building

skills to many women in the process. They used solar energy and rainwater collection.

Rebecca focused on experimental gardening, finding ways to minimize water use and

maintain organic soil fertility in the arid, windy climate, and enjoyed keeping chickens.

Rebecca and Pelican (and their chickens) lived half the week in Santa Fe and half the

week at West Wind.

 

In Santa Fe Monthly Meeting, Rebecca served as Clerk, Recording Clerk, on

Ministry and Counsel, and many other committees. In 1994 Rebecca served on the local

committee for the FWCC Triennial at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico. In 2003 she attended

the FWCC Consultation in Greensboro. She served as Clerk, as representative to Friends

Peace Teams, and on Nominating, Structure, and Procedures Committees of Intermountain

Yearly Meeting.

 

In 2006, Rebecca was diagnosed with myelofibrosis, a rare blood cancer that

she lived with for over seven years, longer than she expected. In those years she was a

leader in the restructuring of Intermountain Yearly Meeting, conducted clerking workshops,

and was speaker at several Quaker gatherings. She wrote and published Ingridʼs

Tales: A Norwegian-American Quaker Farming Story, about her life growing up in the

Paullina Quaker community, and a booklet, “Quaker Practice and Business Meetings.”

 

Rebecca will be greatly missed by the many Quakers whose lives she

touched. She nurtured new Friends and became her monthly meetingʼs informal consultant

for just about every project, committee, and connection to other Quaker groups.  She was

truly an elder and exemplified how to live Friendly principles of simplicity, compassion,

equality, and peace building – being guided by the Light in all. Unquestionably, Rebecca will

be remembered for her wide smile and delighted chuckle, unswerving optimism, courage, and

passion for right action.

 

Rebecca is survived by her beloved wife Pelican Lee Ellen Ackerman, her sister

Matilda Hansen of Laramie, WY, nephews, Eric Michener (Kay) of Fairfield IA, and

Douglas Michener (Jill) of Breckenridge CO, great-nephews Jamie Michener of Washington

DC and Mark Michener of Denver, nieces Chelsea Ackerman of Seattle and Serendipiti

Mariah Ackerman of Omaha, and a wide circle of friends.

 

Historical Footnote: Rebecca died March 4 2014 at Christus St. Vincent Hospital

in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her body was cremated. She is buried in the cemetery of

the Meeting House in Paullina, Iowa where her parents and 9 of her 12 grandparents

and great grandparents are also buried.



APPENDICES

 

Appendix A

 

Policy for Newsletter and Email Lists and Website Proposal

Santa Fe Meeting Communications Committee

Members and attenders can sign up for one or more of the Meeting's email communications by request to Marcy Pompei or Bob Gaines.

Monthly Newsletter:

Meeting times during the month

Committee activities

Regional and State events and announcements central to Meeting concerns

The monthly Query

Minutes of the Meeting for Worship to Attend to Business

Short submissions by members and attenders on topics of interest to the Meeting

Newsletter items must be sent to the Editor at least 3 days prior to the beginning of the month.  The newsletter is typically emailed around the first of the month.  It is also posted on the Meeting website.

Email Announcements List:

Urgent messages such as requests by members or attenders for assistance or announcements of immediate interest to the Meeting

Weekly Digest List:

Items which are not urgent will be sent weekly on Tuesday

Monthly meetings which are included in the Newsletter will not routinely also appear in the Digest

Announcements of events of other organizations may be included if they are directly related to issues or concerns with which the Meeting is currently engaged

Send urgent messages for the Email Announcements List and Digest announcements to the Editor or a member of the Communications Committee.  Digest announcements must be received by Monday evening.  One announcement per person per week.  An announcement will ordinarily be run for no more than two weeks.

Peace and Social Concerns List:

Messages from local groups and organizations such as AFSC, FCNL, or Amnesty International that address Friends' broader concerns.   The Peace and Social Concerns Committee will prepare the messages, which will be sent by the Editor or a member of the Communications Committee.

Website Proposal:

Currently, several areas of the website require a password to view (the ID is george and the password is george because individual passwords cannot be assigned).  The Meeting agreed when the website was set up in 2006 to password-protect access to certain areas to protect individuals' contact information.  The Meeting also agreed to not put the Meeting directory on the website.

The committee proposes to remove password protection from all areas.  This would greatly simplify administration of the website and make all areas more readily available to members and attenders.  The burden would then be on the persons providing material to be posted to assure that no contact info is included.  The Meeting directory will continue to be available only on request and not on the website.

 

Appendix B

 

SANTA FE MONTHLY MEETING

Building Committee Report

Fifth month, 18, 2014

The building committee met this past week, mostly to review and discuss rather than to initiate new projects.

We discussed the committee’s role and activities related to the garden. These included reviewing the recently completed accessible garden path, the emergency evacuation gate and alternatives, outdoor furniture, improved visual setting for our refuse/recycle bins, and increased public access to the garden via events.

Also discussed was exploration of solar power panels for the roof to address our greater use of electrical appliances after replacing several gas heating appliances. We expect to examine all aspects of this energy source in the coming months, with a focus on the short and long term implications for the Meeting.

One such implication is the condition of the meetinghouse roof if solar panels are to be installed. New roofing materials and installation techniques have come to our attention. These have much lower costs than traditional flat roof replacement maintenance.

We’ll turn our attention to the guest apartment floor in the coming months. The original hardwood floor was likely installed when Olive Rush added the guest apartment and (now) First Day schoolroom wings in the mid/late-1920s. Re-sanding is not appropriate, but we would like to improve the floor’s appearance and long term preservation. In particular, the GA bathroom floor needs work and, perhaps, replacement where areas have weakened by moisture over the decades.

As a yearly event, the shutting off of gas pilot lights of our three gas heating units (meetingroom, FD schoolroom and ramada) will probably occur this week—one of the latest times in years.

The committee has no request for action by the Meeting this month.

 

Appendix C

 

2014-05-18 Peace & Social Concerns Report to Santa Fe Monthly Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business

 

Present: Becca Conner, Tim Downing and Pam Gilchrist

 

Following silence we considered the following:

1.   Since the EPA is looking for public comment on “The NM Haze Reduction Plan” in the Federal Register,  P&SC will study the report, and consider responding.

2.   P&SC will read the Friends Journal article, “Why Quakers Should Divest from Fossil Fuels (May issue).  http://www.friendsjournal.org/viewpoint-quakers-divest-fossil-fuels/

 

We will study the work of the Dover Friends Meeting regarding divestment in preparation to making recommendations to SFMM.  http://www.quakerearthcare.org/article/dover-friends-meeting-epistle-divestment

 

3.   The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) filed lawsuits on April 24, 2014 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.

 

See  www.nuclearzero.org  for specifics of the lawsuits and to sign a petition supporting the RMI’s bold, non-violent action.

 

P&SC considered additional ways we might garner support for the lawsuits.  We will encourage letters to the editor, work with David Culp and the FNCL list-serve, and send the information out to our contact lists.

 

4.   P&SC made a couple of edits to the letter requesting an independent investigation into the radioactive release at WIPP .  We agreed to ask the meeting to send the letter to: NMED Secretary Ryan Flynn <ryan.flynn@nmenv.state.nm.us>, Governor Susana Martinez, http://governor.state.nm.us/Contact the Governor.aspx, Senators Udall and Heinrich, Senator Tom Udall@taomudall.senate.gov  and senator heinrick@heinrich.senate.gov.

 

Appendix D

Letter requesting independent investigation of WIPP radiation release

 

May 19, 2014

 

Secretary Ryan Flynn

NM Environment Department

PO Box 5469

Santa Fe, NM 87502-5469

 

Dear Secretary Flynn,

 

The Santa Fe Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quaker) requests an independent investigation of the WIPP radiation release that started on February 14, 2014.  We write following the release of a “scathing”i Accident Investigation Report prepared by the DOE Office of Environment Managementii.

 

Following review of the report and the careful analysis of the Southwest Research and Information Center iii , (SRIC) as well as other well-respected NGOs, the Santa Fe Monthly Meeting (SFMM) agrees that the independent investigation must include outside technical experts as well as the public. Clearly, the cause of the release must be determined. According to the DOE, as of late April, “[T]he levels of radiation that the workers find when they go underground to Room 7, Panel 7 are calculated at 66 millirem per hour. “iv

 

Don Hancock, Director, Nuclear Waste Safety Program, SRIC, explained to a member of our Meeting, “[T]hose levels … require full protective equipment for the workers, though DOE is considering sending workers with less protections.” SFMM asks that the workers be fully protected commensurate with the levels of contamination which exist.

 

The SFMM expects that what is learned from this event will be incorporated into structural changes and improved supervision which will help prevent future releases and that a complete decontamination of the underground and affected surface area will take place. Further, please assure us that the delivery of immediate and long-term medical evaluation and treatment will be the protocol for exposed WIPP workers.

 

Sincerely,

 

Jan-Willem Jansens

Clerk, Santa Fe Monthly Meeting

630 Canyon Rd.

Santa Fe, NM

i  http://krqe.com/2014/04/24/300-page-accident-ivestigation-on-wipp-released

 

ii http://energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2014/04/f15/Final%20WIPP%20Rad%20Release%20Phase%201%2004%2022%202014_0.pdf

 

iii http://www.sric.org/

 

iv http://www.nmenv.state.nm.us/NMED/Issues/WIPP_docs/Rad%20Reading%20Diagram%20DOE.pdf

 

Appendix E

 

May 2014 Report to SFMM by MInistry and Counsel Committee

 

M & C met at the office of Jan-Willem Jansens on April 28, 2014. Jan-Willem Jansens,

Carolyn Sigstedt, Margy Willen, and Allen Winchester attended. Karen Kuranz was out

of town. Carolyn indicated April would be her last meeting because of scheduling conflicts

with her Buddhist practice and her term is almost over.

 

Query for Fifth Month of 2014:How is the life of our Meeting ordered so as to help us

live lovingly and joyfully with one another?” This was written by M & C members and

was not from Faith and Practice.

 

Memorial Minutes: Rebecca Hendersonʼs Memorial Minute was read and recommended

for consideration by Business Meeting. Karin Salzmanʼs Minute was considered

and is expected to be ready for reading at Business Meeting.

 

Quaker Quest: Guthrie Miller, met with M & C to discuss reasons the program could be

helpful to SFMM. These include: facilitate future planning; deepen spirituality; minimize

the acrimony that sometimes arises when we deal with administrative decisions; and

nurture the dual needs for truth and kindness. To allow time for the topic of QQ to season

and to prepare for a second presentation about QQ at business meeting, it was determined

that Guthrie and others, including M&C members, need to continue discussing

the program with Friends.

 

Observations About the Spiritual Life of Meeting and Worship Groups:

 

9 a.m. Worship reports visitors and new local attenders continue to participate regularly.

 

11 a.m. There has been good vocal ministry and the meeting has welcomed visitors.

 

South Santa Fe Worship Group continues to enjoy their new meeting house and are

averaging about 15 worshipers each First Day including visitors. Recently neighbors

have visited too. The group enjoys fellowship after worship.

 

Tres Piedras and Taos: Both Worship groups report meeting twice monthly.

 

Las Vegas Worship Group: Until recently this group met twice a month, but are having

difficulty finding a place to meet on the 4th First Day because the Mullers are no longer

able to accommodate the group. Friends now worship jointly with the Unitarians once a

month.

 

Discussion with worship groups: M & C spent time preparing for the May 4 discussion

with worship groups on “what it means to be under the care of the Monthly Meeting.”

(This meeting included representatives from Canyon Road and all the Worship Groups

except Las Vegas. No Worship Group reported any interest in becoming a “preparative

meeting.”) M & C will discuss this meeting in more depth at its May meeting.

 

Garden Commitee: M & C facilitated scheduling a Garden Committee meeting.

 

Appendix F

 

Finance Committee Report for Business Meeting of 5-18-14

The Finance Committee proposes the business meeting consider reaffirming the existing investment policy and a change in the fiscal year:

 

1. Investment policy - Continue to keep savings in CDs in the Guadalupe credit union, which supports the local community, and particularly lower-income folks.  CDs allow us to withdraw funds and pay only a small interest penalty when we have an unexpected need.  Until the Meeting decides on the use of the current savings, CDs provide a safe and convenient place for the funds.

 

2. Change to a July-June fiscal year - This change would make a lot of sense for our meeting because most of the donations tend to come in during the late fall. If the fiscal year ends in June, there would be plenty of time after seeing the amount of calendar year donations to remind folks about the need. And it wouldn't have to be done when many folks are focused on the holidays. We could start the new fiscal year this July.

 

Appendix G

 

Resident Friend’s Report for Fourth Month, 2014

 

The Resident Friend served the Meeting for approximately 15 hours per week during Fourth Month. Tasks included attending business meeting, cleaning the meetinghouse and the guest apartment, doing laundry, purchasing supplies, regulating the heat in the meetinghouse for various meetings, collecting and distributing the mail, responding to  e-mails and phone calls, booking the guest apartment, collecting and recording payments, handling the trash and recycling, sweeping the sidewalks, filling the bird feeders and bird baths, working in the garden (watering, weeding, pruning, organizing), closing and checking the meetinghouse after various events, getting rid of the chair in the guest apartment (with the help of Marcy Pompeii who took it to Goodwill), and helping with the youth program at Regional Meeting.

 

Marcy Pompeii continued to help weekly in the garden. Ariel did a deep cleaning of the floors and vigas in the guest apartment. The meetinghouse was used by AA and Subud on a weekly basis; the meetinghouse was also rented for a memorial service, and the garden was used by United Artists of Santa Fe. Those uses of the meetinghouse and garden generated an income of approximately $154.

 

Guest apartment occupancy: 12 nights out of a possible 29 nights

 

Income from the guest apartment: $585







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