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August 2014 Newsletter

Letter to Friends

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

Eighth 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, 8/03 12:30 Potluck @ Rise of Meeting, & Finance Committee Threshing Session

Sunday 8/10 1:00 Iris dividing & planting day

Sunday, 8/17 10:10 Peace & Social Concerns; Business Meeting at the rise of 11 am Meeting

Sunday, 8/24 10:10 Chanting as Preparation for Worship

Sunday, 8/31 10:10 Meeting for Muffins



The Monthly Query for the 8th month, 2014


How do we practice the art of listening to one another, even beyond words?



Aug 3 – Threshing Session to consider right use of the Meeting's financial resources will be hosted during potluck by the Finance Committee.

Aug. 6 – 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

Aug. 8 – Garden Committee will sponsor an Iris dividing and planting day where folks are encouraged to stay after meeting to help divide the iris, re-plant them and take a few home to plant!

Aug. 15 – Art in the Garden from 5:00 to 7:30 the Garden Committee will sponsor an art show in the garden at Canyon Road. More details will be included in the weekly digest so please plan to attend!

Aug. 17 - 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 PSC notice.

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

Aug. 24 - 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

Aug. 25 - 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.

Aug. 31 – Meeting for Muffins – Friends meet in the garden or the library to share muffins and fellowship at the rise of the 9:00 meeting.

Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business


Seventh Month (July 20, 2014)


Present: Jan-Willem Jansens (Clerk), Peggy Giltrow (Recording Clerk), Bob Gaines, Philip Balcombe, Greg Cliburn, Dave Giltrow, Peter Bowles, Lowber Welsh, Pamela Geyer, David Murphy, John Kretzmann, Pam Gilchrist, Allen Winchester


Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business began at about 12:45 with an Inspirational Reading from Rebecca Henderson’s “Quaker Practice and Business Meetings”, the section called “Everyone Is Doing the Best That They Can Do at the Moment”, page 13:

“Ah, the question of perfection and competency versus individual fallibility and varied ability, culture, or class. Quakers have three more customs that depart from mainstream decision-making culture. One is that each person works according to their own measure….A second idea that is not main-stream is that we are each to help one another do the best that we can….A third idea, perhaps a central assumption, is that we need to cut each other slack….

Following the reading, the Recording Clerk asked Meeting to be aware that when she makes a mistake no malice is intended and she is glad to make corrections. The Clerk read the proposed agenda, and Meeting proceeded.


Minutes for the Sixth Month 2014 Business Meeting were approved


The Building Committee presented a very short report, passing around the old guest book from the Guest Apartment, in use from 1995 to the present. It illustrates a wide range of people and comments, with rave reviews on the current bed.


Friends asked for more information about a fall incurred by a guest last week. The Resident Friend reported that the visitor fell backwards on the steps leading to the gate into the Meeting House. If he had realized the extent of her frailty in advance he would have advised her not to stay in the Guest Apartment. She had surgery on her hip (recently operated on) at Christus St. Vincent’s, and will soon be moved to rehab. Friends Mountain Camp will visit her, as will the current Guest Apartment guest, who is from the same Meeting. Meeting was asked to hold her in the Light.


The issue of safety and accessibility in the Meetinghouse will be added to a future agenda. Entry through the front steps is difficult for anyone with accessibility issues.


Garden Committee-–Please see written report in Appendix A


The Garden Committee’s second successful “Art in the Garden” event was attended by 70 or more people to see the art displayed by four Quaker artists. First Day School again held a bake sale and tours of the Meetinghouse were available. The third “Art in the Garden” event will be Friday, August 15. Thanks to Resident David Murphy and Marcy Pompei for maintaining the garden so wonderfully, and to Ariel Harrison for her work with the drip irrigation system and children’s vegetable garden. The committee’s report was accepted.


Lowber Welsh reminded Friends that one apricot tree needs pruning in November, and offered to do that if help is available. He was asked to coordinate the pruning with the Garden Committee.


The Resident told Meeting that the separate meter for the drip irrigation system has been installed. He also told us that people who use the garden frequently comment on its peace. One recent comment was “I can’t think of a more spiritual space to have a meeting.” He reminded us that the garden is a resource for the community.


Peace & Social Concerns Committee--Please see written report in Appendix B


The discussion of divestment from fossil fuels held in the garden this morning produced some wonderful ideas. About 10 people shared individual questions and concerns about their own investments, including their confusion and frustrations. Friends were told about Horizons Sustainable Financial Services, Inc.’s interactive model, which shows investors where their money is going, and allows for conversation about it with an investment advisor. The conversation will continue at 12:30 on Sunday the 27th following the rise of Meeting, with refreshments. It seems appropriate that this will come a week before the Meeting considers proper use of Meeting funds.


41 people have signed up to be on the Peace and Social Concerns electronic message list. Please contact Pam Gilchrist if you want to be added to the list.


Friends were reminded of the FCNL alert of the past 3 weeks to write or call Congress about Iraq. This is still a request. If you have done it, please move on to other hot spot issues.


Meeting is helping with the collection of items needed for people who have come over the border. 50 people per day are arriving and being helped by the Las Cruces Diocese. The greatest need is for volunteers who can stay for 2 or more days. The next pickup of materials will be July 24th.


Friends were reminded about the Thursday, July 31 presentation “A Cultural Celebration for Peace”, 4:30-6:00 pm at the Farmers Market Pavilion at the Railyard. Young women from Israel and Palestine speak from their hearts.


Other upcoming events include:


Hiroshima Commemoration, Aug 2, 2-4 at Ashley Pond in Los Alamos with Father John Dear.


AFSC staff person Arnie Alpert’s Bird-dog training for people of conscience Tuesday, Aug. 5 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, corner of Barcelona and Galisteo.


The committee’s report was accepted


One Friend suggests a consistent use of the term Refugees for those coming across the border from Central America to escape violence at home. This is the term being used by FCNL to cover those seeking asylum, as well as by Senator Heinrich when speaking on the floor of the Senate.


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


Meeting approved the following Query for Eighth Month of 2014: “How do we practice the art of listening to one another, even beyond words?


Ann Lindsay, Betsy Lombardi and Howard Shulman have agreed to begin two year terms as members of M&C, starting in July. Karen Kuranz and Allen Winchester have agreed to serve one more year. Margy Willen has one more year to finish her 2 year term. Jan-Willem Jansens has agreed to serve Meeting as Clerk for one more year, during which he will continue to serve as an ex-officio member of M&C.


The Nominating Committee will send a list of suggested names to serve as Care Coordinator to M&C. Ford Robbins has agreed to continue to serve as a contact for the Fellowship of Quakers in the Arts.


M&C will continue to discuss the subject of Membership Options for Friends with new members of the committee before making a final recommendation. They have talked with clerks of 8 Meetings who are part of IMYM and with representatives of meetings in Philadelphia and Baltimore regarding types of membership offered.


The committee reviewed the spiritual life of Santa Fe Meeting and Worship Groups, and concerns for several Friends, including Mary Wyse of the Tres Piedras Worship Group, who is having surgery. Worship Group Liaisons have been designated or are being sought.


The committee has explored the cost of advertising for Canyon Road Meetings in the New Mexican, and recommends a contract used quarterly or near major holidays.


The committee is working on memorial services for Dave Wunker and Helen Corneli.


Efforts on educational programs for Indigenous Rights and the Kabarak Call continue.


Business Meeting Accepted the report of Ministry and Counsel.


Treasurer’s report


At the end of the second quarter of 2014, Meeting’s bank balance was $180,643. The General Fund balance was $149,326. Unrestricted donations to the General Fund totaled $12,479, about 39 percent of what was budgeted for 2014. General fund expenditures totaled $17,552, about 53 percent of the 2014 budget.


In June 2014, Meeting decided to change to a July-June fiscal year. A new fiscal year began July 1, and the first six months may be thought of as a transitional fiscal period. Expectations for income and expenses in the 2014 budget should be adjusted accordingly. Thus unrestricted General Fund donations were about 78 percent of the six-month expectation, and expenses were about 106 percent. In the first six months of 2014, the General Fund saw a net loss of $4,600, and the Maintenance Fund saw a net loss of $5,000.  We spent more than we brought in.


Only 16 percent of 2014 Good Works spending was done during the first six months, before changing to the 2014-2015 fiscal year. Theoretically we should have met 50 percent of our Good Works commitment in the first six months, though our recent practice has been to do most of this spending toward the end the year. Meeting should decide whether to make up for this by increasing the 2014-2015 Good Works budget, or simply move forward.


Income and expense details, a summary of income from all sources, and activity in all Meeting funds and bank accounts are provided on a separate sheet. These details may be found at


Friends had several questions:


The Treasurer was able to assure one Friend that the contribution from As Needs Arise to help cover the cost of AFSC staff person Arnie Alpert’s presentation on Bird Dogging for people of conscience has been made.


Another Friend was concerned that Meeting spends money on our own expenses which is intended for other things. The Treasurer explained that the IMYM assessment, which is no longer included in Good Works, is the biggest expense for the first 6 months of the calendar year. Other large expenses are insurance (which could be paid in two installments instead of once a year, plus utilities, scholarships, and First Day School.


The Clerk observed that it would be helpful if we inform Friends several times a year that donations are needed and how they can be made, including the fact that automatic payments are possible. The Treasurer notes that only 3 people do automatic payments. He will work with the Finance Committee on a reminder to be put into the Digest.


The Treasurer’s report was accepted with thanks.



Finance Committee report


The Finance Committee asked Meeting to consider two action items: 1. Discernment and Approval of a Process for Future Memorial Service Expenditures and 2. Approval of a new budget for the newly adjusted fiscal year starting July 1. Much discussion ensued.


Concerns about Memorial Service expenditures included possible costs, need for tenderness for family feelings, concern that Meeting not micromanage, how to keep Business Meeting in the loop, and the need to deal with these issues on a case by case basis. One Friend pointed out that the family often contributes to the expense of memorial services.


The Treasurer emphasized the importance of what is written on the memo line of a check. “In memory of George Fox” allows use of the check to cover expenses, or if the total contributed exceeds the cost of the service, use of the excess for other Meeting needs. “For George Fox Memorial Service” can only be used for that purpose. If excess funds come in with this earmark, donors must be contacted and asked to change the designation.


Friends approved giving Ministry and Counsel the authority to make necessary arrangements, including financial arrangements, for memorial services. Money will be drawn from As Needs Arise, with the possibility that that line item may need to be increased. M&C will report what arrangements they have made to Business Meeting.


Before the budget for the new fiscal year could be approved, Friends needed to understand the implications for Good Works funds approved in January of 2014. Besides money spent from As Needs Arise, only AVP ($400) and Interfaith Leadership Alliance ($100) have received funds designated for them in the 2014 budget. AVP had asked for their allocation early to help meet some of their budgetary problems. The Interfaith Leadership Alliance designation is actually an annual dues payment. Meeting approved accepting a budget for the new fiscal year, begun July 1, 2014, identical to the old budget approved for January, 2014. AVP will get a double amount just this once, and will be informed that the extra is due to the change in our fiscal year and cannot be expected in later years. Meeting approved the Finance Committee’s report.


Resident Friend’s Report--Please see written report in Appendix D


The Resident Friend served the Meeting for approximately 21 hours per week during Sixth Month. The Guest Apartment was occupied 22 nights out of a possible 30, with income of $940. Income from groups totaled $131. Meeting accepted the report with gratitude.


The Resident Friend asked Meeting verification that his report should, as presented, cover the month prior to the date of the Business Meeting (in this case the month of June). He was assured that is correct.


The Finance Committee emphasized the excellent job being done by the Resident Friend in being sure the funds he collects are safeguarded and letting Finance know what expenses have come up.


New Business


Accessibility and parking in zaguan. A problem arose again this morning when, due to the way a car was parked in the zaguan, it was not possible to get a power chair into the building. Those with accessibility issues need to be able to get safely and readily into Meeting space. The suggestion is to mark the space in the traditional blue color and put up a sign, and to have this happen as soon as possible.


Discussion included following national standards, creating a hatched area, implications for Meeting’s location in the Historic District, how parking can be allowed for workers and others during the week, and possible interim measures. Philip is willing to do the necessary research with the Historic Design Review Board, and will receive contact information from Jan-Willem.


Accessible parking will be put on the agenda of the August Business Meeting.




Ann Anthony is going to Denver this week to visit Shirl Olmstead. She has requested current Meeting photos to take along.


Saturday, August 2, 2-4 p.m. Hiroshima Commemoration with Fr. John Dear at Ashley Pond in Los Alamos


Sunday, August 3, Threshing Session on use of Meeting financial resources will be held during Potluck. It will be lead by Treasurer Greg Cliburn.


Tuesday, August 5 from 6 to 9 p.m. AFSC staff person, Arnie Alpert, offers a Bird-dog training for people of conscience at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at the corner of Barcelona and Galisteo.


Saturday, August 9 at 3:p.m. A Memorial Meeting honoring Dave Wunker will be held in the Meetinghouse. Friends are encouraged to bring snacks or finger foods that can be enjoyed by all at a reception afterwards.


Sunday, August 10, Peace and Social Concerns meets at rise of 11 a.m. Meeting (about 12:30)


Friday, August 15, next Art in the Garden event.


Saturday, September 20, Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Workshop, 2-4 p.m. at St. Bede’s Church, 1601 S St. Francis Dr..


Saturday, Oct. 4, 2.p.m. Memorial Service for Helen Corneli, at Santa Fe Center for Spiritual Living, 505 Camino de los Marquez


Meeting ended with silence at 2:30.

Respectfully submitted, Peggy Giltrow, Recording Clerk




Appendix A


Garden Committee Report for July 20, 2014


The Garden Committee completed a 2nd successful “Art in the Garden” event this past Friday evening. Seventy or more people visited the garden where four Quaker Artists displayed their art. The first day school held a bake sale and David Giltrow gave tours of the meetinghouse.


The committee convener would like to thank resident David Murphy for his fabulous work maintaining the garden. Likewise, a thank you is in order to Ariel Harrison for her work with the drip irrigation and the children’s vegetable garden.


Friday, August 15th will be the 3rd “Art in the Garden” event so please plan to attend.


Respectfully Submitted,

Marcy Pompei


Appendix B

July 20, 2014 - Santa Fe Monthly Meeting Peace and Social Concerns report to Worship with Attention to Business

Attending: Sara Gmitter, Becca Conner and Pam Gilchrist

The P&SC Digest now has 41 recipients. To receive updates on issues of concern, please send your email to

FCNL - Please contact your congressional delegation opposing military action in Iraq and supporting more constructive ways of addressing the violence.  Go to or to

2. Peace & Social Concerns is hosting a
discussion on DIVESTMENT from fossil fuels at 12:30 on Sunday, 7/27. Contact Becca Conner <> to receive an electronic copy of the Friends Journal article, "WHY QUAKERS SHOULD DIVEST FROM FOSSIL FUELS".  See copies by the Guest Book in the Library.  Then come share your thoughts and Socially Responsible Investing information.

 3. Sayrah Namaste, Co-director, AFSC New Mexico, reports on the situation with refugees in detention on our southern border. The AFSC is coordinating with the Diocese of Las Cruces. Volunteers are urgently needed. To volunteer, fill out the forms at: and email it to: with a note that you are coming from Albuquerque and heard about it via me. It helps if you speak Spanish but there are jobs for those who don't.

Monetary donations help them get bus tickets for refugees to get to their families.
Checks can be made payable to: Diocese of Las Cruces, memo line: Oak Tree Project, send to:
1280 Med Park Drive
Las Cruces NM 88005
Materials needed:
baby shampoo and baby soap, especially trial size bottles. They also need prepaid cell phones so that the children have a way to contact their US relatives when their bus/plane arrives. Prepaid cell phones are the hardest item to get donated. Items are being collected in the Santa Fe Meeting House car port at 630 Canyon Rd.


4. Thursday, July 31st 4:30-6pm Farmers Market Pavilion Railyard Santa Fe

A Cultural Celebration for Peace

Enjoy Middle Eastern hors d'oeuvres and meet the 2014 Creativity for Peace young women from Israel and Palestine. Entertainment! Tickets $25 in Advance,


5. Saturday, August 2, 2-4 pm, Hiroshima Commemoration with Fr. John Dear at Ashley Pond in Los Alamos.

6. Tuesday, August 5 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM, AFSC staff person, Arnie Alpert, offers a Bird-dog training for people of conscience at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Santa Fe on the corner of Barcelona and Galisteo.

When we are articulate, well organized, persistent, assertive, and coordinated, bird-dogging can:
a. persuade good candidates to strengthen or emphasize their positions on our issue,
b. get middle-of-the road candidates to shift in our direction,
c. and get candidates who do not hold our values to de-emphasize their views on our issue.

P&SC meets Sunday, August 10 at the rise of the eleven o’clock worship at about 12:30pm

We seek a world free of war and the threat of war
We seek a society with equity and justice for all
We seek a community where every person's potential may be fulfilled
We seek an earth restored.
Please consider joining our work.


Appendix C


July 2014 Report to SFMM Meeting for Business by Ministry and Counsel

M & C met at the office of Jan-Willem Jansens. on June 30, 2014. In attendance were: Jan-Willem Jansens, ex-officio member, Allen Winchester, clerk, and Karen Kuranz. Margy Willen was unable to attend. Meeting began at 5:30 p.m. with silence.

Query for Eighth Month: How do we practice the art of listening to one another, even beyond words? From: Faith and Practice of Pacific Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends published in 1985, Page 23, under “Mutual Care” section.

Greeters & Closers: Karen and Jan-Willem agreed to continue as Closers in July and August. Discussion of Greeters was tabled until July when new M & C Members join the committee.

Nominating Committee Update: Karen confirmed that Ann Lindsay, Betsy Lombardi and Howard Shulman have agreed to begin two year terms as members of M & C in July. Karen and Allen have agreed to serve one more year and Margy has one more year to finish her 2 year term. Jan-Willem has agreed to serve as Meeting Clerk for one more year and will continue as ex-officio member of M & C during that time.

Review of Membership Options for Friends: M & C has talked to clerks of eight of the larger Friends Meetings who are part of IMYM and to representatives of meetings in Philadelphia and Baltimore regarding types of membership they offer. All offer regular membership and some offer a youth or young adult membership. None offer a senior or associate membership which several Santa Fe Friends have asked us to consider. We will continue to discuss this issue with new members joining the committee before making a final report and/or recommendation.

Observations on the Spiritual Life of our Meeting and Worship Groups

11 AM: attendance is somewhat less, but worship is nice with positive vocal ministry offered. Still some confusion about Joys, Sorrows and Concerns and Announcements, which now occur at the end of the meeting. 9 AM: No report was available. South Santa Fe: Attendance continues to be strong. Monthly education program begins in July at rise of meeting (11:30 AM) following potluck each 2nd First Day. Tres Piedras: (Mary Wyse reported after M & C met): Attendance normal for summer, although one person is temporarily gone due to surgery out of state. Mary is awaiting surgical removal of her parathyroid gland. Her daughter Libby will continue convening the worship group in her mother’s absence. Las Vegas: Continues meeting despite contending with concerns about where the meeting will be held as certain Friends make plans to leave. M & C continues to monitor and support as best we can, this worship group. Taos Clearlight Meeting: Meets twice a month and is consulting with M & C on how to honor a request to marry two attenders in the way of Friends. Los Alamos: No information received.

Worship Group Liaisons: David Henkel has agreed to continue for Las Vegas; Allen will continue for Tres Piedras; Karen will replace Irene Webb as Liaison for Taos Clearlight Meeting. We will ask one of the new members to represent South Santa Fe and we are seeking someone for Los Alamos.

Advertising Costs and Recommendations for Canyon Road Meetings: Jan-Willem reported that weekly advertising with the New Mexican in the Religious Section is cost prohibitive. We recommend a smaller advertising contract that could be used quarterly or near major holidays such as Christmas or New Year’s.

Membership Concerns: We reviewed concerns about four Friends and will continue to monitor them.

Helen Corneli Memorial Service: Jan-Willem has spoken by email with Miriam, Helen’s daughter, who is in Katmandu. An Oct 4 Memorial Service is planned and will be arranged by M & C and SFMM Friends. M & C recommends SFMM consider paying for the cost of renting space for the Memorial as attendance is expected to reach between 75 and 100 or more persons.

David Wunker Memorial Service: Although David died after our June meeting, M & C has been active in helping to form a committee to plan a Memorial Service. It will occur in the next few weeks in the garden, weather permitting, or in the Meeting House, probably on a Saturday afternoon.

Updates on Educational Efforts: Indigenous Rights Workshop: (Sep 20,2-4 PM at St. Bede’s) Pam Gilchrist is collaborating with St. Bede’s on this workshop which SFMM is co sponsoring. Pam has asked several persons to be dramatic readers. Ad Hoc Kabarack Call Committee: Jan-Willem, Allen and Pam presented several well attended workshops and films at IMYM that sought to help people discover a spiritual process to assist them in looking at eco-justice and climate change issues. The committee is continuing to meet and may recommend an Epistle to be presented at IMYM next year.

The committee adjourned at 7:45 PM with silence. The next meeting will be tomorrow (July 21) at 5:30 PM at South Santa Fe Meeting House. We look forward to welcoming our new members.

Appendix D


Resident Friend’s Report for Sixth Month 2014


The Resident Friend served the Meeting for approximately 21 hours per week during Sixth Month. Tasks included attending meeting for business and committee meetings, cleaning the meetinghouse and the guest apartment, handling the trash and recycling, sweeping the sidewalks, doing laundry, purchasing supplies, collecting and distributing the mail, answering e-mails and phone inquiries, booking the guest apartment and collecting payments, speaking with guests and visitors to the garden, checking the meetinghouse after events, helping with the Gallery in the Garden event, and working in the garden. Garden tasks included weeding, watering, adjusting the drip irrigation system, purchasing and planting new plants, pruning, filling bird feeders and bird baths.


The men’s AA group continues to meet weekly on Monday evenings; the Subud meditation met sporadically on Tuesdays.


Guest apartment occupancy: 22 nights out of a possible 30


Income from guest apartment: $940


Income from groups: $131


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