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March 2015 Letter to Friends

Letter to Friends

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

Third Month 2015

 

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. 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, 3/01 12:30 Potluck @ Rise of Meeting, Peace & Social Concerns there after.

Sunday, 3/08 9:30 Chanting as Preparation for Worship @ Southside Meetinghouse

Sunday, 3/15 12:30 Business Meeting at the rise of Meeting

Sunday, 3/22 10:10 Chanting as Preparation for Worship @ Canyon Rd. Meetinghouse

Sunday, 3/29 10:10 Meeting for Muffins

 

 

The Monthly Query for the 3rd month, 2015

 How do Friends' traditions and experiences inform our spiritual practice?

 

Announcements

March 1 – Monthly Potluck occurs at the rise of the 11:00 meeting. Please bring a dish to share and stay for a potluck in the library.

March 1 – Peace & Social Concerns will meet immediately following the potluck on Canyon Road. Please consider joining this important committee.

 

March 4 – People for Peace meets the 1st Wednesday of the month at 6:00pm. Meetings are held at the Commons Co-Housing, 2300 W. Alameda St. Questions to Linda Hibbs, 983-3906 or lhibbs@ cybermesa.com

 

March 5 - Ministry and Counsel Committee meets at 5:30 p.m. at Quaker House.  Anyone wanting to meet with M & C should contact Allen Winchester , allen14w@cybermesa.com, Clerk, by Feb.25.

 

March 8 & 22 – Singing as preparation for worship.  Singing on 2nd and 4th Sundays: Feb 8th at  9:30am at Quaker House (quakerhousesantafe.org) and Feb 22th at 10:00am at the Meetinghouse on Canyon Rd.  We sing simple chants and hymns, repeating the lines for memorization and for the pleasure of the music. For information, please contact Guthrie Miller  954-4224 or John Kretzmann 988-2152.

 

March 13 - Quaker Women's Taco Potluck and Worship-Sharing:  Friday, March 13, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm in the Sand River Common House gathering space.  All women members, attenders, and their friends are invited to join us in this annual gathering in honor of International Women's Day.  To sign up for a taco ingredient to bring, please contact Bettina Raphael (988-2487) or Marty Carroll ( 424-1220).  For directions to Sand River, please email Marty at marcarr@cybermesa.com.  Our theme is "Sources of Inspiration: Guidelines for Our Next Steps."  Hope to see you!  Marty, Bettina, and Wyn, convenors

 

March 15 - Business meeting for Worship will meet at the rise of the 11:00 meeting.

March 29 – Meeting for Muffins, Friends from the 9:00 and the 11:00 meetings convene at the rise f the 9:00 to enjoy fellowship and muffins.

April 17 -19, Regional Meeting will be gathering in El Paso, TX, Save the Date! Registration due now! Please see Weekly Digest or contact Clerk Jan-Willem for registration.


Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business

Second Month (February 15, 2015)

 

Present: Jan-Willem Jansens (clerk), Peggy Giltrow (Recording Clerk), Marcy Pompei, Philip Balcombe, Marty Carroll, David Henkel, Allen Winchester, Rebecca Allahyari, Linda Hibbs, Elliott Skinner, David Murphy, Pam Gilchrist, Betsy Lombardi, Ann Lindsay, Marguerite Kearns, John Kretzmann, Greg Cliburn, Adam Ward, David Giltrow, Roxanne Seagraves, Wyn Lewis

 

Meeting began with a short period of silence at 12:47. The Clerk read Advice #4, p. 120, from the section on Monthly Meetings, IMYM Faith and Practice:

 

Those who speak in meetings for business are advised to feel free to express their views but to refrain from pressing them unduly, avoiding contentiousness, obstinacy, and the urge to control. Seek the leadings of the Light and admit the possibility of error. A “third way” may be needed in order for Truth to emerge and a sense of the meeting to be reached.

 

The agenda for Business Meeting, Second Month, 2015 was reviewed and approved.

 

Minutes for First Month 2015 Business Meeting were approved.

 

The Business Meeting was suspended so that the Annual Corporation Meeting could be held. Please see the minutes of the Corporation Meeting, which follow the Appendices to these Minutes of Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business.

 

Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business resumed at 1:15. The Clerk thanked the three trustees of the corporation for their service to the Meeting.

 

The journal Western Friend has asked Santa Fe Monthly Meeting to host their Board Meeting May 15-17, 2015. The Board meets three times a year, and tries to alternate between Meetings in Pacific, North Pacific and Intermountain Yearly Meetings. Places to sleep, meals, and rides are needed for the 9 board members from Friday evening, May 15 through worship on Sunday, May 17. Use of the Meetinghouse is requested from about 4 p.m. Friday, and all day Saturday, including a simple dinner Friday night and a potluck on Saturday night.

 

Meeting discussed the request in terms of prior commitments to Quaker Quest, Regional, IMYM, the May 3 potluck and worship sharing, and the May 17 business meeting. Some felt that Light would be stretched. Others felt that Meeting needs to support Western Friend. Seven families volunteered places to sleep; an 8th will do so if in town at that time. If this is to work, a coordinator needs to come forward to organize driving, food, and accommodations. The request will be published in the Digest. The Clerk asked for a few moments of silence. He will let Western Friend know within the next 10 days whether or not SFMM is able to host the Board Meeting (depending on whether or not a coordinator is found).

 

IMYM Representatives Committee Report—Please see full report in Appendix A.

Pam Gilchrist, NM Regional Representative and Allen Winchester, SFMM Representative, attended the Representatives Committee meeting in Boulder February 6 and 7 to discuss and decide about programs, budgets, facilities and other aspects of Yearly Meeting.

 

The 2015 Annual Gathering will be from Wednesday June 10 to Sunday June 14 at Ghost Ranch, with early days beginning Sunday, June 7. Online registration at imym.org begins March 1. Costs are same as last year. The theme is “Practicing Spiritual Discernment. Where Does the Light Lead Us Now?” Diego Navarro of Santa Cruz Friends Meeting is the keynote speaker. He will be accompanied by several Young Friends from Pacific Yearly Meeting whom he describes as being “spiritually on fire”.

 

The committee discussed limited workshop opportunities for Early Days, accommodation of aging Friends elsewhere than on the Mesa, a request from Senior Young Friends for help to pay for travel for the young friends from Pacific Yearly Meeting and to replenish the Tim Shaw Fund. IMYM Nominating Committee is having great difficulty finding persons to serve on IMYM committees. Sara Keeney has agreed to serve one additional year as Clerk. Co-Web Clerks have agreed to serve until new Web Clerks are found. Ana Easterling asked for increased support for Mountain Friends Camp. Negotiations have begun between IMYM and Ghost Ranch about renewing the contract for Annual Gathering. IMYM’s Faith and Practice is being reprinted. Friends were asked to think about how to handle requests for funding special needs and equity issues for Annual Gathering.

 

SFMM’s concerns about Indigenous Rights were taken to Representatives Committee, but not addressed. Solar housing behind the Corral Block will be available this year, and provide more housing for those who need to get around easily. One Friend observed that only the most expensive housing is adequate for those with mobility issues. In response to a Friend’s question about the length of Mountain Friends Camp, which will again be held in Santa Fe this summer, we were told that there is a 1 week camp, followed by a 2 week camp (and campers can do all 3 weeks), followed by a 4 night family camp where parents can camp with younger children.

 

Meeting accepted the report about the IMYM Representatives Committee

 

Meeting considered the request from IMYM Senior Young Friends for financial support. Discussion included possibilities for donations from individual friends as well as from the Meeting. As noted above, SYF need money to defray travel costs to IMYM Annual Gathering for two “spiritually on fire” young Friends from Pacific Yearly Meeting, to help with costs of SYF who traveled to Tempe, AZ, last month for the memorial service for Brianna Wells, and to replenish the Tim Shaw fund. The Tim Shaw fund usually has $500, but is now empty. The Treasurer noted that SFMM’s As Needs Arise line item in the Good Works portion of the budget currently contains $240, available before the fiscal year ends June 30.

 

Meeting approved a donation of $200 from the As Needs Arise line item in Good Works to IMYM Senior Young Friends (for them to determine how it will be used) in response to their request for Tim Shaw funds and travel expenses. Information on the request and how individual Friends can respond will be shared in the Digest.

 

The crowd funding source incitED.org, which supports education outside formal schooling, was suggested as another option for seeking funds. Two Friends will share that information with Senior Young Friends.

 

After a brief period of silence, the Residence Committee presented a short report. The Resident Friend has indicated a need to lay down his residency by the end of the school year at the latest, for family reasons. The Committee will be advertising for a new Resident in Friends Journal and Western Friend starting with the March issues. Inquiries have been received from 5 or 6 people. The committee has gotten wonderful feedback about the residency of David Murphy, and are sad that he cannot stay. Meeting accepted the report of the Residence Committee.

 

Resident Friend’s ReportPlease see full report in Appendix B.

 

The Resident thanks Meeting for kind words and support. He leaves with a conflicted heart, but needs to be there for his sister.

 

The Resident served the Meeting about 17 hours per week during the First Month. In addition to regular tasks, he did considerable snow shoveling and pruning. He thanked Adam Ward for washing the windows in the Meeting Room. Friends thanked both Adam and the Resident.

 

In January the Guest Apartment was occupied for 9 of 30 possible nights. Income from use of apartment and Meetinghouse was $774.

 

The Resident Friend’s report was accepted with gratitude.

 

Peace & Social Concerns Committee—please see full report in Appendix C.

 

Current P&SC issues and activities include support for Interfaith Immigration Allies, engagement with the Public Regulation Commission/PNM replacement plan and the related local effort to create a public utility, and awareness of the case of New Mexico men Robert Fry and Tim Allen, who are on death row.

 

The Interfaith Leadership Alliance met with the Espanola sheriff after the recent tasing incident on 599, and found him open to people engaging with the Department.  The desire is to promote ongoing connection between public and police, rather than just public response after an incident of violence. A Friend suggested that this opportunity be shared with the Alternatives to Violence Project.

 

Meeting accepted the report of the Peace & Social Concerns Committee, and joined in a few moments of silence before the next report.

 

Report of Ministry and Counsel Committee—please see full report in Appendix D.

 

The committee received a thorough report on preparations for Quaker Quest, which will be held on Saturday, March 28, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the First Christian Church, 645 Webber St., Santa Fe. Committee conveners will be asked to discuss with their committees what they expect to gain from participation in the Quaker Quest workshop. A reprinted QQ flyer will ask people to request help from M&C with any possible barriers to participation. Facilitators were reminded to incorporate silence into the experience. Please see the Quaker Quest flyer at http://sf.imym.org/MeetingDocs/qq/view

 

M&C proposed changing the date of the Financial Worship Sharing from May 10 (Mother’s Day) to May 3 (Spring Worship Group potluck).

 

The annual State of the Meeting report is expected for the March Business Meeting. Worship groups and committees have been asked to provide information. Observations on the Spiritual Life of SFMM can be seen in the full report. Concerns were shared for four Friends.

 

Meeting accepted the report of M&C.

 

Meeting Approved the proposed Query for Third Month of 2015:  “How do Friends’ traditions and experiences inform our spiritual practice?”

 

Meeting discussed re-scheduling the Financial Worship Sharing in May, including the need for a larger venue to accommodate all the Worship Groups if the date was moved to May 3, to coincide with the Spring Worship Group event. Neither 630 Canyon Road nor Quaker House would be large enough to accommodate the anticipated 50 plus people. The worship sharing will be done in groups of 8-10 people. Costs of renting larger space and possible available spaces were discussed. It was agreed that when gathering a large group from a long distance it is important not to rely on the whims of the weather, and noted that at the November Worship Group gathering some people who were not able to be accommodated in the 630 Canyon Road meeting room for Meeting for Worship left. Child care will be provided.

 

At the last business meeting Friends discussed the desirability of separating fellowship events from time for serious discussions. The concern had been expressed that when potlucks include worship sharing or threshing sessions, there is no opportunity for fellowship. After some discussion about the need to hold a financial worship sharing before the end of the fiscal year June 30, and the need to include worship groups in the deliberations, Meeting agreed to hold the Financial Worship Sharing May 3. M&C was asked to firm up details. The proposal in the M&C report includes time for lunch before the worship sharing and tea with opportunity for further fellowship following.

 

Friends settled into silence for a few minutes before beginning New Business. We enjoyed chocolate covered strawberries shared by Stephanie Garcia.

 

Regional will be held in El Paso, Texas, April 17-19. The title of the gathering is “Living on the Edge: Quakers Gather for Discernment about U.S. Border Issues.” Santa Fe Friends will organize a van, and travel Friday to a meeting at the Border. Hosts will be in El Paso & Las Cruces. Please contact the Clerk, Jan-Willem Jansens, to let him know of your interest, especially if you want to ride in the van: sfmmclerkjwj@gmail.com

 

  • Climate Statement from Quaker Earthcare Witness, Quaker United Nations Office, and Friends Committee on National Legislation--Please see statement in Appendix F

 

Pam Gilchrist read a cover letter and statement delivered at the UN Climate Summit in September 2014. It has been signed by a number of Quaker organizations ranging in size from FWCC to Cookeville Monthly Meeting, and updated to reflect concerns about continued relevance, less anthropocentric language, and greater stress on the grave dangers from climate change. Meetings are welcome to sign on or use the material for a Meeting-specific statement.

 

SFMM discussed the statement. Is this more relevant for IMYM or individual Meetings? Friends felt that if individual Meetings take the lead, it encourages action at IMYM. SFMM approved adding Meeting’s signature to the statement, although some Friends worried about haste in the process and some of the wording (a disturbing separation of humans from nature). It is helpful to be able to see written statements in advance as part of the opportunity for seasoning. One Friend pointed out that the language used is typical of language in statements presented to the UN.

 

  • P&SC digest.

 

Pam Gilchrist, who publishes the Peace and Social Concerns Digest, asked for ideas to help make the Digest helpful rather than overwhelming. She worried that people may turn off and delete the whole message. The P&SC Committee, which varies in composition each month, reviews where we have been, what we have done, and where we want to go. All of us in Meeting live out our Quaker values in the world and witness to them. At least ten members of Meeting have sent information to the P&SC Digest since January, as well as Santa Fe’s Interfaith Peace and Social Concerns committee and FCNL. Some Friends say the P&SC Digest has too much stuff, and ask that it be narrowed down to must-dos.

 

The Clerk thanked Pam for all she does, and asked members to help address the concerns raised.

 

Rather than trying to limit content, which arises from individual and organizational concerns, suggestions included initial headings at the top with hyperlinks to detailed information, or at least numbered headings leading to further information, as done in the general Digest. Several Friends expressed appreciation for getting varied information to use as a basis for making their own decisions. One Friend hoped for more focus for what Meeting as a whole does. His personal choice is in favor of Peace. He was asked to take this concern to the Peace and Social Concerns Committee.

 

Meeting observed a few moments of silence before addressing the next item.

 

  • Legal ownership of 630 Canyon Road. Arising from the Corporation Meeting, a Friend asked whether the property is owned by Santa Fe Monthly Meeting or by the Corporation. The same question applies to insurance coverage. These concerns will be considered at next month’s Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business.

 

Announcements

  • Friends are reminded that Quaker Quest will be held March 28

  • Update on Lowber Welsh’s condition and hospitalization in Albuquerque. Albuquerque Friends Meeting is coordinating his care. Details will be put in the Digest.

  • Friend of Public Banking” stickers are available from Pam Gilchrist

  • A Friend observed that sometime within the last 30 years a February Meeting for Business was held outside under the crab apple tree.

 

Meeting ended with silence at 3:20 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Peggy Giltrow, Recording Clerk


APPENDICES

 

Appendix A

 

IMYM Representatives Committee Report

Pam Gilchrist and I attended Representatives Committee at Boulder, CO Friends Meeting House Feb 6 and 7. Pam is N.M. Regional Representative and I am SFMM Representative to the Committee. Representatives Committee discusses and makes decisions about programs, budgets, facilities and many other aspects of Yearly Meeting.

The 2015 Annual Gathering will be from Wednesday June 10 to Sunday June 14, with Early Days beginning June 7 at Ghost Ranch. Registration begins online at imym.org March 1. Costs remain the same as last year. This year’s theme is “Practicing Spiritual Discernment. Where Does the Light Lead Us Now? Diego Navarro of Santa Cruz Friends Meeting is the keynote speaker and will hold workshops for Adult Friends, Children’s Yearly Meeting, Junior Young Friends, Senior Young Friends and Young Adult Friends. Accompanying him are several young Friends from Pacific Yearly Meeting who Navarro describes as being “spiritually on fire.”

Early Days will offer a variety of workshops on Monday June 8 and Tuesday June 9 mornings only. Afternoon workshops will not be offered because childcare is unavailable. Friends who disagree with this decision should include their thoughts on their evaluations at the end of IMYM.

Last year Representatives Committee asked the SYF’s to consider possibly moving from their housing to the Mesa as way to accommodate aging Friends who are reporting difficulties in traversing the hill to and from the Mesa. SYF’s thoughtfully considered the request, but rejected it because they felt they would be to noisy on the Mesa they did not find housing there with a large enough gathering space. They promised to continue to work with adults on a solution and suggested the possibility of providing more golf carts to handle transportation to and from Mesa housing. SYF’s also announced that they have sent letters to all Friends Meetings requesting help in paying for travel for the young friends from Pacific Yearly Meeting and to replenish the Tim Shaw Fund which was used to assist young friends to who traveled to Arizona for a Memorial Service for dear Friend.

Gail and Jim Hoffman, co-clerks of Nominations Committee reported that the Committee is having great difficulty finding persons willing to serve on IMYM committees. The Committee has not found anyone who has agreed to be Clerk and as a result Sara Keeney, has agreed to serve one additional year. The Committee has written a questionnaire that will be included with Registration material seeking information about attenders interests and willingness to serve.

Co-Web Clerks, Jim Mills and Bob Gaines have agreed to serve until new Web Clerks are found. They have updated and reformatted the IMYM Web site so that it is easier to get around and find reports.

Ana Easterling, Director of Mountain Friends Camp, asked for continued support from IMYM for the Camp. The 2015 budget includes $10,000 for the Camp, but Meetings are being asked about increasing the support to $12,500 beginning in 2016. This year’s Camp will be in Santa Fe.

Negotiations have begun between IMYM and Ghost Ranch about renewing their three to five year contract for the Annual Gathering. Attempts to find a search committee for alternative sites, have been largely in vain.

Barb Stephens, acting Clerk of Faith and Practice Committee, announced she would like to step down, but will handle reprinting of the Faith and Practice Book. She will contact Meetings to find out how many they want to order.

Bill Hobson, Clerk of Representatives Committee, ended the meeting by asking members to begin thinking about creating an Extraordinary Circumstances Fund to help pay for unusual needs as necessary. He also asked that we think about how to handle financial assistance/expense of annual gathering/equity issues. Specifically he wondered whether more special needs should be included in annual fees or assessments rather than as special requests by individuals or groups.

Submitted by Allen Winchester 2/15/2015 SFMM Meeting for Business

Appendix B

 

Resident Friend’s Report for First Month 2015

 

The Resident Friend served the Meeting approximately 17 hours per week during First Month 2015. His tasks included attending business and committee meetings, cleaning the meetinghouse and guest apartment, taking care of the trash and recycling, booking the guest apartment, answering e-mail and phone inquiries, sweeping and shoveling the sidewalks, purchasing supplies, collecting donations and passing these on to the Finance Committee, distributing mail, doing laundry, assisting with the opening and the closing of the meetinghouse on First Days, filling bird feeders, pruning, organizing a binder for the Resident Friend, checking the heating tape on the roof, wrapping the casita’s hot water tank with insulation, writing Swedish Friends about the guest apartment, and meeting with guests. Adam Ward volunteered to wash the windows of the meetinghouse.

 

At the Residence Committee meeting, the Resident Friend regretfully gave notice. He feels that he must return to the east coast in order to be physically closer to his sister whose health has declined in recent weeks. He will do whatever he can to help find a replacement and to train his replacement. He wishes to thank the Meeting for their trust and support.

 

Guest apartment occupancy: 9 nights out of a possible 30 nights

 

Income from guest apartment and use of the meetinghouse: $774

 

Appendix C

 

2/15/2015 - Santa Fe Monthly Meeting - Peace and Social Concerns report to Worship with Attention to Business

 

Attending our February 1, 2015 committee meeting: new attenders Sarah Cote, her fiancé Andrew Edwards and Pam Gilchrist

Following introductions and silence we reviewed current P&SC issues and activities.

We continue to support and publicize Interfaith Immigration Allies information and action.

After review of the PRC/PNM replacement plan and the alternate power plans being proposed we agreed to be engaged in this issue and the related local effort to create a public utility.

We continue to follow the case of the two NM men, Robert Fry and Tim Allen who are on death row. 

With the NM State legislature in session, we will engage as we are able. Members are encouraged to send alerts to the P&SC Digest. It is very helpful if the contact information for the committee members is included.

Our committee’s new attenders have, in the past, been involved in Conscientious Objectors, and the death penalty. Currently they have a strong interest in environmental/climate change concerns.

 

Appendix D

 

 

February 15, 2015 M & C Report to SFMM Meeting for Business

M & C met February 5, 2015. Present: Jan-Willem Jansens, Betsy Lombardi, Howard Shulman, Margy Willen, Ann Lindsay. Not in Attendance: Karen Kuranz, Allen Winchester. Betsy clerked and Ann was recording clerk.

MARCH QUERY: How do Friends’ traditions and experiences inform our spiritual practice?

Quaker Quest: Betsy gave a thorough report on Quaker Quest, which is March 28. Betsy, Guthrie Miller and Karen Kuranz participated in a conference call with Tracye Peterson and Jonathan Vogel-Borne, the QQ facilitators. Background information on the groups in Santa Fe, hospitality for the 2 facilitators, a possible song circle on Friday evening, and the need for two 5-minute presentations by local Friends were discussed. In addition, Tracye and Jonathan asked and received information on challenges facing the SF Monthly Meeting. It was suggested that an email be sent to all conveners of committees so the members of the committees can discuss what they expect to gain from participation in QQ.

Betsy will add information to the back of the QQ flyer related to barriers that people might have in attending QQ and other pertinent info. It will inform possible participants that M&C will help to deal with any barriers that they might have. In addition, Betsy will add the question, "What do I hope to get out of the Quaker Quest workshop?" and the following information: “Santa Fe Monthly Meeting will be hosting an amazing opportunity to deepen the understanding of Friends and the participants will be all the attenders and members of SFMM. (Santa Fe, Taos, Las Vegas, Tres Piedras)  Quaker Quest is not Quakerism 101 and Quaker Quest with SFMM will be a unique experience with special Friends from Friends General Conference leading the workshop. If you are unable to participate 9-4, please come for the hours that are possible. She will get some hard copies of the QQ flyer printed for distribution.”

The idea that silence will need to be an important part of QQ was discussed. Betsy will follow up with the facilitators related to this issue.

Proposal to Change Date of Finance Worship Sharing: M & C recommends changing the Finance Worship Sharing from May 10, which is Mother’s Day, to May 3. We also recommend that the Worship Sharing be combined with a Spring Worship Group event similar to the one held in November. Because of possible overcrowding, M & C is looking into several venues that would comfortably hold more people. The venue will need to be available from 10:30 AM to approximately 4:00 PM. The following schedule was determined: Meeting for Worship-11:00 AM-12:00 Noon, Lunch 12:00-1:30 PM, Worship Sharing onFinances 1:30-3:00 PM, and Tea 3:00 PM. Bob Gaines will be contacted for his input on this plan.

State of the Meeting Report: Worship Groups, and Committee Conveners have been notified about providing information for this annual report, which is expected to be completed by March Meeting for Business.

OBSERVATIONS ON THE SPIRITUAL LIFE OF OUR MEETING

Canyon Road-9:00-All is well. There is a core group of members and attenders with frequent visitors from across the US and the world. After rise of meeting, there is always fellowship through chatting and taking time to interact.

Canyon Road-11:00-There is variability in attendance-with 15-20 up to 30-35 members and attenders. There are always 3-6 visitors a week from various states and countries. There continues to be a lively vocal ministry and chanting. First Day School typically has 8-12 children in attendance with 4-5 adults supervising.

SSFQWG-Once a month, there is singing in preparation for meeting that has been warmly received. There continues to be fellowship after raise of meeting where members and attenders share their good works in the community. The discussion of the history and formation of SSFQWG is continuing.

Taos/Clearlight-Karen has requested that this group share thoughts on the state of their worship group. After discussing this on Sunday, Avis Vermilye will send Karen her notes. Karen also sent her the QQ flyer and encouraged her to spread the word.

Tres Piedras-Mary Wyse reported on efforts to encourage Friends to participate in Quaker Quest. She also reported that her daughter Libby, who was injured in an automobile accident last November, is receiving physical therapy to ready herself for an operation that will effect her injured hand, arm and shoulder.

Members & Attenders Concerns: Concern for four Friends were discussed by M & C including the hospitalization of Lowber Welsh.

The next M&C meeting will be on Monday, March 9th, 2015, at 5:30 PM at South Santa Fe Quaker House. The meeting ended with silence and was adjourned at 7:20 PM.

Appendix E

A Call to Friends in New Mexico, Durango, and El Paso

New Mexico Regional Meeting

To be Held April 17-19, 2015 in El Paso, Texas

The El Paso Monthly Meeting of Friends along with the Las Cruces Monthly Meeting of Friends invites you to the annual gathering of the New Mexico Regional Meeting. The title of our gathering is “Living on the Edge: Quakers Gather for Discernment about U.S. Border Issues”. We will focus on and seek Light about several issues related to being on the Frontera: immigration, migrant labor, broken families, social and economic injustice, ICE and the Border Patrol, and the Fence.

Our Regional Meeting will include a Friday evening Fiesta with food and music, breakfast and lunch on Saturday, panel discussion with break-out groups, our Meeting for Business, Meeting for Worship and plenty of fellowship with old and new Quaker friends from all over the region. The discernment and Spirt experienced during our Regional Business Meeting and the entire gathering are always poignant, powerful and uplifting.

A children's program and a youth program for junior and senior young friends are being planned. The children’s program will include active activities and experiences exploring the theme of immigration; the youth program, spiritually meaningful developed in consultation with participants. Watch for further information. Please register children and youth by March 20th to facilitate program planning.

Attached please find the tentative schedule for the weekend, registration form and queries.  We invite friends from afar to stay overnight with El Paso and Las Cruces Friends. We will also provide information about affordable lodging if that is your preference. Maps, a self-guided tour to border related sites, and a restaurant guide will be sent later to registrants. The cost will be $10.00 to be paid at the door. Scholarships are available. The gathering starts at 5:00PM on Friday April 17 and ends at approximately 5:30 PM on April 18. Friends are invited to stay overnight to attend a Meeting for Worship either in El Paso or Las Cruces on Sunday.

If you have questions Jim Tolbert, El Paso, diegotolbert@gmail.com or 915-525-7364 or Sharon Gross, NM Regional Clerk, wsgross@msn.com or 505-242-5785; for youth program: Erica Samuel, ericajsamuel@gmail.com.; for children’s program: Vickie Aldrich, mathstar@zianet.com.

The registration form, tentative schedule and queries can be found at http://imym.org/regionalmeetings/nmrm

Appendix F

Facing the Challenge of Climate Change

A shared statement by Quaker groups

 

January 2015

 

It would go a long way to caution and direct people in their use of the world, that they were better studied and knowing in the Creation of it. For how could [they] find the confidence to abuse it, while they should see the great Creator stare them in the face, in all and every part of it?”

William Penn, 1693

 

 

As Quakers, we are called to work for the peaceable Kingdom of God on the whole Earth, in right sharing with all peoples.1 We recognize a moral duty to cherish Creation for future generations.

 

We call on our leaders to make the radical decisions needed to create a fair, sufficient and effective international climate change agreement.

 

As Quakers, we understand anthropogenic climate change (climate change due to human activities) to be a symptom of a greater challenge: how to live sustainably and justly on this Earth.

 

We recognize that the current rise of greenhouse gas emissions is leading to an unprecedented rate of increase in global average surface temperature of extreme detriment to the Earth’s ecosystems and species, including human beings.

 

We recognize that catastrophic global climate change is not inevitable if we choose to act urgently.

 

We recognize a personal and collective responsibility to ensure that the poorest and most vulnerable peoples now, and all our future generations, do not suffer as a consequence of our actions. We see this as a call to conscience.

 

We recognize the connections between climate change and global economic injustice as well as unprecedented levels of consumption, and question assumptions of unlimited material growth on a planet with limited natural resources.

 

We recognize that most greenhouse gas emissions are created by fossil fuel combustion. We recognize that our increasing population continues to pursue fossil fuel-dependent economic growth. We recognize that the Earth holds more fossil fuel reserves than are safe to burn, and that the vast majority of fossil fuel reserves must remain in the ground if we are to prevent the catastrophic consequences of climate change. We therefore question profoundly the continued investment in, and subsidizing of, fossil fuel extraction.

 

We seek to nurture a global human society that prioritizes the well-being of people over profit, and lives in right relationship with our Earth; a peaceful world with fulfilling employment, clean air and water, renewable energy, and healthy thriving communities and ecosystems.

 

As members of this beautiful human family, we seek meaningful commitments from our leaders and ourselves, to address climate change for our shared future, the Earth and all species, and the generations to come. We see this Earth as a stunning gift that supports life. It is our only home. Let us care for it together.

 

Quaker Earthcare Witness (QEW)

Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO)

Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL)

Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC)

Westtown Monthly Meeting, Pennsylvania, USA

Quaker Council for European Affairs (QCEA)

American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)

Princeton Friends Meeting, New Jersey, USA

Canadian Friends Service Committee (CFSC)

Northampton Friends Meeting, MA, USA

Sacramento Friends Meeting, CA, USA

Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre, UK

Trenton Meeting of Friends, NJ, USA

Cookeville Monthly Meeting, USA

FWCC- Asia West Pacific Section

Quakers in Aotearoa New Zealand

Croton Valley Meeting, NY, USA

Newtown Monthly Meeting, USA

New York Yearly Meeting, USA

Memphis Friends Meeting, USA

Miami Friends Meeting, USA

Netherlands Yearly Meeting

Quakers in Australia

EcoQuakers Ireland

Living Witness, UK

Quakers in Britain

 

Please contact Lindsey Cook at lfcook@quno.ch if you need more information, or wish to add your Quaker group.


1 Kabarak Call to Peace and Eco-Justice, 2012, p. 1



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Letter to Friends

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

Third Month 2015

 

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. 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, 3/01 12:30 Potluck @ Rise of Meeting, Peace & Social Concerns there after.

Sunday, 3/08 9:30 Chanting as Preparation for Worship @ Southside Meetinghouse

Sunday, 3/15 12:30 Business Meeting at the rise of Meeting

Sunday, 3/22 10:10 Chanting as Preparation for Worship @ Canyon Rd. Meetinghouse

Sunday, 3/29 10:10 Meeting for Muffins

 

 

The Monthly Query for the 3rd month, 2015

 How do Friends' traditions and experiences inform our spiritual practice?

 

Announcements

March 1 – Monthly Potluck occurs at the rise of the 11:00 meeting. Please bring a dish to share and stay for a potluck in the library.

March 1 – Peace & Social Concerns will meet immediately following the potluck on Canyon Road. Please consider joining this important committee.

 

March 4 – People for Peace meets the 1st Wednesday of the month at 6:00pm. Meetings are held at the Commons Co-Housing, 2300 W. Alameda St. Questions to Linda Hibbs, 983-3906 or lhibbs@ cybermesa.com

 

March 5 - Ministry and Counsel Committee meets at 5:30 p.m. at Quaker House.  Anyone wanting to meet with M & C should contact Allen Winchester , allen14w@cybermesa.com, Clerk, by Feb.25.

 

March 8 & 22 – Singing as preparation for worship.  Singing on 2nd and 4th Sundays: Feb 8th at  9:30am at Quaker House (quakerhousesantafe.org) and Feb 22th at 10:00am at the Meetinghouse on Canyon Rd.  We sing simple chants and hymns, repeating the lines for memorization and for the pleasure of the music. For information, please contact Guthrie Miller  954-4224 or John Kretzmann 988-2152.

 

March 13 - Quaker Women's Taco Potluck and Worship-Sharing:  Friday, March 13, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm in the Sand River Common House gathering space.  All women members, attenders, and their friends are invited to join us in this annual gathering in honor of International Women's Day.  To sign up for a taco ingredient to bring, please contact Bettina Raphael (988-2487) or Marty Carroll ( 424-1220).  For directions to Sand River, please email Marty at marcarr@cybermesa.com.  Our theme is "Sources of Inspiration: Guidelines for Our Next Steps."  Hope to see you!  Marty, Bettina, and Wyn, convenors

 

March 15 - Business meeting for Worship will meet at the rise of the 11:00 meeting.

March 29 – Meeting for Muffins, Friends from the 9:00 and the 11:00 meetings convene at the rise f the 9:00 to enjoy fellowship and muffins.

April 17 -19, Regional Meeting will be gathering in El Paso, TX, Save the Date! Registration due now! Please see Weekly Digest or contact Clerk Jan-Willem for registration.


Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business

Second Month (February 15, 2015)

 

Present: Jan-Willem Jansens (clerk), Peggy Giltrow (Recording Clerk), Marcy Pompei, Philip Balcombe, Marty Carroll, David Henkel, Allen Winchester, Rebecca Allahyari, Linda Hibbs, Elliott Skinner, David Murphy, Pam Gilchrist, Betsy Lombardi, Ann Lindsay, Marguerite Kearns, John Kretzmann, Greg Cliburn, Adam Ward, David Giltrow, Roxanne Seagraves, Wyn Lewis

 

Meeting began with a short period of silence at 12:47. The Clerk read Advice #4, p. 120, from the section on Monthly Meetings, IMYM Faith and Practice:

 

Those who speak in meetings for business are advised to feel free to express their views but to refrain from pressing them unduly, avoiding contentiousness, obstinacy, and the urge to control. Seek the leadings of the Light and admit the possibility of error. A “third way” may be needed in order for Truth to emerge and a sense of the meeting to be reached.

 

The agenda for Business Meeting, Second Month, 2015 was reviewed and approved.

 

Minutes for First Month 2015 Business Meeting were approved.

 

The Business Meeting was suspended so that the Annual Corporation Meeting could be held. Please see the minutes of the Corporation Meeting, which follow the Appendices to these Minutes of Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business.

 

Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business resumed at 1:15. The Clerk thanked the three trustees of the corporation for their service to the Meeting.

 

The journal Western Friend has asked Santa Fe Monthly Meeting to host their Board Meeting May 15-17, 2015. The Board meets three times a year, and tries to alternate between Meetings in Pacific, North Pacific and Intermountain Yearly Meetings. Places to sleep, meals, and rides are needed for the 9 board members from Friday evening, May 15 through worship on Sunday, May 17. Use of the Meetinghouse is requested from about 4 p.m. Friday, and all day Saturday, including a simple dinner Friday night and a potluck on Saturday night.

 

Meeting discussed the request in terms of prior commitments to Quaker Quest, Regional, IMYM, the May 3 potluck and worship sharing, and the May 17 business meeting. Some felt that Light would be stretched. Others felt that Meeting needs to support Western Friend. Seven families volunteered places to sleep; an 8th will do so if in town at that time. If this is to work, a coordinator needs to come forward to organize driving, food, and accommodations. The request will be published in the Digest. The Clerk asked for a few moments of silence. He will let Western Friend know within the next 10 days whether or not SFMM is able to host the Board Meeting (depending on whether or not a coordinator is found).

 

IMYM Representatives Committee Report—Please see full report in Appendix A.

Pam Gilchrist, NM Regional Representative and Allen Winchester, SFMM Representative, attended the Representatives Committee meeting in Boulder February 6 and 7 to discuss and decide about programs, budgets, facilities and other aspects of Yearly Meeting.

 

The 2015 Annual Gathering will be from Wednesday June 10 to Sunday June 14 at Ghost Ranch, with early days beginning Sunday, June 7. Online registration at imym.org begins March 1. Costs are same as last year. The theme is “Practicing Spiritual Discernment. Where Does the Light Lead Us Now?” Diego Navarro of Santa Cruz Friends Meeting is the keynote speaker. He will be accompanied by several Young Friends from Pacific Yearly Meeting whom he describes as being “spiritually on fire”.

 

The committee discussed limited workshop opportunities for Early Days, accommodation of aging Friends elsewhere than on the Mesa, a request from Senior Young Friends for help to pay for travel for the young friends from Pacific Yearly Meeting and to replenish the Tim Shaw Fund. IMYM Nominating Committee is having great difficulty finding persons to serve on IMYM committees. Sara Keeney has agreed to serve one additional year as Clerk. Co-Web Clerks have agreed to serve until new Web Clerks are found. Ana Easterling asked for increased support for Mountain Friends Camp. Negotiations have begun between IMYM and Ghost Ranch about renewing the contract for Annual Gathering. IMYM’s Faith and Practice is being reprinted. Friends were asked to think about how to handle requests for funding special needs and equity issues for Annual Gathering.

 

SFMM’s concerns about Indigenous Rights were taken to Representatives Committee, but not addressed. Solar housing behind the Corral Block will be available this year, and provide more housing for those who need to get around easily. One Friend observed that only the most expensive housing is adequate for those with mobility issues. In response to a Friend’s question about the length of Mountain Friends Camp, which will again be held in Santa Fe this summer, we were told that there is a 1 week camp, followed by a 2 week camp (and campers can do all 3 weeks), followed by a 4 night family camp where parents can camp with younger children.

 

Meeting accepted the report about the IMYM Representatives Committee

 

Meeting considered the request from IMYM Senior Young Friends for financial support. Discussion included possibilities for donations from individual friends as well as from the Meeting. As noted above, SYF need money to defray travel costs to IMYM Annual Gathering for two “spiritually on fire” young Friends from Pacific Yearly Meeting, to help with costs of SYF who traveled to Tempe, AZ, last month for the memorial service for Brianna Wells, and to replenish the Tim Shaw fund. The Tim Shaw fund usually has $500, but is now empty. The Treasurer noted that SFMM’s As Needs Arise line item in the Good Works portion of the budget currently contains $240, available before the fiscal year ends June 30.

 

Meeting approved a donation of $200 from the As Needs Arise line item in Good Works to IMYM Senior Young Friends (for them to determine how it will be used) in response to their request for Tim Shaw funds and travel expenses. Information on the request and how individual Friends can respond will be shared in the Digest.

 

The crowd funding source incitED.org, which supports education outside formal schooling, was suggested as another option for seeking funds. Two Friends will share that information with Senior Young Friends.

 

After a brief period of silence, the Residence Committee presented a short report. The Resident Friend has indicated a need to lay down his residency by the end of the school year at the latest, for family reasons. The Committee will be advertising for a new Resident in Friends Journal and Western Friend starting with the March issues. Inquiries have been received from 5 or 6 people. The committee has gotten wonderful feedback about the residency of David Murphy, and are sad that he cannot stay. Meeting accepted the report of the Residence Committee.

 

Resident Friend’s ReportPlease see full report in Appendix B.

 

The Resident thanks Meeting for kind words and support. He leaves with a conflicted heart, but needs to be there for his sister.

 

The Resident served the Meeting about 17 hours per week during the First Month. In addition to regular tasks, he did considerable snow shoveling and pruning. He thanked Adam Ward for washing the windows in the Meeting Room. Friends thanked both Adam and the Resident.

 

In January the Guest Apartment was occupied for 9 of 30 possible nights. Income from use of apartment and Meetinghouse was $774.

 

The Resident Friend’s report was accepted with gratitude.

 

Peace & Social Concerns Committee—please see full report in Appendix C.

 

Current P&SC issues and activities include support for Interfaith Immigration Allies, engagement with the Public Regulation Commission/PNM replacement plan and the related local effort to create a public utility, and awareness of the case of New Mexico men Robert Fry and Tim Allen, who are on death row.

 

The Interfaith Leadership Alliance met with the Espanola sheriff after the recent tasing incident on 599, and found him open to people engaging with the Department.  The desire is to promote ongoing connection between public and police, rather than just public response after an incident of violence. A Friend suggested that this opportunity be shared with the Alternatives to Violence Project.

 

Meeting accepted the report of the Peace & Social Concerns Committee, and joined in a few moments of silence before the next report.

 

Report of Ministry and Counsel Committee—please see full report in Appendix D.

 

The committee received a thorough report on preparations for Quaker Quest, which will be held on Saturday, March 28, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the First Christian Church, 645 Webber St., Santa Fe. Committee conveners will be asked to discuss with their committees what they expect to gain from participation in the Quaker Quest workshop. A reprinted QQ flyer will ask people to request help from M&C with any possible barriers to participation. Facilitators were reminded to incorporate silence into the experience. Please see the Quaker Quest flyer at http://sf.imym.org/MeetingDocs/qq/view

 

M&C proposed changing the date of the Financial Worship Sharing from May 10 (Mother’s Day) to May 3 (Spring Worship Group potluck).

 

The annual State of the Meeting report is expected for the March Business Meeting. Worship groups and committees have been asked to provide information. Observations on the Spiritual Life of SFMM can be seen in the full report. Concerns were shared for four Friends.

 

Meeting accepted the report of M&C.

 

Meeting Approved the proposed Query for Third Month of 2015:  “How do Friends’ traditions and experiences inform our spiritual practice?”

 

Meeting discussed re-scheduling the Financial Worship Sharing in May, including the need for a larger venue to accommodate all the Worship Groups if the date was moved to May 3, to coincide with the Spring Worship Group event. Neither 630 Canyon Road nor Quaker House would be large enough to accommodate the anticipated 50 plus people. The worship sharing will be done in groups of 8-10 people. Costs of renting larger space and possible available spaces were discussed. It was agreed that when gathering a large group from a long distance it is important not to rely on the whims of the weather, and noted that at the November Worship Group gathering some people who were not able to be accommodated in the 630 Canyon Road meeting room for Meeting for Worship left. Child care will be provided.

 

At the last business meeting Friends discussed the desirability of separating fellowship events from time for serious discussions. The concern had been expressed that when potlucks include worship sharing or threshing sessions, there is no opportunity for fellowship. After some discussion about the need to hold a financial worship sharing before the end of the fiscal year June 30, and the need to include worship groups in the deliberations, Meeting agreed to hold the Financial Worship Sharing May 3. M&C was asked to firm up details. The proposal in the M&C report includes time for lunch before the worship sharing and tea with opportunity for further fellowship following.

 

Friends settled into silence for a few minutes before beginning New Business. We enjoyed chocolate covered strawberries shared by Stephanie Garcia.

 

Regional will be held in El Paso, Texas, April 17-19. The title of the gathering is “Living on the Edge: Quakers Gather for Discernment about U.S. Border Issues.” Santa Fe Friends will organize a van, and travel Friday to a meeting at the Border. Hosts will be in El Paso & Las Cruces. Please contact the Clerk, Jan-Willem Jansens, to let him know of your interest, especially if you want to ride in the van: sfmmclerkjwj@gmail.com

 

  • Climate Statement from Quaker Earthcare Witness, Quaker United Nations Office, and Friends Committee on National Legislation--Please see statement in Appendix F

 

Pam Gilchrist read a cover letter and statement delivered at the UN Climate Summit in September 2014. It has been signed by a number of Quaker organizations ranging in size from FWCC to Cookeville Monthly Meeting, and updated to reflect concerns about continued relevance, less anthropocentric language, and greater stress on the grave dangers from climate change. Meetings are welcome to sign on or use the material for a Meeting-specific statement.

 

SFMM discussed the statement. Is this more relevant for IMYM or individual Meetings? Friends felt that if individual Meetings take the lead, it encourages action at IMYM. SFMM approved adding Meeting’s signature to the statement, although some Friends worried about haste in the process and some of the wording (a disturbing separation of humans from nature). It is helpful to be able to see written statements in advance as part of the opportunity for seasoning. One Friend pointed out that the language used is typical of language in statements presented to the UN.

 

  • P&SC digest.

 

Pam Gilchrist, who publishes the Peace and Social Concerns Digest, asked for ideas to help make the Digest helpful rather than overwhelming. She worried that people may turn off and delete the whole message. The P&SC Committee, which varies in composition each month, reviews where we have been, what we have done, and where we want to go. All of us in Meeting live out our Quaker values in the world and witness to them. At least ten members of Meeting have sent information to the P&SC Digest since January, as well as Santa Fe’s Interfaith Peace and Social Concerns committee and FCNL. Some Friends say the P&SC Digest has too much stuff, and ask that it be narrowed down to must-dos.

 

The Clerk thanked Pam for all she does, and asked members to help address the concerns raised.

 

Rather than trying to limit content, which arises from individual and organizational concerns, suggestions included initial headings at the top with hyperlinks to detailed information, or at least numbered headings leading to further information, as done in the general Digest. Several Friends expressed appreciation for getting varied information to use as a basis for making their own decisions. One Friend hoped for more focus for what Meeting as a whole does. His personal choice is in favor of Peace. He was asked to take this concern to the Peace and Social Concerns Committee.

 

Meeting observed a few moments of silence before addressing the next item.

 

  • Legal ownership of 630 Canyon Road. Arising from the Corporation Meeting, a Friend asked whether the property is owned by Santa Fe Monthly Meeting or by the Corporation. The same question applies to insurance coverage. These concerns will be considered at next month’s Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business.

 

Announcements

  • Friends are reminded that Quaker Quest will be held March 28

  • Update on Lowber Welsh’s condition and hospitalization in Albuquerque. Albuquerque Friends Meeting is coordinating his care. Details will be put in the Digest.

  • Friend of Public Banking” stickers are available from Pam Gilchrist

  • A Friend observed that sometime within the last 30 years a February Meeting for Business was held outside under the crab apple tree.

 

Meeting ended with silence at 3:20 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Peggy Giltrow, Recording Clerk

 

APPENDICES

 

Appendix A

 

IMYM Representatives Committee Report

Pam Gilchrist and I attended Representatives Committee at Boulder, CO Friends Meeting House Feb 6 and 7. Pam is N.M. Regional Representative and I am SFMM Representative to the Committee. Representatives Committee discusses and makes decisions about programs, budgets, facilities and many other aspects of Yearly Meeting.

The 2015 Annual Gathering will be from Wednesday June 10 to Sunday June 14, with Early Days beginning June 7 at Ghost Ranch. Registration begins online at imym.org March 1. Costs remain the same as last year. This year’s theme is “Practicing Spiritual Discernment. Where Does the Light Lead Us Now? Diego Navarro of Santa Cruz Friends Meeting is the keynote speaker and will hold workshops for Adult Friends, Children’s Yearly Meeting, Junior Young Friends, Senior Young Friends and Young Adult Friends. Accompanying him are several young Friends from Pacific Yearly Meeting who Navarro describes as being “spiritually on fire.”

Early Days will offer a variety of workshops on Monday June 8 and Tuesday June 9 mornings only. Afternoon workshops will not be offered because childcare is unavailable. Friends who disagree with this decision should include their thoughts on their evaluations at the end of IMYM.

Last year Representatives Committee asked the SYF’s to consider possibly moving from their housing to the Mesa as way to accommodate aging Friends who are reporting difficulties in traversing the hill to and from the Mesa. SYF’s thoughtfully considered the request, but rejected it because they felt they would be to noisy on the Mesa they did not find housing there with a large enough gathering space. They promised to continue to work with adults on a solution and suggested the possibility of providing more golf carts to handle transportation to and from Mesa housing. SYF’s also announced that they have sent letters to all Friends Meetings requesting help in paying for travel for the young friends from Pacific Yearly Meeting and to replenish the Tim Shaw Fund which was used to assist young friends to who traveled to Arizona for a Memorial Service for dear Friend.

Gail and Jim Hoffman, co-clerks of Nominations Committee reported that the Committee is having great difficulty finding persons willing to serve on IMYM committees. The Committee has not found anyone who has agreed to be Clerk and as a result Sara Keeney, has agreed to serve one additional year. The Committee has written a questionnaire that will be included with Registration material seeking information about attenders interests and willingness to serve.

Co-Web Clerks, Jim Mills and Bob Gaines have agreed to serve until new Web Clerks are found. They have updated and reformatted the IMYM Web site so that it is easier to get around and find reports.

Ana Easterling, Director of Mountain Friends Camp, asked for continued support from IMYM for the Camp. The 2015 budget includes $10,000 for the Camp, but Meetings are being asked about increasing the support to $12,500 beginning in 2016. This year’s Camp will be in Santa Fe.

Negotiations have begun between IMYM and Ghost Ranch about renewing their three to five year contract for the Annual Gathering. Attempts to find a search committee for alternative sites, have been largely in vain.

Barb Stephens, acting Clerk of Faith and Practice Committee, announced she would like to step down, but will handle reprinting of the Faith and Practice Book. She will contact Meetings to find out how many they want to order.

Bill Hobson, Clerk of Representatives Committee, ended the meeting by asking members to begin thinking about creating an Extraordinary Circumstances Fund to help pay for unusual needs as necessary. He also asked that we think about how to handle financial assistance/expense of annual gathering/equity issues. Specifically he wondered whether more special needs should be included in annual fees or assessments rather than as special requests by individuals or groups.

Submitted by Allen Winchester 2/15/2015 SFMM Meeting for Business

Appendix B

 

Resident Friend’s Report for First Month 2015

 

The Resident Friend served the Meeting approximately 17 hours per week during First Month 2015. His tasks included attending business and committee meetings, cleaning the meetinghouse and guest apartment, taking care of the trash and recycling, booking the guest apartment, answering e-mail and phone inquiries, sweeping and shoveling the sidewalks, purchasing supplies, collecting donations and passing these on to the Finance Committee, distributing mail, doing laundry, assisting with the opening and the closing of the meetinghouse on First Days, filling bird feeders, pruning, organizing a binder for the Resident Friend, checking the heating tape on the roof, wrapping the casita’s hot water tank with insulation, writing Swedish Friends about the guest apartment, and meeting with guests. Adam Ward volunteered to wash the windows of the meetinghouse.

 

At the Residence Committee meeting, the Resident Friend regretfully gave notice. He feels that he must return to the east coast in order to be physically closer to his sister whose health has declined in recent weeks. He will do whatever he can to help find a replacement and to train his replacement. He wishes to thank the Meeting for their trust and support.

 

Guest apartment occupancy: 9 nights out of a possible 30 nights

 

Income from guest apartment and use of the meetinghouse: $774

 

Appendix C

 

2/15/2015 - Santa Fe Monthly Meeting - Peace and Social Concerns report to Worship with Attention to Business

 

Attending our February 1, 2015 committee meeting: new attenders Sarah Cote, her fiancé Andrew Edwards and Pam Gilchrist

Following introductions and silence we reviewed current P&SC issues and activities.

We continue to support and publicize Interfaith Immigration Allies information and action.

After review of the PRC/PNM replacement plan and the alternate power plans being proposed we agreed to be engaged in this issue and the related local effort to create a public utility.

We continue to follow the case of the two NM men, Robert Fry and Tim Allen who are on death row. 

With the NM State legislature in session, we will engage as we are able. Members are encouraged to send alerts to the P&SC Digest. It is very helpful if the contact information for the committee members is included.

Our committee’s new attenders have, in the past, been involved in Conscientious Objectors, and the death penalty. Currently they have a strong interest in environmental/climate change concerns.

 

Appendix D

 

 

February 15, 2015 M & C Report to SFMM Meeting for Business

M & C met February 5, 2015. Present: Jan-Willem Jansens, Betsy Lombardi, Howard Shulman, Margy Willen, Ann Lindsay. Not in Attendance: Karen Kuranz, Allen Winchester. Betsy clerked and Ann was recording clerk.

MARCH QUERY: How do Friends’ traditions and experiences inform our spiritual practice?

Quaker Quest: Betsy gave a thorough report on Quaker Quest, which is March 28. Betsy, Guthrie Miller and Karen Kuranz participated in a conference call with Tracye Peterson and Jonathan Vogel-Borne, the QQ facilitators. Background information on the groups in Santa Fe, hospitality for the 2 facilitators, a possible song circle on Friday evening, and the need for two 5-minute presentations by local Friends were discussed. In addition, Tracye and Jonathan asked and received information on challenges facing the SF Monthly Meeting. It was suggested that an email be sent to all conveners of committees so the members of the committees can discuss what they expect to gain from participation in QQ.

Betsy will add information to the back of the QQ flyer related to barriers that people might have in attending QQ and other pertinent info. It will inform possible participants that M&C will help to deal with any barriers that they might have. In addition, Betsy will add the question, "What do I hope to get out of the Quaker Quest workshop?" and the following information: “Santa Fe Monthly Meeting will be hosting an amazing opportunity to deepen the understanding of Friends and the participants will be all the attenders and members of SFMM. (Santa Fe, Taos, Las Vegas, Tres Piedras)  Quaker Quest is not Quakerism 101 and Quaker Quest with SFMM will be a unique experience with special Friends from Friends General Conference leading the workshop. If you are unable to participate 9-4, please come for the hours that are possible. She will get some hard copies of the QQ flyer printed for distribution.”

The idea that silence will need to be an important part of QQ was discussed. Betsy will follow up with the facilitators related to this issue.

Proposal to Change Date of Finance Worship Sharing: M & C recommends changing the Finance Worship Sharing from May 10, which is Mother’s Day, to May 3. We also recommend that the Worship Sharing be combined with a Spring Worship Group event similar to the one held in November. Because of possible overcrowding, M & C is looking into several venues that would comfortably hold more people. The venue will need to be available from 10:30 AM to approximately 4:00 PM. The following schedule was determined: Meeting for Worship-11:00 AM-12:00 Noon, Lunch 12:00-1:30 PM, Worship Sharing onFinances 1:30-3:00 PM, and Tea 3:00 PM. Bob Gaines will be contacted for his input on this plan.

State of the Meeting Report: Worship Groups, and Committee Conveners have been notified about providing information for this annual report, which is expected to be completed by March Meeting for Business.

OBSERVATIONS ON THE SPIRITUAL LIFE OF OUR MEETING

Canyon Road-9:00-All is well. There is a core group of members and attenders with frequent visitors from across the US and the world. After rise of meeting, there is always fellowship through chatting and taking time to interact.

Canyon Road-11:00-There is variability in attendance-with 15-20 up to 30-35 members and attenders. There are always 3-6 visitors a week from various states and countries. There continues to be a lively vocal ministry and chanting. First Day School typically has 8-12 children in attendance with 4-5 adults supervising.

SSFQWG-Once a month, there is singing in preparation for meeting that has been warmly received. There continues to be fellowship after raise of meeting where members and attenders share their good works in the community. The discussion of the history and formation of SSFQWG is continuing.

Taos/Clearlight-Karen has requested that this group share thoughts on the state of their worship group. After discussing this on Sunday, Avis Vermilye will send Karen her notes. Karen also sent her the QQ flyer and encouraged her to spread the word.

Tres Piedras-Mary Wyse reported on efforts to encourage Friends to participate in Quaker Quest. She also reported that her daughter Libby, who was injured in an automobile accident last November, is receiving physical therapy to ready herself for an operation that will effect her injured hand, arm and shoulder.

Members & Attenders Concerns: Concern for four Friends were discussed by M & C including the hospitalization of Lowber Welsh.

The next M&C meeting will be on Monday, March 9th, 2015, at 5:30 PM at South Santa Fe Quaker House. The meeting ended with silence and was adjourned at 7:20 PM.

Appendix E

A Call to Friends in New Mexico, Durango, and El Paso

New Mexico Regional Meeting

To be Held April 17-19, 2015 in El Paso, Texas

The El Paso Monthly Meeting of Friends along with the Las Cruces Monthly Meeting of Friends invites you to the annual gathering of the New Mexico Regional Meeting. The title of our gathering is “Living on the Edge: Quakers Gather for Discernment about U.S. Border Issues”. We will focus on and seek Light about several issues related to being on the Frontera: immigration, migrant labor, broken families, social and economic injustice, ICE and the Border Patrol, and the Fence.

Our Regional Meeting will include a Friday evening Fiesta with food and music, breakfast and lunch on Saturday, panel discussion with break-out groups, our Meeting for Business, Meeting for Worship and plenty of fellowship with old and new Quaker friends from all over the region. The discernment and Spirt experienced during our Regional Business Meeting and the entire gathering are always poignant, powerful and uplifting.

A children's program and a youth program for junior and senior young friends are being planned. The children’s program will include active activities and experiences exploring the theme of immigration; the youth program, spiritually meaningful developed in consultation with participants. Watch for further information. Please register children and youth by March 20th to facilitate program planning.

Attached please find the tentative schedule for the weekend, registration form and queries.  We invite friends from afar to stay overnight with El Paso and Las Cruces Friends. We will also provide information about affordable lodging if that is your preference. Maps, a self-guided tour to border related sites, and a restaurant guide will be sent later to registrants. The cost will be $10.00 to be paid at the door. Scholarships are available. The gathering starts at 5:00PM on Friday April 17 and ends at approximately 5:30 PM on April 18. Friends are invited to stay overnight to attend a Meeting for Worship either in El Paso or Las Cruces on Sunday.

If you have questions Jim Tolbert, El Paso, diegotolbert@gmail.com or 915-525-7364 or Sharon Gross, NM Regional Clerk, wsgross@msn.com or 505-242-5785; for youth program: Erica Samuel, ericajsamuel@gmail.com.; for children’s program: Vickie Aldrich, mathstar@zianet.com.

The registration form, tentative schedule and queries can be found at http://imym.org/regionalmeetings/nmrm

Appendix F

Facing the Challenge of Climate Change

A shared statement by Quaker groups

 

January 2015

 

It would go a long way to caution and direct people in their use of the world, that they were better studied and knowing in the Creation of it. For how could [they] find the confidence to abuse it, while they should see the great Creator stare them in the face, in all and every part of it?”

William Penn, 1693

 

 

As Quakers, we are called to work for the peaceable Kingdom of God on the whole Earth, in right sharing with all peoples.1 We recognize a moral duty to cherish Creation for future generations.

 

We call on our leaders to make the radical decisions needed to create a fair, sufficient and effective international climate change agreement.

 

As Quakers, we understand anthropogenic climate change (climate change due to human activities) to be a symptom of a greater challenge: how to live sustainably and justly on this Earth.

 

We recognize that the current rise of greenhouse gas emissions is leading to an unprecedented rate of increase in global average surface temperature of extreme detriment to the Earth’s ecosystems and species, including human beings.

 

We recognize that catastrophic global climate change is not inevitable if we choose to act urgently.

 

We recognize a personal and collective responsibility to ensure that the poorest and most vulnerable peoples now, and all our future generations, do not suffer as a consequence of our actions. We see this as a call to conscience.

 

We recognize the connections between climate change and global economic injustice as well as unprecedented levels of consumption, and question assumptions of unlimited material growth on a planet with limited natural resources.

 

We recognize that most greenhouse gas emissions are created by fossil fuel combustion. We recognize that our increasing population continues to pursue fossil fuel-dependent economic growth. We recognize that the Earth holds more fossil fuel reserves than are safe to burn, and that the vast majority of fossil fuel reserves must remain in the ground if we are to prevent the catastrophic consequences of climate change. We therefore question profoundly the continued investment in, and subsidizing of, fossil fuel extraction.

 

We seek to nurture a global human society that prioritizes the well-being of people over profit, and lives in right relationship with our Earth; a peaceful world with fulfilling employment, clean air and water, renewable energy, and healthy thriving communities and ecosystems.

 

As members of this beautiful human family, we seek meaningful commitments from our leaders and ourselves, to address climate change for our shared future, the Earth and all species, and the generations to come. We see this Earth as a stunning gift that supports life. It is our only home. Let us care for it together.

 

Quaker Earthcare Witness (QEW)

Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO)

Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL)

Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC)

Westtown Monthly Meeting, Pennsylvania, USA

Quaker Council for European Affairs (QCEA)

American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)

Princeton Friends Meeting, New Jersey, USA

Canadian Friends Service Committee (CFSC)

Northampton Friends Meeting, MA, USA

Sacramento Friends Meeting, CA, USA

Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre, UK

Trenton Meeting of Friends, NJ, USA

Cookeville Monthly Meeting, USA

FWCC- Asia West Pacific Section

Quakers in Aotearoa New Zealand

Croton Valley Meeting, NY, USA

Newtown Monthly Meeting, USA

New York Yearly Meeting, USA

Memphis Friends Meeting, USA

Miami Friends Meeting, USA

Netherlands Yearly Meeting

Quakers in Australia

EcoQuakers Ireland

Living Witness, UK

Quakers in Britain

 

Please contact Lindsey Cook at lfcook@quno.ch if you need more information, or wish to add your Quaker group.


1 Kabarak Call to Peace and Eco-Justice, 2012, p. 1



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