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September 2015 Letter to Friends

Letter to Friends

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

Ninth 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.

Quaker House Friends, a preparative meeting under the care of SFMM, holds Meeting for Worship every Sunday morning at 10:30, 2098 Calle Ensenada, on the northwest corner of Siringo Road and Calle Ensenada.

 

Sunday, 9/06 12:30 Potluck @ Rise of Meeting @ Canyon Rd.

Sunday, 9/13 10:10 Chanting as Preparation for Worship @ Canyon Rd. Meetinghouse

Sunday, 9/20 12:50 Meeting for Business following the rise of Meeting for Worship and fellowship @ Canyon Rd.

Sunday, 9/27 10:10 Chanting as Preparation for Worship @ Canyon Rd. Meetinghouse

 

The Monthly Query for the 9th month, 2015

Do we care for one another so deeply that each other's needs are recognized and addressed?  (IMYM Faith and Practice, p. 124)


Announcements

September 2 – People for Peace meets the 1st Wednesday of the month at 7:00pm. Meetings are held at the Commons Co-Housing, 2300 W. Alameda St. Questions to Linda Hibbs, 983-3906 or lhibbs@ cybermesa.com

September 2 - Ministry and Counsel Committee meets 1st Wednesday of the month at 6:00 pm at Quaker House, 2098 Calle Ensenada.  Anyone wanting to meet with M & C should contact Betsy Lombardi, betsyjbb@gmail.com, Clerk of M & C.

September 6 and 20 - All are invited to participate in an informal conversation based upon the advices and queries pertaining to Integrity (IMYM Faith and Practice, pp 130-132) at the rise of meeting at Quaker House, 2098 Calle Ensenada.  Refreshments provided.

September 6 – 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.

September 6 – Peace & Social Concerns will meet immediately following the potluck on Canyon Road. Please consider joining this important committee.

September 12 - Summer Potluck in the Garden.  All are invited to a potluck celebrating resident friend Karli’s Momma, Gail Burlakoff and the beauty of the Friends’ “Garden of DeLight” on Saturday, September 12 from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm at the Santa Fe Friends Meetinghouse 630 Canyon Road. Please bring a dish or beverage and RSVP to Karli @ 914-671-9123 or via email @ karliwheeler12@gmail.com

September 13 and 27 – Singing as preparation for worship.  Singing on 2nd and 4th Sundays at 10:10am 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.

September 20 - Meeting for Business will meet following the rise of the 11:00 meeting and fellowship.

September 27 - American Friends Service Committee Familiarization Gathering will occur at the Meetinghouse on Canyon Rd.  from 1-3 p.m. The gathering is "introducing AFSC programs in the world, the region, and New Mexico."

 

Santa Fe Monthly Meeting

Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business

Eight Month (August 16th, 2015)

 

Present: Katherine Youngemeister, Drew McGee, Marguerite Kearns, John Kretzmann, Karli Wheeler, Ann Lindsay, Bob Gaines, Linda Hibbs, Allen Winchester, David Henkel, Irene Webb, Karen Kuranz, Wyn Lewis, Carol Woodsong, Frank Hirsh, David Giltrow, Philip Balcombe, Marcy Pompei, Bettina Raphael, Peggy Giltrow, Betsy Lombardi, Roxanne Seagraves, Janie Cravens, Jan-Willem Jansens 

Meeting being with worship at 12:50pm.

The Clerk announced that Meeting would proceed first with the report from Frank Hirsch and architect Jan Wiznewski.

 

I. Future Planning Committee Report (Frank Hirsch and Architect Jan Wiznewski) – Upon the arrival of Jan Wiznewski the order of business was suspended to hear the Future Planning Committee report.

 

As previously reported, the committee has retained the architecture firm of Loren Tryk and Associates to guide us through the preliminary stage of the process of obtaining city approval, up to the city required Early Neighborhood Notification (ENN) process and the Historic Districts Review Board review. The committee invited the architects to come to this meeting so that those in attendance could meet a representative of the firm and hear about the process they and the committee are undertaking.

 

The committee will invite near neighbors to an open house prior to the commencement of the ENN process and hearing. The purpose of the open house is to acquaint neighbors with the proposed project in general terms, to hear their concerns in advance of the ENN hearing, and to address those concerns so that the ENN hearing can go as smoothly as possible. At the open house there will be a brief report and a question and answer session with the architects.

 

It is very important to obtain neighborhood support for this project. The City will look more favorably on the project if we do have neighborhood support.

The architects will not be working on project design until after both the ENN and Historic Districts Review Board processes are successfully completed. The current phase of the project will be conducted based on documents developed twenty or so years ago when the meeting was considering building on the back of the property.

 

One Friend noted that there was a time when rules were changing and SFMM could have applied to have the property  “grandfathered in” as a religious building. However, the time for applying for this status expired in 2012.

 

Another Friend asked how we should prepare to speak about this project to others outside the Meeting, observing that we should all be saying the same thing. Jan was clear that we should say nothing outside the meeting until the ENN notices go out. It would only serve to make people anxious and spread uninformed comments.

 

Meeting thanked the committee and the architect for this report.

II. Agenda Review – The proposed agenda was approved with acknowledgement of the Architecture Report read earlier than scheduled.

III. Review of the July 19th, 2015 Minutes – Philip Balcombe noted that edits were needed. He will send those edits to the clerk in an email. Approval of Minutes has been deferred to next month.

IV. Correspondence and Clerk’s Business

The Clerk read the recent epistle from Inter Mountain Yearly Meeting annual session, June, 2015. See Appendix A.

Karli Wheeler announced a pot luck gathering in the Garden on Saturday September 12th from 4-7pm to welcome her Mother, who will be visiting Santa Fe. All Friends are invited. Karli asks that Friends RSVP to karliwheeler12@gmail.com.  

Other upcoming events will be announced in the digest, and a paper copy will be posted in the Meetinghouse Library. See Appendix B.

V. Old Business


A. South Santa Fe Quaker Worship Group (SSFQWG) Request for Preparative Meeting Status (Ministry and Counsel) (David Henkel)
– This request has been seasoning since June 2015 Meeting for Business. An education session on Monthly Meetings, Preparative Meetings, and Worship Groups took place on August 9th. A summary of that information has been developed into a chart by David Henkel, who presented this information. The clerk expressed concern that SSFQWG did not appear to have a Clerk, Treasurer, or Ministry and Counsel Committee.  Betsy Lombardi, Clerk of Ministry and Counsel, clarified that Ministry and Counsel recommends approval of this request with the understanding that Santa Fe Monthly Meeting will appoint a Committee of Care that will support the Preparative Meeting in growing spiritually and in organizational capacity.

The Clerk proposed the following Minute:

Friends approve taking South Santa Fe Quaker Worship Group under the care of Santa Fe Monthly Meeting (SFMM) as a Preparative Meeting. SFMM’s Ministry and Counsel will appoint a Committee of Care to be a resource for the spiritual growth and organizational development of the Preparative Meeting.

Friends approved the Minute.


B.  
Nominating Committee (Wyn Lewis) – Wyn reported that no concerns had been raised regarding the nomination of Drew McMahon as Recording Clerk. The nomination was approved.

VI. New Business

A.   Eighth Month Query (Ministry and Counsel) (David Henkel) See Appendix C -

“Do we care for one another so deeply that each other’s needs are recognized and addressed?”

The query was approved.

 

B.    Recommendation to establish working group (Good Works Committee) (David Henkel) See Appendix D - In the annual budget process Meeting deferred a decision about the 2015-16 budget for Good Works until after the Good Works Committee had an opportunity to meet with the Treasurer and the Finance Committee, which has now taken place. In light of the discussion in that meeting, the Good Works Committee makes the following recommendation to the Santa Fé Monthly Meeting.

 

1.     A working group be formed to consider the appropriate approaches to charitable donations by the Meeting.

2.     The Charitable Donations Working Group will consist of 5 persons – one a member of the Good Works Committee, one a member of the Finance Committee, and three others from the Meeting at large, to be appointed by the Clerk of the Meeting in consultation with the Clerks of Finance and Good Works. The group will maintain regular contact with the Treasurer in its deliberations, aiming to report back to Monthly Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business in November.

3.     During the period of deliberations by the working group, the Meeting will suspend all charitable donations.

4.     The working group is charged with

a.      considering whether Meeting continues to intend making charitable donations to other organizations at all;

b.     examining whether the Meeting’s prior decision to try to attain a 50-50 match between operating expenses and charitable giving is realistic and under what circumstances; and

c.      recommending action to Meeting that reflects a careful weighing of the various approaches that allow us to meet our obligations with integrity, ranging from helping Friends to donate directly to organizations they consider worthiest on their own, to a more structured program in which the Meeting makes contributions as a whole.

VII. Reports

A.   Building Committee (David Giltrow) – No Written Report

B.   Ministry and Counsel (David Henkel) – See Appendix C

C.   Resident Friend’s Report (Karli Wheeler) – See Appendix E

A Friend wondered if the Meeting needed to Minute acceptance of reports; Friends agreed that a heartfelt Thank You was sufficient to recognize the care and work Friends put into their Reports.

VIII. Announcements

A.    A Memorial Minute is being written for Shirl Olmstead. Contact Betsy Lombardi with further information for this Minute.

B.    A note from campers with Mountain Friend’s Camp thanking Santa Fe Monthly Meeting was read aloud.

C.   David Giltrow gave an update on the digital archiving of the past Meeting Minutes. See David for further information.

D.   The Final Art in the Garden of the season will be held Friday the 28th from 5-7pm in the Garden.  [This event was subsequently cancelled.]


 

Appendix to

Minutes from

August 16th, 2015 Meeting for Business

 

Appendix A – Inter Mountain Yearly Meeting Epistle

 

 

Epistle to all Friends

Intermountain Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends

June 10—14, 2015 (with early days June 7-10)

Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, New Mexico, USA

 

Dear Friends Everywhere,

 

We arrived at Ghost Ranch this year—329 strong. Some of us drove over mountain passes wrapped in clouds. Others crossed rivers flowing high and fast with the runoff from late spring storms. Meadows and pastures were greener than usual. The cottonwoods lining the fields here at Ghost Ranch were vibrant with singing birds, many yellow warblers among them.

 

Friends contributed music of their own. Soon after we gathered, one of our seasoned musicians invited us to join in the singing of a song celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Intermountain Yearly Meeting. “It’s a fine thing to gather as Friends,” his lyric reminded us. “Where the silence that holds us, and love that enfolds us, are treasures on which we depend.” That same evening, the all-Quaker Contra Band began to rehearse for Dance Night. The next day we had an especially song-filled Meeting for Worship after Diego Navarro’s plenary address. Later that evening, a multi-generational campfire chorus gathered for a spirited sing-along. Though music has always been a part of our yearly meeting, it was especially so this year. Some of us wondered if we had wandered into a Quaker musical.

 

There were, of course, quieter moments. We gathered under the big cottonwoods for worship sharing each morning and afternoon to consider the practice of discernment.  In his keynote address, Diego Navarro from Santa Cruz Monthly Meeting, explained that discernment was less about knowing and more about not knowing. The process of opening to the Light in discernment requires radical vulnerability—a willingness to abandon our comforts and welcome our despairs.  It is disappointment, he explained, that often leaves us tendered and more open to guidance.

 

Diego then led us into worship with several queries: How does your comfort get in the way of your connection with Spirit? Have you given yourself over to God at any one point, and if so, what was going on in your life at the time? When have you experienced deep connection with the Spirit? What did it look like? We continued to explore these queries in worship sharing.

 

Discernment, Diego reminded us, is also a collective adventure. Who are we as a community? How does our faith and practice wake us up from the trance of dominant worldviews and beliefs?  How do our collective actions embody Quaker values? 

 

 

Later, in a spirit-filled threshing meeting, Friends brought their collective discernment skills to the question of the yearly meeting’s budget, focusing on a possible deficit and how that should be handled.  Some Friends wondered if we had strayed from the traditional notion that a yearly meeting is primarily meant for doing the business of the Religious Society of Friends. Others maintained that Intermountain Yearly Meeting has evolved into its own model of what a yearly meeting can be, which includes an expanded array of interest groups and seminars. (There were 67 different offerings this year!)  Some Friends sought out ways to trim the budget. Others agreed that recent projects taken on by Intermountain Yearly Meeting—such as creative retreat opportunities during Early Days (for which two thirds of our attenders came this year), support for Mountain Friends Camp (which continues to expand and grow), and sustaining relationships with Friends General Conference and other Quaker organizations, clearly reflect our values and priorities as a yearly meeting. Still others suggested ways of raising revenues, such as a sliding scale for yearly meeting registration fees.  During this gentle and reflective session, many useful ideas were gathered and meeting priorities were clarified.

One of those priorities is to nurture a vital community of younger Friends who make up almost a third of our attending population. It was fitting that Diego Navarro’s ministry support team included three younger friends from Pacific Yearly Meeting: Kylin Navarro, his daughter; Thistle MacKinney, and Elena Anderson. Deepening relationships between older and younger Friends has been a renewed intention at Intermountain Yearly Meeting in recent years. This year, a cross-generational listening session helped both Adult Friends and Senior Young Friends share their experiences of grieving and loss. As one Friend pointed out, leaning on one other in difficult times isn’t limited to yearly meeting.

 

As the yearly meeting nurtures relationships that sustain us throughout the year, so too it is a center from which peace and social service concerns carry the Quaker way well beyond Ghost Ranch. How can we best accompany immigrants and indigenous cultures in their struggles for justice?  How can we live into the principals set forth in the Kabarak Call for Peace and Ecojustice? We bring these queries back to our monthly meetings for ongoing discernment and action, along with the good cheer, community warmth, and spiritual insights that we experience here at Ghost Ranch every year.

 

As the song says, “It’s a fine thing to gather as Friends.”

With Gratitude,

Intermountain Yearly Meeting of Friends

Sara Keeney, Clerk

imymclerk@hotmail.com

imym.org

 

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Save the Dates for Next Year:  June 12-19, 2016

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Other updates within our community

Paula Palmer of Boulder meeting has been awarded the Cadbury Fellowship, to live at Pendle Hill this fall and conduct original research about the Quaker role in boarding schools for Indigenous children.  More information is available at www.boulderfriendsmeeting.org/ipc-boarding-school-research

 

Quaker Fundraising Gathering Coming Up

Dear Friends at IMYM,

 

Every other year Friends Fiduciary sponsors the Quaker Fundraisers Gathering – a learning and networking opportunity for development and fundraising staff at Quaker organizations – including yearly, quarterly and monthly meetings.  The 2015 Gathering is in Philadelphia from September 30 – October 2.  We have a particularly strong program this year and are trying to get the word out to as many Friends meetings, churches, schools and organizations as possible.  We know that many meetings (incl. quarterly & yearly) are struggling with their budgets and becoming more deliberate about fundraising as one way of increasing revenue to better fulfill the mission.

 

I’m sending this email in the hopes that you will consider “announcing” this opportunity in any appropriate upcoming yearly meeting bulletins or newsletters so that interested Friends in IMYM can avail themselves of this opportunity.  Please find attached 3 different pdf’s that we designed for various newsletter formats – I hope you will consider them for your newsletter to help spread the word.

Friends Fiduciary sponsors this biennial Gathering for the benefit of the broader Religious Society of Friends.  If you need any additional information, please don’t hesitate to let me know.

 

Thanks,

Jeff

 

Jeffery W. Perkins

Executive Director

Friends Fiduciary Corporation

1650 Arch Street, Suite 1904

Philadelphia, PA  19103

Phone:  215.241.7272 ext. 100

Fax:  215.241.7871

www.friendsfiduciary.org


 

Appendix B – List of Upcoming Events

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

August 19th:

What: David Culp (Friends Committee on National Legislation) speaks on  “Preventing a Second Nuclear Age”

Where: Albuquerque Friends Meeting House

When: Wednesday, 17 August - 7 p.m.

 

August 30th:

                What: “Meeting for Muffins” – in our Quaker community

                Where: Santa Fé Friends Meeting House (630 Canyon Road)

                When: First Day, 30th August – 10:10-10:45 (between Meetings for Worship) ... and every 5th First Day!

 

September 20th:

                What: Aki Matsuri Japanese-American fall festival – featuring an AFSC booth  with a display on Quaker/AFSC witness on behalf of Japanese-           Americans interned in domestic concentration camps during World War II

                Where: National Hispanic Cultural Center (1701 4th Street SW, Albuquerque)

                When: First Day, 20th September 2015, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

 

September 27th:

                What: American Friends Service Committee Familiarization Gathering –                     introducing AFSC programs in the world, the region, and New Mexico

                Where: Santa Fé Friends Meeting House (630 Canyon Road)

                When: First Day, 27th September 2015, 1-3 p.m.

 

October 4th:

                What: World Quaker Day (Did you know that there is such a thing?) – Santa Fé contents TBD – for more information, log on to the Friends World Committee on Consultation website (http://fwcc.world/)

                Where: Worldwide - sort of a Quaker ‘rolling thunder review’

                When: First Day, 4th October 2015, early to late

 

 

Appendix C – Ministry and Counsel


Report to Monthly Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business

Committee on Ministry and Counsel

Santa Fé Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends

16 August 2015

 

·         Betsy Lombardi has agreed to serve the Meeting as Clerk of Ministry and Counsel.

·         Ministry and Counsel meets the first Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. at Quaker House, 2098 Calle Ensenada. Friends with concerns or matters for consideration by the Committee on Ministry and Counsel are encouraged to bring them to the attention of its members. Anyone wanting to meet with M & C should contact Betsy Lombardi (betsyjbb@gmail.com) or (505) 473-9110.

·         Query for Eighth Month: "Do we care for one another so deeply that each other’s needs are recognized and addressed?” IMYM Faith and Practice, p. 124.

·         Friends are asked to give worshipful attention to the request by South Santa Fé Quaker Worship Group to be designated as a Preparative Meeting under the care of Santa Fé Monthly Meeting. 

·         Ann Lindsay has agreed to serve as the liaison with Tres Piedras Worship Group. Other liaisons are Betsy Lombardi (South Santa Fé Quaker Worship Group), Karen Kuranz (Taos-Clear Light Worship Group), David Henkel (Las Vegas Worship Group).

 ·      Friends are reminded of the importance of social gatherings in knitting together our community, for example the ‘Meeting for Muffins’ between the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. worship times on 5th First Days. It is an opportunity for those of us who do not often see each other or worship together to learn about how we are faring and what we are doing.

 

 

 

Appendix D – Good Works Committee

Good Works Committee

Report to Santa Fé Monthly Meeting of Friends

Eighth Month 2015

 

Sustainability

As of 17 May 2015, Santa Fé Monthly Meeting had only raised sufficient money to cover a little less than half of our approved budget devoted to worthy causes – those we consider “Good Works.” While a last-minute effort enabled us to meet our intentions by the end of our fiscal year in June, it was primarily through the additional contributions of a very small number of Friends and tapping into other of the Meeting’s funds that this was possible. This is not a sustainable approach going forward unless Friends begin contributing to Meeting in a more consistent manner--there is no reason to believe that we will be more successful in raising money for charitable donations in the coming year than in the year past.

 

Integrity

Our current approach, over the course of the last several years has been to try to match what we spend on ourselves (i.e., our operating budget that is not discretionary) with contributions to worthy charitable organizations, both Quaker and non-Quaker. About the closest we have come to meeting our intention has been 35-40%, and that was several years ago. While there have been changes in the scale of Meeting’s expenses and in the sum of contributions from Friends, it does not relieve us from the integrity with which we accept and meet our obligations.

 

Recommendation

Meeting decided to defer decisions about the 2015-16 budget for Good Works until after the Good Works Committee had an opportunity to meet with the Treasurer and the Finance Committee, which has now taken place. In light of the discussion in that meeting, the Good Works Committee makes the following recommendation to the Santa Fé Monthly Meeting.

 

1.       A working group be formed to consider the appropriate approaches to charitable donations by the Meeting.

2.       The Charitable Donations Working Group will consist of 5 persons – one a member of the Good Works Committee, one a member of the Finance Committee, and three others from the Meeting at large. The group will maintain regular contact with the Treasurer in its deliberations, aiming to report back to Monthly Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business in November.

3.       During the period of deliberations by the working group, the Meeting will suspend all charitable donations.

4.       The working group is charged with

a.       considering whether Meeting continues to intend making charitable donations to other organizations at all;

b.      examining whether the Meeting’s prior decision to try to attain a 50-50 match between operating expenses and charitable giving is realistic and under what circumstances; and

c.       recommending action to Meeting that reflects a careful weighing of the various approaches that allow us to meet our obligations with integrity, ranging from helping Friends to donate directly to organizations they consider worthiest on their own, to a more structured program in which the Meeting makes contributions as a whole.

 

In peace,

 

David Henkel, Convenor

Good Works Committee

 


Appendix E – Resident Friend’s Report

Resident Friend’s Report for Seventh Month 2015

 

The Resident Friend(s) served the Meeting for approximately 25 hours per week, mainly in meetings with Friends, contractors, guest hospitality and weeding the garden.

 

Special tasks included:

 

●        greeting children and adults from Mountain Friends Camp for their sleepover,

●        meeting with Communities in Schools staff regarding the possibility of having their professional development in the meetinghouse (not big enough),

●        meeting with Garden Committee convener Marcy Pompeii and preparing for the second Art in the Garden,

●        meeting the plumber and electrician to diagnose and correct the electric connection for hot water in the guest apartment and to replace the three ceiling lights in the First Day School,

●        meeting with Dave G, Bob G and Katherine Y to discuss process & websites,

 

And the usual:

●        cleaning the meetinghouse, driveway and sidewalks,

●        cleaning and preparing the guest apartment,

●        responding to phone calls and email inquiries,

●        booking the guest apartment,

●        collecting donations and giving them to Finance,

●        purchasing supplies,

●        doing laundry,

●        cleaning the meetinghouse after worship and AA meetings,

●        collecting and distributing the mail,

●        handling the trash and recycling,

●        watering, pruning, weeding, mowing, clearing and working in the garden.

 

Guest apartment occupancy: 27/31 nights

 

 

 

 

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