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<P ALIGN=CENTER STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><FONT SIZE=6 STYLE="font-size: 23pt"><B>Letter
to Friends</B></FONT></P>
<P ALIGN=CENTER STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><FONT SIZE=2>Newsletter of
the Santa Fe Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends</FONT></P>
<P ALIGN=CENTER STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in; page-break-after: avoid"><FONT SIZE=4><B>Tenth
Month 2007</B></FONT></P>
<P ALIGN=CENTER STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><BR>
</P>
<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY STYLE="margin-left: 0.49in; margin-right: 0.59in; margin-bottom: 0in">
&ldquo;<FONT SIZE=2>Divine am I inside and out, and I make holy
whatever I touch</FONT></P>
<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY STYLE="margin-left: 0.49in; margin-right: 0.59in; margin-bottom: 0in">
<FONT SIZE=2>or am touched from.</FONT></P>
<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY STYLE="margin-left: 0.49in; margin-right: 0.59in; margin-bottom: 0in">
&hellip;<FONT SIZE=2>Why should I wish to see God better than this
day?</FONT></P>
<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY STYLE="margin-left: 0.49in; margin-right: 0.59in; margin-bottom: 0in">
<FONT SIZE=2>I see something of God each hour of the twenty-four, and
</FONT>
</P>
<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY STYLE="margin-left: 0.49in; margin-right: 0.59in; margin-bottom: 0in">
<FONT SIZE=2>each moment then;</FONT></P>
<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY STYLE="margin-left: 0.49in; margin-right: 0.59in; margin-bottom: 0in">
<FONT SIZE=2>In the faces of men and women I see God, and in my own
face</FONT></P>
<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY STYLE="margin-left: 0.49in; margin-right: 0.59in; margin-bottom: 0in">
<FONT SIZE=2>in the glass;</FONT></P>
<P ALIGN=JUSTIFY STYLE="margin-left: 0.49in; margin-right: 0.59in; margin-bottom: 0in">
<FONT SIZE=2>I find letters from God dropped in the street, and every
one is signed by God's name.&rdquo;</FONT></P>
<P ALIGN=RIGHT STYLE="margin-left: 0.49in; margin-right: 0.59in; margin-bottom: 0in">
<FONT SIZE=2>Walt Whitman</FONT></P>
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</P>
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</P>
<P STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><FONT SIZE=4 STYLE="font-size: 16pt">	</FONT></P>
<P ALIGN=CENTER STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in; page-break-after: avoid"><FONT SIZE=5 STYLE="font-size: 17pt"><B>Calendar
of Events</B></FONT></P>
<P STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><FONT SIZE=1 STYLE="font-size: 8pt"><B>	</B></FONT></P>
<P STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><FONT SIZE=2><SPAN LANG="en-GB">All
events take place at the Meetinghouse, 630 Canyon Road, unless
otherwise noted.  Meeting for Worship is held every Sunday at 9:00
a.m. and 11:00 a.m.  Child care and First Day School are provided
during the 11:00 a.m. Meeting. The South Santa Fe Worship Group holds
Meeting for Worship every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at the</SPAN></FONT><FONT COLOR="#000000"><FONT SIZE=2>
former International Institute for Oriental Medicine, 4884 La Junta
del Alamo, Agua Fria</FONT></FONT><FONT SIZE=2><SPAN LANG="en-GB">.</SPAN></FONT></P>
<P STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><BR>
</P>
<P STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><FONT SIZE=2>Sunday	10/7/07	10:00
a.m.	Singing, First Day School room or in garden</FONT></P>
<P STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><FONT SIZE=2>				12:30 p.m.	Potluck 	</FONT></P>
<P STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><FONT SIZE=2>Sunday	10/14/07  9:15
a.m.	Ministry and Oversight Committee</FONT></P>
<P STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><FONT SIZE=2>				10:00 a.m.	Singing,
First Day School room or in garden	</FONT></P>
<P STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><FONT SIZE=2>Sunday	10/21/07	10:00
a.m.	Singing, First Day School room or in garden</FONT></P>
<P STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><FONT SIZE=2>				12.30 p.m.	Meeting for
Worship for Business</FONT></P>
<P STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><FONT SIZE=2>Sunday	10/28/07	10:00
a.m.	Singing, First Day School room or in garden</FONT></P>
<P STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><BR>
</P>
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<P ALIGN=RIGHT STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><FONT SIZE=2>Please tell
the editors about any items that should be in the calendar:  David
Vaux, 988-9545 dvaux@comcast.net or Alison Martinez, 438-0729
alison1@cybermesa.com. Thank you.</FONT></P>
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</P>
<P LANG="en-GB" ALIGN=CENTER STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in; page-break-after: avoid">
<FONT SIZE=4 STYLE="font-size: 16pt"><B>Meeting for Worship for
Business</B></FONT></P>
<P ALIGN=CENTER STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><FONT SIZE=2><SPAN LANG="en-GB">16</SPAN></FONT><SUP><FONT SIZE=2><SPAN LANG="en-GB">th</SPAN></FONT></SUP><FONT SIZE=2><SPAN LANG="en-GB">,
ninth month, 2007</SPAN></FONT></P>
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</P>
<P LANG="en-GB" STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><BR>
</P>
<P LANG="en-GB" STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><FONT SIZE=2>Present:
Beverly Busching, Ford Robbins, Roxanne Seagraves, Philip Balcombe,
Alison Martinez, Pam Geyer, Rebecca Cecil, Marty Carroll, Wyn Lewis,
David Giltrow, Bob Gaines, Jennifer Wellington, clerk, Mary Ray Cate,
recording clerk.</FONT></P>
<P LANG="en-GB" STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><BR>
</P>
<P STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><FONT SIZE=2><SPAN LANG="en-GB">1.
</SPAN></FONT><FONT SIZE=2><SPAN LANG="en-GB"><B>First day school
committee</B></SPAN></FONT><FONT SIZE=2><SPAN LANG="en-GB"> will be
meeting next Sunday 9/23/07 at 10:45 a.m. with parents to discuss
program for the coming year.</SPAN></FONT></P>
<P LANG="en-GB" STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><BR>
</P>
<P STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><FONT SIZE=2><SPAN LANG="en-GB">2.
</SPAN></FONT><FONT SIZE=2><SPAN LANG="en-GB"><B>Peace and social
concerns committee</B></SPAN></FONT><FONT SIZE=2><SPAN LANG="en-GB">
urges Friends to write letters regarding the Defence Authorization
bill (military funding). </SPAN></FONT>
</P>
<P LANG="en-GB" STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><BR>
</P>
<P STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><FONT SIZE=2><SPAN LANG="en-GB">3.</SPAN></FONT><FONT SIZE=2><SPAN LANG="en-GB"><B>
Minutes </B></SPAN></FONT><FONT SIZE=2><SPAN LANG="en-GB">from eighth
month&rsquo;s business meeting were approved with the following
correction to the Building committee report:  &ldquo;The security
gate has been installed and is</SPAN></FONT><FONT SIZE=2><SPAN LANG="en-GB"><I>
not visible from the street when open.</I></SPAN></FONT><FONT SIZE=2><SPAN LANG="en-GB">&rdquo;</SPAN></FONT></P>
<P LANG="en-GB" STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><BR>
</P>
<P STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><FONT SIZE=2><SPAN LANG="en-GB">4.
</SPAN></FONT><FONT SIZE=2><SPAN LANG="en-GB"><B>Ministry and
Oversight committee&rsquo;s </B></SPAN></FONT><FONT SIZE=2><SPAN LANG="en-GB">report
from their meeting on 9/9/07 was read and accepted.   Specific
concerns that were discussed included </SPAN></FONT>
</P>
<P LANG="en-GB" STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><FONT SIZE=2>a) There is a
need to schedule another &ldquo;Quaker 101&rdquo; series as well as a
need for general information pamphlets and/or brochures.  Pendle Hill
has a &ldquo;Quaker 101&rdquo; curriculum.  Ford will inquire as to
cost and whether Pendle Hill has other useful materials.  </FONT>
</P>
<P LANG="en-GB" STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><FONT SIZE=2>b) The lack
of summer childcare has left some parents feeling unwelcome and
uncomfortable. M&amp;O will ask the First Day School Committee to
consider reinstating summer childcare.</FONT></P>
<P LANG="en-GB" STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><FONT SIZE=2>c) The naming
committee needs to be in place by November. Jennifer asked for
volunteers and Ford volunteered.</FONT></P>
<P LANG="en-GB" STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><FONT SIZE=2>d) M&amp;O
will periodically announce an invitation to form Friendly 6&rsquo;s
at meeting for worship and through the newsletter.  Nine o&rsquo;clock
meeting for worship and all the worship groups will be included in
this effort.</FONT></P>
<P LANG="en-GB" STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><FONT SIZE=2>e) M&amp;O
will update the general contact card it has previously published and
will provide that information as a reminder to Meeting in the
newsletter.</FONT></P>
<P LANG="en-GB" STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><FONT SIZE=2>f) Concern
has been raised about noise made by the big square fan in the meeting
room. The matter was referred to the Building committee for
appropriate action. </FONT>
</P>
<P LANG="en-GB" STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><FONT SIZE=2>g)The query
for tenth month, 2007, will be: &ldquo;Do we use our time, abilities,
money and material possessions in a spirit of love, aware that we
hold these gifts in trust?&rdquo;</FONT></P>
<P LANG="en-GB" STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><BR>
</P>
<P STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><FONT SIZE=2><SPAN LANG="en-GB">5. Bob
Gaines gave the following</SPAN></FONT><FONT SIZE=2><SPAN LANG="en-GB"><B>
Treasurer&rsquo;s Report</B></SPAN></FONT><FONT SIZE=2><SPAN LANG="en-GB">.
 A more detailed report was submitted to the finance committee.	</SPAN></FONT></P>
<P LANG="en-GB" STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in; page-break-before: always">
<BR>
</P>
<P LANG="en-GB" STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><FONT COLOR="#000000"><FONT SIZE=2>General
Fund donations to September 13:        $10,841</FONT></FONT></P>
<P LANG="en-GB" STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><FONT COLOR="#000000"><FONT SIZE=2>Percentage
of budgeted donations received:     48%</FONT></FONT></P>
<P LANG="en-GB" STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><FONT COLOR="#000000"><FONT SIZE=2>General
Fund expenses to September 13:        $10,947</FONT></FONT></P>
<P LANG="en-GB" STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><FONT COLOR="#000000"><FONT SIZE=2>Percentage
of budgeted expenses paid:            68%</FONT></FONT></P>
<P LANG="en-GB" STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><BR>
</P>
<P LANG="en-GB" STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><FONT COLOR="#000000">    
           <FONT SIZE=2>********</FONT></FONT></P>
<P LANG="en-GB" STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><FONT COLOR="#000000"><FONT SIZE=2>Total
cash in bank on September 13:        $14,029</FONT></FONT></P>
<P LANG="en-GB" STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><FONT COLOR="#000000"><FONT SIZE=2>General
Fund:                                            $8,066</FONT></FONT></P>
<P LANG="en-GB" STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><FONT COLOR="#000000"><FONT SIZE=2>Maintenance
Fund:                                    $3,719</FONT></FONT></P>
<P LANG="en-GB" STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><BR>
</P>
<P STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><FONT COLOR="#000000"><FONT SIZE=2><SPAN LANG="en-GB">6.
</SPAN></FONT></FONT><FONT SIZE=2><SPAN LANG="en-GB">Alison Martinez
reported that the </SPAN></FONT><FONT SIZE=2><SPAN LANG="en-GB"><B>South
Santa Fe Worship Group</B></SPAN></FONT><FONT SIZE=2><SPAN LANG="en-GB">
has had over 20 individuals attend, from 2 to 11 people at a time. 
They have moved to a new space at 4884 La Junta del Alamo, Agua Fria,
in the former Institute of Oriental Medicine building.  Everyone is
welcome to join then at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays.  Alison will be on
KSFR, 90.7 FM, on Saturday, October 6th at 12:30 p.m. speaking about
Quakerism.</SPAN></FONT></P>
<P LANG="en-GB" STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><BR>
</P>
<P LANG="en-GB" STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><FONT SIZE=2>7. The
Meeting camp-out, sponsored by the Earthcare committee, was a
success.</FONT></P>
<P STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><FONT SIZE=2><SPAN LANG="en-GB">Six
people from Los Alamos participated in Meeting for Worship under the
pines and were eager to meet with us at Bandelier again.  Roxanne
Seagraves has offered to organize another </SPAN></FONT><FONT SIZE=2><SPAN LANG="en-GB"><B>camping
weekend</B></SPAN></FONT><FONT SIZE=2><SPAN LANG="en-GB"> and outdoor
worship for the weekend after Memorial Day, 2008.</SPAN></FONT></P>
<P LANG="en-GB" STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><BR>
</P>
<P STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><FONT SIZE=2><SPAN LANG="en-GB">8. The
</SPAN></FONT><FONT SIZE=2><SPAN LANG="en-GB"><B>Residence committee</B></SPAN></FONT><FONT SIZE=2><SPAN LANG="en-GB">
will meet on 9/19/07 for an 'end of one year of service' evaluation.
Peg has been home recovering from surgery and associated drug
reactions.  We express appreciation for all the little things she
does that we&rsquo;ve noticed since she&rsquo;s been unable to do
them.</SPAN></FONT></P>
<P LANG="en-GB" STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><BR>
</P>
<P STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><FONT SIZE=2><SPAN LANG="en-GB">9.
</SPAN></FONT><FONT SIZE=2><SPAN LANG="en-GB"><B>Spiritual formation
groups</B></SPAN></FONT><FONT SIZE=2><SPAN LANG="en-GB">:  Wyn
reported that the orientation was well received and the program will
begin October 5</SPAN></FONT><SUP><FONT SIZE=2><SPAN LANG="en-GB">th</SPAN></FONT></SUP><FONT SIZE=2><SPAN LANG="en-GB">
&amp;6</SPAN></FONT><SUP><FONT SIZE=2><SPAN LANG="en-GB">th</SPAN></FONT></SUP><FONT SIZE=2><SPAN LANG="en-GB">
with a retreat.  It has not been decided whether attending the
retreat is a prerequisite for participating in the program. </SPAN></FONT>
</P>
<P LANG="en-GB" STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><BR>
</P>
<P STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><FONT SIZE=2><SPAN LANG="en-GB">10.
Dave Giltrow reported for the </SPAN></FONT><FONT SIZE=2><SPAN LANG="en-GB"><B>Building
committee</B></SPAN></FONT><FONT SIZE=2><SPAN LANG="en-GB"> that
there has been dirt sifting through the ceiling of the guest
apartment bathroom and kitchen. A contractor did some of the repair
work between guests and then had to stop.  Next year&rsquo;s budget
for the building will be developed at a meeting to be held sometime
in the next two weeks.</SPAN></FONT></P>
<P LANG="en-GB" STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><BR>
</P>
<P STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><FONT SIZE=2><SPAN LANG="en-GB">11. 
The </SPAN></FONT><FONT SIZE=2><SPAN LANG="en-GB"><B>Finance
committee</B></SPAN></FONT><FONT SIZE=2><SPAN LANG="en-GB"> asks all
committee clerks to submit budget requests for next year before
October 1, 2007. </SPAN></FONT>
</P>
<P LANG="en-GB" STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><BR>
</P>
<P STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><FONT SIZE=2><SPAN LANG="en-GB">12. 
The </SPAN></FONT><FONT SIZE=2><SPAN LANG="en-GB"><B>Good Works
committee </B></SPAN></FONT><FONT SIZE=2><SPAN LANG="en-GB">requests
any members with suggestions for good works spending in next year&rsquo;s
budget to send them to Ford Robbins by October 1, 2007.</SPAN></FONT></P>
<P STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><FONT SIZE=2><SPAN LANG="en-GB">13.The
</SPAN></FONT><FONT SIZE=2><SPAN LANG="en-GB"><B>Communications
committee</B></SPAN></FONT><FONT SIZE=2><SPAN LANG="en-GB"> is
announcing Quaker activities in the Saturday </SPAN></FONT><FONT SIZE=2><SPAN LANG="en-GB"><I>New
Mexican</I></SPAN></FONT><FONT SIZE=2><SPAN LANG="en-GB">.  There was
some discussion of what events would be appropriate to announce.</SPAN></FONT></P>
<P LANG="en-GB" STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><BR>
</P>
<P STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><FONT SIZE=2><SPAN LANG="en-GB">14. 
The </SPAN></FONT><FONT SIZE=2><SPAN LANG="en-GB"><B>garden</B></SPAN></FONT><FONT SIZE=2><SPAN LANG="en-GB">
always needs work. Come any Saturday. Meeting for worship for
Business closed with silence at 2:30 p.m.</SPAN></FONT></P>
<P LANG="en-GB" ALIGN=RIGHT STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><FONT SIZE=2>Mary
Ray Cate, recording clerk</FONT></P>
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</P>
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</P>
<P ALIGN=CENTER STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><FONT COLOR="#000000"><FONT SIZE=4 STYLE="font-size: 16pt"><B>South
Santa Fe Quaker Worship Group</B></FONT></FONT></P>
<P ALIGN=CENTER STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><BR>
</P>
<P STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><FONT COLOR="#000000"><FONT SIZE=2>The
worship group has its own space now. </FONT></FONT>
</P>
<P STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><FONT COLOR="#000000"><FONT SIZE=2>	&quot;A
way opens, and I'm just amazed,&quot; Alison Martinez says.  &quot;I
shouldn't be. I should be amazed at bigger things, but here I am
amazed that the Lord of Creation could find us one little room in the
low-rent district! He really came through for us.&quot;</FONT></FONT></P>
<P STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><FONT COLOR="#000000">        <FONT SIZE=2>The
worship group is now meeting every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. (the
original, convenient time) at the former International Institute for
Oriental Medicine, 4884 La Junta del Alamo, Agua Fria.  To get there,
from Agua Fria Road, turn south (towards Airport Road) on Lopez Lane.
The first cross street is La Junta del Alamo. Turn left on it,
towards the sign for the International Institute. Or go north on
Lopez Lane and turn right just before Agua Fria Road.</FONT></FONT></P>
<P STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><FONT COLOR="#000000">        <FONT SIZE=2>Alison
explains that although the opportunity to get started at the Center
for the Natzratim was invaluable, the group decided to move because a
Spanish Pentecostal congregation also met there, &quot;and did they
ever make a joyful noise!&quot; she says, with a drum set, keyboard,
two guitars, and an amplifying system.</FONT></FONT></P>
<P STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><FONT COLOR="#000000">        <FONT SIZE=2>&quot;The
new location provides a peaceful, semi-rural atmosphere and a huge,
black-topped parking lot,&quot; Alison says.  &quot;Everyone is
always welcome, without any obligation to become a regular,&quot; she
adds.</FONT></FONT></P>
<P STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in; page-break-after: avoid"><BR>
</P>
<P ALIGN=CENTER STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in; page-break-after: avoid"><FONT COLOR="#000000"><FONT SIZE=4 STYLE="font-size: 16pt"><B>Dreaming
Beyond War</B></FONT></FONT></P>
<P LANG="en-GB" STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><BR>
</P>
<P STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><FONT SIZE=2><SPAN LANG="en-GB">Hadassah
Haskale's book with the above title, a personal graph in poetry and
prose of a quarter century </SPAN></FONT><FONT SIZE=2>of ups and
downs of violence and hopes for peace in the Middle East, issued by
Mazo Publishers in 2005, is now available from Barnes and Noble and
Amazon. Just out in 2007, also with Mazo and distributed by Amazon,
is Wayfaring, 'a journey to inner space'. It includes the journal of
Hadassah's passage from Israel to India in 1977 through Greece,
Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan, the continuing record in
prose, poetry and letters of an increasingly 'inner' journey in India
itself in 1977-78, plus Inscape 'a meditative journey through the
cosmos within'. (A slightly different version of Inscape  was first
published  as a folio and audiotape in Santa Fe in 1992.)</FONT></P>
<P STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><BR>
</P>
<P STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><BR>
</P>
<P ALIGN=CENTER STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in; page-break-after: avoid"><FONT COLOR="#000000"><FONT SIZE=4 STYLE="font-size: 16pt"><B>Press
Releases</B></FONT></FONT></P>
<P LANG="en-GB" STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><BR>
</P>
<P STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><FONT COLOR="#000000"><FONT SIZE=2>Eighth
Month Business Meeting authorized an outreach effort by the
Communication Committee: one press release per week about Meeting and
Worship Group activities. Committees and individual Friends are
invited to suggest subjects. These should be forthcoming activities
of interest to the wider community. Please contact Alison Martinez or
David Vaux with your ideas. Alison will be writing up the press
releases. The schedule is: You contact Alison or David no later than
Thursday; Alison writes the press release on Friday; the &quot;New
Mexican&quot; publishes it (if all goes well) on Saturday eight days
later. With your help, our community will understand better what
Quakers are about, and we'll enjoy more participation in our
activities.</FONT></FONT></P>
<P STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><BR>
</P>
<P ALIGN=CENTER STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in; page-break-after: avoid"><FONT COLOR="#000000"><FONT SIZE=4 STYLE="font-size: 16pt"><B>The
Elevator Nine</B></FONT></FONT></P>
<P STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><BR>
</P>
<P STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><FONT COLOR="#000000"><FONT SIZE=2><I>Meeting
endorsed the &quot;Declaration of Peace&quot; in August 2006.  Our
Philip Balcombe is among the &quot;Elevator Nine&quot; who tried to
talk about it with Senator Pete Domenici, but were stuck in the
elevator on the way to Domenici's office when security turned off the
electricity.  Philip writes:</I></FONT></FONT></P>
<P STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><FONT COLOR="#000000">        <FONT SIZE=2>I
was one of the nine defendants who cleared security to enter the
Montoya Federal Building in Santa Fe on September 26th 2006.  We were
bound for Pete Domenici's office, to deliver a copy of The
Declaration of Peace for that republican senator's consideration.</FONT></FONT></P>
<P STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><FONT COLOR="#000000">        <FONT SIZE=2>It
had been my intention to make sure Domenici could no longer evade the
issue by remaining in his office until he gave a meaningful response
to the proposals contained in the Declaration&ndash;&ndash;or to show
by public example that he was ignoring it if he failed to respond,
even if it meant my being arrested for trespassing at the end of the
day in the tradition of nonviolent civil disobedience. In the past
Domenici himself has said that that sort of action is a legitimate
expression of our constitutional right of assembly and speech.</FONT></FONT></P>
<P STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><FONT COLOR="#000000">         <FONT SIZE=2>To
our surprise our group was not allowed to proceed to the senator's
office.  Federal Building security disabled the elevator to prevent
us proceeding because Domenici's office manager asked them to do so.
Shortly thereafter the lobby was cleared by an occupation force of as
many as two dozen armed men and women including a SWAT team. They
remained in the lobby while we, all Santa Fe constituents of the
senator's, mostly elderly, completely defenseless and committed to
peaceful nonviolence, remained in the elevator. We kept hoping that
they would realize that we were on legitimate business and allow us
to proceed. The five police jurisdictions involved could not
determine whose right it was to make us leave or arrest us and so we
remained without food, water or use of a restroom, afraid to leave
the elevator, for five and a half hours.</FONT></FONT></P>
<P STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><FONT COLOR="#000000">       
<FONT SIZE=2>Eventually a Homeland Security official appeared and
announced that we had a choice between being arrested for trespassing
and accepting a federal citation, a sort of parking ticket for having
stayed in the elevator all day. We accepted the citation, knowing
that we would get our day in court. The charge was &quot;Failing to
follow signs and directions.&quot; We had not seen any signs. Nobody
gave us any directions.</FONT></FONT></P>
<P STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><FONT COLOR="#000000">        <FONT SIZE=2>Well,
there was a sign&ndash;&ndash;the kind of sign that would have
involved spending a quarter hour with reading glasses on to read
because of the small print.  It said, amongst much else, that people
are not allowed to loiter in a federal elevator, or to obstruct
business therein.  To describe our business in the elevator as
loitering seems preposterous to me, but that's what the prosecutor
did.  As for obstructing business&ndash;&ndash;our legitimate,
constitutionally protected business was surely obstructed. To claim
that we were the ones obstructing, while we waited patiently and
peacefully for the obstruction placed in our path to be removed, is a
new twist on the idea of the victim being blamed for the crime.</FONT></FONT></P>
<P STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><FONT COLOR="#000000">        <FONT SIZE=2>Judge
Don Svet's verdict&ndash;&ndash;that we were guilty as charged
because we did not have the 'common sense' to leave the elevator, and
beyond that, that the senator's people and the security folk were not
to be faulted&ndash;&ndash;completely failed to take into account the
constitutional issues involved. In fact, he had earlier dismissed our
lawyers' motion to consider the constitutional issues. He said he
thought we should have handed over a copy</FONT></FONT></P>
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<P STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><FONT COLOR="#000000"><FONT SIZE=2>of
the Declaration in the lobby and left the building.</FONT></FONT></P>
<P STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><FONT COLOR="#000000">        <FONT SIZE=2>Svet's
verdict put his court's stamp of approval on Domenici's&ndash;&ndash;and
the Bush administration's&ndash;&ndash;continuing refusal to discuss
the war in Iraq based on the facts.</FONT></FONT></P>
<P STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><FONT COLOR="#000000">        <FONT SIZE=2>We
have a right to speak and surely that implies a right to be responded
to, to meaningful dialogue. Thousands of people are dying, many more
have had their lives shattered and billions of dollars are being
squandered, dollars that could be so much more constructively used in
pursuit of our country's ideals abroad and at home. This isn't just
statistics. It's time for a serious accounting. Peace is the
constructive alternative. Let's stop avoiding the issue!</FONT></FONT></P>
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<P ALIGN=CENTER STYLE="text-indent: 0.5in; margin-bottom: 0in"><FONT SIZE=4 STYLE="font-size: 16pt"><B>Messages
and Announcements</B></FONT></P>
<P STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><FONT SIZE=1 STYLE="font-size: 8pt">&shy;&shy;&shy;&shy;&shy;&shy;	</FONT><FONT SIZE=2>The
new Meeting Directory is now ready. Friends and attenders can request
a copy at any time, either 'printed on demand' and mailed to you or
sent to you electronically, i.e. as an email attachment. For hard
copy please contact Molly Vaux (mollyvaux@comcast.net, 988-9545) or
to receive by email contact Bob Gaines (gaines@comcast.net,
466-1746). In either case please specify whether you want the local
Santa Fe directory or the outside Santa Fe directory, or both.</FONT></P>
<P STYLE="margin-left: 0.5in; text-indent: -0.25in; margin-bottom: 0in">
<FONT COLOR="#000000">&#61623;<FONT FACE="Symbol, serif"><FONT SIZE=2>	</FONT></FONT></FONT><FONT COLOR="#000000"><FONT SIZE=2>Friends
who would like to view the Casita (the Resident's accommodation
behind the Meetinghouse, also known as the Ramada) are invited by Peg
Martin to drop by for a visit on October 7th following 11:00 a.m.
worship and before potluck.</FONT></FONT></P>
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<FONT COLOR="#000000">&#61623;<FONT FACE="Symbol, serif"><FONT SIZE=2>	</FONT></FONT></FONT><FONT COLOR="#000000"><FONT SIZE=2>On
Sunday, November 11, at 5:00 p.m. Peg Martin will host a gathering
for all Friends who would like to hear about the Oklahoma Friends
Women's Gathering. Peg will be serving light snacks and&ndash;&ndash;weather
permitting&ndash;&ndash;tea and cocoa by campfire.</FONT></FONT></P>
<P STYLE="margin-left: 0.5in; text-indent: -0.25in; margin-bottom: 0in">
&#61623;<FONT FACE="Symbol, serif"><FONT SIZE=2>	</FONT></FONT><FONT SIZE=2>Friends
are invited to tune in to Rev. Phil's radio program, &quot;Words of
the Prophets,&quot; on Saturday, October 6, 12:30 p.m. on KSFR radio
90.7 FM.</FONT><FONT FACE="TimesNewRomanPSMT, serif"><FONT SIZE=4>
</FONT></FONT><FONT SIZE=2>Alison Martinez will be the guest that
day.</FONT></P>
<P STYLE="margin-left: 0.5in; text-indent: -0.25in; margin-bottom: 0in">
&#61623;<FONT FACE="Symbol, serif"><FONT SIZE=2>	</FONT></FONT><FONT SIZE=2>Remember
that Michele Chrabot collects brown paper grocery bags for recycling
at the SF Food Bank. Give them to her after 11 o'clock Meeting or
place in the designated bag in the kitchen.</FONT></P>
<P STYLE="margin-left: 0.5in; text-indent: -0.25in; margin-bottom: 0in">
&#61623;<FONT FACE="Symbol, serif"><FONT SIZE=2>	</FONT></FONT><FONT SIZE=2>Reminder:
Betsy Bartels' blog site, where we can read about her Costa Rica
journey is: </FONT><FONT COLOR="#000000"><FONT SIZE=2>http://madrugadora.blogspot.com</FONT></FONT></P>
<P STYLE="margin-left: 0.5in; text-indent: -0.25in; margin-bottom: 0in">
&#61623;<FONT FACE="Symbol, serif"><FONT SIZE=2>	</FONT></FONT><FONT SIZE=2>The
last Meetinghouse garden workday was held on September 20</FONT><SUP><FONT SIZE=2>th</FONT></SUP><FONT SIZE=2>.
There will be no more specific workdays until further notice.</FONT></P>
<P STYLE="margin-left: 0.5in; text-indent: -0.25in; margin-bottom: 0in">
&#61623;<FONT FACE="Symbol, serif"><FONT SIZE=2><SPAN LANG="en-GB">	</SPAN></FONT></FONT><FONT SIZE=2><SPAN LANG="en-GB">Are
you cleaning out closets, cupboards and bookshelves this fall? Would
you like to help our new South Side Worship Group? The group has been
running an electronic white elephant sale to help cover its modest
expenses&mdash;selling books, music CDs, vintage political buttons
and miscellaneous items on e-Bay, half.com and Craig's list. Almost
anything that you no longer need can help. Contact Alison
(alison1@cybermesa.com or 439-0729) to arrange pick-up of your excess
treasures. Thank you.</SPAN></FONT></P>
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Key Meeting Contacts</B></FONT></P>
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<P STYLE="text-indent: 0.5in; margin-bottom: 0in"><FONT SIZE=2 STYLE="font-size: 11pt"><B>Santa
Fe Meeting Websites</B></FONT><FONT SIZE=2 STYLE="font-size: 11pt">:
http://sf.imym.org  http://santa-fe.quaker.org/index.html</FONT></P>
<P STYLE="text-indent: 0.5in; margin-bottom: 0in"><FONT SIZE=2 STYLE="font-size: 11pt"><B>Ministry
and Oversight Committee</B></FONT><FONT SIZE=2 STYLE="font-size: 11pt">:
(for personal or meeting-wide concerns, and needs for pastoral
counseling) Ford Robbins, convenor, 466-7665
fordrobbins@earthlink.net; Joan Spencer, 984-2217 ssspencer@pol.net;
Dimitri Mihalas, 661-7414; Philip Balcombe, 466-2982
pjbalcombe@cybermesa.com; Jennifer Wellington, 438-9399
jfloresta@gmail.com; Michael Simon, 989-3817 msimo@lycos.com; Roxanne
Seagraves, 438-3714 rstories@aol.com</FONT></P>
<P STYLE="text-indent: 0.5in; margin-bottom: 0in"><FONT SIZE=2 STYLE="font-size: 11pt"><B>Meeting
Clerk</B></FONT><FONT SIZE=2 STYLE="font-size: 11pt">: Jennifer
Wellington, 438-9399 jfloresta@gmail.com</FONT></P>
<P STYLE="text-indent: 0.5in; margin-bottom: 0in"><FONT SIZE=2 STYLE="font-size: 11pt"><B>Meeting
Resident</B></FONT><FONT SIZE=2 STYLE="font-size: 11pt">: (for guest
apartment, or to report building problems, etc.) Peg Martin,</FONT></P>
<P STYLE="text-indent: 0.5in; margin-bottom: 0in"> <FONT SIZE=2 STYLE="font-size: 11pt">983-7241.
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<P STYLE="margin-left: 0.5in; margin-bottom: 0in"><FONT SIZE=2 STYLE="font-size: 11pt"><B>To
schedule use of building: </B></FONT><FONT SIZE=2 STYLE="font-size: 11pt">Contact
Ford Robbins, 466-7665</FONT></P>
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<FONT SIZE=2 STYLE="font-size: 11pt">fordrobbins@earthlink.net	      
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<P STYLE="text-indent: 0.5in; margin-bottom: 0in"><FONT SIZE=2 STYLE="font-size: 11pt"><B>Newsletter</B></FONT><FONT SIZE=2 STYLE="font-size: 11pt">:
David Vaux, 988-9545 and Alison Martinez, 438-0729 (ph/fax),
co-editors.  Please e-mail submissions to dvaux@comcast.net no later
than the day after business meeting.  Put paper submissions in the
Newsletter box at the Meetinghouse by the day of business meeting and
alert the editors. </FONT>
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<P STYLE="text-indent: 0.5in; margin-bottom: 0in"><FONT SIZE=2 STYLE="font-size: 11pt"><B>Recorder</B></FONT><FONT SIZE=2 STYLE="font-size: 11pt">:
Beverly Busching, 984-8742 bbusching@mindspring.com</FONT></P>
<P STYLE="text-indent: 0.5in; margin-bottom: 0in"><FONT SIZE=2 STYLE="font-size: 11pt"><B>Treasurer</B></FONT><FONT SIZE=2 STYLE="font-size: 11pt">:
Bob Gaines, 466-1746 gaines@Comcast.net  Please mail financial
contributions to Treasurer, Santa Fe Monthly Meeting of Friends, 630
Canyon Rd, Santa Fe NM  87501, or put in &ldquo;birdhouse&rdquo; box.
 Thank you!</FONT></P>
<P STYLE="text-indent: 0.5in; margin-bottom: 0in"><FONT SIZE=2 STYLE="font-size: 11pt"><B>Young
Friends</B></FONT><FONT SIZE=2 STYLE="font-size: 11pt"> (18&ndash;40ish)
get together often.  For information please contact Sarah Cutler,
216-5219 smcutler@mtholyoke.edu.</FONT></P>
<P STYLE="text-indent: 0.5in; margin-bottom: 0in"><FONT SIZE=2 STYLE="font-size: 11pt"><B>The
Peace and Social Concerns Committee</B></FONT><FONT SIZE=2 STYLE="font-size: 11pt">
welcomes new members. </FONT><FONT SIZE=2 STYLE="font-size: 11pt"><SPAN LANG="en-GB">Anne
McLaughlin</SPAN></FONT><FONT SIZE=2 STYLE="font-size: 11pt">,
995-9655 gscondon@Comcast.net  Meetings as and when announced.</FONT></P>
<P STYLE="text-indent: 0.5in; margin-bottom: 0in"><FONT SIZE=2 STYLE="font-size: 11pt"><B>The
Committee on Conscientious Objection</B></FONT><FONT SIZE=2 STYLE="font-size: 11pt">
meets as needed.  For information please call Howard Shulman,
984-9908.</FONT></P>
<P STYLE="text-indent: 0.5in; margin-bottom: 0in"><FONT SIZE=2 STYLE="font-size: 11pt"><B>South
Santa Fe Worship Group</B></FONT><FONT SIZE=2 STYLE="font-size: 11pt">
contact person is Alison Martinez, 438-0729 alison1@cybermesa.com</FONT></P>
<P STYLE="text-indent: 0.5in; margin-bottom: 0in"><FONT SIZE=2 STYLE="font-size: 11pt"><B>For
a complete list of committees</B></FONT><FONT SIZE=2 STYLE="font-size: 11pt">,
see the Meeting Directory. (Available as advised in first item of
Messages and Announcements above.)</FONT></P>
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