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February 2008 Newsletter

Letter to Friends

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

Second Month 2008


“Elected Silence, sing to me

And beat upon my whorled ear,

Pipe me to pastures still and be

The music that I care to hear.”


From The Habit of Perfection by Gerard Manley Hopkins



 

Calendar of Events

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. Childcare 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 former International Institute for Oriental Medicine, 4884 La Junta del Alamo, Agua Fria.


Sunday 2/3/08 Meetinghouse closed due to water and sewerage problems

Sunday 2/10/08 9:15 a.m. Ministry and Oversight Committee

10:00 a.m. Singing, First Day School room

Saturday 2/16/08 2:00 p.m. Jeanette Young Memorial Meeting

Sunday 2/17/08 10:00 a.m. Singing, First Day School room

12.30 p.m. Meeting for Worship for Business

Sunday 2/24/08 10:00 a.m. Singing, First Day School room



Please tell the editors about any items that should be in the calendar: Alison Martinez, 438-0729 alison1@cybermesa.com. Thank you.


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There will be a Memorial Meeting for Jeanette Young on Saturday, February 16, 2008 at the Meeting House from 2 to 3 p.m. followed by a dessert pot luck reception from 3 to 4 p.m. Friends should be reminded to include chocolate in their offerings for the reception.  Jeanette's family will be joining us in the celebration of Jeanette's wonderful and very full life.


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Meeting for Worship for Business

Santa Fe Monthly Meeting of Friends, 20 first month, 2008


Present: Philip Balcombe, Beverly Busching, Mary Ray Cate, Bob Gaines, David Giltrow, Rebecca Henderson, Jan-Willem Jansens, John Kretzmann, Anne McLaughlin, Bettina Raphael, Ford Robbins, Jennifer Wellington—Clerk; Peggy Giltrow—Recording Clerk


Meeting began with a short period of silence at 12:55 p.m.

The minutes of the 12th month Meeting for Worship for Business were approved with one correction: Santa Fe Monthly Meeting agreed to be a sponsor for the Mother’s Day Rally on May 11th.


First Day School Report and discussion were warmly welcomed by M & O, which had spent a good deal of time and care at its last meeting on the issue of Meeting’s support for First Day School, particularly for teens and young adults. During the discussion it became clear that the 4 or 5 teens involved last year have fallen away in recent months for various reasons. Programs for 10-14 year-olds and for high school age children, currently not represented, are needed.

Jan-Willem Jansens gave Meeting an update on what is happening, as well as on the First Day School meeting which took place that morning. Staffing at present is mainly Beverley Weiler and Jan-Willem, with occasional help from Ariel or Ewan. They try to be in touch with parents through a Quarterly newsletter and a phone tree. Families come and go throughout the year. Typically, there are 4 to 8 children ranging in age from 2 to 10. The program is pretty structured, and plans for the next 5 months were made during the meeting this morning. First Sundays focus on food, 2nd Sundays are intergenerational, 3rd Sundays are variable, and 4th Sundays are service projects. Seasons and holidays provide a focus, with topics for the particular days relating to the theme. More help is needed for the service projects.

Summer continuity is a problem. Beverley and Jan-Willem have other commit-ments and are generally not available. Families and children come and go. Plans are being made for a box of materials, which could be used by parents and other adults for summer First Day School, based on the structure and themes already in place. Perhaps a teen could be hired for the summer, but at least one adult would always be needed as well. A meeting is planned for May 25 to introduce the box structure.

Safety of children is a major concern. With children of this age, a minimum of 2 adults is needed each Sunday, and more would be better. The outdoor play structures are no longer safe. It will be necessary to dismantle the play structures in April or May, and we need to budget for replacements.

Meeting asked if we are losing people because we can’t accommodate children in the First Day School. Jan-Willem said yes. Some parents didn’t come back because there was no childcare last summer. Children over 7 are not comfortable because there are too few of them and the concentration is on the younger children. The maximum number of children who can be accommodated in the space available is 6 to 8. 50% of the time the garden is not an option.

Discussion then focused on the importance of not losing young people and families, and the strains on families, which preclude much extra involvement. The need for wider Meeting involvement was stressed, so that all responsibility for First Day School programs is not left to parents. Adults need to get to know the children and parents better, so that all can feel comfortable with each other. College-age young people may be another source of ideas. Jan-Willem suggests that people sit in at First Day School occasionally, observing, learning to know the children, and helping out as needed. Becoming more part of eachothers’ lives so that we know what families need from Meeting is really important.

Ford and Jan-Willem will work to find a time for Meeting to continue this dialogue, setting an initial date and issues to address. Jan-Willem suggested a series of planning meetings held from 10:15 to 11 a.m., perhaps once a month, on 3rd or 4th First Day. Childcare would need to be provided for the meeting time to allow staff and parents to be involved without distraction.

Meeting thanked Jan-Willem for presenting this vital report to Meeting on very short notice, and to Anne McLaughlin for pitching in to provide childcare so that Jan-Willem had fewer distractions.


Sign in front of Meetinghouse to express our Quaker peace testimony. Ford reported that 10 people had responded to the request for input on the sign, and all were in favor. Eight were comments on how to do it, and one volunteered to help pay for it. Meeting continued discussion on type of sign and wording, focusing on Friends’ stand against war, ties to Quaker history, positive vs. negative, city requirements, and practicalities such as visibility.

Meeting agreed to the following minute: Meeting will design a sign, as a third panel, similar in size and color, attached to the current two signs on the west side of the entrance, which can have a changeable message. The initial message will be “Friends for Peace”. Jennifer will work on the design. Anne McLaughlin will check with the city to be sure the design meets city restrictions, and the sign will then be put up. Meanwhile, a temporary “War is not the Answer” sign will be put up.


Peace and Social Concerns reported on continuing plans for the Mothers’ Day Peace Rally to be held on the Santa Fe Plaza from 2 to 5 p.m. on May 11. The Unitarians have been added to the list of co-sponsors, and others are being sought. Checks have been received from First Presbyterian Church and Pax Christi to help with expenses. Our insurance company, Church Mutual, has faxed a certificate of insurance for that date at no extra cost. Program details, including speakers, are being worked out. Meeting accepted the report with gratitude.


The Long Range Planning Committee presented a report on its gathering of information during December and January. They also circulated a report on a meeting with a Houston Quaker involved in Meetinghouse planning and with David Rasch, head of City of Santa Fe’s Historic Planning Department. A meeting with SFFM Trustees and Ford Robbins (involved with Meetinghouse proposals through the years) resulted in the first of two recommendations to the Meeting:

  1. “Complete the title search to document our clear title to the property. Frank Hirsch contacted Stewart Title Co., and they will do this for $50, which Frank has offered to pay for as an in-kind contribution to the Meeting.” Meeting approved this recommendation with thanks to Frank.

  2. “Plan for a series of Visioning Meetings in the spring to continue the process of thinking together about our future and the kind of building/space that would support it. By March our committee should have information on a variety of alternatives that will assist Friends in assessing possibilities for the near and more distant future. If in this process Friends might come to unity [concerning] the usefulness of pursuing a few alternatives, the Committee would focus on background information for those alternatives.” Meeting asked Nominating Committee to find two or three individuals to take the lead on organizing the Visioning Meetings this spring.


Ministry and Oversight reported on its meeting of Jan 3. M & O spent a lot of time on concerns for 15 members and attenders and on the Worship Groups under our care. Taos Clearlight Meeting has a new clerk, Dyke Vermillie. The rest of the time was focused on “…the level of spirituality and participation in Meeting and the need to encourage greater meeting support for First Day School activities. It was suggested that we promote the idea of encouraging people to say ‘I will…’ instead of ‘You should…’” M & O will try to educate Meeting to this idea.

As noted in the beginning of these minutes, Business Meeting discussed the state of First Day School, its parents and attenders and staff, and the need for more Meeting involvement, in some depth. Plans are being made for the dialogue to continue.

The Query for Second Month, 2008, will be: “Does each of us take our right share of the responsibility in work and service for the Meeting?”

Meeting accepted the M & O report with thanks.


Treasurer’s Report for year-end 2007 (available elsewhere in the Newsletter, via Meeting e-mail, and on the web site). Meeting read the report, and there were no questions. The Treasurer commented that basically the Meeting’s finances are in good shape. We received almost all the amount budgeted for 2007 in General Fund donations and spent considerably less than budgeted because utility costs were lower than expected and emergencies and As Needs Arise were untapped. (Utility costs will be high this month because of the cold). If income to the Maintenance Fund meets expectations for 2008 and expenditures are within anticipated levels, there should be more than enough in the Maintenance fund for the coming year. The report was accepted with thanks to the Treasurer for his diligent work.


Building Committee Report. The year started [with the Committee] addressing some specific electrical needs in the Meetinghouse and Ramada (casita), and beginning to explore recurrent problems with the limited electric service to the Ramada (casita).

“This past week of extremely cold weather has taken its toll on the water system as well as on the Resident’s patience and the Committee’s problem solving. The property has been without water since Wednesday and, due to water main breaks in town and a general water crisis, the City Water Department has not been able to assess or solve the lack of water at the Meetinghouse. Our attempts to identify the source of the problem revealed that the water meter had frozen and, once it thawed, it could not hold water because it had cracked. A request for replacement of the meter has been made to the City, but there is no way to know how long this will take. In the meantime, we are having to cancel reservations for the Guest Apartment and we should consider ways to help the Resident cope with this situation.”

Meeting accepted the report with thanks to both Building Committee and Resident for coping with the water crisis, including hauling water. Jennifer has offered a bed and showers, use of washer, etc. to Peg.


4th Query from IMYM. Bob Gaines, Meeting’s representative to IMYM Continuing Committee, has sent in the responses to the first three queries. He will write up the last response and take it to IMYM Continuing Committee next weekend.

Meeting approved IMYM’s proposal to lay down the non-functioning committee consisting of representatives to AFSC from individual meetings and IMYM’s AFSC representatives. SFMM has no appointed representative at present.


Resident Committee Report. There was none. Meeting reaffirmed the need for monthly reports from Resident and Committee.


Nominating Committee had submitted a written report via Meeting e-mail, but had no representative present. The Recording Clerk apologized for not having a copy available. Some current officers have been contacted and agreed to continue in their posts at the will of Meeting. There are many vacancies to be filled, and anyone who would like to serve the Meeting is encouraged to call the committee (Marty Carroll —424-1220, Peg Martin—983-7241, Joan Spencer—984-2217). The committee will be calling members and attenders also, so please think about how you can be involved. This community only exists because we invest our time and talents in it, and it is important to involve as many people as possible. Meeting thanked the committee for its work so far, and noted that this is probably the earliest a Nominating Committee has ever started work.


Before Meeting ended with silence at about 3:30 p.m., we were reminded that we as Meeting need to continue to provide loving care for all of us, and especially for families. Jennifer was thanked for her patient clerking.


Respectfully submitted,

Peggy Giltrow, Recording Clerk




2007 End of Year Treasurer’s Report
January 20, 2008


Actual

Budgeted

Variance

General Fund Budget








Income (donations and interest)

21,710

22,375

-665





Expenses




First Day School staff

990

1,500

-510

Young Friends supplies

141

150

-9

Subscriptions for library

39

140

-101

Newsletter

309

900

-591

Treasurer/Finance Committee

119

150

-31

Safe Deposit Box

15

15

0

History

0

25

-25

M&O

19

25

-6

Peace & Social Concerns

0

100

-100

Insurance

1,955

2,000

-45

MH supplies

720

840

-120

Utilities

2,625

4,500

-1,875

Advertising

267

400

-133

IMYM travel

0

50

-50

Miscellaneous

127

100

27

Subtotal

7,326

10,895

-3,569





IMYM Assessment

4,410

4,455

-45

Good Works

6,453

7,025

-572

Subtotal

10,863

11,480

-617

Total General

18,189

22,375

-4,186





Maintenance Fund Budget




Income




MH use & guest apartment

10,580

8,301

2,279

Miscellaneous

2,230


2,230

Subtotal

12,810

8,301

4,509

Expenses




Expenses other than repairs

2,789


2,789

Repairs

13,262


13,262





Total Maintenance

16,051

18,371

-2,320


2007 End of Year Report
January 20, 2008






01/01/07

12/31/07

Difference

Funds




General

12,293

14,112

1,819

Maintenance

8,002

3,736

-4,266

Diversity

0

0

0

Olmstead

225

225

0

Sufferings

1,100

1,200

100

Turkle

920

778

-142

Adult Education

0

302

302

Total

22,540

20,353

-2,187









Accounts




Checking

12,901

2,877

-10,024

Money Market

8,222

11,285

3,063

CDs

1,245

6,090

4,845

Share

171

100

-71

Total

22,539

20,352

-2,187



Notes on the General Fund Budget:

  1. Income was only $665 less than budgeted. $3,756 was received in November and $4,960 in December.

  2. We spent $4,186 less than budgeted. Two categories – utilities and good works – accounted for more than half the unspent budget. Utilities were low because of the good weather. The unspent good works funds were budgeted for emergencies and As Needs Arise, and there were no claims on those items.

  3. The newsletter and directory are now distributed primarily electronically, so the amount budgeted for that item has been sharply reduced for 2008. The First Day School staff savings occurred because FDS did not meet during the summer.

Notes on the Maintenance Fund Budget:

The Meetinghouse and guest apartment income was estimated, based on income in 2006 and adjusted to account for the 33% increase in the requested donation for the guest apartment approved in June. It appears that the level of use was higher than anticipated. The miscellaneous income was mostly the insurance payment for the damage to the garage.

Funds Report: The Adult Education Fund was approved in November to receive donations for spiritual development and other educational opportunities which were not included in the regular budget.

First Day School News


This year, First Day School has begun again with a weekly program that stretches through May 2008. Our primary goal is to offer a safe environment for children, while allowing parents to feel comfortable participating in the 11 o’clock silent worship meetings. Additionally, we offer the children a pleasant and interactive learning opportunity about practical Quaker values and practices in relation to various natural and cultural aspects enfolding throughout the seasons, a variety of inter-faith holidays and spiritual celebrations, our relation to food and the land, intergenerational relationships, and service projects for the local and global community.


Beverley Weiler and I, Jan-Willem Jansens, lead our First Day School until the end of May. We receive additional support from Frances Shillaker, Michelle Chrabot, Ariel Harrison, Heather Bertram, and several other parents and adult Friends. We encourage Friends to join First Day School sessions from time to time to lend support and to increase inter-generational relationships within our Meeting community.


In the last half year, the First Day School group has included 14 children of ages ranging from 2 to 10. Although attendance has varied from 0 to 8 children, we often have 4–8 children attending and most of them are between 4 and 8 years of age. Unfortunately, children in their (early) teens have not returned to Young Friends Meetings in the past year. Business Meeting of January 20, 2008, acknowledged that our Meeting community should consider what we can do to be more inviting to youth of ages 10 and above.


Monthly, we follow a similar program structure. During first First Days we address issues of respect for and preparation of food. We prepare food for pot luck lunch and talk about where our food comes from and why we should respect our food and food sources. Second First Days focus on intergenerational activities and celebrations. For example, in February, we will work on art projects that help build a relationship between a child and a loved elder at the occasion of Valentine’s Day. We very much welcome older Friends to participate in First Day School on these days and share stories and help the children with their projects. During third and fifth First Days, we work on specific issues that come up in relation to the annual calendar of celebrations, the seasons, or other important happenings. On fourth First Days, we work on selected service projects for people or animals in our immediate environment or in more distant communities.


During the summer months (June through August), Beverley and I will have other commitments which will prevent us from regular support of and service to First Day School. We propose that we hire one or more teens who are interested in helping throughout the summer alongside several adults/parents. On the last First Day of May (May 25), we will have a meeting at 10:15 a.m. in the Meeting House with parents and any other interested Friends to plan the summer program. Teens and parents, please attend if you are interested in helping out! Feel free to let us know sooner if you want to help out in the summer, if you can.


We suggest that we will prepare boxes with curriculum materials (e.g. books, art supplies and program suggestions) for each of the First Days during the summer. The boxes will offer self-explanatory guidance for those individuals who are available and willing to take on a First Day School-style form of child care during the summer period. After the summer, I am committed to continuing with the regular First Day School program. However, committed assistance from at least one other adult is needed for this period.


We are working on several suggestions that will strengthen the relationships between Young Friends, parents, and older Friends. This will be important to improve the way our Meeting accommodates and integrates parents and children in our community. We are working on an updated contact list and a system of sharing contact information of Young Friends and their parents, a phone tree, and some way of identifying our Young Friends in the larger Meeting community. (Pictures on the wall? More stories in the newsletter? More involvement of older Friends in First Day School?) We will also make more explicit requests for assistance, for example for intergenerational activities, for service projects, and in situations where we need additional adult support. We will also need support from Meeting to repair and replace the outdoor play structures as they are no longer safe for our children.


We will continue having conversations with M&O and Business Meeting to think through ideas for the improved integration of the different generations in our meeting and in response to the challenge of retaining and attracting more young families and Young Friends in our Meeting. We will have to pay special attention to the role of teenagers in our Meeting and how our Meeting could support their specific interests.


In the course of this year, Friends will be welcome to participate in conversations about our collective vision for the future of our meeting and what the role of youth is in this vision. Once we are able to formulate crystallized goals for the role of youth and the intergenerational relationships we want to establish, we will be ready to formulate a more specific program of objectives and action steps for the services we should provide to young families and their children and the means we need to employ to facilitate these services and relationships. We very much welcome your thoughts on these matters during future Business Meetings and informal conversations or e-mails!


For more information about the Young Friends Program, please contact Beverley Weiler at 983-4558 or Jan-Willem Jansens at 471-6167.


Young Friends and elders celebrate Hannukah together in December 2007.


Beverley Weiler helps Young Friends make greeting cards for a service project in November 2007.


Young Friends make greeting cards during a service project in November 2007

(from left to right: Punit, Ben, Ethan, Rowan, Lilah, and Helen).


Book Review


Liberating Paul: the justice of God and the politics of the apostle

by Neil Elliott (Orbis, 1994), reviewed by Alison Martinez


Paul never met Jesus, but he met the risen Christ on the road to Damascus, and from that day forward, Paul's spirit was on fire. "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me!" Paul exults. (Galatians 2:20)


"Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?" Paul asks. "I am persuaded that… neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."  (Romans 8: 35-39)


Paul tears down distinctions among believers, declaring, "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus."  (Galatians 3:28)


And Paul boldly proclaims the imminent end of worldly power. An empire dominated his world as it does ours––enslaving, debasing, raping, robbing, waging war. The empire crucified Jesus. It whipped and jailed Paul many times. Yet the apostle insists, "God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty. And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to naught things which are."  (I Corinthians 27-28)


Yet for centuries, the words of this loving, lion-hearted apostle have been quoted in support of imperialism, slavery, misogyny, and homophobia.  Paul's spirit has been in chains.  Neil Elliott says it is time to set Paul free, and in so doing to set ourselves free also––free of false doctrine, and free to appreciate Paul truly.


"The voice we hear today as Paul's is a highly synthetic voice, thoroughly filtered, modulated, and fine-tuned by centuries of Christian theologizing," Elliott explains. Summarizing the work of dozens of modern scholars, he demonstrates that some of the epistles attributed to Paul are forgeries, and others have sections that were inserted to explain away the apostle's revolutionary message. Additionally, the false writings have twisted the interpretation of the true ones. For example, Elliott believes that Romans 1:18-32 has been misinterpreted as a diatribe against homosexuality. Actually what this passage condemns is the appalling depravity of the imperial court, with its sexual exploitation of slaves, children and women. Romans has nothing to say about loving, committed, intimate relationships between adults of the same sex, according to Elliott. What a liberation for Christians who want to accept such relationships!


Over and over, Paul challenges us to break our allegiance to earthly powers and claim our freedom as slaves of Christ. Again and again, Elliott reminds that empire still tortures, murders, rapes, and enslaves, and that Paul's challenge is as vital, dangerous, and powerful today as it was in the apostle's time.



INYM Annual Gathering


The 2008 Intermountain Yearly Meeting’s Annual Gathering is June 9th to 15th at Ghost Ranch. "Compassionate Listening" will be the theme of the keynote address and an Early Days workshop.  Early Days will be June 9th to 11th and Annual Gathering June 12th to 15th. The registration deadline has been moved back to April 15th to accommodate folks unable to commit earlier, and a late registration until April 30th has been added (but a $25 donation will be requested to defray expenses associated with late registration). No one should allow financial obstacles to prevent them from going; contact M&O if you will need assistance. Registration packets will be available March 1.



A Colony with a Conscience


The seventeenth century Dutch settlements in the New World were the most tolerant in their time, and most forms of Christianity were embraced there. However, Quakers were beyond the pale and they could be subjected to public torturing. Those who harbored the Friends were severely punished. However, a number of petitioners from the town of Flushing objected to this, the “Flushing Remonstrance” eventually leading, in 1663, to the birth of the principle of religious toleration, which was to become a fundamental aspect of American freedom. Letter to Friends has been informed by Dave Giltrow that a recent article in the New York Times may be of great interest to our readers, in this context. It can be found on the following Internet site: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/27/opinion/27jackson.html?ex=1199422800&en=cfbcbbb90ef4c23d&ei=5070&emc=eta1



Love Letter


(To you who will receive it I sing)


Let the last sound be laughter ––

a respectful and joyous laughter,

celebrating the wonderful life

I have lived. I have done,

to the best of my ability, I think,

all or most of what has been required

of me. Yes, sometimes I failed.


Often I failed when I should have given

love, encouragement, and praise.

Sometimes I was angry, or fearful,

resentful, disappointed,

even with so much

for which to be thankful, grateful.


I praise God and his creatures, the earth,

the wind and the rain,

sunshine and good family,

wonderful friends.

An extraordinary small forest

of cedar and pine and fruit trees

have been mine; along with the elms

which supply the kindling wood

for my morning fires,

while I drink coffee and sing.


Oh, I have sung along, in my heart,

with the greatest of music, and

along with the wind and rain.

Dying, I love you, and praise God again.


by Jeanette Young 3/17/99


It is happily announced that a new printing… and revised edition of Jeanette Young’s poetry book, Night Wind, will be available at Jeanette Young’s memorial on Saturday, February 16th. The December 2006 first printing sold out. The second printing was made possible by Nancy, a friend of Jeanette’s from the 1960s, who has many fond and happy memories of Jeanette. Nancy and Jeanette sang in a chorus that was under the direction of Nancy’s father. Proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to the Santa Fe Meeting and to Kitchen Angels. The book will be available by telephone order: contact Beverley Weiler (983-4558) or Linda Hibbs (983-3906).


Messages and Announcements

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  • Discussion group: We are organizing a group to watch and discuss a series of lectures on "Lost Christianities: Christian Scriptures and the Battles Over Authentication."  What was Christianity like before there was a New Testament? Some Christians claimed there were two Gods, or twelve Gods, or 360 Gods; some claimed Jesus was not divine. How were the books of the New Testament chosen? How did the orthodox view emerge triumphant? Bart Ehrman, the chair of the religion department at the University of North Carolina, is a prominent New Testament scholar and popular lecturer. Possible meeting times: Tuesday, Friday, or Sunday evening. Contact Joan Spencer at 984-2217 or ssspencer@pol.net with your preference for a meeting date and time.

  • Women in prison are able to knit and crochet for their loved ones, thanks to a much-appreciated donation of yarn that Audrey Miller brought on her latest, regular visit. Can you donate more yarn or other arts & crafts supplies for the women prisoners? Contact Audrey at 428-1208 or audrey88@clovermail.net.

  • Friendly Sixes: It is now time for those sixes that are ready to disband or have a reshuffle to let M&O know who they are (perhaps a majority?), and those who have not been part of a Friendly Six, but would like to join one soon, should give M&O their names. Groups can, if they wish, elect to stay as they are.

  • A few months ago Meeting for Business endorsed Steve Spencer’s proposal [copy posted at http://sf.imym.org] to create a biographical directory, and the proposal was published in the December Newsletter. So far the response has been underwhelming, to say the least. Members and attenders are enthusiastically encouraged to send their “bio sketches” to Steve by email (ssspencer@pol.net) or by mail via the Clerk of the Meeting (c/o the Meetinghouse address on this newsletter) or by placement in her pigeon-hole at the Meetinghouse. Remember, you need put into the bio only those details which you choose to reveal!

  • If there are Friends in our Meeting interested in leading “an interest group” at Yearly Meeting or a workshop in the Early Days, they should contact Joann and Rob Pierson (pierson@aptec.com) as soon as possible. In particular if there is someone interested in leading an interest group related to the way we care for either our young (First Day School etc.) or our elders, this would be appreciated. Ask not what IMYM can do for you, but what you can do for IMYM!

  • Friends and attenders are reminded that Michele Chrabot collects brown paper grocery bags for recycling at the Santa Fe Food Bank. They may be given to her after 11 o'clock Meeting for Worship or left in the Meetinghouse kitchen.




Some Key Meeting Contacts

 

Santa Fe Meeting Websites: http://sf.imym.org http://santa-fe.quaker.org/index.html

Ministry and Oversight Committee: (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

Meeting Clerk: Jennifer Wellington, 438-9399 jfloresta@gmail.com

Meeting Resident: (for guest apartment, or to report building problems, etc.) Peg Martin, 983-7241.

To schedule use of building: Contact Ford Robbins, 466-7665,

fordrobbins@earthlink.net

Recorder: Beverly Busching, 984-8742 bbusching@mindspring.com

Treasurer: 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 “birdhouse” box. Thank you!

Young Friends (18–40ish) get together often. For information please contact Sarah Cutler, 216-5219 smcutler@mtholyoke.edu.

The Peace and Social Concerns Committee welcomes new members. Anne McLaughlin, 995-9655 caunteton@msn.com. Meetings as and when announced.

The Committee on Conscientious Objection meets as needed. For information please call Howard Shulman, 984-9908.

Newsletter: Alison Martinez, 438-0729 (ph/fax). Please e-mail submissions to alison1@cybermesa.com, 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.

South Santa Fe Worship Group contact person is Alison Martinez, 438-0729 alison1@cybermesa.com

For a complete list of committees, see the Meeting Directory. (Available as advised in first item of Messages and Announcements above.)











 

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