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January 2008 Newsletter

Letter to Friends

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

First Month 2008


“The Eternal is complete in itself.

The Finite is complete in itself.

One completeness comes out of another completeness.

When one completeness is taken from another completeness

Completeness itself remains.”


The Shanti verse that begins and ends the Isawaysa Upanishad, translated by Donald Groom. Alternative translations are included within this newsletter.




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 1/6/08 10:00 a.m. Singing, First Day School room

12:30 p.m. Potluck

Sunday 1/13/08 9:15 a.m. Ministry and Oversight Committee

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

Sunday 1/20/08 10:00 a.m. Singing, First Day School room

12.30 p.m. Meeting for Worship for Business

Sunday 1/27/08 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 Thank you.


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Beverley Weiler and Stephanie Gonzales have asked the Clerk of Meeting to let Friends know that Jeanette Young slipped away peacefully on Dec 21, about 3:15 p.m.  Your thoughts and prayers are requested for Jeanette, her family and friends.


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Santa Fe Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, 16 twelfth month 2007

Present: Anne McLaughlin, Ford Robbins, John Kretzmann, Rebecca Henderson, Dave Giltrow, Bob Gaines, Jennifer Wellington, clerk, Mary Ray Cate, recording clerk.

Meeting began with a reading by the clerk followed by a short period of silence.

1. Review of minutes from tenth and eleventh months’ meetings for business: Minutes were approved with the correction that the 2008 draft budget was received but not approved at the 11th month meeting.

2. The Finance Committee report presented more explanation of the 2008 draft budget. The report emphasized that “approving the proposed budget means a commitment to donate an additional $2,300 over the amount budgeted for 2007, which would be about $6000 more than we have received so far.” To raise that amount all 98 members would need to contribute an average of $20-$22/month. However, Friends’ tradition is that we give according to our circumstances.

Dave Giltrow presented the Building Committee’s proposed budget for maintenance and repairs of $6,000-$7,000 during 2008.

Building Committee’s Proposed Budget for Maintenance and Repairs for Santa Fe Friends’ Meeting for 2008:

Meetinghouse $2500-3000

  • Patch most conspicuous holes and major cracks on interior walls with mud and repaint surface

  • Patch and replaster mud finish in entrance covered walk where birds nesting

Guest Apartment $1000-$1400

  • Explore replacement and relocation of hot water heater

  • Reconfigure kitchen, adding shelving, counters, smaller microwave

  • Patch hole in bathroom floor and secure upright beam in living room

  • Reinforce old wooden shutter on exterior kitchen window


Ramada/Casita $500-800

  • Develop proper drainage in front of casita’s to prevent flooding under the door

  • Improve electric service/wiring in casita as possible


Misc. Repairs and Long-Range Projects $2000-2800

  • Replace acidic matboard used in framing paintings on paper by Olive Rush

  • Protect outdoor fresco

  • Study and obtain estimate for reconstruction of interior wood doors on Zaguan

  • Unforeseen expenses

Total Proposal $6000-7000

The total cost of repairs and maintenance for 2007 will be close to $13,500, once some final electrical problems are resolved this month. There was a question and discussion about the fact that we are not saving any money for a possible move and are spending lots of money for maintenance of our old building. Ford Robbins offered to remat the Olive Rush art works at a lower cost than a framing shop would charge.

The proposed 2008 budget was approved. There were no changes to the draft budget as presented last month.

3. Bob Gaines presented the Treasurer’s Report. From mid-November through December 11th we received $5,617 in donations. Expenses during the past month were not reported, but the balance in the general fund as of 12-11-07 was $12,185 and the maintenance Fund balance was $3,292. The Treasurer’s report was approved.

4. Ministry and Oversight: Ford Robbins presented the M&O report. The query for First month 2008 will be, “What are we doing to recognize the varied skills and spiritual gifts of the members, attenders, and children among us?” The committee reviewed the status of the Worship groups and recognized the passing of Jane Robinson. Other concerns included the level of spirituality and participation in Meeting, the need to support the nominating process, the need to encourage greater Meeting support for First Day School activities and child care during the summer months, the need for continuing adult education and the need to address aging concerns.

Discussion of a sign or banner in front of the Meetinghouse which would express our Quaker peace testimony will take place at the January Business Meeting. Ford has received 25 responses on this issue, 24 in favor. Ann McLaughlin has researched the city regulations. No banners for advertising purposes are allowed in the Historic District. A window sign which is 1/3 the size of the window and less than 10 feet square would not need a permit. A permanent message board, such as the one which the Unitarian Church has on Galisteo Street, could display a monthly query giving passing pedestrians some idea of our Quaker beliefs and serve as a way to attract new attenders.

Discussion of the third IMYM query about war was postponed to next business meeting. The M&O report was accepted.

5. Peace and Social Concerns report: The committee is finding tremendous support in the community for a Mothers’ Day peace rally on the Plaza, 2-4pm on 5-11-08. Santa Fe Monthly Meeting agreed to cosponsor the rally. The Lucretia Mott Breakfast club meets at 10:15 am on the fourth First Day of each month.

6. The Resident’s report was read. Peg Martin worked 34 hours during the month of November. Income from the guest apartment was $450. The apartment was occupied 19 out of 30 days for an occupancy rate of 63%. Some nights were complimentary for Jane Robinson’s family. Meetinghouse supplies cost $40.

7. Bob Gaines presented the Resident’s committee report:

Resident’s term: The Committee is pleased to report that Peg would like to stay on as resident for a third year. In our recent meeting Peg expressed gratitude for the support from Meeting for Business regarding her work as resident.

The Committee recommends to the Meeting the following arrangement:

--if at any time the meeting should decide to change the use of the casita, they will give Peg eight months’ notice to provide her ample time to make other arrangements;

--if at any time Peg should find that she is unable to stay for the full year she will give the meeting eight months’ notice to provide ample time for the meeting to search for a new resident.

Guest apartment policy: The committee has compiled the terms of the policy that have been looked at recently by either Meeting for Business or Ministry and Oversight and recommends the following full policy to the Meeting:

Guest Apartment Policy

The ministry of the guest apartment is to offer hospitality to visitors to Santa Fe.

Availability: Requests for a reservation in the guest apartment will be filled on a first-come, first-use basis. Priority will be given to those making reservations in advance by phone, email, or in writing. People coming to the meetinghouse to make a reservation in person must provide the resident with contact information, present photo ID and make a deposit in order for a reservation to be held.

Minimum stay: Guests will be asked to book for a minimum of three nights. Exceptions may be made at the discretion of the resident. Another exception would be Friends traveling on Friends’ business.

Uniform suggested donation: $40 for one person, $50 for two, with a $40 deposit, refundable if the cancellation is at least one month before the reservation. On occasion guests may receive complimentary hospitality if the meeting deems it appropriate, such as when a Friend is traveling on Friends’ business.

Meeting approved the policy. The 3-night minimum will decrease the number of times the resident spends 4 hours cleaning the apartment between guests. On February 18 Shelly Cohen will have a double hip replacement at St. Vincent’s Hospital. Her partner Martha may need a place to stay in Santa Fe during that time.

8. Meeting Stewardship and Long Range Planning Committee

Report Twelfth Month 2007, prepared by Bettina Rafael: In mid-November, the Committee requested a meeting with representatives of the Historic Santa Fe Foundation, a long-time preservation ally and consultant to the Building Committee on maintenance issues. We met to discuss future ways to use, preserve, and fund the Meeting’s historic property, as well as other building options to meet the long-range space needs of our Monthly Meeting. The meeting was useful and reinforced the cooperative relationship between our organizations. Copies of a report of our discussions are available today.

The Committee met in early December to review the issues raised at the meeting with the Foundation and to re-examine some of the legal papers and other documents that we have found in the Meeting’s files. These documents shed much light on the period when Olive Rush bequeathed her property to the Meeting and subsequent discussions and legal opinions about ownership of the land and buildings. We continue to try and track down original documents and will be discussing these finding at a meeting with the Trustees in January after which we will report back to the general Meeting.

Ad Hoc Committee on Stewardship and Long Range Planning

Report on Meeting with Historic Santa Fe Foundation, November 13, 2007

Present were Beverly Busching, John Kretzmann, Bettina Raphael, and David Giltrow from our committee, and Elaine Bergman, Graciela Tome, Mac Watson, and Richard Marquez from the Foundation.

The Foundation has been a long time ally of ours, and they have kept in touch with alterations and repairs to the building. We met with 3 people from their board and the executive director. They asked insightful questions to understand our needs and hopes for the future. In a productive conversation, we discussed the possibility of alterations to the present property, seeking funding, and ways to work together.

The Foundation presently owns 8 historic buildings. They are all in use in various ways, providing income for the Foundation for maintaining the structures and for staffing. The Foundation does not hold buildings as “museums” but converts them for contemporary use mostly as residences. The Foundation has an interest in preserving historic buildings in Santa Fe, and provides a watchful and supportive presence for buildings that it does not own, such as our Meetinghouse. In some cases, the Foundation is able to enforce a “preservation easement” to protect historic properties over time that it does not own.

1. Sharing space on Sunday mornings (especially to meet our need for extra space for discussions and committee meetings).

Elaine will look into the possibility of our using the Foundation’s building on Canyon Road, the Zaguan on Sundays, but it is a problem, as Sunday is the only day for which the Zaguan is a private space for the residents and they cherish this privacy.

2. Alternative spaces for the Meeting. The Foundation members asked helpful clarifying questions about what kind of space and what the needed square footage would be for a new Meetinghouse. They also asked if it were possible to solve the space needs by holding more meeting times.

3. Adding to existing buildings and/or new construction.

We questioned the possibility of options to add or change the Meetinghouse to gain more space in the main meeting room. The Foundation questioned how much space could realistically be gained and expressed concern about altering the integrity of the historic structure.

If we were to expand the Casita (called ‘ramada’), we might have additional space. At this time it is not on the plat or listed with the city Historic Preservation Board; however, a request for a building permit and the O.K. from the Historic Review Board would surely require a new survey and could result in the Casita being listed as a historic structure. We could only expand the footprint by 50%. The Casita at present has zero setback from the property line, so we could not extend the building along this line. The Foundation, like the Meeting, respects the uniqueness of the Casita and would hate to see the integrity of the building violated.

If it were possible to build a new building in the backyard, it would bring up several challenges. For example, the city would certainly require parking space for the 70 or so people that we would plan to accommodate. (Any building permit would raise questions about added parking). (Note: David Giltrow suggests that a formal arrangement with the Compound for parking might be a possibility.) There is an alley on the side that might give access to the back of our property but we would have to get some approval or easement from out neighbors. The Foundation pointed out that any construction would have to meet “commercial building” criteria as well as the style regulations of the Historic Review Board. The Foundation board members who are architects working with historic buildings, Richard Marquez and Graciela Tome, expressed interest in working with us on any construction plans.

4. Documents.

We were surprised to learn that the Foundation has a thick file at hand related to the history of Olive Rush Studio as well as various changes to our buildings, and has sent to the State Library other files on the Meetinghouse.

A question arose as to the status of the Agreement between the Meeting and Olive Rush – Is it notarized? Was it ever registered with the Court as part of the probate?

Olive Rush used Tom Donatelli (referred to as Donnelly in some documents) as her attorney. His son Mark has continued the legal practice and needs to be asked if the office has any of our original documents. Foundation members agreed that we should seek legal clarification of our ownership.

4. Sources of Funding for Building Preservation and New Construction. One option brought up by the Foundation was to increase our income from use of our buildings. Elaine Bergman pointed out that the Foundation charges much more than we do for smaller rooms than our guest apt, and we could certainly raise our rates if we choose. Also we could rent the guest apartment long term, eliminating need for constant cleaning, arrangements, etc. Question: Is the apartment now up to code? She also suggested Meetinghouse rental for concerts, art exhibits, historic tours.

Application for grant and other kinds of preservation funding was briefly discussed noting that federal funding for a “liturgical property” would be difficult. However, private foundations, donors and even some historic preservation programs could be very helpful. Mac Watson specifically brought up the national program “Save America’s Treasures” which gives large grants and could be approached for the preservation of the Olive Rush Studio as an historic house.

5. Turning over the Meetinghouse to the Foundation.

The Foundation, if they owned it, would not maintain it as a ‘museum’ with Olive Rush’s furniture and artifacts in it. They would rent it out for some use. We were surprised to hear this. They suggested that we could raise money by the sale of Olive’s furnishings, etc, but the continuance of the building as a historic painting studio would be lost.

Considering that we might want to raise money for construction or a new building, there was a long discussion of how we could generate greater interest in Olive Rush (and thereby increase the historic and artistic recognition as well as the value of the property and furnishings). They offered the possibility of sharing with us a “campaign” to call attention to the importance of Olive Rush as a painter and influential resident of Santa Fe.

Bettina Rahael, Beverly Busching, Dave Giltrow, Frank Hirsch, John Kretzmann, Jennifer Wellington (only recently added to the Committee)

Meeting accepted the report with appreciation for all the research and ground work it has done, and expressed a desire for speedier action by the committee. Members of the committee all travel frequently so they are not able to meet very frequently. The committee will issue a final report in 8 months. If we vacate the current building it could become a peace center.

9. The First Day School committee did not present a formal report. Beverly Weiler and Jan Willem are running the program. Whether we should have a threshing session on care of the children will be discussed next time.

Meeting for worship for business was closed with a silent circle at 3 p.m.

Minutes prepared by Mary Ray Cate,

Recording Clerk


People for Peace Anniversary Meeting

to be held on January 2nd


[This notice has been submitted to the newsletter by Elliott Skinner and Linda Hibbs of People for Peace.]


On Wednesday, January 2nd, at 7 p.m., People for Peace celebrates the beginning of its 18th year. We invite everyone from Santa Fe Friends’ Monthly Meeting to join us. At 9 p.m. there will be splendid cake and time to visit. The event will be at the Commons on the Alameda.


People for Peace’s experiment in Quaker practice began January 1, 1991, in the Quaker Meetinghouse. We seek to integrate peace action, with reflection and study. Our sole agenda is to speak from silence. Our shared information, insights and occasional wisdom create a rare event in politics––a foundation for political action that is evidenced in an archive that we assemble each year. Our meetings are at the Commons on the first Wednesday of each month, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.


There will be a seminar on Vandana Shiva’s Earth Democracy on January 23, 2008. Please call Linda or Elliott at 983 3906 to enroll in the seminar, or with any questions that you may have about this community-at-large in our city that has been so been ably supported and inspired by the discipline of Quaker practice.



The Commons on the Alameda is located at 2300 Alameda Street. The distance from St. Francis Drive is 2.1 miles. One turns left off Alameda onto Camino Carlos Rael. The parking lot is immediately on the right. At the lower end of the parking lot, cross the wooden bridge to the breezeway. Take a door on the left under the breezeway.

Note: After the light at Camino Alire, there are two stop signs, before the turn left to the Commons, which does not have a stop sign. It is a cross street, however, with Camino Vista Encantada on the right and Camino Carlos Rael, on the left.



Birth of a Faith-based Immigrant Allies Group


Following the initial series of four educational sessions about the concerns and issues of immigrants in Santa Fe, a Faith Community Immigrant Allies Group has begun. Meeting more than quarterly, the gatherings have a Quakerly format with four to ten different faith communities represented.


Participants have divided into several working committees. One is working on expanding awareness of immigration concerns to other faith communities. Another has developed a seven-page list, “Sources of Information on Immigration and Border Concerns”. The packet identifies extensive internet resources included under the topics History, Impact on US and Mexico, Policy, Law, Social Mobilization, and Organizations. A third committee has developed a fact sheet on how to become tutors and English as a Second Language instructors for immigrants in Santa Fe.


On Wednesday January 9, the full Faith-Based Immigrant Allies Group will meet with Somos Un Pueblo Unido for an update about legislation that will impact immigrants in NM. We will organize lobbying efforts on that date. The meetings are open to the public.


7:00 p.m. Wed, January 9 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, corner of Manhattan and St. Francis Drive.


Also, save this date: Sunday, January 6 at 4:00 p.m., showing of the film “De Nadie”, concerning the journey of migrants from Central America across several borders.

Location yet to be determined. Co-sponsored by Somos Un Pueblo Unido and the ad hoc Committee of Migrant and Border Concerns of the Santa Fe Monthly Meeting of Friends.



Spiritual Formation


The IMYM-sponsored spiritual formation program is in its third month at SFMM. With eight participants, our December readings are ‘Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time’ and Chapter 3 of Patricia Loring’s Listening Spirituality. For January we’ll be reading the chapter, ‘A Plea for the Poor’ in The Journal of John Woolman, and Chapter 4 of Listening Spirituality. Meetings and worship groups in Silver City, Las Cruces, Albuquerque, Phoenix, Flagstaff and Durango have initiated the program this year.


The comments below have been expressed by SFMM participants about out spiritual formation program:


“Many of us are finding it a deep and enriching experience.  Feel free to talk to any of our members about their experiences, which are probably unique for each person. One thing I think most of us would say is that it is another world from "Friendly Sixes," which are designed to help Meeting members enjoy each other socially.  Spiritual Formation Groups, in contrast, provide an opportunity to support each person in his or her own spiritual path, and rely on worship, worship sharing, prayer, and shared spiritual readings to help accomplish this."


“Knowing that others in my small nurturing and accountability group are working on a daily spiritual practice helps me keep the intention of doing my own.”


Guilty! — Of Trying to See Our Senator by Rev. John Dear

As published in


On September 6th, 2007, six of us were found guilty in Federal court in Albuquerque, NM, by a Federal judge for trying to visit the office of our Senator. We will be sentenced in a few weeks. The message? It is a Federal crime to attempt to speak to an elected Republican about the U.S. war on Iraq. Don’t visit your Senator! Don’t get involved! Don’t speak out! Don’t take a stand for peace–or you too may end up in jail!

It all started one year ago, when nine of us entered the Federal Building in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and tried to take the elevator to the third floor to the office of Senator Pete Domenici to present him with a copy of the “Declaration of Peace”, a national petition campaign aimed at stopping the U.S. war on Iraq, bringing our troops home, and pursuing nonviolent alternatives and reparations. Over 375 similar actions took place across the nation that week.


The Senator’s office manager came downstairs, said she would only allow three of us upstairs and, after forty-five minutes of waiting and negotiations, we nine just decided to go upstairs, figuring we had a right as a group of constituents to deliver our petition to the Senator’s office. As we stepped onto the elevator, a policeman put his foot in the door, and the next thing we knew, the power was turned off. So there we stayed–for some six hours.

By the end of that memorable day, with over twenty police officers, SWAT teams, and FBI officials standing in the lobby, the Homeland Security director told us we had the choice to be arrested, jailed and tried, or cited and tried. He gave us no warning, never told us to leave, never read us our rights. We took the citations, and for the past year, have been in and out of court, waiting to testify about our attempt to visit the Senator’s office. [Six of the elevator nine have now been convicted, most receiving a $300 fine and a suspended sentence, and have been directed to register with a Federal marshal for a Federal misdemeanor. Ed.]

As far as the prosecutor was concerned, we went there to disrupt the Federal Building and shut down the elevator. He seemed to think we liked being in an elevator. He, of course, had been a marine for decades, and now commands a National Guard unit, and was just back two days before the trial from directing military operations in Colorado Springs. He called the police and the Senator’s assistant to testify against us. They said we had plenty of warning, said we threatened to do a sit-in, and said we disrupted the government’s office work.

Then it was our turn. One by one we took the stand–Philip [Balcombe of our Meeting], Michella, Sansi, Ellie, Bud and I. We each testified that we had intended to bring a copy of the “Declaration of Peace” statement to the Senator’s office, in the hope that it could be faxed to him, that he would sign it, and that he would work to stop this evil war.

During my testimony, I was asked about the lists of names I brought with me that day. I had printed out the name of every U.S. soldier killed in Iraq, and some 10,000 Iraqi civilians killed, and said I thought they would remind us why we were there, that perhaps we might leave them with the Senator’s staff. The judge interrupted me and asked if I carried those names around with me all the time. While unfortunately it’s now all too common for many of us to spend our time at demonstrations reading the names of the dead, I held back from saying, “Yes, don’t you? Don’t you care about the U.S. soldiers who’ve been killed, and the countless, innocent Iraqi civilians killed?” Instead, I said I always carried with me information about the war and how to stop it.

It was a grueling, exhausting eight-hour day. At the end, the judge returned with his verdict but then launched into a speech explaining why he believed the police and the Senator’s staff person, and not us, particularly not me. He said the fact that I carried with me the names of every U.S. soldier killed and some ten thousand Iraqi civilians killed proved I intended to be there a long time, and shut down business in the Federal Building. He basically called us all liars, and defended the government’s evil war.

I’m not so sure that on that day one year ago I did intend to shut the Federal Building down, as noble a nonviolent act that might be in such times. Only a few months before, I brought a group to meet with Governor Bill Richardson, and he received us warmly, and let me speak for twenty minutes about why he should work to end the war on Iraq, disarm Los Alamos and abolish our nuclear weapons, and end the death penalty in New Mexico. I didn’t rule out the possibility that in fact Domenici’s staff might be willing to hear us. In the end, however, the police themselves disrupted business as usual. They turned off the elevator. They shut down the Federal Building. They prevented us from visiting our elected representative’s office.

So what do we learn from this experience? What is the message from Federal Court in New Mexico? I suppose it’s this: Those who dare visit their Republican Senator to speak against this evil war are liable for a Federal crime. Don’t presume you have any rights in this so-called democracy. Those days are over.

Meanwhile, the real crime continues, and the real criminals get away with mass murder, with the crucial, full backing of our courts. The war goes on, the killings go on, and the lives of our sisters and brothers in Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine and elsewhere are shattered. Our government, in its race to [create] a global empire, has sunk to all new levels of corruption, lying, repression, and old fashioned hubris. Our task is permanent nonviolent resistance against the culture of war, nonviolence as a way of life, full-time non-cooperation with violence, war, and empire.

All things considered, then, it’s a great blessing to be found guilty of speaking out against this evil war. I hope more and more people will write their Senators and congress people, especially Sen. Pete Domenici of New Mexico, and demand that they end this war; that more and more people will sign up at and keep building the movement against this war; that more and more people will march for peace, vigil for peace, organize for peace, agitate for peace, speak out for peace, fast for peace, cross the line for peace, pray for peace, and find themselves guilty of pursuing a new world without war.

In such times as these, there may be no greater blessing.

Rev. John Dear is a Jesuit priest, pastor, retreat leader, and author of twenty-five books on peace and nonviolence, including most recently, “Transfiguration” (Doubleday, with a foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu). He is featured in a new DVD film, “The Narrow Path,” with music by Joan Baez and Jackson Browne (at, and writes a weekly column for the National Catholic Reporter at He lives in northern New Mexico.


Book Review


Take this Bread: a radical conversion, by Sara Miles (Ballantine, 2007)

reviewed by Audrey Miller


Sara Miles' memoir, Take This Bread, is an inspiring book. I loved how honest the author was about herself and what was going on around her.


Miles was a restaurant cook in the US and a journalist in Latin America. She was born to parents who were both atheists, and she claimed to be one herself, until one day she walked into St. Gregory's Episcopal Church in San Francisco.


St. Gregory's founders "believed in the absolute religious value of welcoming people who didn't belong," Miles reports. Even announcements were phrased so that newcomers and strangers could understand, without any jargon or insider references. The church celebrated communion every Sunday around a table where everyone participated and shared bread with others.


Miles was converted immediately. "You can't hope to see God without opening yourself to all God's creation," Miles says now.


After some time, Miles started a food pantry and eventually started feeding the people who were helping her distribute the food. She got so much community help and support, as well as some grants, that she was able to help other food pantries get started.


A visiting minister praised Miles' "wonderful food program," but she responded, "It's not a program. It's a community of prayer.


"Food and healing go together," Miles adds. "There's physical healing and a broader healing... Prayer's not about getting the outcome you wish for."


Take this Bread is available in bookstores, online, and at the Santa Fe Public Library Southside Branch, 248.246 Mil.



Report Back: New Nuclear Weapons Funding Cut


Your lobbying made a difference!


The Administration's plan for a new nuclear weapon, the so-called Reliable Replacement Warhead (RRW), has been rejected by Congress. Special thanks are due to the hundreds of activists in North Dakota and New Mexico who played an extraordinary role in the defeat of this new weapon. Without your work to convince Senators Byron Dorgan and Pete Domenici, we would not have achieved this victory.


Your efforts were part of a broad effort by national organizations, local groups, and individual citizens across the country to defeat RRW. Working together, we have lobbied Congress, researched and analyzed government documents about RRW, published articles on the dangers of new nuclear weapons, run advertisements in newspapers, contacted our members of Congress, and much more. Please pass along this message to others in your state that may have been involved in these efforts.


The specifics:


After failing to pass most of the appropriations bills required to fund the Federal Government, this week the House of Representatives took up a massive "omnibus" spending bill that includes more than half of the Federal Government's discretionary spending. Deep within the half-trillion omnibus bill, one line indicates zero money has been appropriated for RRW. The Senate is expected to follow suit and the president to sign the bill later this week.


That one budget line represents the culmination of hours upon hours of advocacy and a huge victory for the arms control community. In the harsh political climate of the past seven years, the arms control community and individual activists stopped the nuclear "bunker buster," a new nuclear bomb plant, and now the Reliable Replacement Warhead.


Congratulations all, and happy holidays!


Friends Committee on National Legislation



Minutes Notice


At the time of “going to press” it is not possible to include minutes of the 12th Month Meeting for Worship for Business. Because of several announcements and notices in this newsletter which need to be published as soon as possible, this Letter to Friends is sent to you at, or close to, the usual time in the month, and a separate publication of the minutes will be mailed/emailed in due course.



Videos for Waging Peace


We have received a very impressive DVD from AFSC, containing the following four films:

 “Bringing the War Home: On the Road with Eyes Wide Open” (11.5 min.) documenting the travelling exhibit of empty boots which has stirred emotions across the country;

 “Before You Enlist” (14 min.), an effective counterpoint to seductive recruitment practices of the U.S. military;

 “Wage Peace” (3 min.), a series of devastating images about the loss of life in Iraq;

 “Twenty” by the Robert Cray Band. (8 min.) This is a music video (a blues ballad), beautifully done, about a young soldier who questions his mission in Iraq.

Please contact Dave or Peggy Giltrow if you are interested in borrowing the DVD (988-4751)


A Verse from the Isawaysa Upanishad


Translation by Marjorie Sykes:

In this is wholeness; in that is wholeness.

That which springs from the whole itself is whole.

Yea, should this wholeness be taken from the whole,

That which remains is forever whole.

Translation by Eknath Easwaran:

All this is full. All that is full.

From fullness, fullness comes.

When fullness is taken from fullness,

Fullness still remains.

Donald Groom (whose translation is found on the front of the newsletter) and Marjorie Sykes were both English Quaker peace workers who spent many years in India and studied the Vedanta. All three translators were friends and admirers of Mohandas K. Gandhi.






Messages and Announcements


 The Treasurer will send acknowledgments for your 2007 donations before the end of January. To help the Meeting make the best use of our limited financial resources, the acknowledgment will be sent to your email address if you are on the Meeting's email announcements or newsletter list. (The IRS accepts email acknowledgments to document donations, but if you prefer a printed acknowledgment instead, contact the Treasurer, Bob Gaines.) Those without email will be mailed their acknowledgment. Thanks to all who donated in 2007!

 The new Meeting Directory is available. 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 (, 988-9545) or to receive by email contact Bob Gaines (, 466-1746). In either case please specify whether you want the local Santa Fe directory or the outside Santa Fe directory, or both.

 Junk no more!  Your excess calendars, greeting cards, and old magazines can help women prisoners to maintain connections with friends, families and the outside world.  Just call Audrey Miller at 424-1208.  She'll pick up your donations and get them to the women.  Thank you!

 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 placed in the designated bag in the Meetinghouse kitchen.





Some Key Meeting Contacts


Santa Fe Meeting Websites:

Ministry and Oversight Committee: (for personal or meeting-wide concerns, and needs for pastoral counseling) Ford Robbins, convenor, 466-7665; Joan Spencer, 984-2217; Dimitri Mihalas, 661-7414; Philip Balcombe, 466-2982; Jennifer Wellington, 438-9399; Michael Simon, 989-3817; Roxanne Seagraves, 438-3714

Meeting Clerk: Jennifer Wellington, 438-9399

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,

Recorder: Beverly Busching, 984-8742

Treasurer: Bob Gaines, 466-1746 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

The Peace and Social Concerns Committee welcomes new members. Anne McLaughlin, 995-9655 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, 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

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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