New Mexico Spring Regional 2021

New Mexico Friends Regional Spring Gathering
April 23 – 25, 2021
Spirit, Nature, Connections:  Growing from the Time of Quarantine

 

REGISTRATION FORM:
Word Version
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Registration is required because you will need to receive the Zoom links.
PLEASE REGISTER by APRIL 7.
The New Mexico Regional Meeting will be offered by Zoom this year. Albuquerque Monthly Meeting will host the event and we encourage as many of you as possible to attend.

Friday evening Program
: We will start at 6 pm with inter-generational introductions and a game or two. Feel free to have all or part of (potluck) dinner during the first hour. After a short break, at 7 pm we will read the State of the Meeting Reports. We ask that each Meeting choose a reader for their report. We will close with a short worship time after the readings.

 

Saturday morning 9 – 10:30 am. We will spend time with guest Friends Mica Estrada and Carl Maguder, of Strawberry Creek Meeting in Berkeley, CA sharing their ministry on our theme.

10:30 – 11:30 – Nature Break with some direction from Carl and Mica

11:30 – 12:30 – Sharing of questions and thoughts on the morning’s presentation.

1:30 – 2:45 pm
 – The Albuquerque Contemplative Reading group will share a short experience of its practice – as we read together, out loud, out of the silence – a poem by Joy Harjo, the first native woman poet laureate from her book Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings. We will listen for what rises up within us in response to the text from our own experience and our day’s theme.

4 – 5 pm – Worship Sharing, reflecting on our connections with nature.

Option #1:  Zoom breakout rooms. Friends will choose a comfortable spot in nature—or with a view of nature–at home and join a Zoom breakout room.

Option #2:  Go to a favorite nature site—away from wifi.  Some Friends may choose this if they have the technology.  We realized how for so many of us, such a site is near a life-giving river, but any site with cell phone coverage should work. Participants would use a smart phone, signing up in advance to join a group based on a specific app. It should work for groups of 4 – 5 on FaceTime (for iPhone people), on What’s App and on Facebook Messenger. (there are online instructions for each app on group video calls.) When you register – please indicate if you would like to try this and show which apps you can use, so we can form groups in advance. We will ask each group to hold a practice session from home during the lunch hour, with the hope that the worship sharing time won’t be taken up by technical difficulties.

Sunday morning 9 – 10 am As it was for many, 2020 was a challenging year for the American Friends Service Committee NM Program. Sayrah Namaste and Patrick Jaramillo will share the story of the year with us, and their plans for the coming year.  Farm to Food Bank was created in response to the pandemic to keep farmers and traditional people of the land working with some income, and helping feed the many New Mexicans who suddenly had to rely on food pantries. They continued their Healthy Food Campaigns despite at home schooling thanks to volunteers from Abq Monthly Meeting. The pandemic created new ways to address inequities that could be continued after the pandemic if there is systems change.

10:30 – 11:30 am
 Meeting for Worship. During worship on Sunday, children are especially invited to join Albuquerque’s children for a program on the theme, offered by our Children’s Program Coordinator, Elizabeth Freyman.  Participants need to register by April 7 to receive their activity box in time.
2 – 3:30 pm Meeting for Worship for Business. Clerk Nan Uhl will be sending the agenda.
REGISTRATION FORM:
Word Version
PDF Version
Registration is required because you will need to receive the Zoom links.
PLEASE REGISTER by APRIL 7.
We continue with our custom of Pay as Led. Costs for this Regional are low due to no rental or food expense. We will be providing honorarium for our speakers and have expenses for the children’s activity boxes for materials and postage. NM Regional has a healthy budget right now and can cover these expenses. Your contributions are welcome if you can help out.

 

About our guest Friends: 
Carl describes himself as an EarthQuaker, who finds “That of God in all Creation.”  He led Bible study at Friends General Conference  last year on Trickster Jesus and works as a hospice chaplain.
 
Mica said of her workshop at Ben Lomond last year:  we “will give space and time to shifting our paradigm from trying to solve a problem to listening to a wise earth… Nature allows diversity to flourish and find its way to equity, inclusion and letting go.” She is also a research professor who studies diversity, equity and inclusion in STEM.

 


Call to All Friends in the New Mexico Region

Come together on April 23-25 for New Mexico Spring Regional

Spirit, Nature, Connections:  Growing from the Time of Quarantine

The New Mexico Regional Meeting will be offered by Zoom this year. Albuquerque Monthly Meeting will host the event and we encourage as many of you as possible to attend. 

We look forward to an inter-generational evening on Friday, April 23. State of the Meeting Reports will also be given on Friday evening. 

On Saturday morning, we will spend time with guest Friends Mica Estrada and Carl Maguder, of Strawberry Creek Meeting in Berkeley, CA sharing their ministry on our theme.

The Saturday afternoon offerings will be a contemplative reading session and worship sharing hosted by Albuquerque.

On Sunday morning American Friends Service Committee NM will give an update of the work they have been involved in this past year.  Then we will gather in Meeting for Worship.

During worship on Sunday, children are invited to join Albuquerque’s children for a program on the theme, offered by our Children’s Program Coordinator, Elizabeth Freyman.  Participants will receive an activity box in advance.

Meeting for Worship for Business will begin at 2:00. 

Registration is required so please watch for information to follow.  Detailed schedule information will come with registration materials.

About our guests:  

Carl describes himself as an EarthQuaker, who finds “That of God in all Creation.”  He led Bible study at Friends General Conference  last year on Trickster Jesus  and works as a hospice chaplain.  

Mica said of her workshop at Ben Lomond last year:  we “will give space and time to shifting our paradigm from trying to solve a problem to listening to a wise earth.” She is also a researcher professor who studies diversity, equity and inclusion in STEM. 

We look forward to our time together.

Albuquerque Meeting Planning Team:
Sara Keeney
Connie Green
Rob Pierson
Nancy Rice
Chadron Kidwell
Nan Uhl, Clerk of NM Regional

Call for Topics and Presenters Interest Groups: IMYM 2021

Call for Topics and Presenters
Interest Groups 

IMYM 2021

The IMYM Program Working Group is seeking proposals for Friends to present interest groups at the virtual yearly meeting via Zoom June 16 – 20, 2021. Interest groups will be held Wednesday 6/16, Thursday 6/17 and Friday 6/18 for 60 or 90 minutes each. IMYM participants cannot sign up in advance but will choose interest groups live in the online format. Preparatory materials will be made available on the IMYM website. 

The year’s Friend in Residence, José Woss, brings a range of potential areas of inquiry for our consideration.  He has an intimate perspective on racial justice as a Black Latino Quaker of Dominican heritage. His professional work at FCNL on criminal justice and election integrity informs his Spiritual journey and how he lives as a Quaker in the world.  

While interest groups are not limited to designated topics, José’s participation invites reflection on expanding and deepening our faith and practice in these times.   Other potential topics are areas of concern and interest to Quakers in today’s world. Some ideas include:  

  • Elections ● Racial Equity ● Indigenous Peoples Concerns How COVID-19 can Bring Change
  • Poetry Middle East Peace Sanctuary Migration and Immigration Nonviolent Action
  • Restorative Justice Participatory Crafts Experiment with Light Dance and Movement Nuclear Weapons Policy Friends Addressing Climate Change Quaker Thought

 

If you have an idea for something you would like to offer as an interest group, participatory activity, or short video to share for discussion, contact Deneen Crandell (Colorado Springs) deneen1129@gmail.com with a copy to DeAnne Butterfield (Boulder) deanne.butterfield@earthlink.net to express your interest. Please include a title and description of your proposal, information about the amount of time (60 to 90 minutes) and format you propose, names and affiliations of presenters, and any information on technology needs Also please tell us if you want materials available through the bookstore. There are a limited number of time slots available. We will accommodate as many proposals as we can but may not be able to accept all submissions.  Interest group proposals may be submitted until April 30, 2021. 

 

2021 e-Gathering Technical Lead

IMYM e-Gathering Technical Lead for
the 2021 IMYM Gathering

Job Description

Before the Gathering:

  • Work and meet with co-Clerks, Recording Clerk, Arrangements Clerk, Representatives Clerk, Registrar, JYF/SYF Coordinators, and Session coordinators to stay up-to-date on Gathering details
  • Work with Web Clerk and Registrar to get up-to-date information about the Gathering onto the IMYM.org website, and out to registrants, including:
    • Schedule, with details on sessions and leaders
    • Documents in advance
    • Instructions, guidance, encouragement
  • Coordinate tech volunteers
    • Put out call for volunteers to host video sessions
    • Assess skills
    • Create schedule for volunteers, with 1-2 volunteers per session
    • Hold training/practice sessions for volunteers
  • Coordinate video meeting schedule and links. For 2021, this entails using IMYM’s pro Zoom account, which includes 10 meeting links.
  • With volunteer assistance, answer registrant and session leader questions
  • With volunteer assistance, hold training/practice sessions for registrants, clerks and session leaders

During Gathering:

  • Ensure that sessions are running smoothly, help troubleshoot where possible
  • Answer questions from volunteers, registrants, committee members
  • With volunteer assistance, provide information daily to registrants, via email and in session chat announcements

After Gathering:

  • Work with co-Clerks, Recording Clerk and Web Clerk to get wrap-up information to registrants, and to the website

Skills required:

Very comfortable with Zoom, spreadsheets, scheduling, creating informational documents and emails.

Bonus: Experience leading Zoom training, coordinating volunteers, and/or updating WordPress pages.

Last year’s Tech lead will provide training and guidance to get you up and running, and support through the Gathering as she is the Web Clerk.

Anticipated number of hours:

March – April: 5-10 hours/month
May: 20-30 hours
June: 50-60 hours in first 3 weeks

Reports to: Arrangements Clerk
[Submit resume and cover letter to Laura Peterson (alapete at gmail) by March 19, but earlier if possible]

Supervises: Volunteers

NMRM 2020 Spring Gathering

April 17-18, 2020 via zoom

Documents:

2020 NMRM Schedule Final

2020 NMRM Business Meeting Agenda

State of the Meeting Reports 2019

April 2019 Business Meeting Minutes (approved)

Treasurer’s Report

Nominating Committee Report

Representatives Committee Report

Peace & Social Concerns Committee Report

2020-04 AFSC Report to NMRM

2020-04 FCNL 2019 Annual Mtg Report Crawford

2020-04 FCNL 2019 Annual Mtg Report Vaughan

2020-04 FWCC slides 2019-11 What_Is_FWCC?

NMRM 2020 Minutes (need approval)

 

 

Colorado Regional Fall 2020 Documents in Advance

CRM Business Meeting Agenda (Nov. 8, 9:45am)

CRM 2020 Registrar’s Report

CRM Nominating Committee Report

Budget Documents

CRM Treasurer’s Report Fall 2020

2020 Balance Sheet for Fall Gathering

Women’s Retreat Actuals

 

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Documents from Spring/Summer 2020

State of the Meeting Reports

2020-Quaker-Organizations-Reports (June 19)

2020 FWCC Report (Friends World Committee for Consultation)

2020 FPT Report (Friends Peace Teams)

 

 

Sweet Home Monteverde at Colorado Regional

 

 

 

Sweet Home Monteverde will be streamed through Vimeo’s platform on Friday at 8pm and Saturday at 3pm. The filmmakers will participate in a viewers’ discussion after the Friday evening screening.

The full story of the Fairhope, Alabama to Monteverde migration — its  success in locating a new place to farm, economic and educational developments along the way, the birth and progress of the concern for conserving the cloud forest, and the faces of today’s Monteverde — is told in a beautiful new documentary film, Sweet Home Monteverde.

Ancient and fascinating footage of early logistical challenges are mixed with fresh, outrageously breathtaking glimpses of nature. Reminiscences by first-generation settlers, now in their nineties, and eloquent retellings from schoolchildren, are woven together. Along the way we also hear from off-site scholars and visitors and the former president of the country. 

Costa Rica’s own peaceful reputation doesn’t go unchallenged. One commentator points out that it can be a violent society. We see several glimpses of the country’s police force. “Even when we have this seemingly strong and definitive adherence to demilitarization, we do not have an equivalent in the way we relate to each other. “

Sweet Home Monteverde runs just under an hour — an amazingly compact job of telling a huge story. The film seems ideal for all ages and especially for intergenerational groups.

Important detail
: since the film was released to the world just before theaters and film festivals went into pandemic mode, the filmmakers haven’t been able so far to promote their film through the usual methods. To recover the expenses of making this unique documentary, they are asking audiences to make a donation, if possible.

Monteverde Friends School:  in the context of Monteverde Friends School’s pandemic-related need for help from its international supporters, monetary help is still needed.

For more background, read this article by Laura Melvin:

100 Years of Quiet Tenacity

Possible Q&A topics:

  • Under what circumstances could you imagine leaving home for another country?
  • What cultural and economic forces pushed the Quakers out of the US and what pulled them to Costa Rica?
  • Do you think the Quakers would have been more effective advocates for peace if they had stayed in the US, or did they do the right thing in moving to Costa Rica?
  • Once they settled in Monteverde, how did the Quakers’ attitudes about land use change over time?
  • In what ways has Monteverde changed since the Quakers arrived in 1951? 
  • More than 200,000 tourists visit Monteverde every year. What are the benefits to the community, and what are the costs?
  • What values have the Quakers passed on to succeeding generations in Monteverde?
  • What threats does Monteverde face today? And how are residents there confronting those threats?

Colorado Regional Fall Gathering 2020

Hope for Healing the World –
Our Experiences During the Pandemic

 

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SCHEDULE

Friday, November 6, 2020

6:30 – 7:30 pm

Welcome

Getting-to-know-you activities (Andrew Banks)

8:00 pm – 9:15 pm

Movie: Sweet Home Monteverde, followed by a Q & A with the director [See details here]

Saturday, November 7, 2020

8:30 – 9:30 am

Worship sharing groups

9:30 – 10:00  am

  Break

10:00 am -noon

Hope for Healing the World: Our Experiences in the Whirlwind of Pandemics
Panel, followed by break-out groups

Noon– 1:30 pm

Lunch break

1:30-3:30 pm

Breakout groups:

1. Write What’s Now, Write What’s Next. Healing through Writing our Pandemic Journeys – Martha Larson
2. Lift Up our Bodies, Minds and Spirits in this Unprecedented Time (Wellness through Music & Meditation) – Carolyn Kuban
3. Sweet Home Monteverde – Screening Two

3:30-4:30 pm

Social time on Zoom (drop-in)

Dinner break

6:30-7:45 pm

Creativity Night (for all ages!) with Kevin Slick

8:00-9:00 pm

Sing-along- Eric Wright

Sunday, November 8, 2020

8:30 – 9:30 am

Worship sharing groups

9:30–9:45  am

Break

9:45-10:15 am

  Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business
[Documents in advance]

10:15-10:30 am

  Break

10:30 – 11:30 am

Closing Meeting for Worship

SESSION DESCRIPTIONS

‘Getting to Know You’ Time Together (Friday night)

Andrew Banks will lead us in several fun-for-all-ages virtual activities to help break the ice as we gather from many States along with Colorado. This will be a wonderful opportunity for participants to get to know each other informally as Colorado Regional 2020 Virtual Fall Gathering begins. You may find yourself moving around during this hour long session, so find some space in your home to ‘boogie’ (you can also tune-in as a non-participant viewer).

About Andrew: Andrew has been active in Quaker fellowship leadership roles for many years including co-clerk of FGC in 2013, national facilitator for the Quaker Quest program of FGC , Nurturing Committee for Youth member and member of Central Committee both of FGC. He has been MC for many Colorado Regional Meeting fellowship events. A member of Mountain View Friends Meeting, he is currently on the Religious Education Committee at Boulder Friends Meeting where he and is wife and two children, ages 3 and 6, are attenders.

 


SATURDAY MORNING PANEL:

Hope for Healing the World: Our Experiences in the Whirlwind of Pandemics

A panel of Friends from Meetings in Colorado featuring Carol Clinkenbeard, Joan Piasecki and Judy Huston, and moderated by David Poundstone, will have a rich exchange about how we avoid despair and see ways to respond to the “convergence of pandemics” we have all been experiencing. After the panel discussion, we will break into small groups for discussion.

About the panel:

David Poundstone, moderator.
David helped lead Mountain View Friends Meeting’s sanctuary involvement beginning in 2014.  He is clerk of Mountain View’s Immigrant Advocacy and Support Committee.

 

 

Carol Clinkenbeard  is a Quaker, software developer, mosaic artist, mother, grandmother, and newlywed. She trusts that Spirit knows what They are doing in leading her to racial equity work.

 

 

Joan Piasecki has been engaged in the life of Mountain View Friends Meeting since 1988. She recently retired from a child psychology practice specializing in anxiety.  Joan is mom to two young adults and loves hiking and biking with husband, Chuck.

 

Judy Huston is a member of Boulder Friends Meeting, and has been called to work on issues of climate change and racial justice.

 


BREAKOUT SESSIONS:

Write What’s Now, Write What’s Next. Healing through Writing our Pandemic Journeys

Martha Larson will lead a virtual session full of ideas about how to unpack our experiences during this unprecedented time through journaling and writing. We will use exercises borrowed from a variety of books including The Artist’s Way. We will explore how writing can help us now, as well as how it can help us envision – and create – our futures. There will be time to share our experiences with the exercises; as well as our thoughts on what we want from writing, what we experience writing , and how we see ourselves as writers.  No experience with writing, or sense of oneself as a writer necessary.  Experienced writers are of course also welcome!  

About Martha: Martha has been writing poetry and journaling since she was a young girl.  She has no formal training in writing, but loves to learn from books and the (very) occasional workshop.  Martha believes in the power of writing as means to question, explore, and understand ourselves, others around us, and our world. Martha took a “Healing through Writing” workshop a year ago in June, which is the inspiration and springboard for this session. 

Lift Up our Bodies, Minds and Spirits in this Unprecedented Time

Carolyn Kuban will lead a music and movement experience in your home. Everyone will be muted except to process our experiences together. Carolyn’s approaches may include guided relaxation supported by recorded music, imagery-guided movement to recorded music (think of moving like rustling leaves in autumn), and group songwriting within simple structures to express the inner spirit. Everything will be geared to all levels, including those with no experience.

This session will run 1.5 –2 hours.

About Carolyn: Carolyn Kuban has been a school music teacher, a certified music therapist, and a healing harp therapist for children and adults at all levels and diagnoses. Locally, regionally and nationally she has given presentations on music therapy, music for wellness and healing, and music in the schools. Carolyn was featured on ‘Colorado Matters’ on Colorado Public Radio speaking about the uses of music and healing.  You can find the interview in the archives at:  CPR.org. Currently she is on the faculty of the Center for Musical Arts in Lafayette, CO where she is a music therapist and harp teacher. One of her favorite activities is dancing and making music with her two young grandchildren.


Sweet Home Monteverde documentary screening

Sweet Home Monteverde will be streamed through Vimeo’s platform on Friday at 8pm and Saturday at 3pm. The filmmakers will participate in a viewers’ discussion after each screening.

The full story of the Fairhope, Alabama to Monteverde migration — its  success in locating a new place to farm, economic and educational developments along the way, the birth and progress of the concern for conserving the cloud forest, and the faces of today’s Monteverde — is told in a beautiful new documentary film, Sweet Home Monteverde.

Ancient and fascinating footage of early logistical challenges are mixed with fresh, outrageously breathtaking glimpses of nature. Reminiscences by first-generation settlers, now in their nineties, and eloquent retellings from schoolchildren, are woven together. Along the way we also hear from off-site scholars and visitors and the former president of the country.

Read more here.


Creativity Night for All Ages (Saturday night)

Kevin is excited to once again bring together the talents and interests of our Colorado Regional Meeting Creativity Night — online this time. We heard that the IMYM virtual Creativity Night was great fun in June, so couldn’t pass up a chance for this one. Please plan to share a song, an instrumental selection, a dance, a poem, a magic trick, a joke, a skit, a reading–or whatever is your ‘thing’. This is for all ages and we’ll love it just as it is….

Kevin Slick, Master of Ceremonies
Kevin is a member of Boulder Friends Meeting and is an active parent in the First Day School Program for which he has written and led songs and performed at  BFM events. He has been the MC for many Creativity Nights for Colorado Regional Meeting. Specializing in bluegrass and Americana music, he brings a wide performance background to our Gathering having performed with Pete Seeger, David Bromberg, Blues Traveler and the Hooters. He has performed in NYC  before he moved here 2004, and for many festivals and coffeehouses nationally. Besides songwriting, Kevin composes film scores for silent films and sometimes performs live on his guitar for silent films at a variety of venues.

Singalong – with Eric Wright (participants muted on Zoom)

2020 IMYM Thank you!!

A tremendous thank you to those who made IMYM 2020 Virtual Gathering Possible.

Our Incredible Zoom Volunteers!

      • Haley Bates
      • Danielle Broadaway — Mountain View Monthly Meeting (Colorado)
      • Brenda Chung
      • Susan Cozzens
      • Deneen Crandell — Colorado Springs Monthly Meeting (Colorado)
      • Judi Dressler — Boulder Monthly Meeting (Colorado)
      • Anastacia Ebi
      • Marcia Elliott — Tempe Monthly Meeting (Arizona)
      • Sharon Gross — Albuquerque Monthly Meeting (New Mexico)
      • Richard Grossman — Durango CO Monthly Meeting (New Mexico Reg.)
      • Andrea Harmon
      • Thomas Harmon — Albuquerque Monthly Meeting (New Mexico)
      • Laura Hendrie
      • David Henkel — Santa Fe Monthly Meeting (New Mexico)
      • Mary Klein, Western Friend
      • Carolyn Kuban — Boulder Monthly Meeting (Colorado)
      • Bill Lennon — Mountain View Monthly Meeting (Colorado)
      • Gina MacIlwraith
      • Christina Medvescek
      • Rebecca Morris — Boulder Monthly Meeting (Colorado)
      • David Nachman — Tempe Monthly Meeting (Arizona)
      • Jamie Newton — Gila Monthly Meeting – Silver City (New Mexico)
      • Tiffany Norton
      • Jennifer Ollman — Pima Monthly Meeting (Arizona)
      • Jerry Peterson — Mountain View Monthly Meeting (Colorado)
      • Nancy Rice — Albuquerque Monthly Meeting (New Mexico)
      • Sally Sharp
      • Tim Telep — Durango CO Monthly Meeting (New Mexico Regional Meeting)
      • Geoff Tischbein
      • Marie Vandenbark
      • Charlene Weir — Salt Lake Monthly Meeting (Utah)
      • Dave Wells — Tempe Monthly Meeting (Arizona)
      • Molly Wingate — Colorado Springs Monthly Meeting (Colorado)
      • Elizabeth Winslow — Mountain View Monthly Meeting (Colorado)
      • Eric Wright — Mountain View Monthly Meeting (Colorado)
      • Katherine Youngmeister — Santa Fe Monthly Meeting (New Mexico)

IMYM Team

      • Gale Toko-Ross and Valerie Ireland, Co-Clerks
      • Laura Peterson, Arrangements Committee Clerk and Committee Members
      • Lisa Motz-Storey, Representatives Clerk, and Committee Members
      • Marc Gacy – Registrar
      • Dave Nachman – Recording Clerk
      • Polly & Sarah Feitler – Interest Seminar Coordinators
      • Kay Bordwell – Worship Sharing Coordinator
      • Deanne Butterfield and John Huyler, Program Working Group
      • C. Wess Daniels – Keynote Speaker
      • Interest Seminar Leaders
      • JYF coordinators:
        • Lisa Grenier
        • Gretchen Reinhardt
        • Dave Wells
      • SYF FAPs:
        • Brenda Chung
        • Carlos Valentin
        • David Wolf
      • Polly Washburn, Virtual Community Coordinator