The Clerk read queries from Fort Collins Friends Newsletter, Oct.,
The following queries were read (from IMYM Faith and Practice, pages 117-119), which prompted Bill to propose that M&O further explore vocal ministry, and perhaps facilitate a discussion with the wider Meeting:
When in meeting for worship, do I clear my mind so that the Spirit has a place to enter?
The October Minutes were accepted.
The Cash Flow Reports, which were presented by Sarah (attached).
Clerk's Report. We will hold our first Show and Tell on Friday, November 23 from 5-7 PM at the meeting house. Please bring a dish to share perhaps some Thanksgiving leftovers. Carlton will begin showing and telling.
a. Finance Committee report is attached. Sarah has been setting up our finances in QuickBooks. This has been taking some time and tweaking. Brian is setting up our tax-exempt status. Sarah reviewed the draft budget for 2013-the final budget will be presented at the December business meeting. We also looked at the new Balance Sheet and a Revenue Statement output from QuickBooks to make sure we were comfortable with these new report layouts and content. We are all thankful for Sarah 's hard work, and the Finance Committee report was accepted with deep gratitude.
ACTION: We approved Ann Martin as a member of M&O.
The full report is attached.
d. First Day School Committee. There is no written report, but the First Day School children will be painting a mural downstairs during our next work day, November 25. Molly will be the adult presence.
e. Adult Education and Action Committee (Two items)
1. ITEM 1: Molly read a minute on divestment which was drafted by Genie, and is before us for consideration: "We, Colorado Springs Friends Meeting, Religious Society of Friends, embrace the spirit and support the goals of the We Divest Campaign of the American Friends Service Committee. We understand that this campaign was launched in partnership with Jewish Voice for Peace and that it demands that TIAA-CREF stop investing in corporations that enable the destruction of Palestinian homes and orchards, the expansion of Israeli settlements and infrastructure, checkpoint surveillance of Palestinian communities, and provide weapons used against civilians. The campaign does not ask people to directly divest from TIAA-CREF. Rather it organizes retirement fund recipients to exercise their rights as shareholders and witness to TIAA-CREF (a company with \$441 billion in assets) to divest from corporations that profit from the military occupation. As Friends who value our testimonies of Peace, Equality, Community, Integrity and Simplicity and strive to live by them, we unite with the AFSC campaign. We see the campaign as an example of speaking truth to power - in this case to the power of unjust profit - both as individuals and as a Meeting. We recognize that peace in the Middle East is dependent upon true justice for Palestinians and so seek to support all nonviolent efforts to further that cause." ACTION: This minute was approved by the Meeting. Genie will let AFSC and IMYM know that we have approved this minute. 2. ITEM 2: Coloradans Against the Death Penalty support: Molly read the "Resolution of Support and Organizational Membership" sent to us from the Coloradans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty: "WHEREAS, the death penalty diverts millions of dollars a year of state resources into an arbitrary, unreliable, wasteful and unnecessary capital punishment system, and WHEREAS, the death penalty does not deter crime; and WHEREAS, the death penalty is imposed in an arbitrary and discriminatory manner; WHEREAS, there are a growing number of known cases of wrongful conviction and increasing evidence that there have been wrongful executions; and WHEREAS, the death penalty prolongs pain for victims' families, dragging them through an agonizing and lengthy process that holds out the promise of an execution at the beginning but often results in a different sentence in the end; and WHEREAS, our communities require the best protection and convicted murderers must be severely punished; and WHEREAS, in the state of Colorado, there are two possible sentences for Capital Murder; life without the possibility of parole and death. We agree that death should not be an option and, therefore, the sentence would be life without the possibility of parole. THEREFORE, we join the Coloradoans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty and others in publicly supporting legislation that abolishes the death penalty in our state. We recognize that the sole mission of the Coalition is to repeal the death penalty in Colorado. We understand that our organization will be listed as a member of the Coalition and agree to inform our members of our participation and invite them to be active in the campaign as part of our efforts and/or those of the Coalition or another member organization. We acknowledge our right to participate, or to not participate, in the meetings and decisions of the Coalition. We recognize that any resource implications involved in joining the Coalition are entirely voluntary." ACTION: We approved signing the resolution letter. We suggested that M&O look at this issue and explore further if they believe the Meeting should write its own minute.
f. The Meeting Home Committee. The full report is attached and was accepted. There will be a work day on November 25th at the rise of meeting. We need to clean bathrooms, dust, vacuum/sweep and mop floors. The children will be working on painting a mural in the basement.
g. The Library Report was given verbally by Joyce and accepted with thanks. Her full report, including an inventory will be submitted to the next business meeting.
OLD BUSINESS Signs for religious education and bathrooms. Lisa volunteered for this last month, but has not accomplished it yet. She will do this soon, even if they are temporary signs.
b. Do we need a "steward" of the building? ACTION: Nominating Committee will talk to Peter about the role of this person, and the committee will draw up a list of responsibilities of this person. NEW BUSINESS a) Colorado Springs will be the host of the spring gathering of Colorado Regional Meeting April 28th, 2013, so we will need to think about making some preparations.
b) A Quaker family from Durango Monthly Meeting will be here on Sunday, December 9 to worship with us. Their daughter, age 19, is functionally deaf and they are planning for her to matriculate for one semester at the State School here in Colorado Springs. They are hopeful of finding local Quakers to provide support for their daughter and have asked if there is a family or individual in our meeting who would consider hosting her for one or two weekends a month between January and May. ACTION: Bill Wherling's family has volunteered to host this student. We all think this is wonderful.
ANNOUNCEMENTS Mountain Friends Camp sent a letter of thanks for our monetary gift, which we have agreed to continue on a regular basis.
IMYM Continuing Committee will be held in Tempe, AZ, January 11-13, 2013. For more information, visit www.imym.org A number of Friends from our Meeting will be participating.
IMYM Annual Gathering Ghost Ranch will be June 6-16, 2013
Friends General Conference will be held in Greeley, CO, June 30-July 6th. For more information, go to www.fgc.org
In the Light, Lisa Lister Acting Recording Clerk