Bellingham Quaker E-News, May 20, 2015                                       View this email in your browser 

Sun., May 24
Silent Worship, 10 am

Second Hour:  
Extended Social Time

Meeting Tasks for this Sunday:

Care of Meeting: Larry T.
Key - Margaret H.
Setup help - Lorina H. 
Greeter - Joanne C.
Snack - Virginia H.
Kitchen - Tom Z.
Kitchen help - Laura H.
Children's Teacher - vacant

Children's teacher: vacant

Please contact Carole Teshima at to volunteer on a semi- regular basis.

Query of the Month
" Every stage of our lives offers fresh opportunities. Responding to divine guidance, try to discern the right time to undertake or relinquish responsibilities without undue pride or guilt. Attend to what love requires of you, which may not be great busyness."

Advices and Queries. - #28 - Little Red Book

Calendar for Bellingham Friends

Wed., May 20, 7-9:00 PM
Midweek Worship

Where: Mary Ann Percy's home
(1 hr worship + worship sharing and/or check-ins).
 Friends gather for midweek worship on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays each month.  

THURS (not Wed), May 28
SEC Film Night

Featuring Eri Schlosser & Eva Longoria

Film starts at 7 pm at the Hopkinson's
light refreshments will be served
RSVP , please

(This is the 1st in a 3-part series of programs planned by SEC to help Friends explore the issue of farm workers and migrant labor.)

Sat., Sept. 12th 2 pm through  Sun, Sept. 13th 2pm

Annual Retreat
Camp Lutherwood
(see Announcements for more information)
Opportunities for Friendly Activists

2 Initiative petitions are circulating that resonate with 
our Testimonies,

I-732 which calls for shifting some of the WA State tax burden from low income households to fossil fuel companies. 
here for more information

I - 735 which call on the WA legislature to support a constitutional amendment (when it is presented for ratification) nullifying Citizens United and reducing the influence of money in politics.  Click here for more information
You can sign these petitions and help collect signatures. For more information click on links above.

Celebrate Nature! 

Check out introductory nature walks with the Native Plant Society:

Thurs., May 21, 6:00 pm to dusk: Coastal Ethnobotany at Woodstock Farm
Thurs., May 28, 6:00 pm to dusk: Downtown Plants at Maritime Heritage Park.    
Click here for more information:
Are you being Called to work on
Racial Justice?

The Racial Justice Coalition meets the first Tuesdayof each month.  The next meeting will be June 2 at 7:30pm at the Whatcom Peace and Justice Center (1220 Bay Street, Bellingham).

For more information contact Christa at
Announcements from the Wider Community

Thursday, May 21, 2015
noon - 1:50 pm
WWU - Haggard Hall 153

Aidan Key,
Gender Diversity (Seattle)
Interactive Workshop on Transgender, gender variance, and civil rights.

Key is a speaker, educator, community organizer, and the author of Trans Bodies, Trans Selves: Child Chapter (2014, Oxford University Press) co-author of Gender Cognition in Transgender Children (2015, Psychological Science, pub date tbd). 

Wednesday, June 10
5:30 - 7:30 pm
Mt Baker Theater Encore Room
League of Women Voters Presents:

Campaign to End Mass Incarceration

Guest speaker Mark Cooke, 
is the Campaign Policy Director at the ACLU of Washington working on criminal justice reform, drug policy, and mental health policy. 

At the present time, the nation's adult jail and prison population numbers over 2.2 million with one in 100 adults behind bars, the highest incarceration rate in the world. The ACLU intends to cut that number in half by 2020.
The ACLU of Washington Drug Policy Project works for policies that treat drug use as a public health concern, not a criminal justice matter, through public education, legislative advocacy, and litigation. 
The ACLU is working to bring innovative approaches to criminal justice that will save tax money and lives.  Hear what the ACLU recommends to
  • End the War on Drugs
  • Make the Sentence Fit the Crime
  • Incentivize Smart Practices
  • Eliminate Unnecessary Incarcenation
  • Invest in Better Systems to protect the public
Save your stamps
for Right Sharing of World Resouces!

(From Mary Ann P.)

Over $50,000 has been raised for Right Sharing of World Resources and other Quaker Organizations by a volunteer Quaker group that accepts and then sells stamps and other collectables, passing the money on to Quaker causes.

For more information click here
  Upcoming Second Hours

May 31 – County Comprehensive Plan - visioning workshop
June 7 - Potluck
June 14 - MfWfB

June 21 – QEI: Spiritual Journeys: Looking to the Future (Sharon Trent)

Friends' Input Needed

1)  Friends are requested to contact Don Goldstein if they are not attending the retreat and would like to attend Meeting for Worship that weekend (Sept 13).  In order to hold meeting in town on that date, sufficient volunteers are needed to cover meeting tasks.  Alternatively, Friends not attending the retreat may be invited to join retreat participants at Camp Lutherwood for Worship that Sunday.

2) Ministry and Counsel is reviewing our overall on-line communications. Friends are requested to contact a member of Ministry and Counsel with comments / suggestions / concerns about the various forms of on-line communication and postings for Bellingham Friends.  
Looking ahead to wider Quaker gatherings: 

Friends General Conference (FGC) Gathering of Friends – July 5-11, Western Carolina Univ., NC 

North Pacific Yearly Meeting (NPYM) Annual Session  - July 15-19, Whitworth Univ., Spokane

Quaker Earthcare Witness (QEW) Fall Steering Committee Meeting:October 22 - 25  at Ben Lomond Quaker Center near Santa Cruz, CA 

Bellingham Friends are reminded to contact Ministry and Counsel for assistance reaching clearness about attending, and/or availability of financial assistance for attending any  Quaker event.

From Ministry and Counsel:

Friends are asked to hold Kristen McLewin in the Light as she recovers from a serious fall from her horse. 

To honor and nurture our precious silent worship together, please plan to arrive before 10 a.m. on Sunday mornings. Please enter the hallway outside the worship room quietly, as voices carry. Please silence cellphones and arrange belongings before entering, and keep comings and goings during worship to a minimum.
Thank you.
From / For Bellingham Friends

Winter's Tenth Birthday Party Bash

Where: Josh VanderYacht Park behind the Van Zandt Hall. 
 Click here for Google Map
When: May 23 noon
Food: potluck items welcome but come even if this is not a good fit; your company is the important bit we will have gluten free fruit cake (made out of watermelon, coconut creme, blueberries, mango, and bananas w/some xylitol sweetener added to the coconut creme) and other goodies. Please let us know if you have a food allergy or sensitivity and we will to work to accommodate. Savory gluten free and vegitarian dishes appreciated but not required!
Please no gifts other than you presence. We will have gently used books (adult and childrens) to trade and you are welcome to bring some as well :)
This is planned to be focused on fun with friends to celebrate. The park is a great place to scooter or to bring rollerskates/stilts etc. We hope you can come; children of all ages and whole families are welcome.
Please RSVP to so in the case of inclement weather we can share alternate plans. Thanks! You can also call if you prefer 360 393 4249
Much love,
Jessica and the Bee-Wiese tribe

Annual Retreat:

The 2015 BFM Annual Retreat Planning Committee announces that the retreat this year will take place at Camp Lutherwood, on Lake Sammish just south of Bellingham, beginning about 2 pm on Saturday, September 12th and ending about the same time on Sunday, September 13th.  Most, if not all, of us will be staying overnight in one of two modern lodges with beautiful lake views and cozy kitchens/small meeting areas.  Camping space is also available.  Program details will be coming in June and July, but please mark the dates on your calendars now.  
Contact committee clerk Don Goldstein at
or 671-1395.
Announcements from the Wider Community

World Issues Forum
Wednesdays from noon - 1:20 pm
WWU - Haggard Hall 253

May 20 
“National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism ” 

Melvin Goodman, Director of the National Security Project at the Center for International Policy in Washington, DC. and adjunct professor of government at Johns Hopkins University 

Goodman's talk will outline the destabilizing effects of a national economy based on open-ended military spending as well as the impact of two losing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. On the basis of his experience with the CIA and the Department of Defense, Goodman will analyze the national security blunders of the past 25 years and provide a much-needed vision for recalibrating our foreign and national security policies. 

Wed, May 27
World Issues Forum

Noon - 1:20, WWU Haggard Hall 153

“One Year: eat, clown, pound, potato, pick, weave, and sow”

Arcadia Trueheart and Liliana Morgan 


From the Amazon to the Andes, Adventure Learning Grant recipients, Arcadia Trueheart and Liliana Morgan, spent a year exploring their most burning questions through the lens of art and agriculture respectively. How does one engage in the world through questions? They will share stories of vulnerability, wonder, friendship, loneliness, and trust and invite the audience to explore how we can begin to connect with one another by listening and sharing. Arcadia, participating in theater, folkdance, and weaving explored how Bolivians use the arts to both maintain tradition and spark change. Liliana learned and lived alongside farmers in Peru, investigating 


Friday Peace Vigil

Every Fri, 3:45pm – 4:45pm
104 W Magnolia St, Bellingham, WA 98225, USA (map)
The Nation's oldest weekly Peace Vigil. Paricipants gather weekly at 4:00 pm with signs in front of the Federal Building on the Corner of Magnolia and Cornwall Streets.
(Each month’s Metamorphosis is available on our website ( ) the Wednesday following Meeting for Business. A few of the many offerings in the current issue are: 

May -- Issue -  Larry Thompson's leading regarding the jail and mental health needs.
General Information:

Ways to connect with Friends:   click on the links below for

  1. Bellingham Friends Facebook Page 
  2. Bellingham Friends Meeting website
  3. Bellingham Friends listserve
  • Please contact Allen Stockbridge by email if you have any trouble connecting to either the Facebook account or to the Yahoo group.
  • See the October 2014 Metamorphosis for more information.

Bringing snack? You may make this a contribution to Meeting, or, if you would like to be reimbursed, please write your name and "please reimburse" on your receipt/s and put in the Donations box. Thank you! 

Posting items  to the website calendar? Contact Virginia Herrick ( if you need help