Bellingham Quaker E-News, March 4, 2015                                          View this email in your browser 

Sun., March 8 
Silent Worship, 10 am

 Followed by a brief called MfWfB
Second Hour:
Jay Thatcher and Katherine Spinner from NPYM will discuss
Children's Program Planning

Meeting Tasks for this Sunday:

Care of Mtg - Susan R.
Key - Don G.
Setup help - vacant
Greeter - Wendy B.
Snack - vacant
Kitchen - Carole T.
Kitchen help - vacant
Children's Teacher - Sharon T.

Vacant spots are up to you, gentle reader.

Please contact Carole Teshima at to volunteer on a semi- regular basis.  For this week, just pitch in to fill vacant spots, and let Carole know ahead of time if possible. 
QEI  - Suggested Readings 
for Session 5 -

Discerning God's Will: The Testimonies
- How were/are the Testimonies formulated? What are the Quaker Testimonies? Which are unique to the Society of Friends? Do you believe that Quaker religious beliefs and social concerns can be separated? Do all Friends have to obey the Testimonies?

Session 5 - Study readings:
  • Journal of George Fox 9 (John L. Nickalls, ed.)  pp. 196-200, 352-354, 356-3589, 397-404
  • Hermann, Eva,  In Prison-Yet Free, CP pp. 85-90
  • Punshon, John, Encounter with Silence, pp.36-49.
  • Thomas, Nancy, "Hard Hats in a Friends Church" CP pp. 63-64 *
  • Sheeran, Michael J., Beyond Majority Rule.  pp. 50-61.
(Short of time? Read Fox, pp. 397-404, Thomas, Sheeran, pp. 53-61. )

Readings for Reflection:
Gospel of John: Chapters 12, 13 and 14.
(Short of time? read Chapters 12 and 14. ) 

* This one is available on-line:  click here and go to "Xtra Reading Pamphlets, Articles, Charts, Papers; then go to "Reading Materials Compilations.pdf" and scroll down a long way until you see it.
 Announcements from Friends

Welcome Little Friend Akeeva

Wendy Courtemanche is selling coffee to help fund the
Salish Sea Experience for fourth graders

at Sunnyland Elementary School.    
 $10 / 12 oz. bag.
whole bean or ground,
regular or decaf.  
cash or checks payable to the "Sunnyland PTA."
Tax deductible receipts provided on request.
Wendy will bring coffee to Meeting  / you can also email her at


From Sharon Trent:
our Interfaith Coalition Representative:

Interfaith Coalition auction - Sat, Mar 28th
(See Community announcements below)
This is a fun event that Friends support every year. The auctioneer is amazing.  Big items are auctioned live and smaller items are put in a silent auction.
Tickets make a great gift for a birthday or anniversary, or just a way to share Friendship.

This coalition of area faith communities raises money (mostly from this event) for the Interfaith Clinic (medical, dental and mental health care), Interfaith severe weather shelters, distribution of coats and clothing to people in need, and housing for homeless families.  A Friendly outfit, indeed!
Sharon Trent will dye Pysanky eggs for the auction (a Bellingham Friends tradition!), and invites interested people to call her (714-61410 to set up dates for egg-dying parties. 

For more ideas on ways you can contribute, and to read about Sharon's leading to work with Interfaith, see the March issue of Metamorphosis.

Whatever you contribute, March 13th is the last day to deliver items to the Interfaith Office, so please bring the item or a description of the service to Sharon Trent before that date.


Backup Housing Request
for April 10 - 11

Joan Rawls-Davis will be coming to Bellingham for Don and Wendy's wedding.  She may or may not be able to stay with Mary Ann P. (depending on whether Mary Ann's daughters are visiting)
Mary Ann would like to be sure that there is backup housing available for her just in case.  

Please Contact Mary Ann Percy ( if you can help
Quaker Voluntary Service Opportunity for young people
ages 21 - 28
Applications due Mar 15
Quaker Voluntary Service (QVS) is a yearlong program for adults aged 21-28 involving community living and community service.

Volunteers are supported with room and board (plus a small stipend) to live in one of four cities—Atlanta, Boston, Philadelphia, or Portland—and work in a social service agency living out Quaker values. In the past such agencies have included AFSC, Habitat for Humanity, YWCA, and others.
QVS is open to both single applicants and those in relationship, and QVS is LGBTQ friendly. We seek applicants who are open to Quaker values, though applicants needn’t be Quakers to apply. More information, as well as application materials, can be found at .
Announcements from the Wider Community

Speaking Truth to Power
about the
Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP)

(If you are not familiar with TPP, members of SEC and other Friends will be happy to share their insights)
Two Civic Actions this week

Stop the TPP Protest 
Hosted by Labor 
4:30 - 6:00PM

Meet at the corner of Holly & Railroad in Downtown Bellingham

OB Light Brigade Action
and the TPP

Hosted by Occupy Bellingham
Friday, March 6th 6:30PM
Meet in the parking lot at The Bellingham Towers @ 6:30 (downtown art walk) We will shine a light on Rick Larsen's office telling him and others to reject Fast Track. This action is part of the "Rolling Rebellion for Real Democracy".
Native Events

First Friday, March 6
with Lummi Violinist
Swil Kanim and Crew

Lummi Gateway Center, 4926 Rural Rd, Ferndale (Slater Exit)
Dinner  5:30  
Sche Langen Seafood Market is repeating their $14.00 Steak and Crab dinner.  with  baked potato, ceasar salad  
Music 7:00 PM with Swil Kaniam and a 
special guest Star, Andre Ferian
te: Spanish Guitar and Ukulele Virtuoso
FREE:  Always different. Always a delight.  Music, poetry, stories, banter, and joy


“Elements of Honor” WORKSHOP
with Swil Kanim

Thursday, March 12, 7:00  -9:00  pm
Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship,  1207 Elsworth St.
Registration necessary:   Number of participants limited to  10
FREE or with contribution to HonorWorks
The Elements of Honor Workshop is an interactive group discussion facilitated by Swil Kanim.  He will lead participants through a process and exercises that demonstrate how Honor can work in everyone’s life. 

Native Lands: Potlatch Symphony Performance 
Saturday, 14 March, 4:00 pm  FREE 
East Shore Unitarian Church,  Bellevue (12700 SE 32nd St.) 
The Native Lands Community Composition project started with the desire to build cultural understanding and respect through music between the Seattle Symphony and tribal nations in the Puget Sound region. This jointly created composition was premiered last season and will be performed again in this exciting concert. Participants will include Native artists Swil Kanim and Paul “Che oke ten” Wagner and youth, students from Cornish College of the Arts, and musicians of the Seattle Symphony. 



Lightcatcher Museum, Bellingham
February 7 - May 10, 2015

Edward S. Curtis, circa 1888 

Mingled Visions features 40 original photogravures from Edward S. Curtis' epic work, The North American Indian

Docent Tours of the exhibit will be offered on Thurs, Sat., and Sun. at 1:30 pm, beginning on Feb 14.



Celebrate Nature! 

Guided Field Trip Opportunity!

March 7, Saturday,
10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Shoreline Plants at Larrabee State Park

Join the Koma Kulshan Chapter of the Native Plant Society for a guided nature hike along the beach and up on the headlands within 100 feet of the ocean.  Meet at the Fairhaven west side Park & Ride (at end of 32nd St.) at 10:00 and carpool to the Clayton Beach parking lot. Bring a lunch, rain gear, and shoes that are good for climbing around on rocks. Contact Jim Davis at 360-296-5159 or with questions or to RSVP.

If you would like to organize a Quaker carpool to an outdoor event, (Meeting for Worship with Attention to Nature) just send a message to the editor !

  Upcoming Second Hours
March 15:  Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business (MfWfB)
March 22: Quakerism: Experience It! (QEI) Session 5 - see QEI Readings box for suggested readings
March 29:  Eden Libby and James Leder  - Update on the Unistoten Clan's camp and their effort to block oil pipeline construction through their un-ceded ancestral land in Alaska. 
Bellingham Friends Calendar of Events

Wed., Mar 4, 7-9 PM (TONIGHT)
Midweek Worship

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.  
Future dates will be on March18, April 1, etc.


Second Hour on March 8:
(not MfWfB!)
Jay Thatcher
Katherine Spinner 

(from North Pacific Yearly Meeting) 
will present a Second Hour on planning Quaker Children's Programs.  
(MfWfB will be Mar 15)


Book Group
March 10, 7 pm at the Richardson's
March selection:
I Am Malala
Wedding Invitation

Wendy Beach
Don Goldstein

are pleased to invite you to share
the celebration of their marriage on
Saturday, April 11, 2015 beginning at 1:00 pm at
the First Congregational Church of Bellingham,
2401 Cornwall Avenue, Bellingham, WA.

We are planning a Quaker wedding under the care of 
Bellingham Friends Meeting, followed by a reception including
circle dancing, contra dancing, and a potluck buffet, for which we invite you to
 bring food to share if convenient.  Cake and drinks will be provided.

No gifts, please.

The festivities will last until about 4:30 pm.

Please R.S.V.P. to let us know how many will be in your party
by phoning us at 360-671-1395, or emailing Don at

We look forward to the pleasure of your company on this happy day.

Query of the Month

Is the vocal ministry exercised under the leading of the Holy Spirit without prearrangement, and in the simplicity and sincerity of truth? As we listen, or as we speak, are we guided by the Inward Light and sensitive to one another's needs? Are we careful not to speak at undue length or beyond our Light?
- Advices and Queries, Faith and Practice, NPYM, p. 41: 
Looking ahead to wider quaker gatherings: 

PNQM Spring Quarterly Meeting – April 24-26, Ellensburg, WA:  Theme: Lift Every Voice – Music & Spirituality

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:

Good news! It looks like Maya Hatten-Beck is on track to be able to return home to Bellingham on March 23, ending John and Katy's month's-long tag-team parenting between here and Ronald McDonald House in Seattle, and returning Maya to a more normal life following her December bone marrow
transplant. Please continue to hold Maya and her family (John, Katy and Frieda) in the light as they navigate this transition time.*
*Ministry and Counsel asks the Meeting to hold Don Goldstein and Wendy Beach in the Light as they embark on their honeymoon and plan their April 11 wedding.

The Meeting will be holding a called Meeting for Worship for 
Business at the rise of worship on March 8, to ask for final approval of Ministry and Counsel's recommendation that the Meeting take their *marriage under its care.

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.
Coming in the Metamorphosis

(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: 
March:  Interfaith Hope Auction and a leading of Sharon Trent!
April: Update on Friendly Water for the World (a project of Olympia Friends) AND - a second in article in the series on leadings of Bellingham Friends.

Announcements from the Wider Community

March 4 (TONIGHT)-  6 - 9 pm

Examining Race, Civic Engagement, and Citizenship
Post-Ferguson: Where Do We Go From Here? 
Bellingham City Council Chambers, 210 Lottie Street, Bellingham

The Ralph Munro Institute for Civic Engagement of Western Washington University presents a symposium on the issues raised by the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.  The program features a panel of professionals with wide-ranging experience in law enforcement, the judicial process, and social justice advocacy.

CONTACT: Dr. Vicki Hsueh, WWU Political Science Department and WGSS,  ot Dr. Vernon Johnson, WWU Political Science Department,


World Issues Forum:
“Undoing Border Imperialism”

Wed March 4 (TONIGHT)
7 PM

Harsha Walia
Maru Mora Villalpondo

Whatcom Community College - Syre Student Center

co-sponsors: Fairhaven College World Issues Forum, Community to Community Development, Whatcom Peace & Justice Center, The WCC Latino Leadership Club and The WCC Ethnic Student Association. 

Harsha Walia is a journalist and social justice activist who is best known for co-founding the Vancouver Chapter of No One Is Illegal. Harsha has been published in over fifty journals, anthologies, and magazines, and is now touring with her book, “Undoing Border Imperialism.”
Naomi Klein calls Walia "one of Canada’s most brilliant and effective political organizers.”

Maru Mora Villalpando is a bilingual community organizer and political analyst working on immigrant rights and racial justice issues. She is the founder of Latino Advocacy Inc.


Citizen Advocacy Workshop: Washington Water Quality Standards

Wednesday, March 5th
6:00 - 8:30 pm

RE Sources Sustainable Living Center
2309 Meridian St (map)

Learn how current laws fail to adequately protect people who eat fish from the Puget Sound. We'll give you a detailed breakdown of the proposed changes in Washington's water quality standards

Guest Speaker;
Chris Wilke, Executive Director of the Puget Soundkeeper Alliance
Email, or call (360)733-8307. 

Interfaith Coalition Annual Hope Auction

Saturday, March 28, 2015 ~ 5:30 p.m.

Best Western Lakeway Inn & Conference Center
Bellingham, WA

Tickets are $45 a person for a delightful evening and an excellent meal.

Call 734-3983 to order tickets.

 "Party with a Purpose" 
See Announcement above from Sharon Trent for ways Friends can participate.

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 th eCorner of Magnolia and Cornwall Streets.
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