Bellingham Quaker E-News, July 8, 2015                                       View this email in your browser 

Sun., July 12, 2015
Silent Worship, 10 am

Second Hour
Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business
Please send reports / items for discussion to clerk and recording clerk by Thursday evening
Meeting Tasks for this Sunday:

Care of Meeting: Joanne C.
Key - Don G.
Setup help - Lorina H.
Greeter - Wendy G.
Snack - Larry T.
Kitchen - Carole T.
Kitchen help - Tom Z. 
Children's Teacher - Jenny  
Please contact Carole Teshima at to volunteer on a semi- regular basis.
Calendar for Bellingham Friends

July 10

Friends are invited to the Racial Justice Coalition's first annual BBQ and potluck at Lake Padden Park 5:30 - 8 pm
check the Bellingham Friends facebook page for more information
Wed., July 15,
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.  


Tuesday, July 21
Book Group

7 pm
At Jeanine Hart-Horner's
Book:  The Book Thief


Thursday, July 30
SEC Film night
"The Harvest"

7 pm - light refreshments
At the Hopkinson's
Please RSVP by clicking here

More than 400,000 children work in American fields to harvest the food we all eat.
Children working in agriculture endure lives of extreme poverty
To read more about the film and the issue, click here

Sun Aug 2
Annual Picnic - see information on the right.

Sat., Sept. 12th 2 pm -  Sun, Sept. 13th 2pm
Annual Retreat
Camp Lutherwood
(see more information below)
BFM Annual Retreat 2015

The 2015 BFM Annual Retreat will take place at Camp Lutherwood, on Lake Samish 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.   
This year’s annual retreat includes time for several simultaneous interest groups from 7:30 to 8:30 pm on Saturday evening.

Request for Proposals for Interest Groups at 2015 BFM Retreat
The Retreat Planning Committee (Mary Ann Percy, Carole Teshima, Wendy Goldstein, Mark Hersh, and Don Goldsteininvites Friends to develop short proposals (1-2 paragraphs) for interest groups that somehow connect with our overall retreat theme of “Spiritual Deepening” and submit them to the committee not later than August 15th.  Depending on the number and nature of the submissions, we expect to select between 3 and 6 proposals for inclusion in the retreat, and will announce the list of interest groups selected by about September 5th.  The assumption is that you are willing to facilitate any interest group that you propose.

Interest group activities could be either individual (e.g., sharing a poem to express your experience of spiritual growth) or something requiring a group process (e.g., improvisation exercises).  Your proposal should include a sentence or two explaining how your activity or subject matter relates--for you--to Spiritual Deepening.

Send proposals by email to committee clerk Don Goldstein or deliver them in hard copy to any committee member. 
Contact committee clerk Don Goldstein at
or 671-1395.
Opportunities for Friendly Activists
From your Social and Environmental Concerns Committee

July 11 
10:30 AM
Farmworker's March 

At the intersection of Cook Road and Old HIghway 99 Exit 232
July 11th 2013 was the date that hundreds of farm workers at Sakuma Bros berry farm went on strike to demand an end to exploitative production standards and the unjust firing of Frederico Lopez.

Since then the workers have formed a union and have been fighting for a union contract to ensure that they get fair treatment from their employer.

Join Familias Unidas por la Justicia in this historic struggle at their third annual march for a union contract.
Click Here for Facebook Event Page 


July 12
Bellingham Pride Parade
The Parade begins at noon, and marchers should gather shortly after 11 am.  Friends wishing to participate and to help Virginia Herrick carry the banner,
please gather after worship at the starting point on Cornwall and Ohio to march to Depot Market Square. 


Support Lummi Sacred Lands and fishing rights

Now you can easily
Sign a letter to President Obama asking him to support the Lummi Nation in protecting their sacred lands and fishing areas from Cherry Point coal terminal.
Just click here
FGC Gathering 2015: Stay Connected!

FGC News
By Marta Rusek | 6/19/15

Want to follow updates on the FGC Gathering or check out event recordings from the Bible Half Hour and selected plenaries? Now you can!
Here is a link to follow:

Announcements from the Wider Community


Concert in Elizabeth Park
Thursday, 6 pm

Bellingham's Columbia neighborhood at Elizabeth Park.
Every Thursday through Aug. 27.
6:00 pm - 8 pm
Free concerts sponsored by The Eldridge Society, in partnership with Bellingham Parks and Recreation. Hot dogs will be available for purchase, and picnickers are encouraged to recycle and compost. Donations to enable The Eldridge Society to continue to pay the performers will be gratefully accepted at the concerts.
07/09/15  Joy Ride
07/16/15  Kuungana
  Irresistible African Dance Music

Oil Trains Impacts

A Community Forum

Thursday, July 9 at 7:00pm


Bellingham Public Library - Bellingham, WA in Bellingham, Washington

The forum is hosted by ForestEthics and RE Sources for Sustainable Communities. Speakers include Laura Skelton, executive director of Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility; Rebecca Ponzio, oil campaign director for Washington Environmental Council; and Steve Garey, past-president of the United Steel Workers Local 12-591, which represents workers at the nearby Shell, Tesoro and Phillips 66 refineries.   Matt Krogh , ForestEthics’ Extreme Oil Campaign director, will moderate the forum.

This forum is one of more than 100 events planned throughout the country the week of July 6, which is the second anniversary of the Lac-Mégantic oil train explosion in Quebec that killed 47 people. Information on other events can be found at .  

Upcoming Second Hours:

July 19 – Peace Corps Report - from former longtime BFM member Aurora Fox, who's recently returned from a several-years stint with the corps.

July 26 Electronic communications for Bellingham Friends Meeting:   What's a listserve? How does the website work? Do we need Google Calendar? How do I get on Facebook? Come hither, Friends, and discern together!

Musqueam Community & Long House Tour
Sept 20

A special invitation from Vancouver Friends Meeting

Please sign up as indicated below

The meetinghouse of Vancouver (BC) Monthly Meeting, along with most of the city, sits on the traditional lands of the Musqueam people (part of the Coast Salish people, along with the Lummi and many other groups), which have never been ceded to British Columbia or to Canada. Vancouver Friends recently recognized a need to learn more about their Musqueam neighbors, and have arranged for a guided tour of the Musqueam Community which will take place on Sunday afternoon, September 20th, beginning at 2:30 pm. Bellingham Friends are invited to join them, with an initial limit of six Friends from outside Vancouver Meeting (more places may open up later).

The Musqueam Community & Long House Tour will take us through the older part of the Musqueam community along the Fraser River, featuring anthropological and archaeological  insights into how it has developed over the last 6,000 years. The tour will end at the Musqueam Cultural and Education Resource Centre which includes a gallery. Afterwards we have the option of enjoying a traditional meal in the Musqueam Community Centre for an extra charge.  Friends will be informed of the cost ahead of time.

The cost of the tour itself is being generously covered by Vancouver Meeting. Directions to the starting point will be forthcoming, along with a code of behavior for visitors. Please sign up only if you are certain to attend as spaces are limited and no-shows will prevent others from attending.

To sign up or ask questions, please contact Kirsten Ebsen at
Come One; Come All

Sunday August 2, 2015 10AM -2PM

Annual Bellingham Friends' Outdoor
Meeting for Worship 
and Picnic
  • Where? Fairhaven Park in large shelter  on right (when entering from Chuckanut Drive); across from tennis courts which are on left
  • What to bring?  Chairs if you prefer that to the picnic tables/benches, food (including serving utensils) or beverages to share, your own utensils, plate, cup, napkin,
  • Extra Utensils to share extra paper napkins, extra plates, table cloths,
  • Games frisbees, other outdoor games you enjoy
  • Offer to help?  We will need more than 1 person for childcare; please sign up!  (at meeting)
From Ministry and Counsel:
Honor Our Shared Silence
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.
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  
(click here for more information)
2015 Theme:  QuakerCraft: Becoming Quakers the World Needs  

Message from Joe Snyder about NPYM Community Night:

Annual session is coming up and I have been asked to MC and organize or evening of fun and creativity we now call community night.  We encourage all groups to come up with a skit or other form of group presentation/entertainment.  Although these are frequently put together hurriedly a few hours before the event, it can be quite helpful to do some advance planning.  I hope you may find some way to get this out to those in your group who will be attending in hopes that some planning and preparation will ensue.  I will be happy to field any questions at the address below.

Yours hopefully,
Joe  (click on his name to send him an email)

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


Deadlines have passed for scholarships from our Meeting for this summer, but in the future, if you are thinking about attending and are deterred by the expense, don't forget many Quaker gatherings offer financial aid and the Meeting has our own scholarship fund as well. Contact clerk of Ministry and Counsel, Virginia Herrick, for more information. 

Click here to read the
June Metamorphosis!

This month's feature articles:
  • Quakers in Russia and
  • The Prison System in Norway
Concern of the Month for July
2015 Tote Pole Journey

Lummi House of Tears Carvers is planning another Journey this August. This year's Totem Pole will be gifted to the Northern Cheyenne, Lame Deer, Montana, whose sacred lands would be devastated by the coalmine at Otter Creek, at the proposed Tongue River rail line.  There will be stops at key tribes along the way, and public events in Bellingham, Longview, Portland, and Billings Montana.
Master carver James Jewell at work

Announcements from the Wider Community

Palliative Care Institute
Wed 7/8-Fri 7/10
During the day there is a Palliative Care Institute at Bellingham Technical College.  Everyone is welcome to attend all 3 days, and the last day is especially geared for community members.  Registration closes today!
click here to register


July 9th evening event is open to Everyone

 "Heal Without Cure"
Adult Storytelling by
Megan Cole

(A fun way to learn about Palliative Care)

A note from Sandy Stork:
This is the second annual Palliative Care Conference ---  your chance to ask burning questions and to find out how our community is becoming a leader in advancing education, study, and grassroots advocacy for all things to do with end-of-life.  I often hear people ask, "What is Palliative Care?"   Here's where you find out....and have fun to boot!

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.

Opportunity for Teens!
KVWV, Bellingham's newest nonprofit radio station, is excited to offer our first-ever radio camp! Geared toward teenagers, this weeklong experience will cover everything from producing a podcast to promoting your work on social media and packaging your work for national syndication. Details about the July 27-31 camp are available at . Registration deadline is July 6.
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