Bellingham Quaker E-News, June 17, 2015                                       View this email in your browser 

Sun., June 21, 2015
Silent Worship, 10 am

Second Hour
Quakerism:  Experience It!  Spiritual Journeys: Looking to the Future (Sharon Trent)
Meeting Tasks for this Sunday:

Care of Meeting: Sharon T.
Key - Don G.
Setup help - Wendy C
Greeter - Wendy G.
Snack - vacant
Kitchen - Mark H.
Kitchen help - Don R.
Children's Teacher - vacant 
Please contact Carole Teshima at to volunteer on a semi- regular basis.

Ministry and Counsel
Special Announcement

New Care of Meeting Practice for closing worship:

Starting June 14, Friends agreed to adopt a new practice for the end of our shared worship. In the past, we have had sharing of joys and sorrows during the last few minutes of worship. Our new practice moves this sharing to the time after rise of worship, as follows:

The person in Care of Meeting, -- before introductions, and maintaining a worshipful attitude -- initiates shaking hands, rises, welcomes everyone, and invites the sharing of joys and sorrows or requests to be held in the Light, and then sits down again. After a brief time for this sharing, the Care of Meeting person stands again, and says something along the lines of: “Thank you, Friends. It is our custom to go around the room and introduce ourselves, and [if there's time] share any afterthoughts that did not rise to the level of vocal ministry.” 

The rest of the Care of Meeting job remains the same.

Friends agreed that our old system of inviting sharing of joys and sorrows during worship is not consistent with our commitment to expectant waiting on the Light, and also may sometimes actually deter someone who might otherwise be moved to vocal ministry by seeming to allocate the last few minutes of worship to other sharing. 

Friends agreed at our June 14 Meeting for Worship for Business to review this new practice no later than October MfWfB, but please feel free to contact a member of Ministry and Counsel (Rob Dillard, John Hatten, Virginia Herrick, Dorrie Jordan, or Mary Ann Percy) at any time about your experience of our shared worship.
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.
Calendar for Bellingham Friends


Wed., June 17,
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.  

June 28th, 2:00-5:00pm
(Doors open at 1:30)

Help End the Endless Wars:
FCNL Advocacy Team Launch
Repeal the AUMF Workshop!

Mount Baker Theatre Encore Room
104 N. Commercial Street Bellingham

The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL)  
is bringing this  Workshop to Repeal the AUMF (Authorization for the Use of Military Force) to Bellingham

The intention of the Workshop is to build skills for developing relationships with Legislators and their staff so that participants are better able to influence decisions on the repeal of the AUMF. Legislative committees are just one of the many tools we have available to us.
Maiya Zwerling, the FCNL National Field Organizer, will lead the three hour workshop.  Free and Open to the Public.
Sponsored by
Whatcom Peace & Justice Center,
The Bellingham Friends Meeting,
Veterans For Peace Chapter 111 and
the Peace Vigil.  

Sign up For the Workshop


Sat., Sept. 12th 2 pm through  Sun, Sept. 13th 2pm
Annual Retreat
Camp Lutherwood
(see Announcements for more information)
Query of the Month
Advices and Queries – (from Young Friends General Meeting) Consider the value of communications technology in nurturing or re-establishing relationships and communities where physical distance or time may be barriers. Which form of technology is most appropriate? The written word or electronic images may be interpreted differently when viewed without interaction in person. Be careful of over-dependence on this sense of constant connectivity and consider “switching off” from time to time. Time alone can provide its own source of spiritual nourishment.  

Announcements from Friends

The Final reading of
TS Eliot’s Four Quartets
has been postponed.  

It will be rescheduled when Don and Sharon return from Friends General Conference



Saturday, June 20
 From Stephanie and Tim Manzo (and Akiva, too)

an invitation to come and celebrate the Solstice on the site of their future home


June 20th beginning at 5:30 pm

RSVP to Stephanie at 607 742 5698
Click here to read the
June Metamorphosis!

This month's feature articles:
  • Quakers in Russia and
  • The Prison System in Norway

Announcements from the Wider Community
Friday, June 19, 2015, 7 - 9  pm
Center for Spiritual Living
2224 Yew St. Road, Bellingham

The Dances of Universal Peace are moving meditations using sacred phrasesfrom a variety of world spiritual traditions. Each third Friday of the month, come together to sing, dance and celebrate the reality of Divine Unity and dissolve the illusions of separation. Dances are easy to learn and are taught to the whole group each time.  Donation suggestion $5-10; no one turned away for lack of funds. 



July 1st (Wed)
(Anne's birthday!) 
7pm Roeder Home
Suggested donation $15-$25
Advance tickets available
here for tickets
Iconic environmental singer Dana Lyons teams up with notorious labor hellraiser Anne Feeney to launch Teamsters and Turtles – Together at Last! Starting in Bellingham, WA July 1st (hometown of Dana Lyons) and sweeping south through 12 cities and the Oregon Country Fair to Ashland, OR, the duo will dispel the myth that unions are at odds with environmentalists. They will accomplish this with song and story. How likely is this tour to bring labor activists and environmentalists into a huge movement for justice, peace, equality, and sustainability? Come to their show and find out!

Excerpt from a message from Beth Brownfield's Native American Events mailing:
Please consider giving support to the efforts of the Lummi Youth Academy to raise necessary funds to send 9 youth to an amazing college preparatory program (two weeks: July 12-26) located at Pitzer College in Pomona, California.  LYA goal for this experience is to make sure that their youth can participate in this life-changing, goal inspiring, passion evoking program until they graduate from high school, giving them the tools and courage necessary to move on to secondary education.  (please read the attachment for details) 
Lummi Youth Academy is over $19,000 short of funding the entire $27,000 cost.
Checks can be made out to: Lummi Youth Academy Memo: College Preparatory Program
Mail to: LYA 2330 Lummi View Drive, Bellingham, WA 98226.  
Note: This is a tax-exempt contribution
PLEASE include your telephone number and email address.

How often do you get the opportunity to be a catalyst to alter a youth's life in such a positive way? Bellingham Native American Connections Committee will plan a fall potluck with LYA and invite all participants who contributed to come, share in a meal together, and hear about the impact of this adventure had upon the participants.

Upcoming Second Hours:

June 28 -  NPYM Faith and Practice: collective clearness, with Alice Robb

Special note about June 28th presentation:
Faith and Practice is the Yearly Meeting's guide for all member Meetings, a record of our practice, and inspiration to our faith. It is guidebook for members and for Meetings about what it means to be a Quaker, and a Meeting. The yearly meeting has been working on a new edition of Faith and Practice for eight years. Throughout this process, the editing committee -- on which Alice Turtle Robb, member of BFM, has served for the past three years -- seeks input from Friends. Come June 28 to second hour to learn more and share your thoughts!
June 28, 2014 - North Pacific Yearly Meeting Faith and Practice Collective Clearness, presented by Alice Robb

July 05 – Potluck

July 12 – Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business

July 19 – Bellingham Friends Meeting Process Proposal:  How Committees Help Discernment (Virginia)

July 26 – Bellingham Friends Meeting Electronic communications:  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!

Concern of the Month for June:


To empower military veterans to grow food, communities, and each other. 
check out their website

The June 29th Quaker workday at Growing Veterans has been canceled.  (Unfortunately, the farm cannot provide volunteer supervisors on our planned work day)
If you would be interested in rescheduling fa Quaker Workday at the farm for a day in July, please contact Wendy Courtemanche  
Friends' Input Needed

What would YOU like to read about in our monthly newsletter?

Our newsletter editor, Betty, wants your help to be sure that our newsletter reflects Friends' interests. 
She enjoys researching topics and reporting on them, and she would like to have Friends give her "reporting assignments".
Please email
Betty with your suggestions!

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.
From / For Bellingham Friends

Annual Retreat:

The 2015 BFM Annual Retreat Planning Committee announces that the retreat this year 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.  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.
June 21
Quakerism: Experience It! 

Spiritual Journeys: Looking to the Future 
Facilitated by Sharon Trent

Envisioning the future of Quakerism is a provocative challenge.  Is Quakerism universal? ultra-liberal? Christian? fundamentalist?  Our own Marty Walton wrote a very informative 2-page article entitled Focus: Discovering the Center of Quakerism.  Bill Taber wrote a one-pager with a pie chart showing different Quaker bodies world-wide (22% are FGC, 25% are Evangelical, for starters.)  Frances Taber wrote an article entitled Paradoxical Understandings to Hold in Creative Tension which looks at Universal and Christ Centered Friends as well as those on the left of Universalism and the right of Christian.  I have combined the Tabers' articles in one attachment.
(Editor's note:  I cannot attach these documents in mail chimp, but they have been forwarded to you by regular email. Since I am leaving town, please contact Sharon Trent if you need another format or did not receive a copy.)
It's clear our future is dependent on our ability to understand and communicate with one another.  Let's start with us on June 21!
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. 

Celebrate Nature! 
Low Tides in daylight hours in June make for great tide pool exploration

Saturday  (June 20) at 2:18 pm, tides will be -0.7 ft !

Click here for a tide table to find other low tides this month.
You might find some baby sea stars that give us hope the sea star population will recover from the wasting disease.  (If you do, just look, don't touch!)
Announcements from the Wider Community

June 17th, Wednesday 7:00pm

Garden Street United Methodist Church, Room B
1326 North Garden Street, Bellingham

One Generation’s Time:
The Legacy of Silme Domingo & Gene Viernes

One Generation’s Time examines the legacy and impact of the work and lives of Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes, two Seattle Filipino-American activists and fishing cannery union members who were murdered in 1981 for their involvement in union reform and fighting for workers’ rights.

Free and Open to the Public
Hosted by Whatcom Peace & Justice Center
(With help from Hue Beattie and some of our local folks who were present at the time)

June 18, Thursday, 5:30 p.m.


St. James Presbyterian Church
910 14th St, Bellingham, WA 98225

York Community Farm
3rd Annual

3 pm - 9 pm
1400 Block of James Street
York Neighborhood
Music: Bar Tabac, Falling Upstairs, Dixieland Jazz, Catkins
Food:  Diego’s Mexican Grill Food Truck
Drink:  Sodas & beer from Aslan and Boundary Bay

Fun for the Whole Family!
Support York Community Farm!


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.
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