Bellingham Quaker E-News, April 22, 2015                                         View this email in your browser 

Sun., April 26 
Silent Worship, 10 am

No Second Hour this week
(Quarterly Meeting) 

 Extended social time after meeting
Meeting Tasks for this Sunday:

Care of Meeting: Larry T.
Key - Margaret H.
Setup help - unknown or vacant 
Greeter - unknown or vacant
Snack - Judy H.
Kitchen - Stephanie M.
Kitchen help - Karen S. 
Children's Teacher -  unknown or vacant 

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

From / For Bellingham Friends

Children's Program Announcement:
For those who have said they would like to teach but aren't sure how to go about it, there will be a teacher training session.  Contact Sharon Trent at 714-6141 to set up a time.  We welcome all Friends to participate.  Our children need us!
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.
Opportunities for Friendly Activists

2 Initiative petitions are hitting the streets this month
Both speak to our Testimonies

I 732  - concerns taxes.  This measure would impose a carbon emission tax on certain fossil fuels and fossil-fuel-generated electricity, reduce the sales tax by one percentage point and increase a low-income exemption, and reduce certain manufacturing taxes"  
CarbonWa is the sponsor
for more information click here
I 735 - An Act Relating to the influence of corporations and money in our political system; and creating new section. This act declares that the people of Washington State support amending The Constitution of the United States to eliminate the undue influence of concentrated money and political power on elections and governmental policy. The amendment would overturn decisions by the Supreme Court of the United States extending constitutional rights to corporations and other artificial legal entities as well as those decisions equating the spending of money with free speech. It also provides for the regulation and disclosure of political contributions and spending.
WAmend is the sponsor
for more information click here
(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: 

  • Friends' Leadings Series:  Hospice work of Lorina Hall and Jeanine Hart-Horner.  
  • Lightcatcher Museum article: 
    • Exhibit: Mingled Visions: Images from the North American Indian by Edward S. Curtis.
    • Speaker:  Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher author, Timothy Egan 
May --  will feature Larry Thompson's leading regarding the jail and mental health needs.

WHEN: May 3, 2015 @ 10 am – 4 pm
COST: Bring a potluck dish to share

March begins at 10am at 
La Gloria Market on Meridian and Laurel

We will march to 
Maritime Heritage Park,
arriving at 
1:30pm for the potlatch!

Farmworker March for Dignity Route

For more information, click here

Celebrate Nature! 

Remember, April 22 is Earth Day!

Check out introductory nature walks with the Native Plant Society:

Sun,, April 26, 1:30-3:30 pm: Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve
Thurs., May 7, 6:00 pm to dusk: Hidden Forest Foray at Sehome Arboretum
Sat., May 16, 1:00-3:00 pm: Padden Lagoon
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:

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

May 3 – MfWfB
May 10 – Potluck (Mother's Day)
May 17 – QEI – Don Goldstein, Quaker History II: Diversities Among Friends
May 24 – Memorial Day weekend (extended social time)
May 31 – County Comprehensive Plan - visioning workshop

Calendar for Bellingham Friends

Wed., May 6, 7-8:30 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.  

May 19 6:00 pm
"Clerk's Supper"

Potluck at the Richardson's (all are welcome)
RSVP to Susan, please, and speak with Susan to determine what type of dish to bring.

Sat., Sept. 12th 2 pm through  Sun, Sept. 13th 2pm
Annual Retreat
Camp Lutherwood
(see Announcements for more information)
From Ministry and Counsel:

Maya Hatten-Beck is home!  Please continue to hold Maya, John, Katy and Frieda Hatten-Beck in the Light as she continues her recovery.

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.
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.


Query of the Month
"Live adventurously. When choices arise, do you take the way that offers the fullest opportunity for the use of your gifts in the service of God and the community? Let your life speak. When decisions have to be made, are you ready to join with others in seeking clearness, asking for God’s guidance and offering counsel to one another?

Advices and Queries. - #27 in the Little Red Book

Announcements from the Wider Community
April 22 (today), noon-1:20
WWU - Haggard Hall 253

World Issues Forum

“Civil Disobedience and Climate Change: Does it Work?”
Wed, April 22, 12:00pm – 1:20pm
Haggard Hall 253
Kathyrn Harrison, Professor of Political Science at the University of British Columbia. Washington State and British Columbia both are embroiled in debates over proposed carbon export infrastructure: two bitumen pipelines across BC, new coal ports in WA and BC, and numerous LNG projects in BC. There is strong local opposition to most of these projects, which has culminated in 2014 in over 100 people being arrested on Burnaby Mountain in efforts to block exploratory work for the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline. This presentation will examine the role of civil disobedience as a political strategy in the climate movement. The influence of other factors on Canada’s failure to reduce its own greenhouse gas emissions will first be considered. The presentation will then consider the potential impact of civil disobedience on pubic opinion and, potentially, the 2015 Canadian election.

Monday April 27, 7:00 pm
Mount Baker Theater
Timothy Egan 

Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher:  
The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward S. Curtis

Author Timothy Egan is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, popular New York Times columnist, National Book Award-winning author, and veteran chronicler of the West. His most recent book, Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward S. Curtis, was named one of the best books of the year by Publishers Weekly and was awarded the 2013 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction. 

First-come, first-served seating. Doors by 6:30pm. Book sales and signing follow presentation.

The Realities of Advanced
Medical Interventions

Presented by
ICU Nurses Maureen “Koala” RN & Cathy RN, BSN 
1207 Ellsworth Street • Bellingham
360 733 3837
MAY 13, 2015 • 7:00PM
3333 Squalicum Parkway • Bellingham
360 201 7840
MAY 27, 2015 • 1:00

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.

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