Bellingham Quaker E-News, June 10, 2015                                       View this email in your browser 

Sun., June 14, 2015
Silent Worship, 10 am

Second Hour
Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business
(Bring a sack lunch this time!)
Meeting Tasks for this Sunday:

Care of Meeting: Dorrie J.
Key - Wendy G.
Setup help - vacant
Greeter - Don G.
Snack - Karen S.
Kitchen - Carole T.
Kitchen help - Don R.
Children's Teacher -
     -  Jessica B. (1st hr )
   - Wendy G (2nd hr

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

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)
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!

Announcements from Friends
Today at noon!

From Don Reinke, Sharon Trent and Stephanie Manzo:

Wednesdays, June 10 and 17

Reading of last two of
TS Eliot’s Four Quartets,

his final masterpiece.
 12 Noon to 1:00 PM,
with optional discussion from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
1160 St. Paul Street
Bellingham WA 98229
 Lunch and babysitting provided
 Please let Don know if you are coming so we can guarantee an adequate lunch.


 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

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!)
Another option -
With Washington Native Plant Society
"Field Trip: Big Tree Experience"
When:     Sunday, 14 June 2015 
Time:      9 AM to 05 PM
Where:   Meet: SE corner Sunset                Square
Notes:  An Ancient Forest contrasted with a Managed Forest, both low elevation and having conifers to 8 ft diameter. Focus will be on experience and feel of the 2 forests as well as forest ecology and site history. Species lists provided, but not emphasized. Two sites along Mt Baker Highway will be visited: MP 44 Research Natural Area, and MP 31, Whatcom Land Trust Steiner Property. There will be about 6 miles, flatish, but rough walking with some bushwhacking, log walking (elevated trail), and creek crossings. Bring water, lunch, sturdy shoes and rain gear. Meet at the southeast corner of Sunset Square parking lot out from the Safeway at 9:00 AM. Trip will be led by Bob Lemon. Contact him at 714-8629 or if you have any questions.

Announcements from the Wider Community

69th Lummi Nation Stommish Water Festival
“In Honor of our Heroes”

June 10-14:

Canoe races, salmon dinners, slahal bone games, food and various venders, carnival, performances, etc.
Free and open to the public except for events limited to tribal members
Information will be posted at this website soo   


Friday June 12, 8 p.m.,
Sixkiller Buys the Redskins
Lummi Silver Reef Casino (Slater and Haxton Rd)
Tickets on Sale at: The Silver Reef Casino and Brown Paper Tickets.
Vimeo site for Sonny Sixkiller Buys the Washington Redskins 
This is Darrell Hillaire’s Play about the issue of the “Redskins” baseball team’s name, a tongue in cheek play. The video is about the derogatory name and the making of the play.


Sunday, June 14, 7pm
(Doors at 6:00)

David Suzuki, Letters to My Grandchildren

Mt Baker Theater
Through inspiring letters to his grandchildren, Suzuki offers grandfatherly advice mixed with reflections from his and Canada’s past, speaking personally and passionately about their future. The book provides us an intimate look at Suzuki’s life as a father and grandfather, as he challenges his grandchildren – and us – to do everything at full tilt and to live with courage and conviction.
David Suzuki is a scientist, broadcaster, author, and co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation.  He is the recipient of the Right Livelihood Award, has been named a Companion to the Order of Canada and a recipient of UNESCO’s Kalinga Prize for science, the United Nations Environment Program medal, and has been honored with seven names from indigenous people. In 2007 he was named one of Time Magazine’s Heroes of the Environment. He is the proud grandfather of six grandkids.
Village Books presents David Suzuki in partnership with the Mount Baker Theatre, as part of their Booked at the Baker series. Tickets are $7.50 and are available at Village Books, by calling (360) 671-2626, at the Mount Baker Theatre Box Office or online at Receive one free ticket with the pre-purchase of David Suzuki’s new book Letters to my Grandchildren.
For more information, please contact Village Books: (360) 671-2626

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!
Items for Business Meeting
Committee Clerks and Friends: Please send reports or other items for MfWfB to the following people so that they can be distributed prior to meeting.  

Items should be sent TODAY in order to be included in the first mailing.  If sending today, mail to:
Clerk of Meeting
Recording Clerk

If sending after Wednesday, send items to:
Clerk of meeting
Virginia H
  Upcoming Second Hours

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

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!

Concern of the Month for June:

To empower military veterans to grow food, communities, and each other.

Hear more about Growing Veterans this Sunday - or check out their website

In addition to collecting funds, Social and Environment Concerns is sponsoring a Growing Veterans work party contingent on Monday, June 29th.  Friends need to sign up individually at the website above, and we will all car pool and work together for a great day in the fields!   
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 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.
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

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.
Looking ahead to wider Quaker gatherings: 

Friends General Conference 
(FGC) Gathering of Friends
 – July 5-11, Western Carolina Univ., NC Click on the link above for more information or to register


North Pacific Yearly Meeting  
(NPYM) Annual Session  -
July 15-19,
Whitworth Univ., Spokane  
(click here to register or for more information)
2015 Theme:  QuakerCraft: Becoming Quakers the World Needs  

  • How are we called to service in a broken world?
  • How do we blend our hunger for action with our responsibilities to our families and our Meetings?
  • How can our Quaker community support us in living into our leadings?

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 approaching!*

Not sure if you want to go? Worried about the expense? 

Contact Ministry and Counsel clerk Virginia Herrick SOON to ask any questions you may have, or to apply for financial assistance.

The Meeting has a scholarship fund,

and many Quaker events offer financial aid, too, so don't hesitate to ask! For NPYM, please apply before June Meeting for Worship for Business, June 14. The registration deadline is June 30, but M&C needs time to arrange financial aid and for discernment. For FGC, there is a registration late fee already, and it is too late to registerchildren under high school age. The registration deadline for high schoolers is June 10.

Michelle Alexander at
Pendle Hill:
Pendle Hill was honored to welcome noted author Michelle Alexander as keynote speaker at our recent 
Ending Mass Incareration and the New Jim Crow
 conference. Her interview-style presentation is now available to view on our YouTube channel
Announcements from the Wider Community

League of Women Voters Program

TODAY!  Wednesday, June 10
5:30 - 7:30 pm
Mt Baker Theater Encore Room

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. 

Program will Focus on Issues and Solutions in Whatcom County 

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. 

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

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.

Coming in Metamorphosis (Our Monthly Newsletter) 
(Each month’s Metamorphosis is available on our website  the Wednesday following Meeting for Business. Recent and upcoming feature articles include:  
  • Larry Thompson's leading regarding the jail and mental health needs. (May)
  • Quakers in Russia (June)
  • The prison system in Norway (June or July)
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