April 20, 2016   Bellingham Quaker E-News
Editor's note:  Updated items highlighted in bright RED
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Sunday, April 24, 2016
Silent Worship: 10 AM Worship
Second Hour:
– Extended Social Hour (PNQM)
Explorations Academy 1701 Ellis St Click here for a  Map

Friendly Tasks for Meeting 

Care of Meeting:  Larry T  
Key / setup: Lorina H       
Setup Helper: Nan M
Greeter: Joanne C
Snack: vacant
Kitchen setup: Sharon T
kitchen setup Help:
 Rachel VB
Kitchen cleanup: Virginia H
Kitchen cleanup Help: vacant

Children's teacher: vacant

Upcoming Second Hours:

May 1 – Potluck
May 8 – Mother's Day - Extended social time 
May 15 – MfWfB
May 22 – Applying Quaker value to food choices, Lynne Lohr
May 29 - Memorial day – no second hour
June 5 - Welcoming activity/game followed by Potluck
Calendar for Bellingham Friends

Wed, April 20 -
No Midweek worship - 
Mary Ann will be celebrating her birthday with her daughters this evening.  

Thurs,. April 21st - 7 - 9 PM
Spirit Group
(Discussing Eastern Light: Awakening to Presence in Zen, Quakerism and Christianity by Steve Smith)

Thursday,  April 28,  7 pm
Quaker 8 Earthcare Group

at Mary Ann P's home
Wed., May 11, 7– 9 PM 
Midweek Worship
Mary Ann P.'s home
Silent worship and worship sharing - 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month

Saturday, June 4 - All day
Bellingham Friends Retreat

To cherish what remains of the Earth and to foster its renewal is our only legitimate hope of survival.
- Wendell Berry

Bellingham Friends Announcements

Jamie Donaldson, President of the Bellingham Food Bank Board, 
sends her warm greetings to Bellingham Friends and her gratitude for our support.

_____New Bellingham Friends Directories are out!_____
Pick one up at Meeting or contact Don Goldstein for an electronic copy

______Call for Pictures for New Photo Gallery on Website _____
 From John Hatten
A new photo gallery ( ) is now accessible from our website’s “About Us” page ( ) has been started.  Please submit a photo of yourself that you would like shared on the website to and our web person, John Hatten, will post them. Any questions, contact John.
___________________From Nicole Styles_____________________

I will be teaching a workshop called Bokashi: Urban Composting Using Fermentation
Saturday, May 7, 1-3 PM

at the Chuckanut Center (107 Chuckanut Drive North in Fairhaven Park, ). This workshop features an alternative composting method perfect for folks short on space but wanting to return food scraps to the earth in a beneficial way. This remarkable process is easy, excludes foul odors, pests and rodents, and is complete in one month! See you there!  
No reservations required.  You can emailNicole at


Planning Committee Volunteers Needed
for Spring 2017 Quarterly Meeting
(a joint committee with Lopez Island Friends).  
3 - 5 Bellingham Friends are needed to begin work now - since part of the work is needed by September of this year.  Please contact Don G for more information or to volunteer. 

____________________From Iris Graville______________________

The Writer’s Journal:  Containing Our Stories
Offered twice:  April 30-May 1 on Lopez Island and May 14-15 on Whidbey Island.  You can find more information in the flyer below and at . Registration includes instruction as well as light snacks; lodging and meals are on your own. Class size is limited, and we offer an early bird rate for those who register before April 1.  Questions? Feel free to contact Iris: or by phone at 360-468-2602.

_________________Also from Mary Ann Percy____________________

Mary Ann is hosting a Quaker 8 discussion/action group and invites Friends' participation.  The tentative plan is to meet monthly for approximately 6 months (and then reassess), & at each meeting discerning how Earth is calling us to act on her behalf at that time, & committing to making one change for that month--could be writing weekly letters to elected officials, using a solar/wind/convection clothes dryer, turning heat down, whatever!

Please email her ( if you want to know more or you're interested in participating.  The second meeting is planned for April 28th at Mary Ann's home at 7 pm.

Announcements From Committees
Social and Environmental Concerns

Concern of the month for April:  Bellingham Food Bank.  Jamie Donaldson, President of the Bellingham Food Bank Board, sends her warm greetings to Bellingham Friends and her gratitude for our support.  Friends, thank you!  
Due to recent restrictions in food stamp eligibility for unemployed single adults with no dependents, many recipients lost coverage on April 1. These new rules affect not only the unemployed, but also those who are working less than 20 hours a week.   
Here is a link for on line donations to the food back for those of you who were not able to participate fully last Sunday: 

Action Opportunity to support the Muslim community:
Another Muslim has been taken off a United Airlines flight just this past week!  - this time a young women in traditional garb who asked the person next to her if she could switch seats and sit by the window. This brought the attention of a stewardess who informed her that she would have to get off the plane.   

Here are ways we can help fight anti-Muslim discrimination:

Don’t just boycott silently, go to the United Airlines “Contact Customer Service” webpage and tell them who you are and that you are boycotting because United permits bigotry against Muslim passengers. Tell them the boycott will not stop until the airline publishes a clear apology to Muslims and posts a crew sensitivity training program for all to see. Tell them bigotry against Muslims needs to be treated just as seriously as bigotry against any other minority group and with immediate action.

Action # 2  Witness:  Go to the United Airlines website now and tell them that their behavior is un-American, that it constitutes racial discrimination, that you want them to institute racial sensitivity training for their staff to prevent future anti-Muslim discrimination, and that you are planning to boycott United Airlines until they do so and publicize their action.  Click here to reach the customer comment page

Ministry and Counsel

Honor our shared worship. Please remember to honor our shared worship by arriving a few minutes before 10:00 each Sunday morning. If you arrive after 10 a.m., you may choose to wait and enter with the greeter at 10:15. Before entering the worship room, please silence cell phones, remove coats, and organize belongings so that noise is minimized as we settle into worship.
~M&C Friends
"And so, dear friends, live in love and unity, and be kind, and courteous, and tender hearted one towards another."
~George Fox
Outreach and Welcoming Group
OWG will present another getting-acquainted activity after announcements and before our usual first-Sunday potluck on Sunday, June 5th.  Wendy Goldstein will again facilitate and all are encouraged to participate for fun and getting to know each other a bit better.

A new document, "Regular Bellingham Friends Meeting Activities and How to Learn More About Them", is available on the greeting table at meeting.  It will also be posted on the website.  Although originally intended primarily for new attenders, it may contain some information that's new even for long-time attenders.

OWG meets next on Saturday, May 21st.  Contact Clerk Don Goldstein ( or 671-1395) for details.
Retreat Planning Committee

Save the Date! Our annual retreat, "Where is our Meeting Led, Spiritually and Geographically?" will be from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, June 4, in the downstairs of St. Paul's Episcopal Church. We are planning a potluck lunch, which we recommend be in place of our regular potluck June 5. Please bring your own serving dishes and utensils.

The retreat planning committee is seeking volunteers for this community-building, clearness-seeking opportunity. If you are available to help, please email Joanne Cowan. We need: 
1. Three volunteers for setup at 9 a.m. 
2. Three volunteers for cleanup at 3:30 p.m.

There will be other opportunities to help as we continue planning. Childcare will be provided. Please contact Virginia Herrick, clerk of Children's Program, to let her know if you expect to attend with children. 
Nominating Committee
Friends, the Meeting has approved the our nominating slate for seasoning. It can be accessed by clicking here. A few revisions are being seasoned, and there are still unfilled positions.  Please contact Lorina Hall if you would like to talk about how your talents could strengthen our shared experience. 
Announcements from Other Quaker Groups

_____________Friendly Water for the World______________

Training in BioSand Filter Fabrication
August 13th-17th at beautiful Quaker Cove Camp, Anacortes, Washington.
Join the team! Cost: $395. Partial scholarships are available. This year, graduates of the training have been to or are planning to go to Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, and Guatemala, and we expect others will be headed to Ghana and Sierra Leone. Call 360 918-3642 or e-mail:  

_________________Friends Peace Teams ___________________

Peace Quest 2016
hosted by Friends Peace Teams. 
Olympia Monthly Meeting. 3201 Boston Harbor Rd NE, Olympia, WA
Saturday, May 21, 2016 --  8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Keynote address: “Letting our Lives Speak – Near and Far.”
Nancy Irving, former General Secretary
Friends World Committee for Consultation – World Office
Nancy has had three careers: with business trade associations, as a lawyer, and in management of Friends World Committee for Consultation. She is multi-lingual in Friends’ languages.  Presently, she lives in Lacey, Washington and is a member of North Pacific Yearly Meeting and serves as clerk of the 11th Pacific Northwest Quaker Women’s Theology Conference [2016]. 

Click here for flier
Click here for workshop schedule

Registration fee is $20.  
No charge for children up to 16 years of age (and childcare will be provided for those who pre-register them). Scholarships are available, and we will endeavor to assist with accommodations for visitors to Olympia.  
To register contact David Zarembka at


__________________Western Friend ___________________

on-line Meetings and Resources

Monthly online conversations about topics important to Quaker Meetings

  • May 11, 2016 – Benefits and Dangers of Electronic Communications
  • 6:30 - 8:00 PM Pacific  -  Please arrive on time.  
  • Western Friend Connect   - go to Workshop Room 
  • Allow 3-10 min for set up if this is your first time
  • 60 minutes of worship every Thursday
  • 11:30 AM Pacific / 12:30 PM Mountain
  • Come when you can, leave when you must. 
Visit Vendovi Island with the Native Plant Society
April 30, Saturday8:30 AM to 6:00 PM
Vendovi is a 217 acre island south of Lummi Island being maintained in its natural state by the San Juan Preservation Trust. There are no permanent human inhabitants and no deer or other grazing mammals, so the flora is especially healthy.  We will visit near the peak of bloom for camas and other wildflowers in south facing meadows, and also explore forest, wetland and shoreline habitats.  Bring water, lunch, sturdy shoes and rain gear.  We will take a 22 passenger boat from Anacortes to Vendovi Island.  The cost will be $45 per person, round trip, payable on the day of the trip.  Contact John Bremer at 360-527-3503 or to reserve a space.

Note:  click here
for a full list and description  of the field trip opportunities with the native plant society.  There is something wonderful you can do in the out doors almost every weekend from April through the summer and beyond!

April 23, Saturday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM -  Baker River
May 7, Saturday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM -  Edfro Creek Preserve and Yúmechiy
May 14, Saturday, 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM - Birds, Bees, and Blossoms at Ravencrest Farm
May 20, Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM - North Cascades National Park Bioblitz
Saturday, June 4, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm - South Fork Valley Plant Survey
June 11, Saturday, 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM - Salal Native Plant Garden
June 29, Wednesday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM - Sauk Mountain

Announcements of Events in the Wider Community

World Issues Spring Schedule announced

Click here for full Schedule

Forums take Place each Wed at noon at WWU


April 20, Noon-1:20pm,
Fairhaven College Auditorium
“Cultural Conflicts: Shifting Paradigms”

Jewell James, 
member of the Lummi Nation and totem pole carver.


Worldwide, indigenous peoples’  struggle is to get national govern- ments to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; which calls for  support, protection, and restoration of indigenous traditional knowledge, culture, and spirituality.

As a major religious institution, the Catholic Church (Pope Francis) has issued its Laudato Si encyclical, challenging the Catholic community to treat the world as a sacred creation of god, and acknowledging church failure to teach this the past two millenniums. Like an earthquake, paradigms are being shaken and indigenous views have renewed meaning. As Lummis, we pray it is not to late!”

______________Also From Beth Brownfeld ______________

“Its Good To Be Home” 
Wednesday, April 20, 7:30 PM
Silver Reef Casino (Events Center)
General Admission Tickets $15 at the door


This is a new play of Darrell Hillaire will be presented as part of the 2 day Suicide Prevention Conference at Lummi.  The evening performance is open to the public.  Darrell said this was difficult for the participating native youth to perform, as many of them have experienced being separated from their families and community. 

“Its Good To Be Home,” is about Luke, a native youth, struggling to find his way home after years in the foster care system. After being separated from family and community, Luke looks for happy endings with the idea of home. His friends encourage him to be determined and forgiving.  And then there’s the healing spirit of the old people…

“Thousands of us were taken away from our culture, our families, our way of being, who we are. Many of us never got to know that feeling of whole again. I am whole.” - Swil Kanim 

(GO FUND ME ; ONLY 17 people have contributed to helping defray the costs of "It's Good to Be Home"  Do you know you can make a difference with even a $5 or $10 donation!   Setting Sun has raised $1,700 of a $3,000 goal.  This production will reach thousands of people and the message will save lives and build culture.)


_____From the Whatcom County Sikh Community_____

An Invitation! 



All are invited to join the Sikh community for their celebration of Vaisikhi (aka Baisikhi)

on Friday, Saturday and/or Sunday April 29, 30 and May 1 
Come any time between 10 am and 4 pm 
The celebration includes parades and free Sikh (Vegetarian) food for all.
It will be held at 
the Guru Nanak Gursikh temple 176 east Pole road in Lynden. 


A Little Background for non-Sikhs:
Significance of Baisakhi in Sikhism

Baisakhi is of major importance for the people following Sikh faith. As it was on a Baisakhi Day, in the year 1699 that the Tenth Guru of Sikhs, Guru Gobind Singh founded Khalsa Panth or the Order of Pure Ones and gave a unique identity to Sikhs. On the same day the guru administered amrit (nectar) to his first batch of five disciples making them Singhs, a martial community. By doing so, he eliminated the differences of high and low and established that all human beings were equal.

Sikhs celebrate Baisakhi by participating in special prayer meetings organized at gurdwaras. They also carry out joyful Baisakhi processions to mark the day.

Sikh Chidren celebrate Vaisikhi


____________________Something for Activists __________________


April 28th 3-9 PM Art Build/Potluck
Salish Sea Marine Sanctuary 1308 Cornwall Ave.
Create materials for Break Free PNW events in May. Meet fellow activists and share meal.
Please bring a dish to share and a place setting. 
April 29th 7-9 PM House Party/ Fundraiser for Backbone Campaign
Volunteers needed, call Debbie 360-920-09981
April 30th Kayak Training at Boulevard Park Beach
Backbone will help us get ready for this May's global wave of action- #BreakFree from dirty energy and practice paddling on Bellingham Bay with Kayaktivism!
Three Levels of Training: Intro, Leadership and Safety/Rescue
Some kayaks available. 
Two Sessions:   Sign UP For 10-1:30  
SIGN UP FOR 2-5:30 Pm

Spread the word. Bring your Friends. Questions? Call Debbie 360-920-0981  




Public Conversation on Taxes, Revenue, and the Role of Government

Revenue and the state budget are at the root of so many of the priorities that our communities need to thrive. Whether your focus is education, the environment, economic justice, racial equity, health, or something else, your ability to advance good policies depends upon having revenue to accomplish those policies. Now that the Legislature has adjourned, and has not addressed these issues, it’s time for all of us to join  (or lead) the conversation in our communities.
A partnership of experts and community leaders, including Topos Partnership, One America, the WA State Budget and Policy Center, and others is visiting seven cities across Washington state to meet with advocates, activists, and community leaders to reclaim the public dialogue on revenue and change the way we, as advocates, talk about funding our state’s priorities. 

Bellingham, WA
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
5:30pm – 7:30pm
RSVP online

On-line Quaker Meetings for Worship

Ben Lomond - Morning Worship
Every Morning
7:30 - 8:00 AM
Click here

Western Friend Lunch-hour Worship

11:30 AM -12:30 PM
Click here and enter "Family Room"


Looking Ahead to Wider Quaker Gatherings

Spring 2016 session- Pacific Northwest Quarterly Meeting (PNQM)
Theme: Deepening our Relationship with All Creation
Dates: April 22-24, 2016
Where: Lazy F Camp and Retreat Center near Ellensburg WA
Hosted by: Olympia Friends Meeting and Agate Passage Friends Meeting
For more information and/or to register, click here .  At this late date, it would be best to contact the registrar, John Gotts, at 208-790-0651 or email 

May 21, 2016 -  8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Peace Quest 2016
hosted by Friends Peace Teams. 
Olympia Monthly Meeting. 3201 Boston Harbor Rd NE, Olympia, WA

Registration fee is $20.  No charge for children up to 16 years of age (and childcare will be provided for those who pre-register them). Scholarships are available, and we will endeavor to assist with accommodations for visitors to Olympia.  
To register contact David Zarembka at

June 3-5, 2016 
Ben Lomond Quaker Center in California
Let's Go! Growing the Quaker Movement the World Needs Now 
with Nia Thomas and Hilary Burgin 

Pacific Northwest Quaker Women's Theology Conference
June 15-19, 2016
Canby Grove Christian Center
Canby Grove, Oregon
Theme: Naming the Gifts of the Living Presence
For more information, click here

Friends General Conference Annual Gathering of Friends for 2016
July 3 - 9

College of St. Benedict
St. Joseph, Minnesota
Evening speakers will include Rex Ambler from Woodbrooke Quaker Study Center in England.
Details are available at

North Pacific Annual Session

July 13 - 17
Whitworth University
Spokane, WA
Friend in Residence will be Diane Randall, FCNL

Pine Ridge Workcamp
July 20 - August 3: 
This Workcamp carries on the long-standing William Penn commitment to fair and just relations with native people, as well as the personal ministry of the amazing Mike Gray. For two weeks we live in community and service with people on this Lakota reservation, exploring the history - including Wounded Knee - while honoring sacred traditions and building to the future.

Mary Ann Percy is happy to answer any questions you may have about the experience.

Friday Peace Vigil - started by Rosemary and Howard Harris
Celebrates 50 years in 2016!  Longest continuous peace demonstration in the United States!  
When:  Every Fri, 3:45pm – 4:45pm
Where:  104 W Magnolia St, Bellingham, WA 98225, USA (map)
Description:  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.
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