Bellingham Quaker E-News, February 25, 2015                                          View this email in your browser 

Sun., March 1 
Silent Worship, 10 am

Second Hour:
Baby Welcoming

for Akeeva Manzo
Meeting Tasks for this Sunday:

Care of Mtg - Sharon T.
Key - Don G.
Setup help - Karen S.
Greeter - Wendy B.
Snack - Potluck
Kitchen - Carole T.
Kitchen help - Judy H.
Children's Teacher - Carole T.

Please contact Carole Teshima at to fill a to volunteer on a semi- regular basis or to fill any vacant role for the coming week.
 Announcements from Friends

A "Book of Wishes" for Akeeva will be available before and after meeting on March 1 so that Friends may write wishes and blessings for our youngest Friend as he embarks on his life journey.

From Nan Macy:

Sat, February 28, 2015, 9 am - 5 pm
Seattle Search for Meaning Book Festival

at Seattle University
Presenters include Krista Trippet
(from NPR's On Being),
Dr. Jean Shinoda Bolen,
and over 50 others.

Nan says:  "I attended this well-organized and inspiring interfaith event last year, and believe it would be of great interest to some Friends. Pre-registration is helpful, given the distance from Bham and the popularity of the event.  The fee is $10, and if that is prohibitive for anyone, s/he may contact the organizers via the website to discuss.  One tip for those attending: plan to arrive at least 30 minutes early as the event venues are spread over the SU campus and parking (except disability permit parking) is a bit of a walk away from the venues."

 click here for more information , registration, and a video describing the event.

Wendy Courtemanche is selling coffee to help fund the
Salish Sea Experience for fourth graders

at Sunnyland Elementary School.    
 $10 / 12 oz. bag.
whole bean or ground,
regular or decaf.  
cash or checks payable to the "Sunnyland PTA."
Tax deductible receipts provided on request.
Wendy will bring coffee to Meeting  / you can also email her at


From Sharon Trent:
our Interfaith Coalition Representative:

Interfaith Coalition auction - Sat, Mar 28th
(See Community announcements below)
This is a fun event that Friends support every year.  It is even more fun if you attend with F/friends.  The auctioneer is amazing.  Some people buy tickets for friends to accompany them (a great gift for a birthday or anniversary.) 
The Coalition includes most faith communities in the area.  The money they raise (mostly from this event) is used to support the Interfaith Clinic (providing medical, dental and mental health care), to provide severe weather shelters, to distribute coats and clothing to the homeless, and to provide housing for homeless families.  A Friendly outfit, indeed!

Here are some things we might contribute to the auction:
  • Hand-made clothing or art work
  • A basket with a theme - e.g. chocolate
  • Catering a meal - your place or theirs 
  • Sharing outdoor expertise - an organized hike
  • Monthly home-baked item - pie / cookies / bread ?
  • Craft or needlework lessons
  • Organizing a child's birthday party
  • Pysanky eggs.  Sharon Trent will dye eggs, and invites interested people to call her (714-61410 to set up dates for egg-dying parties.  Eggs and/or egg dying lessons can be donated.
Big items are auctioned live and smaller items are put in a silent auction.

March 13th is the last day to deliver items to the Interfaith Office, so please bring the item or a description of the service to Sharon Trent before that date.


Backup Housing Request
for April 10 - 11

Joan Rawls-Davis will be coming to Bellingham for Don and Wendy's wedding.  She may or may not be able to stay with Mary Ann P. (depending on whether Mary Ann's daughters are visiting)
Mary Ann would like to be sure that there is backup housing available for her just in case.  

Please Contact Mary Ann Percy ( if you can help
From Ministry and Counsel:

Maya Hatten-Beck continues to recover at Ronald McDonald House following her December bone marrow transplant. Please hold her and her family (John, Katy and Frieda) in the Light.

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.
Coming in the Metamorphosis

(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 Committee on National Legislation, part 2
March:  Interfaith Hope Auction and a leading of Sharon Trent!
Announcements from the Wider Community


Energy & Climate: the defining issue of our time
a six – part workshop series
Thursdays, Jan 22nd – Feb 26th
(This series has gotten rave reviews!)

Thursday, Feb 26, 6:30 - 8 pm
RE Sources Sustainable Living Center (above The RE Store)
2309 Meridian St, Bellingham (map)
Feb 26 - Climate change

Interfaith Coalition Annual Hope Auction

Saturday, March 28, 2015 ~ 5:30 p.m.

Best Western Lakeway Inn & Conference Center
Bellingham, WA

Tickets are $45 a person for a delightful evening and an excellent meal.

Call 734-3983 to order tickets.

 "Party with a Purpose" 
See Announcement above from Sharon Trent for ways Friends can participate.



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 th eCorner of Magnolia and Cornwall Streets.
Celebrate Nature! 
Tip for February:
February is an outstanding time for viewing waterfowl, grebes, loons, scoters and other visitors to the spit and surrounding waters of Drayton Harbor and Semiah- moo Bay.

Guided Field Trip Opportunity!

March 7, Saturday, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Shoreline Plants at Larrabee State Park

Join the Koma Kulshan Chapter of the Native Plant Society for a guided nature hike along the beach and up on the headlands within 100 feet of the ocean.  Meet at the Fairhaven west side Park & Ride (at end of 32nd St.) at 10:00 and carpool to the Clayton Beach parking lot. Bring a lunch, rain gear, and shoes that are good for climbing around on rocks. Contact Jim Davis at 360-296-5159 or with questions or to RSVP.

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
March 8: Jay Thatcher and Katherine Spinner from NPYM will discuss Children's Program planning for Quakers.
March 15:  Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business (MfWfB)
March 22: Quakerism: Experience It!, Session 5
March 29:
 Eden Libby and James Leder  - Update on the Unistoten Clan's camp and their effort to block oil pipeline construction through their un-ceded ancestral land in Alaska. 
Bellingham Friends Calendar of Events

Wed., Mar 4, 7-9 PM
Midweek Worship

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.  
Future dates will be on March18, April 1, etc.

Second Hour on March 8:
(not MfWfB!)
Jay Thatcher
Katherine Spinner 

(from North Pacific Yearly Meeting) 
will present a Second Hour on planning Quaker Children's Programs.  
(MfWfB will be Mar 15)


Book Group
March selection:  I Am Malala

Book group meets: March 10 , 7 pm
at the Richardson's

Query of the Month

Is the vocal ministry exercised under the leading of the Holy Spirit without prearrangement, and in the simplicity and sincerity of truth? As we listen, or as we speak, are we guided by the Inward Light and sensitive to one another's needs? Are we careful not to speak at undue length or beyond our Light?
- Advices and Queries, Faith and Practice, NPYM, p. 41: 
Looking ahead to wider quaker gatherings: 

PNQM Spring Quarterly Meeting – April 24-26, Ellensburg, WA:  Theme: Lift Every Voice – Music & Spirituality

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.

Announcements from the Wider Community

Feb 19 - Feb 28, 2015

Each film is completely FREE admission, and free parking at most events.
Click Here for Schedule

Two of many great selections this week:

Thursday Feb 26  at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship (BUF)
  • 7:00pm: Leschi | (22m) Tells the story of Leschi, chief of the Nisqually Native American tribe.
  • 7:30pm:The Totem Pole Journey | (56m) Lummi tribal leaders travel through the NW with a healing totem pole to bring the message of our Mother Earth.



Lightcatcher Museum, Bellingham
February 7 - May 10, 2015

Edward S. Curtis, circa 1888 

Mingled Visions features 40 original photogravures from Edward S. Curtis' epic work, The North American Indian, including one of Curtis' earliest images taken in 1895 of Princess Angeline, the elderly daughter of Chief Sealth. The portrait won the top prize in a photographic contest and helped launch his photographic career, ultimately leading to his mission to document and celebrate the vanishing heritage of Native American people. He spent three decades documenting more than 80 tribes west of the Mississippi, producing more 40,000 images and thousands of pages of text. A definitive project of the American West, The North American Indian was published in 20 volumes from 1907 to 1930.

A traveling exhibition organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art, Iowa

Docent Tours of the exhibit (and our own Joan Oftenness is a docent) will be offered on Thurs, Sat., and Sun. at 1:30 pm, beginning on Feb 14.

On  April 27 Timothy Egan, who wrote “Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher:  The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward S. Curtis” will speak at the Mt. Baker Theatre at 7pm (free admission)


 March 4 -  6 - 9 pm
Examining Race, Civic Engagement, and Citizenship
Post-Ferguson: Where Do We Go From Here? 
Bellingham City Council Chambers, 210 Lottie Street, Bellingham

The Ralph Munro Institute for Civic Engagement of Western Washington University presents a symposium on the issues raised by the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.  The program features a panel of professionals with wide-ranging experience in law enforcement, the judicial process, and social justice advocacy.

CONTACT: Dr. Vicki Hsueh, WWU Political Science Department and WGSS,  ot Dr. Vernon Johnson, WWU Political Science Department,


World Issues Forum:
“Undoing Border Imperialism”

Wed March 4, 7 PM
Harsha Walia
Maru Mora Villalpondo

Whatcom Community College - Syre Student Center

co-sponsors: Fairhaven College World Issues Forum, Community to Community Development, Whatcom Peace & Justice Center, The WCC Latino Leadership Club and The WCC Ethnic Student Association. 

Harsha Walia is a journalist and social justice activist who is best known for co-founding the Vancouver Chapter of No One Is Illegal. Harsha has been published in over fifty journals, anthologies, and magazines, and is now touring with her book, “Undoing Border Imperialism.”

“[Undoing Border Imperialism is] the first extended work on immigration that refuses to make First Nations sovereignty invisible.”
-Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, American historian, writer, and feminist “[Walia is] one of Canada’s most brilliant and effective political organizers.”

-Naomi Klein, Canadian author and social activist

Maru Mora Villalpando is a bilingual community organizer, consultant and political analyst with more than 10 years of experience working on immigrant rights and racial justice issues. She is the founder of Latino Advocacy Inc.

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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