March 29, 2017   Bellingham Quaker E-News 
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Sunday, April 2, 2017
Silent Worship: 10 AM Worship

Second Hour: Potluck and a little guessing game
Location:  1701 Ellis St.  Map
Second Hour Getting Acquainted activity:  OWC will organize a "Getting Acquainted" activity right after potluck . To participate, bring in a photo of yourself as a child or baby. We'll try to guess who is who, and share stories about the circumstances of the photos.  If you don't have a photo, you can still guess about other Friends' pictures. 

Friendly Tasks for Meeting 

Care of Meeting: Sharon T
Key / setup: Don G 
Setup Helper: Wendy G
Greeter: vacant 
Snack:  Judy H
Kitchen setup: Don R
Kitchen setup Help: Jean B
Kitchen cleanup: vacant 

Kitchen cleanup Help: Jim G
Children's teacher: Jessica B

If you can take on a job that's now vacant, please do so!
Upcoming Second Hours:

April 9 – MFWFB
April 16 – Easter activities
April 23 – Quarterly Meeting (no second hour)
Calendar for Bellingham Friends

Saturday. April 8, 10 am
Friendly Listening Group
Terra Organica, 1530 Cornwall Ave.

Wednesday,April 12, 7- 9 pm
Midweek Worship at Mary Ann P's home,  2nd and/or 4th Wed - open worship followed by worship-sharing or activity 

Tuesday. April 18, 7-9 pm
Book Group at Richardsons' home
Discussing Tree Soldier by Janet Oakley, a local author who will be joining us.  Copies of the book are available from Susan R.

Thursday, April 27, 7 - 9 PM
Spirit Group at Larry T.'s home  
We will be discussing Exodus Chapter 32 from the Bible

August 25 - 27
Meeting Camping Trip
Excelsior Campground

March query
From Faith & Practice (Pacific Yearly Meeting, p. 52),
“How do we attend to the suffering of others in our local community, in our state and nation, and in our world community?”

Requests and Offers from Friends 

Odd Jobs wanted
1.  Clay Griese is raising money for the fall for college.  She is willing and able to do a variety of jobs.  Please contact her if you have work to offer this Spring and Summer.  Click here to email Clay

2. Sebastian Bee is also available for odd jobs to help raise money for college expenses. 
From Lynne Lohr:  Rhododendrons free for removal call:  (360) 733 3305 
Roommate wanted
Aurora Fox is looking for a female roommate for her cooperative housing.  Shared expenses and some shared cooking and meals.  Reasonably priced.  Please contact Aurora for more information
Announcements From Committees
Children's Program Committee
Easter's coming! On April 16, BFM will host its famous annual Easter egg hunt!  All Friends are asked to bring colored eggs to hide. If you choose to bring treats to go inside plastic eggs, please be sure they are gluten and dairy-free. Lily, Julian, and possibly Sebastian Bee will play Easter bunny during the first part of the CP hour. Virginia and Dave will supervise kids before and during the hunt. Other adults are welcome to volunteer, also. Children will join adults for last few minutes of worship. Parents, children are invited to bring their own Easter baskets, but there are spares if anyone forgets. After rise of worship, children (supervised by Sharon) will wash hands and make egg salad for all. 

Children's Program teacher's schedule
This Sunday, March 26 - Rob Dillard (Dora)
April 2 - Jessica Bee
April 9 - Jessica Bee
April 16 (Easter!) - Maybe YOU? and Dave Hopkinson

ALL FRIENDS: Please bring colored eggs to hide, and finger food treats for social time after. Please be aware that any treats to share with kids need to be gluten- and dairy-free, as one of our kids is celiac and several are sensitive to gluten and dairy. Sharon Trent will bring ingredients for Easter-egg salad, and coordinate kids who want to help make it!
Teacher team update! With the addition of Laurie Glenn as substitute, Sharon Trent is joining the regular quarterly rotation! Many thanks to all our volunteers and childcare workers: Sharon Trent, Dusty Andersen; Rob Dillard; Susan Richardson; Rachel VanBoven; Kristen McLewin, Jessica Bee, Aurora Fox, Dave Hopkinson, Virginia Herrick, and substitutes Laurie Glenn and John Hatten, and to our workers Anna Row and Dora Kovacs.
Outreach and Welcoming Committee

Our documents, "Regular Bellingham Friends Meeting Activities and How to Learn More About Them" (recently updated) and "A Quaker Glossary" are both available in hard copy on the greeting table and also by download from the "About Us" page of the BFM website,

OWC meets next on Saturday morning, April 15.  All Friends are welcome, but please contact clerk Don Goldstein (671-1395 or if you will be joining us.
Social and Environmental Concerns Committee                                             

Thank you from  NW Youth Services 
NW Youth Services sent a note of thanks to Friends saying that because of our donation youth can access services, housing, clothing, jobs and more.  They are grateful for our commitment to ending youth homelessness.  As of Monday, NWYS was just a few hundred dollars away from their goal of raising $17,000, which will be matched.  Our donation helped them reach that goal.

Every Row a Path - Followup:
We are gratified that so many Friends attended our Every Row a Path Second Hour on Sunday and participated in the heart-felt discussion that followed.    
Here are two events that build on the commitment you may feel to better understand and improve the lives of migrant youth:

1) Dignity Dialogues
Monday April 3 and Monday, April 17 - 7:00 - 8:30 PM

First Congregational Church, 2401 Cornwall Ave

Hosted by Community to Community, The Racial Justice Coalition and the WWU Blue Group
Dignity Dialogues are gatherings organized by Community to Community facilitated by impacted communities' leaders - in this case undocumented community leaders. The purpose of our current dialogues is to bring folks together to discuss the fundamentals of the US immigration system from the federal level to the local - and learn how we can all work together to resist the current anti-immigrant political climate. We invite folks that have participated in past dialogues to bring others that need information.

2) The Hidden Truth - Untold Stories 
Thursday, 30. March 2017  (~ 7:00 PM)

Lincoln Theatre, 712 S 1st St, Mt Vernon, WA

This is the 2nd annual evening of migrant youth voices.  It will feature the premiere of  "Professionals in Progress" photo exhibit, a two-year collaboration between community mentors and youth as well as performances and reflections as migrant youth take to the stage to educate and inspire.
Entrance is free, and donations are encouraged.  If you would like to meet the youth, plan to arrive early for our VIP Meet & Greet from 6:00-7:00pm.

State Level Advocacy: 

Good News:  The Striker amendment to HB 1001 that threatened Cherry Point and the Department of Natural Resources was defeated!   -  This news and  the defeat of efforts to repeal the affordable care act are encouraging reminders that our voices can change policies and lives right now and in the future.  Let's keep our calls and letters flowing to our government officials.

Suggested actions -  PLEASE DO THIS THIS MORNING - Today is a critical deadline for legislative action. 
1) Tell your legislators you support the House Democratic budget's new revenue sources to fully fund McCleary and to protect and strengthen our safety net programs. Click here or on the button below to send a message or call the Legislative Hotline at: 844-489-4843 and leave your name and address, and ask to send a message to all three of your legislators.

2)  Tell your State Senator you support the Legal Financial Obligations bill (HB 1783 - Holy).  Urge your Senator to tell the Committee on Law & Justice Chair to leave the interest rate at zero, leave the 'the ability to pay' section in the bill, and to vote the bill out by the cut off date of March 29 (TODAY). The committee is currently scheduled to meet on March 28 and 29. Click here or on the button below to send a message or call the Legislative Hotline number: 1-800-562-6000.


NOTE:  The links take you to  an easy to use Faith Action Network site -  just edit the message to eliminate the statement that you are a member of the Faith Action Network.  You may also edit in any other way, and it is helpful to edit so that your message is not the same as all the others. 

Social and Environmental Concerns Committee meets monthly.  If you would like to attend, click here to email one of our members for meeting details
2017 Quarterly Meeting Planning Committee (QMPC)

This is an ad hoc (limited term) joint committee including Friends from both Bellingham and Lopez Island Friends Meetings, for the purpose of planning and organizing the adult program for next spring's Pacific Northwest Quarterly Meeting session, to be held April 21-23, 2017, at Lazy F Camp and Retreat Center, near Ellensburg.  The session theme will be "Discerning our Leadings: Worshiping with our Lives."  If you're interested in joining us or just curious about what QM planning involves, contact QMPC Co-clerk Don Goldstein (671-1395 or  Next meeting: Wednesday, April 19th, 10 am.
Announcements from Special Groups
Event announcements from individuals in our local Meeting

Looking Ahead to Wider Quaker Gatherings

Spring 2017 Quarterly Meeting Session
April 21-23

PNQM meets in the Fall and Spring of each year at the Lazy F Camp near Ellensburg in Central Washington. The program begins on Friday evening and ends with lunch on Sunday. Registration for this session is open NOW. The registration deadline is April 7th, after which there is a late registration fee and indoor lodging may not be available. Register by clicking the link at 
  Registration online and by telephone opened on February 24th.  For more information, contact Don Goldstein ( or click here.




Living and Learning in the Great Outdoors

April 1. Saturday. 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM - Larrabee State Park Balds

A dense forest covers most of Larrabee SP. However, there are several small open areas, balds, in the spring filled with vibrant flowers not to be found in the shade of the forest. We will visit several of these balds and then hike to the ridge of Chuckanut Mt. Be prepared for off-trail travel on very steep terrain. Meet at the Fairhaven west side park-and-ride at the south end of 32nd Street at 9 AM. Discover Passes will be necessary. If you have questions contact Jim Duemmel at 733-3448 or

Click here to see a listing of all the Native Plant Society field trips
Letting Your Life Speak

Spotlight on
Opportunities for Witness 

Friday, March 31,  3 PM  Jail Stakeholders Workgroup meeting
5 PM - Public Comments

Opportunity to Speak Out Against the Proposed Mega-Jail
Mayor's Board Room, 2nd floor of Bellingham City Hall, 210 Lottie Street, Bellingham, WA
Public comment starting at 5 pm.  
So far, citizen attendance at these meetings has been sparse.  Silence is a form of consent.  Your presence at this meeting would show the public is paying attention to the size of the jail they propose in the next election.  It’s time to pack the house and show them that citizens are watching and that there is strong support for transforming – not expanding – the prison-industrial complex.

The Restorative Justice Coalition asks that you wear yellow to show your support for alternatives to incarceration.  Signs can also be used to show your position. There will be signs available at the Friday Peace Vigil.

Monday, April 3, 5 pm
Pull Together: Salish Sea Stands Against Kinder Morgan
Monday, April 3, 5 pm
Communications Facility Lawn, 516 High Street, Bellingham
Presented by Students for The Salish Sea, Redfish School of Change, and RAVEN trust 
Pull Together is a FREE outdoor concert featuring folk musician and activist from the West Coast of Canada, Luke Wallace in collaboration with RAVEN (Respecting Aboriginal Values and Environmental Needs) from BC.
SPEAKERS from Tsleil-Waututh and Lummi Nations   -  Cedar George Parker, Jewell James
PERFORMANCES by Luke Wallace and the Lummi Youth Canoe Family. 
The event is intended to raise community awareness of the risks posed by the Kinder Morgan Pipeline expansion which will transport 890,000 barrels of crude oil/day through the The Salish Sea to international markets.  Allowing the Kinder Morgan expansion is allowing the probable extinction of the Southern Resident Killer Whale, and threatening First Nation lifeways.

Saturday,  April 22  12:30 PM  
Bellingham March for Science
Starting at Bellingham City Hall
The local march is in its early planning stages. . Stay tuned!
Facebook page for local march:
Website for Washington DC and satellite marches:
In addition to the march itself, the Bellingham effort will also include a week of science-themed events leading up to April 22nd, and a Science Fair from 2pm – 4pm immediately following the march. Information will be up on the website soon.

Saturday, April 29: 12 noon
Peoples Climate March in Bellingham
(a satellite march for the Washington DC Peoples Climate March)   
Organizer:  350 Bellingham

Website for National March:

 Quaker Alternative to Violence Project (AVP)

Local offerings

Whidbey Island

An invitation from Whidbey Island Friends

Members of the Bellingham Meeting received a personal invitation to consider attending the Whidbey Island Friends Meeting sponsored AVP training at the UU church in Freeland April 7-9.  If anyone would like housing during the training please let Tom E. know.   (Click here to email him)  Scholarships are available. Please circulate this invitation.

The AVP program is clearly one of the most important Quaker contributions to peace in modern times. Both trainers and participants cite their participation in an AVP program as a transformative experience. Please join us.

Active links from flier:

Below are three brief videos if anyone wants to know more about AVP

Although AVP is best known for its use in prisons (the focus of the first two videos), it is increasingly used in various situations to reduce potential violence. The purpose of the interactive training is to introduce you to the concept with the hope - but not the requirement - that you will consider joining ongoing AVP programs.

Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL)
Spreading Quaker Power & Light
Working within our democratic system to influence national legislation
for peace & social justice.

News, Resources, Actions & Events:
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Tell Senators Cantwell & Murray to Oppose New Sanctions vs. Iran

New sanctions legislation now being considered by the U.S. Senate would jeopardize the Iran nuclear deal and risk putting the U.S. on path toward war with Iran. The bill would also add more barriers to diplomatic contact between the U.S. and Iranian military, which U.S. military leaders oppose. For details of this legislation, see the FCNL legislative explainer.

The Iran deal has already made the world a safer place by guarding against a nuclear-armed Iran and yet another U.S. war in the Middle East. With the U.S. continuing to escalate in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen, there is increasing risk for the U.S. and Iranian forces to clash and spin out of control. The anti-diplomacy legislation being considered in the Senate makes that more likely. WA Senators Murray and Cantwell are key in this debate.


Support Moral Budget Priorities

President Trump’s proposed budget substantially increases military funding by cutting peace building, environmental, and social services programs. Though the defeated American Health Care Act is a testament to the power of grassroots advocacy, congressional leaders are still intent on gutting the Medicaid and food assistance program (SNAP) to our country’s poorest residents.

Urge your members of Congress to oppose this budget and its cuts to programs that promote strong communities at home and true security globally, namely diplomacy, development, health care, education, food assistance, and environmental protection.


Work with FCNL: Join our work for peace, justice and the environment!
The Advocacy Corps is a 9-month training program starting August 2017. Advocates are given a $3,000 stipend to organize their local communities and address climate change. Applications due 4/10/17. Apply for the Advocacy Corps!
JOIN OUR LOCAL Advocacy Team - we meet once a month to plan how to lobby our senators and Rep. Rick Larsen, in concert with other FCNL teams nationwide. Please contact Virginia Herrick.
in the 
Wider Community


Grounded, Finding God in the World, A Spiritual Revolution - Diana Butler Bass
Video lecture series
March 30, 1:15 – 3:15 pm

First Congregational Church Bellingham

Where do you find God? The Sacred? The Spiritual? Many people are finding the distant, supernatural God has given way to a more intimate sense of the Sacred. The Jesus Seminar Study Group invites you to join us as we watch four DVD presentations by Diana Butler Bass. These lectures were given at the University Congregational UCC Church in Seattle WA. and were centered on her new book: Grounded, Finding God in the World, A Spiritual Revolution.

In 1974, anthropologist David Buchdahl argued that a culture's understanding of God was central to its larger practices of social and political life. "A change in the conception of God is a cultural event of some magnitude, especially because the character of a culture is heavily influenced by the notion of God that predominates within it".

We meet downstairs in the Church from 1:15-3:15 pm in rooms 12-14. We have 4 DVD's and the dates for these are: 3/30; 4/13 & 27 and 5/11. Join us for any one or all four of these sessions. 


Saturday, April 15

Saturday, April 15, 2017
9 am - 12 pm
Heiner Theater
Whatcom Community College


Jail Diversions:  The World of the Possible

Positive criminal justice solutions. 
Speakers will include Judge Cedric Kearns of Las Vegas, and a case manger and addiction specialist who work with him in that city's therapeutic courts.
The program will be moderated by Superior Court Judge Charles Snyder, who leads the dug court program in Whatcom Coumty.

Co-sponsors for the event include:
RiverStyx Foundation
The Law Offices of Brett, McCandlis, Brown

Media partners:  
KMRE-LP 102.3 and The Bellingham Herald

Prayer Vigil for Peace in the Middle East 

Bellingham faith communities continue the prayer vigils for peace in the Middle East on the 18th of each month, which were started in December 2000 at the initiative of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and organized nationally by Churches for Middle East Peace.  
April 18, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.   Vigil hosted by:  TBA

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.


Stand & Resist: Artists Protect the Salish Sea.

Opens March 29
Since 2010, polluters have wanted to use Washington and Oregon ports to get coal, oil, tar sands, and natural gas to overseas markets. Each short-sighted proposal has been met by massive, artist-lead creative resistance. And, in two weeks, we’re going to celebrate them.

a ten-day exhibit of visual arts.

It showcases local and regional artists who will explore the intertwined issues of threats to the Salish Sea, climate change, and alternative futures.  

Stand & Resist: Visual Arts Exhibit
What: From flyers to banners, performance to protest, totem poles to puppets -- artists have helped residents of the Salish Sea grapple with the complexities of fossil fuel projects and stand in resistance.
Where: Gallery at the Sylvia Center for the Arts at 205 Prospect St, Bellingham, WA.
When: Wednesday, March 29th to Friday, April 7th. See website for hours.

As part of the Stand & Resist celebration, we’ll also be bringing attention to current threats to the Salish Sea, how you can get involved, and how we can work together creatively to protect our home. 



Hold the Dates!
Sept 20 - 24, 2017
LOOK FORWARD TO an unparalleled opportunity
Gathering the World's Indigenous People
September 20-24, 2017 at Lummi Nation
Presented by the Indigenous Environmental Network
Announcements / Opportunities from Quaker Groups around the Country and the World


Pendle Hill
Offers Quaker Studies Online courses
(as well as amazing on-site retreats and workshops!)

click the link below for more inforamtion about on-line courses:


News from Ben Lomond Quaker Center

How can we open to the Spirit’s power to transform us and our meetings? Find out by joining us for Emerging Leadership, Spiritual Power, and Faithful Witness with Jonathan Vogel-Borne and Minga Claggett-Borne for a 5-day workshop from March 28 – April 2. Deep worship, strong community, Spirit-led leadership and faithful witness build powerful meetings. We encourage meetings to send an older and a younger Friend. Spaces are limited so register early at

Save the dates, June 25 – July 1, 2017, for summer camp! We welcome all kids to join us; Quaker Camp serves rising 4th - 6th graders, and Service Camp serves 7th - 9th graders. Campers explore community, peace, equality, integrity, simplicity, and earthcare-- values that Quakers hold strongly, through creative projects and activities. Applications for counselor positions and camper registration are available at


Friends General Conference 

(Offers many resources including the ones listed below)
Building a deeper spiritual community in your meeting.


On-line Quaker Meetings for Worship - with two Quaker Groups

Ben Lomond Quaker Center  
offers on-line worship Every Morning
7:30 - 8:00 AM
Click here for morning worship

Western Friend 
offers Lunch-hour Worship on Thursdays
11:30 AM -12:30 PM PT

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