Dec 21, 2016   Bellingham Quaker E-News 
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Sunday, December 25, 2016
Silent Worship: 10 AM Worship

Second Hour: Peaceful Christmas, Everyone - no second hour today
Location:  1701 Ellis St.  Map

Friendly Tasks for Meeting 

Care of Meeting: Lynne L
Key / setup: Lorina H
Setup Helper: vacant
Greeter: vacant
Snack: vacant
Kitchen setup: vacant
Kitchen setup Help: vacant
Kitchen cleanup: vacant
Kitchen cleanup Help: Jim G
Children's teacher: vacant

Upcoming Second Hours:

Dec 25 - Social Time

Jan 1 - Potluck

Jan 8  MFWFB

Jan 15  Spiritual Journey talk (Steve Vanderstaay)

Jan 22   OWC “How We Came to Quakerism” facilitated by Kathy Long

Calendar for Bellingham Friends
Friendly Listening Group
Date TBA
Terra Organica, 1530 Cornwall Ave.
Contact Dusty Andersen or Lynne Lohr for more information.

Wed. Dec. 28, 7-9 PM
Midweek Worship (possibly)
at Mary Ann P's home if enough interest
usually meeting 2nd and 4th Wednesdays -- Check in with Mary Ann after Christmas or see E-News distributed on Dec. 28th 

Thurs, Jan 12, 7 - 9 PM
Spirit Group

at Larry T.'s home
See Spirit Group Announcement below for link to readings and more information. 

Tuesday, Jan 17, 7 – 9 PM
Book Group
at Joan Ofteness's home
We'll be discussing "The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement" by David Brooks.  Copies of book (for now) are available from Don G.

Query for December
from NPYM Faith and Practice, p. 45

“As we work for peace in the world are we nourished by peace within ourselves?” 

Bellingham Friends Announcements
Announcements From Committees
of our local Meeting 
Children's Program Committee

WISH LIST! Friends asked for a Christmas "wish list" to make our program more wonderful. We've already received several building toys, including Duplos, and a wooden puzzle, for the 2-4 age group! Thank you SO MUCH! Still on the list: 1. Ages 2-4: set of simple dolls, or gift card so we can select. 2. Ages 6-10: Building toy; maybe with magnets?, set of small animal figures,  30-80 piece puzzle. 3. Supplies: Michael's or Fred Meyer gift cards.  4. Suggestion from Virginia: From Nat'l Wildlife Federation: Set of 2 games: Animal Tracks & Wildlife Bingo, NWF3683 $29.99, 1-800-756-3752. Reminder: Storage is limited. Small is beautiful!
KID-SPACE at Explorations: Children's Program is in the classroom off the hallway near the bathrooms. SNACK: Children's snacks are in the Hospitality cabinet.

NEW OPPORTUNITY on our teacher team:  adults can "support person" for Anna Row when she teaches in the new year. Contact Virginia to sign up. The team: Dave (Anna backup); Dusty Andersen; Rob Dillard; Susan Richardson; Rachel VanBoven; Eric Bablinskas; Kristen McLewin, Jessica Bee, Aurora Fox and Virginia Herrick. Substitutes: Sharon Trent, John Hatten, and Dorothy DeFremery. Thank you all!
Art Days with Aurora: Check the schedule here! Once a month, Aurora  leads an art-only program, a practicum in the testimony of Community.

Dec. 18 - Aurora art project: Old (used) Christmas cards needed! 2nd hour: all-ages holiday celebration.
Dec. 25 - Christmas Morning Sunday: We have not heard of any families planning to attend, so no plans for Children's Program. Anna and Dora have the day off, too!
 Jan. 1 - Virginia
Jan. 8 - Jessica

Outreach and Welcoming Committee

OWC's next Second Hour will be an opportunity to share about "How I first came to Quakerism", facilitated on January 22nd by Kathy Long.

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, January 7th.  All Friends are welcome but please contact clerk Don Goldstein (671-1395 or if you will be joining us.
Spirit Group Announcement
Next meeting:  
Thurs, Jan. 12 , 7 - 9 PM

Friends, please click here to read and/or print the draft of the revised Chapter 4 of NPYM's new "Faith and Practice" which the Spirit Group will continue to discuss over the next several months.  See calendar for location and time. (WARNING - this is a long document (38 pages) - too long to print copies for distribution to everyone.  So you might want to bring an electronic copy to Spirit Group or read ahead and take notes. ) 
The group will discuss pages 27-38 (remainder of material) in chapter 4 of the draft revision of NPYM's "Faith and Practice"
Social and Environmental Concerns Committee 

December Concern of the Month:  Bellingham YWCA

THANK YOU FRIENDS.  You have collectively donated $115 to the help the YWCA continue its critical work housing and providing services for homeless women.  As always, Friends who wish to donate more to organizations featured in our concern of the month are encouraged to do so.  

Standing Rock Update

Forgiveness Ceremony Unites Veterans And Natives At Standing Rock Casino


Mni Wiconi, Water is Life (beautiful overview for those who would like perspective)

SEC believes the following information may be important to some Friends who are led to witness on specific issues:

Local oil shipments: 
Local Immigrant and farm worker issues:
  • Familias Unidas por la Justicia (FUJ)—An Evening of Thanks, Honor, and Action
    January 14, 6-8 pm
    Co-op Connections Building
    405 E Holly St
    Free, public welcome
    Hear from local farmworker union members about their historic decision to be represented by Familias Unidas por la Justicia, ushering in a new era for farmworker justice in Washington state. This is an opportunity to honor their victory, learn what the future holds, and affirm the impact and necessity of standing up for a just food system.                             No reservations required. If you want reminders, RSVP on Facebook. For more information, contact Jean at

The Direction of our Country

  • Rev. William J. Barber II:  We are witnessing the birth pangs of a Third Reconstruction.  We need a moral movement to create change.

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: Friday January 13, 10 am.
Announcements From National
Quaker Lobby / Action Groups
Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL)
Supporting Spirit-led action in the weeks and months ahead!
Health insurance legislative alert!
President-elect Trump and congressional leaders have said their first legislative priority is to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which will put at risk health care for 20 – 30 million Americans. We hear Congress will start this process the first week in January.

Take two minutes to email your senators and representative todayUrge them not to repeal the Affordable Care Act without first ensuring there is a responsible and comprehensive replacement simultaneously enacted in the same legislation.
Ground-breaking FCNL GOOD news!
Construction of the new Quaker Welcome Center on Capitol Hill has begun! The building is funded by The World We Seek: Now Is the Time capital campaign.

Online applications are open for many FCNL young adult programs.
Restoring Our Faith in Democracy: What’s FCNL Doing About $$ in Politics?
Answer: Listening.

Many at FCNL are starting to see the undue influence of $$ in politics may be a symptom, not the disease itself. The problem is the fundamental disconnect many feel between us and the representative we elect. How can we take back politics, build integrity, and restore faith in democracy? FCNL is switching its’ perspective from a negative “anti-money” focus to a positive “how can we promote democracy” focus. Heading into 2017, here are steps we can take to promote democracy:
  • Expand public financing of campaigns
  • Encourage broader participation of the public, like tax credits for campaign donations
  • Increase accountability and transparency, like anti-corruption acts at all levels of governance
  • Support congressional authority to set reasonable campaign contribution limits

For more information, visit the new FCNL website or contact our local FCNL Legislative Advocacy Team below.
If you are interested in joining 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) contact Virginia Herrick
American Friends Service Committee
 Centennial Year
 2017 is the American Friends Service Committee’s 100th anniversary
Here are 8 ways for individuals and congregations to celebrate 100 years of peace and justice work with us:

1.  Host the traveling exhibit about AFSC’s values and current work at a Yearly Meeting annual gathering or in a monthly meeting—follow this link to reserve dates and to find out more information.

2.  Use our first day school curriculum to tell the story of AFSC’s history and current work.

3.  Visit to read stories from donors, volunteer, staff members, and program participants about their time with AFSC. Then, share your own AFSC story on the website.

4.  Pick up the April 2017 edition of Friends Journal, featuring AFSC’s Centennial.

5.  Attend Friends General Conference’s Annual Gathering in 2017, featuring a plenary address and workshops about AFSC.

6.  Plan a trip to visit the “Wage Peace” museum exhibit about AFSC as it moves around the country, 2017-2019.

7.  Attend the AFSC Centennial summit on April 20-23, 2017 in Philadelphia. (Registration opening soon

8.  Donate to the Courageous Acts campaign in honor of the Centennial and AFSC’s continued work.

Visit for the latest information and for more resources.

We hope to see you at an event or send you more information soon!
Please email Emily McGrew,, with any questions. 

Videos and Podcasts and More for the Quaker Soul

Here is a selection of Carols for your Christmas week
(The commentary is ...umm... irreverent,
but most of the Carols are lovely):


Excerpted from The Postmodern Quaker
A Quaker Christmas Message

 / December 9, 2014

"Christ climbed down
from His bare Tree
this year
and ran away to where
there were no rootless Christmas trees
hung with candycanes and breakable stars.

Christ climbed down
from His bare Tree
this year
and softly stole away into
some anonymous Mary’s womb again
where in the darkest night
of everybody’s anonymous soul
He awaits again
an unimaginable
and impossibly
Immaculate Reconception
the very craziest
of Second Comings."

Those are the first and last stanzas of Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s poem, “Christ Climbed Down.”1 The poet’s understanding of a particular (and peculiar) dogma may have been off — the “Immaculate Conception” doctrine refers to the conception of Mary, not to that of Jesus Christ — but that’s not the worst of his heterodoxies, at least from broadly accepted Christian perspectives. For many Christians, the implication that the more important birth of Christ is that which he awaits “in the darkest night of everybody’s anonymous soul” is something one might expect to hear from an incorrigible heretic — from, say, a Quaker.

Read more here in the Postmodern Quaker


In Case you missed this in the last Whatcom Watch - check out the wonderful story about Beth Brownfeld in the December Issue.  

Beth's remarkable calling was launched in part by Quakers.  Who knew?

Our reach is broader than our numbers.  

Living and Learning in the Great Outdoors

Kulshan Koma Native Plant Society Trip

January 14, Saturday. 9:15 AM to 3:00 PM


Semiahmoo Spit: Plants and Birds in Winter

We will walk along the spit and alternate identifying plants by their twigs and buds and the marine birds that should be abundant at this time of year. There will be handouts for identifying plants and several scopes and handouts for the common birds seen at this time of year. You may want to bring binoculars for the closer in water birds and terrestrial birds. Bring a lunch and dress for winter weather. Meet at 9:15 AM at the southeast corner of Sunset Square parking lot out from the Safeway, or meet at 10 AM at the parking lot on the left just as you get to the bottom of the hill going out to Semiahmoo spit. For questions, contact Lyle Anderson at 527-3025 or

Click here to see a listing of all the Native Plant Society winter field trips


Announcements of Events/Opportunities
in the 
Wider Community

Sunday, January 1 at 2 p.m.
Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship 1207 Ellsworth St. Bellingham
Standing Rock Camp Stories from Vets and Water Protectors
Songs from the Heart with Peter Ali/Tracy Spring/JP Falcon
Prayers and Thoughts for a Hopeful New Year
Free Event: donations gladly accepted

Saturday, January 77:00-9:00 pm
Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship 
The Tar Sands Valve Turners - Story Night with Climate Heroes
The Tar Sands Valve Turners Share Their Stories and Conviction for Direct Action on Climate!
Hosts: 350 Bellingham and the Social & Environmental Justice Committee - Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship.
Cost: Donation collection, 100% goes to #shutitdown legal fund


Saturday, January 7, 2017
Guru Nanak Gursikh Gurdwara (Sikh Temple)
176 E. Pole Rd., Lynden

Interfaith Prayer Service
Whatcom County faith leaders and civic leaders will be sharing prayers and peace in multicultural congregation.

Noemi Ban, Holocaust Survivor - Keynote speaker.

Welcome: 3:30pm
Interfaith Prayer Service: 4-6 pm
Keynote Speaker: Noemi Ban, Holocaust Survivor
Langar (free vegetarian meal): 4-8 pm

"Gurdwara" is the name for a Sikh temple or church. "Gurdwara" means "door of the Guru", and it is where the Sikh scripture resides. The Sikh scripture is the Guru Granth Sahib and it is the only Guru/Guide/Teacher of the Sikhs. People from all faiths, and those who do not profess a faith, are always welcomed in Sikh Gurdwaras.


January 14, 6-8 pm
Co-op Connections Building, 405 E Holly St
Familias Unidas por la Justicia (FUJ)—An Evening of Thanks, Honor, and Action
Free, public welcome
Hear from local farmworker union members about their historic decision to be represented by Familias Unidas por la Justicia, ushering in a new era for farmworker justice in Washington state. This is an opportunity to honor their victory, learn what the future holds, and affirm the impact and necessity of standing up for a just food system.                
No reservations required. If you want reminders, RSVP on Facebook. For more information, contact Jean at


This is shared by La Jolla Meeting - it is a sign created by the Mennonite Comunity

Join with Immanuel Mennonite Church and print your own yard sign. Download yours here:


Prayer Vigil for Peace in the Middle East 

Bellingham faith communities continue the monthly prayer vigils for peace in the Middle East, 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.  
The following faith communities will host the monthly prayer vigils from
5:30 - 6 PM
Jan 18th -  watch this space for location


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.

Looking Ahead to Wider Quaker Gatherings

PNQM Silent Retreat
Camp Huston, Gold Bar, Washington
January 20-23, 2017
(with optional extension to Jan. 24)

Reach more profound depths in the Silence of Quaker worship,
deeper communion with your authentic self,
your spiritual community and the Divine. 

For information, click here or  contact Bill Ames at, or at the following: 

Bill Ames
610 NW 70th St.
Seattle, WA 98117

General Meetings - Quarterly and Yearly Meetings and The Gathering


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.
Responsibility for planning rotates among the Monthly Meetings of the Quarter. 
Registration information should be available in February
For more information, contact Don Goldstein ( or click here.


Quaker special events, retreats, workshops, conferences, etc.
Announcements / Opportunities from Other Quaker Groups

On-line Course Offering
We Were Made for this Moment

In this time of tumult, fear, and hatred, the world needs the gifts that you were born to share. You may not be sure where to use them. You may not know how to use them to greatest effect, or even if you can make a difference at all, but you know you need to do something to work for a more just and loving world. You are not alone! The purpose of this online course is to help you to meet this moment.

What is unique about this course is that it will blend three types of teaching: social change theory, spiritual discernment, and personal empowerment. For example, you will learn about different social change roles and what makes them effective. Then you will practice the tools of inward listening to access the wisdom already within you about what role you are meant to play. Finally, you will explore what gets you stuck and learn tools to help you take action even when you are afraid. These three types of teaching will be woven together in each lesson, accessing our hearts, minds, and spirits for the work of creating a more just and sustainable world. Recordings of the class sessions will be available in case you can’t make every one.

The course will take place the five Mondays of January from 7:30 until 9:00pm EST. That’s January 2 to January 30. It is $50 for five weeks, $30 if you register by December 6 or if you recruit a friend to take the course with you.

Click here to register and to read more about the course

Eileen Flanagan is a board member of Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT)


Musical growth and personal development 

in a caring, inclusive community informed by Quaker values.  

Join us for FMC 2017! 
July 9 -  August 6, 2017 


Enrollment is open to all young people ages 10 to 18.

Prospective campers should have at least one year of lessons on their chosen instrument, or one year of experience in a school orchestra, band or choir program.  Scholarships are available.

Friends Music Camp is held on the campus of Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana.

For more information about Friends Music Camp, click here

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:

Pendle Hill Online Course  -  January 9, 2017 - April 2, 2017

Winter 2017: Exploring the Quaker Way

"Our Life is Love" book coverThis course, taught by Marcelle Martin and assisted by Steve Chase, runs from January 9 through April 2. “Exploring the Quaker Way” is for seekers, attenders, and interested members of Friends meetings who want to: 1) deepen their understanding of the “unprogrammed” Quaker tradition; 2) better understand the spiritual journey common among early and current Friends; 3) reflect on their own spiritual journeys within this simple, radical, and contemporary spiritual path; and 4) become more familiar with key elements of fostering vibrant and caring Quaker communities. It is designed for people who want to explore these themes through personal reflection, focused study, and deep dialog within a lively learning community gently guided by seasoned Quaker educators and several guest presenters.

>>> Click here for more information <<<


From North Pacific Yearly Meeting

A Call for Art Work


The NPYM Committee on the Discipline (Faith and Practice) is issuing a call for art work to be used in the revised volume of our Faith and Practice. 

We are looking for black and white images, such as line drawings or block prints.  We seek images reflecting Quaker values and the geography and spiritual life of our Yearly Meeting.
An outline of the new Faith and Practice is included below to help with deciding what might fit.

We encourage submissions from all age groups.

You may submit your work electronically to the Faith and Practice Committee, ( or you may send a hard copy to NPYM, Committee on the Discipline, 3311 N. W. Polk Ave., Corvallis, OR 97330  
They will also be able to provide guidelines for submissions and other materials to help you.  


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

Come when you can, leave when you must.
Click here to enter "Family Room" for worship

On Our Website:
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(our monthly newsletter - with feature articles and poetry and much more!)
Back issues of the E-News
(soon to include this one!)
And much more!
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