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February 17, 2016   Bellingham Quaker E-News
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Sunday, February 21st, 2016
Singing from Quaker Songbook - 9:30 (ish)
Silent Worship - 10 AM
Coffee and snacks after worship

Explorations Academy 1701 Ellis St Click here for a  Map
Poetry Sharing Second Hour - February 21st

The Outreach and Welcoming Group is sponsoring another poetry-sharing opportunity during our Second Hour on Sunday, February 21st. Friends are invited to share a favorite poem (or any other type of inspirational writing) with the group and also to tell us how you found it and/or what it has meant in your life. You may let us know in advance that you have something to share by contacting OWG Clerk Don Goldstein (click for email or call 671-1395), but it is not required.  Friends are also invited to have their offerings published in the next issue of Metamorphosis, our monthly newsletter.

Friendly Tasks for Meeting 


Care of Meeting:  John H 
Key / setup: Wendy G           
Setup Helper: Don G
Greeter: Judy H 
Snack: Jeanine H
Kitchen setup: Wendy C       
kitchen setup Help: vacant

Kitchen cleanup: Dave H      
Kitchen cleanup Help: Judy H 

Children's teacher: Aurora F


Friends, we need someone to help with kitchen set up this week - please pitch in if you are there early.  


AND - next week has LOTS of openings - please sign up!

Calendar for Bellingham Friends

Thurs., Feb 18th, 6:30 PM
Silence and Singing

Sharon T and Don R's home
45 min of Silent worship at 7, break and then 1 hr or so of hymn singing
Come for either or both.  1st and 3rd Thursdays 

 
Wed., Feb 24th , 7– 9 PM 
Midweek Worship
Mary Ann P.'s home
Silent worship and worship sharing - 2nd and 4th Wednesday's of the month

 
Thursday, Feb 25th - 7 PM
Spirit Group - (Beginning again!)
Larry T's home


Wednesday, March 16th
Book Group - 7 PM
Richardson's
Book for March:  Tortilla Curtain
Upcoming Second Hours:
 
Feb. 28 – Steven Aldrich will share on the topic of Personal Circles of Justice, FCNL, & FCWPP
Mar. 6 – Potluck 

Mar. 13 – MfWfB

Mar. 20 – FCNL biannual priority-setting (Karen Steen, FCNL rep. to facilitate)

Mar. 27 – Easter 
April 3 – Potluck
 with OWG "get acquainted" activity
April 10 – MfWfB

April 17 – Open 

April 24 – Open 
(Pacific Northwest Quarterly Meeting)
A Message From Ministry and Counsel
 
M &C was very heartened to see so many Friends present, and sharing so deeply of their experiences regarding the Bell Tower Studios during Second Hour on Sunday January 31.  We recognize that to do so was an affirmation of Friends love and caring for our community and may have taken considerable courage.  We recognize some Friends who may have wanted to speak did not have the opportunity to do so given our time constraints.  We hope another opportunity to share will help us move forward as a worshipping community.

To that end, we are inviting Iris and Jerry to facilitate another MFW for Sharing with us next month.  If they are unavailable, we have a couple of other Friends in mind to ask.  We will continue to keep Friends informed as we learn what is going to be possible, and we continue to hold our Meeting community in the Light.
 

Announcements From Bellingham Friends
 

_____________________________From Lorina Hall____________________________

Scholarship Opportunity
for

Friends General Conference - the Gathering

Bellingham Friends Meeting sponsors an individual to attend the annual Friends General Conference Gathering.  The  2016 Gathering will take place July 3-9 at College of St Benedict, in St. Joseph, Minnesota. If you are considering attending, we welcome your written inquiry and  can make details about information and expectations available.  Preference is given to first time attendees.

If you are interested, contact  Nominating Committee, Lorina Hall, clerk, no later than Feb 22.  
Note: Registration for the FGC Gathering begins online April1, and some workshops fill quickly.   

 

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Cultivate the Quaker Experience
Join Western Friend on-line 
for:

1.   Monthly online conversations about topics important to Quaker Meetings

  • February 10, 2016 – Strengthening Vocal Ministry in Meeting for Worship Click here for a video recording of this workshop
  • March 9, 2016 – Deep Listening and Discernment in Meeting for Business
  • April 13, 2016 – Re-Organizing the Meeting to Help It Do Its Work (Committees, etc.)
  • May 11, 2016 – Benefits and Dangers of Electronic Communications
Follow this link to find a collection of quotations about expectant waiting worship and vocal ministry.
Here's what you need to know to join the conversation:
  • 6:30 PM Pacific  
  • 90 minutes
  • Please arrive on time.  
  • In the “Workshop Room” of
  • Western Friend Connect   (click the link to enter and follow the instructions)
  • Allow 3-10 min for set up if this is your first time

2.  Online Lunch-hour Worship every Thursday.

  • 11:30 AM Pacific / 12:30 PM Mountain
  • 60 minutes
  • Arrive when you can. Depart when you must.
  • In the “Family Room” of
  • Western Friend Connect

__________________________From Ben Lomond via Nan Macy_______________________


Deborah Shaw (North Carolina YM Conservative) is leading what promises to
be a very interesting and spiritually grounded retreat at

Ben Lomand
Quaker Center 
February 26-28. 

It's entitled
"Drinking Deep at the Well: the Passionate Spirituality of Early Quaker Women." 
Click here for more information

_______________________From Interfaith Coalition via Sharon Trent_______________________

Save the date for the Annual Hope Auction and dinner on Saturday, March 19th at 5:30 pm. Donations for the auction are due no later than March 1st.  Please consider giving an item or service to be auctioned. Tickets are $50.

The pysanky egg party scheduled for February 21st, has been cancelled, but if anyone is interested in making eggs or learning the technique, call Sharon Trent at 714-6141.  Our Meeting has a tradition of donating eggs to the Interfaith auction, though you're welcome to make some for yourself.

Interfaith Choir Fest is on Sunday, February 21st at 3:30 at First Congregational Church.  Call 734-3983 if you are interested in joining the choir.


Interfaith Coalition needs someone with a pickup to help move furniture on a very occasional basis.  If you are willing and able to help out, please call Janie Pemble at 734-3983.
 

 
 

Looking Ahead to Wider Quaker Gatherings

Pendle Hill workshop -  March 10-13, 2016  
"Beyond Crime and Punishment: Fostering Transformative Justice in Community"  
A Conference for Inspiration, Education, Networking, and Action


Click here for more information


Spring 2016 session- Pacific Northwest Quarterly Meeting
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 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 EnglandDetails are available here  and online registration begins on April 1st

 

North Pacific Annual Session
July 13 - 17

Whitworth University
Spokane, WA
Friend in Residence will be Diane Randall, FCNL

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

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.

This is the transformative workcamp Mary Ann attended last year.  She's happy to answer any questions you may have about the experience.

Bi-monthly newsletter of Quaker Earthcare Witness Volume 29, Number 1, January-February 2016 
can be accessed by clicking the image above



Let Your Life Speak:   Learning from lives that inspire

Let Your Life Speak is a project of AFSC Friends Relations. Quakers have an incredible history and legacy of action and service work, and that work continues to be borne out within Meetings and individual Friends across the county. AFSC grounds its work in Quaker testimonies and practices to do work for peace with justice within the world.

Let Your Life Speak shares seven amazing stories of work that is being done within and across AFSC and Quaker communities. These are brave and moving stories of work for loving justice in response to post-genocidal trauma, a prejudicial and broken immigration system, and more. An eighth card in the deck provides instructions for how to utilize the deck. Quakers and AFSC do incredible work, and AFSC wants to share these inspirational stories to encourage further action and support.

Click here for stories of Quaker lives that speak our testimonies
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Prayer Vigil for Peace in the Middle East
When:  February 18Thursday5:30 p.m.
Where:  Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church - 1720 Harris Ave, Bellingham
 
Friday Peace Vigil
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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Announcements of Events in the 
Wider Community
 
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World Issues Forums/Paths to Global Justice
Winter Quarter 2016
Coordinator:  Shirley Osterhaus   Shirley.osterrhaus@wwu.edu 
 

TODAY -  February 17, Noon-1:20pm, Fairhaven College Auditorium  
“Sonic Jihad: Muslim Hip Hop in the Age of Mass Incarceration”


SpearIt, Associate Professor of Law at Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Texas Southern University

This presentation examines the intersection of prisons, Islam, and hip hop culture to understand a unique species of legal criticism.  For Muslims in America, hip hop culture has functioned as a megaphone for rhetorical resistance that offers “new terrain” for understanding the law.  More specifically, among the troubles that have afflicted the hip hop generation, perhaps none is as traumatic as losing friends, family, and loved ones to the proverbial belly of the beast.  As the phrase “down by law” indicates, critique of the law has been etched in hip hop culture from the earliest days, which has invariably involved blasting prisons.  The more extreme expressions redefine fantasy fiction through apocalyptic visions of revolution and revenge, with prisons representing an extension of the slave system that first brought African Muslims to America as chattel.  This talk focuses on this discursive war and challenges the notion that the most radical voices in Muslim America are to be found in mosques or other Muslim gatherings.  Such a position must contend with a sonic jihad in hip hop whose war rhetoric rivals that of any jihadist organization. Co-sponsor: Center for Law, Diversity & Justice

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A MOST IMPORTANT INTER-CULTURAL GATHERING at LUMMI NATION to HEAR and HONOR TOM GOLDTOOTH,
Director of the Indigenous Environmental Network.  

Thursday, February, 18, 5-9 at Wexliem Community Center, Lummi Nation. 
 
BRING: Salad or Side Dish to add to the meal the tribes will provide.
 
SCHEDULE OF EVENT For Thursday Feb 18
4:44 pm: 'THE EARTH IS ALIVE' SCREENING 29min. Documentary Video that was presented in Paris
5:13 pm: DINNER Welcoming • Table Song Blessing • Dinner
6:24 pm: WITNESSES & WORK Calling of Witnesses • Explaination of evening events/schedule
6:36 pm: YOUTH AMBASSADORS PARIS REPORT: Lummi Youth Ambassadors Presentations of their visit to COP21 • Paris, France 
7:22 pm: INDIGENOUS ENVIRONMENTAL NETWORK, Key Note Address: Tom Goldtooth, IEN Executive Director
8:02 pm: Welcoming attendees to share Testimony, Love & Questions to Tom Goldtooth
8:31 pm: WITNESSES share their words of what they witnessed tonight
9:01 pm: BLESSING SONG & CLOSING PRAYER
 
NOTE: somewhere in the evening a blanket or drum will be passed to collect donations for the Indigenous Environmental Network
Click here to listen to the powerful keynote address Tom Goldtooth presented at the Indigenous Climate Justice Symposium, Nov 5, 2015, at Evergreen College .  Tom Goldtooth was a co-recipient of the 2015 Gandhi Peace Award.  

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"White Supremacy Isn't Going To End Itself"
A three part workshop series 
aimed at anti-racist whites who are interested in:
  • Building relationships with other anti-racist whites
  • Fostering a community and culture around active participation in decolonization, resistance, and revolutionary work
  • Acting in solidarity with the struggles led by people of color locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally 
Part 1: "When Unlearning Oppression Is Not Enough" (Feb 13, Fairhaven College Auditorium, 10am-1pm)
Goal:  Encourage white participation in the destruction of white supremacy using a framework that challenges traditional notions of allyship and white saviorism and centers the collective and active destruction of oppression (not just the individual "unlearning" of oppression; accomplices, not allies). "Radical" & "Abolition" are not dirty words!

Part 2: "Why Protest? A Whites Guide to Direct Action" (March)
Goal: Using the framework from Part 1, teach whites how to strategize & carry out tactics against white supremacy in the spaces they already occupy and participate in POC-led direct action without co-optation. "Don't take up more space in anti-racist movements, take the space you are given in society and make it anti-racist."

Part 3: "White Supremacy In Your Backyard" (April)
Goal:  Bringing together what has been learned in parts 1 & 2, the final installment of this series will focus on the specific institutions in our community and how their leaders, policies, and interests are vehicles of white supremacy, and will bring in those in our community who are already doing the work of taking on these institutions.
 

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Thursday, February 25th,  
6:30 PM
Bellingham Public Library,  
 210 Central Avenue, Bellingham


The League of Women Voters® of Bellingham & Whatcom County invites the public to a program examining voting demographics, the decline of voter turnout, and potential options for increasing citizen involvement in the democratic process. This program will feature Cathy Allen, President/Owner of The Connections Group, Inc, and co-founder of the Center for Women & Democracy at the University of Washington.

Following Ms. Allen’s remarks, a panel of local experts representing the diversity of political demographics will join her to discuss challenges and possible opportunities to increase voter turnout.

The program will explore the following topics:
  • Who votes, and who does not? 
  • Why are more and more Americans failing to exercise their right to vote? 
  • Are changing voter requirements impacting voter turnout? 
  • Would changes in voting process increase voter turnout? 
  • What strategies have worked to increase turnout
Free and open to the public.  Light Refreshments will be served.  Doors open at 6:30, Program at 6:45


 
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Award-winning Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival



The annual Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival (BHRFF) supports independent filmmakers, fosters dialogue and promotes action. For fourteen years, volunteer committee members have selected scores of insightful and moving films they hope will encourage the community to explore and engage with critical issues. The 2016 festival will take place February 19 through 27, 2016 offering free screenings over various venues and with many special guests and discussions. Two screenings will be hosted at Pickford Film Center.
For more information click here to visit the Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival website

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Search for Meaning Bookfest at Seattle U.
Saturday 2/27
50 plus authors  
50+ authors, an annual festival, and a nationwide network .
surrounding the human search for meaning
Click here for more information 

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The God question: a Jesus Seminar video series
February 11 & 25; and March 10   1:15 - 3:15 pm
First Congregational Church Bellingham
2401 Cornwall Avenue,  Classrooms 11 – 12
(Friends - this is the program Karen S recommended and promised to share with us)
 
The local Jesus Seminar Study Group extends an invitation to anyone interested in “the God question” to join us for our next four sessions. We will be watching DVD’s from a Jesus Seminar on the Road, held in 2015 at UCC in Auburn, CA. The DVD host faculty are Joe Bessler and David Galston, both theologians and authors: Bessler wrote A Scandalous Jesus and Galston wrote Embracing The Human Jesus. Does the Kingdom of God need God? Does God matter in the human future? The name God is not that of a Supreme being. If questions and statements like these tweak your curiosity, come and join us. We meet second and fourth Thursdays of the month at FCCB, downstairs below administrative offices.
 
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Elevation: The Art of Cascadia 

A passionate celebration of the northwest landscape 

February 5-27
Mixed-Media Exhibition / Activities, etc:
Art Exhibitions, Presentations, Performances, Workshops, Recreation EXPO, Excursions & Adventures, Interactive Experiences


 

Click here for promotional video of this multifaceted event


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February 25th, 6:30 pm
WWU Performing Arts Center (PAC)


Dr. Vandana Shiva

is coming to Western to speak about women in agriculture, traditional practices, biodiversity, climate change, and much, much more!
Tickets are $3 with a WWU student ID and $12 for general admission.
(Students- you have to go to the box office to get your tickets!)

Who is Dr. Vandana Shiva?
Dr. Shiva works in many different fields of study with many intersectionalities. She is a major figure in the ecofeminist movement with many ties to the environmental movement, working towards justice for women, traditional agriculture, and farm workers rights. She works to preserve crop biodiversity and advocates for women’s equality in global policy, empowering women in agriculture and rural areas. Dr. Shiva is also an anti-globalization activist working towards protecting the resources and well-being of those in need.

Come and learn from this radical woman as she shares her experiences with the Western community.

Click here for
 event info and a link to a short video that features her.
 


This event is sponsored by the AS Environmental Center, AS Special Events, AS Social Issues Resource Center, AS Womxn's Center, the Outback Farm, and the Sustainable Action Fund.
 

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1st Friday With Swil Kanim

March 4,  7-9 pm

Te’Ti’Sen Center (Lummi Gateway)
4920 Rural Rd, Ferndale (Exit 260, Slater Rd)
(Often there are refreshments served at no cost)
Always the sweetest spot and inspiring company to be found on a Friday night!
 
Directions: Cross over I-5 and take right on Rural Rd. and drive about 1½-blocks to first buildings on the right.  It is easy to find!  
 

 
 
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