May 11, 2016   Bellingham Quaker E-News
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Sunday, May 15, 2016
Singing Sunday:  9:30-ish to 10
Silent Worship: 10 AM Worship
Second Hour:
Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business
Explorations Academy 1701 Ellis St Click here for a  Map
Please send committee reports and member concerns
to the Clerk (John Hatten) and recording clerk (Judy Hopkinson) so that they can be distributed electronically prior to MfWfB.  Deadline: Thursday midnight. 
A note from Ministry and Counsel

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

Friendly Tasks for Meeting 

Care of Meeting:  Dorrie J 
Key / setup: Don G       
Setup Helper: Wendy G
Greeter: Judy H
Snack: (vacant)
Kitchen setup: Mark H
Kitchen setup Help:
Kitchen cleanup: Mark H
Kitchen cleanup Help: (vacant)

Children's teacher:(vacant)

Friends - sign ups are skimpy this week - PLEASE plan to pitch in !!!
Upcoming Second Hours:

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

June 12 – MfWfB
Query of the Month
“How can we make the meeting a community in which each person is accepted and nurtured, and strangers are welcome? Seek to know one another in the things which are eternal, bear the burden of each other's failings and pray for one another. As we enter with tender sympathy into the joys and sorrows of each other's lives, ready to give help and to receive it, our meeting can be a channel for God's love and forgiveness.”
Calendar for Bellingham Friends
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

Mon., May 16, 7 – 9 PM 
Book Group
Joanne C's home

Discussing "Yes, Chef" by Marcus Samuelsson, a few more copies available from Susan R.

Tues., May 17, 6:30 – 9 PM 
Annual Clerks Supper (potluck and discussion)
Richardsons' home
Please RSVP toSusan R.

Thurs,. May 19th - 7 - 9 PM
Spirit Group
at Larry T.'s home
(Still discussing Eastern Light: Awakening to Presence in Zen, Quakerism and Christianity by Steve Smith, last 2 chapters)

Saturday, June 4 - 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Bellingham Friends Retreat

(details to be announced)

Bellingham Friends Announcements

________________ "Clerk's Supper"_________________
From Susan and Allan Richardson

 The annual clerk supper for incoming and outgoing clerks and others involved in Meeting planning will be held Tuesday May 17 at the Richardson's.  We plan to eat at 6:30pm to allow time to reflect, plan and discuss transitions  afterwards without keeping people up late who work the next day.  Please click here to  RSVP to Susan and Allan so we know how many to set up for ahead.

________________From Nan Macy_________________

Pendle Hill offers Quaker Studies Online course

"Exploring the Quaker Way" is a ten-week online course for people who want
to learn more about the simple, radical, and contemporary spiritual path
of Quakers, and discuss its relevance to their own spiritual journeys.
Steve Chase and Marcelle Martin will co-teach the course.

Registration: Online registration will begin on May 9 and run through June
4, 2016.  Registrations will be capped at 25 students.

Course Dates: A "Getting Started" online orientation period will run from
June 5 through 18 and then the formal class will begin on June 19 and run
through August 28, 2017.
Course Costs: The tuition cost for this course is $500.

More information: visit

_______________From Multiple Friends_________________

Interfaith Coalition coalition sponsors "C.A.S.T." (Coffee and Sandwiches Together)

offering food and friendship at the Opportunity Council parking lot in downtown Bellingham from 6 to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday. We are searching for volunteers to help us buy, make, transport and serve food to our homeless neighbors. Most volunteers work on a regular monthly shift. Can you help serve? Contact Program Coordinator, Mary Ann O'Hara, at (, or Interfaith Coalition at 734-3983.

_________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.


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
 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.  Questions? Feel free to contact Iris: or by phone at 360-468-2602.

Announcements From Committees
Social and Environmental Concerns

Congratulations to the Lummi and all defenders of the Salish Sea and the air we breathe.  
In case you missed the announcement - The Corp of Engineers has denied the permit for the proposed Gateway Pacific terminal at Cherry Point.  Click here for more information

Earth Stewardship - Friends, here are two opportunities to express our testimony of stewardship:
  • County Comprehensive Plan:  Attend workshops and offer comment to the County Council to get solid planning for protection of critical resources into our County Comprehensive Plan.  (See more information in Announcements from the Wider Community below) .
  • Break Free: Mass Action Against Fossil Fuels:  Participate in this May 13-15 demononstration (see more in Announcements from the Wider Community below).  Please contact Wendy C if you would like to arrange carpooling.
About those initiatives:  SEC asks that Friends who are working with any of the many initiatives that are gathering signatures for, or have already received placement on, the November ballot please contact the committee.  SEC is considering a coordinated presentation to the meeting that would describe pros and cons for all initiatives before us this election cycle.  We would also appreciate general comments regarding this idea.
Children's Program Committee

Friends, the new Children's Program Committee has met, and is approaching Friends individually about working with the kids once per quarter. We also need Friends who are not part of the regular rotation to substitute if someone can't make their regularly scheduled Sunday, or fails to show up and we need a pinch-hitter. If you have not been approached, but one of these roles speaks to you, please contact Virginia Herrick or Kristen McLewin.We're very excited at all the possibilities that are opening up with our wonderful group of children.
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 is also posted on our website and can be downloaded by clicking here.  Although originally intended primarily for new attenders, it contains information that may be new even for long-time attenders.

OWG meets next on Saturday, May 14th (this is a change).  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. Please bring your own serving dishes and utensils. The meeting's plates, cups, bowls, and eating utensils will be transported to St. Paul's.

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 our nominating slate. 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

Friends General Conference:

I'm inspired by Friends' excitement. I've only been FGC's Spiritual Deepening Coordinator for two months, and already I've heard from so many Friends about how excited they are to bring the Spiritual Deepening program to their meeting.

I know that many of you are eager to get started on outreach and building a deeper spiritual community in your meeting. I'm excited to share a few resources that you can use today:  These resources are made possible thanks to your generous financial support. Please consider donating today!

In the Spirit,
Rachel Ernst Stahlhut
Spiritual Deepening Coordinator

PS - You can also sign up for updates on the Spiritual Deepening Program, which will launch in the fall.
_____________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. 
Native Plant Society Spring/ Summer Field Trips - open to all!

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!

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 Forum: 
Sylvia McAdam Saysewahum, 
Citizen of the nêhiyaw Nation
Co-founder of Idle No More 
May 11, Noon-1:20pm, Fairhaven College Auditorium
Freedom in an Era of Climate Change

Idle No More has quickly become one of the largest Indigenous mass movements in Canadian history – sparking hundreds of teach-ins, rallies, and protests across Turtle Island and beyond. It has also brought together a number of solidarity groups and allies looking to work against the current and pending governmental policy that impacts on collective rights, social safety nets, and environ- mental protections.
The impetus for the Idle No More events, lies in a centuries old resistance as Indigenous nations and their lands suffered the impacts of exploration, invasion and colonization. Idle No More seeks to assert Indigenous inherent rights to sovereignty and reinstitute traditional laws and Nation to Nation Treaties by protecting the lands and waters from corporate destruction. Each day that Indigenous rights are not honored or fulfilled, inequality between Indigenous peoples and the settler society grows. Idle No More continues to educate and inform all peoples of the continued colonial impacts to lands and resources. 
Sylvia McAdam (Saysewahum) is from the Treaty 6 lands in what is now called “Canada”.  She is a direct descendant of Treaty peoples.  Sylvia is nēhīyaw and nakawe and speaks fluently in nēhīyaw.  Sylvia has her Juris Doctorate from the University of Saskatchewan and a Bachelor’s degree in Human Justice from the University of Regina.  Sylvia is co-founder of a global grassroots Indigenous led movement called ‘Idle No More’.  Idle No More has changed the political and social landscape of Canada as well as reached the global community to defend and protect all lands and water from devastation.  Through the work of protecting land and water, Sylvia has been selected for several awards namely; Carole Gellar Human Rights Award, Foreign Policy Top 100 Global Thinkers 2014, Social Justice Award, and 2014 Global Citizen Award.
She is currently working with Idle No More helping build tiny homes on reservations. "One House Many Nations".  Sylvia has also just written an amazing  book "Nationhood Interrupted"
Wednesday, May 11 Noon The Joe Show radio KBAI 930 AM dial PRE-RECORDED
Wednesday May 11th Noon - 1:20 pmWWU Fairhaven College Auditorium,  511 High St 
Wednesday May 11th 4 - 5:30pm WWU Fairhaven College, Academic West 204 

Facebook: One House Many Nations

Two Opportunites to Support the Coast Salish Peoples:

Sunday, May 155-7:20 pm Fundraiser Lummi Youth Academy  "Native Youth 2 College Program:  BBQ Salmon Dinner, Mallards Ice Cream, Salsa Dancing lessons, PoetryReading, Singing.  Te'Ti'Sen Center (Gatewy Center, 4920 Rural Ave, Ferndale)  RSVP
Thursday, May 19, 5 pm, Coast Salish Day dinner Silent Auction and Storytelling Te'ti'sen Center (Gateway Center, 4920 Rural Ave, Ferndale) , Benefit for Coast Salish Days in Birch Bay June 25 and 26 (This JUNE event in Birch Bay will be a BIG Deal)

League of Women Voters
Special Event 
May 18, 2016

A Presentation on Economic Justice

2016 Annual Meeting LWV of Bellingham/Whatcom County
Northwood Hall
3240 Northwest Avenue
Bellingham, WA 98225
May 18, 2016

5:30 PM - Registration, Cash bar, and Appetizers
6:15 PM - Bountiful Buffet Dinner & Program
8:00 PM - Annual Business Meeting 

Price $30.00
($32.00 if paid by credit card) 
 Click here to register on line, or contact the League at 360-734-2366 or

Marilyn Watkins is the policy director of the Economic Opportunity Institute. She will be speaking about an issue of critical importance to working women: the wage gap and women's economic security.


Earth Stewardship - Whatcom County Style:

RE Sources for Sustainable Communities hosts comment workshops on Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan.  

This critical document defines how we will, or will not, plan for protection of our portion of this earth.

At the workshops, citizens will learn how to turn their ideas for management of natural resources into policies.  4 workshops are planned on 4 topics. They will be held in 4 places in the county: Lynden, Deming, Bellingham and Ferndale.  One is done, three remain!

  • Deming: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM, Monday, May 23, at Deming Library, 5044 Mt Baker Hwy, Deming.  This comment workshop will focus on policies addressing water availability, water pollution and the health of the Nooksack River
  • Bellingham: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM, Thursday, June 2, at RE Sources for Sustainable Communities Sustainable Living Center, 2309 Meridian St., Bellingham. This comment workshop will focus on policies creating clean energy jobs and preventing fossil fuel export projects from Cherry Point.
  • Ferndale: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM, Tuesday, June 7, at Ferndale Public Library, 2125 Main St, Ferndale. This comment workshop will focus on policies addressing urban sprawl, water availability and the health of the Nooksack River.

Click here for more information on the Comprehensive Plan.  


BREAK FREE:  Mass Action Against Fossil Fuels

Kicking off Break Free 2016
The new film Disobedience about the global movement to break free from fossil fuels is now available for free download and streaming at!

Saturday, May 14th -  “It’s in Our Hands”
Indigenous Day of Action event at March Point, Anacortes, WA.

Organized by the Swinomish Tribe

**All are invited. This is a peaceful ceremony for friends & families of the NW **

 (no illegal actions, and no one should plan to be arrested)

The day of action will start at 11am, gathering at the Park and Ride on west side of March Point, with a family-friendly “Procession for Future Generations” — people from around the region will march along the shores of Fidalgo Bay in front of the Shell and Tesoro refineries to demand that we accelerate the move to 100% renewables–without leaving workers or communities behind, and being sure to address the needs of the people most impacted by climate change, and to leave a thriving planet for future generations and all of creation.
The one-hour, three-mile procession will end at the northeast tip of March Point, where we will join the Indigenous Day of Action “It’s in our Hands” event starting at noon and ending at 4pm.

 info below and more is on the above website
10-11 am: Guests arrive. Shuttles to staging area for elders / others who cannot march.
11:00 am: Procession starting at 11 am from Park and Ride west side of March Point (3 miles)
11-12 pm: Tribal speakers, singers & drummers, activists, witnesses gather at NE of March Point
12-2:00 pm: Indigenous speakers, drummers, musicians and honoring
2:00 pm: Water Blessing Ceremony (worldwide)
2:30-4:00 pm: Honoring of Mother Earth continues…honor songs and dances.
4-5:00 pm: Shuttles leave
5:30 pm: Salmon Dinner at Transit Shed in Anacortes, WA. North end of town at the end of Commercial Ave., Port of Anacortes.
6:00 pm: Programming continues

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

General Meetings - Quarterly and Yearly Meetings and The Gathering

July 3 - 9
Friends General Conference Annual Gathering of Friends for 2016
College of St. Benedict
St. Joseph, Minnesota
Evening speakers will include Rex Ambler from Woodbrooke Quaker Study Center in England.
Details and online registration are available at

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

Registration is now open at

September 23-25, 2016
Fall 2016 session- Pacific Northwest Quarterly Meeting (PNQM)

Theme:  to be announced (likely related to Simplicity)
Where: Lazy F Camp and Retreat Center near Ellensburg WA
Hosted by: Salmon Bay Friends Meeting and Pullman-Moscow Monthly Meeting
For more information, click here .  Registration will open shortly after August 1st. 

Quaker special events, retreats, workshops, conferences, etc.

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.  Agenda available at Explorations Academy.
To register contact David Zarembka at

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

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

July 20 - August 3:
Pine Ridge Workcamp
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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