March 8, 2017   Bellingham Quaker E-News 
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Sunday, March 12, 2017
Silent Worship: 10 AM Worship

Second Hour: Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business
Location:  1701 Ellis St.  Map
Sunday, March 12 is the first day of Daylight Saving Time
Remember to set clocks and watches forward by an hour Saturdy evening.
(Photo at left is from the recent Children's March for Peace in Fairhaven. See more about it below.)
Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business
Committee Clerks and Friends, Please send committee reports and member concerns to the Clerk and recording clerk by Thursday midnight if you wish to have them distributed prior to Meeting.  

Friendly Tasks for Meeting 
Care of Meeting: Dave H
Key / setup: Lorina H
Setup Helper: vacant
Greeter: vacant
Snack:  Cheiron
Kitchen setup: Sharon T
Kitchen setup Help: Don R
Kitchen cleanup: vacant
Kitchen cleanup Help: Jim G

Children's teacher: Susan R.

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

March 26:
SEC will screen a 30 min film "Every Row A Path," which looks at the experiences of several young female migrant workers and their families in Skagit County.  Discussion to follow.

Calendar for Bellingham Friends

Wednesday, TODAY
March 8, 7- 9 pm

Midweek Worship at Mary Ann P's home, usually meeting 2nd and 4th Wednesdays for open worship followed by worship-sharing or other activity as the group decides 

Saturday. March 11, 10 am
Friendly Listening Group
Terra Organica, 1530 Cornwall Ave.

Tuesday, March 21, 7 – 9 PM
Book Group
at the Goldsteins' home. We'll be discussing "Life Animated", by Ron Suskind.  Copies of book are available from Don G. until March 5th, and after that from Susan R.

Wednesday, March 22, 7 - 9 pm
Midweek Worship at Mary Ann P's home, see March 8 above

Thursday, March 23, 7 - 9 PM
Spirit Group

at Larry T.'s home
See Spirit Group Announcement below for access to reading material 

Monday, March 27, 7 - 9 PM
Earth care Group 
at Mary Ann's home
Discussing chapter 6, of Active Hope by Joanna Macy
February query
— From NPYM, Faith and Practice, p. 47
“Are we conscientious in fulfilling obligations to the state and society while opposing those contrary to our understanding of the leadings of God?”
Meeting Announcements 
August 25-27 Meeting Camping Trip

M&C has reserved the Group Campsite at Excelsior Campground on Mt Baker Highway for August 25 – 27 for a Meeting camping trip!   Please save the date!​
Requests and Offers from Friends 

Odd Jobs wanted
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

Seeking Ride to PNQM 
Dear Friends, I will attend PNQM for the first time with Leticia, and hope to arrive Friday evening and depart Sunday after lunch, though I am flexible. If anyone is driving and has room for two of us in your car, I would be happy to pay for the gas.  Please contact me at or in person at the Meetings on Sunday. Thank you! 

Videos, Podcasts, Poems and More
for the Quaker Soul


Click here to listen to this poem read by the author
Before you know what kindness really is
you must lose things,
feel the future dissolve in a moment
like salt in a weakened broth.
What you held in your hand,
what you counted and carefully saved,
all this must go so you know
how desolate the landscape can be
between the regions of kindness.
How you ride and ride
thinking the bus will never stop,
the passengers eating maize and chicken
will stare out the window forever.

Before you learn the tender gravity of kindness,
you must travel where the Indian in a white poncho 
lies dead by the side of the road.
You must see how this could be you,
how he too was someone
who journeyed through the night with plans 
and the simple breath that kept him alive.

Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside, 
you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing.  
You must wake up with sorrow.
You must speak to it till your voice
catches the thread of all sorrows
and you see the size of the cloth. 

Then it is only kindness that makes sense anymore,
only kindness that ties your shoes
and sends you out into the day to mail letters and 
     purchase bread,
only kindness that raises its head
from the crowd of the world to say
it is I you have been looking for,
and then goes with you every where
like a shadow or a friend.


Naomi Shihab Nye
from The Words Under the Words: Selected Poems 

Thanks to Mary Ann P for sharing this at meeting last Sunday


Announcements From Committees
Children's Program Committee

BFM at Kids March for Peace!
At the Feb. 26 march in Fairhaven, from left: Winter, Sebastian, Leticia, Lily, Alyssa, Nicole with Serene, and Anthony.

Children's Program teacher's schedule
March 12 - Susan Richardson (Dora)
March 19 - Aurora Fox - Art Project Sunday! (Dora)
March 26 - Rob Dillard (Dora)
April 2 - Jessica Bee
April 9 - Jessica Bee
April 16 (Easter!) - ? Maybe YOU? :-)

Easter's coming! Let's plan ahead how to continue our tradition of hopeful, joyful annual celebration.  Contact CP Committee if you have ideas and energy!
Committee Meeting postponed AGAIN! We'll be meeting Friday, 5:00 p.m. at Aurora's. Meet at Virginia's at 4:45 to carpool if you're not sure how to find it.
New teacher team member! Welcome, to Laurie Glenn, who joins our substitute teacher team, ready to swing into action in case a regular teacher can't make it! Many thanks to all our volunteers and childcare workers: Dusty Andersen; Rob Dillard; Susan Richardson; Rachel VanBoven; Kristen McLewin, Jessica Bee, Aurora Fox, Dave Hopkinson, Virginia Herrick, substitutes Sharon Trent, Laurie Glenn, and John Hatten, and to our workers Anna Row and Dora Kovacs.
Outreach and Welcoming Committee

OWC's next "Getting Acquainted" activity is expected to take place right after potluck on Sunday, April 2nd.  Stay tuned for details!

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, March 25.  All Friends are welcome, but please contact clerk Don Goldstein (671-1395 or if you will be joining us.
Social and Environmental Concerns Committee

Today is International Women's Day!  - check out the three events for today in
 "Letting Your Life Speak"

Election for Whatcom County Conservation District
Date:   Tuesday, March 14
Time:   9 AM to 6 PM
Where:  6975 Hannegan Road, Lynden

If you are a registered voter and have not received a mail-in ballot for this election, please go to the polling place above and vote on March 14.  If you need a ride, contact Judy H 

Are you a Water Protector?  
You are invited to 
Join SEC at the Benefit Dinner for the Unis'ot'ten Camp Healing Lodge
at BUF on March 13 (more information below in the "Events / Opportunities in the Wider Community")
  • As LaDonna Bravebull Allard reminds us, “They want to destroy this movement because it is too powerful because we stand in prayer. They don’t know that this is just the beginning. Tomorrow we will be stronger in prayer. Remember how history will record you as the people who stood up to save the water and the world or the people who betrayed the world. You all have a name in history. Where are you in this time and place? The world is watching…”    The water protectors are everywhere.
- excerpted from Winona LaDuke in Indian Country Media Network, Feb 28, 2017.  Click here to read the full article.

Hold the Date:  March 26th Second Hour:  Film and discussion  "Every Row A Path"
Suggestions for your weekly (or daily) contacts with your government representatives:
Two suggestions this week:
State:  Support Family Medical Leave - HB 1116  - a policy that is critical to workers and families of Washington.  click on this link and enter 1116 and then click "comment on this bill".
Federal:  Support the Affordable Care Act.  Click here 
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: Friday, March 10th, 3 pm.
Announcements from Special Groups
Event announcements from individuals in our local Meeting
Spirit Group Announcement
Next meeting:  
Thurs, March 23, 7 - 9 PM

Our next reading is a series of short essays from the book, "Universalism and Spirituality",
pages 66-73.  Contact Larry Thompson ( after March 6th to receive a copy of the material. 
From Anna Row
- who is working hard on this production and would love to have Friends attend:

The Wizard of Oz 
This beloved tale, in which a Kansas farm girl travels over the rainbow to discover the magical power of home, has been entertaining audiences for generations. Bellingham High School will present the family favorite, featuring popular songs "Over the Rainbow," "We're Off to See the Wizard," and more. Sets, lighting, costumes and make-up -- all designed and executed by BHS students -- diverge from the classic movie, lending a fun twist to the “look” of this familiar tale. Opens Friday, March 3 at 7 pm, with additional performances Saturday, March 4 and 11 at 2 pm and 7 pm. Friday, March 10 is "PJ Night;" anyone wearing jammies to this 7 pm performance will receive complimentary hot cocoa at intermission. (360) 676-6575
Event Info: (360) 676-6575
Ages: All ages

Price: $10 adults, $8 students/seniors

 • Fri 3/3/17 at 7pm-9pm  
 • Sat 3/4/17 at 2pm till 4pm, 7pm till 9pm  
 • Fri 3/10/17 at 7pm-9pm  
 • Sat 3/11/17 at 2pm till 4pm, 7pm till 9pm
Bellingham High School
2020 Cornwall Ave. Bellingham, WA  98225

Living and Learning in the Great Outdoors

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

Letting Your Life Speak

Spotlight on
Opportunities for Witness 


Wednesday, March 8 -  three events: Today
International Women's Day:  Speak Truth to Power
  • 11:30 AM Rally on the steps of Bellingham City Hall  Speak truth to the power of gender equality: "Women's Rights are Human Rights," regardless of a woman’s race, ethnicity, religion, immigration status, sexual identity, gender expression, economic status, age or disability.  facebook link: 
  • 5:30 - 8:00 PM  Mock Town Hall at the Bellingham Public Library and film showing of Equal Means Equal. Come speak out on specific policies that you care about, or that have personally affected you or someone close to you. Space is limited, so RSVP to confirm your participation. Time is 05:30-08:00 PM.  facebook link:
  • After Party . at Chuckanut Brewery A Celebration of Us! Song, Poetry, Rant
Sunday, March 26th, 1pm
International Day Against Racism March
Thornton Park at Main St. Skytrain Station, Vancouver BC

Saturday,  April 22  10 AM  
Bellingham March for Science
The local march is in its early planning stages. . Stay tuned!
Facebook page for local march:
Website for Washington DC and satellite marches:

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:

Announcements From National

Quaker Lobby / Action Groups
Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL)
Spreading Quaker Power & Light
FCNL works within our democratic system to influence national legislation
for peace & social justice.
News, Resources, Actions & Events
Sign up for legislative action alerts

Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)
Call on your members of Congress to oppose repeal of the Affordable Care Act without an adequate replacement already in place. It’s about making sure every person can afford health insurance, so that every person can afford medical care.

Fund diplomacy NOT War

President Trump has called for a $54 billion increase in Pentagon spending, one of the largest increases in military spending in U.S. history. To fund this increase, he proposes to drastically cut budgets for environmental protection, diplomacy, and peace building. Call on Congress to fund diplomacy NOT war
                                Email Congress

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

Last day -  Thursday, March 9th at the Pickford
Click on image for movie trailer

In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, Remember This House. The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends-Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, he left behind only thirty completed pages of his manuscript. Now, in his incendiary new documentary, master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and flood of rich archival material. I Am Not Your Negro is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. between the lives and assassination of these three leaders, Baldwin and Peck have and Thursday at the Pickford

March 9Billy Frank, Jr. Day.
NW Indian College. Log Building 12-2. 
Free lunch included
REPEATED 4 pm Miller Hall 138
Co-sponsored Huxley College and NW Indian College 
Salish Sea Speaker Series
Dana Wilson, Lummi Community Member, lifelong Fisherman, and Intervenor in the Kinder Morgan project. He will speak about the State of the Salish Sea from the vantage point of the water.



Monday, March 13, 6 - 10 PM
A Benefit for the Unis'ot'ten
Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship
1207 Ellsworth St.
Free - donations appreciated
6:00 PM:  Benefit Dinner for a Healing Lodge at the Unis’ot’ten Indigenous frontline camp, N. BC     Limited Seating PLEASE MAKE Reservations: Call Andrew Eckels at 206 272 0154 or email
7:00 PM:  Music and Speakers 
Performers will include: Lummi Jefferson Sisters, Tim McHugh and more.
Speakers will include: Freda Huson, and Dini Ze Smogelgem of the Wet'suwet'en nation along with their hereditary chiefs

Freda Huson Spokesperson of the Unist'ot'en Camp, Dini Ze Smogelgem, and Unist'ot'en Hereditairy chiefs Weli - Catherine, Lht'at'en - Doris, and Maskibu - Helen will be in Bellingham as part of their "Stop the Pipelines, Start the Music Tour".
The event is a fundraiser dinner with live music to raise funds for the third phase of the Healing Center at the Unist'ot'en Camp. The Healing Center is a three-story lodge dedicated to healing from the impacts of colonization. It sits in the direct GPS coordinates of multiple proposed pipelines that the Unist'ot'en Clan have been directly stopping for the past 8 years.
Freda and Smogelgem are incredible leaders and amazing speakers. This is the first time they have traveled with elders and hereditary chiefs from their nation. Getting to hear these people speak is a rare opportunity you won't want to miss! 
The event is sponsored by the Bellingham NoDAPL Coalition, and co-sponsored by the Bellingham Unitarian Environmental and Social Justice Committee
March 18

Sustainable Energy - It Really IS Our Future!


Senator Kevin Ranker in Bellingham
Sunday, March 19th 1PM 
Mt Baker Theater

Hope and Action:
The specific actions we can take to protect our human rights
and our future

A conversation with Senator Kevin Ranker

In a time of feeling powerless and overwhelmed, join me for an important conversation regarding how we can move beyond protests and be the change we want to see.

This will be a free event.
Co-sponsors:  The Riveters Collective and the Lummi Nation


Alternatives to Violence Project

teams with Whatcom Peace and Justice to Offer
Workshops in creative conflict resolution
The Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) seeks to establish, by teaching practical skills, a peaceful community where citizens have the ideals, the expectation, and know-how to reach positive, powerful resolutions to conflict situations.   AVP offers hope, training and confidence to help each of us, individually and in community, to change this world, our country, every neighborhood and our homes, to the peaceful places where we all wish to live.
March 17-19, 2017 Advanced Workshop (level two; a completion certificate from the Basic Workshop is a prerequisite)Register now
The Advanced AVP workshop focuses on the underlying causes of violence in and outside of ourselves as well as the role and pieces we bring to ourselves and the world as peacemakers.

Spring 2017Training for Facilitators (level three; a completion certificate from the Advanced Workshop is a prerequisite
This workshop focuses on developing team building, leadership methods and group process or facilitation skills. Participants work in small groups, facilitating actual exercises, receiving feedback and practice in presenting many aspects of a Basic Workshop. 
AVP workshops are hands-on, experiential learning. AVP workshops seek to assist in personal growth and change. AVP is not “therapy,” but can be very helpful in healing.


Whatcom Museum
John M. Edson Hall of Birds

Opens March 16, 2017 | Old City Hall
This new exhibit takes the Museum's founding collection of mounted birds and reinterprets it for an interactive and educational experience, with help provided by the North Cascades Audubon Society. Learn about bird migration, conservation, habitats, bird calls, and more.

Thur, Mar 16, - 6:00 pm
Pickford theater

WE the People 2.0:
The Second American Revolution

Click on the image to view the trailer for this film

A film by Leila Conners, narrated by Walton Coggins
"A New Democracy Movement is Building, Elevating Community and Nature's Rights over Corporate "Rights"
Sponsored by the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF)
Panel discussion to follow.


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.  
March 18, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.   Vigil hosted by: 
First Church of Christ, Scientist,  2700 Lakeway Drive, Bellingham  (360) 733-6070
Note: The church is tucked behind a grove of trees, so look for a sign (upper left) at the edge of the road.
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.

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

Looking Ahead to Wider Quaker Gatherings

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. Registration for this session is open NOW.
  Registration online and by telephone opens on February 24th.  For more information, contact Don Goldstein ( or click here.



Announcements / Opportunities from Other Quaker Groups


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

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


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.
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