Bellingham Quaker E-News, Oct 28, 2015                           View this email in your browser 
Sun., Nov 1, 2015
Silent Worship: 10:00 AM

Explorations Academy
1701 Ellis St.  (map)
Second Hour:  
 and Member Welcome
for Jessica Bee
Meeting Tasks for this Sunday:

Care of Meeting: Sharon T
Key - Margaret H
Setup help -Wendy G
Greeter - Larry T
Snack - n/a - potluck
Kitchen -Mark H
Kitchen help Dorothy D
Children's Teacher - Jessica B

Please contact Carole Teshima at to volunteer on a semi- regular basis.

Calendar for Bellingham Friends
Wed, Nov 11, 7– 9pm 

Midweek Worship

Mary Ann P.'s home

One hour worship + one hour worship sharing/ check-in.  NOTE the change to 2nd and 3rd Wed this month. The next midweek worship will be on 11/18.

Tue. Nov 10, 7-8:30 pm 

Book Group

Joanne C and Larry T's home

The Book Selection for October is Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline.  This is a quick, entertaining, and enlightening read about immigrants from the Irish potato famine. 
Contact Susan R if you would like to have a copy of the book (she will have a library book club kit)

is not a spectator sport

If you care about tomorrow

Vote Today

Ballots are due Nov 3rd

(a message from your Social and Environmental Concerns Committee)
BFM Representatives Chosen for 
Quaker Life Conference

Ministry and Counsel has chosen Mary Ann Percy and Susan Richardson to be our representatives at a workshop on deepening the Quaker Life of the Meeting to be held at Ben Lomond Conference Center this December.   Our representatives will share reports from the conference when they return. Here is a link for more information about the event: .
Looking Ahead to Wider Quaker Gatherings:
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

Opportunity for Friendly Activists!

Let the EPA know how you feel about the proposed increase in oil train traffic through our community

You are invited to join your community in speaking out against Shell's proposal to add six more oil trains per week passing through our community.  Having abandoned its plans to drill in the Arctic, Shell is now looking to the Bakken region of North Dakota to bring more dangerous crude oil to the Salish Sea.  
The clock is ticking as the scoping comment period draws to a close on November 5th. Not sure where to start or want some help or encouragement to make your comment meaningful?

Please join us for one of the Shell EIS scoping workshops below. 

Thursday, October 29th, & Thursday, November 5th 
5:30 - 8:30 pm

Aslan Brewing Company
1330 N Forest St
Bellingham (map)

Stop on by Aslan anytime between 5:30 and 8:30 PM on Thursdays between now and the last day to submit your comment. There will be materials to help you submit your comment and advisors available to help if you need it.  This workshop is designed for folks who want help with edits on already made comments, folks who want to comment, but just don't know where to get started, and folks who just want some good company while writing their comment in an organic brewery. Your voice can make a difference in whether or not Shell's oil-by-rail project moves forward. This is an opportunity to share your concerns about what should be studied in the EIS for this project.

Haven't gotten started on looking at the details yet? Please review the proposed project documents, or watch our virtual scoping workshop webinar. You may learn more about how to submit your comments here. Otherwise, these scoping workshops will have the information and tools you'll need to submit a meaningful scoping comment.

From Ministry and Counsel:
We ask Friends to hold the question of Bellingham Friends' meeting-place
in the Light. We are approaching the time when our Meeting will need to
either decide to go ahead with the purchase of Bell Tower Studios as a home for our spiritual community, or decide that we are not Spirit-led to purchase this building at this time. Our Meeting for Worship for Business on November 8th will be the opportunity for this decision. Because of our contract with the sellers, we need to make a decision at this point. There will be contingencies if we approve the purchase. The ad hoc Exploratory Committee will have additional information for us on November 8th. Please come to MfWfB with hearts and minds prepared to listen for the still small voice within.

Please honor our shared silence in worship by planning to arrive before 10 a.m. on Sunday mornings. Please enter the hallways outside the worship room quietly, as voices carry. Please silence cell phones and arrange belongings before entering, and keep comings and goings during worship to a minimum.
Thank you, Friends.

 World Issues Forums/Paths to Global Justice

Fall Quarter 2015

Coordinator:  Shirley Osterhaus 
Click here for more information

October 28, Noon-1:20pm, Fairhaven College Auditorium

“Economy in Crisis: Fantasies, Realities, Possibilities”
Richard Wolff, Professor of Economics Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Visiting Professor at the New School University in New York. 

Our economy's crises since 2008 continue. Millions face ever deeper income and wealth inequalities, ecological dangers, politics corrupted by money. We are living through the worst economic decline since capitalism's great 1930s depression. Reforms enacted then failed to prevent today's crises. A real solution requires more than reforms. We must change how we organize our enterprises (offices, factories, and stores). We can run them democratically, not dependent on state subsidies, taxbreaks and loopholes. Each employee can have an equal vote on what the enterprise does, how, and where, and what is done with the profits all help to produce. As Prof. Wolff explains, democratic enterprises - long overdue but already visible in worker cooperatives across the country - offer our best way out of today's economic crises.  Co-sponsor: Center for Law, Diversity & Justice

Friday Peace Vigil

Every Fri, 3:45pm – 4:45pm
104 W Magnolia St, Bellingham, WA 98225, USA (map)
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.

Upcoming Second Hours:

Nov. 1 – Potluck and membership welcoming for Jessica Bee 
Nov. 8 – Meeting for Worship for Business 
Nov. 15 -  Poetry sharing sponsored by Outreach and Welcoming Group 
Nov. 22 -  Advance care planning (Mary Ann P) 
Nov. 29 -  Extended social time 
Dec. 6 -  Potluck following get-acquainted fun and games to welcome new attenders (OWG)

Opportunity to Share Your Favorite Poetry
November 15 - Second Hour
The Outreach and Welcoming Group (OWG) is organizing the Second Hour on November 15th which will be an opportunity for Friends to share their favorite poems.  In addition to reading a poem (or two or three short ones), you may also tell us how you found the poetry, how it has inspired you, and/or any other personal commentary.  Please limit your total time to about 4 minutes until everyone has had a chance to present.  To let us know in advance that you will be sharing, please contact Dusty A. (360-592-2605 or - OR just show up with your poetry and let our facilitator, Wendy G., know that you would like to share a poem. Friends are also welcome to just come and listen.  Questions?  Contact Dusty or OWG Clerk Don Goldstein (360-671-1395 or
Something New for Potluck Sundays - beginning December 6th

Getting acquainted with our new attenders and each other

OWG has requested that our first-Sunday Second Hours in December and April include a get-acquainted ice-breaker activity between rise of Meeting for Worship and our monthly potluck.  Our recent new attenders will be especially and individually invited so that we can all get to know a little about them and more about each other at the same time.  If you have an activity to suggest, one that can include up to 35 people and be completed in a half-hour at most, please contact OWG Clerk Don Goldstein (360-671-1395 or  And please plan to participate in the first such event on December 6th!
Announcements from the Wider Community

Doctober at the Pickford
Recommended selections
Bellingham's award-winning film festival


6:30PM     PICKFORD Film Center, Wed 28th

Haida Gwaii, On the Edge of the World
The short film Maiden of Deception pass will be shown first, followed by Haida Gwaii –    Featuring a Q+A with Director + Producer after the film

Maiden of Deception Pass: Shown with thanks to the Samish Administration. Long ago a maiden named Ko-kwahl-alwoot risked her life to save the Samish people from starvation. This is her story and how tribal history inspires generations of Samish people.

Haida Gwaii: At a stunning low altitude, aerial cinematography sweeps over the Haida Gwaii, a breathtakingly beautiful archipelago off the British Columbia Northwest Coast. It takes us into the geographic heart of the Haida Gwaiian people, who thrived for more than 10,000 years until they were decimated through disease, rampant commercial logging and industrial over-fishing since contact. Today, the Haida Nation is recovering, exerting their sovereignty and winning battles against unsustainable logging and fishing.

This Week - daily at the Pickford 

This Changes Everything
(from the book by Naomi Klein

Presented by Echoes and RE Sources with a panel discussion to follow. Filmed over 211 shoot days in nine countries and five continents over four years, This Changes Everything is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change.

Directed by Avi Lewis, and inspired by Naomi Klein’s international non-fiction bestseller This Changes Everything, the film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond.
Interwoven with these stories of struggle is Klein’s narration, connecting the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there. Throughout the film, Klein builds to her most controversial and exciting idea: that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better.


Assumption Church: Poverty Workshop

Sunday, November 1, 2015 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Church of the Assumption, 2116 Cornwall Avenue, Bellingham, WA 98225.
(Park at Bellingham H.S. or at the Church)

This program helps people understand  the complexities and frustrations of living in poverty day-by-day.  With greater awareness of its impact, we can more effectively address the poverty issues in our community.”

Learn more about the poverty workshop here.   Pre-Registration is Requested  (walk-in will be accommodated as space allows) Click here to register 

This Workshop is not appropriate for children under the age of 12.  


The Road to Health Care for All
Saturday, November 7, 2015, 9:30 am-11:30 am
Bellingham Public Library
210 Central Avenue, Bellingham WA


Chuck Richards, President 
Health Care for All Washington
How the Washington Health Security Trust would provide health care for all Washingtonians.


Kristine Lytton
Representative: 40th Legislative District  
The prospects for health care for all in Washington State.



Alisha Fehrenbacher, CEO 
Whatcom Alliance for Health

A success story in providing health care access to the uninsured and those in need

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