Bellingham Quaker E-News, June 3, 2015                                       View this email in your browser 

Sun., June 7, 2015
Silent Worship, 10 am

Second Hour:  Potluck
Meeting Tasks for this Sunday:

Care of Meeting: Sharon T.
Key - Wendy G.
Setup help - Don G.
Greeter - Larry T.
Snack - Laura H.
Kitchen - Mark H.
Kitchen help - Jenny D.
Children's Teacher - vacant

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

Calendar for Bellingham Friends

Today at noon!
June 3, 10 and 17

Don Reinke, Stephanie Manzo and Sharon Trent are sponsoring a reading of
TS Eliot’s Four Quartets,
his final masterpiece.
 12 Noon to 1:00 PM,
with optional discussion from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
1160 St. Paul Street
Bellingham WA 98229
 Lunch and babysitting provided
 Please let Don know if you are coming so we can guarantee an adequate lunch.


Tonight - Wed., June 3,
7-9:00 PM
Midweek Worship

Where: Mary Ann Percy's home
(1 hr worship + worship sharing and/or check-ins).
 Friends gather for midweek worship on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays each month.  

June 28th, 2:00-5:00pm
(Doors open at 1:30)
Repeal the AUMF Workshop!
Mount Baker Theatre Encore Room
104 N. Commercial Street Bellingham

The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL)  
is bringing this  Workshop to Repeal the AUMF (Authorization for the Use of Military Force) to Bellingham

The intention of the Workshop is to build skills for developing relationships with Legislators and their staff so that participants are better able to influence decisions on the repeal of the AUMF. Legislative committees are just one of the many tools we have available to us.
Maiya Zwerling, the FCNL National Field Organizer, will lead the three hour workshop.  Free and Open to the Public.
Sponsored by
Whatcom Peace & Justice Center,
The Bellingham Friends Meeting,
Veterans For Peace Chapter 111 and
the Peace Vigil.  

Sign up For the Workshop


Sat., Sept. 12th 2 pm through  Sun, Sept. 13th 2pm
Annual Retreat
Camp Lutherwood
(see Announcements for more information)

Opportunities for Friendly Activists

Stand Up for Tax fairness in Washington State
THIS WEEK too - they are still working on it!

HB1106 / SB 5077 Governor’s Budget bill is being debated in the special session.  It would
 Increase Revenue,
 Redress regressive tax system,
 Increase support for behavioral health care
 Increase support to house the homeless
Friends Committee for Washington Public Policy (FCWPP) recommends that we contact our state legislators THIS WEEK - and urge them to:
keep the capital gains tax in
any final budget proposal
retain proposed funding needed
for behavioral health care

Retain proposed funding for 
housing the homeless

Here is the link where you can find your state legislators and contact them by email or any way you choose:
For more information on the bill, go to the Friends Committee for Washington Public Policy Website - bill tracker page and scroll down to this bill.

Jon Oliver Speaks out on Chicken!
(yes, but really - it is important!)

Click here to watch the video

Then - Help Marcy Kaptur (representative from Ohio who sits on the House Appropriations Committee) and Jon protect the right of chicken farmers to speak out against unfair practices by chicken corporations without fear of reprisal.
Two Washington Representatives, Kerek Kilmer and Jamie Herrera Beutler, sit on the house appropriations committee that has repeatedly refused to protect chicken farmers.  They will have to vote again soon, but this time the public is watching. You can email Derek Kilmer.  But Jamie Herrera will not accepts emails from outside her district.  You can also email your own representative  Rick Larsen

Here is what you might say:
"Please help Marcy Kaptur protect the right of chicken farmers to speak out about unfair treatment from chicken corporations without ANY fear of reprisal."

Celebrate Nature! 
Low Tides in daylight hours in June make for great tide pool exploration

This Saturday at 2:30 pm, tides will be -1.6 ft !

Click here for a tide table to find other low tides this month.
You might find some baby sea stars that give us hope the sea star population will recover from the wasting disease.  (If you do, just look, don't touch!)

Announcements from the Wider Community
Native Events

First Friday with Swil Kanim
and friends

Friday, June 5:
Lummi Gateway Center

5:30 dinner and 7:00 program.  
Details will come next week


69th Lummi Nation Stommish Water Festival
“In Honor of our Heroes”

June 10-14:

Canoe races, salmon dinners, slahal bone games, food and various venders, carnival, performances, etc.
Free and open to the public except for events limited to tribal members
Information will be posted at this website soo   


Friday June 12, 8 p.m.,
Sixkiller Buys the Redskins
Lummi Silver Reef Casino (Slater and Haxton Rd)
Tickets on Sale at: The Silver Reef Casino and Brown Paper Tickets.
Vimeo site for Sonny Sixkiller Buys the Washington Redskins 
This is Darrell Hillaire’s Play about the issue of the “Redskins” baseball team’s name, a tongue in cheek play. The video is about the derogatory name and the making of the play.

Sunday, June 14, 7pm
(Doors at 6:00)

David Suzuki, Letters to My Grandchildren
Mt Baker Theater
Through inspiring letters to his grandchildren, Suzuki offers grandfatherly advice mixed with reflections from his and Canada’s past, speaking personally and passionately about their future. The book provides us an intimate look at Suzuki’s life as a father and grandfather, as he challenges his grandchildren – and us – to do everything at full tilt and to live with courage and conviction.
David Suzuki is a scientist, broadcaster, author, and co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation.  He is the recipient of the Right Livelihood Award, has been named a Companion to the Order of Canada and a recipient of UNESCO’s Kalinga Prize for science, the United Nations Environment Program medal, and has been honored with seven names from indigenous people. In 2007 he was named one of Time Magazine’s Heroes of the Environment. He is the proud grandfather of six grandkids.
Village Books presents David Suzuki in partnership with the Mount Baker Theatre, as part of their Booked at the Baker series. Tickets are $7.50 and are available at Village Books, by calling (360) 671-2626, at the Mount Baker Theatre Box Office or online at Receive one free ticket with the pre-purchase of David Suzuki’s new book Letters to my Grandchildren.
For more information, please contact Village Books: (360) 671-2626
  Upcoming Second Hours

June 14 - MfWfB
June 21 – QEI: Spiritual Journeys: Looking to the Future (Sharon Trent)
June 28 -  NPYM Faith and Practice: collective clearness, with Alice Robb

From Ministry and Counsel:

Honor Our Shared Silence
To honor and nurture our precious silent worship together, please plan to arrive before 10 a.m. on Sunday mornings. Please enter the hallway outside the worship room quietly, as voices carry. Please silence cellphones and arrange belongings before entering, and keep comings and goings during worship to a minimum.
Thank you.
Friends' Input Needed

1)  Friends are requested to contact Don Goldstein if they are not attending the retreat and would like to attend Meeting for Worship that weekend (Sept 13).  In order to hold meeting in town on that date, sufficient volunteers are needed to cover meeting tasks.  Alternatively, Friends not attending the retreat may be invited to join retreat participants at Camp Lutherwood for Worship that Sunday.

2) Ministry and Counsel is reviewing our overall on-line communications. Friends are requested to contact a member of Ministry and Counsel with comments / suggestions / concerns about the various forms of on-line communication and postings for Bellingham Friends.  
Query of the Month
" Every stage of our lives offers fresh opportunities. Responding to divine guidance, try to discern the right time to undertake or relinquish responsibilities without undue pride or guilt. Attend to what love requires of you, which may not be great busyness."

Advices and Queries. - #28 - Little Red Book

From / For Bellingham Friends

Annual Retreat:

The 2015 BFM Annual Retreat Planning Committee announces that the retreat this year will take place at Camp Lutherwood, on Lake Samish just south of Bellingham, beginning about 2 pm on Saturday, September 12th and ending about the same time on Sunday, September 13th.  Most, if not all, of us will be staying overnight in one of two modern lodges with beautiful lake views and cozy kitchens/small meeting areas.  Camping space is also available.  Program details will be coming in June and July, but please mark the dates on your calendars now.  
Contact committee clerk Don Goldstein at
or 671-1395.
Looking ahead to wider Quaker gatherings: 

Friends General Conference 
(FGC) Gathering of Friends
 – July 5-11, Western Carolina Univ., NC Click on the link above for more information or to register


North Pacific Yearly Meeting  
(NPYM) Annual Session  -
July 15-19,
Whitworth Univ., Spokane  
(click here to register or for more information)
2015 Theme:  QuakerCraft: Becoming Quakers the World Needs  

  • How are we called to service in a broken world?
  • How do we blend our hunger for action with our responsibilities to our families and our Meetings?
  • How can our Quaker community support us in living into our leadings?

Message from Joe Snyder about NPYM Community Night:

Annual session is coming up and I have been asked to MC and organize or evening of fun and creativity we now call community night.  We encourage all groups to come up with a skit or other form of group presentation/entertainment.  Although these are frequently put together hurriedly a few hours before the event, it can be quite helpful to do some advance planning.  I hope you may find some way to get this out to those in your group who will be attending in hopes that some planning and preparation will ensue.  I will be happy to field any questions at the address below.

Yours hopefully,
Joe  (click on his name to send him an email)

Quaker Earthcare Witness 
(QEW) Fall Steering Committee Meeting:October 22 - 25  at Ben Lomond Quaker Center near Santa Cruz, CA


*Deadlines approaching!*

Not sure if you want to go? Worried about the expense? 

Contact Ministry and Counsel clerk Virginia Herrick SOON to ask any questions you may have, or to apply for financial assistance.

The Meeting has a scholarship fund,

and many Quaker events offer financial aid, too, so don't hesitate to ask! For NPYM, please apply before June Meeting for Worship for Business, June 14. The registration deadline is June 30, but M&C needs time to arrange financial aid and for discernment. For FGC, there is a registration late fee already, and it is too late to registerchildren under high school age. The registration deadline for high schoolers is June 10.

Michelle Alexander at
Pendle Hill:
Pendle Hill was honored to welcome noted author Michelle Alexander as keynote speaker at our recent 
Ending Mass Incareration and the New Jim Crow
 conference. Her interview-style presentation is now available to view on our YouTube channel
Announcements from the Wider Community

League of Women Voters Program

Wednesday, June 10
5:30 - 7:30 pm
Mt Baker Theater Encore Room

Campaign to End
Mass Incarceration 

Guest speaker Mark Cooke, 
is the Campaign Policy Director at the ACLU of Washington working on criminal justice reform, drug policy, and mental health policy. 

At the present time, the nation's adult jail and prison population numbers over 2.2 million with one in 100 adults behind bars, the highest incarceration rate in the world. The ACLU intends to cut that number in half by 2020.
The ACLU of Washington Drug Policy Project works for policies that treat drug use as a public health concern, not a criminal justice matter, through public education, legislative advocacy, and litigation. 
The ACLU is working to bring innovative approaches to criminal justice that will save tax money and lives.  Hear what the ACLU recommends to
  • End the War on Drugs
  • Make the Sentence Fit the Crime
  • Incentivize Smart Practices
  • Eliminate Unnecessary Incarcenation
  • Invest in Better Systems to protect the public

June 17th, Wednesday 7:00pm
Garden Street United Methodist Church, Room B
1326 North Garden Street, Bellingham

One Generation’s Time:
The Legacy of Silme Domingo & Gene Viernes

One Generation’s Time examines the legacy and impact of the work and lives of Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes, two Seattle Filipino-American activists and fishing cannery union members who were murdered in 1981 for their involvement in union reform and fighting for workers’ rights.

Free and Open to the Public
Hosted by Whatcom Peace & Justice Center
(With help from Hue Beattie and some of our local folks who were present at the time)

June 18, Thursday, 5:30 p.m.


St. James Presbyterian Church
910 14th St, Bellingham, WA 98225

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.

Coming in Metamorphosis (Our Monthly Newsletter) 
(Each month’s Metamorphosis is available on our website  the Wednesday following Meeting for Business. Recent and upcoming feature articles include:  
  • Larry Thompson's leading regarding the jail and mental health needs. (May)
  • Quakers in Russia (June)
  • The prison system in Norway (June or July)
General Information:

Ways to connect with Friends:   click on the links below for

  1. Bellingham Friends Facebook Page 
  2. Bellingham Friends Meeting website
  3. Bellingham Friends listserve
  • Please contact Allen Stockbridge by email if you have any trouble connecting to either the Facebook account or to the Yahoo group.
  • See the October 2014 Metamorphosis for more information.

Bringing snack? You may make this a contribution to Meeting, or, if you would like to be reimbursed, please write your name and "please reimburse" on your receipt/s and put in the Donations box. Thank you! 

Posting items  to the website calendar? Contact Virginia Herrick ( if you need help