March 2, 2016   Bellingham Quaker E-News
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Sunday, March 6, 2016
Silent Worship - 10 AM
Second Hour: Potluck

Explorations Academy 1701 Ellis St Click here for a  Map

Friendly Tasks for Meeting 

Care of Meeting:  Sharon T
Key / setup: Lorina H         
Setup Helper: Wendy C.

Greeter: Dave H
Snack: potluck 

Kitchen setup: Jeanine H    
kitchen setup Help: Judy H

Kitchen cleanup: Mark H     
Kitchen cleanup Help: Laura

Children's teacher: 
Virginia H 
Calendar for Bellingham Friends

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

Tuesday, March 15th
Book Group - 7 PM
Book for March:  Tortilla Curtain

Wed., March 16, 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 
Upcoming Second Hours:

Mar. 13 – MfWfB

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

Mar. 27 – Easter & Celebration of Mary Ann Percy's Transfer of Membership
April 3 – Potluck
 and extended second hour for Meeting for Sharing with Iris Graville and Jerry Evergreen
April 10 – MfWfB

April 17 – Welcoming/getting-acquainted activity (OWG) and extended social time 

April 24 – Open 
(Pacific Northwest Quarterly Meeting)
Announcements From Committees
Ministry and Counsel
Save the Date: April 3, noon to 2 p.m., we will have a second Meeting for Sharing about Meetinghouse Discernment facilitated by Iris Graville and Jerry Evergreen.  M&C members were heartened by Friends' willingness at the first session Jan. 31 to share deeply and honestly about their experiences around the Bell Tower Studios discernment. However, not everyone was able to speak in the time available, and there are still more avenues to explore. We are hopeful that Iris and Jerry's loving and steady facilitation will help us take the next step in this shared journey of learning and growing together.

Honor our shared worship. 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
Nominating Committee
Friends, Nominating Committee is working on the slate for next year and we invite you to share with us how you would like to participate in our Meeting community.  Please contact Lorina Hall and let's talk about how your talents could strengthen our shared experience. 
Outreach and Welcoming Group

Friends who shared poetry and other literary offering during the Second Hour are welcome to send that material to Betty McMahon (, 734-0244) for publication in the March or April issue of Metamorphosis.  If possible, send your contribution electronically and include the author and year of publication.  If you cannot send it electronically, contact Betty for other options.
OWG will sponsor another welcome/getting-acquainted game, with a special invitation to new attenders, on Sunday, April 17th  This time we invite Friends to bring finger-food snacks for an extended social hour either following or during the game (to be determined).  Wendy Goldstein will facilitate the game, which we expect will be a fun and spirited way for us to become better acquainted.

OWG meets next on March 19, 2016.  Contact OWG Clerk Don Goldstein,, for details.
Social and Environmental Concerns Committee recommends:
Available on video through March 17th

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

March 20 Second Hour:

Friends Committee on National Legislation biennial priorities-setting:  
Save the date! Please come help decide what issues our Quaker lobbying organization in Washington, D.C., should prioritize in the next two years. Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) has been lobbying for the Quaker values in FCNL’s Policy Statement, “The World We Seek,” for more than 70 years. Rooted in worshipful discernment, their goal is to work through Congress to bring about peace, social and economic justice, right sharing of world resources, and care for the environment. FCNL depends on monthly Meetings around the country to prioritize their work every two years. We will meet for Second Hour, March 20, and the results of our discernment will be included in deliberations of the FCNL Policy Committee and General Assembly to determine their legislative agenda for 2017-2019 Congressional sessions.

All you need to participate is a concern about national policies. For some background, check these links:

Announcements From Bellingham Friends

___________________  From Western Friend via Mary Ann P____________________

Cultivate the Quaker Experience with Western Friend on-line

Monthly online conversations about topics important to Quaker Meetings

  • 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
Here's what you need to know to join the conversation:
  • 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
Announcements of Events in the Wider Community

World Issues Forums/Paths to Global Justice (Regular series) Winter Quarter 2016
Coordinator:  Shirley Osterhaus 

TODAY  March 2, Noon-1:20pm, Fairhaven College Auditorium 
”Ten Months, Seven Countries, Two Students, One Grant: ALG”

Le’Ana Freeman and Richard Vihn,Adventure Learning Grant Recipients in 2014-15

What links a South American bluegrass band, racial inequities in South Africa, and Indian street food? Richard Vinh and Le'Ana Freeman will share their experiences first hand living in foreign lands and all the complications that follow. They will examine the life of a traveler and how they connected with communities through education, music, and food. Le’Ana taught children in South Africa and travelled through India discovering new definitions of personal identity and racial politics. Richard travelled through five South American countries studying urban planning and ultimately becoming the most famous banjo player in Buenos Aires.

"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 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.

Coastal First Nations Dance Festival March 1-6
in partnership with the UBC Museum of Anthropology (Vancouver, BC)

Friday March 4, 7:30PM (Doors @ 7:00PM)

Saturday March 5, 7:30PM (Doors @ 7:00P)

$25 adults, $20 students/seniors/MOA members
Advanced tickets on sale now: Tickets Tonight

Festival Stage
Saturday March 5, 1pm - 4pm
Sunday March 6, 1pm - 4pm
Festival Stage performances included with regular MOA admission.
*MOA admission is free to all self identified Aboriginal people


Artistic Spotlight: Dakhká Khwáan
The Dakhká Khwáan Dancers is comprised of dancers representing Inland Tlingit Nations from Southern Yukon Territory beginning in the summer of 2007 in the community of Carcross and expanding to include members from Teslin, Whitehorse, Kluane and Atlin, BC. They work to bring opportunity of cultural revitalization and social transformation within their communities by reclaiming their languages, values and ways through the traditional art form of song, drumming, dance, and storytelling. They strive to present their culture with the outmost respect to cultural protocol and with the highest form or artistic integrity. 


The God question: a Jesus Seminar video series

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.

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!  


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

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 and/or to register, click here (online registration opened as of 2/26/16) 

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 England.
Details 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.

Mary Ann Percy is happy to answer any questions you may have about the experience.

Prayer Vigil for Peace in the Middle East
When:  April 18, Monday5:30 p.m.
Where: Quaker Worship - Explorations Academy
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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