June 8, 2016   Bellingham Quaker E-News
Editor's note:  Updated items highlighted in bright RED
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Sunday, June 12, 2016
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. 

Friendly Tasks for Meeting 

Care of Meeting: Don G
Key / setup: Karen S    
Setup Helper: Wendy G   
Greeter: Dave H
Snack: (vacant)
Kitchen setup: Rob D 
Kitchen setup Help:
 Rachel VB
Kitchen cleanup: Mark H
Kitchen cleanup Help: (vacant) 

Children's teacher: Virginia H

Upcoming Second Hours:
June 19 – All Those Initiatives! (Betsy Pernotto + SEC)
June 26 – Alice on Faith and Practice (revised copy to be distributed in advance)
July 3 – Potluck
July 10 – No second hour. Consider attending PRIDE parade
July 17 – No second hour. NPYM Annual session
July 24 – Meeting for Worship for Business (tentative)
July 31 - TBA - ideas to be discussed at June 12 MFWFB
August 7 – Potluck 
August 14 - TBA - ideas to be discussed at June 12 MFWFB
Calendar for Bellingham Friends

Wed., June 8, 7 – 9 PM  TONIGHT
Midweek Worship
Mary Ann P.'s home
Silent worship and worship sharing - 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month

Tuesday, June 21, 7 – 9 PM 
Book Group
Richardsons' home

Discussing "The Paris Wife" by Paula McLain
Copies available from Susan R.

Thurs, June 23rd, 7 - 9 PM
Spirit Group
at Larry T.'s home

Discussing "A Place Called Community" , Pendle Hill  pamphlet by Parker Palmer
Click Here 
for the

proposed guidelines for decision making in Meeting
which will be
up for approval this Sunday at MfWfB.  Friends are asked to review it before we meet.
All Those Initiatives!
 June 19th - 11:30 ish
A Second Hour from SEC

Part I
Guest Speaker: Betsy Pernotto (Jobs with Justice)

will present the rationale for and explanation of the
WA State Minimum Wage Initiative

I - 1433 concerns labor standards. This measure would increase the state minimum wage to $11.00 in 2017, $11.50 in 2018, $12.00 in 2019, and $13.50 in 2020, require employers to provide paid sick leave, and adopt related laws.  Click for more info

Part II
Friends Karen Steen and Judy Hopkinson

will Briefly review provisions and pros and cons of four additional initiatives: 

I - 732  Initiative Measure No. 732 concerns taxes.  This measure was designed to impose a carbon emission tax on certain fossil fuels and fossil-fuel-generated electricity, reduce the sales tax by one percentage point, increase a low-income exemption, and reduce certain manufacturing. click for more info  

I - 735 Initiative Measure No. 735 concerns a proposed amendment to the federal constitution. This measure would urge the Washington state congressional delegation to propose a federal constitutional amendment that constitutional rights belong only to individuals, not corporations, and constitutionally-protected free speech excludes the spending of money. click for more info

I - 1464 Initiative Measure No. 1464 concerns campaign finance laws and lobbyists.  This measure would create a campaign-finance system; allows residents to direct state funds to candidates; repeal the non-resident sales tax exemption; restrict lobbying employment by certain former public employees; and add enforcement requirements.  click for more info    

I - 1491 Initiative Measure No. 1491 concerns court orders temporarily preventing access to firearms.  This measure would allow police, family, or household members to obtain court orders temporarily preventing access to firearms by persons who, because of mental illness or other factors, may harm themselves or others.  click for more info  

Bellingham Friends Announcements

Quaker Process in the news on Capitol Hill
From Karen Steen
A major political newspaper in Washington, DC, The Hill recently recognized Quaker process as the basis for effective lobbying by FCNL for peace and the environment.
The article “Lobbying for Peace” interviews Dianne Randall from FCNL, Joe Cirincione from the Ploughshares Fund, and Jim Winkler from the National Council of Churches. As Winkler concludes, ““They (FCNL) seem to be going from strength to strength, whereas many of us feel like we’re running hard to stay in place.”  Click here for full article

_____________ From Virginia Herrick ___________________

 North Pacific Yearly Meeting, Annual Session in Spokane, July 13-17. Virginia will be driving to Spokane on Wednesday, July 13, returning July 17.  She would love to have company for the trip! If you're interested, please let her know!


Kirsten Ebsen from Vancouver, BC

would like to connect with Friends travelling to the FGC Gathering by Amtrak.  

Her train leaves Everett at 5pm June 30th and arrives at St. Cloud, MN at 5:19 AM July 2nd.  Would like to share taxi from St Cloud which is closer to St. Joseph Campus than St. Paul/Minneapolis. Contact:
Her cell # is:  778-837-1746.


Children's Program Survey

Friends, if you haven't had a chance to respond to Children's Program Committee's queries yet, here's an easy survey that will only take a couple minutes. Just click the link, answer the questions, and you're done. Our intention is not necessarily to ask you to teach a lesson based on the results of this survey, although you may feel moved to do so (and that would be lovely!), but more to help us be aware of the resources that are in our community, which might be useful for intergenerational programs, or as background information for someone else's lesson plan. Thank you!  

Click here to take this very simple survey

________________From Don Goldstein_________________

Interested in carpooling to/from Spokane for second half of
North Pacific Yearly Meeting Annual Session in July?

I'm hoping to connect with a Friend to share transportation with, going to Spokane on Friday, July 15th and returning on Sunday, July 17th.  If at all interested, contact me at 671-1395 or  Thanks!

_________Call for Pictures for New Photo Gallery on Website ________
 From John Hatten and Don Goldstein
A new photo gallery ( ) 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.  If you don't already have a digital photo of yourself that you like, contact Wendy G. at meeting and she will take your photo and, if you like it, will send it to John for you.

Announcements From Committees
Social and Environmental Concerns

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) .
Children's Program Committee

Anna Row (yes, our very own Anna, Adrienne's daughter and Tom and Maddie Solenberger's granddaughter!) will be our childcare provider at least two Sundays per month starting this coming First Day, June 12. Be sure to say "hi!" She is also interested in volunteering as a facilitator during worship on Sundays when she's not working! Yay, Anna!

Speaking of volunteer facilitators -- also starting in June will be our new rotation of volunteers for Children's Program during Worship Sunday mornings! Eric Bablinkas has volunteered to do music with the children on First Sundays of each month through the summer! Virginia Herrick will be working with the kids monthly on Quaker Testimonies, and a bunch of inspired, interesting adults will be taking turns offering children a variety of learning opportunities all the other Sundays this summer!

Our quarterly volunteers are: Dusty Andersen, Wendy Courtemanche, Susan Richardson, Rachel Van Boven, and Rob Dillard. The signup sheet still has space for Friends to sign up as childcare provider, and there is also a Signup Genius poll being distributed to volunteers via email. If you've received that, please sign up so we can plan our summer vacations knowing children's program is taken care of! If you haven't received it, please send the dates you are available to teach to Virginia Herrick. If something comes up and you are NOT able to teach this quarter, please contact Virginia. We have substitutes available! Thank you all! And thanks to our substitutes for standing ready: Kristen McLewin, John Hatten, and Sharon Trent.

If you'd like to see your name in bold in future Children's Program postings, please contact Virginia Herrick or Kristen McLewin!  It's going to be an amazing summer!
Outreach and Welcoming Group
The document "Regular Bellingham Friends Meeting Activities and How to Learn More About Them", is available on the greeting table at meeting.  It's also posted on our website and can be downloaded by clicking here .

"A Quaker Glossary" is another document from OWG that will be available on the literature table and also by download from the "About Us" page of the BFM website. 

OWG has presented a new job description that if approved on June 12th will make us an independent standing committee of BFM.  If you want to read it, please request a copy from committee clerk Don Goldstein ( or 671-1395).

Our next meeting, open to all interested Friends, will be on Saturday, June 11th. Contact Don Goldstein (see above) for 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 at Lazy F Camp and Retreat Center, near Ellensburg.  Our first meeting tentatively selected as the session theme "Discerning our Leadings: Worshiping with our Lives".  This theme will be presented to MfWfB for seasoning, and (if possible) approval, on June 12th.  If you're interested in joining us or just curious about what QM planning involves, contact QMPC Co-clerk Don Goldstein (671-1395 or  
Announcements / Opportunities from Other Quaker Groups

Friends General Conference 
(Offers many resources including the ones listed below)
Building a deeper spiritual community in your meeting.
You can also sign up for updates on the Spiritual Deepening Program, which will launch in the fall.

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:

Western Friend
Offers on-line Meetings and Resources
(as well as a wonderful Quaker magazine)
  • 60 minutes of worship every Thursday
  • 11:30 AM Pacific / 12:30 PM Mountain
  • Come when you can, leave when you must. 

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
Click here to enter "Family Room" for worship

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!

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
Donation drive to support Syrian refugees
kicks off June 20

The Whatcom Peace and Justice Center
Voices for Peace in the Middle East

will sponsor a donation drive this summer to support refugees stranded in Europe. Goods collected will be traded for funds to support humanitarian and medical aid for people affected by conflict and natural disaster in the Middle East.
Since March 2011, an estimated 9 million Syrians have fled their homes to escape war. Most are internally displaced within Syria, while over 4 million are in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, and Egypt. One million have applied for asylum in Europe. The United States has pledged to accept at least 10,000 Syrian refugees by the end of September; to date, 4,700 people have been approved by U.S. Homeland Security.
Refugees migrating to Europe from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan cross the Mediterranean Sea, arriving on beaches in the Greek isles. Locals scramble to provide them with food, water, and emergency supplies before they continue on to UN refugee camps. The Salaam Cultural Museum in Seattle is collecting and distributing aid to these areas in Greece.
Rita Zawaideh of the Salaam Cultural Museum will speak about the crisis and show photos of relief work happening in Greece at a Bellingham organizing meeting and potluck on June 20, 2016. This kickoff for the donation drive will be held at the Community Food Co-op Connections Classroom (405 East Holly Street) at 6 p.m. 

What to know how the donation drive will work? - click here for more information


Terry Tempest Williams,
Author of The Hour of Land

Jun 15th
7:00 PM
plus applicable fees
Full - $5

Coming in JULY from Whatcom Land Trust:

Conservation Conversations:  Faith and Nature, with Charis Weathers  

Thursday, July 28, 6:00-7:30pm at the WLT offices, 412 N Commercial St
In July, Rev. Charis Weathers will introduce a “spin-off” to WLT’s Conservation Conversations. Charis will host a series of guided discussions on nature and conservation, each featuring two guests from different spiritual or religious traditions. Stand by for more details, but save this date for the inaugural episode of what promises to be a fascinating and lively conversation series.  

Photo: Joshua Eastland                                   

Eventbrite - Conservation Conversations: Faith & Nature, Ep. 1


Looking Ahead to Wider Quaker Gatherings

General Meetings - Quarterly and Yearly Meetings and The Gathering

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.

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.

Aug 13 - 17, 2016
Friendly Water for the World -Training in BioSand Filter Fabrication
Quaker Cove Camp, Anacortes, WA
cost: $395.  Partial scholarships available.
(Graduates are planning to to to Tanznia, kenya, Uganda, and Gutemala and elsewhere)
Call 360 918-3642 or e-mail:
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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