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Sun., June 28, 2015
Silent Worship, 10 am

Second Hour
NPYM Faith and Practice:
Collective Clearness, with
Alice Robb
Meeting Tasks for this Sunday:

Care of Meeting: Don G.
Key - Wendy G.
Setup help - vacant
Greeter - Joanne C.
Snack - Stephanie M.
Kitchen - Jeanine H.H.
Kitchen help - Tom Z.
Children's Teacher - Virginia H. 
Please contact Carole Teshima at to volunteer on a semi- regular basis.

Ministry and Counsel
Special Announcement

New Care of Meeting Practice for closing worship:

Starting June 14, Friends agreed to adopt a new practice for the end of our shared worship. In the past, we have had sharing of joys and sorrows during the last few minutes of worship. Our new practice moves this sharing to the time after rise of worship, as follows:

The person in Care of Meeting, -- before introductions, and maintaining a worshipful attitude -- initiates shaking hands, rises, welcomes everyone, and invites the sharing of joys and sorrows or requests to be held in the Light, and then sits down again. After a brief time for this sharing, the Care of Meeting person stands again, and says something along the lines of: “Thank you, Friends. It is our custom to go around the room and introduce ourselves, and [if there's time] share any afterthoughts that did not rise to the level of vocal ministry.” 

The rest of the Care of Meeting job remains the same.

Friends agreed that our old system of inviting sharing of joys and sorrows during worship is not consistent with our commitment to expectant waiting on the Light, and also may sometimes actually deter someone who might otherwise be moved to vocal ministry by seeming to allocate the last few minutes of worship to other sharing. 

Friends agreed at our June 14 Meeting for Worship for Business to review this new practice no later than October MfWfB, but please feel free to contact a member of Ministry and Counsel (Rob Dillard, John Hatten, Virginia Herrick, Dorrie Jordan, or Mary Ann Percy) at any time about your experience of our shared worship.
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.
Calendar for Bellingham Friends

June 28th, 2:00-5:00pm
(Doors open at 1:30)

Help End the Endless Wars:
FCNL Advocacy Team Launch
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.  
Click here to register


Wed., July 1,
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.  


Sat., Sept. 12th 2 pm through  Sun, Sept. 13th 2pm
Annual Retreat
Camp Lutherwood
(see Announcements for more information)
Query of the Month
Advices and Queries – (from Young Friends General Meeting) Consider the value of communications technology in nurturing or re-establishing relationships and communities where physical distance or time may be barriers. Which form of technology is most appropriate? The written word or electronic images may be interpreted differently when viewed without interaction in person. Be careful of over-dependence on this sense of constant connectivity and consider “switching off” from time to time. Time alone can provide its own source of spiritual nourishment.  

Announcements from Friends

The Final reading of
TS Eliot’s Four Quartets
has been postponed.  

It will be rescheduled when Don and Sharon return from Friends General Conference


Click here to read the
June Metamorphosis!

This month's feature articles:
  • Quakers in Russia and
  • The Prison System in Norway

Announcements from the Wider Community


Concert in Elizabeth Park
Thursday, June 25 6 pm

Listen to rock tunes by the Offshoots  this Thurs. from 6-8pm in Bellingham's Columbia neighborhood at Elizabeth Park.

The free, family friendly summer concert series features live music
Every Thursday through Aug. 27.




July 1st (Wed)
(Anne's birthday!) 
7pm Roeder Home
Suggested donation $15-$25
Advance tickets available
here for tickets
Iconic environmental singer Dana Lyons teams up with notorious labor hellraiser Anne Feeney to launch Teamsters and Turtles – Together at Last! Starting in Bellingham, WA July 1st (hometown of Dana Lyons) and sweeping south through 12 cities and the Oregon Country Fair to Ashland, OR, the duo will dispel the myth that unions are at odds with environmentalists. They will accomplish this with song and story. How likely is this tour to bring labor activists and environmentalists into a huge movement for justice, peace, equality, and sustainability? Come to their show and find out!

Excerpt from a message from Beth Brownfield's Native American Events mailing:
Please consider giving support to the efforts of the Lummi Youth Academy to raise necessary funds to send 9 youth to an amazing college preparatory program (two weeks: July 12-26) located at Pitzer College in Pomona, California.  LYA goal for this experience is to make sure that their youth can participate in this life-changing, goal inspiring, passion evoking program until they graduate from high school, giving them the tools and courage necessary to move on to secondary education.  (please read the attachment for details) 
Lummi Youth Academy is over $19,000 short of funding the entire $27,000 cost.
Checks can be made out to: Lummi Youth Academy Memo: College Preparatory Program
Mail to: LYA 2330 Lummi View Drive, Bellingham, WA 98226.  
Note: This is a tax-exempt contribution
PLEASE include your telephone number and email address.

How often do you get the opportunity to be a catalyst to alter a youth's life in such a positive way? Bellingham Native American Connections Committee will plan a fall potluck with LYA and invite all participants who contributed to come, share in a meal together, and hear about the impact of this adventure had upon the participants.

June 28th Second Hour:

Faith and Practice is the Yearly Meeting's guide for all member Meetings, a record of our practice, and inspiration to our faith. It is guidebook for members and for Meetings about what it means to be a Quaker, and a Meeting. The yearly meeting has been working on a new edition of Faith and Practice for eight years. Throughout this process, the editing committee -- on which Alice Turtle Robb, member of BFM, has served for the past three years -- seeks input from Friends. Come June 28 to second hour to learn more and share your thoughts!
June 28, 2014 - North Pacific Yearly Meeting Faith and Practice Collective Clearness, presented by Alice Robb

Upcoming Second Hours:

July 05 Potluck

July 12 – Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business

July 19 – Peace Corps Report - from former longtime BFM member Aurora Fox, who's recently returned from a several-years stint with the corps.

July 26 Electronic communications for Bellingham Friends Meeting:   What's a listserve? How does the website work? Do we need Google Calendar? How do I get on Facebook? Come hither, Friends, and discern together!

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.
Friends' Input Needed

What would YOU like to read about in our monthly newsletter?

Our newsletter editor, Betty, wants your help to be sure that our newsletter reflects Friends' interests. 
She enjoys researching topics and reporting on them, and she would like to have Friends give her "reporting assignments".
Please email
Betty with your suggestions!
FGC Gathering 2015: Stay Connected!

FGC News
By Marta Rusek | 6/19/15

Want to follow updates on the FGC Gathering or check out event recordings from the Bible Half Hour and selected plenaries? Now you can!
Here is a link to follow:

Follow FGC's social media channels to stay abreast of important updates and announcements as they happen at the Gathering in Cullowhee, NC. If you can't make it to Gathering this year, you can follow the action as it happens from your home or office.
Looking ahead to wider Quaker gatherings: 

Friends General Conference 
(FGC) Gathering of Friends
 – July 5-11, Western Carolina Univ., NC

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

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 have passed for scholarships from our Meeting for this summer, but in the future, if you are thinking about attending and are deterred by the expense, don't forget many Quaker gatherings offer financial aid and the Meeting has our own scholarship fund as well. Contact clerk of Ministry and Counsel, Virginia Herrick, for more information. 

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

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

Patterns for Navigating the Transition to a World in Energy Descent

June 26, 2015 from 7 to 8pm
Location: WECU Education Center
Street: 511 E. Holly St.
Phone: (360) 733-3541
Event Type: presentationanddiscussion
Organized By: David MacLeod

We will explore the world in crisis and chaos as an opportunity for social and spiritual transformation as we form stronger connections to the earth’s natural patterns and to each other.
This presentation will summarize my recent paper written for the upcoming Integral Theory Conference.   The paper considers current concerns about resource depletion (“energy descent”) and the unsustainability of current economic structures, which may indicate we are entering a new era signaled by the end of growth. 
We tend to have horrible visions associated with downturns and "collapse." Can we even entertain the possibility that we might be entering a period of decline in energy and standard of living?  Can we redefine “growth” and learn to expand our consciousness and increase cooperative behaviors as we ride the wave down the peak oil curve.
This presentation will be supported by a new systems thinking tool called PatternDynamics™. Inspired by Permaculture’s emphasis on natural patterns and principles, PatternDynamics combines the patterns of nature with the power of language. The result is a tool which helps us understand and communicate ways of supporting resilience. We will touch on some of the dynamic patterns that could assist us in creatively navigating our way through an energy descending world.
Come support me as I prepare to give this short 20 minute presentation at the upcoming Integral Theory Conference in the Bay area later in July. There will be plenty of time for Q&A after the presentation.

Whatcom Museum

Thursday, June 25
DAHLGREN PRESENTATION: Swedish painter, sculptor and conceptual artist Jacob Dahlgren—who's is in town to participate in the installation of his new work, "Constructing a New World," in Barkley Village—will give a Brown Bag presentation focusing on his work and provide insight about abstraction as a pure form at 12:30pm Thursday at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. Suggested donation is $3. He'll also lead a free "Paint an Abstract Placard" workshop from 5:30-7:30pm at the Lightcatcher Studio, 250 or 

Saturday, June 27

HELMI’S WORLD OPENING: View paintings, drawings, prints, carved linoleum blocks and ceramics culled from Whatcom Museum's collection when "Helmi's World: Symbol, Myth, Fantasy" opens today from 12-5pm at the museum's Lightcatcher Building, 250 Flora St. Helmi Juvonen (1903-1985), known in her day simply as Helmi, was a prolific artist whose creativity embraced diverse media. She was particularly drawn to Northwest Coast native culture and developed a rapport with the chiefs of the Lummi, Swinomish, Makah, and Yakama, 


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.
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