June 15, 2016   Bellingham Quaker E-News
Editor's note:  Updated items highlighted in bright RED
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Sunday, June 19, 2016
Silent Worship: 10 AM Worship
Second Hour: – All Those Initiatives!  - guest speaker:  Betsy Pernotto
Explorations Academy 1701 Ellis St Click here for a  Map

Friendly Tasks for Meeting 

Care of Meeting: Larry T 
Key / setup: Don G    
Setup Helper: Wendy G   
Greeter: Joanne C
Snack: Don L
Kitchen setup: Joan O  
Kitchen setup Help: Judy H
Kitchen cleanup: Dusty A
Kitchen cleanup Help: Dave H
Children's teacher: Dusty A

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 27 - 28  Meeting Campout
The Unbroken, by Rashani Rei

There is a brokenness
out of which comes the unbroken,
a shatteredness
out of which blooms the unshatterable.
There is a sorrow
beyond all grief which leads to joy
and a fragility
out of whose depths emerges strength.

There is a hollow space
too vast for words
through which we pass with each loss,
out of whose darkness
we are sanctioned into being.

There is a cry deeper than all sound
whose serrated edges cut the heart
as we break open to the place inside
which is unbreakable and whole,
while learning to sing.

- Submitted to the E-News by Nan Macy
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

Sat and Sun, Aug 27th - 28th 
Meeting Campout
Excelsior Campground 
Watch coming issues of E-News for more details
Friends are again asked to review the proposed guidelines for decision making.  Seasoning continues as we pay careful attention to Quaker terminology and practice.  Click Here to read the current version.  It will considered for approval at the July 24th MfWfB
Solidarity with Orlando

Bellingham Friends who could do so gathered for worship on Tuesday evening at the request of the clerk of Orlando Friends Meeting. Simultaneously, other Bellingham Friends worshiped in their homes and Quaker meetings throughout the country held Orlando in the Light.   

At this time, many Friends are led to sign the MoveOn petition to ban automatic weapons.  If you too are so led, click here to sign.

We are all one people in this one love.
Handout for Second Hour for June 19th
All Those Initiatives!
 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

Meeting Campout
Saturday, August 27 - Sunday, August 28

August 27- 28 will be dates for a Meeting Camping at Excelsior Group Camp Ground.  We will have lunch on our own, then a potluck supper.  After breakfast, we'll have Meeting for Worship, and non-campers are welcome to join us for that.  We have also reserved Friday evening at the spot, so anyone from Meeting is welcome to come early.  There will be opportunities to explore the old growth forest nearby, and to take native plant walks and we hope also guided bird walks.  More details later.

_____________ 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, please contact Virginia Herrick.  The link that appeared in the ENews for the past few weeks did not work correctly, so if you tried to use it, you were told that you had already completed the survey.  (Apparently Survey Monkey and Mailchimp do not play well together)  

________________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!

____________From Directory Manager Don Goldstein____________

An updated BFM Directory will be distributed by the end of this week. 
If you have any changes or additions to be made to your listing, please 
contact me ASAP 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

Bellingham Friends received a very nice card from the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association thanking us for supporting the work that they do for salmon recovery, healthy creeks and a vibrant community.   They were our Concern of the Month for May.

Friends led to carry our Quaker banner in the Bellingham Gay Pride Parade on July 10, please contact Judy Hopkinson.

At this time, Friends may be led to sign the Move On petition to ban automatic weapons. If this is you Light please click here to sign :
Children's Program Committee

Anna Row (daughter of Adrienne and granddaughter of Tom and Maddie) has begun work as our childcare provider at least two Sundays per month, as of the annual retreat June 4.  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,-- we've also started our quarterly rotation of volunteers for Children's Program during Worship Sunday mornings!  The first month is already covered: Eric Bablinkas, June 4, Virginia Herrick, June 12, Dusty Andersen, June 19, and Susan Richardson, June 26! Rachel Van Boven, July 24. Thank you, everyone!

The signup sheet still has spaces for Friends to sign up as childcare provider in July and August. Other team members are Rob Dillard and Wendy Courtemanche. If you are not currently on the quarterly rotation but would like to get involved, please contact Virginia or Kristen McLewin. We had a "signup genius" sent out, as another alternative to signing up on the regular signup sheet. If you're on the rotation, but unable to make it, contact Virginia. We have substitutes available! Thank you all! And thanks to our substitutes for standing ready: Kristen McLewin, John Hatten, and Sharon Trent.
Outreach and Welcoming Committee

The OWC will be sponsoring a Second Hour for play reading in the near future, date to be determined by availability of participants.  If you are interested in reading one or two parts in a short play or plays (each 15 minutes maximum), please contact committee clerk Don Goldstein (671-1395,

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 OWC that is available on the literature table and also by download from the "About Us" page of the BFM website. 

Our next meeting, open to all interested Friends, will be on Saturday, July 16th. 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", which has now been approved by BFM's MfWfB.  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

2016 Totem Pole Journey
In August, Jewell James' 2016 Totem Pole will be on its way to Winiepeg, Canada.  Preparations are being made now and it’s time to seek out the funding and support services to make all this happen. There are only 37 days left to raise the requested $8,000 so we’re asking that you rank this as a priority for your attention.   Click here to learn more and to donate:   Faithify 

Goal: Defeat the proposed fossil fuel export projects while laying the foundation for a broad-based alliance on future issues of common concern related to fossil fuels and climate change.


  • Strengthen and expand alliances between tribes, intertribal organizations, the faith-based community, NGO’s, and community leaders in the Pacific Northwest and Canada that are opposed to the proposed export of fossil fuels from the Oregon, Washington, and western Canada.
  • Educate the general public and shape the narrative on this issue through scheduled events and informational material, radio and television coverage, and social media.
  • Promote a “get out the vote” message, to include distributing informational material at the scheduled events.
  • Strengthen and expand the network of coalition partners to help address the issue of climate change.

June 17, 5 pm. Northwest Indian College 2016 Commencement, public invited
Wexliem Community Building, Lummi
NWIC serves students from over 90 Original Nations.  There are satellite campus locations for classes but students gather from all directions for commencement.  The Keynote Speaker is simply amazing - read on...

Keynote speaker
Evan Adams, Coast Salish actor and physician from the Sliammon Band near Powell River, BC, Canada.

Evan is a full-scholarship alumnus of St. Michaels University School and of Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific – both of Victoria, BC.  Evan stars in the Emmy-winning TV-movie “Lost in the Barrens” and its nominated sequel “Curse of the Viking Grave” and as Thomas Builds-The-Fire in ShadowCatcher Entertainment’s Smoke Signals, written by Sherman Alexie and directed by Chris Eyre, for which he won Best Actor awards from the American Indian Film Festival, and from First Americans in the Arts, and a 1999 Independent Spirit Award. Evan is the past host of Aboriginal Peoples Television Network’s #1-rated show Buffalo Tracks, starred in FallsApart Production’s American feature The Business of Fancydancing, and had a recurring role on the CBC TV-series Da Vinci’s City Hall.

Aside from his career in the arts, Evan has completed 3 years of pre-med studies at the University of British Columbia (UBC), a Medical Doctorate from the University of Calgary in 2002, and a Family Practice residency (as Chief Resident) in the Aboriginal Family Practice program at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, BC. He is the 2005 winner of the (provincial) Family Medicine Resident Leadership Award from the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), and the 2005 national winner of the Murray Stalker Award from the CFPC Research and Education Foundation. He is the past-President of the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada, and is currently the Director of the Division of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health, UBC Department of Family Practice. He obtained his MPH in 2009 with the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health while working with the Office of the Provincial Health Officer.

In April 2012, Dr. Adams was appointed Deputy Provincial Health Officer (DPHO) with responsibility for Aboriginal health.
Directions to: Lummi Nation Wexliem Community Building, 2100 Blackhawk Way, Bellingham.
From I-5 and Slater Rd (Exit 260)
West on Slater Rd for 3.6 miles
South on Haxton Way for 6.5 miles
Continue on Lummi View Drive for .9 miles
Northeast on Blackhawk Way for .1 mile
Meanwhile, In case you missed the Stommish this year, click on the picture for a drone's eye video of the war canoe race

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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