Bellingham Quaker E-News, May 13, 2015                                       View this email in your browser 

Sun., May 17
Silent Worship, 10 am

Brief Called MfWfB at Rise of Meeting
Second Hr:  Quakerism: Experience It!
Quaker History II: Diversities Among Friends

Called MfWfB This Sunday
At Rise of Meeting
A Brief called meeting for Worship with Attention to Business will be held at rise of meeting to discern whether Bellingham Friends feel led to sponsor a special FCNL workshop to be held between June 23 and 30th here in Bellingham at a time and place to be determined.   More information will be available at meeting.
Meeting Tasks for this Sunday:

Care of Meeting: Don G.
Key - Lorina H.
Setup help - Karen S. 
Greeter - Wendy G.
Snack - vacant
Kitchen - Carole T.
Kitchen help - Don R.
Children's Teacher - vacant

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

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

Calendar for Bellingham Friends

May 19 6:00 pm
"Clerk's Supper"

Potluck at the Richardson's (all are welcome)
RSVP to Susan, please, and speak with Susan to determine what type of dish to bring.

Wed., May 20, 7-8:30 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.  

THURS (not Wed), May 28
SEC Film Night

Featuring Eri Schlosser & Eva Longoria

Film starts at 7 pm at the Hopkinson's
light refreshments will be served
RSVP , please

(This is the 1st in a 3-part series of programs planned by SEC to help Friends explore the issue of farm workers and migrant labor.)

Sat., Sept. 12th 2 pm through  Sun, Sept. 13th 2pm

Annual Retreat
Camp Lutherwood
(see Announcements for more information)
Are you being Called to work on
Racial Justice?

The new Racial Justice Coalition meets the first three Tuesdays of each month.  The next meeting will be May 19th at 7:30pm at the Whatcom Peace and Justice Center (1220 Bay Street, Bellingham).

For more information contact Christa at
Opportunities for Friendly Activists

2 Initiative petitions are circulating that resonate with 
our Testimonies

If you can make time to participate in the democratic process,
Both can use more signature gatherers- click the links for more information

I 732  - concerns taxes.  This measure would impose a carbon emission tax on certain fossil fuels and fossil-fuel-generated electricity, reduce the sales tax by one percentage point and increase a low-income exemption, and reduce certain manufacturing taxes"  
CarbonWa is the sponsor
for more information click here
I 735 -  declares that the people of Washington State support amending The Constitution of the United States to eliminate the undue influence of concentrated money and political power on elections and governmental policy. The amendment (to the constitution) would overturn decisions by the Supreme Court of the United States extending constitutional rights to corporations and other artificial legal entities as well as those decisions equating the spending of money with free speech. It also provides for the regulation and disclosure of political contributions and spending.
for more information click here
Nepal Disaster Relief
Concern of the Month for May
Heifer International Disaster Relief

Thank you, Friends, for your Generous Donations
If you missed last Sunday,
you can still donate directly on-line!

Statement from Heifer website:
"...we are saddened to report the deaths of at least 61 (Heifer) project participants due to the earthquake. Our thoughts and prayers are with these families and our colleagues in Nepal who are working to assist them.

So far, the worst damage seems to be in the central districts of Dhading and Nuwakot, where we work alongside farmers to develop goat and dairy enterprises. Early assessment of damage includes thousands of homes that are completely destroyed, as well as loss of livestock and livelihoods. Heifer’s efforts are focused on providing temporary shelter, food and water for communities in need. Longer term work will include rebuilding the communities and providing livestock and related training.

Your donation will make a major impact in the lives of the families that need assistance. Please, give now so that we can help our project participants begin the long recovery process. Your contribution to the disaster rehabiltation fund will be used to assist families in Nepal and other disasters our project families suffer.

More information on Heifer's relief efforts in Nepal can be found here

UPDATE: MONDAY, May 4—More than 4,000 Heifer project families have received temporary housing materials and other relief supplies and another 5,000 families will receive the aid by the end of the week. 

Celebrate Nature! 

Check out introductory nature walks with the Native Plant Society:

Sat., May 16, 1:00-3:00 pm: Padden Lagoon
Thurs., May 21, 6:00 pm to dusk: Coastal Ethnobotany at Woodstock Farm
Thurs., May 28, 6:00 pm to dusk: Downtown Plants at Maritime Heritage Park.    
Click here for more information:
(Each month’s Metamorphosis is available on our website ( ) the Wednesday following Meeting for Business. A few of the many offerings in the current issue are: 

  • Friends' Leadings Series:  Hospice work of Lorina Hall and Jeanine Hart-Horner.  
  • Lightcatcher Museum article: 
    • Exhibit: Mingled Visions: Images from the North American Indian by Edward S. Curtis.
    • Speaker:  Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher author, Timothy Egan 
May --  will feature Larry Thompson's leading regarding the jail and mental health needs.
  Upcoming Second Hours

May 24 – Memorial Day weekend (extended social time)
May 31 – County Comprehensive Plan - visioning workshop
June 7 - Potluck
June 14 - MfWfB

June 21 – QEI: Spiritual Journeys: Looking to the Future (Sharon Trent)

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 12).  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.  
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

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

Bellingham Friends are reminded to contact Ministry and Counsel for assistance reaching clearness about attending, and/or availability of financial assistance for attending any  Quaker event.

From Ministry and Counsel:

Friends are asked to hold Kristen McLewin in the Light as she recovers from a serious fall from her horse. 

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.
From / For Bellingham Friends

From Don and Wendy Goldstein
A number of food-serving items and containers were left behind at Wendy and Don's wedding on April 11th.  
If one or more of the following articles is or may be yours, please contact Don (671-1395, to claim it so we can get them all returned to their owners:
--- 13 by 9 by 2 inch Pyrex baking dish
--- Round ceramic or glass serving plate (we have 3 of them)
Children's Program Announcement:
For those who have said they would like to teach but aren't sure how to go about it, there will be a teacher training session.  Contact Sharon Trent at 714-6141 to set up a time.  We welcome all Friends to participate.  Our children need us!
Annual Retreat:

The 2015 BFM Annual Retreat Planning Committee announces that the retreat this year will take place at Camp Lutherwood, on Lake Sammish 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.
Save your stamps
for Right Sharing of World Resouces!

(From Mary Ann P.)

Over $50,000 has been raised for Right Sharing of World Resources and other Quaker Organizations by a volunteer Quaker group that accepts and then sells stamps and other collectables, passing the money on to Quaker causes.

All stamps, domestic or foreign are valuable, though some are more valuable than others, The new domestic Forever stamps that are currently being released are especially valuable.

For more information 
What to collect
How to prepare it
Where to send it
and a heartwarming background story,
click here
Announcements from the Wider Community

World Issues Forum
Wednesdays from noon - 1:20 pm
WWU - Haggard Hall 253

May 13

“Terrorism, Propaganda & U.S. Mideast Policy ”

 David Barsamian, founder and director of Alternative Radio
 Large parts of the Middle East today are engulfed in violence. Why? What historical factors shape the current conflicts? Iraq for example is a country in chaos and the U.S. has been intervening in Iraq non-stop for decades. What has it produced? Actual U.S. policy in the Middle East is buried in a blizzard of propaganda about democracy and human rights while in practice Washington backs feudal and repressive regimes like Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain and the Emirates as well as dictatorships like Egypt. Justification for U.S. military bases, invasions and occupations are cloaked in the garb of altruism and noble intent. Is that the way of imperial powers? When does the media question Washington's self-professed motives? While most people are ignorant about what is going on, it doesn't have to be that way.

May 20 
“National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism ” 

Melvin Goodman, Director of the National Security Project at the Center for International Policy in Washington, DC. and adjunct professor of government at Johns Hopkins University 

Goodman's talk will outline the destabilizing effects of a national economy based on open-ended military spending as well as the impact of two losing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. On the basis of his experience with the CIA and the Department of Defense, Goodman will analyze the national security blunders of the past 25 years and provide a much-needed vision for recalibrating our foreign and national security policies. 

The Realities of Advanced
Medical Interventions

Presented by
ICU Nurses Maureen “Koala” RN & Cathy RN, BSN 
1207 Ellsworth Street • Bellingham
360 733 3837
MAY 13, 2015 • 7:00PM

Saturday, May 16th, 2015
11 am-5 pm

A Native People's Event

Penn Cove Water Festival
Tribal Canoe Races
Native Arts & Crafts
Music, Dancing, Food
Storytelling & Youth Activities.

For more information, click here

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