Feb 8, 2017   Bellingham Quaker E-News 
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Sunday, February 12, 2017
Silent Worship: 10 AM Worship

Second Hour: Meeting for Worship for Business
Location:  1701 Ellis St.  Map

Friendly Tasks for Meeting 

Care of Meeting: Don G
Key / setup: Lorina H
Setup Helper: vacant
Greeter: Don V
Snack: vacant
Kitchen setup: Mark H
Kitchen setup Help: vacant
Kitchen cleanup: Cheiron M
Kitchen cleanup Help: kids

Children's teacher  Rachel VB

If you can take on a job that's now vacant, please contact Don G.
Upcoming Second Hours:

Feb 19 Quaker Ways: Diversity  Among Friends (Don Goldstein) 

Feb 26  Spiritual Journey (Mary  Ann P, tentative)

March 5  Potluck

March 12  MfWfB

March 19  SEC short film, “Every Row A Path"

Calendar for Bellingham Friends
Wed., Feb 8  TODAY 
NO Midweek Worship this week, sorry

Sat. Feb. 11, 10 am
Friendly Listening Group
Terra Organica, 1530 Cornwall Ave.

Thurs, Feb 16, 7 - 9 PM
Spirit Group

at Larry T.'s home
See Spirit Group Announcement below for link to readings and more information. 

Monday, Jan 30, 7 - 9 PM
Earthcare Group

at Mary Ann P's home
Discussing Chapters 5 and 6 of Active Hope by Joanna Macy, plus experiential exercise.

Tuesday, Feb 21, 7 – 9 PM 
Book Group
at Sharon & Don's home
We'll be discussing "Wish You Well", a novel by David Baldacci.  Copies of book are available from Joan O.

Wed., Feb 22, 7- 9 pm
Midweek Worship at Mary Ann P's home, usually meeting 2nd and 4th Wednesdays for open worship followed by worship-sharing or other activity as the group decides 

Preparing for MfWfB
Friends, please send committee reports, member concerns, and documents that you would like to have distributed for review prior to Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business to the Clerk (John Hatten) and recording clerk (Judy Hopkinson) no later than Thursday midnight.  These items, along with a draft of last month's MfWfB minutes will be sent to interested Friends on Friday.  
If you are not currently on the MfWfB mailing list, and would like to receive MfWfB documents, please click here to subscribe to that list

February query
From NPYM, Faith and Practice, p. 47

“Are we conscientious in fulfilling obligations to the state and society while opposing those contrary to our understanding of the leadings of God?”

Announcements From Committees
Children's Program Committee

Children this past Sunday learned about origami peace cranes and also enjoyed playing with new toys donated by Bellingham Friends over the holidays! Thank you, Anna! Thank you, donors!
Coming up! ART PROJECT SUNDAY with Aurora Fox on Feb. 19, followed by a program on solar eclipses, offered by Don Goldstein on Feb. 26!
More thank-yous. All our teaching slots for the first quarter are filled! Yay! There's plenty of room on the slate for March-April-May, though, so contact Virginia if you'd like to do a one-time lesson, or join the team. :-) Most team members teach once per quarter.
Speaking of the team ... THANK YOU to Dusty Andersen; Rob Dillard; Susan Richardson; Rachel VanBoven; Kristen McLewin, Jessica Bee, Aurora Fox, Dave Hopkinson, Virginia Herrick, and substitutes Sharon Trent and John Hatten. Special thanks to Eric Bablinskas, whose spiritual journey is taking him in new directions, but whose many contributions to Meeting and the Children's Program have enriched our collective journey.
Feb. 12 - Rachel V. (Dora)
Feb. 19 - Aurora F. (Anna)
Feb. 26 - Don G. (Dora)
March 5 - Jessica B. (Anna)


Student Voices

From Friends Journal:

Student Voices Project
The fourth annual Student Voices Project is under way!

This year we’re asking students to write a letter to the president of the Unites States: Donald Trump. As in past years, we welcome submissions from all middle school and high school students (Quaker and non-Quaker) at Friends schools and also Quaker students in other educational venues, such as public schools and homeschooling.

The deadline is February 13, 2017.

A selection of the letters will be mailed to the White House and featured in the May 2017 issue. Honorees will also receive a free one-year subscription to Friends Journal and will be recognized by Friends Council on Education for their work.

Click here for details and submission information

Student Voices

Bellingham Young Friends' Letters
Bellingham Friends Children's Program invites our young people in middle and high school to submit letters to Friends Journal and our e-news! Any letters submitted to Friends Journal before the Feb. 13 deadline can also be published here, so all Bellingham e-news subscribers can read them.

If you are submitting a letter to Friends Journal, please also send it to Virginia, virginiafherrick at gmail dot com, so it can be published here! Thanks!
Ministry and Counsel Committee

M&C has again reserved the Group Campsite at Excelsior Campground on Mt Baker Highway for August 25 – 27 for a Meeting camping trip!   Please save the date!​
Outreach and Welcoming Committee

OWC's next Second Hour will be a "Quaker Ways" session on "Diversity Among Friends", to be facilitated on February 19 by Don Goldstein.

Our documents, "Regular Bellingham Friends Meeting Activities and How to Learn More About Them" (recently updated) and "A Quaker Glossary" are both available in hard copy on the greeting table and also by download from the "About Us" page of the BFM website,

OWC meets next on Saturday morning, February 11.  All Friends are welcome, but please contact clerk Don Goldstein (671-1395 or if you will be joining us.
Social and Environmental Concerns Committee

Concern of the month for January:  Puget Soundkeeper Alliance

Puget Soundkeeper Alliance focuses citizen-led advocacy and action on issues affecting our rivers, lakes, and coastal waterways, from pollution to climate change. Their goal is swimmable, drinkable and fishable water everywhere.  The Puget Soundkeeper Alliance recently won a major case in the WA supreme court protecting water resources throughout our state.  

This Message about Muslims from Jeff Siddiqui:

Muslims seeking to enter the US on their normal permanent status, are being told they must sign Form I-407 (Record of Abandonment of Lawful Permanent Resident Status) and if they do in their confused situation, they WILL lose their Permanent Resident status in the US. My contact in the Homeland Security told me (in effect) they he cannot confirm or deny if this is happening.

This is extremely serious. A lot of innocents Muslims entering the US will feel they must sign the form or be denied entry and poof! their Green Card status is gone.

Pass the word around and pass it on fast; NOBODY should sign this form and if pushed, they should demand legal representation.

One more time to Muslims: We are being picked off one by one and it appears that all we are doing is staying divided and remaining silent because of fear. Get together with Muslim groups that you are not close to, groups that are not "your kind of Muslims" and start to work together on issues of common interest or we are all sunk.


All are welcome to the next meeting of the SEC committee. If you would like to attend, click here to email one of our members for meeting details
Nominating Committee

Each year, scholarship funds of $1000 are available to a Friend from our Meeting to help pay for travel to and attendance at the summer Friends' General Conference Gathering. This year's meeting is in Niagara Falls, NY July 2-8, 2017. For more information, please see the website for the Gathering at:  The Gathering and contact a Nominating Committee member:  Joanne Cowan, Don Goldstein, or Kristen McLewin.

Young adults come together at Gathering to support, inspire, and challenge each other. Activities include worship, meeting for business, and a field trip.

Taste the vibrancy and the variety that is available by immersing yourself in this community of Friends for a week. We eagerly look forward to welcoming you—in person—at Niagara University, New York, July 2-8, 2017.

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, 2017, at Lazy F Camp and Retreat Center, near Ellensburg.  The session theme will be "Discerning our Leadings: Worshiping with our Lives."  If you're interested in joining us or just curious about what QM planning involves, contact QMPC Co-clerk Don Goldstein (671-1395 or  Next meeting: Friday, February 10, 10 am.
Announcements from Special Groups and individuals
in our local Meeting
Party Invitation from Lynne Lohr
Saturday, Feb. 11 , 2 - 5 PM
Where: 2717 Walnut Street, Bellingham (Lynne's home)

We will enjoy vegan food, including tofurkey and apple pie provided by Lynne.  Bring other vegan items to contribute if you like.  Also bring slippers to wear indoors after you remove your street shoes.

Please RSVP to Lynne by phone (360-733-3305) if you will be coming.

Spirit Group Announcement
Next meeting:  
Thurs, Feb. 16 , 7 - 9 PM

Friends, please click here to read and/or print the draft of the revised Chapter 4 of NPYM's new "Faith and Practice" which the Spirit Group will continue to discuss over the next several months.  See calendar for location and time. (WARNING - this is a long document (38 pages) - too long to print copies for distribution to everyone.  So you might want to bring an electronic copy to Spirit Group or read ahead and take notes. ) 
The group will discuss pages 27-38 (remainder of material) in chapter 4 of the draft revision of NPYM's "Faith and Practice"
Announcements From National
Quaker Lobby / Action Groups
Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL)
Supporting Spirit-led action for national policy!

Spreading Quaker Power & Light
FCNL’s focus is on working within our democratic system to influence legislation. Join with Friends nationwide who are marching, writing to their local papers, calling congressional leaders and speaking out at town halls.
  • Sign up for action alerts at
  • February 18-26, President’s Day Weekend Lobbying - Visit your Congressional Leaders local offices with your Advocacy Team (see below)
This Week in the World:
Heading into the third week of the Trump administration, here's what you need to know:
  • Obamacare: We’ve made progress to protect affordable health care access. "Repeal and replace" has transformed into "repair," thanks to constituent pressure. Still, many members of Congress are working to dismantle the healthcare law that provides health insurance access for tens of millions of people, and their replacement plans fall short. Take action! See FCNL resources below and Share what the ACA means to you.
  • Immigrants and Refugees: The effects of last week's executive orders continue. More Republicans are beginning to question the refugees executive order. Between 60,000 - 100,000 visas were revoked due to the travel ban against people from seven Muslim-majority countries. Congress can work to undo some of the damage of the immigration orders.
  • Ambassador to Israel: Urge your senators to oppose David Friedman for the U.S. ambassador to Israel. His Islamophobic statements, saber-rattling with Iran, and funding for illegal Israeli settlements should disqualify him from this most sensitive and complex diplomatic post. 
Stay informed & take action for the Affordable Care Act:
  • We’ve put together a web page of resources, action alerts and detailed information about Congressional proceedings pertinent to the ACA.
  • We’ve also put up the recording of the call (at the bottom of the page) FCNL hosted on 1/31/17 to provide an overview of the legislative process and current politics regarding the ACA.
  • Members of Congress are hearing the uproar from constituents opposing repeal of the ACA, and they’re paying attention. Let’s keep it up!
Work with FCNL: Join our work for peace and justice!
If you are interested in joining our local Advocacy Team (we meet once a month to plan how to lobby our senators and Rep. Rick Larsen, in concert with other FCNL teams nationwide) contact Virginia Herrick.

Videos, Podcasts, Poems and More
for the Quaker Soul

From On Being, with Krista Tippett

RUMI  Wherever you are, whatever you do, be in love…


translation from Discourses of Rumi by Fatemeh Keshavarz


is professor of Persian & Comparative Literature at Washington University in St. Louis, and the author of several books, including Reading Mystical Lyric: The Case of Jalal aI-Din Rumi.



Caroline Stephen on Worship
Selections from her Quaker Strongholds (1891)
The silence we value is not the mere outward silence of the lips. It is a deep quietness of heart and mind, a laying aside of the preoccupation with passing things -- yes, even with the workings of our own minds; a resolute fixing of the heart upon that which is unchangeable and eternal. This "silence of all flesh" appears to be the essential preparation for any act of true worship. It is also, we believe, the essential condition at all times of inward illumination. "Stand still in the light," says George Fox again and again, and then strength comes -- and peace and victory and deliverance, and all other good things. "Be still, and know that I am God." It is the experience, I believe, of all those who have been most deeply conscious of his revelations of himself, that they are made emphatically to the "waiting" soul, to the spirit which is most fully conscious of its inability to do more than wait in silence before him. (p. 56)

(2) Friends love to say, our worship does not begin when we sit down together in our public assemblies, nor end when we leave them. The worship in spirit and in truth is in no way limited by time and place. The same idea of waiting "in the silence of all flesh" to hear the voice of the Lord speaking within us, characterizes the Friends' private times of worship; or, as the more cautious expression is, of "religious retirement. (p.66)"

Living and Learning in the Great Outdoors

Click here to see a listing of all the Native Plant Society winter field trips


in the 
Wider Community
Rise Up: An Activist Conversation with Alexis De Veaux, 
Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Erin Sharkey, and Junauda Petrus
Wed, February 8, 4pm – 7pm   TODAY
WWU Fraser Hall, Room 201, Bellingham, Washington
This event is free and open to the public.

A joint event of the Justice Speaks and Western Reads series, this event will explore the contours of intergenerational movement-building and its relationship to art and protest. We are excited to welcome Alexis De Veaux, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, and the creators of Free Black Dirt, Erin Sharkey and Junauda Petrus. Centering the work of these four writer-artist-activists who bring together their brilliant visions on Black feminism, art, and literature with their commitment to a global vision of justice, this event creates the space to explore questions of intergenerational activism, art, anti-racism, sexuality, and politics in an exciting format. Rather than a traditional keynote, this event will follow an “in conversation” model, meant to give the speakers a chance to explore together the contours of their thinking.

Facebook Event Page:
MORE Courtroom Support for the Whatcom 3
Thursday, February 9, 1:30pm – 4:00pm
Whatcom County Courthouse, 311 Grand Ave, Bellingham, WA

Description:  In May 2016, three protestors were arrested in Whatcom County while standing up against fascism and bigotry. They are facing charges for their action and need your help at their next court date, February 9, at the Whatcom County Courthouse.

You will need to pass through security and metal detectors to enter the courthouse. Proceed upstairs to the fourth floor and check the printed-out list to find the appropriate courtroom. Proceedings begin promptly at 1:30pm so try to be on time. We never know when things will end, so stay as long as you can, but prepare for a few hours on a courtroom bench.

Please direct any questions or concerns to the Defense Committee at

Learn more about the original events leading to these charges here:

Facebook Event Page for Updates:
Worker and Immigrant Solidarity March
Sun, February 12, 10am – 1pm

Burlington, WA
MARCH BEGINS ON THE CORNER OF Fairhaven Ave & Burlington Blvd. in Burlington, WA and ends at City Hall in downtown Mt Vernon.

Familias Unidas por la Justicia los invita a marchar con nosotros.
Familias Unidas por La Justicia Invites You to March With Us.

We invite our Brothers and Sisters from all movements to join farmworkers in solidarity. Our struggles are not isolated. Worker Rights and the rights of immigrants are under attack. With the new administration, we can expect things to get harder. What we know:
--The appointed Secretary of Labor who is against raising the minimum wage and no overtime for workers.
--The president has vowed to "build a wall" to divide our people and to further criminalize immigrants.

--Programs such as DACA and DAPA will most likely be suspended leaving millions vulnerable to deportations.
--The Guest Worker Program is set to expand drastically as well.

--Environmental protections that are supposed to protect workers and consumers will be taken away and further expose us to dangerous chemicals.

Facebook Event for Up to Date Info:

Our local economy in Skagit County is dependent on our labor. We want to
 show our community that we will not be silenced or intimidated. The only way to be safe is to organize.
 Together we can come up with solutions and actions and make our community and workplace a safer one.
Salish Sea Stands on Capitol Hill Day
Monday, February 13, 12:30 – 5:00pm

Washington State Capitol Campus, 416 Sid Snyder Ave SW, Olympia, WA

Show your support for marine oil transportation safety and aquatic lands protection. We hope people from all over the region will join us in Olympia on February 13 and speak up for a healthy economy and a healthy Salish Sea.

Who should attend? Anyone that lives, works or plays in the Salish Sea!

Join us for a rally on the north steps of the Capitol at 12:30 p.m. We'll also be arranging meetings with our legislators throughout the day - once you register, we'll keep you posted on the talking points and schedule.

Please let us know if you want a ride on the shuttle from the Anacortes Ferry Terminal and/or if you need housing in Olympia when you register at the link below. Bus would depart Anacortes Ferry Terminal at 5:15 p.m. on February 12 and return to Anacortes on February 13 for the 9:15 p.m. boat.

Please register here:

Facebook Event Page:

Click here for BHRFF website


Alternatives to Violence Project

teams with Whatcom Peace and Justice to Offer
Workshops in creative conflict resolution
The Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) understands that conflict is a normal part of life but believe that violence—whether verbal, physical, emotional, or spiritual—doesn't need to be. We believe that conflict can be used as a tool for change and transformation.
AVP seeks to establish, by teaching practical skills, a peaceful community where citizens have the ideals, the expectation, and know-how to reach positive, powerful resolutions to conflict situations.
AVP offers hope, training and confidence to help each of us, individually and in community, to change this world, our country, every neighborhood and our homes, to the peaceful places where we all wish to live.
Three levels of workshops

February 10-12, 2017 Basic Workshop (level one)Register now
The Basic level AVP Workshop is an intensive learning experience which teaches interpersonal conflict resolution skills. These experiences in small groups and in one-to-one interactions help build a sense of community and trust role plays also provide an opportunity to explore this power as well as learn and practice creative ways to respond to real life conflicts in our lives.

March 17-19, 2017Advanced Workshop (level two; a completion certificate from the Basic Workshop is a prerequisite)Register now
The Advanced AVP workshop focuses on the underlying causes of violence in and outside of ourselves as well as the role and pieces we bring to ourselves and the world as peacemakers.

Spring 2017Training for Facilitators (level three; a completion certificate from the Advanced Workshop is a prerequisite
This workshop focuses on developing team building, leadership methods and group process or facilitation skills. Participants work in small groups, facilitating actual exercises, receiving feedback and practice in presenting many aspects of a Basic Workshop. 

AVP workshops are hands-on, experiential learning. AVP workshops seek to assist in personal growth and change. AVP is not “therapy,” but can be very helpful in healing.


Thur, Mar 16, - 6:00 pm
Pickford theater

WE the People 2.0:
The Second American Revolution

Click on the image to view the trailer for this film

A film by Leila Conners, narrated by Walton Coggins
"A New Democracy Movement is Building, Elevating Community and Nature's Rights over Corporate "Rights"
Sponsored by the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF)
Panel discussion to follow.


Prayer Vigil for Peace in the Middle East 

Bellingham faith communities continue the monthly prayer vigils for peace in the Middle East, which were started in December 2000 at the initiative of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and organized nationally by Churches for Middle East Peace.  
5:30 - 6 PM
Feb 18th -  Please join us in prayer wherever you are


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.

Looking Ahead to Wider Quaker Gatherings

General Meetings - Quarterly and Yearly Meetings and The Gathering

Spring 2017 Quarterly Meeting Session
April 21-23

PNQM meets in the Fall and Spring of each year at the Lazy F Camp near Ellensburg
in Central Washington. The program begins on Friday evening and ends with lunch on Sunday.
Responsibility for planning rotates among the Monthly Meetings of the Quarter. 
Registration information should be available in late February
For more information, contact Don Goldstein ( or click here.
Announcements / Opportunities from Other Quaker Groups


Student Voices Project

The fourth annual Student Voices Project is underway!

Updated January 23, 2017: This year we’re asking students to write a letter to the next president of the Unites States: Donald Trump. As in past years, we welcome submissions from all middle school and high school students (Quaker and non-Quaker) at Friends schools and also Quaker students in other educational venues, such as public schools and homeschooling. The deadline is February 13, 2017.

A selection of the letters will be mailed to the White House and featured in the May 2017 issue. Honorees will also receive a free one-year subscription to Friends Journal and will be recognized by Friends Council on Education for their work.

To learn more, click here!

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:


News from Ben Lomond Quaker Center

Join us from February 24 – 26, 2017 for Understanding Competing Narratives in Israel / Palestine: Is it a wall or a fence? Is it a military occupation or disputed territories? Do Palestinians and Israeli settlers live in the West Bank or Judea and Samaria? These are but a few of the differences in the "narrative" of the situation in Palestine/Israel, not to mention whether there is a "Palestine" or if Israel is the "Zionist state." Max Carter, who has led over a dozen service-learning trips to Palestine through Guilford College, will share his experience and help us to explore Friends' response historically and currently to Palestine/Israel. Find out more and register online at

How can we open to the Spirit’s power to transform us and our meetings? Find out by joining us for Emerging Leadership, Spiritual Power, and Faithful Witness with Jonathan Vogel-Borne and Minga Claggett-Borne for a 5-day workshop from March 28 – April 2. Deep worship, strong community, Spirit-led leadership and faithful witness build powerful meetings. We encourage meetings to send an older and a younger Friend. Spaces are limited so register early at

Save the dates, June 25 – July 1, 2017, for summer camp! We welcome all kids to join us; Quaker Camp serves rising 4th - 6th graders, and Service Camp serves 7th - 9th graders. Campers explore community, peace, equality, integrity, simplicity, and earthcare-- values that Quakers hold strongly, through creative projects and activities. Applications for counselor positions and camper registration are available at

Musical growth and personal development 

in a caring, inclusive community informed by Quaker values.  

Join us for FMC 2017! 
July 9 -  August 6, 2017 


Enrollment is open to all young people ages 10 to 18.

Prospective campers should have at least one year of lessons on their chosen instrument, or one year of experience in a school orchestra, band or choir program.  Scholarships are available.

Friends Music Camp is held on the campus of Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana.

For more information about Friends Music Camp, click here


Friends General Conference 

(Offers many resources including the ones listed below)
Building a deeper spiritual community in your meeting.


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 PT

Come when you can, leave when you must.
Click here to enter "Family Room" for worship

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