Friendly Tasks for Meeting for Worship
Care of Meeting: Sharon T
Key / setup: Lorina H Helper: Karen S
Greeter: Larry T
Snack: Stephanie M
Kitchen setup: Judy H Helper: vacant
Kitchen cleanup: Mark H Helper: Jessica B
Children's teacher: Virginia H
Friends - Please pitch in to help with tasks marked vacant - that would be kitchen set up help this week.
Calendar for Bellingham Friends
Silence and Singing
Thurs., Feb 4th, 6:30 pm (Worship starts at 7:00, singing at 8:00)
Sharon T and Don R's home
15 minutes of gathering and greeting, followed by 45 minutes of silent worship, a 15-minute wet-your-whistle break, ending with hymn singing for an hour or so. Friends could choose to come to either or both.
This group meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month - i.e. 4th and 18th of February
Contact Sharon or Don for more information
Feb 9th, 7 - 8:30 pm
at the home of Sharon T and Don R
February book: The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin
Library book kit copies are still available. Contact Susan R to borrow a copy
Click here for a review of the book
Midweek Worship -
Wed., Feb 10th , 7– 9pm
Mary Ann P.'s home
Silent worship and worship sharing - 2nd and 4th Wednesday's of the month
Upcoming Second Hours:
Feb. 14 – MfWfB
Feb. 21 - Singing Sunday before meeting; Poetry Sharing second hour
Feb. 28 -
Mar. 6 – Celebration of Mary Ann's membership
A Message From Ministry and Counsel
M &C was very heartened to see so many Friends present, and sharing so deeply of their experiences regarding the Bell Tower Studios during Second Hour on Sunday January 31. We recognize that to do so was an affirmation of Friends love and caring for our community and may have taken considerable courage. We recognize some Friends who may have wanted to speak did not have the opportunity to do so given our time constraints. We hope another opportunity to share will help us move forward as a worshipping community.
To that end, we are inviting Iris and Jerry to facilitate another MFW for Sharing with us next month. If they are unavailable, we have a couple of other Friends in mind to ask. We will continue to keep Friends informed as we learn what is going to be possible, and we continue to hold our Meeting community in the Light.
Announcements From Bellingham Friends
The Friendly Kitchen
(from Hospitality Committee)
Thank you to all Friends who volunteer or have thought about volunteering for kitchen tasks. You are very important in the life of the Meeting. Our social time brings us closer together. To help keep this valuable contribution to the meeting Friendly and Simple for long-time and new attenders, beginning in a week or two, we will try splitting up the time commitment into two parts: Kitchen Setup before Meeting, and Kitchen Cleanup after Second Hour or Social Time. Friends who want to do both may still do so. The signup sheet and task descriptions on the back will be changed to reflect this. If you have thought about helping in this way, a brief 5-minute orientation is all you need. Friends are always standing by willing to help. More detailed guidelines for setup and cleanup will be posted inside the kitchen storage cabinet.
A few requests/reminders: Friends are encouraged to wash their own dishes. Kitchen storage space has run out - please do not donate dishes or cups. Check with the Hospitality Clerk regarding other items – coffee and tea are usually welcome. Remember to take your own dishes and perishable foods home after a meal or snack. Do not use the stove (must be trained by the school).
Poetry Sharing February 21st
The Outreach and Welcoming Group will sponsor another poetry-sharing opportunity during our Second Hour on Sunday, February 21st. Friends are invited to share a favorite poem (or any other type of inspirational writing) with the group and also to tell us how you found it and/or what it has meant in your life. You may let us know in advance that you have something to share by contacting OWG Clerk Don Goldstein , (click for email or call a 671-1395), but it is not required.
For Friendly Activists -
Suggestions for this week from Social and Environmental Concerns Committee
ACTION 1 Washington State - Automatic Voter Registration (AVR)
These companion bills, HB 2682 / SB 6379, would allow automatic voter registration for eligible individuals who interact with a state agency that requires proof of citizenship. This would include citizens applying for commercial or enhanced driver’s license, and those who receive services from state agencies like the Health Benefits Exchange and DSHS. These bills came at the request of the Secretary of State and have substantial bi-partisan support. HB 2682 is currently in the House Rules Committee and SB 6379 is currently in the Senate Government Operations Committee , and will ultimately have to go through Senate Rules.
Please click here to contact members of these committees and ask them to move these bills - super easy!
ACTION 2 National - Transparency in political funding
According to the White House, President Obama is considering an executive order that would require companies doing business with the federal government to disclose their political contributions.
This would make "Dark Money" visible to the public in the political arena and would allow stockholders to evaluate and influence corporate political spending.
If you agree that this is an important step in the right direction, call the main comment line at the White House at 202-456-1111, and leave a message. Here is a sample statement that you might use:
"I am in full support of the Dark Money executive order. I believe this is an important step toward counteracting the negative impact of the Citizens United ruling which undermines government by the people and for the people. Thank you.
Live Streaming has arrived at Pendle Hill!
From anywhere you have a computer, tablet, or smartphone, you can now watch many of the wonderful lectures and presentations we have on campus each month. Listen to and watch our Monday Night Lecture Series with past speakers like Eileen Flanagan, Barbara Briggs, John and Diana Lampen, and others. Tune into conference lectures and presentations on topics that are of spiritual or personal interest to you. We are so happy and excited to bring you these wonderful speakers and have you connect with our Pendle Hill community. Have a conflict? Don’t worry. All of our recorded lectures will be available on our YouTube channel shortly after the event has “aired”. Check the Pendle Hill website for more information.
Let Your Life Speak: Learning from lives that inspire
Let Your Life Speak is a project of AFSC Friends Relations. Quakers have an incredible history and legacy of action and service work, and that work continues to be borne out within Meetings and individual Friends across the county. AFSC grounds its work in Quaker testimonies and practices to do work for peace with justice within the world.
Let Your Life Speak shares seven amazing stories of work that is being done within and across AFSC and Quaker communities. These are brave and moving stories of work for loving justice in response to post-genocidal trauma, a prejudicial and broken immigration system, and more. An eighth card in the deck provides instructions for how to utilize the deck. Quakers and AFSC do incredible work, and AFSC wants to share these inspirational stories to encourage further action and support.
Click here for stories of Quaker lives that speak our testimonies
Looking Ahead to Wider Quaker Gatherings
Way of the Spirit: Study-Retreat Program from the Quaker Tradition
February 12-15, 2016
Mt. Angel, OR.
Deepen faithfulness and explore your leadings in life-changing community. Convergent, Quaker grounding. Click Here for more info / registration and additional retreat dates. [link to be posted to our website soon]
Spring 2016 session- Pacific Northwest Quarterly Meeting
Theme: Deepening our Relationship with All Creation
Dates: April 22-24, 2016
Where: Lazy F Camp and Retreat Center near Ellensburg WA
Hosted by: Olympia Friends Meeting and Agate Passage Friends Meeting
To download a copy of the flyer for this session, click here: [link to be posted on our website soon]
North Pacific Annual Session
July 13 - 17
Friend in Residence will be Diane Randall, FCNL
Pacific Northwest Quaker Women's Theology Conference
July 15-19, 2016
Canby Grove Christian Center
Canby Grove, Oregon
Theme: Naming the Gifts of the Living Presence
For more information, click here
Pine Ridge Workcamp
July 20 - August 3:
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.
This is the transformative workcamp Mary Ann attended last year. She's happy to answer any questions you may have about the experience.
Outdoor Opportunities for Friendly Nature Lovers
Snow Geese (and other birds!) in Skagit County
Each year, from fall to spring, this area is a bird paradise, with snow geese and trumpeter and tundra swans overwintering in huge numbers. There are several access points in the wildlife refuge. The Headquarters area has a 2-mile trail, and Big Ditch, Wylie Slough and Fir Island are also popular walking access areas.
Click here for more information about the Skagit Wildlife Area
Friday Peace Vigil
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.
On Our Website:
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(our monthly newsletter - with feature articles and poetry and much more!)
Back issues of the E-News
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And much more!
Announcements of Events in the
World Issues Forums/Paths to Global Justice
Winter Quarter 2016
Coordinator: Shirley Osterhaus Shirley.firstname.lastname@example.org
TODAY - February 3, Noon-1:20pm, Fairhaven College Auditorium
“Understanding ISIS & the New Global War on Terror”
Phyllis Bennis, American writer, activist, and political commentator
What gave rise to ISIS and how is the group holding onto power? Phyllis Bennis will address these questions and the intersecting crises of terrorism, war, refugees and racism. She will look at the failure of US military strategy, the reasons for Obama's edition of the 'global war on terror,' the origins of ISIS and links to the Iraq war, and what US policy should be on Syria and ISIS. Co-sponsors: Dept. of Political Science, Whatcom Community College, Veterans for Peace Jonathan J. Santos Chapter 111, Voices for Middle East Peace.
NOTE: This presentation will be repeated at:
3:00 pm at Whatcom Community College, and at
7:00 pm at Village Books with Whatcom Peace & Justice Center-1200 11th St.
The annual Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival (BHRFF) supports independent filmmakers, fosters dialogue and promotes action. For fourteen years, volunteer committee members have selected scores of insightful and moving films they hope will encourage the community to explore and engage with critical issues. The 2016 festival will take place February 19 through 27, 2016 offering free screenings over various venues and with many special guests and discussions. Two screenings will be hosted at Pickford Film Center.
For more information click here
to visit the Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival website
Free film at the Pickford next Tuesday 5:30 pm, Feb 9th
THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION
The God question: a Jesus Seminar video series
(Friends - this is the program Karen S recommended and promised to share with us)
The local Jesus Seminar Study Group extends an invitation to anyone interested in “the God question” to join us for our next four sessions. We will be watching DVD’s from a Jesus Seminar on the Road, held in 2015 at UCC in Auburn, CA. The DVD host faculty are Joe Bessler and David Galston, both theologians and authors: Bessler wrote A Scandalous Jesus and Galston wrote Embracing The Human Jesus. Does the Kingdom of God need God? Does God matter in the human future? The name God is not that of a Supreme being. If questions and statements like these tweak your curiosity, come and join us. We meet second and fourth Thursdays of the month at FCCB, downstairs below administrative offices.
When: February 11 & 25; and March 10
1:15 - 3:15 pm
Where: First Congregational Church Bellingham
2401 Cornwall Avenue
Classrooms 11 – 12
A passionate celebration of the northwest landscape
Mixed-Media Exhibition / Activities, etc:
Art Exhibitions, Presentations, Performances, Workshops, Recreation EXPO, Excursions & Adventures, Interactive Experiences
Opening Reception on Friday, Feb 5th 6-9 pm
Allied Arts Gallery – 1418 Cornwall Ave
picture below is just ONE of many, many options
Sat 7 PM · Old Dakota Art Space – 1415 Cornwall Avenue, Bellingham, WA
LOVE SONG TO CANADA:
A multimedia presentation from the worlds of poetry, photography, and music.
Love Song for Cascadia will be one of the highlights of the month-long Elevation celebration. Bringing together artists from the worlds of photography, poetry and music. Admission is $5.
Love Song features projected high-definition images by local nature photographers Brett Baunton, Lance Ekhart, Dennis Walton and John D'Onofrio accompanied by the lyrical nature-inspired poetry of James Bertolino and Anita K. Boyle and music by Native American flute master Gary Stroutsos.
Click here to go to the facebook announcement of this event for more information.
(If you are not on facebook, that link may not work )
Click here for promotional video of this multifaceted event
1st Friday With Swil Kanim
February 5, 7-9 pm
Te’Ti’Sen Center (Lummi Gateway)
4920 Rural Rd, Ferndale (Exit 260, Slater Rd)
(Often there are refreshments served at no cost)
Always the sweetest spot and inspiring company to be found on a Friday night!
Directions: Cross over I-5 and take right on Rural Rd. and drive about 1½-blocks to first buildings on the right. It is easy to find!
February 25th, 6:30 pm
WWU Performing Arts Center (PAC)
Dr. Vandana Shiva
is coming to Western to speak about women in agriculture, traditional practices, biodiversity, climate change, and much, much more!
Tickets are $3 with a WWU student ID and $12 for general admission.
(Students- you have to go to the box office to get your tickets!)
Who is Dr. Vandana Shiva?
Dr. Shiva works in many different fields of study with many intersectionalities. She is a major figure in the ecofeminist movement with many ties to the environmental movement, working towards justice for women, traditional agriculture, and farm workers rights. She works to preserve crop biodiversity and advocates for women’s equality in global policy, empowering women in agriculture and rural areas. Dr. Shiva is also an anti-globalization activist working towards protecting the resources and well-being of those in need.
Come and learn from this radical woman as she shares her experiences with the Western community.
Click here for event info and a link to a short video that features her.
This event is sponsored by the AS Environmental Center, AS Special Events, AS Social Issues Resource Center, AS Womxn's Center, the Outback Farm, and the Sustainable Action Fund.