Nov 9, 2016   Bellingham Quaker E-News
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Sunday, November 13, 2016
Silent Worship: 10 AM Worship

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

Midweek worship tonight - see Calendar
Committee Clerks and Friends,
Please send reports and member concerns to the Clerk (John H) and recording clerk (Judy H) by Thursday midnight if you wish to have them distributed prior to MfWfB
A Post-election Message
from William Penn House in Washington DC

We invite you to a special Meeting for Worship at William Penn House this afternoon (Wed. Nov. 9), at 4:00pm.   (1:00 pm pacific)

This election has challenged our Quaker commitment to building communities with a welcome for all, and we hope to gather our community, in body or in Spirit, to worship, pray together, and begin discernment about the work that we have before us to build the Peaceable Kingdom.

In the Light (which has shined even in dark times),

Andrei (and the WPH staff.

Editor's note:   Bellingham Friends midweek worship tonight (See Calendar) is another opportunity to gather in community and affirm the Light in our own hearts and in the World

Friendly Tasks for Meeting 

Care of Meeting: John H
Key / setup: Don G
Setup Helper: Wendy G
Greeter: Ced M
Snack: vacant
Kitchen setup:  Larry T
Kitchen setup Help: vacant
Kitchen cleanup: Dave H  
Kitchen cleanup Help: Virginia H
Children's teacher: Rob D

Upcoming Second Hours:

Nov 20 Quaker Ways: "Discernment of the Sense of the Meeting" (Dusty Andersen)  

Nov 26

Dec 4 - Potluck (Spiritual Journey TBD)

Dec 11 - MfWfB

Dec 18 - Intergenerational Holiday sharing 

Calendar for Bellingham Friends
Wed., Nov 9, 7 – 9 PM 
Midweek Worship
Mary Ann P.'s home
Silent worship and worship sharing - Usually 2nd and 4th Wednesdays.  

Saturday, Nov 12, 10AM
Friendly Listening Group
Terra Organica, 1530 Cornwall Ave.
Contact Dusty Andersen or Lynne Lohr for more information.

Monday, Nov 14, 7 - 9 PM
Earthcare Group
at Mary Ann P's home

Discussing Chapter 4 of Active Hope by Joanna Macy plus experiential exercise. 

Tuesday, Nov 15, 7 – 9 PM 
Book Group
at the Richardsons' home
We'll be discussing "Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking" by Susan Cain

Thurs, Dec. 1 (new date!), 7 - 9 PM
Spirit Group

at Larry T.'s home
See Spirit Group Announcement below for link to readings and more information. 
October query-- From NPYM Faith and Practice (p.43):

“How do we use our diversity for the spiritual growth of our Meeting? Are we prepared to let go of our individual desires and let the Holy Spirit lead us to unity? Do we act in a spirit of love and humility?”

Bellingham Friends Announcements

Message from our Finance Committee:
Donations are lagging behind expenses.  
This discrepancy is far beyond our usual imbalance this time of year.  
It looks as though - without a little help from our Friends - 
we will have to draw down our reserves significantly to cover expenses.
But we do have Friends.

Please consider making a special contribution.


__________ Friendly Listening Group ________

The "Friendly Listening Group" meets second Saturday of every month at 10 a.m. near Terra Organica in the Public Market, 1530 Cornwall Ave. All are welcome. We just chat and share our lives and thoughts for an hour or so. Contact Dusty Andersen or Lynne Lohr for more information.

______________From Don Goldstein______________

Total Eclipse Trip
August 20th - 21st, 2017

On Monday, August 21st, 2017, a total solar eclipse will be visible from parts of the continental United States for the first time since February 1979, presenting a unique opportunity to view this spectacle of nature within only a few hours’ drive of home.  I am organizing a trip for interested Bellingham Friends that involves driving from Bellingham after meeting and lunch on Sunday, August 20th to The Dalles, OR, where I have reserved several rooms at a relatively inexpensive motel for that night.  Most of these rooms are already spoken for.  On Monday morning we will caravan southward to the vicinity of Madras, OR, our eclipse-viewing location where the first partial phase of the eclipse begins about 9:30 am, and totality at about 10:30.  
If you’re interested in joining this trip and using one of the reserved motel rooms, please contact me at ASAP so that I can add you to the list of those to be kept informed as plans develop.  There is no up-front cost.  Be forewarned, however, that motel rooms in the area are already scarce for August 20th and may be unavailable soon.  The same may be true of campgrounds.

Announcements From Committees and Representatives
Spirit Group Announcement
Next meeting:  
Thurs, Dec. 1 , 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
  • "Peace"  (pages 22-26) in chapter 4 of the draft revision of NPYM's "Faith and Practice"
  •  A short article from "Universalism and Spirituality" (copies available from Larry T or Don G)
  • The future of the group
Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL)
Supporting Spirit-led action in the weeks and months ahead!
A timeless message from "Sustaining the Peacemaker" (Quaker Life, 1982) by FCNL Executive Secretary Emeritus Ed Snyder: 
“If [peacemaker] motivation based on anger, fear, success, or guilt is dubious, where do we look?
It seems to me that the spiritual resources for the long haul must begin with an abiding faith that peace is the will of God, and must be grounded in a belief that the human race is one family.” 

This Week in the News:
  • Immigration: The Department of Homeland Security renewed a controversial private prison contract to detain a record 47,000 immigrants expected by early 2017. This is part of an enforcement-first immigration policy rather than fixing the broken legal immigration system.
  • Standing Rock: Protests to protect sacred ground and a key water source have been met with militarized policing and violent arrest. President Obama announced on Wednesday that the Dakota Access Pipeline could be rerouted to avoid sacred land. Here's FCNL's response.
  • Peacebuilding: FCNL just launched the new report "A Necessary Good" on U.S. leadership to prevent mass atrocities. It offers the next administration and Congress concrete steps to protect civilians and avert violent conflict.

Sentencing Reform! A call for national action in December:

There is now bipartisan support in Congress to reform the U.S. system of mass incarceration. We’re 90% of the way to passing this legislation and need to get Congress to finish the job. In order to pass this reform before the 2016 session adjourns, FCNL is asking the entire national network to meet with members of Congress in your home district this December.
If you are interested in joining our local Advocacy Team to meet with Reps. Rick Larsen or Susan Del Bene, or staff for Senators Patty Murray or Maria Cantwell, contact Virginia Herrick
Everything you need to prepare for December lobby visits
- online training resources at  

Friends Committee for National Legislation
Capital Campaign

FCNL is grateful for the financial support Bellingham Friends Meeting has given as well as the grass root lobbying and suggestions for the Legislative Priorities.

Now FCNL is asking that BFM and Friends consider making a special, onetime contribution to its Capital Campaign, “The World We Seek: Now is theTime”.

If you have any questions, please contact Lorina Hall and/or Karen Steen. FCNL 245 Second St. NE, Washington, DC 20002

Social and Environmental Concerns  

Friends, this election will likely impact pipeline permits, the work of the Water Protectors, and the work of many others who strive for justice, equity, and inclusiveness in our communities. 
Please hold our Nation and the World in the Light and do not be discouraged.  
The Light is always with us.

Especially hold Friend Steve VanderStaay and Dana Lyons in the Light as they travel to Standing Rock to carry provisions and convey support to the
water protectors.
Thank you to the many Friends who contributed toward their journey 

Offered here as balm over troubled waters:
a 4-min Choral performance 
Water is Life - Mni Wiconi

Written by Sara Thomsen
Inspired by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
and all the tribes, nations, people coming together to protect the water. 
Children's Program Committee

NEW KID-SPACE at Explorations! Children's Program is now officially being held in the former Explorations offices, off the hallway between the two bathrooms. Two thirds of our Children's library books are in the credenza to the left of the main door as you enter. (The remaining third is still in a box in the Children's Program cabinet.
Cabinet switcheroo. The contents of the Children's Program and Hospitality cabinets have been swapped, in accordance with the request of Explorations Academy.
Moving the cabinet. Explorations is clearing a space for our Children's Program cabinet in the Vault/walk-in closet in the new space by Nov. 20. Until then, teachers and childcare providers will need to carry materials from the Commons to the new space. Children will continue to get snack in the Commons. Their snacks are now in the Hospitality cabinet.

Fun for Friends, young and old! Our terrific volunteer teacher team is signed up through the end of the year, looking forward to talking, playing, learning and creating with kids. Teachers are welcome to develop their own lessons plans. (If you can, link lessons to Friends' testimonies.) There's also a giant purple box full of curriculum in the Children's Program Cabinet at Explorations. And there are two lesson plans from Friends Thru Time available on the website, . They are on the "Links" page.
Art Days with Aurora: When Aurora is back on her feet after her double knee surgery (by December 18, we hope!) she'll be back to facilitating a once-a-month Sunday morning program that is art-only. We consider this an experience of the testimonies of community and equality, as the kids practice sharing, celebrating each person's creation, and enjoying time together.
November Schedule:
Nov. 13 - Rob Dillard (Anna Row)
Nov. 20 - Virginia Herrick
Nov. 27 - Lisa Farino

Dec. 4 - Virginia Herrick
Holiday plans:
Nov. 27 is Thanksgiving weekend. Lisa, Anthony's mom, will be leading a Children's program on gratitude.
Dec. 18 is our annual midwinter holiday celebration. OWC is organizing the second hour: stay tuned for more information! Aurora Fox will be doing a holiday craft project with the kids during first hour. If you have old Christmas cards we can use, please contact her.
Christmas Morning Sunday: Christmas falls on Sunday this year, and our expectation is that some Friends will want to meet for worship, but many will have other traditions that conflict. At this time Children's Program Committee has not heard that any families plan to attend, and we are not planning to provide a program. We encourage parents who wish to attend, to feel free to bring children into worship. Neither Anna nor Dora will be available Christmas day.
Outreach and Welcoming Committee

Beginning on November 20th, the Outreach and Welcoming Committee will present a series of quarterly "Quaker Ways" Second Hours concerning essential aspects of Quakerism and our relationship to the wider world.  The first one, concerning "Discernment of the Sense of the Meeting" will be facilitated by Dusty Andersen.  All sessions are intended to be accessible to newcomers as well as experienced Friends, and will include opportunities for discussion and personal sharing.

The OWC will also be coordinating the Intergenerational Holiday Sharing 2nd Hour on December 18th. Contact Wendy Goldstein (360-224-0980 or to have your contribution (poetry, music, storytelling, or whatever) added to the schedule, which will also include an intergenerational activity for the whole group, details to be announced later. 

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, December 3rd.  All Friends are welcome but please contact clerk Don Goldstein (671-1395 or if you will be joining us.
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 November 18, 10 am.

Videos and Podcasts for the Quaker Soul

Click on the images to view or cut and paste the link below the image into your browser.  


How Quakers Make Decisions (It's Not Just Consensus!)    
Eden Grace

(4 1/2 minutes long)



On Being with Krista Tippett
How to Live Beyond This Election
Have a cup of tea... this lovely discussion lasts 51 minutes

This political season has surfaced our need to reimagine and re-weave the very meaning of common life and common good. We take a long, nourishing view of the challenge and promise of this moment with former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey and interfaith visionary Eboo Patel. This is the second of two public conversations convened by the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University in St. Louis on the eve of the 2016 presidential debate on that campus.

Learning and living in the great outdoors:

November 19, Saturday, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Mirror Lake Bog

With Thanksgiving following closely after this trip, a walk to Mirror Lake is a timely chance to harvest fresh Cranberries. Mirror Lake has both our native Little Bog Cranberry (Vaccinium oxycoccos) and Big Bog Cranberry (V. macrocarpon) native to the east coast but introduced sporadically throughout the west coast for commercial production. Despite the small size of the Mirror Lake bog, there is a nice diversity of bog vegetation. Meet by the tennis courts at Whatcom Falls Park (off Electric Ave., near Lafeens Donuts) at 9:00 AM to carpool. Rubber boots are highly recommended. If time allows, we may also explore the Barrell Springs bog before returning in the late afternoon.  Contact Abe Lloyd (; 360 303-1339) if you have questions.

Announcements of Events in the Wider Community


November 10

Ongoing Events


Susan Point

Past Present
Cultural Visions in New Media
 September 22 - December 3, Western Gallery
Hours: M, T, Th, F 10-4; W 10-8; Sa 12-4.
Located in the Fine Arts Building on the WWU Campus
Susan Point is a world renowned artist who seamlessly synthesizes her Musueam, Coast Salish, heritage with contemporary media. This exhibit will highlight Point’s multi-dimensional visions that continually push the boundaries of classic Coast Salish aesthetics and challenge the constraints placed on First Nation artists by academics, collectors, and the art market
Events coming up at Western Gallery's Fine Arts Building
Click here for a map

Master weaver Susan sa’hLa mitSa Pavel
Thursday, November 17, 5:00pm



TWO remarkable photographic exhibitions
at the Lightcatcher building:

click on picture for more information


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.  
The following faith communities will host the monthly prayer vigils from
5:30 - 6 PM
Tuesday, November 18:  Sacred Heart Catholic Church


Looking Ahead to Wider Quaker Gatherings

General Meetings - Quarterly and Yearly Meetings and The Gathering

April 21-23, 2017
Spring 2017 session, Pacific Northwest Quarterly Meeting (PNQM)

Theme:  Discerning our Leadings: Worshiping With Our Lives

Where: Lazy F Camp and Retreat Center near Ellensburg WA
Hosted by: Bellingham Friends Meeting and Lopez Island Friends Meeting
For more information, contact Don Goldstein ( or click here .   

Quaker special events, retreats, workshops, conferences, etc.
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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Announcements / Opportunities from Other Quaker Groups


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:

Pendle Hill Online Course  -  January 9, 2017 - April 2, 2017

Winter 2017: Exploring the Quaker Way

"Our Life is Love" book coverThis course, taught by Marcelle Martin and assisted by Steve Chase, runs from January 9 through April 2. “Exploring the Quaker Way” is for seekers, attenders, and interested members of Friends meetings who want to: 1) deepen their understanding of the “unprogrammed” Quaker tradition; 2) better understand the spiritual journey common among early and current Friends; 3) reflect on their own spiritual journeys within this simple, radical, and contemporary spiritual path; and 4) become more familiar with key elements of fostering vibrant and caring Quaker communities. It is designed for people who want to explore these themes through personal reflection, focused study, and deep dialog within a lively learning community gently guided by seasoned Quaker educators and several guest presenters.

>>> Click here for more information <<<


From North Pacific Yearly Meeting

A Call for Art Work


The NPYM Committee on the Discipline (Faith and Practice) is issuing a call for art work to be used in the revised volume of our Faith and Practice. 

We are looking for black and white images, such as line drawings or block prints.  We seek images reflecting Quaker values and the geography and spiritual life of our Yearly Meeting.
An outline of the new Faith and Practice is included below to help with deciding what might fit.

We encourage submissions from all age groups.

You may submit your work electronically to the Faith and Practice Committee, ( or you may send a hard copy to NPYM, Committee on the Discipline, 3311 N. W. Polk Ave., Corvallis, OR 97330  
They will also be able to provide guidelines for submissions and other materials to help you.  


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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