March 22, 2017   Bellingham Quaker E-News 
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Sunday, March 26, 2017
Silent Worship: 10 AM Worship

Second Hour: Short film: "Every Row a Path" + discussion
Location:  1701 Ellis St.  Map
Second Hour - Sunday, March 26, Our Social and Environmental Concerns Committee (SEC) will show the short film, Every Row a Path, followed by a facilitated discussion.  Click on the image to view the trailer.  From the film’s website: “In the berry fields of Washington State’s Skagit Valley, migrant teenage girls struggle to balance family and school with back-breaking agricultural work.  Statistically, they are destined to fail, but five young women are determined to beat those odds.”  SEC invite Friends to join us.
During announcements time on Sunday, March 26 there will be a very brief called Meeting for Worship for Business to approve the appointment of Lynne Lohr as BFM's sponsored FGC Gathering attender for this year.  This needs to happen now so that Lynne can register for the Gathering in early April. 

Friendly Tasks for Meeting 

Care of Meeting: Lynne L
Key / setup: Karen S 
Setup Helper: Wendy G
Greeter: Don G 
Snack:  Judy H
Kitchen setup: Sharon T
Kitchen setup Help: Don R
Kitchen cleanup: Virginia H
Kitchen cleanup Help: Jim G

Children's teacher: Rob D

If you can take on a job that's now vacant, please do so!
Upcoming Second Hours:

April 2 – Potluck and OWC activity (see below)

April 9 – MFWFB

April 16 – Easter activities

April 23 – Quarterly Meeting (no second hour)
Calendar for Bellingham Friends

Wednesday,March 22
No Midweek Worship this week due to late-arising conflict.

Thursday, March 23, 7 - 9 PM
Spirit Group

at Larry T.'s home
See Spirit Group Announcement below for access to reading material 

Monday, March 27, 7 - 9 PM
Earth care Group 
at Mary Ann's home
Discussing chapter 6, of Active Hope by Joanna Macy

Saturday. April 8, 10 am
Friendly Listening Group
Terra Organica, 1530 Cornwall Ave.

Wednesday,April 12, 7- 9 pm
Midweek Worship at Mary Ann P's home,  2nd and 4th Wed - open worship followed by worship-sharing or activity 

Tuesday. April 18, 7-9 pm
Book Group at Richardsons' home
Discussing Tree Soldier by Janet Oakley, a local author who will be joining us.  Copies of the book are available from Susan R.

August 25 - 27
Meeting Camping Trip
Excelsior Campground

March query
From Faith & Practice (Pacific Yearly Meeting, p. 52),
“How do we attend to the suffering of others in our local community, in our state and nation, and in our world community?”

Requests and Offers from Friends 

Odd Jobs wanted
1.  Clay Griese is raising money for the fall for college.  She is willing and able to do a variety of jobs.  Please contact her if you have work to offer this Spring and Summer.  Click here to email Clay

2. Sebastian Bee is also available fo odd jobs to help raise money for his college expenses. 
From Lynne Lohr:  Rhododendrons free for removal call:  (360) 733 3305 
Roommate wanted
Aurora Fox is looking for a female roommate for her cooperative housing.  Shared expenses and some shared cooking and meals.  Reasonably priced.  Please contact Aurora for more information
Announcements From Committees
Children's Program Committee

BFM at Kids March for Peace!
Lily Bee waves at peace march Feb. 26 in Fairhaven.

Children's Program teacher's schedule
This Sunday, March 26 - Rob Dillard (Dora)
April 2 - Jessica Bee
April 9 - Jessica Bee
April 16 (Easter!) - Maybe YOU? and Dave Hopkinson

Easter's coming, April 16: Lily, Julian and possibly Sebastian Bee will play Easter bunny during the first part of the CP hour. We need a volunteer to read a story or do art with the kids while they wait. Contact Virginia if you are interested. Then, our annual Easter egg hunt! Dave Hopkinson will help supervise the hunt. Children will join adults for last few minutes of worship. Parents, children are invited to bring their own Easter baskets, but there are spares if anyone forgets.
ALL FRIENDS: Please bring colored eggs to hide, and finger food treats for social time after. Please be aware that any treats to share with kids need to be gluten- and dairy-free, as one of our kids is celiac and several are sensitive to gluten and dairy. Sharon Trent will bring ingredients for Easter-egg salad, and coordinate kids who want to help make it!
Teacher team update! With the addition of Laurie Glenn as substitute, Sharon Trent is joining the regular quarterly rotation! Many thanks to all our volunteers and childcare workers: Sharon Trent, Dusty Andersen; Rob Dillard; Susan Richardson; Rachel VanBoven; Kristen McLewin, Jessica Bee, Aurora Fox, Dave Hopkinson, Virginia Herrick, and substitutes Laurie Glenn and John Hatten, and to our workers Anna Row and Dora Kovacs.
Outreach and Welcoming Committee

OWC's next "Getting Acquainted" activity will take place right after potluck on Sunday, April 2nd.  To participate, bring in a photo of yourself as a child (or a baby photo if you are now a child).  We'll try to guess who is who, and reminisce about the circumstances of the photos.  If you haven't got an appropriate photo, you can still guess about other Friends' pictures. 

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, March 25.  All Friends are welcome, but please contact clerk Don Goldstein (671-1395 or if you will be joining us.
Social and Environmental Concerns Committee                                              

Take Action - for Washington State:

No matter where you live in Whatcom County, but especially if you live in the 42nd district, you will want to comment on HB 1001.   This bill threatens hard fought protection of Cherry Point and future protection of natural resources in our state.

The Sriker amendment to this bill would rescind DNR decision to protect Cherry Point aquatic reserve and prevent the DNR from protecting aquatic areas in the future.  It is a violation of the rights of future generations.  We are their ancestors.  Let's leave them the legacy they deserve.

Click here and enter "1001" to find the bill and to email your representatives.  It will be fast and easy.  
Just tell them you oppose the bill.  You could also share your moral convictions regarding protection of our environment.  They need to hear your values! 


If you are on a roll, here are two more things you can do: 

Fair Adequate Revenue
As the House and Senate publish their proposals for a balanced budget this week, demand that adequate revenue for what we need in our state be shared fairly among people living in our state. Please click here to contact your legislators.

Close Tax Loopholes/Preferences

Do we really need all those tax loopholes? Money is tight and our needs are great. Please click here to contact your legislators and Let them know that tax loopholes are an expense we cannot afford.

Social and Environmental Concerns Committee meets monthly.  If you would like to attend, click here to email one of our members for meeting 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, 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: Tuesday, March 28th, 10 am.
Announcements from Special Groups
Event announcements from individuals in our local Meeting
Spirit Group Announcement
Next meeting:  
Thurs, March 23, 7 - 9 PM

Our next reading is a series of short essays from the book, "Universalism and Spirituality",
pages 66-73.  Contact Larry Thompson ( after March 6th to receive a copy of the material. 
Videos and More for the Quaker Soul

The Art of Ash Kyrie

Northern Spirit Radio
Submitted by Mark Helpsmeet on Fri, 03/10/2017 - 7:59pm

The one great weakness of radio is that it's purely auditory, which can make talking about art and photography a little tricky. However, thanks to the magic of YouTube, you can now hear the words and see the pictures as Mark Helpsmeet and Ash Kyrie talk about his participation in the Japanese Peace March and his peace art.
click on image to access

Living and Learning in the Great Outdoors

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

Letting Your Life Speak

Spotlight on
Opportunities for Witness 

Sunday, March 26th, 1pm
International Day Against Racism March
Thornton Park at Main St. Skytrain Station, Vancouver BC

Saturday,  April 22  10 AM  
Bellingham March for Science
The local march is in its early planning stages. . Stay tuned!
Facebook page for local march:
Website for Washington DC and satellite marches:

Saturday, April 29: 12 noon
Peoples Climate March in Bellingham
(a satellite march for the Washington DC Peoples Climate March)   
Organizer:  350 Bellingham

Website for National March:

 Quaker Alternative to Violence Project (AVP)

Local offerings

with Whatcom Peace and Justice Center
Workshops in creative conflict resolution
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.

Whidbey Island
An invitation from Whidbey Island Friends

Members of the Bellingham Meeting received a personal invitation to consider attending the Whidbey Island Friends Meeting sponsored AVP training at the UU church in Freeland April 7-9.  If anyone would like housing during the training please let Tom E. know.   (Click here to email him)  Scholarships are available. Please circulate this invitation.

The AVP program is clearly one of the most important Quaker contributions to peace in modern times. Both trainers and participants cite their participation in an AVP program as a transformative experience. Please join us.

Active links from flier:

Below are three brief videos if anyone wants to know more about AVP

Although AVP is best known for its use in prisons (the focus of the first two videos), it is increasingly used in various situations to reduce potential violence. The purpose of the interactive training is to introduce you to the concept with the hope - but not the requirement - that you will consider joining ongoing AVP programs.

Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL)
Spreading Quaker Power & Light
Working within our democratic system to influence national legislation
for peace & social justice.

News, Resources, Actions & Events
Sign up for weekly legislative action alerts

48 Hours to Protect Health Care
Within the next 48 hours, all 435 Congressional representatives will be voting on whether to repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), end the Medicaid program as we know it, and approve a Republican replacement bill - the American Health Care Act - that would ultimately leave as many as 24 million people without health insurance. Call or email your members of Congress today!!
Urge Congress to vote NO on the American Health Care Act

Support Moral Budget Priorities
President Trump’s proposed budget substantially increases military funding by cutting peace building, environmental, and social services programs. Urge your members of Congress to oppose this budget and its cuts to programs that promote true security - through diplomacy, development, health care, education, environmental protection, and other efforts that create strong and safe communities.

FCNL Welcomes Pivotal Republican Climate Resolution

Last week, 17 Republican members of Congress re-introduced a resolution acknowledging the human causes of climate change and the necessity for congressional action. This resolution has bipartisan support to address climate change and achieve an earth restored.

Work with FCNL: Join our work for peace, justice and the environment!
The Advocacy Corps is a 9-month training program starting August 2017. Advocates are given a $3,000 stipend to organize their local communities and address climate change. Applications due 4/10/17. Apply for the Advocacy Corps!
JOIN 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. Please contact Virginia Herrick.
in the 
Wider Community


Grounded, Finding God in the World, A Spiritual Revolution - Diana Butler Bass
Video lecture series
March 30, 1:15 – 3:15 pm

First Congregational Church Bellingham

Where do you find God? The Sacred? The Spiritual? Many people are finding the distant, supernatural God has given way to a more intimate sense of the Sacred. The Jesus Seminar Study Group invites you to join us as we watch four DVD presentations by Diana Butler Bass. These lectures were given at the University Congregational UCC Church in Seattle WA. and were centered on her new book: Grounded, Finding God in the World, A Spiritual Revolution.

In 1974, anthropologist David Buchdahl argued that a culture's understanding of God was central to its larger practices of social and political life. "A change in the conception of God is a cultural event of some magnitude, especially because the character of a culture is heavily influenced by the notion of God that predominates within it".

We meet downstairs in the Church from 1:15-3:15 pm in rooms 12-14. We have 4 DVD's and the dates for these are: 3/30; 4/13 & 27 and 5/11. Join us for any one or all four of these sessions. 


Saturday, April 15


Whatcom Museum
John M. Edson Hall of Birds

Now open | Old City Hall

This new exhibit takes the Museum's founding collection of mounted birds and reinterprets it for an interactive and educational experience, with help provided by the North Cascades Audubon Society. Learn about bird migration, conservation, habitats, bird calls, and more.

Prayer Vigil for Peace in the Middle East 
Bellingham faith communities continue the prayer vigils for peace in the Middle East on the 18th of each month, 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.  
April 18, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.   Vigil hosted by:  TBA
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.


Stand & Resist: Artists Protect the Salish Sea.

March 29
Since 2010, polluters have wanted to use Washington and Oregon ports to get coal, oil, tar sands, and natural gas to overseas markets. Each short-sighted proposal has been met by massive, artist-lead creative resistance. And, in two weeks, we’re going to celebrate them.

Celebration in two parts:

  • an evening of live performance art and
  • a ten-day exhibit of visual arts.

It showcases local and regional artists who will explore the intertwined issues of threats to the Salish Sea, climate change, and alternative futures.   Here are the details for both events:

Stand & Resist: Live Performance 
What: Two-hour live performance followed by a reception, featuring regional and indigenous artists in an evening of poetry, music, and essay.
Where: Whatcom Museum's Rotunda Room in the Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St, Bellingham, WA.
When: Wednesday, March 29th at 7:00pm.
RSVP: Tickets are free, but you must have one. Register here.

Stand & Resist: Visual Arts Exhibit
What: From flyers to banners, performance to protest, totem poles to puppets -- artists have helped residents of the Salish Sea grapple with the complexities of fossil fuel projects and stand in resistance.
Where: Gallery at the Sylvia Center for the Arts at 205 Prospect St, Bellingham, WA.
When: Wednesday, March 29th to Friday, April 7th. See website for hours.


As part of the Stand & Resist celebration, we’ll also be bringing attention to current threats to the Salish Sea, how you can get involved, and how we can work together creatively to protect our home. 



Hold the Dates!
Sept 20 - 24, 2017
LOOK FORWARD TO an unparalleled opportunity
Gathering the World's Indigenous People
September 20-24, 2017 at Lummi Nation
Presented by the Indigenous Environmental Network

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. Registration for this session is open NOW.
  Registration online and by telephone opens on February 24th.  For more information, contact Don Goldstein ( or click here.



Announcements / Opportunities from Quaker Groups around the Country and the World


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

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.
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