January 13, 2016   Bellingham Quaker E-News
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Next Meeting for Worship
January 17, 2016, 10 am
Location: Explorations Academy 1701 Ellis St Click here for a  Map
Second Hour:
Quaker Worship: A How-to-Do-It-Yourself  Discussion,
including distractions, focusing, and communal worship.

Friendly Tasks for Meeting for Worship 

January 10,  2016
Care of MeetingDorrie J
Key: Lorina H
Setup helper: Karen S
Greeter: Don G
Snack: Nan M
Kitchen: Mark H
Kitchen helper: Sharon T
Children's teacher: vacant

Please contact Carole T to volunteer for vacant tasks - or just pitch in when you arrive.



Highlights of Jan 10 MfWfB:  
  • Friends approved a scholarship to help a local student to attend the Woolman Semester
  • Friends agreed to a trial period of allowing separate sign ups for kitchen set up and kitchen clean up duties.  (See "The Friendly Kitchen" in announcements below for more information.  The sign up sheets will be changed to reflect this decision in a few weeks)

Calendar for Bellingham Friends

Midweek Worship  TONIGHT
Wed., Jan 13th , 7– 9pm 
Mary Ann P.'s home
Silent worship and worship sharing - 2nd and 4th Wednesday's of the month
Silence and Singing
Thurs., Jan 21st, 6:30 pm  
(Worship starts at 7:00, singing at 7:45)
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.   
Contact Sharon or Don for more information

FCNL reception in Seattle 
Saturday, Jan 30th
(Reservations due by Jan 15)

See Announcements below for more details

Book Group
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


Upcoming Second Hours:

Jan. 24 – Pre-February Potluck
Jan. 31 – Meeting for sharing about (a-lot-more-than) a Meetinghouse, with Iris Graville and someone else (TBA) facilitating.
Feb. 7  -- State of Society brainstorming
Feb. 14 – MfWfB
Feb. 21 - Poetry Sharing
Feb. 28 -
Mar. 6   – Celebration of Mary Ann's membership

A Message from Ministry and Counsel

Since our November MFWFB, Ministry & Counsel has heard from several members of Meeting regarding our months-long process and not finding unity before the end of our contingency contract for the purchase of Bell Tower Studios building. We appreciate all Friends' sharing, and welcome hearing from anyone else who would like to express thoughts and feelings, following our corporate worship and sharing on this subject Jan. 31, which will be facilitated by Iris Graville of Lopez Monthly Meeting, and Jerry Evergreen of Seattle University Meeting. 

SAVE THE DATE: It is our hope that the January 31 meeting, held after social time, for about two hours, will allow each of us to express what is on our hearts, with the hope of moving forward as a community. There is a large range of perceptions and concerns held by Friends. We wish to create a safe space to honor and hear everyone. We do hope as many Friends as possible will attend this session.

Ministry and Counsel continues to be available for you individually as needed.  We encourage you to let us know you'd like to attend one of our meetings (the next one will be Wednesday Feb. 1 at 7 pm) so that we may corporately hear your concern.  (We prefer that Friends avoid just speaking one-to-one with any one member of M&C as there may be misunderstandings in that M&C Friend later describing your concern to the whole committee.) We can also facilitate the creation of clearness committees for Friends who don't feel comfortable attending a M&C meeting. At the same time, we encourage all a Friends to share what is on their hearts in our community-wide event. 

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we proceed in our efforts to mind the Light.



Announcements From Bellingham Friends

The Friendly Kitchen
(from Carole Teshima, clerk of Hospitality)

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).  

Please contact Hospitality Clerk Carole Teshima,, for more information. 


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.


On-line Silent Worship with Ben Lomond Quaker Center


Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL)


We seek…

... a world free of war and the threat of war.
... a society with equity and justice for all.
... a community where every person's potential may be fulfilled.
... an earth restored.

FCNL Invites Friends to
a reception with Diane Randall, Executive Secretary 

Seattle Organizing Committee
Steven Aldrich, Jonathan Brown, Tom Ewell, Dorsey Green, Lorina Hall, Sally Hufbauer

Saturday, January 30, 2016, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

A Contemporary Theatre,   700 Union Street
Buster's Space,   Seattle, WA 98101


Please RSVP by January 15, 2016 at

Questions: Contact Andrew Silva or 202-903-2526

The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) carries out a witness, bringing our shared values for peace, justice, and a sustainable planet to our nation's leaders and our government.

Our patient, persistent, and non-partisan lobbying, and the vital work we do to support the next generation of advocates, are building participation in the civil dialogue essential to mend our world.

FCNL's capital campaign, The World We Seek: Now is the Time, is transforming our work, and we'd like to share with you our vision and enthusiasm for the future.

Carpooling is encouraged!
Silence and Singing (See Bellingham Friends Calendar) will have it's first gathering on Thursday, January 21st at the home of Don Reinke and Sharon Trent.  At 6:30 we'll gather for greeting, meet for worship at 7:00, and start singing at 7:45.  We'll have hymnals, but welcome any music you'd like to sing.  Feel free to come for one half or the other.  We'll see how this night and schedule work.  Mid-week worship at Maryann Percy's is on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, so we're envisioning the 1st and/or 3rd Thursdays, but we'll see how it goes.

Are You Living A Life of Prayer?
Help support others' lives of prayer. What Canst Thou Say (WCTS) is gathering stories from prayer lives for a book called "Immersed in Prayer." We hope to enrich the lives of others who are reaching to God through prayer. Queries and author guidelines can be found on the WCTS website.  Click here to go directly to the guidelines page . Submissions will be accepted through March of 2016 .

Looking Ahead to Wider Quaker Gatherings

PNQM Silent Retreat     Jan 22 - 25, 2016
(may be extended to 1/26)
Camp Huston, Gold Bar, Washington.  For more information and registration forms click here

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. Apply by December 12th to avoid late fees. 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]

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


Outdoor Opportunities for Friendly Nature Lovers

Snow Geese 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. 


Field Trip with Native Plant Society

(Koma Kulshan chapter Washington Native Plant Society field trips are generally free and open to the public.)
January 16, Saturday, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
The Entish Code
If trees could talk, what would you ask them? With silent resilience, trees stand through fire, drought, wind and snow. Both hard times and good leave their marks for centuries to follow, and this workshop will explore how to measure trees and decipher their Entish code. We will travel to Arcadia—the new property of Abe and Katrina—to estimate tree height and diameter, core, and examine stumps in a grove of mature trees. Tea and coffee provided. Address questions to trip leader Abe Lloyd ( 360-303-1339). Meet at 9 AM at the Fork Restaurant parking lot (intersection of Northshore Rd and Y Rd).
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.

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Announcements from the Wider Community


From Interfaith Festival Choir director Kevin Allen-Schmid

Seeking Singers for Interfaith Choir Festival

Because your church is a member congregation of the Interfaith Coalition, I am writing to encourage singers from your church to participate in the 2016 Interfaith Coalition Choir Festival on February 21, 2016. In the past, singers only participated in this festival together with their choir, but this year we are inviting individuals to sing with us as well.
 If you are interested in joining, contact the choir director at
Kevin Allen-Schmid
Music Director, Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship
2016 Interfaith Festival Choir Director


January 18Monday5:30 p.m.
Prayer Vigil for Peace in the Middle East
Hosted by Garden Street United Methodist Church, 
1326 N. Garden Street 
(360) 733-7440

Friends, we are among the many faith communities in our area - that take turns hosting this event.  It is a change to get to know people from other peace loving communities - and it is always on the 18th of the month.  It lasts about a half hour.


Unist'ot'en Camp Leaders Speak Out in Bellingham:  
Thursday 1/14  at 5:15 PM - 6:30 PM, @ RE Sources
Come join us as Freda and Toghestiy from the Unist'ot'en Camp will be speaking about the struggle to reclaim their traditional territotry and stop the construction of fracked gas and tarsands pipelines.



World Issues Forums/Paths to Global Justice
Winter Quarter 2016
Coordinator:  Shirley Osterhaus 

January 13, Noon-1:20pm,  Fairhaven College Auditorium 
Upstream Development versus Downstream Risk on Transboundary Watersheds - The Taku, Stikine and Unuk rivers of north-west BC and south-east Alaska”

Anne Muter, Leader of Transboundary Watersheds Governance Initiative

Transboundary water governance along the BC – Alaska border is at a crossroads. The rich ecological values of the Taku, Stikine and Unuk watersheds are threatened by multiple large mine proposals in the headwaters that pose a risk to fish, wildlife, habitat, and water quality and the livelihoods and cultures that depend on them. Organizations in Alaska are advocating for a referral to the International Joint Commission under the Boundary Waters Treaty. Taking a different approach, BC and Alaska recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding. The question remains how development in the headwaters of BC and risks in downstream Alaska can be effectively managed. Co-sponsor:  Border Policy Research Institute



Tenmile Creek Clean Water Project monthly meeting
Wednesday, January 13th,
6:30pm – 8:00 pm
BelleWood Acres Community Room
6140 Guide Meridian, Lynden (map)
Join residents of the Tenmile watershed and others as they work to lower fecal coliform levels in their watershed.  This group meets on the second Wednesday of each month, and meetings are open to the public.  Check out one of these meetings to engage with local citizens and learn about water quality.
For more information, contact Lee First,


18th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Conference 2016
The Whatcom Human Rights Task Force and the Whatcom Peace and Justice Center invite the community to join the Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights conference
Saturday, January 16, 2016  
9:30 am to 3:30pm 
Syre Center at Whatcom Community College.

Clock hours will be available for Bellingham and Ferndale School District educators.

Theme: "Listening as a Radical Act: Honoring All Voices".  
Keynote speaker:  W.Tali Hairston, director of John M. Perkins Center for Reconciliation, Leadership Training, and Community Development. at Seattle Pacific University.
Title of Keynote presentation:  "Just Listening: Hearing the Voices of the Marginalized".

Following the keynote speaker there will be a Youth Summit for students grades 8-12, facilitated by the New Wilderness Project. Also other skill building workshops will be provided and led by community educators and activists. A complete list of workshops is available here:

Light refreshments available throughout the morning.
Food vendors will be on site with lunch options for sale.

Workshops of special interest to supporters of native peoples:

  • “Huli Ta Tum Uhw”  ‘The Earth is Alive’ film of Darrell Hillaire (Lummi Nation)
  • Beyond the Fish Wars: Pursuing Peace on our Rivers: Prof Stanford T. Goto, Chief Ernie Crey, Cheam First Nation, Rod Clapton, President, B.C. Federation of Drift Fishers
  • Native Understanding: Implications for the Since Time Immemorial: Tribal Sovereignty in WA State Curriculum in public education: Michael Vendiola, Program Supervisor in the Office of Native Education.  He will talk about Native Education and the new legislation which mandates Native education in K-12.
  • Lummi Peacemaking Circles—An Introduction: A way to build and strengthen community and develop leadership through deep listening based on Indigenous practices that honor the stories told by participants.  Misty Kopplin & Shasta Cano-Martin
  • Spirit of the Sxwo'le, Coast Salish Mini-University: A Language and Culture Camp, which incorporates intergenerational learning opportunities, transmits Indigenous knowledge, integrates Western Science and introduces Native youth to environmental stewardship educational pathways.  Shirley Williams Lummi Nation.


Day of Service - Cleanup at Squalicum Beach Park

Monday, January 18th
10:00 am - noon
Squalicum Beach Park
Northeast of 2929 Roeder Ave (map)
Free refreshments; Open to all

Join Sustainable Schools and North Sound Baykeeper at Squalicum Beach Park for a beach cleanup in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. We will begin our cleanup at the park at 10:00am, and will continue along the shore until noon. Light refreshments and tools will be provided. Please dress accordingly for the weather. All ages welcome


Saturday, January 23, 2016

Money in Politics

“Money in Politics: 
Does Unlimited Spending in Campaigns Impact Our Vote & Our Voice?”  

Join the League of Women Voters® of Bellingham/Whatcom County
for a free educational program and community discussion of Money in Politics.
Saturday, January 23, 2016 from 9:30-11:30am
Garden Street Methodist Church, 1326 N. Garden Street, Bellingham
The program is an outgrowth of a national study by the League of Women Voters® of the United States examining 1st Amendment rights to free speech as they coincide with unlimited spending in campaigns, as well as the impact of recent court decisions related to campaign finance.

Topics to be discussed include:
  • What is the League’s position on campaign finance reform?
  • How has increased spending by individuals and political groups impacted our democracy?
  • How are disclosure regulations working?
  • How can you, as a citizen, express your views about money in politics?
Panelists for this program include:
Philip Buri (Partner, Buri Funston Mumford, PLLC) and
Todd Donovan (Professor of Political Science, Western Washington University).

The LWV National Money in Politics Committee has prepared informative reports for this study.  Go to our website page: to explore the topic.  
Cliffs-Notes:  If you don't have time to read all the material on the website, we recommend reading the following to get the big picture:
  • Money in Politics: Introduction & Overview
  • Shifts in the Supreme Court Opinion About Money in Politics
  • Corruption and Rationales for Regulating Campaign Finance
  • Evidence of Spending's Impact on Electoral & Legislative Outcomes
  • Hard, Soft and Dark Money
  • The First Amendment to the Constitution
  • Options for Reforming Money and Politics

Heirloom Seed Swap in Bellingham!

Sunday, January 31 , 2016.
Location- The Majestic - 1027 N. Forest St.
Doors Open 3:00 - 4:30 pm.

8th Annual Community Seed Exchange!
"Honoring Biodiversity of Seeds for Food & Medicine"

Amatuar & Professional Seed-Savers Welcomed.
Seed-Potatoes & Permaculturely Edible Tubers.
Your Donations of Seeds & Cash/Check Supports this Event.
Facebook Event

Center for Local Self-Reliance    .
Sustainable Bellingham  .
Salish Seed Guild  
Transition Whatcom 
Majestic Hall 



The Art of Cascadia 
A passionate celebration of the northwest landscape 

Friday, February 5th
Opening Reception 6-9 pm 
Allied Arts Gallery – 1418 Cornwall Ave

February 5-27
Mixed-Media Exhibition / Activities, etc:

Art Exhibitions
Recreation EXPO
Excursions & Adventures
Interactive Experiences

picture below is just ONE of many, many options

Full Schedule of activities and presentations 

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!  

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