Jan 18, 2017   Bellingham Quaker E-News 
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Sunday, January 22, 2017
Silent Worship: 10 AM Worship

Second Hour: Sharing on "How We Came to Quakersism"  (Kathy Long)
Location:  1701 Ellis St.  Map

Friendly Tasks for Meeting 

Care of Meeting: Lynne L
Key / setup: Lorina H
Setup Helper: Don G
Greeter: Joanne C
Snack: Cheiron & Shiroh M
Kitchen setup: vacant
Kitchen setup Help: Wendy G
Kitchen cleanup: vacant
Kitchen cleanup Help: vacant

Children's teacher  Kristen M

Upcoming Second Hours:

Jan 29  Intergenerational  activity (tentative)

Feb 5  Potluck

Feb 12  MfWfB

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

Feb 26  Spiritual Journey (Mary  Ann P, tentative)


Calendar for Bellingham Friends
Wed., Jan. 25, 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 

Monday, Jan 30, 7 - 9 PM
Earthcare Group
at Mary Ann P's home
Discussing Chapters 4 and 5 of Active Hope by Joanna Macy, plus experiential exercise. 

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. 

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.

January query
— Inspired by #16, “Advices and Queries” from Britain Yearly Meeting.

“Do you welcome the diversity of culture, language, expressions of faith, feelings and thought? Seek to increase your understanding and to gain from the insights of others. Uphold yourself and others in the Light.”

Announcements From Committees
Children's Program Committee

Welcome back, everyone! After a busy holiday season, we've had a terrific time getting together again. The Styles, after a long hiatus, have been back (great to see Sage, Nala, Veda and Serene) in 2017! Hurray!
All our teaching slots for the first quarter are filled! WOW! There's plenty of room on the slate for March-April-May, so feel free to contact Virginia if you're not on the team but would like to do a one-time lesson, or if you'd like to join the team.
Speaking of the team ... THANK YOU, Dusty Andersen; Rob Dillard; Susan Richardson; Rachel VanBoven; Eric Bablinskas; Kristen McLewin, Jessica Bee, Aurora Fox, Dave Hopkinson and Virginia Herrick, and substitutes Sharon Trent and John Hatten.                             
Jan. 22 - Kristen M. (Dora)
Jan. 29 - Aurora F. (Anna)
Feb. 5 - Anna R. (Virginia )
Feb. 12 - Rachel V.
THANK YOU! Friends asked for a Christmas "wish list" to make our program more wonderful. The gifts the children's program has received include: a magnetic building toy, wooden building blocks, Duplos, a wooden puzzle, nesting cups and stacking toys, and a Tri-ominos game. Thank you all so much.
Outreach and Welcoming Committee

OWC's next Second Hour will be an opportunity to share about "How I first came to Quakerism", facilitated on January 22nd by Kathy Long.

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 11th.  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.  

In a major victory for clean water, the Washington State Supreme Court unanimously rejected an effort by counties and developers to weaken a key permit designed to reduced toxic runoff and protect waterways including Puget Sound. 

Read more.

Advocate to protect the Affordable Care Act:

Call the five Republican Senators who have broken away from the GOP on the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)! They are demanding a slowdown on repeal - Give them your support! Their staff is counting the calls!

Senator Bob Corker - (202) 224-3344
Senator Lisa Murkowski - (202) 224-6665
Senator Rob Portman - (202) 224-3353
Senator Susan Collins - (202) 224-2523
Senator Bill Cassidy - (202) 224-5824

The next meeting of the SEC committee will be held on Friday, Feb 3rd at 2:00 PM.  All are welcome.  If you would like to attend, click here to email on 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: Friday February 10, 10 am.
Announcements from Special Groups in our local Meeting
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"
Friends General Conference Announcement
Bellingham Friends Meeting has a dedicated fund that's used to sponsor one Friend from our Meeting each year in attending the Friends General Conference Annual Gathering of Friends (“the Gathering”).  The Gathering is a six-day conference that includes morning workshops, evening plenary sessions (speakers or concerts), and many other activities such as singing, recreational movement, organizational presentations, and much more.  The 2017 Gathering will be held at Niagara Falls University in Niagara Falls, NY, beginning on Sunday, July 2nd and ending Saturday, July 8th
Our Nominating Committee is responsible for choosing a recipient for the sponsorship in time for Meeting approval in March.  If interested in applying for the sponsorship, please contact any member of the committee: Joanne Cowan, Kristen McLewin, or Don Goldstein, by March 1st.  Preference is given to a Friend who has not attended the Gathering within the last five years, and the maximum sponsorship amount is $1000, when used for Gathering fees and/or travel expenses.  The recipient is expected to report on his or her Gathering experience to the Meeting later in the year.   --Don Goldstein, BFM's FGC Rep
Announcements From National
Quaker Lobby / Action Groups
Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL)
Supporting Spirit-led action in the weeks and months ahead!

Spreading Quaker Power & Light

As we approach the Presidential inauguration and Women’s March on Washington 1/18 – 21, Friends nationwide are hard at work resisting hate and bigotry in in our nation’s highest offices. 500 FCNL Friends and advocates have paid their congressional offices a visit since the November election. Are you ready to own your agency and join efforts with Friends across America?

Healing the heart of democracy means looking for openings that can come in unexpected places <> . Perhaps the hardest part of advocacy work now is refusing to demonize those who support policies of inequity and injustices. Together, let’s embrace this spiritual challenge and be transformed in 2017.

This Week in the World:
  • Affordable Care Act/Obamacare: Congress passed the budget blueprint that allows repeal without replacement by mid-February. 20+ million people can lose their healthcare. Call or write your Congressional representatives to affirm your support for the ACA:
Make a call   Send an email
  • United Nations: Senators introduced legislation to block all U.S. contributions to the UN -- until the UN repeals a resolution condemning Israeli settlement expansion. 
  • Nuclear Weapons: TED Talk on why the world doesn't need more nuclear weapons.
  • Cabinet Nominations: The Senate held hearings for key Cabinet posts last week. We're still concerned by several nominations.
  • Iran Deal: Tomorrow marks one year since the Iran deal was implemented. Here's why that matters.
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


is an Associate Fellow at Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford. His books include The Heart Aroused: Poetry and the Preservation of the Soul in Corporate AmericaRiver Flow: New & Selected Poems, and Consolations: The Solace, Nourishment, and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words.

Click on the image to listen to the interview with David Whyte - one of the most popular episode of On Being in 2016.   

Here is one of David Whyte's poems which he recites during the interview:

Everything is Waiting for You

Your great mistake is to act the drama

as if you were alone. As if life
were a progressive and cunning crime
with no witness to the tiny hidden
transgressions. To feel abandoned is to deny
the intimacy of your surroundings. Surely,
even you, at times, have felt the grand array;

the swelling presence, and the chorus, crowding
out your solo voice. You must note
the way the soap dish enables you,
or the window latch grants you freedom.
Alertness is the hidden discipline of familiarity.
The stairs are your mentor of things
to come, the doors have always been there
to frighten you and invite you,
and the tiny speaker in the phone
is your dream-ladder to divinity.

Put down the weight of your aloneness and ease into
the conversation. The kettle is singing
even as it pours you a drink, the cooking pots
have left their arrogant aloofness and
seen the good in you at last. All the birds
and creatures of the world are unutterably
themselves. Everything is waiting for you.

Living and Learning in the Great Outdoors

Kulshan Koma Native Plant Society Trip
February 4, Saturday. 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM


Ambling over the Alger Alp with Abe

Perched on the edge of Skagit and Whatcom Counties, the Alger Alp affords views under the clouds to iconic landmarks like I-5. This trip will explore the subdued wonders along the soggy shores of Squires Lake on our trek through cedar and maple forests on our path to the peak. We will carpool from the west side Fairhaven Park-and-Ride leaving at 9:00 AM. Please bring raingear, a sack lunch, and a weatherproof sense of humor. Expect to return around 3 PM. Pre-trip complaints and questions regarding this description or any other matters can be sent to Abe (

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


in the 
Wider Community

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
YWCA  1026 N Forest St, Bellingham, WA 98225

Organizational Meeting for Resident Action Project
(supports affordable housing and projects to end homelessness)
The next Resident Action Project meeting is on Wednesday, January 18th from 1:00 - 5:00 PM at the YWCA of Bellingham. The Resident Action Project is a group of folks coming together to fight for more affordable homes and an end to homelessness. We are welcoming of all folks, but our goal is to include and follow the leadership of folks who are low-income, folks who have experienced homelessness, and folks who live in affordable homes in building our movement. Please join us for our upcoming meeting, and invite anybody who you think might be interested in the work! 
Organizer:  Kristina Neilander - Kristina now lives in Seattle where she moved initially to spend a year working on a community service project sponsored by University Friends Meeting in Seattle!  Now she is putting her skills to work in the larger community both here and in Seattle.  


The Bellingham Peoples Movement Assembly
Join us to celebrate what we are for and what we are willing to do to protect our communities

Friday, Jan 20, 2017 (Inauguration Day)
Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship
1207 Ellsworth St.

Bring a potluck dish, your music, your energy and your thoughtfulness.
5-6 pm: Potluck Dinner 
6-7 pm: Large Group Assembly 
7-8 pm: Breakout sessions 

Breakout sessions are for the purpose of making action plans. The exact topics will arise out of the motivation of those attending each of the groups—which will initially gather around action items such as Sanctuary, Support for Religious Minorities, Immigration Reform, Racial Justice, Food Justice, Climate Justice, et cetera. 
For more information see the facebook page for this event:

Organizers: Whatcom Peace and Justice Center, Racial Justice Coalition, Community to community, Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship and more


Calyx Benefit Concert for Mt. Baker Planned Parenthood 

Sunday, January 22, 2017,  3:00 - 4:30 PM
Bellingham, WA – January 22nd 3 pm - Bellingahm Cohousing, 2614 Donovan Ave., Bellingham – Calyx vocal quartet will present a house concert to benefit our local Planned Parenthood affiliate, Mt. Baker Planned Parenthood.
Calyx is four local female musicians who blend their voices and, occasionally, instruments to create beautiful harmonies. Their songs take us to different cultures and time periods with heart and humor. Local singer-songwriter Linda Allen will join Calyx on a song she wrote to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of Planned Parenthood. On-street parking is limited. Bus and carpooling is encouraged. If you have a disabled parking permit, please call ahead for a spot: Lesley at 360-733-3805 or If you are unable to join us at the event, please consider making a donation by this secure online giving page: Calyx is Karen FitzGerald, Beth Fuller, Lesley Rigg, and Laura Shelton.
Event Info: (360) 733-3805
Ages: all ages
Price: by donation


Faithful to the Future: Inspiring Science, Evolving Faith, Realistic Hope

January 23, 2017 from 7pm to 9pm – Bellingham Unitarian FellowshipFree program with Michael Dowd: Monday, Jan. 23, 7pm at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship. Child care will be provided. This program, geared for adults and teens, builds on Rev. Dowd’s most recent TEDxOrganized by BUF, Deb Cruz, David MacLeod | Type: presentation


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.


This is shared by La Jolla Meeting - it is a sign created by the Mennonite Community

If you are so led, you may download this free graphic and have your own yard sign printed.
The Mennonite community that has provided the graphic asks only that you do not alter the sign in any way


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
Jan 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


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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