Bellingham Quaker E-News, Aug 12, 2015                           View this email in your browser 

Sun., August 16, 2015
Silent Worship at 10 AM

Second Hour:  
Presentation on Quaker Decision-making Process - Virginia H.
Meeting Tasks for this Sunday:

Care of Meeting: Larry T.
Key - Judy H.
Setup help - vacant
Greeter - Joanne C.
Snack - vacant
Kitchen - Mark H.
Kitchen help - Don R. 
Children's Teacher - Sharon T. 
Please contact Carole Teshima at to volunteer on a semi- regular basis.
Calendar for Bellingham Friends
Wed, Aug 29, 7– 9pm 

Midweek Worship

Mary Ann P.'s home

One hour worship + one hour worship sharing/ check-in. Friends gather for midweek worship on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays each month.

Sat. Sept 12, 2pm -
Sun Sept 13, 2 pm

Annual Retreat

Camp Lutherwood 

See full information at the bottom of the newsletter.

Upcoming Second Hours:

Aug. 23 –Informational Meeting/Worship sharing on Meetinghouse Offer? (Or, Mary Ann’s presentation on Advance Care Planning.)
Aug. 30 – Held open as possible MfWfB if needed, (OR threshing session, re: Meetinghouse proposal?)
Sept. 6 – Labor Day Weekend, extended social time (OR threshing session, re: Meetinghouse proposal?)
Sept. 13 - BFM Annual Retreat (with potluck Sunday)
Sept. 20
Sept. 27 - Quarterly Meeting, extended social time
Oct. 4 - Potluck
Oct. 11 - MfWfB
Oct. 18 – “39 Questions for White People” (SEC)
Oct. 25 - “39 Questions for White People” (SEC)

From Ministry and Counsel:
Please hold Carole Teshima in the Light, as she recovers from knee surgery. Friends who are available to help with errands or meals, pleaselet Virginia Herrick know of your availability and she will coordinate if  Carole needs any help. At this time she is mostly needing to rest a lot, she says!

We ask Friends to hold our whole Meeting in the Light. We are already a few weeks into a 120-day contract within which we hope to discern whether purchasing the Bell Tower building is a Spirit-led choice.

Please honor our shared silence in worship by planning to arrive before 10 a.m. on Sunday mornings. Please enter the hallways outside the worship room quietly, as voices carry. Please silence cell phones and arrange belongings before entering, and keep comings and goings during worship to a minimum.
Thank you, Friends.
Opportunities for Friendly Activists
From your Social and Environmental Concerns Committee



A huge vote on war and peace is right around the corner. 

click here
and follow the instructions (very easy) so that Friends Committee for National Legislation (FCNL) can help you send a message to your legislators. 


Support Low Income Housing Residents
Residents of Washington Square Housing are mounting a campaign to ask our Senators to use their influence to pass HR 233: Tenant Income Verification Relief Act of 2015
H.R.233 would reduce the burden on persons living in low-income housing by requiring income  verification (and the completion of 27 pages of paperwork!) only once every three years instead of every single year .
A Petition will be available for your signature at Meeting for Worship for the next several weeks.  
Comment on the Tongue River Railroad
We have an opportunity to comment on the Draft EIS for the Tongue River Railroad (TRR), which, if built, would transport 20 million tons of coal annually from the proposed Otter Creek coal mine for likely export to Asia. The TRR would adversely impact the lives and lands of farmers, ranchers, and the Northern Cheyenne Nation of southeastern Montana, and would contribute to 2.5 billion tons of new greenhouse gas emissions.
More information is available at:
Here is a direct link to the page on the Northernplains Resource Council website that will help you formulate and send a comment to the agency that has the power to approve or turn down this project.  
Taking the time to comment is easy, educational, and meaningful for the future of our shared ecosystem.


August 13, Thursday, 5:30pm
White Supremacy Has Got to Go

Picket Bridge at Dupont Street, Bellingham

If you live in Bellingham you probably have passed the Pickett Bridge near the County Jail and the Post Office near downtown.  Originally constructed in 1857 by Captain George E. Pickett of the U.S. Army as a military bridge.  Pickett left Bellingham in 1861, returning to Virginia to be a successful Confederate General in the Civil War.
People of Color have been living with the consequences of White Supremacy. The Pickett Bridge is a local symbol of the not so hidden history of White Supremacy in Bellingham and Whatcom County.
 We are calling on our community to join us to be in solidarity with People of Color and especially in this political moment to follow the lead of #blacklivesmatter to call to an end of sanctioned and unsanctioned violence towards black and brown people.
Organized by C2C, facebook event
Experience FGC - the Gathering from the comfort of your own home!

You can view all the 2015 FGC Plenary sessions including

Parker Palmer
 (this one will be available a little longer)

Click here
for access to all 2015 FGC gathering Plenary sessions
Metamorphosis has a new format! 

Click here 
to find it online
The feature article on the Elders in the July issue is the first in a two-part series.  Not only is it informative, its a great read.  
Don't miss it!  

Friday Peace Vigil

Every Fri, 3:45pm – 4:45pm
104 W Magnolia St, Bellingham, WA 98225, USA (map)
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.

Announcements from the Wider Community
 Concert in Elizabeth Park
Thursday, 6 pm

Bellingham's Columbia neighborhood at Elizabeth Park.
Every Thursday through Aug. 27.
6:00 pm - 8 pm
Free concerts sponsored by The Eldridge Society, in partnership with Bellingham Parks and Recreation. Hot dogs will be available for purchase, and all are encouraged to recycle and compost. Donations to enable The Eldridge Society to continue to pay the performers will be gratefully accepted at the concerts.


Listen to
 Speak Up! Speak Out! 
In Whatcom on KMRE 102.3 FM Sunday at 11 PM
In Skagit KSVR 91.7 FM (streaming at KSVU 90.1 FM. KSJU 91.9 FM Friday Harbor. Wednesdays at 5 PM , Repeats Sunday at 8PM. 

A half hour weekly locally produced radio show committed to community, peace, justice and non-violence issues. Topics and interviewees change weekly. Schedule subject to change.
Check out our archives at

Second Hour, Aug. 16, 2015

Quaker discernment is a process of collective decision-making that is not majority-rule, not consensus, but something both powerful and elusive. We call it “finding the sense of the Meeting.” It is practiced in Meetings for Worship for Business (our decision-making meetings for most things) and in committee meetings. It is rooted in the belief that there is “that of God” or Spirit in each of us, and that if we all attend to this Spirit, we will come to unity – complete, united understanding of the decision and peace with it. It is not quite the same a unanimity, either, but something rooted in this advice from George Fox: “Keep your meetings, and dwell in the power of truth, and know it in one another, and be one in the Light, that you may be kept in peace and love … All that ever you do, do in love; do nothing in strife.” This second hour will be an opportunity to explore where this process came from, how it works, and to go over some of the time-tested practices Friends have evolved to make it work better. Please join us!

Friends who wish to do some reading to prepare for the second hour program
may want to consult:
  • North Pacific Yearly Meeting Faith and Practice - Chapter 5 “The Monthly Meeting.” Read about Friends Method of ReachingDecisions- especially sections on “Sense of the Meeting,” “Unity,” “Threshing Sessions,” and “Serious Differences of Opinion.”
  • Beyond Consensus: Salvaging Sense of the Meeting: pp. 13-19.
  • Gospel Order: A Quaker Understanding of Faithful Church Community: pp.4-5; pp. 9-10; pp. 38-39.
From Outreach and Welcoming
Ever been puzzled about Quaker jargon?

The Outreach and Welcoming Group (OWG) is pleased to announce its publication of “A Quaker Glossary, with Some Notes on How Things Got That Way,” originally drafted by Howard Harris several years ago and recently augmented and edited by OWG Clerk Don Goldstein.  Here are a couple of sample definitions:

Continuing revelation ---- The belief that God (or the spiritual dimension) can speak directly to people today just as tradition says happened in earlier times.  Also called “ongoing revelation”

Lay down ---- To terminate a committee or activity when its work is completed, no longer felt necessary, or is not sustainable with the resources available.

The entire glossary may be read or downloaded by clicking on the following link: BFM Quaker Glossary .  A few paper copies will also be available at Explorations Academy beginning about mid-August.  Feedback to OWG about the glossary, including suggestions for definitions of additional Quaker-jargon words and expressions, is welcome by contacting Don at
AFSC Suggested Action on Immigration Reform
and weekly video

AFSC is organizing a week of action against immigration detention, starting August 10. Specifically, the week is centered around asking Congressional Representatives to sign on to legislation that would end budgetary language that requires Immigration to pay for a certain number of beds in immigrant detention facilities each day. Removing these so-called "bed quotas" would be a major step towards ending immigrant detention, as it would take the guaranteed funding that is making private prison companies so profitable.
Each week for the next several weeks, the E-News will post a link to a short video from AFSC on this topic.
Here is this week's video:

ICE Immigration Detention- What You Should 
Click here to access this video on youtube
Several additional AFSC-suggested youtube videos on immigration (including last week's) are available here
Movie Recommendation from Karen Steen

"INHABIT: a permaculture perspective"
3.5 minute trailer –

Also, click here for more on the movie/movement

Announcements from the Wider Community

Book Club Discussion
Tuesday, August 18th at 5:30pm

Bellingham Public Market
1530 Cornwall Ave.

The Bellingham Racial Justice Coalition invites you to join in on this community book group and discussion of Michelle Alexander's “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.” We’ll discuss through chapter 3, and meet again on Sept. 1 to discuss the remainder of the book

We will use the study guide and call to action published by the Veterans of Hope Project. This guide is about studying and exploring together as much as it is about doing the demanding work of creating a country free from the dehumanizing scourge of mass incarceration, Vincent Harding explains in the foreword.

August 29th 

Lummi Youth Academy Benefit Dinner and Variety Show

Lummi Gateway Center: 4920 Rural Ave., Ferndale (I-5 Slater Rd Exit)
Bar-B-Q Salmon Dinner (Lummi Style), Mallards Ice Cream
$35 per dinner:
Reception 6:00, Dinner 6:30

Tickets at Brown Paper Tickets or call Lummi Youth Academy

Brought to you by Setting Sun Productions
Singing, Comedy, Skits, Poetry, Drumming, Silent Auction

Totem Pole Blessing Ceremony at Lummi Nation

Saturday, August 22nd - 5:30 pm

Lummi Tribal Center, 2665 Kwina Road


Whatcom Museum

June 27 - October 11, 2015, Lightcatcher Building

Helmi’s World presents 65 artworks—paintings, drawings, prints and ceramics—drawn from the Whatcom Museum’s collection of her work, which numbers 250 objects. Some of her finest pieces are highlighted, including paintings of petroglyphs from Central Washington, watercolors of Lummi masked dancers, and linocut prints based on the Makah Wolf Dance experienced at Neah Bay. The exhibition suggests the complexity of Helmi’s vision by displaying some of her most unusual artworks, where images and symbols from a variety of cultures converge. The influences of Mark Tobey, Pablo Picasso, Scandinavian Folk Art, and Judeo-Christian and Buddhist iconography are also explored.

Update on work of the Ad Hoc Meetinghouse Committee
At Meeting for Worship for Business on July 12, the Meeting set out several benchmarks related to the possible purchase of a meetinghouse. One was that the purchase price be less than $595,000. A second was that the meeting could proceed to make a non-binding offer to purchase a building at 1430 N. Garden St provided the contingent contract allowed at least 120 days for discernment and study. The third was that Allen Stockbridge was “appointed” to represent the meeting in the transactions and a committee was set up to work with Allen.
Since that date a committee consisting of Larry Thompson, Allen Stockbridge, Sharon Trent, Dorothy de Fremery, Susan Richardson and Joanne Cowan was set up and has met twice. This ad hoc committee has identified a multitude of questions and issues for further study and has divided this work up among the members. 
On July 24, our contingent offer was accepted. This gives us 120 days to discern whether this purchase is both feasible and desirable for our Meeting. It is important to stress that no irrevocable decisions have been made.Your ad hoc Committee is taking its job very seriously and recognizes the huge importance of this matter in the future of the Meeting.
We have decided to set in motion a number of communications opportunities that hopefully will allow all Meeting Members and attenders to make their own discernment of the right course of action on this matter.  One part of these communications is the Post-It Board, kept up by Dorothy, which you will see at most Meetings for Worship. Additionally, the Committee will host a number of special meetings to allow members to dialogue and seek clarity. In the meantime, feel free to work with Allen, Larry, or any Ad Hoc Committee member as you build your own clearness on the Meetinghouse matter.
Bellingham Friends Meeting Annual Retreat 2015

September 12 - Sept 13

Registration Deadline = Sept 4th
The 2015 BFM Annual Retreat will take place at Camp Lutherwood, on Lake Samish just south of Bellingham, beginning about 2 pm on Saturday, September 12th and ending about the same time on Sunday, September 13th.  Most, if not all, of us will be staying overnight in one of two modern lodges with beautiful lake views and cozy kitchens/small meeting areas.  Camping space is also available.   
This year’s annual retreat includes time for several simultaneous interest groups from 7:30 to 8:30 pm on Saturday evening.
Indoor sleeping accommodations for the retreat will mostly be church-camp-style bunks (bring your own sleeping bag and pillow) in one of two lodges with beautiful lake views.  Tenting sites are also available, plus two small cabins with overflow indoor bunks, if needed.  The retreat will include a potluck supper on Saturday and breakfast and lunch on Sunday, plus meeting for worship at 10:30 am on Sunday.  Other activities will include a plenary session with keynote speaker Christine Hall, worship-sharing, interest groups, sacred circle dancing, meditative walking, and spiritual collage-making, with an overall retreat theme of “Spiritual Deepening”.
To read and/or print the tentative retreat schedule, click here.
To download the registration form (deadline is September 4th), click here.
Request for Proposals
Interest Groups at 2015 BFM Retreat
The Retreat Planning Committee (Mary Ann Percy, Carole Teshima, Wendy Goldstein, Mark Hersh, and Don Goldsteininvites Friends to develop short proposals (1-2 paragraphs) for interest groups that somehow connect with our overall retreat theme of “Spiritual Deepening” and submit them to the committee not later than August 15th.  Depending on the number and nature of the submissions, we expect to select between 3 and 6 proposals for inclusion in the retreat, and will announce the list of interest groups selected by about September 5th.  The assumption is that you are willing to facilitate any interest group that you propose.

Interest group activities could be either individual (e.g., sharing a poem to express your experience of spiritual growth) or something requiring a group process (e.g., improvisation exercises).  Your proposal should include a sentence or two explaining how your activity or subject matter relates--for you--to Spiritual Deepening.

Send proposals by email to committee clerk Don Goldstein or deliver them in hard copy to any committee member. 
Contact committee clerk Don Goldstein at
or 671-1395.
General Information:

Ways to connect with Friends:   click on the links below for

  1. Bellingham Friends Facebook Page 
  2. Bellingham Friends Meeting website
  3. Bellingham Friends listserve
  • Please contact Allen Stockbridge by email if you have any trouble connecting to either the Facebook account or to the Yahoo group.
  • See the October 2014 Metamorphosis for more information.

Bringing snack? You may make this a contribution to Meeting, or, if you would like to be reimbursed, please write your name and "please reimburse" on your receipt/s and put in the Donations box. Thank you! 

Posting items  to the website calendar? Contact Virginia Herrick ( if you need help