August 3, 2016   Bellingham Quaker E-News
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Sunday, August 7, 2016
Silent Worship: 10 AM Worship
Second Hour:Potluck

Explorations Academy 1701 Ellis St   Map

Friendly Tasks for Meeting 

Care of Meeting: Sharon T
Key / setup:  Lorina H    
Setup Helper:  vacant 
Greeter: Nan M
Snack: vacant (potluck) 
Kitchen setup: Rob D  
Kitchen setup Help: Judy H  
Kitchen cleanup: Mark H
Kitchen cleanup Help: Dave H  
Children's teacher: Eric B

If you can fill a currently-vacant position, please contact Lorina
Upcoming Second Hours:

August 14 – open 
August 21 –
Forgiveness video (Lorina)
August 28 – Camping/outdoor worship at Excelsior Group Camp
September 4 – Potluck with OWC activity
September 11 – MfWfB
September 18 – Spiritual Journey: we invite a Friend to share theirs; contact M&C
September 25 – Quarterly Meeting
October 2 - Potluck
October 9 - MfWfB
October 16 - open
October 23 – Play reading (Don G facilitating)
October 30 – open

Calendar for Bellingham Friends

Monday, Aug 15, 7 - 9 PM
Earthcare Group
at Mary Ann P's home
Discussing intro and chapter 1 of Active Hope by Joanna Macy

Tuesday, Aug 16, 7 – 9 PM 
Book Group
at Sharon & Don's home
Discussing LOTTERY by Patricia Wood
Some copies available from Susan R.

Wed., August 24, 7 – 9 PM 
Midweek Worship
Mary Ann P.'s home
Silent worship and worship sharing - Usually 2nd and 4th Wednesdays.

Thurs, August 25, 7 - 9 PM
Spirit Group
at Larry T.'s home

Discussing "Integrity" in the new draft chapter 4 from NPYM's "Faith and Practice".  See announcement below for link to obtain the material.

Sat and Sun, Aug 27th - 28th 
Meeting Campout
Excelsior Campground 
Explorations Academy is renovating the "East Classroom"
The east classroom is the room where the children normally meet.  Please enter the kitchen (commons area) through the hallway.  The children will be gathering in the commons area (kitchen) during worship hour for the next few weeks.   

Bellingham Friends Announcements

 Free online course in Quaker history offered by Lancaster University (see details below in
"Announcements / Opportunities from Other Quaker Groups"


Meeting Campout
Saturday, August 27 - Sunday, August 28

August 27- 28 will be dates for a Meeting Camping at Excelsior Group Camp Ground.  We will have lunch on our own, then a potluck supper.  After breakfast, we'll have Meeting for Worship, and non-campers are welcome to join us for that.  We have also reserved Friday evening at the spot, so anyone from Meeting is welcome to come early.  There will be opportunities to explore the old growth forest nearby, and to take native plant walks and we hope also guided bird walks.  More details later.  Contact Susan R. if you can help with organizing.

____________PHOTOS FOR THE WEBSITE_____________

A note from our website manager, John Hatten:

Thank you to everyone who has sent in pictures and to Wendy Goldstein for taking pictures! We now have 19 photos and it would be great to have more. You can see what we have so far at   If you haven’t already, take a look. If you aren’t yet there, please send in a picture of yourself or ask Wendy to take one the next time you see her at Meeting. If you aren’t happy with your picture, send in a new one or ask Wendy to take another. I love seeing all our lovely faces!
If you already have a digital photo of yourself you would like to use, send it to 

Announcements From Committees and Representatives
For Spirit Group - August 25th and subsequent months

Fiends, please click here to read and/or print the draft of Chapter 4 of NPYM's new "Faith and Practice" which Alice Robb presented during our second hour on June 26th, and which the Spirit Group will 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.  
Social and Environmental Concerns
The Original Quaker-Inspired Anti-Nuclear Golden Rule Sail Boat Arrives in Bellingham 
Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, August 20-22

For five years, the Golden Rule was restored by members of Veterans for Peace with the purpose of sailing it again for a nuclear-free world and a peaceful, sustainable future.  In 1958, Quakers and others sailed it toward the U.S. bombing zone in the Marshall Islands to call attention to nuclear testing. After their arrest, another boat made it to the Marshall Islands and had a significant effect upon the end of atmospheric testing by the U.S. and other nuclear powers.

Activities:  Rides on the boat and a peace picnic---sail and share food August 20-21
The restored Golden Rule, with its rust-red sails emblazoned with peace emblems, will be moored for 3 days at the Youth Dock at Zuanich Point Park, at Squalicum Harbor. Rides will be offered on Saturday and Sunday at approximately 10, 12 and 2 P.M. and Monday as requested. Call Helen on the boat at 206-992-6364 to sign up. Share in a pot luck peace picnic with the crew at the dock area in the park Sunday at 6.
Directions: Roeder Avenue to left turn lane at Coho Way. Turn left, continue on to stop sign. Turn left and continue. Park near the Squalicum Boat House in Zuanich Point Park, and walk south-east down the walkway to the Youth Dock.
Special event:   evening gathering at BUF 7-9 Monday August 22 
The crew and diverse speakers will enlighten, as people share in dialogue and the amazing duo Sharon Agrew and Michael Hurwicz, "The Irthlingz" (with Sharon Abreu) at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship.  Celebrate this historic, courageous little boat; learn about its extreme relevance today; sing with the crew; and be enlightened by diverse speakers, as people share in dialogue and mutual support

See:   for the full story
Children's Program Committee

OPPORTUNITY! Do you love nature and kids? We still have a couple vacancies in August, for Children's Program Facilitator during worship on August 14 and as a support person at the campout, Aug. 28. Let Virginia know if you'd like to volunteer.

CURRICULUM ONLINE! Check the Meeting website under "Links." Want to help, but not sure how to facilitate the Children's Program hour? We have paid childcare employees who will back you up during the program, and now, there are also two children's program lessons available online. More will be posted. If you use this resource, please let Virginia, Dorothy, or Kristen know, and notify us of which children were present. Thank you!

PARENTS: CAMPOUT ALERT! We are hoping families will consider coming to the campout Aug. 28,  PLEASE LET VIRGINIA KNOW if your kids will be there! Children's Program Committee is seeking volunteers to spend time with the kids during worship Sunday morning so their parents can enjoy silent worship. It would be very helpful to know if we will have children present, how many, and their ages.

VOLUNTEERS: Campout Alert! At this time, we do not have any plans for paid childcare, so if you are willing and able, please contact Virginia!

Volunteers on the quarterly rotation facilitate one children's program at least once every three months. They are: Eric Bablinkas, Virginia Herrick, Rachel Van Boven, Rob Dillard, Dusty Andersen, Susan Richardson and (starting in the fall) Aurora Fox. If you're on the rotation, but unable to make it, contact Virginia. We do have substitutes available! Thank you all! And a big thanks to our substitutes for standing ready: Kristen McLewin, Dorothy DeFremery, John Hatten, and Sharon Trent.

Our next committee meeting is Aug. 25. Please let Virginia know if you have any concerns for the committee to consider, or would like to attend our meeting.
Outreach and Welcoming Committee

The OWC will be coordinating representation of Bellingham Friends Meeting at this year's Western Washington University Student Information Fair on Monday and Tuesday, September 19 and 20 from 11 am to 3 pm each day, provided that there are enough volunteers to staff the table (two Friends per two-hour shift) throughout the Fair.  Most organizations with tables also have something to give away to those who stop by, and in the past we have offered home-baked cookies.  If you can volunteer two hours or more to staff the table (when?), and/or provide a couple of dozen cookies, please contact OWC Clerk Don Goldstein (671-1395 or by the middle of August.

The OWC will also be sponsoring a Second Hour for play reading on October 23rd.  If you're interested in reading a part in one or two short plays (each 15 minutes maximum), please contact Don Goldstein (see above).  We have enough volunteers already but it would be helpful to have one or two more who are willing to stand by in case a current volunteer needs to drop out.

Our documents, "Regular Bellingham Friends Meeting Activities and How to Learn More About Them" 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,

The next OWC meeting, open to all interested Friends, will be on Saturday, August 20th. Contact Don Goldstein (see above) for 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 at Lazy F Camp and Retreat Center, near Ellensburg.  We have selected as the session theme "Discerning our Leadings: Worshiping with our Lives", which has been approved by BFM's MfWfB and by Lopez Friends Meeting.  If you're interested in joining us or just curious about what QM planning involves, contact QMPC Co-clerk Don Goldstein (671-1395 or We meet next on Friday, September 9th, at 10 am at the Goldstein residence.
Native Plant Society Field Trips - open to all!
There is something wonderful you can do in the out doors with the Native Plant Society almost every weekend!  click here for a full list of upcoming field trip opportunities. The next one is: 

August 13, Saturday, 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM         Ridley Creek Trail

Rediscover this recently reopened trail, which begins with a safe crossing of the Middle Fork Nooksack River, then wanders through damp woods before climbing to subalpine meadows at Mazama Park. The hike is 2.9 miles and 1800’ elevation gain one-way. Last September we were about 2 miles up the trail in a yellow cedar forest when we were turned back by rain. This trail was the route used in the Mount Baker Marathon in 1911 and in the recent round-trip run from Bellingham Bay to the summit of Baker. Meet at the southeast corner of Sunset Square parking lot out from the Safeway at 8:00 AM. Trip limited to 12. Contact Allan Richardson at 360-733-5477 or to sign up.

Announcements of Events in the Wider Community
July 30-Aug 6:  Paddle to Nisqually

Invitation from  Freddy Lane via Beth Brownfeld
 (Freddy is there and is posting about the marvels of this event 
"If there is any way you can go down even for a day, DO IT!
If you haven't been to canoe journey, and you’re my Native or non-Indian friend, come join us, volunteer, food is always free and delicious, even if you can come for a day or two or for the potlatch give-away, or the landing. Stop making excuses of being too busy or saying that's not my culture and LIVE and enjoy songs and celebrations like this 6minutes where EVERYBODY dances. No matter the color, no matter the religion, no matter the belief in the Creator, come to Journeys and say 'Freddy Lane' said I can come and get my Canoe Journey fix and carry on in my life. Love you all...See you there !!!!"

More Native events from Beth: 
Aug 5:  First Friday with Swil Kanim and guests Amara Grace, and David Ison (see flyer), 7-9 pm, Te’Ti’Sen Center (Lummi Gateway Center) 4920 Rural Ave, Ferndale (Exit 260 Slater Rd).  Free and open to the public.
Aug 5:  Sherman Alexie comes to Mt Baker Theater for 6 pm talk and introduction to his first Children’s book Thunder Boy Jr. Tickets ($5 Open Seating) available at Village Books, Mt Baker Theatre Box Office, or online at


Hold the date for:


 San Juan Island - Pe’pi’ow’elh Friday Harbor, WA 98250 


COME EARLY TO PREPARE TO SING, LAUGH, DANCE, AND SHARE THE STORIES OF OUR SACRED CONNECTION TO THE REEF NET, SALMON, AND ANCESTRAL HOMELANDS ! COME TOGETHER WITH ONE MIND TO BE WITH THE ANCESTORS IN A GOOD WAY AS WE PROVIDE COMMUNITY HEALING IN THE SALISH SEA! WASHINGTON CANOES WILL BE MAKING A 2ND CANOE 8/14 –8/19 he carver of the Reef Net Captain pole is Temosen Charles Elliott, a member of the WSANEC Nation and a UVIC ĆELÁNEN Advisory Council. He lives in Brentwood Bay on Vancouver Island. The carver of the two Salmon Story Boards is Jewell Praying Wolf James -- a lifelong activist towards preserving native cultural sites, inherent rights and master Lummi carver. 

VOLUNTEER/ SUPPORT:   more info at sxwole 




Looking Ahead to Wider Quaker Gatherings

General Meetings - Quarterly and Yearly Meetings and The Gathering

September 23-25, 2016
Fall 2016 session- Pacific Northwest Quarterly Meeting (PNQM)

Theme:  Gender, Difference, and Spirituality
Where: Lazy F Camp and Retreat Center near Ellensburg WA
Hosted by: Salmon Bay Friends Meeting and Pullman-Moscow Monthly Meeting
For more information or to register, click here .   

Quaker special events, retreats, workshops, conferences, etc.

Aug 13 - 17, 2016
Friendly Water for the World -Training in BioSand Filter Fabrication
Quaker Cove Camp, Anacortes, WA
cost: $395.  Partial scholarships available.
(Graduates are planning to to to Tanznia, kenya, Uganda, and Gutemala and elsewhere)
Call 360 918-3642 or e-mail:
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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Radical Spirituality: the Early History of the Quakers

Learn about the beginnings of this radical religious group as it emerged in 17th century England, with this free online course.


When you think of the Quakers, it might bring to mind porridge oats, or pacifism, or perhaps prison reform. But there is much much more to the Quakers than any of these things.

Through this course, we will be finding out about what lies at the heart of Quaker beginnings, who its main characters were, and how in a few weeks during the summer of 1652 the Quaker movement was formed in the north of England.

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Building a deeper spiritual community in your meeting.
You can also sign up for updates on the Spiritual Deepening Program, which will launch in the fall.

Pendle Hill
Offers Quaker Studies Online courses
(as well as amazing on-site retreats and workshops!)

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Western Friend
Offers on-line Meetings and Resources
(as well as a wonderful Quaker magazine)
  • 60 minutes of worship every Thursday
  • 11:30 AM Pacific / 12:30 PM Mountain
  • Come when you can, leave when you must. 

On-line Quaker Meetings for Worship - with two Quaker Groups

Ben Lomond Quaker Center  
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7:30 - 8:00 AM
Click here for morning worship

Western Friend 
offers Lunch-hour Worship on Thursdays
11:30 AM -12:30 PM
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