Metamorphosis – January 2012

Newsletter of Bellingham Friends Meeting –  January 2012

Advices and Queries

Let me grow so quiet inside

that I hear the private

conversations of crows as

they fly by my window.

Let me be so open that I see

with different eyes this world

born fresh again at dawn.

I wish to take none of this for

granted – not the miracle it is to

breathe, nor the wonder

that I can choose between

truth and a fearful view of life.

May wisdom and insight

guide me on my way today.

From Danna Faulda’s Prayers to the Infinite



Eco-Suggestion of the Month

Save gas by the way you drive. 1.  Every 5mph over 55 is like paying 14 cents more per gallon. 2.  Accelerating hard and slamming on the brakes uses more fuel. 3.  Keep tires inflated to maximum rated capacity to reduce friction. 4. Tune engine and clean air filer for better burning.

Speak Truth to Power

Friends are encouraged to contact their members of Congress and ask them to support the National Criminal Justice Commission Act (S. 306).  Simply go to the FCNL website:  to fill in a letter to your Senators.    This bill would establish a commission to examine every aspect of criminal justice in the U.S.    Friends are also encouraged to contact their representatives and ask them  to allocate $100 million for  The Second Chance Act in the appropriations for the U.S. Department of Justice.  This Act makes small grants to state and local governments and non-profits to assist former prisoners with re-entry into their communities.   These grants can provide education, build job skills, address substance abuse, get treatment for mental and physical illness and meet other challenges.    Our country comprises 5% of the world’s population, yet we hold almost 25% of the world’s reported prisoners.


As a follow-up to last month’s Earthcare Speak Truth to Power, here are some Montana Officials to contact regarding wolf management practices:

Joe Maurier, FWP Directorjmaurier@mtgov

Jim Williams, FWP Wildlife Program Manager jiwilliams@mtgov

Kent Laudon, @Wolf Management specialist, klaudon@mtgov


NO COAL! PAC, which includes several Meeting members, will launch an initiative regarding a Community Bill of Rights and coal trains at a press conference on Jan. 26, 4:00 pm at Squalicum Boat House.  There will be music, short speeches and opportunity for questions. PLEASE COME!



Date/time Activity Description
January 22 What Quakers Believe series, led by Howard Harris Some Thoughts on Loving One’s Neighbor – Quaker beliefs on judging others
Tues Jan 24 Interfaith Coalition Annual Meeting, 7 pm Sacred Heart Parish Hall Find out what Interfaith has accomplished in 2011 and what is planned for 2012
Thurs Jan 26 Spirit Group (call for directions) Rooted in Christianity Open to New Light byTimothy Ashworth & Alex Wildwood
January 29 Worship Sharing in preparation for report to quarterly session State of Society:  What are your thoughts on the state of our Meeting?
February 5 Potluck – donations of food and money will be collected for the Food Bank
Saturday Feb 11 Interfaith Choral Concert – 11 church choirs

1 pm, Assumption Church, asking for donations

February 12 Meeting for Worship for the Conduct of Business
Mon Feb 13 Book Group The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks  – Rebecca Skloot
February 19 Discussion Faith and Practice Review Update
February 25 Discussion Population Issues
Saturday Mar 24 Interfaith Coalition Dinner-Auction






Interfaith Coalition’s March 24 auction

An evening of fun and community spirit awaits you at Interfaith Coalition’s March 24 Garden of Hope auction.  Proceeds from the coalition’s biggest fundraising event of the year support housing for homeless families and health care for all in need. The auction, which raises more than one-third of Interfaith’s annual income, begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Best Western Lakeway Inn & Conference Center in Bellingham. Tickets are on sale now for $40 each, which includes a sit-down dinner.

You also may support the event by contributing an item to be auctioned. If you can provide a service, getaway home, or other sought-after item , then you have something to offer that would raise money to assist local people in need. The coalition also is seeking financial support to help underwrite the auction.


For more information, tickets, or to make a donation, please call Interfaith Coalition at 734-3983.

Interfaith Coalition Choir Festival

Please plan to attend Interfaith Coalition’s Choir Festival on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 1:00 p.m. Eleven choir will sing individually, as well as in a combined choir of over 175 voices. Each year, the choir festival offers an opportunity for singers and audience alike to rejoice in the voices of our many faith traditions. The concert, to be held at Assumption Catholic Church, 2116 Cornwall Ave. in Bellingham, is free with an offering to benefit Interfaith Coalition programs, which provide housing for homeless families and health care for all in need.


We are blessed with wonderful cooks.  Here are two recent hits, thanks to Lorina and Betty.

Recipe for Carrot Ginger Cashew Soup



32 oz. box of vegetable broth

(2 ) 32 oz. boxes of carrot-cashew-ginger soup (I used Trader Joe’s)

can of lite coconut milk

can of diced tomatoes

~ 5 oz. baby spinach

brown rice – or whatever leftover grains are in your freezer

beans (I used pinto) – I prepared ~ 1 cup of beans the day before

celery – carrot – ½ med. sweet onion – lg. clove garlic

s & p

splash Bragg’s liquid aminoes

coriander – cumin – chipotle or any hot spice – cardamon



Saute diced onion, garlic, celery and carrot in small amount of veg. Oil.

Add vegetable broth.

Add the rest of the soup, grains, beans, tomatoes.  Season after awhile, including liquid aminoes, and add spinach toward the end.


I prepared this soup in a Dutch oven on top of the stove and transported it in the crock pot.


Damian’s Madras red Lentil Soup           -for 10 servings        -prep time approx 30 min.

2 oz. Canola oil

2. cups   Red Lentils, washed and drained

1 white onion cut into dice

1 cup diced celery

1 cup diced carrots

1 tbsp.. Chopped garlic

1 tbsp chopped ginger

1 tsp. crushed red chili flakes

1 12  oz can tomato juice

1 12 oz. can coconut milk

1 12 oz. can vegetable stock

24 oz water

1 Tblsp. Apple cider vinegar

½ c plain yogurt

2 Tbl. Chopped cilantro

1 tomato finely diced

2 oz. butter (optional)

2 tsp. salt

2 tsp. pepper


Heat oil in a large pot; add diced onions, celery, and carrots.  Stir for 2 minutes, add red lentils, garlic, ginger and chili flakes, and stir for one minute.  Add tomato juice, coconut milk, water and vegetable stock and bring to a boil.  Simmer for 20 minutes, use a hand held blender to puree lightly, add plain yogurt, diced tomatoes, cilantro, butter, salt and pepper and apple cider vinegar and stir well.


Simplicity  *  Peace  *  Integrity  *  Community  *  Sustainability  *  Equality