Bellingham Friends Meeting

Bellingham Quakers – The Religious Society of Friends

Welcome!


We are a diverse group of spiritual seekers working for peace and justice within ourselves and in the world. All are invited to join us in worship. We welcome visitors.  NEW!: As of March 27, we gather for in-person silent worship at The Majestic, 1027 N Forest Street in downtown Bellingham, starting at 10:00 AM, but please arrive early to get settled into the silence. We also meet through Zoom in a hybrid manner so as many people as possible can participate (see Zoom NOTICE just below). Please see the e-News for more information. Click HERE for more information about Wednesday outdoor worship (currently suspended until better weather). Childcare provided – due to lower attendance during COVID, please contact Children’s Program Committee before bringing young children.


We respectfully acknowledge that this Meeting gathers in the traditional, sovereign territory of Indigenous Coast Salish peoples including the Lummi and Nooksack who have cared for these lands and waters since time immemorial and continue to do so today. Their presence is imbued in these mountains, valleys, waterways, and shorelines. May we honor the original stewards of this place and participate in the care and protection of our shared home.


Zoom NOTICE: Due to COVID-19, Bellingham Friends Meeting started meeting for online worship each Sunday. We now meet both using Zoom and in person (see above). If you would like to join us online, the link to connect to Meeting is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81857084898 and the password is “quaker” (without the quotes, lower case “Quaker”). Meeting for worship is Sunday 10 to 11, but you may join as early as you wish. If using a phone, there is no password; call 253-215-8782, enter the Meeting ID, 818 5708 4898 and press #. Then press # again. To un-mute press *6, and to mute again press *6. See e-News for more details on Zoom and just about everything else as well. To add this Zoom information to your online calendars, click this link. If you have questions or problems with Zoom, please contact John by email: support@bellinghamfriends.org or text or call 360-671-7012.

New to Quakers? Click here for more information about our Meeting. Meeting for worship: Sunday 10:00 a.m. Worship begins when the first person sits and begins worship. Please enter quietly and settle into the silence. Meeting lasts for about an hour followed by introductions, announcements and social time. There is usually a second hour program (see our e-News for details). We meet at The Majestic, 1027 N Forest Street in downtown Bellingham. (Directions)   Map here.

2019 Corona Virus (COVID-19) Outbreak Notice: Bellingham Friends Meeting is concerned about everyone’s health and safety. We encourage everyone to keep up to date with accurate information. Here are  local government health guidelines.

Weather is not usually a concern, but on those rare occasions where you may wonder about whether Meeting is cancelled due to safe conditions at or travel to or from Meeting, see our Weather Policy here.

See the Links tab for more information on Quakers and the newest version of Faith and Practice from North Pacific Yearly Meeting.


Bellingham Friends Meeting Contacts: Telephone: 360-671-1395 Questions? E-mail:Mailing address: PO Box 30144, Bellingham, WA 98226-2144

Primary contacts: John Hatten, Clerk, and Virginia Herrick, Assistant Clerk

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Upcoming events: The best place to keep up to date with current events is with the e-News here.

Links to recordings of recent notable events follow:

Webinar and live stream May 6, 2022, 7 PM on Zoom. Finding Justice for Historical Injustice with Taylor Stewart of the Oregon Remembrance Project.

This was a photo presentation that shows how the harmful legacy of historical white supremacy continues today. Communities everywhere can be inspired and motivated by hearing about the Oregon Remembrance Project’s work to help communities remember, repair, and redeem the brutal stories of the past. By facing our region’s racist history, we lay a foundation for the future we seek, for inclusive and just communities that celebrate diversity. (WARNING: This presentation includes disturbing historical photographs of lynchings and other violence.)

Sponsored by the Whatcom Human Rights Task Force, Bellingham Friends Meeting, and North Pacific Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends. Webinar is available at the Bellingham Friends YouTube Channel: (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxC4WUGOZ413egjKCS6sfkg).


Virologist Fred Koster presentation on COVID-19 & in-person worship.

Click HERE for the audio only. Click HERE for video.


Whatcom Racial Justice Forum, Wednesday, July 1, 2020, 7 - 9 PM

With Panelists Jonathan Randolph - Entrepreneur and Professional Singer, Shirley Williams - Member and resident of Lummi Nation, Flo Simon - Deputy Police Chief, Bellingham  Police Department, Rosalinda Guillén - Community to Community, Satpal Sidhu - Whatcom County Executive. A huge thank you to these panelists for participating and to the several hundred people who attended.

The forum was recorded and a link to that recording is available here. Note: Closed captions are now operational. If you find errors, please let us know. If you attended the forum, please offer your feedback, share your concerns, ideas and enthusiasm for action moving our community and our society forward toward racial justice and peace with a very brief survey here. If you missed the forum, you may use the survey to make comments or add your name to receive information about future events.


Of possible interest to local F(f)riends:

North Carolina Friends speak about the notorious "bathroom bill" here.


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