Bellingham Friends Meeting

A diverse group of spiritual seekers. We invite you to join us in worship.

Who We Are

Meeting for worship: Sunday 10:00 a.m.
We meet in the Creekside Bldg., 1701 Ellis St. in Bellingham, WA.

Childcare provided.

Mailing address: PO Box 30144, Bellingham, WA 98228-2144


Questions? E-mail: [email protected]

Susan Richardson and

Dorrie Jordan

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What are services like?

We are an unprogrammed meeting, meaning that we don't have a minister or other official presiding over our worship. Instead, we sit silently listening to the spirit (sometimes called the light). When moved to speak, anyone may break the silence.

What is the community like?

In all things, both with one another and with the world, we seek to be guided by a spirit of compassion and love. We are active in local peace and justice work, including the establishment of the Whatcom Peace and Justice Center and the Friday afternoon vigil for peace and justice at the Federal Building in downtown Bellingham. We welcome newcomers’ energy and ideas as an enrichment of our community.

What if I'm not a Christian?

Many of us come from Christian backgrounds of one kind and another, but many come to Quakerism from an agnostic or theist perspective, and others enrich our worship with their knowledge of and commitment to other traditions: Jewish, Muslim, Pagan, and Buddhist, to name a few of current attenders’ spiritual homes. Our mutual commitment is to honoring our Quaker history of spiritual seeking and “right action” — behaving in a way that is consistent with our shared values of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality and stewardship.

Our Services

Sunday: 10:00am

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1701 Ellis St
Bellingham, WA

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Our Services

Sunday 10:00am: Silent worshop followed by social time and a second hour of education, discussion, business, potluck, and other things. Occasionally no second hour is scheduled.

Church Leader

No Pastors

At Bellingham Friends Meeting, we are an all volunteer spiritual community. While more seasoned Quakers may take on responsibilities or roles where they might seem to be "in charge", we consider our decision making process to be guided by the Spirit, not individuals. One example is that each week a Friend volunteers to be "Care of Meeting". This person initiates silent worship, breaks the silence about 1 hour later, and then follows a checklist that includes introductions of all present, asking the children what they did during worship, passing around the sign-up sheet, and facilitating announcements. Anyone can sign-up to be Care of Meeting. That person isn't "in-charge", but instead is there to support our spiritual journey for that brief period of time. Another example is our Ministry and Counsel Committee. The individuals on this committee focus particular attention on the spiritual health, wellness and function of our Meeting. They are nominated by the Nominating Committee and approved by the Meeting as a whole. For more information about the roles and responsibilities withing our Meeting, visit