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La Iglesia Episcopal de la Resurrección announces 2014 Summer Day Camp

The Resurrección Summer Day Camp, July 21-August 15, 9 am-1 pm, at St. Paul's/Resurrección in Mount Vernon, is designed for multi-cultural bi-lingual children of low-income families in the Skagit Valley. Instruction in math and language arts is emphasized with enrichment in Environmental Science and the Arts in a context that builds leadership skills, mutual respect and community involvement. The overall theme of the camp is Stewardship of the Earth and its Resources. Each day will begin with an enthusiastic chapel service. Read more »

Let's Eat: Episcopal Evangelism Workshop 2014

Let's Eat

Inspiration and Practical tools to invite + greet + orient + incorporate into the Body of Christ. This two-day conference, Friday-Saturday, May 9-10, is designed to inspire and equip individuals and congregational teams for Evangelism. Held at Duman Bay Conference Center, registration of $75 covers food, materials, and overnight stay. Event ListingRead more »

Cathedral Day: A Diocesan Festival

An all-ages festival of “fun-shops”, carnival games, communion and a picnic gathering the people of the Diocese of Olympia at Saint Mark’s Cathedral. Saturday, May 17, 10 am-3:30 pm. Tickets are $5/individual for lunch.  Those being confirmed or received will receive a lunch ticket at no charge. All are invited to your cathedral to gather in community for fellowship and fun, learning and liturgy, and a chance to reach across the diocese and meet new people. Event Listing Read more »

Relief & Support for Oso Mudslide Victims

There is a deep connection in the soul when we see tragedy strike. Reaching out and acknowledging that connection with compassion helps us to find redemption in the memory of our own sufferings. This week we surpassed $30,000 in Mudslide Relief Support funds. Gifts come not only from within the Diocese of Olympia, but across the Episcopal Church. One such $2000 gift came from the Church of the Holy Innocents in Beach Haven, New Jersey. Their rector, the Rev. Frank B. Crumbaugh, III, writes, “We on the Jersey Shore send our love and prayers along with this money. We know the human cost and heartache that comes with disaster, and we want you to know you are not alone as you face the Oso mudslide.” The connection transcends the distance from one coast to another as they support people in the wake of this tragedy here in Washington. Read more »

Mike Morrissey appointed Canon for Veterans Ministry

Bishop Rickel announced his appointment of the Rev. Mike Morrissey as Canon for Veterans Ministry effective April 1, 2014. Said Rickel, "Some months following his retirement, Mike and I were in discussion to discern possible roles to which he might lend his wisdom and energy within the diocese. Read more »

The Tight-knit Fabric of Oso and Darrington

AP Photo/The Herald - Genna MartinThe fabric of small towns is tight-knit community. Oso and Darrington, WA, are communities with tightly-woven relationships connecting people in integrated lives that make everyone “family” in one way or another. The implication of this symbiosis is that when one thread of these communities’ fabric is pulled the whole cloth is affected. That is the nature of these two towns that are digging out of the mudslide that ripped through the landscape and hearts along the north fork of the Stillaguamish River in Snohomish County.
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Oso Mudslide Relief - Updated

debrisIn a March 29 email news release, Bishop Rickel updated on the situation in Oso and Darrington in the aftermath of the Oso Landslide. Said Rickel, "I have talked with the Rev. Janet Loyd in Darrington every day. She continues to ask for our prayers. She is beginning to find need for the funds raised, which by the way are closing in on $10,000, but of course, more will be needed. She is deeply grateful for this response from individuals and groups in the diocese." (Click here to donate now.) Read more »

Field courses in El Salvador

Foundation Cristosal is a faith-based human rights and community development NGO based in El Salvador. The Cristosal Global School works to develop global awareness and movement toward transformative social change in which each individual's rights are respected. The School offers two week-long field courses in El Salvador this summer: LGBT Rights & Sexual Diversity Ministry in the the Episcopal Church, July 7-14; and, Public Theology: The Voices for Justice in Society, July 19-26. Read more »

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Around the Diocese

Epiphany Parish of Seattle offers Music in the Style of Taize, a quiet service of meditation, reflection, silence, readings, and music; Holy Wednesday, April 16, 7:30 pm.


St. John, Kirkland, offers an indoor Good Friday labyrinth walk, Friday, April 18, 11 am-3 pm.


George: Center for Community, Seattle (Lake City), offers Celebrating George on the Feast of Saint George, celebrating its past, present and future, including dedication of a new altar; Wednesday, April 23, 6:30 pm.


St. Margaret, Bellevue, presents A Night of Jazz featuring The Jacqueline Tabor Jazz Band; Saturday, April 26, 7-10 pm. Tickets $27.50; $35 at the door.


Our Lady of Guadalupe Episcopal Church, a Bicultural - Bilingual Latino-Anglo Congregation in Seattle, will have her first Bilingual service on April 27 at 1:30 pm at Saint Paul, Queen Anne.Our Lady of Guadalupe Episcopal Church, a Bicultural - Bilingual Latino-Anglo Congregation in Seattle, will have her first Bilingual service on April 27 at 1:30 pm at Saint Paul, Queen Anne.