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We are over 31,000 people in more than 100 churches. We are building strong communities of faith. We are striving to be good stewards of all our resources: our time, our talents, our treasures and our Earth. We are deepening our relationships with people under 35, and with others: in the Holy Land, Latin America and all around the world.

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Living a Giving Life

Bishop Greg Rickel delivers a timely and powerful message to each of us about stewardship as the way of Christian life. The text of the video is available here.

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High School Youth Conference (HYC)

Date: Friday, September 26, 2014

Time: 7:00pm

Dates: 
Friday, September 26, 2014 - 7:00pm - Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 12:00pm
Cost: 
35.00
Location: 
St. Andrew's Church, Port Angeles

The Fall HYC is almost here. The registration deadline is Sunday, Sept. 21, midnight! Friends, faith, music, worship, games, workshops, conversation and just hanging out at the dance are all a part of this fantastic weekend for youth in grades 9-12. Find out more »

Celebration Workshop: 75th Anniversary of Episcopal Relief & Development

Date: Saturday, October 25, 2014

Time: 10:00am

Dates: 
Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 10:00am - 2:00pm
Location: 
St. Columba, Kent

Joy Shigaki, director of advancement for Episcopal Relief & Development (ERD), will be our guest speaker as the Diocese of Olympia prepares to celebrate this milestone for this ministry. All churches in the Diocese of Olympia are encouraged to send ERD representatives, deacons, clergy, outreach committee members, wardens, or anyone willing to help guide this celebration in your congregation. Free, lunch included (donations toward campaign gratefully accepted). Find out more »

Civil Discourse in America: Finding Common Ground for the Greater Good.

Political, interfaith and education leaders will offer provocative insights and views during the discussion on Civil Discourse in America: Finding Common Ground for the Greater Good on October 22. Produced by The Episcopal Church, the 90-minute live webcast will originate from historic Christ Church, Philadelphia (Diocese of Pennsylvania), the birthplace of the Episcopal Church and the home of our country’s beginnings. In partnership with the Diocese of Pennsylvania, Civil Discourse in America will begin at 2 pm Eastern (11 am Pacific). Read more »

Great resources on the TV Eucharist website

The diocesan-sponsored TV Eucharist program's webpage has been updated. Here you can fin a list of which congregations are scheduled for upcoming Sundays, read the story behind this unique 41-year old ministry, view (and print out) the service used, help support this vital ministry, as well as find out what is required to participate in a taping. Read more »

Liturgical Arts at St. John Gig Harbor

Join Bishop Rickel as he talks with members of the Liturgical Arts Team, Del Hansen, Mary Shepard, & Timmie Parker; rector, Eric Stelle; and congregation members, Janet Knight, Pamela Raney, Lauretta & Russell White. Read more »

African American Committee Family BarBeQue

Date: Saturday, September 20, 2014

Time: 12:00pm

Dates: 
Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 12:00pm - 3:30pm
Location: 
Diocesan House

All are welcome. Meat and drinks provided; bring a salad, side dish or dessert to share. Tours of Diocesan House will be available. Répondez s'il vous plaît (RSVP) by September 19 to Roberta Newell 253-383-7279 or rnewell@post.com. Find out more »

Resources for Earthquake Awareness and Preparedness

In recognition of September as National Preparedness Month, and recalling the 6.1 magnitude earthquake that struck Napa and the surrounding communities in the upper San Francisco Bay area just three weeks ago, it’s more than timely to remind everyone of best practices to follow when the earth shakes, and to re-visit some helpful resources. Read more »

Faith Communities turn out to support Lummi journey

The cornerstone of northwest Native American art, the totem pole, became a cross-cultural rallying point last Friday as a large crowd welcomed the 19-foot totem to Saint Mark’s Cathedral in Seattle. The event marked the halfway point of a 2,500-mile bi-national journey by members of the Lummi Nation to demonstrate the strength and diversity of opposition to a proposal by Gateway Pacific Terminals that would locate North America’s largest coal terminal at Xwe’chi’eXen, the Lummi name for Cherry Point, near Bellingham.

The Seattle event featured remarks by Bishop Greg Rickel and a welcome by Ken Workman of the Duwamish Tribe in Lushootseed, the language of the Salish people. All in attendance were invited to join in blessing the 19-foot western red cedar totem pole. Read more »

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Around the Diocese

Epiphany Parish of Seattle, offers its first Taize Service of the year celebrating Hildegard of Bingen, 1098-1179; Wednesday, Sept. 17, 7:30 pm.

 

The Arts at Saint Mark's Cathedral hosts an Organ Plus Concert featuring compositions by Bach, Handel and Mozart. Thursday, September 18, 2 pm. Tickets, $10, in advance at the Cathedral Shop.

 

Christ Church, Tacoma, presents Sharon Porter Shull, organist, performing this month’s Third Fridays at Noon recital; Friday, Sept. 19, 12:10 pm. Donation at the door.

 

Epiphany Parish of Seattle offers An Interior Pilgrimage in Community, a discernment group for those pondering or in the midst of life transitions such as job change, marriage, retirement, new baby or move; Sundays, 5:15 pm, Sept. 21 through November 2.

 

Join a team from Saint Mark’s Cathedral at the 2014 Seattle AIDS Walk on Saturday, Sept. 27. Walkers from the wider diocese are invited to join the team. 

 

Grace Church, Bainbridge Island, and St. Peter, Seattle, sponsor a joint Fall Retreat Day; Tuesday, Sept. 30, at Grace Church. Entering the final few months of Ordinary Time, is a good time to pause and reflect.

 

The Center at St. Andrew, Seattle, presents The Enneagram as a Tool for Christian Transformation with Fr. William Meninger; Tuesday, Sept. 30, 7-9 pm, and Wednesday, October 1, 9am-1pm. Registration fee.

 

St. Stephen, Seattle, seeks a K-12 Missioner: Director to Children, Family and Youth Ministries. Application deadline October 1.

 

St. Stephen, Oak Harbor, invites all the people of the diocese to a Service of Thanksgivings and New Beginnings; Thursday, October 2, 7 pm.  Bishop Rickel, presiding. Reception to follow.

 

St. Matthew, Browns Point/Tacoma hosts Mental Health First Aid, an 8-hour training on how to help someone who is experiencing a mental health crisis. Saturday, October 4, 8 am-5 pm; $25 covers materials, bring brown bag lunch.

 

The Byrd Ensemble offers a program of Spanish Renaissance: Marian & Funeral motets; Saturday, October 4, 7:30 pm, at St. Mark's Cathedral. Suggested donation, $20.

 

Trinity, Seattle, Early Music Guild Northwest Showcase presents Living with the 'Great Mortality': Music Inspired by the Plague; Tuesday, October 7, 7:30 pm.

 

Trinity, Seattle, presents the Opus 7 Vocal Ensemble with All Northwest; Saturday, October 11, 8 pm.

 

The Visual Arts Ministry of Arts at Saint Mark’s presents: I Have a Name, Sunday, Sept. 14-Sunday, Oct. 12.