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2015 Lenten Book - Part II

In this video Bishop Rickel continues his reflection on his 2015 Lenten book selection - Now You See It: How Technology and Brain Science will Transform Schools and Business for the 21st Century by Cathy Davidson - and invites conversation on his blog.

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Domestic-poverty fellows work to alleviate suffering

Sarah-Monroe-FellowshipThe Rev. Sarah Monroe's work in Aberdeen to alleviate poverty and suffering has gained national attention. Monroe is one of two recipients of fellowships from the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society. Read more »

Camp Huston Early Bird Registration

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Camp HustonRegistration for the 2015 Camp Huston summer camp registration is now open. The adventures include hikes, archery, swimming, crafts, campfires, variety shows, friends, nature and fun! Specialty sessions such as horse camp, theater camp, international odyssey, mini camp, and counselor training are also offered. Don't wait! Find out more »

A Book Review by Bishop Greg Rickel: The Soul's Journey

As we begin our Lenten journey I would commend a new book, just out, "The Soul's Journey: An Artist's Approach to the Stations of the Cross" by Kathrin Burleson, with contributions by our Presiding Bishop, the Most Rev. Katherine Jefferts Schori and many others from across the church that will inspire you both in sight and words. Read more »

Seattle Church Goes Solar

Saint Andrew, Seattle, is an environmentally conscious congregation that will become even more green in 2015. The church installed solar panels that will connect to the Seattle City Light grid on Friday, February 27.  Located in Seattle’s Green Lake neighborhood, St. Andrew’s has steadily increased its energy efficiency since 2008. “We hope our project will inspire other churches to embrace clean energy alternatives,” said The Rev. Read more »

Welcome to new diocesan staff

Lori Hardow & Bianca SmithBishop Greg Rickel has announced the appointment of three new diocesan staff members. Lori Hardow, previously administrative assistant for the College for Congregational Development, has been appointed Diocesan House Receptionist. While her main role is to greet visitors and meeting attendees, and handle the busy diocesan phones, Lori’s responsibilities will also include database and clerical responsibilities. Bianca Smith joins the diocesan staff as our part time Content Manager (previously a contract position). Her role includes creating and curating stories in both words and pictures for our social media networks and website. Maureen Crawford has been appointed Director for Adult Faith Formation, with responsibility for providing tools, opportunities, and support – in cooperation with other ministries – for spiritual growth and renewal. All three began their work in mid-February. Pictured: Lori Hardow & Bianca Smith. 
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2015 Lenten Resources

It's never too late to find your Lenten resources!  There are a wide variety of options this year from books to devotionals to social media and more.

2015 Cathedral Day

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Plans are coming together for the best Cathedral Day ever! 

Join us at St. Mark's Cathedral, Seattle, Saturday, April 18, 10:30am-3:30pm for games and projects for all ages. There will also be opportunities to meet friends from other congregations and to learn about different aspects of the Diocese.

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Grace Church, Bainbridge Island calls new rector

Grace Episcopal Church announced that it has called a new rector, the Rev. Tommy J. Dillon, II, currently rector of St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church in San Francisco, CA; he will begin July 15, 2015. Grace’s outgoing priest, the Rev. William R. Harper, will retire on Sunday, April 26, 2015, after 30 years as an ordained minister of the Episcopal Church and 20 years as rector of Grace.
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Around the Diocese

Christ Church, Seattle, hosts the Salish Sea Early Music Festival; Tuesday, March 3 featuring J.S. Bach Sonatas & Friday, March 13
highlighting J.S. Bach, Goldberg Variations, 7:30pm. Suggested donation
$15-20, students $5, youth 18 and under free.

 

The Mid-East Focus Ministry of Saint Mark's Cathedral, Seattle presents the film Israel vs. Israel, which documents political and religious Israeli organizations that actively oppose various aspects of the occupation. Wednesday, March 4, 7:00pm. Donations welcomed.

 

Christ Church, Tacoma hosts, Sunday, March 8, 7:00pm The Esoterics, Seattle's highly-acclaimed choral ensemble, present Rachmaninoff's master choral work. Tickets: $25 general; $18 seniors/students.

 

The Well at Queen Anne UMC and Saint Mark's Episcopal Cathedral present Walter Brueggemann speaking from his work, Sabbath as Resistance: Saying No to the Culture on Friday, March 13, 7:00-8:30pm and Saturday, March 14, 9:00am-12:00pm. Tickets: Friday: $21.69; Saturday: $26.87; Combined: $37.22

 

St. John the Baptist, West Seattle, celebrates Mothering Sunday, traditionally the fourth Sunday of Lent with a lunch including cuisine from various countries; Sunday, March 15, 11:45am. There's a goodwill offering to support a new library for the Kwa Muema High School in Kenya.

 

St. Mark's Cathedral, Seattle, hosts the Nordic Heritage Museum and Seattle Choral Company presentation of Nordic Voices; Friday, March 20 and Saturday, March 21, 8:00pm. Tickets required, $25.

 

Upcoming Safeguard Trainings