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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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In the Spotlight

Remembering the Philadelphia Eleven

Bishop Greg Rickel invited two women clergy to join him for a conversation to remember and celebrate the Philadelphia Eleven, the first women ordained to the priesthood in the Episcopal Church, July 29, 1974. The Rev. Canon Janet Campbell, ordained 25 years, was in the first group of three women ordained in the Diocese of Long Island. The Rev. Sarah Monroe, at the time of filming, had been ordained as a priest for two months.

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The Episcopal Bookstore owners announce retirement

In late August, John and Nancy Marshall, owners of The Episcopal Bookstore, announced that "after 22 years serving Episcopalians and other spiritually-minded people" it was time to retire and being a new chapter in their lives. They also expressed the hope that someone might step forward as new owners so that the bookstore would remain open and in the Diocese of Olympia.
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Martin’s journey to the White House

Across the alley from our church [St. Andrew, Seattle], the four members of the Martínez family to whom the church has given shelter for the past twelve months will be moving on by the end of October. Their sponsor, Compass Housing Alliance, has provided excellent logistical and counseling support. The parents, Martín and Natividad, have both been thoroughly immersed in training and English language courses to equip them for the next phase of their lives. Read more »

Local Congregation provides update on Oso recovery

Oso MudslideIn a letter to members of the Diocese, the Rev. Janet Loyd from Church of the Transfiguration in Darrington, thanked all who donated to the relief and recovery efforts following the March Oso mudslide and provided an update on the progress toward recovery, saying, "Through our combined efforts, the Episcopal Church has dispersed approximately $35,000 to date, quiet donations from people and congregations. Read more »

Parents and Youth Leaders - Seminar with Chap Clark

Date: Saturday, September 13, 2014

Time: 10:00am

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Medina

Join other parents, pastors, and youth ministry staff as we explore what it means to take seriously the spiritual formation of children and adolescents. Chap Clark, Fuller Professor of Youth, Family, and Culture will provide training and tools to help us understand the adolescent experience and more more faithfully journey with children and youth as they become followers of Jesus.

Two seminars will be offered: Find out more »

A Holy Waste of Time: A Young Adult Retreat

Date: Friday, September 5, 2014

Time: 6:00pm

Friday, September 5, 2014 - 6:00pm - Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 1:00pm
St. Andrew's House in Union, WA

Enjoy a beautiful weekend on the Hood Canal: hiking, swimming, kayaking, relaxing, reading, watching the sunset...with other young adults and their friends in The Diocese of Olympia. Young Adults (18-35) will be gathering September 5-7, 2014 at St. Andrew's House, our beautiful retreat house on the Hood Canal. Find out more »

Fall Junior High Youth Conference (JYC)

Date: Friday, November 21, 2014

Time: 7:00pm

Friday, November 21, 2014 - 7:00pm - Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 12:00pm
St. John's Church, Gig Harbor

Young people in grades 6-9 are invited to join us as we navigate the “turning-into-teenager years.”  With lots of community-building games and activities this is the place to find friends who will be with you through it all! Around 50 youth come together from all over Western Washington to share in small groups, fun, worship, and more. Friends welcome! Find out more »

Living Wi$ely, a Faith-based Personal Finance Workshop

Canon Chris HarrisIn a culture that teaches our net-worth is equal to our self-worth and that more stuff is the key to happiness, what in the world are we supposed to do in a recession? One place to start is to change our thinking. On Sept. 12 & 13, the diocesan Stewardship and Development Office will welcome Canon Chris Harris, Diocese of San Diego, and a former tax attorney, to present a course in faith-based thinking about money. Workshop will be held at St. Stephen's in Seattle.  Read more »

African American Committee Family BarBeQue

Date: Saturday, September 20, 2014

Time: 12:00pm

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 12:00pm - 3:30pm
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 »

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Around the Diocese

Church of the Resurrection, Bellevue, hosts its 3rd Annual Neighborhood Fair.
Bouncy house, face painting, magician, kids games; tasty cuisines and
Winegar's gourmet ice cream. Saturday, September 6, 10 am-4 pm.


Epiphany and Advocacy art exhibit at Saint Mark’s Cathedral; exhibit runs through September 7.


The Center at St. Andrew, Seattle, offers open registration for Fall Gentle Yoga. Daytime classes begin Sept. 8 and continue through November 19.


Grace Church, Bainbridge Island, presents Concerts at Grace Church featuring Saint Paul de Vence; Friday, September 12, 8 pm (no host bar and fundraising raffle at 6:30 pm).


All are invited to a community "Barn Raising” at St. Stephen, Oak Harbor, Saturday, September 13, 9 am-3 pm. Jobs for all skill levels. Lunch provided, please RSVP how many will attend and include what skills (if any) you will  bring.


St. Luke, Renton, hosts an inaugural English Fete featuring sales of traditional English foods, beers and sweets, classic English carnival games, and more; Saturday, Sept. 13, 11 am-4 pm; free.


St. Mark's Justice Ministry and the Mental Health Chaplaincy offer Understanding Trauma with Barbara Bennett, PhD; Saturday, September 13, 9 am-2 pm; St. Mark's Cathedral.


Church of the Good Shepherd, Federal Way, hosts Lobsterfest, Sept. 13, 5-7 pm. Full dinner $35 (whole lobster or BBQ ribs); fresh Maine lobsters available for "take out" pick-up, 3-5 pm; $30 per lobster. Order deadline Sept. 7.


The Writing Subcommittee of Arts at Saint Mark’s is offering two writing classes this fall - Intro to Creative Writing & Autobiography/Memoir: Writing your Life. Classes begin Sept. 14 - registration required.


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.