Episcopalians try to love with the heart of Christ, think with the mind of Christ, and act as if we were the body of Christ.

Prof. Willis H. A. Moore, Diocese of Hawaii

Who is the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia?

Diocese-Of-Olympia-MapThe Episcopal Diocese of Olympia traces its history to the establishment of the Missionary Jurisdiction of the Oregon and Washington Territories in 1853. We are also known as the Episcopal Church in Western Washington. Admitted by General Convention in 1910, the Diocese of Olympia is made up of more than 26,000 Episcopalians in more than 100 worshiping communities through Western Washington. Our geographic area stretches south from Canada to Oregon and west from the foothills of the Cascade Mountains to the Pacific Ocean.

Through worship we:

  • Affirm our faith
  • Pray together
  • Reconcile together
  • Share peace and thanksgiving together
  • Gain strength and renewal through Eucharist
  • Prepare ourselves to minister to the world.

We share hope in God’s incredibly extensive grace to forgive all repentant people.

Our congregations cover a whole range of sizes and stages of development. Several affiliated institutions and numerous outreach and social justice ministries as well as a number of multicultural ministries are supported by the whole diocese.

Our mission is to build strong communities of faith focusing on three areas:

  • Congregational development: assist congregations to develop skillful, responsible and responsive leaders
  • Engagement with youth: equip congregations to better relate to younger people and effectively build ministry by engaging with, listening to and committing resources to upcoming generations
  • Stewardship of all our resources: encourage leaders to strengthen the stewardship of all available resources – human, financial, material and spiritual.

Bishop Greg Rickel

Bible-1The Rt. Rev. Gregory H. Rickel was elected bishop on May 12, 2007 and became the eighth Bishop of Olympia in September 2007. He embraces radical hospitality that welcomes all, no matter where they find themselves on their journey of faith. He envisions a church that is a safe and authentic community in which to explore God’s infinite goodness and grace as revealed in the life and continuing revelation of Jesus Christ.

The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion

The Diocese of Olympia is one of 108 dioceses in the 2.4 million member Episcopal Church, and is one of 39 provinces in relationship originating with the 85 million member Anglican Communion, which spans 165 countries worldwide.