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Willamette Singers and Chamber Choir Tour Western Washington

Come see these nationally awarded groups as they tour Western Washington!

Thursday, January 17

  Full Concert @ 7 PM

  Gloria Dei Lutheran Church

  1515 Harrison Ave NW

  Olympia, WA  98502


Friday, January 18

  Full Concert @ 7:30 PM

  First United Methodist Church

  401 East 33rd St.

  Vancouver, WA  98663

From Baltic Shores: Choral Music from Nordic, Scandinavian, and Baltic Countries

Green Lake Church of Seventh Day Adventists, Seattle | January 26, 7:30pm; January 27, 3:00pm | $16 Tickets

On January 26 and 27, the Seattle based treble choir Ancora will present an attractive program of choral songs titled, “From Baltic Shores: Choral Music from Nordic, Scandinavian, and Baltic Countries.” 

Our knowledge of Baltic culture generally includes the three states Latvia, Estonia, and Lithuania, but this January, Ancora plans to take a wider view to include countries that share a common coastline with the Baltic Sea. Geographically close to one another, these countries are as different from one another as the lands that extend behind them in numerous directions. 

According to famed choral conductor Paul Hillier, who directed both the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and Ars Nova of Copenhagen, “There are similarities, too, which one detects by traveling across the sea that they share. This identity, partly imaginary and partly real, can only be defined by the word Baltic. It is a loose alliance that comes from having the same kind of trees, the same fish, the same weather, the same white summer nights, and the same berries. 

“In the music of the region, we witness a similar range of similarities and common influences, partly reinforced by political and cultural events, whether Nordic, Baltic, or Scandinavian in name. But in addition to musical style, there is a choral sound which people identify with the region, and which, like much of the repertoire, has its roots in folk singing.” 

Join the members of Ancora, directed by Freddie Coleman and accompanied by Justin Hansen, this January to explore choral music from the countries around the Baltic Sea. From Copenhagen to Saint Petersburg, from Stockholm to Riga, they will present current contributions to music written expressly for women’s voices.

The Church of the Ascension Cadenabbia Lake Como Italy

Should you be considering a trip to Italy and to the region of Lake Como you might like to consider calling in on the Church of the Ascension at Cadenabbia (Immediately opposite Bellagio) on Lake Como. The Church is open daily and our regular Sunday Morning Service in English is at 10.30am to which you would be most welcome at this very inspiring and beautiful part of the world. The Church is also available for Weddings, Renewal of Wedding Vows, Baptisms, Retreats and all the normal services of the Church. The Church was built by residence and holiday makers back in the 1890’s, it is one of the important land marks of Cadenabbia and should you be walking the Greenways Walk it is mentioned as a place to visit. This prominent church with a number of fine features is immediately opposite the Passenger and Car Ferry in Cadenabbia. 


Companions in Franciscan Spirituality for 2019

Free Ten Day Residential Immersion Programs in Franciscan Spirituality offered by The Community of St. Francis in San Francisco for women over 18. The program includes studying Franciscan spirituality and living out of that spirituality by sharing in community life, worship and ministry in the church and wider community.

Dates: Holy Week/Easter – April 12-22; Summer – July 19-29; St. Francistide – Sept. 27-Oct. 7


Learn to speak Spanish in the Diocese of Cuernavaca (Mexico)

August 8-17 | $2,000 plus Airfare

Two week Spanish language immersion program hosted by the Diocese of Oregon.


Priory Spiritual Center

Lacy, WA

The Priory Spiritual Center in Lacey has announced their schedule of programs for summer and fall:

  • January 19: The Hospitality of Adoption
  • January 26: Jodi Kilcup
  • January 26-27: Benedictine Vocation Discernment
  • February 2: Women of Wisdom: Writing from the Heart
  • February 9: Lipstick, Old Keys & The Hand Held Mirroring
  • February 16: Introduction to an 11th Step Prayer Practice
  • February 23: The Art of Heart and Soul
Clergy Contemplative Retreats: 
  • February 25-26, 2019 (overnight or single day)
    Mon. at 2pm – Tues. 2:30pm Or Tues. 9:30am – 3:00pm

The Priory offers retreats, spiritual direction, and workshops; fees are charged for their programs.


Order of the Ascension
Pathways of Grace | Parish Development Clinics

“Pathways of Grace is a series of five morning workshops on the spiritual life. Sponsored by the Order of the Ascension, an Episcopal Religious Community. The workshops are designed to help us understand, and enter into, the pathways of grace. How are we to recognize the presence of God, of Angels and Archangels and the whole company of heaven? How might we become more sensitive to God’s presence with us?

You can register for one or all of the workshops. There is a materials fee of $15.00. There is a limit of five participants.


Silence & Action – A Pathways of Grace Workshop: Queen Anne, Seattle | January 12, 9:30am; Register by January 5 | $15 Materials Fee

  • For laity and clergy. Christian action takes place in the daily life of each person baptized into Christ — in families and with friends, at work, and as citizens and neighbors. In our time together we’ll explore how inner silence relates to our action and how we might grow in inner silence and tranquility. Limit of 5 participants.


Adoration, Awe, and Service – A Pathways of Grace Workshop: Queen Anne, Seattle | June 15, 9:30am; Register by June 5 | $15 Materials Fee

  • For laity and clergy. We’ll explore Evelyn Underhill’s understanding of our three duties – adoration, awe and service. How our service is transformed by adoration and awe. Limit of 5 participants.


Justice, Saint Mary, Jon Daniels – A Pathways of Grace Workshop: Queen Anne, Seattle | August 14, 9:30am; Register by August 5 | $15 Materials Fee

  • A time to explore the spirituality of Jonathan Daniels. We’ll give special attention to his relationship with the Blessed Virgin Mary (Feast Day August 15). How can his spirituality inform our own and connect us to God’s justice in ways appropriate to our own vocation and gifts?


Saying the Daily Office – A Pathways of Grace Workshop: Queen Anne, Seattle | October 19, 2019, 9:30am; Register by October 8, 2019 | $15 Materials Fee

  • For laity and clergy. You’ll explore several ways of saying the Daily Office on your own. We assume you want to find a way that maintains the tradition and fits your temperament and circumstances. After experimenting with saying the office during the following week we’ll check in with you.


Attrait – A Pathways of Grace Workshop:  Queen Anne, Seattle | December 7, 2019, 9:30am; Register by November 15, 2019 | $15 Materials Fee

  • For laity and clergy. This offering of Attrait will focus on a form of personal devotions that begins with the longings of each person – for harmony and uniqueness, for healing and forgiveness, for meaning and a sense of direction. These states-of-being are an experience of God’s prayer within us. How might we prepare ourselves to be receptive? What forms of prayer can help us focus these longings?


The clinics are for clergy-in-charge of congregations (rectors, vicars). They are an integration of practical parish issues and Anglican pastoral/ascetic theology and strategy; with a touch of organization development. Participants come having completed a significant course of reading. They each complete some work prior to the clinic.  When we gather the trainer/coaches will facilitate a process in which the participants engage one another and the coaches around the issues and dynamics of their parishes.

There are two clinics which still have open space. Both are open nationally but located in Seattle. The workshop fee is $200.00. Participants arrange for their own lodging and meals.

Benedictine Rhythms – Listen-Take Counsel (A Parish Development Clinic): Queen Anne, Seattle | June 4-7, 9:00am-6:00pm Daily; Register by March 1 | $200 Workshop Fee; participants arrange for their own lodging and meals

  • For clergy-in-charge of congregations. Our objectives are: 1) To better understand the inner dynamics of self and parish around listening and taking counsel. and 2) To increase our ability to shape healthier and more faithful practices around listening and taking counsel.


Shaping the Parish Through Spiritual Practice (A Parish Development Clinic): Queen Anne, Seattle | September 10-13, 9:00am-6:00pm Daily; Register by April 1 | $200 Workshop Fee; participants arrange for their own lodging and meals

  • For clergy-in-charge of congregations. The emphasis will be on understanding and living a pastoral theology and strategy. In this clinic we will focus on spiritual practice.