New Missioner for Agrarian Ministry – Brian Sellers-Petersen

New Missioner for Agrarian Ministry – Brian Sellers-Petersen

We are pleased to announce that Brian Sellers-Petersen has been appointed by Bishop Rickel to the new position of Missioner for Agrarian Ministry for the diocese. While he will be working limited hours, he is available to work with churches on the development of their agricultural ministries. The prologue to his letter of agreement spells out the initial vision of this position. The Missioner for Agrarian Ministry will develop and carry out a ministry of regular support and education, planning formation

Lenten Book Selection: Book of Common Prayer Resources

Lenten Book Selection: Book of Common Prayer Resources

From Diocesan Resource Center Director, Sue Tait Physical Resources Welcome to the Book of Common Prayer  by Vicki K. Black, 2005 (264 Bla) The series, “Welcome to…”, provides an overview and introduction to aspects of Episcopal worship.  Here The Rev Vicki Black looks briefly at prayer book history, the various parts of the current prayer book and offers a concluding section on “Tools for Prayer and Study : the lectionary, prayers, catechism, and historical documents.”  Also included are questions for

Bishop Rickel on Latest Updates to Travel Ban Lawsuit

Bishop Rickel on Latest Updates to Travel Ban Lawsuit

Dear Ones, I am pleased to report that the U.S. District Court in Seattle has rejected the federal government’s request to lift the preliminary injunction issued by the court on December 24 that prevents the government from indefinitely barring certain refugees from entering the country. In denying the government’s request, the court has validated our concerns that this administration’s policies have caused immediate and irreparable harm to our own Refugee Resettlement Office, and other agencies like it across the country.

Tragedy in Western Washington

Tragedy in Western Washington

From Bishop Rickel: Dear Ones, Like you, I awoke today to the sad and devastating news of the train derailment in Dupont. Our hearts ache for those who died and for those they loved and who loved them who now mourn their loss. We give thanks for the first responders, who by all accounts, have performed heroically this day. And for the many who were on the interstate who risked their lives to help after witnessing the accident. I know

Mission to Seafarers, Seattle: Follow-Up on Abandoned Tugboat

Mission to Seafarers, Seattle: Follow-Up on Abandoned Tugboat

As was reported last week, the stranded seafarers from Mexico and Panama were repatriated and the crisis has passed. To recap, these twelve men were stuck in Seattle on international tugboats for two months. Much of the time these humble souls were in limbo, not sure what was happening or even where help might surface. Mission to Seafarers, Seattle was contacted by the Coast Guard and went to work right away with Jeff Engels of the International Transportation Workers Federation

ECA Holiday Appeal: St. James Family Center

ECA Holiday Appeal: St. James Family Center

When Sasha entered The Charlotte House Domestic Violence Shelter, one of St. James Family Center’s programs, she had no idea what she was going to do. The staff at the Charlotte House spent time with Sasha, assessing her situation, providing for her families basic needs and giving her time to look at possible options to begin to create a life for herself and her children free from fear and violence. Sasha’s children were ages three and five, so St. James

Gifts of Hope: Alternative Christmas Giving

Gifts of Hope: Alternative Christmas Giving

You have a special opportunity this Christmas season in the Diocese of Olympia to make a real difference in the lives of some of the most vulnerable among us with Gifts of Hope: Alternative Christmas Giving. Our Jubilee Center in Auburn focuses on the needs of immigrants that are facing threats to their well-being and in some cases, their very lives. The Auburn Jubilee Center is a catalyst, which draws together people from all walks of life to form partnerships