Episcopal Community Action 2017 Holiday Appeal

Episcopal Community Action 2017 Holiday Appeal

Dear Ones, In this Thanksgiving season, I urge you to take notice once again of how blessed we are. Consider the feasts on our tables in our warm homes, surrounded by family and friends. Reflect on the freedom we enjoy in our daily lives. We live in the richest country in the world and are blessed in more ways than we can count. Simply to say we have much to be thankful for is an understatement. Here in the Diocese

New Clergy Calls in the Diocese of Olympia

New Clergy Calls in the Diocese of Olympia

We are pleased to announce the call of two clergy to positions within the Diocese. The Rev. Kathleen Patton has been called as Vicar of St. Anne, Washougal and The Rev. Karen Haig as Rector at St. Barnabas, Bainbridge Island. Please join us in welcoming them to their new positions. The Rev. Kathleen Patton The Rev. Kathleen Patton was ordained in the Diocese of California in 1990, and is a graduate of the Church Divinity School of the Pacific.  She

Update from Bishop Rickel on Lawsuit to Block Travel Ban

Update from Bishop Rickel on Lawsuit to Block Travel Ban

Dear Ones, The ACLU of Washington has filed an amendment to the original lawsuit joined by the Diocese of Olympia and asked for an injunction to stop President Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban from separating refugees from their families. The latest restrictions have indefinitely prevented children and spouses from being able to join loved ones already admitted to the U.S. under the refugee program. These latest restrictions cruelly keep families separated and re-traumatize people who have already lived through some of

One Thing

One Thing

At the 107th Convention of the Diocese of Olympia, attendees were invited by Bishop Rickel to reflect on the question: As we turn 10 together, what is the one most important thing we can do together as a diocese? We’ve collected their responses below. Hold quarterly fundraising dinners within a certain mileage circle or block area. This would allow us to get to know each other better and socialize among our diocese. Taking care of our congregation in order to

Exploring the New Vision of the Diocese of Olympia

Exploring the New Vision of the Diocese of Olympia

At the 107th Convention of the Diocese of Olympia, attendees were asked to reflect on the following two questions: What is alive at your place that reflections this vision? What do the vision and stories inspire you to explore? We’ve collected their responses below. Messy church is bringing in families with children Radical love is a ministry of cooking/serving the homeless St. Stephen, Longview Traveling Day Society Babies in Need Growing our children’s ministry Getting people in [and] telling our

Reflections of a Newly-Minted Canon (Or What I Wish I Had Said at Convention Last Month)

Reflections of a Newly-Minted Canon (Or What I Wish I Had Said at Convention Last Month)

The Rev. Canon Michael Jackson was made an Honorary Canon of St. Mark’s Cathedral by Bishop Rickel at the Diocesan Convention, October 28, 2017, for his long ministry as producer of the TV Eucharist program. He offers the following reflection on receiving this title. Thank you, Bishop for this honor. I am both humbled and thrilled to receive this for my work with TV Eucharist. Yet I see this also as an honoring of all of you here at convention

Bishop Rickel Responds to Sutherland Springs Shooting

Bishop Rickel Responds to Sutherland Springs Shooting

Dear Ones, My heart, as I am sure yours does, breaks as I hear the news coming out of Texas this weekend. During this Sunday’s services at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, a 26-year-old white male entered the building and killed at least 27 individuals, injuring others. While the details are still coming in, we do know that the shooter was killed near the scene. This most recent mass shooting strikes especially close to home, as it

Wherever Bread is Broken: The 107th Convention of the Diocese of Olympia

Wherever Bread is Broken: The 107th Convention of the Diocese of Olympia

The sun was shining on this brisk morning in Vancouver, WA as staff from the Office of the Bishop made final preparations at the Hilton Vancouver’s Heritage Ballroom. Tables were set and registration packets prepared for the clergy and lay delegates to the 107th Convention of the Diocese of Olympia. A few doors down, in the Discovery Ballroom, exhibitors from the diverse ministries and programs across the diocese were assembling their displays and preparing to inform visitors about their work

The Rev. Michael Jackson Named Honorary Canon

The Rev. Michael Jackson Named Honorary Canon

The TV Eucharist program was first broadcast on Easter Day, April 22, 1973 on KING-TV5, NBC’s Seattle affiliate. the creation of the late John C. Leffler, former dean of St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral. At first, only the clergy and congregations of Episcopal churches in Seattle took part in this production. However, over the forty-four years of its running, TV Eucharist grew to involve over 68 congregations throughout western Washington. The mission of TV Eucharist was to provide a service for

2017 Bishop’s Cross Recipients

2017 Bishop’s Cross Recipients

Bob and Linda Knutson Bob and can be found, at any time, at St. Elizabeth’s, Burien, either somewhere on a ladder or boom lift, up on the roof or down in the bowels of the building fixing fixtures, changing bulbs, repairing doors, installing sump pumps or cleaning up some mess or another. On those rare occasions when he is not there, someone will inevitably utter the phrase: “Call Bob.” Bob’s wife, Linda Knutson, in her service as Treasurer of St.