Alleluia! Christ is risen!

Alleluia! Christ is risen!

The Great Fifty Days of Easter For the secular world, Easter is a one day celebration of spring, for finding brightly colored eggs and sporting new spring finery. For the Church, Easter is the center of our faith and of our year, a great festival of fifty glorious days stretching from the Easter Vigil through Pentecost, a celebration of the resurrection of Christ and the sending of the Holy Spirit. This spacious fifty-day feast affords us the time we need

Holy Week – A Journey with Jesus

Holy Week – A Journey with Jesus

Palm Sunday begins one of the most sacred times in our tradition: Holy Week. All of our preparation, prayers, learning and discipline over the season of Lent serves to prepare us to get close to this week: this mystery that is the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, God-with-us. Early on in Christian tradition, the mothers and fathers of the church decided that we would mark our time each year by remembering the life of Jesus in our church calendar.

40 Days and 40 Nights

40 Days and 40 Nights

ASH WEDNESDAY AND LENT “Eternal Lord of love, behold your Church walking once more the pilgrim way of Lent . . .” (The Hymnal 1982 # 149) As the hymn above suggests, Lent is a communal pilgrimage, a journey of the whole Church following Jesus on the road to Jerusalem, to his Passion and death, and to his resurrection, under the watchful, loving protection of God.  Lent is traditionally the time of preparation for baptism at the Easter Vigil, and

Under Our Skin: Bishop Rickel participates in Seattle Times video project intended to foster deeper conversations about race and racism

Under Our Skin: Bishop Rickel participates in Seattle Times video project intended to foster deeper conversations about race and racism

Discussions about race, inclusiveness and sensitivity clearly aren’t new. Terms like “racism,” “white privilege” and “politically correct” are often used — and interpreted — in very different ways.  The Seattle Times interviewed 18 people from Western Washington about what these and other phrases mean to them, and is featuring their responses in a video project titled “Under Our Skin: What do we mean when we talk about race?” The project includes 12 videos; each focused on a single word or

2015 Lenten Resources

It’s never too late to find your Lenten resources!  There are a wide variety of options this year from books to devotionals to social media and more. Here is a resource list to get you started:   A very different kind of book selected by Bishop Rickel for this year’s Lenten reading.  See Bishop Rickel video introduction for more information. Other resources offered by people in the diocese include: The Souls of Black Folk, by W.E.B. DuBois The New Jim

Pastoral Update from Bishop Greg Rickel on the Marysville Shooting; resources for talking with youth

Bishop Rickel issued the following pastoral update:O God our heavenly Father, you have blessed us and given us dominion over all the earth: Increase our reverence before the mystery of life; and give us new insight into your purposes for the human race, and new wisdom and determination in making provision for its future in accordance with your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Yesterday, once again, one of the major issues of our time came not close to

Ashes to Go in the Diocese

There will be a number of places in the diocese where Ashes to Go will be available. You can find them below or through this link. St. Andrew’s – Aberdeen Downtown Aberdeen and under the bridge St. Mark – Montesano Downtown Montesano-US Post Office: Noon to 2 PM Christ Church – Seattle On corner of 47th & Brooklyn – approximately 12:30 PM Christ Church – Anacortes Corner of 6th Street & Commercial Avenue, Anacortes 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Trinity

Seattle-Denver ERD Challenge

A message from Episcopal Relief and Development – THANK YOU! We were overwhelmed by the generosity of football fans across the country, and want to especially thank Bishops O’Neill and Rickel for launching their Super Bowl Challenge in support of our work! Special thanks to everyone who participated, especially in the Episcopal Dioceses of Colorado and Olympia. In total, the 2014 Super Bowl Challenge raised an amazing $31,457.50 to support Episcopal Relief & Development’s mission of healing a hurting world!

Encuentro El Salvador – October 2013

Encuentro is the Spanish word for encounter. As the Committee for the Companionship Relationship with the Diocese of El Salvador begins exploration of possibilities, it offers stories and reflections in the hope that the people of our diocese will gain encounters with our brothers and sisters in El Salvador. The Diocese of Olympia is in discernment about the possibility of formalizing a relationship of accompaniment and mutual support with the Anglican Episcopal Church in El Salvador. The Church in El