Pride 2017 – Marching for Love and Acceptance

Pride 2017 – Marching for Love and Acceptance

This past Sunday, in spite of the sweltering heat, Episcopalians from across the diocese gathered together at the Republican parking lot between Cherry and James to join in Seattle’s 2017 Pride Parade. The 50-60 people who gathered came from St. Margaret, Bellevue; St. John, Kirkland; Trinity, Seattle; Christ Church, Seattle; Saint Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle; St. Luke, Sequim; Christ Church, Tacoma; St. John the Baptist, West Seattle; and St. Andrew, Seattle. The marchers ranged in age from 18 months old to

Bishop Rickel’s Statement on Supreme Court’s Partial Reinstatement of Travel Ban

Bishop Rickel’s Statement on Supreme Court’s Partial Reinstatement of Travel Ban

Dear Ones, On Monday, the Supreme Court agreed to hear arguments in the lawsuits regarding President Trump’s travel ban this fall. In the meantime, they have also allowed for portions of the ban to take effect. They will allow the administration to block entry for 90 days to visitors from six Muslim majority nations and will suspend the admittance of refugees for 120 days. Travelers and refugees seeking entry that have a prior connection to someone living in or an

A Statement from Bishop Rickel on the Shooting of Charleena Lyles

A Statement from Bishop Rickel on the Shooting of Charleena Lyles

Dear Ones, Sunday morning, two Seattle police officers shot and killed Charleena Lyles, a pregnant African American mother of four, after she called the police for help. There is still much we do not know about the incident, and may never know. However, the details that have emerged are disturbingly familiar in the wake of so many police shootings in African American communities. Ms. Lyles reportedly suffered from mental illness and is reported to have been holding a knife when

Pride 2017 Updates and Instructions

Pride 2017 Updates and Instructions

Seattle Pride has released details and instructions for our participation in the annual Pride Parade on Sunday, June 25! The group from the Diocese of Olympia and Integrity is group number 161 and will be staged underneath I5, between 6th & 7th Avenues at Cherry Street. Please read the attached Final Staging Instructions below. The official stage time is 12:45pm to 1:30pm, so anyone marching will want to join no later than 1:30pm. Contact Sue Mings for more information. Join others

The Bishop Gets “Flamingo-ed” for Episcopal Youth Event (EYE)

The Bishop Gets “Flamingo-ed” for Episcopal Youth Event (EYE)

As Bishop Rickel stepped into his office Wednesday morning, he was greeted by some new office-mates – a flock of plastic pink flamingos. It’s all part of fundraising efforts by youth in the Diocese of Olympia to help cover the costs of attending this year’s Episcopal Youth Event (EYE) at the University of Central Oklahoma. EYE is a four-day conference filled with worship, guest speakers, group discussions, workshops, and time for more than 1,300 Episcopal youth from across the country

New Materials Available at Diocesan Resource Center

New Materials Available at Diocesan Resource Center

Harvesting Abundance: Local Initiatives of Food and Faith by Brian Sellers-Petersen “Perhaps our gardens can teach us about living out our faith while caring for our spiritual as well as physical lives.” So muses Brian Sellers-Petersen in this collection of stories and accounts of some of the  farm, garden and food ministries in the Episcopal church, including several in our own diocese (see pages 113 and following). When he says, “this book is about planting seeds,” of course he means

The Holy Spirit Comes Down

The Holy Spirit Comes Down

The Day of Pentecost “Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them.” -Acts 2:3 (NRSV) Among the stories people tell about the human relationship with God, most remind people that God’s vision for how we will care for Creation is far more expansive than we expect or imagine. Pentecost is a story like this. Chapter 2 of the Book of Acts tells a surprising tale involving a particular group of people, a

Diocese of Olympia – Legal Defense Fund

Diocese of Olympia – Legal Defense Fund

The Diocese of Olympia’s Diocesan Council, at the suggestion of St. John/San Juan, Olympia, has established a Legal Defense Fund for the Diocese of Olympia. Although this fund was born out of the need to help families facing deportation and other legal immigration issues, the long-term use will be for any legal matter which is a burden on those undergoing it, and most especially those who have no means to pay. The stated purpose of the fund is as follows:

Washington Faith Leaders Sign Letter Opposing I-1552

Washington Faith Leaders Sign Letter Opposing I-1552

Bishop Rickel and other faith leaders across Washington state have signed an open letter opposing I-1552, a proposed ballot initiative that would repeal protections for our transgender neighbors, family, and friends. Read the full text of the letter below: May 24, 2017 Dear Fellow Faith Leaders: We are followers of many different faiths that share a basic common tenet: love our neighbors as ourselves — including those who may seem different from us. Like many people, there was a time