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

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

Celebrating the Seasons at St. Luke, Renton

Celebrating the Seasons at St. Luke, Renton

From Josh deLacy of St. Luke, Renton Liturgy, mystery, and the natural world intersect at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Renton. They’re all important—liturgy, mystery, nature—and most of us involve all three in our lives, although rarely at the same time. Liturgy belongs to Sunday mornings. Mystery sticks close to  music, art, and poetry. Nature emerges on weekend trips to the mountains or evening walks through the park. St. Luke noticed this separation, and it responded with one-of-a-kind evening liturgies. Or,

Mission to Seafarers, Seattle – Abandoned Tugboat

Mission to Seafarers, Seattle – Abandoned Tugboat

The following urgent request for assistance has come in from Ken Hawkins, Executive Director of Mission to Seafarers, Seattle: Dear friends, As we celebrate our traditional day of Thanksgiving we are aware that those at sea may not be nearly so fortunate: Just last week we were asked to intervene on behalf of the crews of two international tugboats abandoned in North Seattle. Adding to this crisis: The crew, all twelve of them–from Mexico and Panama–expressed despair and desperation as

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