Response to Letter in New York Times

Response to Letter in New York Times

Dear Ones, I write to you from the House of Bishops meeting in Fairbanks, Alaska. I have received a few emails regarding the absence of my name on the letter in the New York Times which appeared on Thursday, September 21st. The letter was in support of DACA “Dreamers” and a call on our leaders not to reverse this program, and even more to make it permanent. There has been a lot of confusion here at the meeting about how

A Statement from Bishop Rickel on Travel Ban Update

A Statement from Bishop Rickel on Travel Ban Update

Yesterday, the Supreme Court allowed the Trump administration to continue barring the majority of refugees seeking asylum from entering our country, including those refugees who have current ties to refugee resettlement agencies, while they wait to hear the case in mid-October. I am deeply disappointed by this decision and believe that it does not reflect who we are called to be as a nation. There are currently over 65 million refugees across the world fleeing war, famine, violence, and persecution.

Bishop Rickel’s Statement on DACA

Bishop Rickel’s Statement on DACA

Bishop Rickel recently issued the following statement about President Trump’s decision to end DACA: The DACA decision by President Trump is, to me, a new low for this country that claims to be so compassionate and, even more ironic, a country made up entirely of immigrants, with a short history, where the ancestors of all of those making today’s decision arrived uninvited not that many generations ago, “taking” this country from others who had called it home for centuries. That

New Staff Accountant

New Staff Accountant

The Office of the Bishop is pleased to welcome Jeanine Garcia as a new Staff Accountant! Jeanine grew up in and around the Seattle area and comes to the diocese with over 20 years of full-cycle accounting experience, mainly with for-profit companies. Her experience comes from a variety of industries. She is the owner and operator of a small catering and baking company she started in the summer of 2010. When not working she volunteers with a breast cancer organization

2017 Bishop’s Preaching Award

2017 Bishop’s Preaching Award

Any sermon preached in any congregation (by a preacher from any order) in the Diocese of Olympia from the First Sunday of Advent, 2016 (November 27, 2016) through September 03, 2017,  is eligible for consideration. The winner will be announced at the 2017 Diocesan Convention and will be awarded $1,000. Sermons will be accepted in either written or audio form. Sermons must be submitted by email to anewton@ecww.org with the preacher’s name and contact information in the email and with the sermon

Meet Our New Diocesan Receptionist

Meet Our New Diocesan Receptionist

If you’ve come into the Office of the Bishop in the last few months, you may have noticed a new face behind the front desk. We are pleased to welcome Tye Pecha as our new Diocesan Receptionist! Tye is eager to learn more about the Episcopal Church and is excited to help support this year’s Convention in Vancouver, WA. Tye has worked as a barista and as a cashier in a grocery store, and prior to her move to Seattle,

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 of our clergy to new positions within the Diocese. The Rev. Kate Wesch has been called to St. John the Baptist, West Seattle and the Rev. Eliacín Rosario-Cruz has been called to St. John, Snohomish. Please join us in welcoming them to their new positions. The Rev. Kate E. Wesch The Reverend Kate E. Wesch was born and raised in Oklahoma. She received her Masters of Divinity from The Seminary of

Charlottesville, Seattle, and Everywhere: A Message from Bishop Rickel

Charlottesville, Seattle, and Everywhere: A Message from Bishop Rickel

Dear ones, I am on vacation right now, but certainly cannot avoid the violence in Charlottesville or the response to it in Seattle. I have found myself, in these pasts days, reaching out a bit more, to others I encounter, as if to say, that is not really who we are. Today, on my morning walk I encountered two Muslim women taking pictures of one another. I stopped and asked if they wanted a picture together. They were elated, and

A Statement on Fossil Fuel Divestment from the Diocesan Board of Directors

A Statement on Fossil Fuel Divestment from the Diocesan Board of Directors

The following statement on fossil fuel divestment was adopted on June 15, 2017. The Board of Directors of the Diocese of the Diocese of Olympia has been considering whether or not to adopt divestment in fossil fuel companies as a strategy to combat climate change.  Our consideration of this matter takes into account: The vote of the Convention of the Diocese of Olympia in 2013 adopting a resolution requesting that the Board of Directors of the Diocese of Olympia “implement

Diocesan Resource Coordinator Matt Koski

Diocesan Resource Coordinator Matt Koski

For two and a half years, Matt Koski has welcomed guests and visitors to the Office of the Bishop, otherwise known as Diocesan House (D-House), as the office’s receptionist. During that time, everyone who stops by D-House has been greeted by Matt’s warm smile and generous spirit. Now, Matt’s stepping away from the front desk and transitioning to become one of our new Resource Coordinators. As he begins this new position, Matt will be primarily helping with our 2017 Diocesan