Cathedral Day 2017 – Your Guide for Fellowship & Fun!

Cathedral Day 2017 – Your Guide for Fellowship & Fun!

  Cathedral Day 2017 is coming up on May 13 where we’ll celebrate “Building the Community of the Diocese of Olympia!” Cathedral Day is a time for fun, fellowship, and an opportunity to see Saint Mark’s Cathedral in a new and unique light. Plus, there’s something for everyone – no matter your age! The Youth Summit will start their games in Bloedel – plus participate at the crowd at Stump the Bishop! SCHEDULE Liturgy (10:30am to 12:00pm; the Bishop will

Show Your Episcopal PRIDE!

Show Your Episcopal PRIDE!

  The 2017 Seattle Pride Parade is Sunday, June 25. Last year, in 2016, more than 60 people from the Diocese of Olympia and Integrity Puget Sound marched demonstrate our true colors – of the rainbow! Though many, we truly are one as we share one bread and one cup and march for justice and dignity. And by our actions we demonstrate that the Episcopal church really does welcome you – whoever you are! The diocesan presence is sponsored by

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

Earth Day Pledges from the Bishop’s Committee for the Environment

Earth Day Pledges from the Bishop’s Committee for the Environment

The Bishop’s Committee for the Environment (BCE) has issued a call for individuals and congregations across the diocese to participate in a pledge drive for the stewardship of creation. God’s creation has been damaged by over-use and misuse of fossil resources, leading to climate change.  This affects the poorest parts of the world most, causing poverty, displacement and violence as people fight over increasingly scarce resources. What can we do to address climate change? Every congregation is invited to conduct

All Shall be Well: A Reflection from Bishop on the Boards

The following reflection from our evening at Bishop on the Boards comes from the Rev. Joyce Parry-Moore of St. James, Kent: “All Shall be Well, and All Shall be Well, and All Manner of Things Shall be Well,” St. Julian of Norwich Last week, I had the privilege of attending the playWell, by Lisa Kron, at Seattle Repertory Theater.  I went there — along with Patrick and Ari — at the invitation of our Bishop, Greg Rickel.  Bishop Greg spoke,

An Update on the ACLU Lawsuit to Block the President’s Ban on Refugees

An Update on the ACLU Lawsuit to Block the President’s Ban on Refugees

On February 7, 2017, the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia joined a class-action lawsuit brought by the ACLU intended to stop the Executive Order signed by President Trump that would ban travelers from seven Muslim-majority nations for 90 days and all refugees for 120 days. With the new travel ban set to go into effect on March 16, the ACLU has filed an amendment of the initial complaint and added additional plaintiffs to the suit, including two unnamed refugees from Somalia

Presiding Bishop Curry Offers Theological Reflection on Transgender Rights

Presiding Bishop Curry Offers Theological Reflection on Transgender Rights

A Theological Reflection I offer this brief theological reflection to share some of my thoughts and convictions which informed my decision to join with the President of the House of Deputies as signatories to the amicus brief in the case of Gloucester County School Board v. G.G, which concerns Gavin Grimm, a transgender youth who seeks equal access according to his gender identity, to bathroom facilities in his public school. “Then God said, ‘Let us make humankind in our image,

For Our Jewish Brothers and Sisters: A Statement from Bishop Rickel

For Our Jewish Brothers and Sisters: A Statement from Bishop Rickel

From Bishop Rickel’s Blog: Dear Ones, Since the beginning of this year, there has been a disturbing rise in the number of anti-Semitic threats and incidents of anti-Semitic vandalism across the country. Tombstones have been overturned in Jewish cemeteries and anti-Semitic graffiti has defaced the walls of schools and community centers. Across the nation, Jewish Community Centers have been subjected to, at last count, 80 threats of bombing and intimidation. While many of these incidents have occurred in other parts

Fierce Conversations Study Guide – 2017 Lenten Book Selection

Fierce Conversations Study Guide – 2017 Lenten Book Selection

The Office of the Bishop has developed a study guide for this year’s 2017 Lenten Book Selection, Fierce Conversations. While this study guide is written with groups in mind, it would work equally well as a study guide for individuals. It includes potential discussion questions, quotes to stimulate conversation, small group activities, and individual reflections and homework. STUDY GUIDE

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