Creating a Safety Ministry

Creating a Safety Ministry

It’s no secret that Churches, once thought to be immune from incidents such as lawsuits and violence, are now experiencing the same events, liabilities, and dangers as the local supermarket or the all-night convenience store. Tragic stories such as the shootings at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston and the death of a homeless man who set himself on fire, killing himself and the priest, seriously injuring a parishioner, and severely damaging St. Paul’s by the Sea Episcopal Church in Maryland, as

April Caballero to Serve as Executive Assistant to the Bishop and to the Canon to the Ordinary

April Caballero to Serve as Executive Assistant to the Bishop and to the Canon to the Ordinary

The Diocese of Olympia is pleased to announce that, effective immediately, April Caballero will be serving as Executive Assistant to the Bishop and to the Canon to the Ordinary. Since joining the Office of the Bishop in mid-2016, April has been a vital part of D-House operations. April Caballero is an Administrative and Communications Specialist out of Austin, Texas. Shortly after moving to Seattle in 2008, April began attending Church of the Apostles (COTA) in Fremont, which was her introduction

Long-Running TV Eucharist Ends Summer 2017

Long-Running TV Eucharist Ends Summer 2017

Possibly one of the longest running religious TV programs of its kind by a mainline denomination, “TV Eucharist,” after more than 44 years of continuous broadcast on Seattle’s NBC affiliate station, will go off the air later this summer. Reaching an estimated 3,000 or more viewers each week, the 30-minute Sunday morning program produced by KING5 in cooperation with the Diocese of Olympia, (the Episcopal Church in Western Washington), and the Northwest Washington Synod Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, served

Extending (and Receiving) Hospitality with Mission to Seafarers

Extending (and Receiving) Hospitality with Mission to Seafarers

Tucked beneath the West Seattle Bridge, a short distance away from Terminal 5 along the West Duwamish Waterway, sits the Seattle Seafarers’ Center. A haven for seafarers entering Seattle, the center offers internet and telephone services, a comfortable lounge, a kitchen, and a chapel. It’s also the home office for the staff of Seattle’s Mission to Seafarers, including interns Jon Pucik and Hilary Zedlitz. Both Jon and Hilary came from Arkansas as part of the Episcopal Service Corps, though they

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! Parking will be limited due to construction scaffolding.

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 Every Day!

Earth Day Every Day!

  Did you miss Earth Day? It’s never too late! You and your congregation can still honor the Earth with a 2017 pledge for stewardship of creation. With a few words at the offertory and these pledge sheets, you can inspire people to make the connections between their faith and climate change, and empower them to make a difference. Consider celebrating Rogation Sunday sometime this spring or summer, (officially May 21) by blessing garden implements and giving thanks for the

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