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

Ashes to Go 2017

Ashes to Go 2017

Since 2012, Episcopal churches across the country have been participating in Ashes to Go, taking ashes and prayer to commuters and others unable to attend regular Ash Wednesday services. Churches within the Diocese of Olympia will be setting up Ashes to Go locations throughout Western Washington. 7:00-9:00am | Steamboat Island Market, hosted by St. Christopher, Olympia 8:30-11:30am | Downtown Everett (Corner of Colby Ave. & Hewitt Ave.), hosted by Trinity, Everett 8:45-10:00am | Kent Transit Station, hosted by St. James, Kent 11:00am-12:00pm | Aberdeen Bridge (below

The Diocese of Olympia Seeks Director of Finance

The Diocese of Olympia Seeks Director of Finance

Are you good with numbers and are you looking to put those skills to use in a nonprofit, faith-based organization? Come work with us at the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia! The Episcopal Diocese of Olympia, established in 1853, is seeking a Director of Finance. The diocese is the regional governing body of more than 100 Episcopal churches throughout Western Washington and one of more than 100 dioceses that are part of the multinational Episcopal church. Our Seattle offices are located

Diocese of Olympia Joins ACLU to Challenge Executive Order on Refugees

Diocese of Olympia Joins ACLU to Challenge Executive Order on Refugees

The Episcopal Diocese of Olympia has joined with the ACLU to file a lawsuit against the federal government in response to President Trump’s executive order banning refugees and immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries. While the words Muslim and Islam are never specifically mentioned in the executive order, references to ‘honor killings’ and ‘radicalization’ evoke the worst stereotypes of the Islamic faith. The addition of sections that make exceptions for religious minorities makes it clear that this is executive order

After the Order: Updates from the RRO

After the Order: Updates from the RRO

It’s a time of change at the Diocese of Olympia’s Refugee Resettlement Office (RRO). With President Trump’s executive order banning refugees from seven predominately Muslim countries taking full effect this week, the RRO’s staff and clients are left to sort through rumors and implications as they attempt to do their work and go about their day-to-day lives. With very few exceptions, the RRO’s impending arrivals cases have been cancelled. Executive Director Greg Hope says that “A few, a very few,