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Sharing the Abundance:
Free Books From the Diocesan Resource Center

From time to time people donate books to the Diocesan Resource Center library, and after we have gratefully added what we can use, there are some still available. For years we’ve been thinking about ways to share this abundance with others in the diocese, and now, thanks to the skills of Josh deLacy and Kerry Allman, a new page allows people to see a limited selection of what is available. You can find this page below. Titles will be listed for three months, and then others will appear in the database, so check back regularly. We’ll mail them to you.


Education for Ministry (EfM) at Saint Mark’s

Registration now open for 2019/20

Do you want to go deeper into your faith in an intense, ongoing way? Do you want to form lasting connections with others who also seek that connection? Consider registering for EfM at Saint Mark’s Cathedral. EfM is a four-year program for lay people to study scripture, church history, and modern theology. Classes connect the material with church tradition, personal experiences, individual beliefs, and current events. Three different classes meet weekly September to June at Saint Mark’s: Sundays, 6:30–8:30 p.m.; Mondays, 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.; or Mondays, 6:30–8:30 p.m. Each class is limited to 12 people; enrollment starts now and ends in early August or when classes are full. Tuition, including books, is $375. Please inquire by contacting The Rev. Cristi Chapman,, or class mentors: Sunday evening: Penelope Jackson,; Monday morning: Maria Coldwell,; Monday evening: Tom Hayton,


Congregational Development Grants:
Info and Timeline for 2020 Applications

All congregations in the Diocese of Olympia are encouraged to consider applying for a Congregational Development Grant for 2020. The overall purpose of congregational grants program is to assist congregations in the Diocese as they develop, with God’s help, into healthier, more faithful, and more effective communities of faith. We are interested, therefore, in making grants to congregations that have a vision for their own development and want our assistance in making progress toward that vision. Special priority will be given to grants that are able to articulate the concrete ways in which this grant project will increase congregational health and vitality, faithfulness, or effectiveness as a community of faith. Please note, the Diocese does not typically fund capital projects through its congregational grant program or make grants to congregations that are not a congregation in good standing or have worked out an agreement about how they will become a congregation in good standing.

Here is this year’s Timeline, for more info contact our Canon for Congregational Development, Alissa Newton (, or follow the link below.

  • May 1, 2019: Intent to Apply Forms Available
  • May 31, 2019: Intent to Apply Forms Due
  • June 10, 2019: Invitations to Apply Extended
  • July 8, 2019: Full Applications Due
  • August 21-22: Grant Presentations
  • September 2019: Recommendations for Funding made to Diocesan Council
  • Late September: Applicants notified re: final recommendation
  • November 2019: Budget (and therefore grants) approved by convention


Underhill House Listener Training

Underhill House, Seattle | June 19, 12:00pm

Underhill House, a quiet place to pause for prayer, is offering its next Listener training on Wednesday, June 19 from 12:00–2:30pm. Come consider whether you’d like to greet, listen and pray with our guests once or twice a month, Wednesdays or Thursdays on Capitol Hill near Broadway and Republican. Come and discern — no commitment necessary to attend training. If you have questions or would like to sign up, please contact Susan Dean.


Young Adult Gathering

BBQ with the Bishop 

Diocesan House | June 20, 6:30-8:30pm | Free

Join us on the patio to enjoy a casual dinner and to take in what is possibly the best view in Seattle! After dinner we’ll hear from young adults in the diocese who are generating some exciting programming for people in their 20s and 30s including: Sunday evening field-trips, a contemplative retreat in winter, discussion groups, and much more. We’ll also hear from Bishop Rickel about his plans and aspirations for his upcoming sabbatical.

Questions & RSVP to:

Note: If you’re doing some inventive YA programming at your church that you would like to share at this event, please let us know.

Baseball with the Bishop:
The Seattle Mariners vs. The Baltimore Orioles

T-Mobile Park, Seattle | June 22, 1:10pm | $14 Tickets

Batter up!

The weather’s warm and the sun is shining, so come on down to the ballpark for one of our favorite yearly traditions – Baseball with the Bishop! Join Bishop Rickel and other Episcopalians across Western Washington as we root, root, root for the Seattle Mariners when they face off against the Baltimore Orioles! It’ll be a great time for community, fellowship, and fun together as a diocese. So grab your mitt, a bag of peanuts, and meet us at the ballpark for Baseball with the Bishop.


Camp Huston Summer Camp 2019

Camp Huston, Gold Bar | Summer 2019, Beginning June 25

Camp Huston, the Diocese of Olympia’s summer camp, serves children in grades 1-10. Campers have an opportunity to learn more about nature, God, and themselves while building teamwork and self-esteem. We also offer leadership development through our Counselor Training program for those who have completed 10th grade. Scholarships are available!

  • Counselor Training: June 25 – July 4 ($435)
  • Discovery Camp 1: July 6-12 ($591)
  • Horse Camp 1: July 6-12 ($780)
  • Missoula Children’s Theatre Camp: July 14-19 ($591)
  • Discovery Camp 2: July 28 – August 3 ($591)
  • Intermediate Horse Camp: July 28 – August 3 ($780)
  • Mini Camp: August 5-8 ($375)
  • International Discovery Camp: August 11-17 ($591)
  • Buckaroo Camp: August 11-17 ($780)

Register today!


Camp in the Cascades:
Six-Day at Camp Huston for Grades 9-12

Camp Huston, Gold Bar | July 14 – 20 | $500 Registration (partial scholarships & early-bird discounts available)

Join us as we explore how loving one another is a pathway to peace. We’ll look at this from a variety of cultural, historical, and theological perspectives through small group conversations, speaker panels, workshops, and daily worship. There will also be games, a dance, a variety show, and camp activities like crafts and archery. And if you need some time alone to think, there will be plenty of chances to relax, have a swim, or go for an exploratory hike.


Saint Mark’s Choir School Summer Camp

Saint Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle | July 15-19; 9:00am-4:00pm | $250 Registration

Saint Mark’s welcome boys and girls, regardless of church affiliation, who are interested in singing beautiful and exciting music of the Christian faith in the striking cathedral setting, while growing as musicians and children of God. Camp activities include joyful singing of glorious music in the beautiful cathedral, daily guests specializing in art, drumming, and composition, field trips and outdoor activities, and visual art projects.


Pilgrimage on the Peninsula: Youth Creation Care Pilgrimage for Grades 9-12

Beginning at Saint Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle & Ending on the Beach at La Push | August 4-10
$600 Registration ($60 Down-Payment, $540 Final Payment Due in June; Partial Scholarships Available)

Let’s take in the beauty of God’s creation on our first-ever youth pilgrimage on the Olympic Discovery Trail. Teen pilgrims will start at Saint Mark’s Cathedral and then head west, hiking daily in the mornings; enjoying field-trips, boating and other activities in the afternoon; resting at “waystations” each night; and finally reaching the shores of the Pacific Ocean. Along the way we will hear inspirational stories about what teens and adults are doing to stem climate change. We are delighted that the former Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, The Rt. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, will be joining us throughout. The Rt. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, who also has a Ph.D. in Oceanography, will share her unique perspective as both a person of faith and a scientist.


Crisis Intervention Training
Save the Date!

Saint Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle | September 10, 10:00am-2:00pm

Learn effective ways to approach and respond to those in crisis, particularly those suffering from mental illness and drug abuse. You will learn strategies for safe, positive and helpful responses to situations that can be dangerous. We hope the training gives you more confidence and compassion in dealing with those in crisis. Registration and Details to follow.

The Bishop’s Leadership Conference 2020:
Save the Date!

Dates have been set for The Bishop’s Leadership Conference 2020!

We will be meeting April 26-May 1, 2020, at Fort Worden in Port Townsend! More details will be available in the coming months, but make sure to mark your calendar now and save the date for the second installment of this powerful time of connection, learning, and community!