Singing the Church’s Song – Postponed

Due to low registration numbers, the “Singing the Church’s Song” training workshop has been postponed until Spring. If you have already registered, we can issue a refund or keep you on the registration list for the Spring date. In the meantime, if you would like input or assistance with Music or Psalm selection, Chanting the Liturgy, or Choral Singing, the Commission for Liturgy and the Arts is happy to help at no charge to you or your congregation. Contact Susan Bloomfield ( or Eric Stelle ( for questions or more information.

Commission for Liturgy and the Arts – Call for New Members

Are you knowledgeable and passionate about Liturgy, Homiletics, Music, or Visual Arts? Would you like to use your gifts to greater serve the Diocese? Then we invite you to apply to be a member of the Diocesan Commission for Liturgy and the Arts! The Commission has been particularly active over the last 3 years under the leadership of Susan Bloomfield and Eric Stelle. The Commission crafts the liturgies, environment and music for Diocesan Convention and we are currently in the process of creating databases for music and liturgical resources. We have offered training workshops for Lectors, Intercessors and Preachers, and have an upcoming music workshop called “Singing the Church’s Song” designed for Music Directors, Choristers, and Clergy.
If you would like to be a part of this wonderful group, please contact Susan Bloomfield or Eric Stelle.

Choir School

The Saint Mark’s Cathedral Choir School will teach your children to pray with their voices and sing praises from their hearts. Spread the word to your neighbors, grandchildren, and the mom of the kid you know with the really loud voice at the playground! The season kicks off in the third week of September. For the weekly schedule, including initial parent meetings, and the registration link, follow the link below. Questions? Contact Choir School Director Rebekah Gilmore,


Enneagram – Beyond the Basics

Saint Mark’s Cathedral – Bloedel Hall, Seattle | September 22, 6:30-8:30pm; September 23, 9:30am-3:00pm | $50 Registration for 2-Day Workshop, Includes Saturday Breakfast and Lunch

The Enneagram is an ancient personality typing system composed of nine personality styles or “types.” Each of us gravitates to and adopts one of these styles in childhood. Every style inhabits a distinct worldview and set of motivations that influence how a person moves through the world. Friday evening is accessible to those with no prior experience with the Enneagram, but will also be beneficial for those who have worked with it before. Saturday will dive deeper into the Enneagram. This experiential workshop will illuminate how nine personality types relate to each other. Knowing another’s way of looking at the world and the underlying motivations of each type can help us understand how and why we are different from one another. Together we will explore contrasting tendencies within the Emotional and Thinking Centers of our own ‘Body Intelligence’, learning to correlate the high and low side of each type’s Passions/Virtues and Fixations/Holy Ideas. Employing the “higher aspects” of all Types is essential when using the Enneagram for transformation.


High School Youth Retreat (HYC) 

St. Stephen, Longview | September 29-October 1 | $35 Registration

The Fall High School Youth Retreat includes faith formation and exploration, fun, and fellowship through contemporary music, worship, small group conversations, games, workshops, and special activities. The Traveling Day Society Drum Circle will join for part of this event, exploring First Nations spirituality, ceremonies, and similarities to Episcopal liturgy and theology. Eucharist will be an eclectic and beautiful fusion of the two! Weekend conferences start on Friday evening and end midday on Sunday.

Meet youth from around the diocese, make new friends, reconnect with old ones, and live into a larger Christian community. Registration closes September 24.


Welcoming the Stranger: Ways of Serving and Understanding

Saint Mark’s Cathedral – Bloedel Hall, Seattle | September 30, 9:00am- 3:00pm | $15 Tickets (includes catered lunch and workshop materials)

Inviting in the stranger, as Matthew’s Gospel directs, is central to our identity as Christians. But what does that mean in practical terms, right here on the ground in Seattle? This event, sponsored by Mideast Focus Ministry at Saint Mark’s Cathedral, will feature an array of guest speakers and workshops to help us understand how to better serve refugee populations here in Seattle and beyond. Featured speakers and guests include Dean Steve Thomason, The Rev. Pete Strimer, The Rev. Terry Kyllo, Mary Segall (Mideast Focus Ministry Chair), Olivier Santos (Saint Mark’s Cathedral), Anne Lynn (President, American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem), Greg Hope (Refugee Resettlement Office), Talya Gillman (Jewish Family Services), Rizwan Rizwi (Muslim Housing Services), The Lutheran Refugee Program, and representatives from Catholic Refugee Services. Purchase online below or contact Mary Segall. Please make checks payable to: Saint Mark’s—Syrian Conference.


2017 Eco-Challenge

Bishop’s Committee for the Environment | October 11-25
The Bishop’s Committee for the Environment is challenging congregations within the diocese to take part in a fun, easy, inspiring, and potentially life-changing experience – the 2017 EcoChallenge put on by Northwest Earth Institute. For two weeks in October (11-25) your church can form a team to compete with other churches across the diocese to earn points and make small changes that add up to a big difference.
Individuals register on-line and take a pledge to make one or more small changes (e.g. giving up burgers, biking to work, recycling more) or larger changes (e.g. investing in solar energy, volunteering with an activist organization). Each change is assigned a point value, and is added to the church score.
Ready to form a congregational team? Contact Diocesan Communications Director Josh Hornbeck to get going, then begin announcing in your Sunday bulletin right away. If you can’t create a team, you can also participate individually, and encourage others to do so by following the link below. There will be regular announcements in Across the Diocese of churches who decide to take the challenge, and prizes will be awarded at Convention for the top three participants.

The time is now to start team-building so you are ready to change hearts, and make a difference for creation!


Underhill House Training

Underhill House, Seattle | October 18, 12:00pm

Underhill House is growing! Underhill House is now seeking to open on Wednesdays, expanding on their current Thursday time. Come to the next training on Wednesday, October 18 from 12:00pm–2:30pm and consider whether you’d like to greet, listen and pray with our guests once or twice a month, either Wednesdays or Thursdays. Underhill House is a quiet place to pause for prayer. It is located half a block east of Broadway on Republican on Capitol Hill in Seattle. Come and discern — no commitment necessary to attend training. If you have questions or would like to sign up, please contact Susan Dean.


Come and See… Go and Tell – Cursillo

Dumas Bay Conference Centre, Federal Way | October 20-22 | $100 Registration
Come and See… Go and Tell – Cursillo
Dumas Bay Conference Centre, Federal Way | October 20-22 | $100 Registration
Come and See… Go and Tell/Cursillo is the Diocese of Olympia’s expression of the Cursillo ministry.  A guest will experience God’s love accompanied by Christ’s healing and grace. Empowered by this gift of love and forgiveness, one is inspired to live out one’s faith as expressed in our Baptismal Covenant.
The Come and See… Go and Tell experience begins with a Three-Day weekend, Friday afternoon through Sunday afternoon, presented as a series of talks by lay people and clergy, with interactive discussion in small groups. A guest can expect opportunities for study, reflection, prayer, group sharing, music, fellowship, Eucharist each day, unconditional love and more.
As powerful and transforming as the Come and See… Go and Tell weekend is, the Three-Day simply begins a journey. The Fourth Day (the rest of one’s life) provides opportunities to grow into a deeper relationship with the Risen Christ. In a small group, members lovingly support one another, hold one another accountable to live out baptismal promises in daily life, grow through adult formation and begin to discern where God is leading each group member.

Applications are due by September 22. For an application and more information, please email below.


Honor and Remember: A Veteran’s Pilgrimage

Saint Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle | November 11, 10:00am-12:00pm

Are you a veteran? Join the Diocese of Olympia’s Veteran’s Ministry for a journey of remembrance, reflection, and prayer. Bring a token of your service. A light lunch will be served, please RSVP below.