Outside Church Walls - The Power of Why

This past weekend I worshiped at an Episcopal church in Savannah, Georgia. It became apparent this small congregation had experienced a split in the past year, and were in a process of re-evaluating their purpose. During announcements at the end of the service, a working group reported on their plan for reconciliation: small groups of remaining parishioners would visit every person who had left, with an emphasis on listening.
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Supporting Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem’s Response in Gaza

Episcopal Relief & Development is supporting the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem’s Al-Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza City with funding for food and fuel as it responds to urgent needs during the current crisis. Despite structural damage to the hospital from the impact of Israeli airstrikes, Al-Ahli staff have maintained round-the-clock presence and care for those who have been wounded. Further adding to the strain are shortages in medical supplies and fuel for electrical generators. The hospital’s food supplies are stretched as they provide for patients, their families, hospital staff and those from the community seeking aid. Read more »

Prayers for the Holy Land and Our Southern Border

In his latest blog post, Bishop Greg Rickel talks about two current human crises: the Middle East and specifically Jerusalem and Gaza situation, and that on our southern borders. They are both situations where, as Episcopalians, we can have a direct impact and connection and to offer information on how anyone who wishes might help. Read the post here. Read more »

Nina Boe, YASC missionary - My work in Brazil

Hello from Rio! Now that things have calmed down a little, I can write a bit about the last few weeks, and my first month back in Brazil – because, amazingly enough, it’s already been a month! So what’s been happening? What am I doing, after all?

[Nina Boe is a member of St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in West Seattle. This is her second year of mission work in Brazil with the Episcopal Young Adult Service Corps (YASC), a program of the Episcopal Church for young adults ages 21-30 to spend a year in international service. Her first year was in the Anglican Diocese of Sao Paulo. You can read more at her blog, or check out this video.]

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Andrea McMillin appointed Canon to the Ordinary in the Diocese of Northern California

The Office of the Bishop [Diocese of Northern California] has announced that the Rev. Andrea McMillin will be joining its staff as the new Canon to the Ordinary beginning September 1, 2014.

"This is a wonderful day for Andrea McMillin and a sad one for me and the Diocese of Olympia," said Bishop Greg Rickel. "Still I rejoice that this puts her in a place to utilize her remarkable skills with which she has graced us these past years."  Read more »

Church Property Dispute Comes to a Graceful End as Covenant Agreement Concludes

Episcopal diocese, departing Anglican parishes reach agreement with no court action. The Episcopal Diocese of Olympia and two Anglican churches that left the Episcopal Church in 2004 have reached an amicable settlement that returns all property to the diocese while making it possible for all parties to continue with their ministries.

St. Charles Church, Poulsbo and Grace by the Sea, Oak Harbor disassociated from the Episcopal Church in 2004 and placed themselves under the authority of an Anglican bishop in Brazil.
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Vancouver parish breaks ground on major building project

St. Luke, Vancouver, the original congregation of the Oregon Territories has broken ground on a $500,000 renovation project. The project expands the Nave and enlarges the choir loft to accommodate the growing number of singers, now at nearly 30, as well as adding a second ADA restroom. It will also provide indoor access leading from the Nave to parish hall and access to the basement for those using wheelchairs, walkers and other devices. Read more »

Pentecost Photo Contest Winners

It was a tight vote, but we have a winner. Congratulations to Karen Connelly for her ribbon depiction of Pentecost. Head over to our Facebook page to see her work.

Honorable mention goes to Suzi Robertson for Good Samaritan, Sammamish, on Pentecost Sunday. Read more »

Celebrate World Refugee Day

The Diocese of Olympia Refugee Resettlement Office shares the success story of Abel

For young people like Abel, a 24-year old refugee from Eritrea, the prospect of starting from scratch in a new society on his own hit him suddenly. “You know, I think all people want to make success. But we struggle, all of us do. That was what I realized right away. That maybe I needed a little help,” Abel said. Read more »

2014 Vacation Bible School

Are you looking for something for the kids to do over summer? Find a Vacation Bible School nearby.

Is your church running a Vacation Bible School? Let us know by emailing details to SocialMedia@ecww.org and we'll list it.

First Nations Committee offers Scholarships to Vancouver School of Theology summer session

The First Nations Committee is offering two scholarships in the amount of $2,500 each to indigenous members of the Diocese of Olympia who would benefit from further education in Native Studies as set forth at the Summer Session at the Vancouver School of Theology. Preference will be given to those seeking ordained or lay leadership within their community and congregation. Unless recipient is enrolled in a degree program, these scholarships will be limited to no more than two years’ funding.
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Outside Church Walls: The Caged Bird Set Free

Maya-AngelouMaya Angelou died today. She was a great inspiration to me. She lived part of her early life in Arkansas, my home state, in a world that might as well have been another planet due to the great chasm then, and even now, between the world of white privilege and the world of the African-American in the south. She did in fact, "rise" above that and taught us all.  Read more »

Money at the Apostles' Feet: Building a Budget

We know very little about how the early church funded itself. We know that the apostles had a common purse and that Jesus sent the apostles to get food from a village which, presumably, had to be paid for. We know that Barnabas sold a field and gave the proceeds to the apostles, in contrast to Ananias and Sapphira who kept funds from the apostles (and met a dreadful end). We know that Paul spent money on travel across the Empire and brought funds back to the apostles in Jerusalem. And we know that deacons gave money to the poor and bought food for widows and orphans. Clearly, the church in its earliest days needed money to accomplish its mission. Read more »

La Iglesia de la Resurreccion seeks Summer Camp Teachers

La Iglesia de la Resurrección, a partner Episcopal Church in the Komo Kulshan Cluster, is offering a four-week Summer Day Camp from July 21-August 15 that seeks to empower immigrant children through community development and education. Applications are being accepted for experienced teachers or student teachers who are interested in working in a culturally and linguistically diverse environment. Job Application Read more »

A trip to El Salvador with Bishop Gene Robinson

Cristosal FoundationThe Committee for Exploring a Companion Relationship between the Diocese of Olympia and the Episcopal Church in El Salvador has just learned that Bishop Gene Robinson will be joining a course tour presented by the Cristosal Foundation on LGBTI ministry and rights this July 7-14. This is a wonderful opportunity for people in the Diocese of Olympia to go to El Salvador and learn about an this exciting ministry of the Episcopal Church with gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, and transgender folks. Read more »

Pentecost Photo Contest

Show us your best Pentecost photo! Pentecost is a time of color, and joy, and celebration. Pentecost is a time ripe for photography. To celebrate, the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia is hosting a Pentecost-themed photography contest. Show us how your church celebrates Pentecost, or perhaps, what Pentecost means to you.

The winner will be featured as our facebook cover photo for two weeks. Read more »

Baseball with the Bishop

Come and enjoy a special outing with Bishop Greg Rickel at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma. Watch as the Tacoma Rainers take on the Oklahoma City Redhawks; Saturday, June 21, 5:05 pm. The Tacoma Rainiers are extending a discount ticket offer to the Episcopal Church in Western Washington! Tickets cost $17.50 and include a reserved seat ticket, exclusive Rainiers hat, and Ballpark meal (hot dog, chips, bottled water). Deadline to order tickets extended to June 6, 2014.

Mission to Seafarers looking for volunteer with Landscaping Skills

Summer is coming and the Mission to Seafarers is looking for a volunteer experienced with landscape planning and watering systems to provide some professional direction. For more than five decades the Mission to Seafarers has provided transportation, communication opportunities and a warm welcome to the hardworking men and women who go to sea, men and women who often spending months at a time away from home. This summer the Mission to Seafarers would like to add a container vegetable and flower garden on its plot of land leased from the Port of Seattle.    Read more »

Diocesan Youth Ministry Consultant's Report

Youth Ministry Architects (YMA), a national ministry consultation firm, is currently working with youth and leaders in youth ministry throughout the Episcopal Church in Western Washington to envision the future of diocesan youth ministry. Through three in-person assessment sessions and online feedback, our consultants have created a report outlining our current youth ministry while providing a road-map for moving our ministry to the next level. Read more »

A message brought to you by the Committee for the Companionship Relationship with the Diocese of El Salvador

Easter Message of Resurrection from the Right Rev. Martín Barahona, D.D., bishop diocesan of the Episcopal Anglican Church of El Salvador: With much respect, love and admiration for the priests and members of the Episcopal Anglican Church of El Salvador, to all of our Salvadoran people, to our friends in our Province in the Region of Central America and to all who are united with us by a common faith in other parts of the world: Greetings and prayers to the one, living and true God, who is in our midst and who blesses us abundantly. Read more »

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