Episcopal Relief & Development 75th Anniversary Celebration!

***75th Anniversary Campaign Update***

Campaign Goal: $150,000

Received as of 2/25/15: $80,942 

THANK YOU!!!  We're over halfway there! Read more »

Lenten & Good Friday Offerings: A Message from Bishop Rickel

In a brief Video Message to all congregations and members of the Diocese of Olympia, Bishop Rickel encouraged participation throughout Lent and especially to gather funds for special missionary purposes. Although the Canons give the bishop an opportunity to designate the special missionary purposes, he said that he would leave it up to the congregations, asking only that, "it truly be given to missionary work outside our local selves." Read more »

Domestic-poverty fellows work to alleviate suffering

Sarah-Monroe-FellowshipThe Rev. Sarah Monroe's work in Aberdeen to alleviate poverty and suffering has gained national attention. Monroe is one of two recipients of fellowships from the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society. Read more »

A Book Review by Bishop Greg Rickel: The Soul's Journey

As we begin our Lenten journey I would commend a new book, just out, "The Soul's Journey: An Artist's Approach to the Stations of the Cross" by Kathrin Burleson, with contributions by our Presiding Bishop, the Most Rev. Katherine Jefferts Schori and many others from across the church that will inspire you both in sight and words. Read more »

Seattle Church Goes Solar

Saint Andrew, Seattle, is an environmentally conscious congregation that will become even more green in 2015. The church installed solar panels that will connect to the Seattle City Light grid on Friday, February 27.  Located in Seattle’s Green Lake neighborhood, St. Andrew’s has steadily increased its energy efficiency since 2008. “We hope our project will inspire other churches to embrace clean energy alternatives,” said The Rev. Read more »

Welcome to new diocesan staff

Lori Hardow & Bianca SmithBishop Greg Rickel has announced the appointment of three new diocesan staff members. Lori Hardow, previously administrative assistant for the College for Congregational Development, has been appointed Diocesan House Receptionist. While her main role is to greet visitors and meeting attendees, and handle the busy diocesan phones, Lori’s responsibilities will also include database and clerical responsibilities. Bianca Smith joins the diocesan staff as our part time Content Manager (previously a contract position). Her role includes creating and curating stories in both words and pictures for our social media networks and website. Maureen Crawford has been appointed Director for Adult Faith Formation, with responsibility for providing tools, opportunities, and support – in cooperation with other ministries – for spiritual growth and renewal. All three began their work in mid-February. Pictured: Lori Hardow & Bianca Smith. 
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2015 Lenten Resources

It's never too late to find your Lenten resources!  There are a wide variety of options this year from books to devotionals to social media and more.

Grace Church, Bainbridge Island calls new rector

Grace Episcopal Church announced that it has called a new rector, the Rev. Tommy J. Dillon, II, currently rector of St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church in San Francisco, CA; he will begin July 15, 2015. Grace’s outgoing priest, the Rev. William R. Harper, will retire on Sunday, April 26, 2015, after 30 years as an ordained minister of the Episcopal Church and 20 years as rector of Grace.
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Continuing the conversation on Fossil Fuel Divestment

On Global Divestment Day, February 14, 2015, the Bishop’s Committee for the Environment released its response to the January 15, 2015, decision by the Board of Directors to continue investing in fossil fuel stocks. Read it and more information about the divestment effort here. Join in the conversation! Read more »

Office of the Bishop looking for a CRM Administrator

The Episcopal Diocese of Olympia is currently seeking applicants for the half time position of CRM Administrator. Reporting to the Internet Strategist, the CRM Administrator is responsible for the overall content and support for the CiviCRM Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) system for the Diocese of Olympia. The successful candidate is not necessarily a technologist, but a person with a broad understanding of the organization and its needs, someone who will be a go-to person for the users, someone who has skills using online technology and the curiosity and expertise to use CiviCRM and proactively assist users. The CRM administrator bridges the gap between the CRM system and the users who interact with it. Read more »

Ashes to Go - Ash Wednesday 2015

Once again we have several congregations in the Diocese participating in Ashes to Go.

Ashes to Go started in Chicago in 2010, where clergy took to the streets on Ash Wednesday to give people a moment of prayer, reflection and renewal. Since then it has expanded across the US and to Canada, the UK and South Africa. 

These local Churches are participating in Ashes to Go. Read more »

Super Bowl Challenge raises over $40,000

ERD 75thThanks to all of you and our fellow Episcopalians in Massachusetts for giving generously to the Super Bowl Challenge 2015. Episcopal Relief & Development (ERD) asked us not to give the final team totals, but the final collective total instead. Together we raised $41,812, besting our $31,000 total last year! Read more »

Board of Directors announces decision on divestment from fossil fuel in the Diocesan Investment Fund

The January meeting of the diocesan Board of Directors was dedicated to the issue of divestment from fossil fuels in the James F. Hodges Diocesan Investment Fund (DIF). The Board declined to direct the DIF Committee to divest of fossil fuel equities, instead directing the DIF Committee to “regularly monitor equities in companies which provide alternative energy sources, and actively invest in them as they are found to meet the investment policy guidelines.” Read more »

Journey to the Holy Land 2015

Follow Bishop Rickel and 9 others from the Diocese of Olympia on their journey to the Holy Land. In his first blog post, Rickel notes, "We all, 28 of us total, and 10 of us from Olympia, arrived safely and on time on January 12th. We began our pilgrimage in and around the coast of the Sea of Galilee. We are in our last night here before moving to Bethlehem tomorrow. Read more »

Province VIII Bishops Meet in Navajoland

Bishop Rickel joined with the Province VIII (our province in The Episcopal Church) bishops in Navajoland, a missionary diocese of the Episcopal Church and part of Province VIII. He posted two blogs reflecting on his time noting, "We are here to learn, to listen, and to truly engage and attempt to partner in deeper ways with this beautiful land and people." Check out the blog posts here. Read more »

Photo Essay by the Rev. Jim Friedrich

The online magazine of The Episcopal Cafe website has published a photo essay by the Rev. Jim Friedrich on "perceptions of church." Two of the photographs were taken in this diocese. Read more »

Chaplains on the Harbor

Chaplains on the Harbor, a new ministry and designated mission station in Grays Harbor county, was introduced at the November Convention, during which this short video was shared. You can also read the latest blog by the Rev. Read more »

Veteran pays for church's repairs after copper theft

Natalie Swaby, KING 5 News, BELLINGHAM, Wash. - It's hard to believe a church basement break-in could have a silver lining. At first Reverend Jonathan Weldon just noticed the missing copper. On the morning of December 8, staff at St. Read more »

Convention 2014 Wrap-Up

Convention 2014 head tableSo that All might See Jesus, was the theme for the 2014 Diocesan Convention held November 7-8. The altar, table designs, and head table backdrop were crafted from recycled mattress components from Spring Back Mattress Recycling NW, a division of the Northwest Furniture Bank; Spring Back principally employs men who have recently been released from the prison system, providing them not only with work, but with job skills and dignity. The backdrop supports the convention theme and, when seen from different angles, reflects versions of the face of Jesus. Read more »

Resurreccion 2014 summer day camp video

Celebrate the 2014 Resurreccion Summer Day Camp in this just-released video by Luke Holtgeerts "Resurreccion 2014." The Summer Day Camp was held July 21-August 15 at St. Paul's/Resurrección in Mount Vernon for for multi-cultural bi-lingual children of low-income families in the Skagit Valley. Instruction in math and language arts was emphasized with enrichment in Environmental Science and the Arts in a context that built leadership skills, mutual respect and community involvement. Read more »