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 »

Episcopal Relief & Development 75th Anniversary Celebration!

It’s time to celebrate! YOUR international aid organization, Episcopal Relief & Development, is celebrating 75 years of healing a hurting world and our diocese is joining the party with our 75th Anniversary Campaign. As unveiled at out recent Diocesan Convention, the 75th Anniversary Campaign is part celebration, part awareness-raising, and part fundraising.     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 »

O Holy Night: A Gospel Christmas Concert Series

Join us for O Holy Night: A Gospel Christmas Concert series featuring world renowned Pastor Wright and the Total Experience Gospel Choir of Seatle. Tickets are available from Brown Paper Tickets (search: O Holy Night). Discounted group rates available. Ticket sales help support the Choir, as well as the Diocese of Olympia's Richard Younge Clergy of Color Fund.
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Diocesan Canon for Finance & Property appointed

Bishop Rickel has announced the appointment of Lee Humason as our new diocesan Canon for Finance and Property. Lee takes over for Chris Smith-Clark following her retirement this past September. As the Canon for Finance and Property, Lee's responsibilities include the financial leadership and property managerial oversight for our diocese. Read more »

Bishop's United Against Gun Violence issues briefing paper

Bishop's United Against Gun Violence is a voluntary network of over 50 active and retired bishops of The Episcopal Church; Bishop Greg Rickel is a member of this network. Initially formed in the wake of the August 2012 shootings at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek Wisconsin and the December 2012 school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, Bishops United explores means of reducing the appalling levels of gun violence in our society and advocates policies and legislation that save lives. Read more »

Join a trip to El Salvador for the installation of their new bishop

The people of the Diocese of El Salvador have elected a new bishop, the Rev. Juan David Alvarado. Alvarado, who will succeed Bishop Martín Barahona, will be installed on Saturday, January 31 amid much anticipated excitement. Our diocesan Committee for the Relationship with El Salvador is planning a trip to include the installation and many of the activities with the people and culture of El Salvador. You are invited to join this trip.  Read more »

Mental Illness/Mental Health Task Force established

A group of concerned individuals in the Diocese of Olympia has come together to form a diocesan Mental Illness/Mental Health Task Force. Their goal is to create awareness about mental health challenges and identify resources to support those who are struggling, as well as those who are caregivers, family members, clergy, and congregation members. A first step is to identify, through a survey, what strengths and resources parishes and missions around the diocese have in place, as well as to discover challenges faced. Read more »

Pastoral Update from Bishop Greg Rickel on the Marysville Shooting; resources for talking with youth

Bishop Rickel issued the following pastoral update:O God our heavenly Father, you have blessed us and given us dominion over all the earth: Increase our reverence before the mystery of life; and give us new insight into your purposes for the human race, and new wisdom and determination in making provision for its future in accordance with your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Yesterday, once again, one of the major issues of our time came not close to home, it came home. As I said following Sandy Hook, Seattle Pacific, and the other shootings we have endured, I so pray we do not get used to this; I fear we are reaching that point as the list is getting longer. Yes, there are many angles on this issue, but this one cannot be avoided: Guns in our society, the ease of access, especially in the hands of our children, are a serious issue for us as a country.  Read more »

Celebration of Thanksgivings and New Beginnings

The people of St. Stephen, Oak Harbor, with the help of many from around the diocese held a "barn raising"; cleaning and repairing, and preparing the facility (recently returned to the Diocese of Olympia) to move forward with mission and ministry. The community now invites the wider diocesan family to join them in a joyous Celebration of Thanksgivings and New Beginnings on Thursday, October 2, at 7 pm. Bishop Greg Rickel presiding; reception to follow. Read more »

Promised Land or Land of Promise?

The Episcopal Bishop's Committee Israel/Palestine offers the following document and reflection:

Over the many years of ongoing conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, most of the attention has been on times of intense military conflict. Very little attention has been paid to the lives of ordinary people during and between periods of combat. Nor to the peace-making efforts of the Christian Church and non-governmental agencies that work quietly behind the scenes to bring about justice and an end to violence. Read more »

A “Day of Caring” at Church of the Holy Cross, Redmond, Food Bank Farm

The Food Bank Farm harvest will set records this year, topping the 98,000 lbs harvested in 2013. This year’s harvest includes some carrots, beets, and potatoes, but mostly acorn squash – rows and rows of acorn squash. “The estimate for 2014 is 130,000 pounds from eight acres,” said Ed Allen, one of the dozen volunteers from Church of the Holy Cross, Redmond, present to check in and shepherd the harvesters. “We estimate that at over 600 thousand servings.” Read more »

Together we accomplish more than we can on our own: St. Stephen's Barn Raising

While Barn Raisings were a common occurrence in rural North America in the 18th and 19th centuries, they are not so prevalent now. What’s good for the community is often secondary to what’s good for the individual. However, it’s different in the Body of Christ. The diocesan family came to a Barn Raising held at St. Read more »

Civil Discourse in America: Finding Common Ground for the Greater Good.

Political, interfaith and education leaders will offer provocative insights and views during the discussion on Civil Discourse in America: Finding Common Ground for the Greater Good on October 22. Produced by The Episcopal Church, the 90-minute live webcast will originate from historic Christ Church, Philadelphia (Diocese of Pennsylvania), the birthplace of the Episcopal Church and the home of our country’s beginnings. In partnership with the Diocese of Pennsylvania, Civil Discourse in America will begin at 2 pm Eastern (11 am Pacific). Read more »

Great resources on the TV Eucharist website

The diocesan-sponsored TV Eucharist program's webpage has been updated. Here you can fin a list of which congregations are scheduled for upcoming Sundays, read the story behind this unique 41-year old ministry, view (and print out) the service used, help support this vital ministry, as well as find out what is required to participate in a taping. Read more »

Liturgical Arts at St. John Gig Harbor

Join Bishop Rickel as he talks with members of the Liturgical Arts Team, Del Hansen, Mary Shepard, & Timmie Parker; rector, Eric Stelle; and congregation members, Janet Knight, Pamela Raney, Lauretta & Russell White. Read more »

Resources for Earthquake Awareness and Preparedness

In recognition of September as National Preparedness Month, and recalling the 6.1 magnitude earthquake that struck Napa and the surrounding communities in the upper San Francisco Bay area just three weeks ago, it’s more than timely to remind everyone of best practices to follow when the earth shakes, and to re-visit some helpful resources. Read more »