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). Read more »

Diocesan group heads to El Salvador for consecration & installation

A delegation of 10 members from our Diocese are headed to El Salvador to attend the consecration and installation of the Rev. David Alvarado who will become the second resident bishop in the history of the Anglican Episcopal Church of El Salvador on Saturday, January 31. Prior to the episcopacy of retiring bishop Martin Barahona the church was a member of Province 9 of the Episcopal Church and had either a missionary bishop or a bishop-in-charge. Your prayers are asked for the delegation as they travel; for retiring bishop, Martin Barahona; and for the new bishop and the people of El Salvador. The delegation will be posting to Facebook (Diocese of El Salvador Diocese of Olympia Companerismo) and on its El Salvador Journey blogRead more »

The Super Bowl Challenge is ON!

Bishop Greg Rickel and Bishop Alan M. Gates, Diocese of Massachusetts, have laid down Super Bowl Challenge 2015, to each other and to their respective dioceses. The challenge is to see who can donate the most to Episcopal Relief & Development before the Super Bowl kickoff on February 1. In making the announcement, Rickel said, "As we sit down once more with friends and family to watch the Super Bowl and another Seahawks win, we cannot forget those around the world who are not nearly as fortunate as us, and who do not have the luxury of spending such time." 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 »

Position Open: Diocesan House Receptionist

The Episcopal Diocese of Olympia is currently seeking applicants for the fulltime non-exempt position of Receptionist. Reporting to the Canon for Operations, the receptionist greets and assists visitors, answers multi-line phones, and responds to or directs inquiries to appropriate departments and/or staff. Responsibilities include database and clerical duties, as well as special projects as requested by diocesan staff or as directed by the Canon for Operations. 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 »

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 »