Lent Reading for 2016

Not in Gods NameBishop Rickel has chosen Not in God's Name: Confronting Religious Violence by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks for his 2016 Lent Reading.

In the book, Rabbi Sacks argues the premise that if religion is perceived as being part of the violence problem, then it must be part of the solution. Read more »

Special Clergy Lenten Retreat: Telling Our Stories

Some stories get told over and over again in our faith tradition, in our culture, and in our lives.
Whether they're found in the story of the Exodus, the Parable of the Prodigal, in the TV show Lost, or in Harry Potter, these stories get repeated because they help us wrestle with our own questions, fears, and hopes. Read more »

Ashes to Go and Lent Resources

This year Ash Wednesday is on February 10. We've put together some resources for Ash Wendesday, Ashes to Go and Lent. 

AmeriCorp Role at the Refugee Resettlement Office

The Episcopal Church, through its refugee resettlement service, Episcopal Migration Ministries, is launching a new program in partnership with ten local resettlement agencies across the country. This program will provide our Refugee Resettlement Office with a Refugee Resettlement Volunteer Manager. Read more »

How You Can Help the Refugee Resettlement Office

Our Refugee Resettlement Office has welcomed around 25 new refugee families in the last six weeks. While we’re excited to welcome these people into Washington, it was more than we were expecting and we need your help. One of the biggest things to help refugees settle into their new homes and lives is to have a job. There are two ways you can help the refugees get jobs. Read more »

TV Eucharist on Hiatus to Move Studios

TV EucharistThis week saw the final TV Eucharist taping at King Broadcasting’s Dexter Avenue studios.

King Broadcasting will be moving the end of this month to its new location in Seattle’s SODO neighborhood, opposite Safeco Field. TV Eucharist will be taped and broadcast from there. Read more »

Anglican Primates Meeting Issues Communiqué

Yesterday, the Primates of the Anglican Communion voted to impose sanctions on the Episcopal Church. These sanctions will be in force for three years and limit the Episcopal Church's abilities to vote and some participation in the committees and structures of the communion. Read more »

Staff Changes at the Office of the Bishop

The new year has brought some changes and opportunities to the Office of the Bishop team. Last week, we welcomed Kelly Phelan as the new Canon for Children's and Family Ministries, shared with St Mark's Cathedral. In other moves, Maureen McLaughlin-Crawford has accepted the role of Dean with our new diocesan school, in addition to her role with the Faith Formation team. More details on the school to come. Bianca Smith's role in Communications has changed from Content Manager to Interim Communications Director.  Read more »

Meet our Muslim Neighbors

The words are getting dangerous. Fear is winning. Some among us are becoming self fulfilling prophets, playing into the hands of those who wish us harm, instead of living out of our “better angels.”

Bishop Rickel recently met with Arsalan Bukhari of CAIR-Washington to discuss the current situation for Muslims in the United States and what we, as Christians, can do to support our neighbors.  Read more »

Bishop Rickel's Address at the 105th Convention

Bishop Greg RickelI am part of the Jesus movement because it is in Jesus where our nightmares can be transformed into the dream God has for us all. That would be my tweet, my Twitter message. It is just 6 characters shy of the 140 character limit on Twitter. I had to work at it for a while, to get it down to those words.

I will tell you they are words that I shamelessly stole from the installation sermon given by our 27th Presiding Bishop Michael Curry at his installation on All Saints Day, just a few weeks ago. If you have not watched that sermon, I hope you will. It is on YouTube, and I thought it was as close to perfect as he could have made it on that day. He inspired me and it was so good I almost said, let’s just show that, and then I will get up and say, “Yeah, Amen, that!” Read more »

Video: Presiding Bishop calls for prayer in response to Paris violence

Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church releases video calling people to prayer in response to the violence in Paris, France. [Video] Read more »

Woolly Hat Day

The Mission to Seafarers (MTS) celebrated Woolly Hat Day on Sunday, Oct. 18. Woolly hats not only keep seafarers warm, but are a symbol of care and support. There is an army of knitting volunteers both worldwide and here in western Washington, and the collected hats are handed out to seafarers visiting our centers and distributed during our ship visits. Read more »

Greg Hope receives Refugee Microenterprise Champion Award

Greg Hope, director of our diocesan Refugee Resettlement Office (RRO), was recognized for his dedication to assisting refugees. The Refugee Microenterprise Champion Award, presented during the 2015 Office of Refugee Resettlement conference, specifically acknowledged Hope’s contribution to providing business opportunities for refugees in the U.S. Since 2003, through the RRO’s JumpStart Fund, over 375 refugees have started and grown their own businesses. Read more »

Gratitude Changes Everything: Let it Flow!

Saint Mark's Cathedral and the Stewardship Office are partnering to bring the Rev. Corky Carlisle to Seattle on October 17, from 9:00am - 12:00pm to lead a morning workshop at Saint Mark’s Bloedel Hall entitled, “Gratitude Changes Everything: Let It Flow”.   Read more »

Chaplains on the Harbor Seeks Donations

Supportive Housing Campaign. On Sept. 1, thanks to seed money from the Diocese of Olympia, Chaplains on the Harbor moved two new/expecting moms and one dad out of tent city and into rental housing with room for up to three mothers, their partners and children. This Supportive Housing Campaign has set a goal to raise $12,000 to house these parents for the remainder of the year as they work to regain and maintain custody of their children, which was jeopardized due to homelessness and poverty issues. It will take $1,000 per month to cover the rent -- of which seed money has already covered the first two -- along with furnishing and maintaining the home. [Donate Now] Read more »

Hurricane Katrina 10 Years On

The events of August 29, 2005 changed everything. A city was devastated, lives were lost, bodies and souls were injured, structures and landscapes were flattened. Homes, businesses, churches, and public facilities found themselves under 8-12 feet of water that wouldn’t go away. The worst of some people came out in looting and vandalism; the best of others came out in spontaneous help for total strangers. Read more »

Office of the Bishop becomes a Safe Place

safe-place-seattleWe all know the Office of the Bishop is a safe place, but now it's an official Seattle Police Department SAFE PLACE. Any LGBTQ (and others) people who are feeling threatened can take refuge in the Office and remain until the police arrive.

Prayers for Charleston

Prayers for CharlestonThe people of Charleston South Carolina and especially those directly affected by Tuesday's act of gun violence, are in our thoughts and prayers. Whatever the motive, we have once again witnessed the senseless loss of life, this time in a house dedicated to the praise and worship of the God of peace. Read more »

General Convention 78

The 2015 General Convention runs from June 25 through July 3 in Salt Lake City, Utah. We have our official delegation attending to represent our diocese, a youth contingent, and others.

There's a lot going on, so check back here daily to see what everyone is up to. If you have a Twitter handle or blog to add to the list, please email communications@ecww.org.