Outside Church Walls updates on Community Conversations

It's been some time since we updated our fans. We have been encouraging congregations to engage in Community Conversations, and beginning to gather new information to see what more God might be saying to us. We've been actively posting on our blog, and hope you have been following it.
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Cathedral Day: A Diocesan Festival

An all-ages festival of “fun-shops”, carnival games, communion and a picnic gathering the people of the Diocese of Olympia at Saint Mark’s Cathedral. Saturday, May 17, 10 am-3:30 pm. Tickets are $5/individual for lunch.  Those being confirmed or received will receive a lunch ticket at no charge. All are invited to your cathedral to gather in community for fellowship and fun, learning and liturgy, and a chance to reach across the diocese and meet new people. Event Listing Read more »

La Iglesia Episcopal de la Resurrección announces 2014 Summer Day Camp

The Resurrección Summer Day Camp, July 21-August 15, 9 am-1 pm, at St. Paul's/Resurrección in Mount Vernon, is designed for multi-cultural bi-lingual children of low-income families in the Skagit Valley. Instruction in math and language arts is emphasized with enrichment in Environmental Science and the Arts in a context that builds leadership skills, mutual respect and community involvement. The overall theme of the camp is Stewardship of the Earth and its Resources. Each day will begin with an enthusiastic chapel service. Read more »

Relief & Support for Oso Mudslide Victims

There is a deep connection in the soul when we see tragedy strike. Reaching out and acknowledging that connection with compassion helps us to find redemption in the memory of our own sufferings. This week we surpassed $30,000 in Mudslide Relief Support funds. Gifts come not only from within the Diocese of Olympia, but across the Episcopal Church. One such $2000 gift came from the Church of the Holy Innocents in Beach Haven, New Jersey. Their rector, the Rev. Frank B. Crumbaugh, III, writes, “We on the Jersey Shore send our love and prayers along with this money. We know the human cost and heartache that comes with disaster, and we want you to know you are not alone as you face the Oso mudslide.” The connection transcends the distance from one coast to another as they support people in the wake of this tragedy here in Washington. Read more »

Mike Morrissey appointed Canon for Veterans Ministry

Bishop Rickel announced his appointment of the Rev. Mike Morrissey as Canon for Veterans Ministry effective April 1, 2014. Said Rickel, "Some months following his retirement, Mike and I were in discussion to discern possible roles to which he might lend his wisdom and energy within the diocese. Read more »

Deadline to request Genesis Covenant Green Grants approaches

The Bishop's Committee for the Environment has extended the deadline for acceptance of applications from congregations for Green Grants until April 9. Green Grants are a way for our diocese to respond to the challenge of the Genesis Covenant – to reduce energy use at all church facilities by 50% in 10 years. Click here for Application Form. Read more »

The Tight-knit Fabric of Oso and Darrington

AP Photo/The Herald - Genna MartinThe fabric of small towns is tight-knit community. Oso and Darrington, WA, are communities with tightly-woven relationships connecting people in integrated lives that make everyone “family” in one way or another. The implication of this symbiosis is that when one thread of these communities’ fabric is pulled the whole cloth is affected. That is the nature of these two towns that are digging out of the mudslide that ripped through the landscape and hearts along the north fork of the Stillaguamish River in Snohomish County.
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President Obama sends prayers to those affected by the Oso mudslide

Speaking at a news conference in the Netherlands with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, President Barack Obama asked Americans to send their thoughts and prayers to Washington state as search operations continue following the devastating mudslide in Oso. Link to AP video on Komo News website: Video.

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Oso Mudslide Relief - Updated

debrisIn a March 29 email news release, Bishop Rickel updated on the situation in Oso and Darrington in the aftermath of the Oso Landslide. Said Rickel, "I have talked with the Rev. Janet Loyd in Darrington every day. She continues to ask for our prayers. She is beginning to find need for the funds raised, which by the way are closing in on $10,000, but of course, more will be needed. She is deeply grateful for this response from individuals and groups in the diocese." (Click here to donate now.) Read more »

Field courses in El Salvador

Foundation Cristosal is a faith-based human rights and community development NGO based in El Salvador. The Cristosal Global School works to develop global awareness and movement toward transformative social change in which each individual's rights are respected. The School offers two week-long field courses in El Salvador this summer: LGBT Rights & Sexual Diversity Ministry in the the Episcopal Church, July 7-14; and, Public Theology: The Voices for Justice in Society, July 19-26. Read more »

Kids4Peace Summer Camp

Kids4Peace is looking for some amazing 12 year-olds (current 6th graders) to join its community! It all starts with a two-week summer camp from August 7-17 at Camp Brotherhood in Mount Vernon, Washington, with other Jewish, Christian & Muslim youth from Jerusalem and across North America. Learn about other religions and cultures, develop skills to be a peacemaker, meet Israeli & Palestinian youth and be part of a movement for lasting change. More details at k4p.org/seattle. Read more »

Bishop Rickel appoints new Canon to the Ordinary

I’m very pleased to announce the appointment of the Rev. Dr. Marda Steedman Sanborn as Canon to the Ordinary for the Diocese of Olympia. While one of the most difficult decisions I have ever had to make, as I prayed and reflected on all I personally need, and what I think our diocese needs in these next years, Marda’s name kept coming to the fore. I am truly looking forward to having her exercise her great gifts for ministry in this important position in our common life. Read more »

GEMN's 2014 Global Mission Conference to be held in Seattle

The Global Episcopal Mission Network's 2014 Global Mission Conference will be in Seattle May 29-Jun 1, 2014.  The conference title is "Mission Horizons: New Directions in a Changing World", and themes include the Pacific Rim; Indigenous Mission; Interfaith & Cross-Cultural Aspects; Spirituality of Mission; Microcredit; & Building Relationship.

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Outside Church Walls

Outside Church Walls continues its work considering the intersection of faith and a rapidly-changing culture, and the response of God’s people in the community. In a recent blog, George introduces the Dare to be Christian Project, an idea developed at her congregation by youth leaders to engage youth in conversations about faith outside the congregation walls. Read more »

Three Episcopal Networks to Establish Joint Office in Washington, D.C.

Three independent networks of the Episcopal Church today announced that they had formed a new Episcopal Networks Collaborative. In a workshop on collaboration at the Episcopal Urban Caucus Assembly in Newark, New Jersey, the group announced they had agreed to set up a joint office in Washington, D.C. The office will be housed at the Bishop John T. Walker National Learning Center at the Church of the Holy Comforter. Read more »

Ashes to Go in the Diocese

There will be a number of places in the diocese where Ashes to Go will be available.  You can find them below or through this link. Read more »

Alissa Newton appointed Program Director for Congregational Development

Bishop Rickel announced the appointment of the Rev. Alissa Newton as Program Director for Congregational Development. Alissa will have oversight of the College for Congregational Development, the Congregational Consulting Network, and the Evangelism Commission. Alissa assumes these responsibilities as we say goodbye to the Rev. Canon Melissa Skelton, bishop-elect of the Diocese of New Westminster, Canada. Read more »

Southern Philippines Video

The Rev. Ed Lovelady announces the posting of a new video from the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Philippines. The Diocese of Olympia has partnered with the diocese on Project Tree Care, which aims to plant trees as a way to offset the carbon emitted to our environment.

2014 Lenten Resources

It's never too late to find your Lenten resources.

During this Lenten season, consider sharing your experiences with the entire Episcopal Church by uploading photos and videos to appear on the stained glass on the main page of the Episcopal Church website www.episcopalchurch.org. Read more »

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