We're seeking a Youth Ministry Program Coordinator

Youth-MinistryWe're looking for a part-time Youth Ministry Program Coordinator to join the Office of the Bishop team. Do you love delivering programs for youth in grades six to 12? We want to hear from you.
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America’s Changing Religious Landscape

Compline-Christ-ChurchYesterday the Pew Research Center released a study showing the number of Americans self-identifying themselves as Christian to decrease and an increase in the none group. This is of no surprise to us in the Diocese of Olympia.  Read more »

Helping St Stephen's, Oak Harbor with a New Beginning

St Stephen's AppealSt. Stephen's, Oak Harbor is celebrating a new beginning! After a seven-year covenant due to a property dispute, negotiations resulted in the loss their cross and baptismal font. We are asking for Gifts of Thanksgiving to help the church raise funds needed to replace these items. View Bishop Rickel's video as he talks about the new beginning and where pictures of the Read more »

Help us to help others - giveBIG

GiveBigSupport our Episcopal Community Action ministries by rallying your friends to give early and give often online at the Seattle Foundation’s giveBIG event today. 

All day you can watch your gift grow because the donations you make to our Episcopal Community Action (ECA) ministries through our page on The Seattle Foundation's website today will be stretched further thanks to the Seattle Foundation and generous giveBIG sponsors, who will match a share of every contribution. Read more »

Holy Week Photo Contest Winners

We've discovered that there are many talented photographers in the area, which made judging the Holy Week Photo Contest very difficult. Congratulations goes to Jason Anderson from St Michael's, Issaquah for his Palm Sunday photo, and the Church of the Redeemer, Kenmore for their Maundy Thursday photo. 

Earthquake in Nepal

Episcopal Relief & Development (ERD) is working with the ecumenical ACT Alliance in Nepal and local partners in northern India and southwest China regarding urgent needs and assessment efforts following the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck near Kathmandu on the morning of April 25 and subsequent quake on May 12. An April 27 Press Release provides more information. We urge prayers (sample prayers) for all those impacted by the quake, and for those who are bringing relief, support and encouragement to people in need. If you wish to support relief efforts financially, you may donate to the Nepal Earthquake Response Fund. Thank you for your prayers and support. Read more »

Diocesan Staff Transitions

Bishop Greg Rickel announced several recent diocesan staff transitions. Penny Curtis has resigned as Finance and Insurance Assistant; her last day was April 10th. Lori Hardow, recently hired as front desk Diocesan House Receptionist - who brought with her many years of bookkeeping experience - has transitioned to the position of Finance Assistant and Insurance Coordinator; she began in this role effective March 30th. Matt Koski has joined the staff as interim front desk Receptionist. Read more »

Chaplains on the Harbor stands with homeless over evictions in Aberdeen

For the past year and a half, Chaplains on the Harbor, has ministered on the streets of Aberdeen. The Rev Sarah Monroe began this ministry walking the streets with a backpack of sandwiches, building relationships on the streets and in homeless camps. Over the past week, the largest of these semi-permanent camps along the Chehalis River running through town – in the ruins of old mills and pilings – has been issued eviction notices. People had been given until March 31 to clear out, with no options for where they can go next. Read more »

Crossing the Seas to Care for Creation


A delegation from the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Philippines (EDSP) is currently touring our Diocese. The visit is part of our joint program “Caring for All Creation,” and our carbon offset program.

Congregational Development Grants

Intent to Apply Due April 1! All congregations that have development projects in the works are invited to apply for a Congregational Development Grant. More information about the process and the Intent to Apply Form are available for download. Further questions may be directed to Alissa Newton, anewton@ecww.org. Read more »

Holy Week Photography Contest

Holy-WeekEntries close Sunday - Want to see your photo on our facebook page? Or maybe on the welcome screen at Office of the Bishop (D-house)? Holy Week is fast approaching and that means a new photography contest. Read more »

Episcopal Relief & Development 75th Anniversary Celebration!

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 our Diocesan Convention, the 75th Anniversary Campaign is part celebration, part awareness-raising, and part fundraising.     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 »