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 »

Faith Communities turn out to support Lummi journey

The cornerstone of northwest Native American art, the totem pole, became a cross-cultural rallying point last Friday as a large crowd welcomed the 19-foot totem to Saint Mark’s Cathedral in Seattle. The event marked the halfway point of a 2,500-mile bi-national journey by members of the Lummi Nation to demonstrate the strength and diversity of opposition to a proposal by Gateway Pacific Terminals that would locate North America’s largest coal terminal at Xwe’chi’eXen, the Lummi name for Cherry Point, near Bellingham.

The Seattle event featured remarks by Bishop Greg Rickel and a welcome by Ken Workman of the Duwamish Tribe in Lushootseed, the language of the Salish people. All in attendance were invited to join in blessing the 19-foot western red cedar totem pole. Read more »

MDG Grants process opened

MDG Grants are available for work related to the fulfillment of Millennium Development Goals by congregations. These grants are to help supplement the work of congregations engaged in global mission work. Applications are considered on a rolling basis and will be awarded before the end of 2014. Please fill out the application form and send to the MDG Grants committee at the email address indicated. If you have questions, please call the Rev. Read more »

The Episcopal Bookstore owners announce retirement

In late August, John and Nancy Marshall, owners of The Episcopal Bookstore, announced that "after 22 years serving Episcopalians and other spiritually-minded people" it was time to retire and being a new chapter in their lives. They also expressed the hope that someone might step forward as new owners so that the bookstore would remain open and in the Diocese of Olympia.
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Martin’s journey to the White House

Across the alley from our church [St. Andrew, Seattle], the four members of the Martínez family to whom the church has given shelter for the past twelve months will be moving on by the end of October. Their sponsor, Compass Housing Alliance, has provided excellent logistical and counseling support. The parents, Martín and Natividad, have both been thoroughly immersed in training and English language courses to equip them for the next phase of their lives. Read more »

Oso Mudslide - five months later

Oso MudslideIn a letter to members of the Diocese, the Rev. Janet Loyd from Church of the Transfiguration in Darrington, thanked all who donated to the relief and recovery efforts following the March Oso mudslide and provided an update on the progress toward recovery, saying, "Through our combined efforts, the Episcopal Church has dispersed approximately $35,000 to date, quiet donations from people and congregations. Read more »

Living Wi$ely, a Faith-based Personal Finance Workshop

Canon Chris HarrisIn a culture that teaches our net-worth is equal to our self-worth and that more stuff is the key to happiness, what in the world are we supposed to do in a recession? One place to start is to change our thinking. On Sept. 12 & 13, the diocesan Stewardship and Development Office will welcome Canon Chris Harris, Diocese of San Diego, and a former tax attorney, to present a course in faith-based thinking about money. Workshop will be held at St. Stephen's in Seattle.  Read more »

Presiding Bishop calls for prayer for Iraq on Sunday, August 17

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has urged Episcopalians to observe Sunday, August 17, as a day of prayer for those in Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East living in fear of their lives, livelihoods, and ways of living and believing. Her call for prayer is in response to violence in Iraq that has included the slaying of Christians, Yazidis, and other Iraqi religious minorities; the destruction and looting of churches, homes, and places of business; and the displacement of thousands under the threat of death. Read more »

Diocese of Olympia Position Opening: Canon for Finance & Property

The Episcopal Diocese of Olympia is currently seeking applicants (lay or ordained) for the fulltime position of Canon for Finance & Property. Reporting to the diocesan bishop, the Canon directs and manages the financial and property affairs of the diocese. This position oversees insurance needs, compliance with IRS and applicable federal, state and local regulations, and risk management assessment. The Canon serves as a resource to congregations and ministries within the diocese to insure that the congregations' fiscal matters follow accepted procedures and comply with applicable laws and regulations. This staff person collaborates with the Canon to the Ordinary and Board of Directors regarding work on diocesan loan programs, leases, major redevelopment projects, mission construction projects and deferred maintenance programs. Read more »