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 »

Bishop's Society Event 2014 celebrates with a Garden Party

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Bishop’s Society Members* are invited to join Bishop Greg Rickel for a late Summer Garden Party at Robinswood House, 2430 145th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA 98007. Wednesday, September 3, 2014 from 6:30–9:00 pm. Deadline for reservations was August 21. Read more »

Nominations open for 2014 preaching and website awards

2014 Bishop's Preaching Award: Any sermon preached in any Diocese of Olympia congregation from the First Sunday of Advent, 2013 (December 1, 2013) through The Feast of the Transfiguration (August 6, 2014) is eligible for consideration. Winner announced at the 2014 diocesan convention; $1,000 award. Submissions encouraged from lay preachers as well as clergy; one sermon per preacher.

Evangelism Commission's 2014 Congregation Website Award: Worked hard on your website this year? Nominate yourself, or a church whose website you like! Any Diocese of Olympia congregation website live anytime from the First Sunday of Advent, 2013 (December 1, 2013) through the Feast of the Transfiguration(August 6, 2014) is eligible for consideration. Winner announced at the 2014 Diocesan Convention; award is the services of a professional photographer for one day at the congregation. Read more »

Support for those Affected by the Eastern Washington fires: How you can help

In a July 25 pastoral email, Bishop Greg Rickel said, "I just received word from Bishop Jim Waggoner of the Diocese of Spokane regarding the fires in eastern Washington and how we might contribute to the immediate relief and ongoing rebuilding of the suffering communities. I urge you to read it and respond as you can to our beloved neighbors." You may donate online through the Diocese of Olympia here: Eastern Washington Fire Relief (link also under Make a Donation in the right hand column of the Home page), or send checks directly to the Diocese of Spokane offices designated for the Disaster Relief Fund: 2014 fires, 245 E 13th Ave, Spokane, WA 99202.   

Letter from Bishop Jim Waggoner: For over two weeks we have been facing widespread, devastating fires in the Diocese of Spokane, the greatest damage and immediate threats to life occurring in Central Washington. Late yesterday I was able to speak with leaders in Brewster, Leavenworth, and Omak who confirmed that while fires are increasingly contained, they still threaten, and immediate response continues as longer term recovery efforts increase. Read more »

Diocese of Olympia cleric receives fellowship for poverty alleviation

The Rev. Sarah Monroe has received a two-year $24,000 Domestic Poverty Fellowship for social justice and advocacy work for The Episcopal Church, announced Samuel McDonald, Episcopal Church Director of Mission and Deputy Chief Operating Officer. Focusing on the Anglican Marks of Mission Mark 4 and Mark 5, the 2014
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Child Migrant Crisis: A Message from Hannah Perls, our missionary in El Salvador

In sharing an update from Diocese of Olympia YASC (Young Adult Service Corps) missionary Hannah Perls, Bishop Rickel said, "As we hear lots of information from inside our country about the growing numbers of fleeing children and youth on our borders, I asked Hannah for a view from Central America."

Last week in El Salvador there were 13 murders within 12 hours, many within 10 minutes walking distance of my house here in San Salvador. The thing is, I had no idea until I saw the newspaper the next morning. El Salvador has recorded over 2,000 murders in 2014 alone, but I never see it because of a few very intentional lifestyle choices. I only travel in private taxis or in cars with friends. I live in a gated community with a guard who patrols at night in a house where you have to unlock three separate doors to get in. I avoid buses and the most dangerous areas of the city. If I walk at night, it's always with a large, male friend and only in areas I know. Read more »

Bishop Rickel ordains five to the priesthood July 22 at St. Mark's Cathedral

On Tuesday, July 22, the Rt. Rev. Gregory H Rickel ordained Jennifer King Daugherty, John Forman, Josh Hosler, Laura Murray, and Alissa Newton to the sacred order of priests. Family, friends, their sponsoring congregations, the clergy of the diocese, and well-wishers filled St Mark’s Cathedral on the Feast of St Mary Magdalene to celebrate this momentous moment in the life of church. Read more »

Outside Church Walls - The Power of Why

This past weekend I worshiped at an Episcopal church in Savannah, Georgia. It became apparent this small congregation had experienced a split in the past year, and were in a process of re-evaluating their purpose. During announcements at the end of the service, a working group reported on their plan for reconciliation: small groups of remaining parishioners would visit every person who had left, with an emphasis on listening.
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Supporting Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem’s Response in Gaza

Episcopal Relief & Development is supporting the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem’s Al-Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza City with funding for food and fuel as it responds to urgent needs during the current crisis. Despite structural damage to the hospital from the impact of Israeli airstrikes, Al-Ahli staff have maintained round-the-clock presence and care for those who have been wounded. Further adding to the strain are shortages in medical supplies and fuel for electrical generators. The hospital’s food supplies are stretched as they provide for patients, their families, hospital staff and those from the community seeking aid. Read more »

Prayers for the Holy Land and Our Southern Border

In his latest blog post, Bishop Greg Rickel talks about two current human crises: the Middle East and specifically Jerusalem and Gaza situation, and that on our southern borders. They are both situations where, as Episcopalians, we can have a direct impact and connection and to offer information on how anyone who wishes might help. Read the post here. Read more »

Nina Boe, YASC missionary - My work in Brazil

Hello from Rio! Now that things have calmed down a little, I can write a bit about the last few weeks, and my first month back in Brazil – because, amazingly enough, it’s already been a month! So what’s been happening? What am I doing, after all?

[Nina Boe is a member of St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in West Seattle. This is her second year of mission work in Brazil with the Episcopal Young Adult Service Corps (YASC), a program of the Episcopal Church for young adults ages 21-30 to spend a year in international service. Her first year was in the Anglican Diocese of Sao Paulo. You can read more at her blog, or check out this video.]

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Andrea McMillin appointed Canon to the Ordinary in the Diocese of Northern California

The Office of the Bishop [Diocese of Northern California] has announced that the Rev. Andrea McMillin will be joining its staff as the new Canon to the Ordinary beginning September 1, 2014.

"This is a wonderful day for Andrea McMillin and a sad one for me and the Diocese of Olympia," said Bishop Greg Rickel. "Still I rejoice that this puts her in a place to utilize her remarkable skills with which she has graced us these past years."  Read more »