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!

***75th Anniversary Campaign Update***

Campaign Goal: $150,000

Received as of 2/25/15: $80,942 

THANK YOU!!!  We're over halfway there! 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 »

Office of the Bishop looking for a CRM Administrator

The Episcopal Diocese of Olympia is currently seeking applicants for the half time position of CRM Administrator. Reporting to the Internet Strategist, the CRM Administrator is responsible for the overall content and support for the CiviCRM Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) system for the Diocese of Olympia. The successful candidate is not necessarily a technologist, but a person with a broad understanding of the organization and its needs, someone who will be a go-to person for the users, someone who has skills using online technology and the curiosity and expertise to use CiviCRM and proactively assist users. The CRM administrator bridges the gap between the CRM system and the users who interact with it. Read more »

Ashes to Go - Ash Wednesday 2015

Once again we have several congregations in the Diocese participating in Ashes to Go.

Ashes to Go started in Chicago in 2010, where clergy took to the streets on Ash Wednesday to give people a moment of prayer, reflection and renewal. Since then it has expanded across the US and to Canada, the UK and South Africa. 

These local Churches are participating in Ashes to Go. Read more »

Super Bowl Challenge raises over $40,000

ERD 75thThanks to all of you and our fellow Episcopalians in Massachusetts for giving generously to the Super Bowl Challenge 2015. Episcopal Relief & Development (ERD) asked us not to give the final team totals, but the final collective total instead. Together we raised $41,812, besting our $31,000 total last year! Read more »

Board of Directors announces decision on divestment from fossil fuel in the Diocesan Investment Fund

The January meeting of the diocesan Board of Directors was dedicated to the issue of divestment from fossil fuels in the James F. Hodges Diocesan Investment Fund (DIF). The Board declined to direct the DIF Committee to divest of fossil fuel equities, instead directing the DIF Committee to “regularly monitor equities in companies which provide alternative energy sources, and actively invest in them as they are found to meet the investment policy guidelines.” Read more »

Province VIII Bishops Meet in Navajoland

Bishop Rickel joined with the Province VIII (our province in The Episcopal Church) bishops in Navajoland, a missionary diocese of the Episcopal Church and part of Province VIII. He posted two blogs reflecting on his time noting, "We are here to learn, to listen, and to truly engage and attempt to partner in deeper ways with this beautiful land and people." Check out the blog posts here. Read more »

Photo Essay by the Rev. Jim Friedrich

The online magazine of The Episcopal Cafe website has published a photo essay by the Rev. Jim Friedrich on "perceptions of church." Two of the photographs were taken in this diocese. Read more »