Iraqi Refugees Open Kent Bakery

Refugee-Resettlement-Office-JumpstartIraqi refugees Mohaned and Ghadah started a bakery with a loan from the Jumpstart Loan Program through the Refugee Resettlement Office. Read more »

Office of the Bishop becomes a Safe Place

safe-place-seattleWe all know the Office of the Bishop is a safe place, but now it's an official Seattle Police Department SAFE PLACE. Any LGBTQ (and others) people who are feeling threatened can take refuge in the Office and remain until the police arrive.

Prayers for Charleston

Prayers for CharlestonThe people of Charleston South Carolina and especially those directly affected by Tuesday's act of gun violence, are in our thoughts and prayers. Whatever the motive, we have once again witnessed the senseless loss of life, this time in a house dedicated to the praise and worship of the God of peace. Read more »

General Convention 78

The 2015 General Convention runs from June 25 through July 3 in Salt Lake City, Utah. We have our official delegation attending to represent our diocese, a youth contingent, and others.

There's a lot going on, so check back here daily to see what everyone is up to. If you have a Twitter handle or blog to add to the list, please email communications@ecww.org.

2015 MDG Grants Process Now Open

The Millennium Development Goals Committee is accepting applications for 2015 grants. In order to qualify, the proposal must be for international work in areas where people live at or below the $1 per person per day level, be sponsored by a parish in the diocese, and must address one of the following Millennium Development Goals:
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Vacation Bible School 2015

VBS-St-Andrews-SeattleHave you made your summer plans? See who is offering Vacation Bible School this year. We're still adding to the list. If your congregation has a VBS running this summer, please email the dates and link to your website's listing to socialmedia@ecww.org.

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 »

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 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

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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.

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 »

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 »