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Are you attending this year’s Diocesan Convention? Join us for this year’s virtual Convention Workshops on Friday, October 23. All workshops will be recorded and be made available in the weeks to come across our diocesan communications channels.

You can find links to the workshops once you log in to the Diocesan Convention Chime platform under the “Schedule” Tab.

  • Session One: 10:30-11:10am
  • Session Two: 11:20am-12:00pm
  • Session Three: 12:10-12:50pm

Bishop’s Committee for Justice and Peace in the Holy Land
Palestine 101: Introduction to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict & Role of the Episcopal Church
Session One
Introduction, excerpt from Film “1948: Creation and Catastrophe,” and discussion – audience reaction and questions and what you can do.
Session Three
Introduction and presentation on current political, socio- economic and medical situation in West Bank and Gaza, the status of Christians and discussion of what you can do.

Bishop’s Committee on the Environment
Climate Crisis: Proven Solutions and How Episcopal Churches are Taking Action
Session One
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry says his prayer is that “we in the Episcopal Church work to solve climate change in our homes, churches, and our communities.” Now you can take PB Curry’s words to heart… Join us and hear from Drawdown Seattle about proven solutions to reverse global warming (yes, we already have what we need to solve this issue!). And then earth ministry leaders from around the diocese will talk about how they’re getting their congregations engaged around creation care. Come away feeling hopeful and empowered to make the personal and church-wide changes that lead to big impacts for the world.

Bishop’s Homeless Taskforce
Too Late to Wait
Session Three
Webinar presenting what a church can do to be a part of the solution to homelessness, also how to do it.

Bishop’s Young Adult Advisory Team, the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia
Pandemic Church & Racial Justice Through the Eyes of Young Adults
Session Three
Last year at Diocesan convention, the Bishop’s Young Adult Advisory Team hosted a workshop on how to bring young people into the church. This year, our focus is on how to support, empower, and understand the young adults already in our churches, especially with regard to online church and racial justice.

Convention Office
Convention Orientation
Session Two
Are you a first-time convention attendee? Been to convention before, but looking for a refresher on Robert’s Rules of Order or the work of the convention? Would like a preview of how our new electronic voting system will work? Join members of the convention leadership as well as our elections official in this session to learn more about how convention operates so that you’ll be prepared to fully participate in the convention.

Ethnic Ministries Circles of Color
Introduction to Ethnic Ministries Circles of Color – A Grassroots Network for People of Color and Allies
Session One
This workshop will provide an orientation to important work of Ethnic Ministries Circles of Color, including the diocesan history and experiences that have contributed to making this work essential in the ongoing support and life of our people and communities of color who represent the diversity of our Church and our diocese. We welcome all those who want to walk with us in our collective journey to wards becoming the Beloved Community.

Faith Action Network
At the Intersection of Black Lives Matter and WA State Policy: Policing Reforms & Our State Budget
Session One
Participants will have the opportunity to have conversation regarding the latest of Faith Action Network’s racial equity work in policing reforms and our state budget as we and our congregations prepare to advocate for justice in the 2021 legislative session.

Faith Formation in the Diocese of Olympia
Unpacking the 2020 Faith Formation Survey Results and What it Means for Congregations
Session Two
The recent Diocesan Faith Formation survey provides a clear picture of how faith formation staff members are compensated and what their jobs actually entail. Survey coordinator, Emily Tanis-Likkel, will review the intriguing results in order to help you assess your existing efforts or plan for a future formation ministry at your church. We’ll also discuss the lively and creative responses we got to the no-holds-barred question: what can the diocese do for you?

Mental Health Task Force
Whole, Hopeful, and Well: Navigating Mental Health During the Pandemic
Session One
The past year has been an extraordinary one, upending our lives, our communities, and stretching our personal, spiritual, and mental resources. Renee will discuss how to prepare ourselves for the next year, to move from surviving to thriving, with specific strategies for addressing isolation, family challenges, transformation of our communities and more.

The Mission to Seafarers
Tales of the Adventurous Ministry of Ship Visiting
Session Two
How do you welcome a group of international seafarers into the Port of Seattle? Well… you climb aboard their container ship, accept their invitation to chow down, and spark a casual conversation about their families, their home countries, and what their latest voyage was like. The Seattle Seafarers Center invites you to come hear tales of the adventurous ministry of ship visiting. Is this for you? You won’t know for sure until you listen to the Staff from the Center, an ecumenical partnership of the Roman Catholics, the Lutherans, and the Episcopalians. The partnership is as unique as our location on the Duwamish Waterway.

Office of the Bishop
Begin Your Work to Resist Racism with this Introduction to Intercultural Competency – A Building Block for Anti-Racism Knowledge and Skills
Session Two continued in Session Three
Working against structural and systemic racism in our culture and in our church takes skill. Come join with other Episcopalians from around the Diocese of Olympia to learn about how increasing your skill in navigating intercultural similarity and difference can help you begin to do the personal work necessary to navigate, understand, and support efforts to dismantle racism in our church and in our individual lives.

Office of the Bishop
Cybersecurity Training
Session One
Hacking, phishing, spoofing, fake accounts, spam of all kinds – the need for cyber security runs throughout the work many of us do. Join Diocesan Internet Strategist Kerry Allman and find out how to identify malicious internet activity, how to protect yourself from cyberattacks, and how to help others do the same.

Refugee Resettlement Office
Welcoming Refugees in the Diocese of Olympia
Session One
The past accomplishments and future direction of the refugee program and the New Roots Fund will be described. At least one individual refugee supported by the Diocese will describe his or her experiences.

Sacred Ground
Sacred Ground: A Ministry for Racial Justice, Healing, and Reconciliation
Session Two and Three
How can primarily white churches respond to the deep racial injustices which have finally made the headlines this year? How can you get a racial justice ministry going in a primarily white church? Join us to learn about Sacred Ground, (, a film- and readings-based dialogue series on race, grounded in faith. We’ll introduce the 10 part curriculum, talk about ways to implement it and avoid common pitfalls, explore what support is available to get a Dialog Circle going and hear about its’ impact and helpfulness from people now in Sacred Ground Dialog Circles.

2020 Convention Workshops

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