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A Word from Bishop Rickel

A Word from Bishop Rickel

Bishop Greg Rickel offers a Psalm of Lament put together by Kathryn Rickert and the Rev. Nigel Taber-Hamilton. He also adds his thoughts on the recent violence. A Lament for our Nation: Psalm 11 2-3, 129: 1-5, Psalm 142: 1-2, adapted We cry to You / with our voice; * to You, O God, we make loud supp / lication. We pour out our complaint / before God * and tell You all / our distress. Greatly have they oppressed

Youth Pilgrimage to the South: A Social Justice Experience

Youth Pilgrimage to the South: A Social Justice Experience

July 5-14, youth pilgrims and leaders from around our diocese are on a sojourn through Memphis, TN, Little Rock, AR, and Jackson, MS. They will visit key sites and have an opportunity to speak with people who are using their religious and social justice experiences to affect change in their communities. Through these experiences, the youth will learn how their own voices can be used towards social justice and reconciliation in their own communities and churches. You can follow their progress

On Orlando: A message from Bishop Rickel

On Orlando: A message from Bishop Rickel

Once again our generation is witness to senseless killing from hands that should not have had such simple and easy access to guns, especially guns built for war with excessive killing power.  Such guns have no place on our streets. We witness yet again radicalized and misused religion as well, focused on hate and violence toward a specific group. I ask your prayers for the victims in Orlando, those who mourn for them, and for the injured as well.  In

Love, Laughter & Sharing: Tea raises funds for outreach

Love, Laughter & Sharing: Tea raises funds for outreach

Vancouver, Church of the Good Shepherd: Despite 100 degree heat, 200 women gathered in their hats on June 4 for the 7th annual Love, Laughter & Sharing women’s tea & celebration for outreach. The event raised $23,000 to benefit the Council for the Homeless “housing relief fund” to prevent homelessness, as well as a global cause to support and educate young women in Africa through Global Sojourns Giving Circle. The event, organized by the tea committee at Good Shepherd, has

What to Expect When You Visit an Episcopal Church

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Spanish / Español When you visit an Episcopal Church or any church at all for the first time it may feel a little strange and intimidating. We want you to be able to relax and feel welcome and able to participate as you choose. Here is a guide to some of what you might expect if you go to a worship service at an Episcopal Church. Gathering (Getting there, getting settled, getting ready for church) It’s good to arrive a

Bishop Rickel’s 10 Rules for Respect

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In every Letter of Agreement I have had with congregations, and now with the Diocese of Olympia I have asked that the “10 Rules for Respect” spelled out below be made part of the agreement. I first saw these in an article by Church of the Nazarene pastor Charles Christian. I think they are quite helpful in framing our communication and life together. I vow to do my best to follow them and invite you to do the same. We

Chaplains on the Harbor Seeks Donations

Chaplains on the Harbor Seeks Donations

Supportive Housing Campaign. On Sept. 1, thanks to seed money from the Diocese of Olympia, Chaplains on the Harbor moved two new/expecting moms and one dad out of tent city and into rental housing with room for up to three mothers, their partners and children. This Supportive Housing Campaign has set a goal to raise $12,000 to house these parents for the remainder of the year as they work to regain and maintain custody of their children, which was jeopardized

Hurricane Katrina 10 Years On

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The events of August 29, 2005 changed everything. A city was devastated, lives were lost, bodies and souls were injured, structures and landscapes were flattened. Homes, businesses, churches, and public facilities found themselves under 8-12 feet of water that wouldn’t go away. The worst of some people came out in looting and vandalism; the best of others came out in spontaneous help for total strangers. Longtime locals suddenly realized their desperate need and love for each other while government agencies

Prayers for Charleston

Prayers for Charleston

The 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. I hope you will join me in offering prayers for all those affected by this most recent event, along with the countless others living with similar memories and