Meet Our New Diocesan Receptionist

Meet Our New Diocesan Receptionist

If you’ve come into the Office of the Bishop in the last few months, you may have noticed a new face behind the front desk. We are pleased to welcome Tye Pecha as our new Diocesan Receptionist! Tye is eager to learn more about the Episcopal Church and is excited to help support this year’s Convention in Vancouver, WA. Tye has worked as a barista and as a cashier in a grocery store, and prior to her move to Seattle,

New Clergy Calls in the Diocese of Olympia

New Clergy Calls in the Diocese of Olympia

We are pleased to announce the call of two of our clergy to new positions within the Diocese. The Rev. Kate Wesch has been called to St. John the Baptist, West Seattle and the Rev. Eliacín Rosario-Cruz has been called to St. John, Snohomish. Please join us in welcoming them to their new positions. The Rev. Kate E. Wesch The Reverend Kate E. Wesch was born and raised in Oklahoma. She received her Masters of Divinity from The Seminary of

Charlottesville, Seattle, and Everywhere: A Message from Bishop Rickel

Charlottesville, Seattle, and Everywhere: A Message from Bishop Rickel

Dear ones, I am on vacation right now, but certainly cannot avoid the violence in Charlottesville or the response to it in Seattle. I have found myself, in these pasts days, reaching out a bit more, to others I encounter, as if to say, that is not really who we are. Today, on my morning walk I encountered two Muslim women taking pictures of one another. I stopped and asked if they wanted a picture together. They were elated, and

A Statement on Fossil Fuel Divestment from the Diocesan Board of Directors

A Statement on Fossil Fuel Divestment from the Diocesan Board of Directors

The following statement on fossil fuel divestment was adopted on June 15, 2017. The Board of Directors of the Diocese of the Diocese of Olympia has been considering whether or not to adopt divestment in fossil fuel companies as a strategy to combat climate change.  Our consideration of this matter takes into account: The vote of the Convention of the Diocese of Olympia in 2013 adopting a resolution requesting that the Board of Directors of the Diocese of Olympia “implement

What’s New in the Resource Center – August 4, 2017

What’s New in the Resource Center – August 4, 2017

The following update comes from our Diocesan Resource Center Director, Sue Tait: Care for the Environment: Bishops’ Pastoral Teaching and a New Curriculum for Youth and Adults Congratulations to St. Michael and All Angels, recently  awarded one of sixteen grants by the national “Advisory Council for the Stewardship of Creation.” It reminds me that the environment and our relationship to it as faithful people is not yesterday’s news by any means, but an ongoing opportunity and increasing challenge; and serendipitously,

Diocesan Resource Coordinator Matt Koski

Diocesan Resource Coordinator Matt Koski

For two and a half years, Matt Koski has welcomed guests and visitors to the Office of the Bishop, otherwise known as Diocesan House (D-House), as the office’s receptionist. During that time, everyone who stops by D-House has been greeted by Matt’s warm smile and generous spirit. Now, Matt’s stepping away from the front desk and transitioning to become one of our new Resource Coordinators. As he begins this new position, Matt will be primarily helping with our 2017 Diocesan

Pride 2017 – Marching for Love and Acceptance

Pride 2017 – Marching for Love and Acceptance

This past Sunday, in spite of the sweltering heat, Episcopalians from across the diocese gathered together at the Republican parking lot between Cherry and James to join in Seattle’s 2017 Pride Parade. The 50-60 people who gathered came from St. Margaret, Bellevue; St. John, Kirkland; Trinity, Seattle; Christ Church, Seattle; Saint Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle; St. Luke, Sequim; Christ Church, Tacoma; St. John the Baptist, West Seattle; and St. Andrew, Seattle. The marchers ranged in age from 18 months old to

Bishop Rickel’s Statement on Supreme Court’s Partial Reinstatement of Travel Ban

Bishop Rickel’s Statement on Supreme Court’s Partial Reinstatement of Travel Ban

Dear Ones, On Monday, the Supreme Court agreed to hear arguments in the lawsuits regarding President Trump’s travel ban this fall. In the meantime, they have also allowed for portions of the ban to take effect. They will allow the administration to block entry for 90 days to visitors from six Muslim majority nations and will suspend the admittance of refugees for 120 days. Travelers and refugees seeking entry that have a prior connection to someone living in or an

A Statement from Bishop Rickel on the Shooting of Charleena Lyles

A Statement from Bishop Rickel on the Shooting of Charleena Lyles

Dear Ones, Sunday morning, two Seattle police officers shot and killed Charleena Lyles, a pregnant African American mother of four, after she called the police for help. There is still much we do not know about the incident, and may never know. However, the details that have emerged are disturbingly familiar in the wake of so many police shootings in African American communities. Ms. Lyles reportedly suffered from mental illness and is reported to have been holding a knife when