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Statement Regarding Washington Referendum 88

Statement Regarding Washington Referendum 88

It was recently brought to our attention that one of the authors of the statement against Washington Referendum 88, Vote on I-1000 Affirmative Action Measure has listed “Episcopal Diocese” in their official byline. Please note that this does not in any way reflect the views of the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia. According to The Episcopal Church’s Policy for Action (https://www.episcopalchurch.org/files/ogr_policy_for_action_booklet.pdf), we are to “reaffirm support for affirmative action and fair employment practices.” If you have any questions about this, please

2019 Convention Workshops

2019 Convention Workshops

  Our list of workshops for the 2019 Diocesan Convention is now available! Come early and discover vital ministries across the diocese, gain tools you’ll be able to use in your own congregations, and learn more about the 2019 budget and other resolutions that will be voted upon during this year’s proceedings. Workshops are open to everyone, so come and join us for this incredible time of learning and community. Refugee Resettlement Office Update on Refugee Resettlement Office: The Refugee

Seeking Paid Stage Manager and Volunteer Assistant for Diocesan Convention

Seeking Paid Stage Manager and Volunteer Assistant for Diocesan Convention

The Episcopal Diocese of Olympia is currently seeking a Stage Manager for their annual Diocesan Convention, November 6-9. The Stage Manager will be responsible for managing rehearsals in the convention space on Friday morning and coordinating between the main stage, the music and worship team, the AV team, the video and PowerPoint operator, and the electronic voting technician. The Stage Manager will also oversee a volunteer Assistant Stage Manager who will run the presentation stage in the downstairs exhibit hall

Chaplains on the Harbor – The State of the Streets, Fall 2019

Chaplains on the Harbor – The State of the Streets, Fall 2019

From Aaron Scott, Diocesan Missioner for Anti-Poverty Organizing and Chaplain and Organizer with Chaplains on the Harbor: Grace and peace to y’all from Grays Harbor County! Chaplains on the Harbor is poised to wrap another powerful year of transformation and growth. Here are our 2019 highlights: At the end of 2018 Rev. Sarah Monroe and two co-plaintiffs (April Obi Boling and Tim Quigg) filed the first of two federal lawsuits against the City of Aberdeen– for attempting to restrict their visitations, ministry, and survival

Office of the Bishop Welcomes Seattle Service Corps

Office of the Bishop Welcomes Seattle Service Corps

The Office of the Bishop is pleased to announce our continued partnership with the Seattle Service Corps and is excited to welcome Aemelia Tripp to Diocesan House. Aemelia is a 2019-2020 member of the Seattle Service Corps, assisting in the Communications and Faith Formation departments. She brings a passion for writing as well as a love for graphic design to the job. A 2013 Calvin College graduate, Aemelia lived in Michigan the last 10 years working for various organizations in

Regional Youth Representatives FAQ

Regional Youth Representatives FAQ

What are Regional Youth Representatives? These are ten youth, ages 16-21, who are given seat, voice, and vote at the convention. Where do they come from? Each geographical region selects one youth from within the region to represent them as their delegate at large. Where do they sit at the convention? The youth are seated with the other members (clergy and lay) from their congregation. Who pays the registration fee for these youth? Each congregation, through the congregation registration form,

Ky Chen and Bishop’s Cross Award Nominations

Ky Chen and Bishop’s Cross Award Nominations

The Office of the Bishop has issued a call for nominations for two diocesan awards. If you know of a person deserving of either award, talk with your church office or leadership about submitting a nomination. The awards will be made during the Diocesan Convention, November 8-9, at the Lynnwood Convention Center. The deadling to submit nominations is Monday, September 30. Nominations must be made using the authorized form below. NOMINATION FORM In 2011, Bishop Rickel established the Ky Chen Employee

Staff Transitions

Staff Transitions

There’s a new staff transition to announce at the Office of the Bishop. Elizabeth Myers, our Diocesan Receptionist and Resource Assistant, has accepted a new position as Temporary Children’s Librarian with the Seattle Public Library. Elizabeth has been a vital part of the diocesan staff during their more than 14 months with us and has helped make the Office of the Bishop a more inclusive and hospitable space for our guests and visitors. While we are sorry to see them

Announcing New Dean of Iona School

Announcing New Dean of Iona School

Maureen Crawford, Director of Adult Faith Formation and Dean of the Iona School in the Diocese of Olympia, is stepping down and graduating along with the first group of Iona Olympia students to graduate. We are extremely grateful for all the work Maureen has done on behalf of the diocese during her four years with us. Please join us in wishing her all the best in her future endeavors. While we are sad to see Maureen go, we are very

Important Information Regarding the Former Site of St. George, Seattle

Important Information Regarding the Former Site of St. George, Seattle

On August 9, 2019, representatives from Tent City 3 approached our Diocesan Property Manager, the Rev. Dennis Tierney, about the possibility of relocating to the site of the former St. George’s Episcopal Church in the Lake City neighborhood of Seattle. Plans for Tent City 3’s next site had fallen through, and the group needed to move to a new location in eight days. This was the third request since July of 2019 by groups seeking to use the site for