Bishop Rickel Responds to Florida Shooting

Bishop Rickel Responds to Florida Shooting

Dear Ones, Our nation has once again been devastated by the deadly effects of gun violence. It was indeed a stunning collision of time to have this happen as we were in the process of the beginning of Lent, and on Ash Wednesday specifically. One of the most compelling photos of the horror yesterday was a very distraught parent clutching another one, with her ash cross clearly visible on her forehead. Just minutes before she had those ashes placed there,

Ashes to Go 2018

Ashes to Go 2018

On Ash Wednesday, February 14, churches across the Diocese of Olympia will be offering “Ashes to Go,” a new approach to a centuries-old Christian tradition. Ashes to Go is a nationwide movement that has clergy and lay people visiting transit stops, street corners, coffee shops, and college campuses to mark the foreheads of interested passers-by with ashes and invite them to repent of past wrongdoing and seek forgiveness and renewal. In the Christian tradition, Ash Wednesday marks the start of

Update on Earthquake from Bishop Lai of the Diocese of Taiwan

Update on Earthquake from Bishop Lai of the Diocese of Taiwan

Shortly after hearing the news of the 6.4 earthquake in Taiwan, Bishop Rickel reached out to the bishop of the Diocese of Taiwan, Bishop David Lai. Bishop Lai shared the following report. Please keep Bishop Lai and all our fellow Taiwanese Episcopalians in your prayers as they recover and serve their fellow sisters and brothers in their recovery. Thank you all for your concern about the Hualien earthquake on Taiwan’s east coast. This is my update on the situation, as

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 clergy to positions within the Diocese. The Rev. Kay Flores has been called as rector of St. Timothy, Chehalis and the Rev. Wren Blessing as Rector at Grace, Bainbridge Island. Please join us in welcoming them to their new positions. The Rev. Kay Flores The Rev. Kay Flores has recently moved from the Diocese of Wyoming to become the rector at St. Timothy. Most recently, Kay worked for the Diocese of

Urgent Challenges in Refugee Resettlement

Urgent Challenges in Refugee Resettlement

The Refugee Resettlement Office of the Diocese of Olympia needs your help! Every year for the past three decades, the Diocese of Olympia’s Refugee Resettlement Office has helped resettle hundreds of families fleeing war, famine, and persecution. Their resettlement efforts include finding and furnishing apartments for new arrivals, meeting families at the airport, providing cultural orientation, helping with food and clothing and medical needs, enrolling children in school, supporting job searches, and offering English classes. As with most refugee resettlement

New Missioner for Agrarian Ministry – Brian Sellers-Petersen

New Missioner for Agrarian Ministry – Brian Sellers-Petersen

We are pleased to announce that Brian Sellers-Petersen has been appointed by Bishop Rickel to the new position of Missioner for Agrarian Ministry for the diocese. While he will be working limited hours, he is available to work with churches on the development of their agricultural ministries. The prologue to his letter of agreement spells out the initial vision of this position. The Missioner for Agrarian Ministry will develop and carry out a ministry of regular support and education, planning formation

Lenten Book Selection: Book of Common Prayer Resources

Lenten Book Selection: Book of Common Prayer Resources

From Diocesan Resource Center Director, Sue Tait Physical Resources Welcome to the Book of Common Prayer  by Vicki K. Black, 2005 (264 Bla) The series, “Welcome to…”, provides an overview and introduction to aspects of Episcopal worship.  Here The Rev Vicki Black looks briefly at prayer book history, the various parts of the current prayer book and offers a concluding section on “Tools for Prayer and Study : the lectionary, prayers, catechism, and historical documents.”  Also included are questions for