The Bishop’s Bookshelf – June 2018

The Bishop’s Bookshelf – June 2018

The Patient Ferment of the Early Church: The Improbable Rise of Christianity in the Roman Empire I was honored to be asked by the Faith Formation Team to offer my thoughts on books and articles to read. I am reading several books right now, which I tend to do. The one I would recommend is entitled, The Patient Ferment of the Early Church: The Improbable Rise of Christianity in the Roman Empire by Alan Kreider. I heard this book spoken of

Presiding Bishop Curry’s Western Washington Wanderings

Presiding Bishop Curry’s Western Washington Wanderings

You saw him preach at the royal wedding and have heard him speak about Reclaiming Jesus, make sure to hear him preach in person across the diocese this June! Join Presiding Bishop Michael Curry as he visits the Diocese of Olympia June 14-17. In addition to making stops at the Diocese of Olympia’s Refugee Resettlement Office, the College for Congregational Development, and Chaplains on the Harbor, PB Curry will be speaking at public events across the diocese. Please Note: Seating

Physician-Aided Dying: A Pastoral Conversation (Video)

Physician-Aided Dying: A Pastoral Conversation (Video)

Physician-aided dying presents a special challenge for clergy when patients who are considering it ask for pastoral advice. With the baby boomers coming into their older years, such requests are likely to become more frequent. To prepare clergy and chaplains for this, the Diocesan Task Force on Medical Ethics offered a half-day workshop on aided dying. Offered on March 17, 2018 at Saint Mark’s Cathedral in Seattle, the conference featured background material on the state’s Death With Dignity Act and

I AM: Exhibition of Premier Female Artists from Middle East Coming to Saint Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle

I AM: Exhibition of Premier Female Artists from Middle East Coming to Saint Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle

The I AM exhibition organized by CARAVAN, an international peacebuilding nonprofit, will be showcased at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Seattle, WA from June 10- August 7, 2018, as part of its 16-month USA tour. I AM premiered its global tour at the National Gallery of Fine Arts, Amman, Jordan in May 2017 under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah. It was then showcased on London’s Trafalgar Square at the historic St. Martin-in-the-Fields, and then in the US

The Bishop’s Leadership Conference: Size to Size, Strength to Strength

The Bishop’s Leadership Conference: Size to Size, Strength to Strength

God meets us where we are, using our specific gifts and talents for a divine purpose within our current circumstances. However, we’re also called to grow out of our comfort zones. October 1-5, the Diocese of Olympia’s Office of the Bishop is pleased to present “Size to Size, Strength to Strength” – a conference that explores what it means to be faithful, healthy, and effective in your church’s current, local context and help you discern if God is calling your

What Size is My Church: The Bishop’s Leadership Conference 2018

What Size is My Church: The Bishop’s Leadership Conference 2018

Are you having trouble figuring out which days to come to the Bishop’s Leadership Conference? You can use this guide to help discern the size of your congregation. Why is it hard to tell about size? The definition for size categories that we are using for this conference are based on a combination of Average Sunday Attendance (ASA) and organizational behaviors. This is different from your congregation’s “grade,” which is based on other factors like budget and number of pledging

Kanuga Hosts Pivotal Lansing Lee Conference Focusing on Civic Discourse

Kanuga Hosts Pivotal Lansing Lee Conference Focusing on Civic Discourse

On March 16-18, Kanuga Conference and Retreat Center hosted the Lansing Lee Conference to address the timely topic of civil discourse in America. Held in collaboration with Washington National Cathedral, The Center for Speaking & Listening at Sewanee: The University of the South, and the Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations, the event featured Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) and Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (D-WA) along with nationally recognized voices from the Episcopal Church. Creating Change through Positive Action “The conference gave

Call for Marchers: Show Your Episcopal PRIDE!

Call for Marchers: Show Your Episcopal PRIDE!

2018 Seattle Pride Day Parade Sunday, June 24 Join the Diocese of Olympia for the 2018 Seattle Pride Parade. Last year, more than 75 people from across the diocese joined Integrity Puget Sound to march and demonstrate our true colors – the colors of the rainbow! Though many, we truly are one as we share one bread and one cup and march for justice and dignity. By our actions we demonstrate that the Episcopal Church of Western Washington really does

New Clergy Calls in the Diocese of Olympia

New Clergy Calls in the Diocese of Olympia

Three new clergy have been called to congregations in the Diocese of Olympia: the Rev. Josh Hosler has been called to Good Shepherd, Federal Way; the Rev. Elizabeth Riley has been called to Emmanuel, Mercer Island; and the Rev. Robert F. Beicke (ECLA) has been called to St. Stephen, Seattle. The Rev. Josh Hosler The Rev. Josh Hosler grew up in the Dioceses of Idaho and Northern Michigan and came to the Diocese of Olympia in 1994, where he became a

Valerie Reinke Joins Staff as Canon for Faith Formation: 35 & Under

Valerie Reinke Joins Staff as Canon for Faith Formation: 35 & Under

The Diocese of Olympia is pleased to welcome Valerie Reinke as our new Canon for Faith Formation: 35 & Under. Valerie will be leading the strategic planning and oversight of diocesan children’s ministry, youth ministry, campus ministry, and young adult ministry. She will be developing and providing resources to support 35 & Under ministry efforts in the local congregations and will also assist in providing networks and connections between ministries and congregations working in these areas. Valerie comes to the