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One Service for Turtle Island

One Service for Turtle Island

In the cosmology of North and South American peoples, Turtle Island is the geographic region covering Canada, United States, Central America, and South America. Join together online Sunday, April 25, to worship Jesus with Episcopalians from all over the Diocese of Olympia led by our Circles of Color and focused on the languages, cultures, and experiences of the First Peoples of Turtle Island, with a specific focus on communities from within Province 8. This online service is a chance for

Sample Reopening Plans

Sample Reopening Plans

The following reopening plans from churches across the diocese are being made available as a resource for congregations seeking a starting point in developing their own reopening plans. St. Hugh of Lincoln, Allyn Christ Church, Anacortes Christ Church, Anacortes (Children’s Ministry) St. Matthew/San Mateo, Auburn Grace, Bainbridge Island St. Barnabas, Bainbridge Island St. Barnabas, Bainbridge Island (Day School) Holy Spirit, Battle Ground Resurrection, Bellevue St. Margaret’s, Bellevue St. Paul’s, Bellingham St. Paul’s, Bremerton St. Elizabeth’s, Burien St. Aidan’s, Camano Island

A Guide to Gathering in Person: The Diocese of Olympia’s Phased-In Plan for Resuming In-Person Worship and Activities

A Guide to Gathering in Person: The Diocese of Olympia’s Phased-In Plan for Resuming In-Person Worship and Activities

Updated Tuesday, March 23, 2021: VIEW OR DOWNLOAD THE DOCUMENT VIEW OR DOWNLOAD THE DIOCESE OF OLYMPIA’S PHASE-IN CHART As of March 23, 2021: RELIGIOUS AND FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS COVID-19 REQUIREMENTS (Updated March 23) OPEN AIR AND SEATING REQUIREMENTS WEDDINGS AND FUNERALS REQUIREMENTS FOR OUTDOOR/INDOOR MUSIC AND PERFORMING ARTS To the Good People of God in the Diocese of Olympia, We live in interesting times. That might be one of the greatest understatements I have heard lately, but no doubt it

Live-Streaming Services in the Diocese of Olympia

Live-Streaming Services in the Diocese of Olympia

Churches across the Diocese of Olympia have transitioned to streaming their services online as COVID-19 continues to spread across Western Washington and the rest of the country. We have compiled an index of those services below, listed alphabetically by city. We will be adding new services regularly as they are added, so check back often. Christ Church, Anacortes Live Service Schedule and Archived Videos | Website St. Matthew / San Mateo, Auburn Sundays (Morning Prayer, English), 10:00am | Facebook Live

COVID-19: Requirements, Recommendations, and Resources

COVID-19: Requirements, Recommendations, and Resources

Updated Tuesday, March 23, 2021 (New COVID-19 Requirements for Religious and Faith-Based Organizations) The following page contains requirements, recommendations, and resources for churches in the Diocese of Olympia put together by the Office of the Bishop as a response to the COVID-19 outbreak. We take these actions for the common good, to care for the most vulnerable members of our community. As of March 23, 2021: RELIGIOUS AND FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS COVID-19 REQUIREMENTS (Updated March 23, 2021) OPEN AIR AND SEATING

New Clergy Calls

New Clergy Calls

It is a time of transition within our diocese, and we have a new clergy transition to announce. The Rev. Dr. Beth M. Echols has accepted a call as Priest in Charge of St. Benedict’s, Lacey and will begin April 18, 2021. The Rev Dr. Beth Echols, BCC, Is the Manager of Clinical Pastoral Education, Providence St. Peter Hospital (PSPH) since 2020. In this role she manages the Chaplain Residents and Interns in Clinical Pastoral Education. She is an Episcopal

Diocese of Olympia Seeks Canon for Finance

Diocese of Olympia Seeks Canon for Finance

Come work with us! The Office of the Bishop in the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia is seeking a Canon for Finance. The Canon for Finance reports directly to the bishop and is a member of the bishop’s Executive Team. The Canon for Finance oversees all fiscal and accounting activities of the Diocese of Olympia including budgeting and forecasting processes, financial analysis, reporting and financial planning, accounting operations, insurances, compliance with IRS and applicable federal, state and local regulations, and risk

A Covenant to Root Out Racism

A Covenant to Root Out Racism

Dear People of the Diocese of Olympia and beyond, At our Diocesan Convention last October you overwhelmingly passed a resolution supporting the Anti-Racism Covenant put forth initially by the Rt. Rev. Deon Johnson, Bishop of Missouri, and co-sponsored by many other bishops.   My name has been on this covenant since just after its posting, however, I have now, on your behalf, added not just my name and office but the entire Diocese of Olympia. I provide a link below

A Statement on the Atlanta Spa Shooting from Bishop Rickel and Bishops United Against Gun Violence

A Statement on the Atlanta Spa Shooting from Bishop Rickel and Bishops United Against Gun Violence

Dear Ones, As many of you know, I am part of Bishops United Against Gun Violence, group of more than 100 Episcopal bishops working to curtail the epidemic of gun violence in the United States, and together we have issued the followed statement regarding Tuesday’s hate crime and horrific act of violence and terrorism which claimed the lives of eight persons of Asian descent. On Tuesday, another white man who should not have had a gun shot and killed seven

“Pull Up the Gangplank, I’m Onboard”: A Reflection from Bishop Rickel

“Pull Up the Gangplank, I’m Onboard”: A Reflection from Bishop Rickel

“So much of what has helped the US become the 9th worst per capita death rate in the world, out of 201 countries, is, what I like to call, the ‘pull up the gangplank, I’m onboard’ syndrome. Or ‘I got mine, you get yours if you can, I’m good!’ We will live, in the next few months, in a real liminal space, an ‘in-between space’ with those vaccinated, and those not. Please be careful with the syndrome I lay out

Update from the Bishop’s Task Force on Homelessness

Update from the Bishop’s Task Force on Homelessness

From Cris Blair, member of Bishop’s Task Force on Homelessness: Dear Diocese of Olympia, This week is the deadline for the following bills – they will die if not moved out of their House of origin by March 9. The eviction moratorium is quickly approaching – March 31. If a renter has ever been evicted, it is almost impossible to ever rent again. If these bills don’t stay alive, we risk adding to our already massive unhoused population in Washington.

Transition Announcements in the Diocese of Olympia

Transition Announcements in the Diocese of Olympia

It is a time of transition within our diocese, and we have a new clergy transition to announce. The Rev. Rachel Endicott has accepted a call as Interim Priest of St. Paul’s, Bellingham and will be leaving her position as Rector of Christ Church, Puyallup, effective April 19, 2021. Rachel was born in the U.K. to a priest father and musician/teacher mother. After receiving a BA in Psychology from Scripps College and an MBA from National University, Rachel worked doing

Harbor Roots Farm Shares Now Available for 2021 Season!

Harbor Roots Farm Shares Now Available for 2021 Season!

Dear friends, supporters, and customers, Harbor Roots Farm, the supportive employment program of Chaplains on the Harbor, is BACK for 2021– with vegetables for sale! You can now buy shares for yourself, or buy shares to donate to hungry people in our community. A lot has happened since our last season: we moved to a permanent farm site on 23 acres in the Chehalis River Valley, we started selling our vegetables at the Aberdeen Farmers Market, and we grew our

Bishop Melissa Skelton to Join Diocesan Staff as Assisting Bishop

Bishop Melissa Skelton to Join Diocesan Staff as Assisting Bishop

The Diocese of Olympia is pleased to announce that, effective March 1, 2021, Bishop Melissa Skelton will be joining diocesan staff as an Assisting Bishop after retiring as Metropolitan of the Ecclesiastical Province of British Columbia and Yukon and Diocesan Bishop of the Diocese of New Westminster. Bishop Skelton will be serving on a per diem basis, meaning she will be remunerated on a case-by-case basis. Bishop Skelton will be available for visitations and will be assigned by Bishop Rickel,