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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

Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral Presents Commemorative Event for Seattle Civil Rights Leader Edwin T. Pratt

Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral Presents Commemorative Event for Seattle Civil Rights Leader Edwin T. Pratt

Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral presents A Commemorative Event for Seattle Civil Rights Leader Edwin T. Pratt, to be held on Saturday, February 2 at 2:00pm. The event will honor Pratt’s legacy, featuring speakers from the community and special guests, including Michelle Merriweather at Urban League; The Rev. Dr. Phyllis Beaumonte; King County Councilmember Larry Gossett; and Pratt’s daughter, Miriam Pratt Glover. Seattle civil rights leader Edwin Pratt was assassinated at the door of his Shoreline home almost 50 years ago.

The Way of Love: BLESS

The Way of Love: BLESS

From Sue Tait, Diocesan Librarian: The Way of Love: Practices for Jesus-Centered Life This material helps individuals, groups and congregations move more deeply into our lives as the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement.   “Early in his ministry, Jesus of Nazareth was surrounded by crowds. He turned and asked, “What do you seek?” (John 1:38).  Many of us seek love, freedom, abundant life and we seek Jesus.  In this third posting of resources for the Way of Love we consider

Christ Church, Tacoma Receives Humanitarian Award

Christ Church, Tacoma Receives Humanitarian Award

The International Imperial Court System, an organization dedicated to charitable work and advocacy for the LGBTQ community, has honored Christ Church-Tacoma with the Jose Julio Sarria Civil Rights Award.  Jose Sarria, a gay man and the founder of the Imperial Court System, was a leader in the gay and lesbian struggle for civil rights that began in the 1960’s. AIDS Housing Association of Tacoma (AHAT) was founded in 1989 at the height of the AIDS crisis.  When the AIDS crisis

Advent Tells Us Christ is Near…

Advent Tells Us Christ is Near…

With the First Sunday in Advent, we begin one of two major cycles of the Church year: Advent-Christmas-Epiphany (the Incarnation Cycle). The other major cycle is Lent-Holy Week-Easter (the Paschal or Resurrection Cycle). In our liturgies, seasonal changes in scripture readings, liturgical texts, music and practice, along with colors and ornamentation, reveal each season’s meaning within the overall shape of the cycle of which it is a part. Advent means “arrival” and “coming.” Advent’s readings weave together the three comings

Holiday Services in the Diocese of Olympia

Holiday Services in the Diocese of Olympia

  Join our churches and worshiping communities from across the Diocese of Olympia this holiday season! You can view holiday service times below, arranged alphabetically by city. St. Andrew, Aberdeen December 1; 9:00am – Winterfest Breakfast with Santa December 2; 9:00am- 1st Sunday of Advent (Advent Wreath-Making for all ages) December 9; 8:00am & 10:00am – 2nd Advent December 16; 8:00am & 10:00am – 3rd Advent December 20; 6:00pm – Neighborhood Walk & Caroling (Join us, and stay for winter refreshments.) December 22; 9:00am

A House Divided: The Spokane-Olympia Apple Cup Challenge

A House Divided: The Spokane-Olympia Apple Cup Challenge

To the Good People of the Diocese of Olympia and the Diocese of Spokane. Your bishops write you with news of a friendly wager we are making in regard to the upcoming Apple Cup game this Friday between the Washington State Cougars and the University of Washington Huskies in what is sure to be a great game. The two of us have made a friendly bet on the team that resides in our diocese. Our bet is this, whoever loses

The Rev. Sarah Monroe Files Lawsuit Against City of Aberdeen, WA

The Rev. Sarah Monroe Files Lawsuit Against City of Aberdeen, WA

A lawsuit has been filed in federal district court, by the Rev Sarah Monroe, April Obi Boling, and Tim Quigg against the City of Aberdeen, Mayor Erik Larson, and City Engineer Kris Koski. People experiencing homelessness in Aberdeen have been camping out and living on the banks of the Chehalis River for decades, more and more people joining the encampment over recent years as they get squeezed out of a dwindling housing market. Most recently, the city purchased the land

This is Us: Bishop Rickel’s Convention Address

This is Us: Bishop Rickel’s Convention Address

“This Is Us, Looking Back, Moving Forward.” That’s our theme for this 2018 Convention. And I know some of you have asked why did we steal the title of an Emmy Award-winning TV drama? Well, I would just say, because it’s good. As I said to you at the Bishop’s Leadership Conference, I believe in the CASE method: Copy and Steal Everything. Which you can of course, when you can. And that title seemed to fit us as a diocese

The Way of Love: BLESS

The Way of Love: BLESS

From Sue Tait, Diocesan Librarian: The Way of Love: Practices for Jesus-Centered Life The following materials helps individuals, groups, and congregations move more deeply into our lives as the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement. “Early in his ministry, Jesus of Nazareth was surrounded by crowds. He turned and asked, ‘What do you seek?’” (John 1:38). Many of us seek love, freedom, abundant life, and we seek Jesus. In this second posting of resources for the Way of Love we

Chaplains on the Harbor: Emergency Appeal

Chaplains on the Harbor: Emergency Appeal

From Aaron Scott of Chaplains on the Harbor: Beloved friends in Christ: once again we need your help. In order to stay open until the end of this fiscal year, Chaplains on the Harbor needs to raise $20,000 by December or face the real possibility of permanent closure. We are a church, first and foremost. We gather people together, we pray, we study, we break bread, we build trust. Our own members frequently tithe beyond ten percent: a month’s worth