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The Road Ahead: A Decision from Bishop Rickel

The Road Ahead: A Decision from Bishop Rickel

Printable PDF Version | En Español Dear Ones, A little over a year ago we embarked together on a journey of discernment and listening. This journey was sparked by a vow I made in the episcopate election of 2007 in which I stated I would probably leave this position in 10-12 years. If you have watched the videos I have made about this, and/or attended many of the “Walk Again” listening sessions of this past year, you know about how

Vandalism Across the Diocese on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Vandalism Across the Diocese on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Please note: the image of vandalism from St. Luke, Seattle contains potentially triggering slurs. Several churches across the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia were vandalized on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with messages of intolerance and political divisiveness. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Seattle, Trinity Episcopal Church in Everett, and Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in Seattle were all targets of these acts of hate. The leaders of all three communities have responded with such grace and love in the midst of

The Second Episcopate: Staffing Changes and Reorganization at the Office of the Bishop

The Second Episcopate: Staffing Changes and Reorganization at the Office of the Bishop

To the Faithful of the Diocese of Olympia, I write to share with all of you some changes in staffing and a reorganization within the Office of the Bishop. These changes were carefully considered in conjunction with our new vision, and the idea of the “second episcopate” that so many of you resonated with and which came out of our year of discernment and pilgrimage. I first want to thank the many of you that responded to the letter regarding

Get to Know the Seattle Service Corps: Elly

Get to Know the Seattle Service Corps: Elly

Today we introduce another Seattle Service Corps member: Elly Green! She comes to Seattle by way of many places, but Kentucky is where her parents live. Elly graduated in 2018 from Xavier in Cincinnati, Ohio with a double major in English and Gender and Diversity Studies. Elly said about joining the Service Corps, “I’m really drawn to a sense of community in family ties and ones you form yourself. The SSC program community also intersects with spirituality, which was a

Episcopal Youth Event (EYE20): unite! ¡unámonos!

Episcopal Youth Event (EYE20): unite! ¡unámonos!

July 5-11 | Registration Closes February 1 | $1,000 Registration (1/3 Scholarship Available) “Come to me, all you who are struggling hard and carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest. Put on my yoke, and learn from me. I’m gentle and humble. And you will find rest for yourselves. My yoke is easy to bear, and my burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30, Common English Bible (CEB) Join other youth from across The Episcopal Church for the largest

Bishop Rickel Responds to Recent Anti-Semitic Violence and Shooting in Texas

Bishop Rickel Responds to Recent Anti-Semitic Violence and Shooting in Texas

Dear Ones, Once again, our houses of worship have been violated by senseless violence as three people were shot at the West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas this morning. Two of the individuals are dead, one of those believed to be the shooter, and as is always the case in situations like this, there is much that we do not and will never know. We mourn the loss of life and pray for the families of everyone

Christmas

Christmas

Bishop Rickel’s Christmas Message Merry Christmas, Diocese of Olympia and everyone watching! For those of you who love Christmas, I have good news for you, it’s a season, not a day. It runs from this day to January 5, and then to the Feast of the Epiphany, the arrival of the Magi, the 6th of January, so enjoy it, keep celebrating. Christ arrives, that’s what Christmas is all about. Christ coming into our lives, coming into our world, incarnating love

Chaplains on the Harbor: Year End Appeal – Week 6

Chaplains on the Harbor: Year End Appeal – Week 6

From Aaron Scott, Diocesan Missioner of Anti-Poverty Organizing and Chaplain and Organizer with Chaplains on the Harbor: Dear family in Christ and in the struggle for survival and dignity for all people, We’re adding an extra week to our year end appeal, and we still need to raise $25,000 to finish the year! As individuals and as a team, we have come a long way in six years – from homelessness, from active addiction, from incarceration, from family separation, from

Bishop’s Bookshelf: Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

Bishop’s Bookshelf: Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

From Bishop Rickel: So, on my sabbatical I got to read some more, but not nearly as much as I had hoped. Upon my return from sabbatical, I rediscovered all the time I have in a car! And Audible is your friend for that. I finished a book I have very much enjoyed called Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed, by Lori Gottlieb. I honestly cannot remember how this got on my

Chaplains on the Harbor: Year End Appeal, Week 5

Chaplains on the Harbor: Year End Appeal, Week 5

From Aaron Scott, Diocesan Missioner of Anti-Poverty Organizing and Chaplain and Organizer with Chaplains on the Harbor: Dear family in Christ and in the struggle for survival and dignity for all people, Chaplains on the Harbor still needs to raise $30,000 to close out the year! This is the final week of Chaplains on the Harbor sharing testimonies from our incredible staff, as part of our year-end appeal. As individuals and as a team, we have come a long way