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Advent, Christmas, and Holiday Services in the Diocese of Olympia

Advent, Christmas, and Holiday Services in the Diocese of Olympia

Join our churches and worshiping communities from across the Diocese of Olympia this holiday season! More services will be added throughout the season, so check back for more updates! Events are listed chronologically, but you can narrow your search by clicking the “Show Events Search” tab below and selecting a date and/or entering a zip code. When searching by location, the form will pull up events within a 10 mile radius of the zip code entered.  

Seeking Canon for Multicultural Ministry and Community Transformation

Seeking Canon for Multicultural Ministry and Community Transformation

Ethnic Ministries Circles of Color and the Office of the Bishop are seeking a Full Time Canon for Multicultural Ministry and Community Transformation. The Canon will engage the diocese in becoming a more inclusive community. Areas of responsibility include oversight, facilitation, and implementation of a diocesan strategy to increase diversity in lay and clerical positions, as well as in programming. The Canon will support ethnic congregations, including the development of such congregations, and will engage the larger communities on issues

Using A Covenant to Root Out Racism in Liturgy

Using A Covenant to Root Out Racism in Liturgy

As we approach the anniversary of Mr. George Floyd’s murder, May 25, Bishop Rickel is asking that all congregations of the diocese incorporate “A Covenant to Root Out Racism” in their worship and in their Christian formation plans for Pentecost and/or the Season after Pentecost. The Commission for Liturgy & the Arts anticipates that using this litany may inspire congregations to desire deeper engagement with the commitments of the Covenant. In consultation with the Circles of Color, they are developing

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 Friday, July 2, 2021 (Bishop Rickel’s Letter Announcing the Lifting of COVID Restrictions in the Diocese of Olympia; New Reopening Page from the Office of the Governor) LIFTING OF COVID RESTRICTIONS IN THE DIOCESE OF OLYMPIA (July 2, 2021) OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR’S COVID-19 REOPENING GUIDANCE (July 2, 2021) VIEW OR DOWNLOAD THE DOCUMENT (April 2020 – Where information in the Diocese of Olympia’s Phase-In Plan conflicts with the governor’s orders, please follow the most recent governor’s orders.) VIEW OR DOWNLOAD THE

Live-Streaming Services in the Diocese of Olympia

Live-Streaming Services in the Diocese of Olympia

Churches across the Diocese of Olympia transitioned to streaming their services online due to COVID-19. Even as some churches have begun to reopen and hold in-person worship, many are continuing to hold virtual worship as well. 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. Please check individual church websites for their in-person worship offerings. Christ Church, Anacortes Live Service Schedule

COVID-19: Requirements, Recommendations, and Resources

COVID-19: Requirements, Recommendations, and Resources

Updated Friday, July 2, 2021 (Bishop Rickel’s Letter Announcing the Lifting of COVID Restrictions in the Diocese of Olympia; New Reopening Page from the Office of the Governor) 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 July 2, 2021:

Chaplains on the Harbor: Advent Appeal

Chaplains on the Harbor: Advent Appeal

From Aaron Scott, Chaplain and Organizer at Chaplains on the Harbor: Dear friends and family, “God has brought the rulers down from their thrones, but has lifted up the humble!” In the midst of an eviction avalanche and with COVID surging on, we are working hard to stay grounded in the revolutionary hope of Mary’s song this Advent: that the hungry will be filled with good things to eat. A bright light over these past few months has been the

Clergy Transitions in the Diocese of Olympia

Clergy Transitions in the Diocese of Olympia

It is a time of transition within our diocese, and we have new a clergy transition to announce. The Rev. Thomas Ortung has accepted a call as Interim Priest of St. Andrew’s, Tacoma, effective January 1, 2022. He will be leaving his current position as Interim Priest of St. David Emmanuel, Shoreline at the end of December 2021. Tom was born and raised in Upstate New York. He holds a BA in European History from The University at Albany, writing

Declaración del señor Obispo Rickel sobre el veredicto en el caso Ahmad Arbery

Declaración del señor Obispo Rickel sobre el veredicto en el caso Ahmad Arbery

English Estimados, El día de hoy, el jurado del juicio de Ahmad Arbery ha emitido su veredicto y ha declarado culpables de casi todos los cargos a los hombres responsables de la muerte de Arbery. Tal como lo ha dicho nuestro Obispo Primado, aunque este veredicto no devuelve a Ahmaud Arbery a su familia y a sus seres queridos, éste proporciona una medida de justicia de un sistema que con demasiada frecuencia ha negado la justicia a nuestros hermanos BIPOC

Advent 2021: A Message from Bishop Rickel

Advent 2021: A Message from Bishop Rickel

Greetings, Diocese of Olympia and all who may be watching. And as I’ve said just about every year, let me also say “Happy New Year.” For our planet, we won’t be saying that for another month or so, but as Christians, we say it now. Our new year starts with the first Sunday of Advent, which this year is Sunday, November 28th. So Happy New Year, church. Advent may be my favorite season, just four Sundays. It’s also the season

Bishop Rickel’s Statement on the Verdict in the Ahmad Arbery Case

Bishop Rickel’s Statement on the Verdict in the Ahmad Arbery Case

Español Dear Ones, Today, the jury in the Ahmad Arbery trial has returned its verdict and found the men responsible for Arbery’s death guilty on nearly all counts. While this verdict does not, as our Presiding Bishop has said, bring Ahmaud Arbery back to his family and loved ones, it does provide a measure of justice from a system that has too often denied justice to our BIPOC siblings. I echo the prayers and pleas of our Presiding Bishop and

Declaración del Obispo Rickel sobre el veredicto en el caso de Kyle Rittenhouse

Declaración del Obispo Rickel sobre el veredicto en el caso de Kyle Rittenhouse

In English Amadas y amados, Me dio mucha tristeza escuchar el veredicto rendido el día de hoy en el juicio de Kyle Rittenhouse, el joven que viajó hasta Kenosha, Wisconsin el año pasado y con un arma mató a dos personas e hirió gravemente a una tercera. El incidente dejó al descubierto muchos de los problemas con los cuales seguimos batallando como país, y los cuales intentamos ignorar con demasiada frecuencia: temas de justicia racial, justicieros blancos, y la violencia

Bishop Rickel’s Statement on the Kyle Rittenhouse Verdict

Bishop Rickel’s Statement on the Kyle Rittenhouse Verdict

En Español Dear Ones, I was saddened to learn of the verdict today in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, the young man who traveled to Kenosha, WI last year and fatally shot two people, seriously injuring a third. The incident brought to the surface many of the issues that our country wrestles with – and all-too-often attempts to ignore – around racial justice, white vigilantism, and gun violence. Rittenhouse came to Kenosha, heavily armed, as part of a mob of

Updates from the Refugee Resettlement Office, November 2021

Updates from the Refugee Resettlement Office, November 2021

The following update on refugees from Afghanistan comes from Greg Hope, Executive Director of the Diocese of Olympia’s Refugee Resettlement Office: How many arrivals from Afghanistan are we currently seeing in Western Washington? I don’t know the exact figure for Washington, as all the resettlement agencies have received many hundreds of Afghans. There are five of us operating in the state. We are the smallest. I expect an update within the next few weeks provided by the State Coordinator. I