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The People of the Diocese of Olympia: Where We Are, Where We’ve Been, and Where We’re Going

The People of the Diocese of Olympia: Where We Are, Where We’ve Been, and Where We’re Going

As a part of our ongoing discernment of how to carry out our shared vision, we created this Diocesan Snapshot to reflect where we are today and how we hope to work together to be the Episcopal Branch of the Jesus Movement in Western Washington. This snapshot includes a description of how we work together (A Governance Overview), an overview of how our relationship with money has changed over the last 10 years (Treasurer’s Report) and responses from members of

Prayer and Discernment Resources Guide for a Year of Listening

Prayer and Discernment Resources Guide for a Year of Listening

You are invited to participate in our Year of Listening diocesan discernment process. In this document, we included prayers for use in congregational worship and personal devotions to help cultivate a spirit of listening to God. We also included some structured discernment exercises to help you ask the most important questions in your life and in the life of your community. PRAYER RESOURCES DISCERNMENT RESOURCES

Ky Chen and Bishop’s Cross Award Nominations

Ky Chen and Bishop’s Cross Award Nominations

The Office of the Bishop has issued a call for nominations for two diocesan awards. If you know of a person deserving of either award, talk with your church office or leadership about submitting a nomination. The awards will be made during the Diocesan Convention, November 8-9, at the Lynnwood Convention Center. The deadling to submit nominations is Monday, September 30. Nominations must be made using the authorized form below. NOMINATION FORM In 2011, Bishop Rickel established the Ky Chen Employee

Staff Transitions

Staff Transitions

There’s a new staff transition to announce at the Office of the Bishop. Elizabeth Myers, our Diocesan Receptionist and Resource Assistant, has accepted a new position as Temporary Children’s Librarian with the Seattle Public Library. Elizabeth has been a vital part of the diocesan staff during their more than 14 months with us and has helped make the Office of the Bishop a more inclusive and hospitable space for our guests and visitors. While we are sorry to see them

Announcing New Dean of Iona School

Announcing New Dean of Iona School

Maureen Crawford, Director of Adult Faith Formation and Dean of the Iona School in the Diocese of Olympia, is stepping down and graduating along with the first group of Iona Olympia students to graduate. We are extremely grateful for all the work Maureen has done on behalf of the diocese during her four years with us. Please join us in wishing her all the best in her future endeavors. While we are sad to see Maureen go, we are very

Important Information Regarding the Former Site of St. George, Seattle

Important Information Regarding the Former Site of St. George, Seattle

On August 9, 2019, representatives from Tent City 3 approached our Diocesan Property Manager, the Rev. Dennis Tierney, about the possibility of relocating to the site of the former St. George’s Episcopal Church in the Lake City neighborhood of Seattle. Plans for Tent City 3’s next site had fallen through, and the group needed to move to a new location in eight days. This was the third request since July of 2019 by groups seeking to use the site for

Nominations for General Convention Deputies

Nominations for General Convention Deputies

The 2019 Annual Diocesan Convention will elect our deputation to the 2021 General Convention to be held in Baltimore, Maryland. A full description of the work of the General Convention and the role of deputies is provided in document B.2 Overview of Nominations for General Convention. This fall may seem early for this election, but The Episcopal Church canons require deputations be elected at least 12 months in advance of the event, so waiting until the  fall of 2020 is too late

Preaching Across the Divide: An Episcopal Preaching Foundation Conference

Preaching Across the Divide: An Episcopal Preaching Foundation Conference

Saint Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle | October 3-4 | Sponsored by the Office of the Bishop – Registration Fees and Conference Meals Provided In today’s divisive political environment, it’s more important than ever to find ways of preaching that engages all of our parishioners – no matter their political beliefs. The Office of the Bishop is pleased to host a skills-based preaching conference for all clergy and licensed preachers in the Diocese of Olympia. Developed and presented by the Episcopal Preaching

Sadness, Anger, Grief: Bishop Rickel Responds to the Shootings in El Paso and Dayton

Sadness, Anger, Grief: Bishop Rickel Responds to the Shootings in El Paso and Dayton

Dear Ones, Yesterday, I was just about to blog some reflections on the Camino after being off the trail and home, and that will come… but it seemed so trivial when I received the word of yet another mass shooting in our country. I completely understand why the Mayor of El Paso felt the need to say the words to his fellow citizens, “Don’t worry, we are all safe.” But I had to wonder, how can any of us make

2019 Bishop’s Preaching Award: Submissions Now Being Accepted

2019 Bishop’s Preaching Award: Submissions Now Being Accepted

Any sermon preached in any congregation (by a preacher from any order) in the Diocese of Olympia from the First Sunday of Advent, 2018 (December 2, 2018) through September 01, 2019,  is eligible for consideration. The winner will be announced at the 2019 Diocesan Convention and will be awarded $1,000. Sermons must be submitted by email to mkoski@ecww.org with the preacher’s name and contact information in the email and with the sermon attached as a Word or PDF file. The

Saint Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle Compline Services to be Sung by Women’s Compline Choir in August

Saint Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle Compline Services to be Sung by Women’s Compline Choir in August

The Compline Choir at Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in Seattle, the men’s choir which has sung the popular night prayer service of Compline every Sunday at 9:30pm for over 60 years, will take a rare hiatus in August to make a pilgrimage to two of England’s most prominent and historic cathedrals: Canterbury and Salisbury. While the men’s choir is away, on August 11, 18, and 25 the Compline service will, for the first time at the cathedral, be sung by

Prayers for Youth Creation Care Pilgrimage

Prayers for Youth Creation Care Pilgrimage

On behalf of the liturgy and music team of the Creation Care Pilgrimage, we would be grateful for all within the diocese to include the creation care pilgrims in their prayers this week as they are sent out from Saint Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle on August 4 at the 11:00am service. The pilgrims will return on Saturday, August 10. “Lord, we give thanks for the teens and adult leaders who are making a Creation Care Pilgrimage this week from our Cathedral