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One Diocese, One Church, One Day to Worship Together

One Diocese, One Church, One Day to Worship Together

We are more than individual churches, we are a diocese – more than 26,000 Christians following the way of Jesus together across Western Washington. On June 7, the Office of the Bishop in the Diocese of Olympia will hold one worship service for our entire diocese. Designed to bring together all Episcopalians in Western Washington to worship as one, connect to each other, and meditate on all the ways we stay connected and stay church, this Sunday will also give

Resources to Support Protesters and Racial Equity in Western Washington

Resources to Support Protesters and Racial Equity in Western Washington

Dear Ones, These are trying times for everyone, but none more than the people of color of this country, who have never achieved equality or justice though a light has been shined on that disparity so many times, before our lifetimes, and in our lifetimes. The responsibility for changing this is on us all, but most especially the white person. We have the greatest responsibility to use our privilege to work toward a solution. I thank you all, so many

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 Thursday, June 18: VIEW OR DOWNLOAD THE DOCUMENT VIEW OR DOWNLOAD THE DIOCESE OF OLYMPIA’S PHASE-IN CHART RELIGIOUS AND FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS COVID-19 REQUIREMENTS – GOVERNOR’S OFFICE (Updated Thursday, June 18) FAQ FOR RELIGIOUS AND FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS – KING COUNTY 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 is true. These have been especially interesting days for

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 Thursday, July 2 (New Liturgical Resources Added to Phase-In Resources, Information on COVID-19 and Music Added to Health Resources) 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 June 25: Churches in Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Skamania,

Anti-Racism Plans and Priorities in the Diocese of Olympia

Anti-Racism Plans and Priorities in the Diocese of Olympia

Dear People of the Diocese of Olympia, As our nation continues to grapple with deeply embedded and systemic racism – particularly evident in the continued murder and acts of violence directed against Black lives – we are all, as representatives of the Body of Christ, rightly looking for ways that we can address this racism in our church, our nation, our communities, and our lives. In addition to the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) to prepare us for working across cultures

Global Mission Grants Open

Global Mission Grants Open

Do you have a parish-based partnership in a developing country somewhere around the world?  Funds are available to assist you in that ministry through our Diocesan Mission Grants program.  At the 2015 Diocesan Convention we reaffirmed our commitment to support the UN’s development goals (now known as Sustainable Development Goals – SDGs) as criteria for global mission grants. This is consistent with the mission goals of The Episcopal Church, and with our baptismal covenant “to seek and serve Christ in

2021 Congregational Development Grant Applications Now Open

2021 Congregational Development Grant Applications Now Open

As of July, our Congregational Development (CD) Grants process in the Diocese of Olympia is now open. CD Grants is a granting program designed to help congregations make steps or leaps forward in their development by funding specific projects related to congregational health, faithfulness, and effectiveness. All congregations in good standing in the Diocese of Olympia are eligible to apply for these grants. This year as a direct response to COVID-19 and the dramatically shifting landscape of congregational life during

Chaplains on the Harbor Update: Aberdeen City Council Stands Against Racism

Chaplains on the Harbor Update: Aberdeen City Council Stands Against Racism

In the wake of Chaplains on the Harbor’s recent confrontation with armed and hostile counter-protestors, the Aberdeen City Council–for the first time ever–issued a public statement condemning systemic racism and racial injustice. Included in the statement is an explicit recognition that, while legal, armed open-carry counter protesting has a chilling effect on people’s constitutionally protected right to freedom of assembly. The statement passed despite significant division within the council on these issues. You can read full coverage of the council’s

St. Timothy, Chehalis Paints with Ben Galagan

St. Timothy, Chehalis Paints with Ben Galagan

From the Rev. Kay Flores of St. Timothy, Chehalis: St. Timothy Episcopal Church in Chehalis, Washington had such fun painting with residents of Chehalis West Assisted Living Facility during May! Ben Galagan, who lives in Cody, Wyoming, is an artist and a camp counselor friend of the church’s rector, Kay Flores. Kay, who is NOT an artist, enjoyed painting with Ben in an online class a while ago. Kay convinced Ben to teach the class via Zoom. With the help

Announcing the Call for Nominations for 2020 Diocesan Election

Announcing the Call for Nominations for 2020 Diocesan Election

While decisions for this year’s diocesan convention are being finalized, the Nominations Committee is beginning its process to identify candidates for election to Diocesan Council and the Standing Committee at convention. This year the Nominations Committee is actively seeking qualified candidates for the following positions: For Diocesan Council (by region) for 3-year terms: Lay representatives from Evergreen, Be Attitudes, and Columbia regions Clergy representatives from Eastside, Peninsula, and Sno-Isle regions Note: Incumbents from Rainier (lay) and Willapa (clergy) are standing

Webinars from the Diocese of Olympia

Webinars from the Diocese of Olympia

During this time of remote gathering, the Diocese of Olympia has been holding a series of webinars on a wide range of topics, including stewardship, faith formation, and specific topics related to regathering once our buildings open once again. Here you can find an archive of our past webinars, grouped by topic, if you would like to revisit the material, or if you missed the webinar the first time around. ReGathering Webinars ReGathering Considered: Legalities and Practicalities Soon it will

Godly Play in a New Way: A Better Together Webinar

Godly Play in a New Way: A Better Together Webinar

While Sunday school as we once knew it is on hold, Godly Play storytelling can continue thanks to Zoom and a little ingenuity. The Reverend Kay Flores, St. Timothy, Chehalis, a long-time Godly Play trainer, demonstrates how you can improve your Godly Play outreach with a document camera, a technique which better showcases the sacred stories. Kay draws from her own experience, and that of other trainers from around the country, in offering tips and making recommendations on how best

A Vigil in Memory of George Floyd and All Victims of Racism

A Vigil in Memory of George Floyd and All Victims of Racism

A Vigil in Memory of George Floyd and All Victims of Racism Gather outside in front of the church with the ringing of the church bell(s), if available. Welcome: Thank you as we gather to remember George Floyd and all the victims of racism, and also pray to overcome the pandemic of racism as it infects us, our community, the nation, and the world. Invocation: In the name of God our creator, who made us in God’s own image and called us