Cookie Settings

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

Sample Reopening Plans

Sample Reopening Plans

The following reopening plans from churches across the diocese are being made available as a resource for congregations seeking a starting point in developing their own reopening plans. St. Andrew’s, Aberdeen St. Hugh of Lincoln, Allyn Christ Church, Anacortes Christ Church, Anacortes (Children’s Ministry) St. Matthew/San Mateo, Auburn Grace, Bainbridge Island St. Barnabas, Bainbridge Island St. Barnabas, Bainbridge Island (Day School) Holy Spirit, Battle Ground All Saints’, Bellevue Resurrection, Bellevue St. Margaret’s, Bellevue St. Paul’s, Bellingham St. Paul’s, Bremerton St.

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 Monday, May 10, 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 DIOCESE OF OLYMPIA’S PHASE-IN CHART As of May 10, 2021: RELIGIOUS AND FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS COVID-19 REQUIREMENTS (Updated March 23) OPEN AIR AND SEATING REQUIREMENTS WEDDINGS AND FUNERALS (Updated May 24, 2021) REQUIREMENTS FOR OUTDOOR/INDOOR MUSIC AND PERFORMING ARTS To the Good People of

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 Monday, May 10, 2021 (New COVID-19 Requirements for Religious and Faith-Based Organizations) 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 May 10, 2021: RELIGIOUS AND FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS COVID-19 REQUIREMENTS (Updated May 10, 2021) OPEN AIR AND SEATING

Locally Centered Ministries: “Loads of Love” from Christ Church, Blaine

Locally Centered Ministries: “Loads of Love” from Christ Church, Blaine

We’re sharing the stories of ministries in congregations around the diocese, celebrating the incredible work being done on the local level. In this local ministry profile, Susan Thomson of Christ Church, Blaine speaks about “Loads of Love.” Loads of Love came out of the Mary Helen Windell Outreach Committee (MHWOC). Mary Helen was a parishioner at Christ Church Blaine who was passionate about social justice and helping the community. After her death in 2016, the Rev. Dawn Foisie, our priest

Presiding Bishop’s Statement on Fulton vs. Philadelphia

Presiding Bishop’s Statement on Fulton vs. Philadelphia

Dear Ones, Sad ruling today in my mind and heart, and our Presiding Bishop says it best. +Greg Presiding Bishop Michael Curry issues statement on Fulton v. Philadelphia June 17, 2021 My heart is with my LGBTQ siblings in light of today’s ruling by the Supreme Court in Fulton v. Philadelphia. For us, the affirmation of equal rights for all people is a moral and religious conviction; it is grounded in the Bible, which declares that all people have been

Good News! 2021 Green Grants Available

Good News! 2021 Green Grants Available

Once again, the Bishop’s Committee for the Environment (BCE) is offering small matching grants for projects that reduce energy or water use at churches. The BCE will match church spending on these projects up to $750. Over 50% of the BCE budget is used to match church spending on these projects. Where to start? How about with reopening and soon! As you look around your church and grounds with fresh eyes, you may see some things that need attention. A

Clergy Transitions

Clergy Transitions

It is a time of transition within our diocese, and we have a new clergy transition to announce. The Rev. Elise Johnstone has accepted a call as priest-in-charge of St. John the Baptist, Seattle, and will begin August 8, 2021. The multiple callings of mother, spouse, and Episcopal priest bring the Rev. Canon Elise Johnstone great joy. She has been serving since 2014 as the Canon to the Ordinary of the Episcopal Diocese of Lexington, in Kentucky. Prior to that

What is Ordinary Time?

What is Ordinary Time?

According to Ecclesiastes 3:1 and the song by The Byrds, “To everything there is a season.” In much of the Church, we observe the seasons of the two great cycles of the Church Year: Advent and Christmas, Lent and Easter. But there are “in between” times which are sometimes counted as “ordinary.” In the Roman Catholic Church, the Sundays after the Feast of the Epiphany and after the Feast of the Pentecost are considered “ordinary time.” Episcopalians are more likely

Spring Update from Chaplains on the Harbor

Spring Update from Chaplains on the Harbor

Dear friends, family and supporters in the struggle and in Christ, What a spring this is! To see new life, sunshine, and hope breaking through in the midst of a world still very much on fire with injustice and grief can almost give you spiritual whiplash. And yet this is how it’s always been for our ministry at Chaplains on the Harbor, and for poor and oppressed people everywhere on earth—in the middle of a cruel slew of overdoses and

New Clergy Calls

New Clergy Calls

It is a time of transition within our diocese, and we have a new clergy transition to announce. The Rev. Dr. Beth M. Echols has accepted a call as Priest in Charge of St. Benedict’s, Lacey and will begin April 18, 2021. The Rev Dr. Beth Echols, BCC, Is the Manager of Clinical Pastoral Education, Providence St. Peter Hospital (PSPH) since 2020. In this role she manages the Chaplain Residents and Interns in Clinical Pastoral Education. She is an Episcopal

One Service for Turtle Island

One Service for Turtle Island

In the cosmology of North and South American peoples, Turtle Island is the geographic region covering Canada, United States, Central America, and South America. Join together online Sunday, April 25, to worship Jesus with Episcopalians from all over the Diocese of Olympia led by our Circles of Color and focused on the languages, cultures, and experiences of the First Peoples of Turtle Island, with a specific focus on communities from within Province 8. This online service is a chance for

Diocese of Olympia Seeks Canon for Finance

Diocese of Olympia Seeks Canon for Finance

Come work with us! The Office of the Bishop in the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia is seeking a Canon for Finance. The Canon for Finance reports directly to the bishop and is a member of the bishop’s Executive Team. The Canon for Finance oversees all fiscal and accounting activities of the Diocese of Olympia including budgeting and forecasting processes, financial analysis, reporting and financial planning, accounting operations, insurances, compliance with IRS and applicable federal, state and local regulations, and risk