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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

Chaplains on the Harbor: Year End Appeal

Chaplains on the Harbor: Year End Appeal

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, Over the next five weeks, Chaplains on the Harbor will be 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 in six years – from homelessness, from active addiction, from incarceration, from family

2019 Convention Awards

2019 Convention Awards

At the 109th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia, held November 8-9 at the Lynnwood Convention Center, a series of awards were given to members of our community: the Ky Chen Employee Excellence “No Problem” Award, the Bishop’s Cross Award, and the Bishop’s Preaching Award. Bishop’s Preaching Award 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, 

Winning Sermon of the 2019 Bishop’s Preaching Award

Winning Sermon of the 2019 Bishop’s Preaching Award

From the Rev. Rich Weyls of St. Andrew, Seattle: Volunteering at the Uptown shelter in Chicago was a monthly ritual for me during my seminary years.  I would take a commuter train and the EL to get to Uptown, a transitional neighborhood that was known for drive-by shootings and random violence.  The shelter, itself, was on the main drag so I usually felt safe enough.  I was in my late 20’s, at the time, so I still had a strange

Bishop Rickel Responds to the Shooting in Santa Clarita

Bishop Rickel Responds to the Shooting in Santa Clarita

Dear Ones, I am deeply saddened by news of the shooting this morning at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, CA that has claimed the lives of two teenagers and injured three more. As is often the case in the immediate aftermath of such horrific events, we know very little about the shooter’s motivations and more details will doubtless be revealed in the coming days and weeks. And as is often the case, we will hear the usual litany of

Bishop Rickel’s Convention Eucharist Sermon

Bishop Rickel’s Convention Eucharist Sermon

The reading today from the Acts of the Apostles begins with the 12 disciples saying, or at least having these words put into their mouths, “It’s not right that we should neglect the word of God in order to wait tables.” That seems kind of like a slight to me. As if that lowly work of waiting tables, we might say this is one of the first whisperings of delusions of grandeur about those in leadership in the church. We

Bishop Rickel’s Convention Address

Bishop Rickel’s Convention Address

So good to welcome you all again to the 109th Convention of the Diocese of Olympia with our theme, People of the Way: Our Year of Pilgrimage, Listening, and Obedience. In Flat Rock, North Carolina, just outside Kanuga, sits the great poet and writer Carl Sandburg’s home and farm. It’s a beautiful place, pretty much left as it was when it was turned over to the National Park Service. Whenever I’m at Kanuga, I never miss going there, hiking the

Updates from Chaplains on the Harbor: Homeless Plaintiffs Reach Settlement in Lawsuit Against the City of Aberdeen

Updates from Chaplains on the Harbor: Homeless Plaintiffs Reach Settlement in Lawsuit Against the City of Aberdeen

From the Rev. Sarah Monroe of Chaplains on the Harbor: Early this year, a group of plaintiffs who lived along the Chehalis River filed a lawsuit as the city of Aberdeen announced its intentions to sweep and bulldoze their camps. Today, the city is settling with those plaintiffs. In the time since this lawsuit has been filed, it has become harder to survive as a homeless person in Aberdeen; you cannot rest on the sidewalks during the day, you cannot

Dr. Rowan Williams visits Epiphany, Seattle on All Saints’ Sunday

Dr. Rowan Williams visits Epiphany, Seattle on All Saints’ Sunday

From Jad Baaklini, Communications Director at Epiphany, Seattle: The former Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, will be visiting Seattle in November as part of his official responsibilities as Master of Magdalene College at Cambridge University. During his stay, Dr. Williams will be meeting with Magdalene alumni in the area. He will also be spending All Saints’ Sunday (November 3) at Epiphany Episcopal Parish in Seattle, at the invitation of parishioner Marshal McReal. “His acceptance of our invitation to visit

Get to Know the Seattle Service Corps: Laney

Get to Know the Seattle Service Corps: Laney

Welcome to the Seattle Service Corps! All seven Corps Members arrived in Capitol Hill early September and have been acclimating to Seattle, each other, and their job placements this last month. The first Corps Member we’ll get to know better is Megan Laney (but she prefers Laney)! Laney grew up in Cary, North Carolina and graduated from UNC Chapel Hill last May with a degree in Global Studies and Comparative Literature. She chose the Seattle Service Corps because she wanted

Child-Care Available at Diocesan Convention

Child-Care Available at Diocesan Convention

If you plan to attend Convention and will have kids in tow, make arrangements for them to stay with our qualified and screened childcare providers. They will play games, make crafts, read books, and eat lunch and snacks with our team. Hours are Friday, November 8, 9:30am–6:45pm and Saturday, November 9, 8:00am–4:15pm. Cost is $20/day per child or $50/day for families of three children or more. REGISTER HERE