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Former Presiding Bishop Schori to Speak Across the Diocese

Former Presiding Bishop Schori to Speak Across the Diocese

The Diocese of Olympia is delighted to host the former Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, the Right Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori in Seattle and on the Olympic Peninsula as part of her participation in the diocesan Youth Creation Care Pilgrimage. During the course of the pilgrimage, she will speak at the following churches: Sunday, August 4, 11:00am | Saint Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle Join us for Sunday morning worship; Bishop Katharine will deliver the homily. Sunday, August 4, 7:00–8:30pm |

Final Sweep Update from Aberdeen

Final Sweep Update from Aberdeen

From Aaron Scott, Diocesan Missioner for Anti-Poverty Organizing and Organizer with Chaplains on the Harbor: The City of Aberdeen carried out its final eviction and demolition of the Chehalis River encampment this week. Chaplains on the Harbor clergy stood with camp residents: to witness with them as they watched their small homes get bulldozed, to assist folks with relocating, and to offer pastoral support in the wake of this forcible displacement. Many long-time camp residents had hoped to exercise their

Carbon Tracker: 97 Households and Counting!

Carbon Tracker: 97 Households and Counting!

Weather and the challenge of climate change are on our minds and in the news these days. We watch floods and extreme heat challenge communities in our country. We watch the plight of refugees fleeing drought, famine, and economic collapse. We feel it in our hearts as well. What can we do, as people of faith, to make a difference? Earth has warmed 1.80F (10C) since 1880. If trends in worldwide greenhouse gas emissions and global warming are not reversed,

Chaplains on the Harbor: Updates from Aberdeen

Chaplains on the Harbor: Updates from Aberdeen

From Aaron Scott, Diocesan Missioner for Anti-Poverty Organizing and Organizer with Chaplains on the Harbor Dear friends, Yesterday the City of Aberdeen began demolition of people’s shacks, cabins and homesteads at the Chehalis River encampment. While the city stated they would only target vacant and unused structures, at least one of the cabins they bulldozed was still being used. Fortunately, the home was empty at the time of its destruction. Unfortunately, the new city-hosted homeless camping site is already completely

Churches Across the Diocese Participate in the Seattle Pride Parade

Churches Across the Diocese Participate in the Seattle Pride Parade

From Sue Mings, On-Site Coordinator: The Episcopal Diocese of Olympia and Integrity Western Washington took to the streets once again as we marched in Seattle’s June 30 2019 Pride Parade to celebrate the diversity of God’s kingdom, including the LGBTQ+ community. The message we bring each year is Jesus’s own, that “Whoever welcomes you, welcomes me” (Matthew 10:40). Jesus’s love welcomes everyone, including LGBTQ+, and as we march we demonstrate that the Episcopal church is open, inclusive, and affirming of

Young Adults Invited to Waste Time at Popular Summer Retreat

Young Adults Invited to Waste Time at Popular Summer Retreat

It’s that time of year again! Young adults in the Diocese of Olympia, ages 18 and up, are invited to A Holy Waste of Time, August 16-18 at St. Andrew’s House, right on the Hood Canal, with the Olympic National Forest providing a spectacular backdrop. Time wasting options during the weekend include kayaking – boats are available all-day Saturday – swimming, hiking, or simply reading on the deck of the lodge. We’ll also offer optional activities like yoga, music (bring

St. Paul, Seattle Participates in Lights for Liberty

St. Paul, Seattle Participates in Lights for Liberty

On Friday July 12th, Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Concentration Camps will bring thousands of people to locations nationwide as well as to detention centers across the country, into the streets and into their own front yards, to light a candle to protest the inhumane conditions faced by migrants. A coalition of organizations are supporting Washington’s immigrant communities in a “Constellation of Lights.” St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Seattle invites everyone throughout the diocese to consider hosting

New Clergy Calls in the Diocese of Olympia

New Clergy Calls in the Diocese of Olympia

Two congregations in the Diocese of Olympia have recently called new clergy to their congregations. The Rev. Joseph Peters-Mathews will begin his cure as Vicar of St. Hilda-St. Patrick, Edmonds, on July 1. The Rev. Heather Wenrick has been called to Ascension, Seattle and will begin on August 25. Join us in welcoming them! Joseph was ordained deacon in the Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast in December 2011. He graduated from General Seminary in May 2012 with a Masters

St. Matthew, Browns Point/Tacoma Hosts Film Festival Browns Point

St. Matthew, Browns Point/Tacoma Hosts Film Festival Browns Point

St. Matthew Episcopal Church in the Browns Point neighborhood of Tacoma will be hosting the inaugural Film Festival Browns Point on August 2 and 3. There will be film screenings from directors around the world, featuring stories that explore themes of social justice, environmental justice, freedom of religion, press, LQBTQ+/Gender, race, and more. The director of Film Festival Browns Point, Francine Dennis, says of the weekend event, “The Film Festival Browns Point will engage the audience with the very essence