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From the Episcopal Public Policy Network: Why Advocate Now?

From the Episcopal Public Policy Network: Why Advocate Now?

From The Episcopal Church’s Public Policy Network: We have heard from many of you over the past week – sharing your stories of protesting, expressing outrage at the injustices that continue, and asking what you can do. There are, of course, many ways to show up in this moment: you can join protesters peacefully marching for an end to police brutality; you can educate yourself about how to be an anti-racist; you can pray and lament alongside those who are

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

New Youth Ministry Coordinator in Diocese of Olympia

New Youth Ministry Coordinator in Diocese of Olympia

The Office of the Bishop is pleased to announce that a new staff member is joining us in our work of serving the Diocese of Olympia. Alex Flannagan has just stepped into the role of Youth Ministry Coordinator and will be working with our Faith Formation Team. As Youth Ministry Coordinator for the Diocese of Olympia, Alex Flannagan will oversee all activities for pre-teens and teens (6th-12th grades), including winter and spring weekend retreats and summer activities. He’ll work alongside

Zoom Best Practices

Zoom Best Practices

With our churches closed and many of us sheltered at home, many are staying connected through Zoom, a videoconferencing platform. At the diocesan level, we have been using Zoom for over two years. Through all of this we have compiled a list of best practices and settings to help make your Zoom meetings and webinars a success. Basic Definitions A Zoom meeting is a Zoom event where one person hosts and all other participants have equal footing. All participants can

Just Ask a Librarian…

Just Ask a Librarian…

From Sue Tait, Diocesan Librarian: Question: Pentecost is coming on May 31st and of course we are providing what we can online now, or not at all. Do you have any ideas of how I should proceed? I know you are not sending books out yet. Sue Says: There are some specific helps for people presenting Sunday School online. As you know, we’ve been saying to each other for some time that faith begins and is primarily nourished in the

Moments of Light: The Rev. Jonathan Weldon of St. Paul, Bellingham

Moments of Light: The Rev. Jonathan Weldon of St. Paul, Bellingham

From the Rev. Jonathan Weldon of St. Paul, Bellingham: Light Shines in the Darkness At Morning Prayer today, we again prayed: “Arise, shine, for your light has come,” and affirmed that “in the tender compassion of our God the dawn from on high shall break upon us to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.” I set out to write this reflection by revisiting these words shared with me by a member of St. Paul’s

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

Texting God – The Spirituality of Youth: A Better Together Webinar

Texting God – The Spirituality of Youth: A Better Together Webinar

<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>The Diocese of Olympia is pleased to present faith formation educator and resource, Sharon Ely Pearson. This online workshop and follow-up Q&A on: “Texting God: The Spirituality of Youth” was originally held on April 29. Sharon says, “The Millennial Generation (born between 1980-2001) and the New Silent Generation (2001-2020) are the youth and children of today. They are connected to

Moments of Light: Alan Wheaton and Phil Hodgins, Street Chaplains at Christ Church, Seattle

Moments of Light: Alan Wheaton and Phil Hodgins, Street Chaplains at Christ Church, Seattle

From Alan Wheaton and Phil Hodgins, Street Chaplains at Christ Church, Seattle: A cigarette, a lighter, a pair of socks, a bottle of water, a couple of wet wipes, instant breakfast, granola bars, and vitamin C: These are just a few of the things our community members living without shelter said they could use when we asked them at the outset of Street Chaplaincy back in 2018, and today they form the contents of each of the 40 care packages

Children’s Presence in Worship – Full Participation or Brief Appearance: A Better Together Webinar

Children’s Presence in Worship – Full Participation or Brief Appearance: A Better Together Webinar

<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>The Diocese of Olympia is pleased to offer a little shelter-at-home continuing education with faith formation educator, Sharon Ely Pearson. This lecture and follow-up conversation on “Children’s Presence in Worship: Full Participation or Brief Appearance?” was originally held on Wednesday, April 22. Sharon says: “In these times of declining church membership, mainline congregations put considerable weight on the presence of children as an indicator of congregational vitality. But how do