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Ask a Librarian…

From Diocesan Librarian Sue Tait: In 2016, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America (305.8 Ken) was received with acclaim and won the National Book Award. In 2020, Jason Reynolds, who is a very big deal in literature for young people, “remixed” that book in Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You (305.8 Rey) – in partnership with Kendi. His book is not just a synopsis, although they cover the same ground; Reynolds claims often that this is not a

Grants Available to Initiate or Expand Outreach to Young Adults

Grants Available to Initiate or Expand Outreach to Young Adults

The Episcopal Church offers grants each year to support innovative approaches to reaching young adults. These grants are intended to provide funding for an Episcopal ministry in a congregation that is seeking a new relationship with or currently engaging young adults on and off college campuses. Grants range from $100 – $30,000 and are for the 2021-2022 academic year. Deadline for submitting grants is November 20, 2020. There are four categories of grants: Young Adult Ministry Grants: to provide seed

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. Hugh of Lincoln, Allyn Christ Church, Anacortes Christ Church, Anacortes (Children’s Ministry) Grace, Bainbridge Island St. Barnabas, Bainbridge Island St. Barnabas, Bainbridge Island (Day School) Holy Spirit, Battle Ground Resurrection, Bellevue St. Margaret’s, Bellevue St. Paul’s, Bellingham St. Elizabeth’s, Burien Good Shepherd, Federal Way St. Germain’s, Hoodsport St. Columba’s, Kent St.

Chaplains on the Harbor: Keep Truckin’

Chaplains on the Harbor: Keep Truckin’

From Aaron Scott, Diocesan Missioner for Anti-Poverty Organizing and Chaplain and Organizer with Chaplains on the Harbor: Dear friends and family in Christ, It’s the end of the world and here we are fundraising for… a food truck. A food truck?! Like us, it’s neither fireproof nor bulletproof. But as hunger, homelessness, and displacement explode across our parish, we are faced with the clear need to make our ministry at Chaplains on the Harbor more mobile than ever. So much

2020 Bishop’s Preaching Award: Submissions Now Being Accepted

2020 Bishop’s Preaching Award: Submissions Now Being Accepted

After review and in response to our current context we are changing the parameters for sermon submissions. We will now accept sermons submissions in video or audio form, as well as in text. We are also expanding to include sermons preached right up until the submission deadline of September 30.  If you do not have a video or audio version of your sermon to submit, it is okay to record one and submit it along with your text. Please see

The Episcopal Diocese of Olympia Seeks New Appointees to Diocesan Board of Directors

The Episcopal Diocese of Olympia Seeks New Appointees to Diocesan Board of Directors

Want to serve your church in a new way? The board of directors is seeking new members to help oversee the corporate responsibilities of the Diocese of Olympia. The board provides stewardship of our financial resources. This includes oversight of the Diocesan Investment Fund and other funds entrusted to the diocese for specified purposes. It also makes and oversees loans to congregations for building construction/renovation and mission development. The board provides stewardship of our physical assets. This includes holding legal

Faith Formation Survey

Faith Formation Survey

We invite those of you in faith formation ministries – whether you are paid, volunteer, or a rector who wears many hats – to share with us your faith formation experience through this brief, ten-minute survey. Your input will help us with two main goals: to gather and make available data on the compensation, hours, and roles of faith formation ministers in the Diocese of Olympia; and to find out what faith formation ministers need so the diocese can better

YouTube Subscriber Drive

YouTube Subscriber Drive

With the continuing COVID-19 crisis and churches across the diocese continuing to stream their services on Facebook and YouTube, we’re launching a subscriber drive for our church’s YouTube channels. When YouTube channels reach 1,000 subscribers, it opens up additional possibilities – including the ability to live-steam with a mobile device. So help us support our churches in Western Washington by following the links below and subscribing to their YouTube channels! If your church has a YouTube channel that isn’t listed,

Ky Chen and Bishop’s Cross Award Nominations

Ky Chen and Bishop’s Cross Award Nominations

The Office of the Bishop has issued a call for nominations for two diocesan awards. If you know of such a person deserving of either award, talk with your church office or leadership about submitting a nomination (using the form below). The awards will be made during the Diocesan Convention, held virtually, October 23-24. The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, September 25. Nominations must be submitted by using this form. NOMINATION FORM In 2011, Bishop Rickel established the Ky Chen