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2022 Preaching Award Submissions Now Open

2022 Preaching Award Submissions Now Open

It’s again time for preachers or for those who have heard an outstanding sermon to nominate a preacher and a sermon for the 2022 Bishop’s Preaching Award. This year, we will be accepting video sermons only accompanied by a written text. If you do not have a video version of your sermon to submit, it’s permissible to record one and submit it along with your text. We’re focusing on video recordings (accompanied by a text) to acknowledge the fact that

Gathering Baptism & Necrology Names for Diocesan Convention

Gathering Baptism & Necrology Names for Diocesan Convention

From the Rev. Josh Hosler: Dear friends from all around the Diocese of Olympia: As we prepare for Diocesan Convention 2022, it is time once again to gather the names of those in our congregations who have been baptized – and those who have died – since October 1, 2021. Here are the things you need to know as you report: Please separate out Baptisms and Necrology. If you have none of either, please specify that so I don’t need

Ky Chen & Bishop’s Cross Award Nominations

Ky Chen & Bishop’s Cross Award Nominations

Deadline for Nomination Submissions: September 22 The Office of the Bishop has issued a call for nominations for two diocesan awards: the Ky Chen for outstanding employees, and the Bishop’s Cross for those whose lives embody the spirit of Christ. If you know of a person deserving of either award, talk with your church office or leadership about submitting a nomination. The awards will be announced during the 2022 Diocesan Convention. Nomination submissions are due no later than September 22.

On Working Smarter, Not Harder with Church Property: Occasional Paper on Property Management in the Diocese of Olympia Series

On Working Smarter, Not Harder with Church Property: Occasional Paper on Property Management in the Diocese of Olympia Series

Carl Barks was one of the earliest and most productive of the cartoon artists who worked for Walt Disney. He was known as the “Good Duck Artist” for his renderings of McScrooge Duck and many of the other “bird” characters shown in Disney cartoons. He lived to be 99 years of age and only became well known for his cartoon work late in life. He coined the phrase, “work smarter, not harder.” That phrase has become a meme and has

Bishop Rickel’s January 2023 Holy Land Pilgrimage

Bishop Rickel’s January 2023 Holy Land Pilgrimage

Dear Ones, By now many of you are well aware that I have relished taking pilgrims to the Holy Land. As my time as your Bishop comes to an end I am very glad to say that, even though my official ecclesiastical authority will end on December 31, 2022, your Standing Committee has made way for me to lead one final Holy Land Pilgrimage from January 16-31st 2023. Believe it or not we are still “cleaning up” the pilgrimage that

Final Call for Candidates

Final Call for Candidates

To prepare for elections at Diocesan Convention (October 21-22, 2022), the Nominations Committee is sending out a final call for candidates to represent our diocese in four areas: Diocesan Council, Standing Committee, the Commission on Ministry, and at General Convention 2024. We are still in need of candidates for the following positions: Diocesan Council: In fulfillment of Resolution 4 passed at the 2020 Diocesan Convention, the Council will begin a 3-year transition to a new structure including both elected and

Bishop Rickel Speaks Out on Climate Change at Lambeth

Bishop Rickel Speaks Out on Climate Change at Lambeth

This from the UK Baptist Times Baptists speak out – at the Lambeth Conference! Dr David Golding CBE and Mark Francis, members of Whitley Bay Baptist Church and Trafalgar Road Baptist Church, Horsham, respectively, joined Christian Climate Action (https://christianclimateaction.org/) protestors of various denominations outside the Lambeth Conference on Wednesday 3rd August to urge the Anglican Church to speak out on the climate crisis. Encouragingly many bishops chose to stand alongside them and join them in prayer. “We weren’t there as

Irrigation Systems or Irritation Systems: Occasional Paper on Property Management in the Diocese of Olympia Series

Irrigation Systems or Irritation Systems: Occasional Paper on Property Management in the Diocese of Olympia Series

The title of this occasional paper reveals the bias of the author. I dislike irrigation systems in general. While I acknowledge that watering plants during the dry summer we experience around here is important for healthy plants, the value of those weeks of needed watering is outweighed by the annoyance factor of irrigation systems that fail only when the weather is hot and dry. They seem to work fine in the rainy season when they are not necessary. Even more

Lambeth Conference 2022 – Reflection with Trepidation

Lambeth Conference 2022 – Reflection with Trepidation

Dear Ones, Lambeth Conference 2022 looms. I leave on Monday to travel to this most usual but hardly met every decade event. The last one was in 2008 and I was there. Like the last one, as we approach, my colleagues in the House of Bishops, or at least in Province VIII, are distraught, and yet I am not surprised, at the bait and switch put forth by Lambeth Palace and the planners just in the lst 24 hours. You