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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

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

Bishop Rickel’s Statement on The Rev Rachel Taber-Hamilton’s Election to House of Deputies

Bishop Rickel’s Statement on The Rev Rachel Taber-Hamilton’s Election to House of Deputies

Dear Good People of the Diocese of Olympia, I am so pleased to let you know, what many of you already know, our very own the Rev. Rachel Taber-Hamilton was elected Vice President of the House of Deputies of the Episcopal Church in Baltimore at our 80th General Convention. This is a great tribute to Rachel and her long and tireless work for the good of this Church and it is a good development for our collective life in the

Bishop Rickel’s Statement Regarding Overturning Roe vs. Wade

Bishop Rickel’s Statement Regarding Overturning Roe vs. Wade

Dear People of the Diocese of Olympia, I am just now on board a plane flying back from the Holy Land Pilgrimage which had been postponed twice due to the pandemic. I am glad to report that we successfully walked in the footsteps of Christ and were able to do that safely, and in health by and large. Of the many joys and moving moments along this journey no doubt the saddest moment was our hearing of the US Supreme

Bishop Rickel’s Statement regarding Credible Threats Against Clergy and Houses of Worship

Bishop Rickel’s Statement regarding Credible Threats Against Clergy and Houses of Worship

Bishop Rickel’s Statement regarding Credible Threats Against Clergy and Houses of Worship June 24, 2022 Dear Ones, With the overturning of Roe V Wade today we have just received this from the Presiding Bishop’s office. I know there are a host of feelings about all of this. I am, personally, deeply saddened by it but I pass this along and as I receive any other information I do promise to let you know. I am traveling in Jordan on pilgrimage

Declaración del obispo Rickel sobre el tiroteo en la escuela primaria Robb en Uvalde, TX

Declaración del obispo Rickel sobre el tiroteo en la escuela primaria Robb en Uvalde, TX

English Translation Queridos míos, Doscientas dieciséis vidas. En la última década, doscientos dieciséis niños y sus maestros han fallecido en tiroteos ocurridos en escuelas. Desde 2012, se han perdido doscientas dieciséis vidas inocentes debido a estos terribles actos violentos, y con el tiroteo en la Escuela Primaria Robb en Uvalde, Texas, esa cifra se acrecentó aún más porque se cobraron veintiún vidas inocentes adicionales. Ahora, los tiroteos en escuelas han arrebatado doscientas treinta y siete vidas. Doscientas treinta y siete

Bishop Rickel’s Statement on the Shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, TX

Bishop Rickel’s Statement on the Shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, TX

Traducción al español Dear Ones, 216 lives. Over the past decade, 216 children and their teachers have died in school shootings. Since 2012, 216 innocent lives have been lost in these horrific acts of violence. And with the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, that number grew even larger as 21 more innocent lives were taken. Now, school shootings have claimed 237 lives. 237 lives that should still be here today. We are a people who pray, so