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Supremacía Blanca y la Epifanía: Una Declaración del Obispo Rickel

Supremacía Blanca y la Epifanía: Una Declaración del Obispo Rickel

English “Estas tragedias nos han recordado que las palabras importan y que el poder de la vida y la muerte está en la lengua”. Capellán del Senado, el Rvdo. Barry Black. 6 de enero. El día de Reyes según nuestro calendario cristiano. Gran parte de todo eso desapareció en casi todo el territorio de los Estados Unidos el miércoles. En mi caso, el día comenzó con oración, ya que la época navideña finalmente llegaba a su fin. También terminó en

White Supremacy and the Epiphany: A Statement from Bishop Rickel

White Supremacy and the Epiphany: A Statement from Bishop Rickel

Español “These tragedies have reminded us that words matter and that the power of life and death is in the tongue.” Chaplain to the Senate, The Rev. Barry Black. January 6th. The Feast of the Epiphany in our Christian calendar. Much of that was lost on most people in the United States on Wednesday. For me, the day started with prayer, our Christmas season finally coming to its end. It also ended in prayer, a prayer offered by the Chaplain

The Feast of the Epiphany and Prayers for Our Country

The Feast of the Epiphany and Prayers for Our Country

Dear Ones, The scenes from our nation’s capital today are surreal, appalling, and unprecedented. In our Christian calendar today is the Feast of the Epiphany, the day the Magi arrived to be in the presence of the baby Jesus and for us then, the physical manifestation of Jesus to us all. There is no small irony that this chaos and unrest happen on this day. As Christians, it is in this reality, the reality of Jesus Christ, a real person,

A Covenant to Root Out Racism

A Covenant to Root Out Racism

Dear People of the Diocese of Olympia and beyond, At our most recent Diocesan Convention you overwhelmingly passed a resolution supporting the Anti-Racism Covenant put forth initially by the Rt. Rev. Deon Johnson, Bishop of Missouri, and co-sponsored by many other bishops. My name has been on this covenant since just after its posting, however, I have now, on your behalf, added not just my name and office but the entire Diocese of Olympia. I provide a link below which

Bishop Rickel’s 2020 Convention Address

Bishop Rickel’s 2020 Convention Address

The following address was presented virtually by Bishop Rickel at the 110th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia: Let us pray: Holy One, as we gather together, we thank you for this day and for adding it to our lives. We ask you to reset our agendas, and to know you, even in our physical separation, ever present at the center of our gathering. You assure us that where two or more gather in your name you are here,

Bishop Rickel’s Stewardship Sermon – October 4, 2020

Bishop Rickel’s Stewardship Sermon – October 4, 2020

Bishop Rickel’s sermon on stewardship from October 4 is now available to view below. A written version of the sermon is also available below in English, Spanish, Arabic, Simplified Chinese, Dinka, Japanese, and Khmer. BISHOP RICKEL’S SERMON (ENGLISH) BISHOP RICKEL’S SERMON (SPANISH) BISHOP RICKEL’S SERMON (ARABIC) BISHOP RICKEL’S SERMON (SIMPLIFIED CHINESE) BISHOP RICKEL’S SERMON (DINKA) BISHOP RICKEL’S SERMON (JAPANESE) BISHOP RICKEL’S SERMON (KHMER) Bishop Rickel’s Stewardship Introduction is also available below for churches to use as part of their own

Hope: A Pastoral Letter from Bishop Rickel

Hope: A Pastoral Letter from Bishop Rickel

“To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.” Romans 8:6 Today is my son’s 24th birthday. He lives in New Orleans, which has become one of the COVID-19 hotspots right now. Several weeks ago, and for months before that, we had planned to leave today to be in New Orleans for his birthday and to spend the weekend with him. Of course, all of that has changed.

“Co-Operation” and the Wilderness: A Pastoral Letter from Bishop Rickel

“Co-Operation” and the Wilderness: A Pastoral Letter from Bishop Rickel

1From the wilderness of Sin the whole congregation of the Israelites journeyed by stages, as the Lord commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. 2The people quarreled with Moses, and said, “Give us water to drink.” Moses said to them, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the Lord?” 3But the people thirsted there for water; and the people complained against Moses and said, “Why did you bring us

The Second Episcopate: Staffing Changes and Reorganization at the Office of the Bishop

The Second Episcopate: Staffing Changes and Reorganization at the Office of the Bishop

To the Faithful of the Diocese of Olympia, I write to share with all of you some changes in staffing and a reorganization within the Office of the Bishop. These changes were carefully considered in conjunction with our new vision, and the idea of the “second episcopate” that so many of you resonated with and which came out of our year of discernment and pilgrimage. I first want to thank the many of you that responded to the letter regarding

Bishop Rickel Responds to Recent Anti-Semitic Violence and Shooting in Texas

Bishop Rickel Responds to Recent Anti-Semitic Violence and Shooting in Texas

Dear Ones, Once again, our houses of worship have been violated by senseless violence as three people were shot at the West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas this morning. Two of the individuals are dead, one of those believed to be the shooter, and as is always the case in situations like this, there is much that we do not and will never know. We mourn the loss of life and pray for the families of everyone