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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

El Camino por Delante: Una Decisión del Obispo Rickel

El Camino por Delante: Una Decisión del Obispo Rickel

Versión PDF Imprimible | In English Queridos, Hace poco más de un año, nos embarcamos juntos en un viaje de discernimiento y conversación. Este viaje fue provocado por un voto que hice en las elecciones del episcopado de 2007 en el que dije que probablemente dejaría este puesto en 10-12 años. Si han visto los videos que hice sobre esto y/o asistieron a muchas de las sesiones del conversatorio “Walk Again” del año pasado, sabrán cómo sucedió todo esto. Sentí

The Road Ahead: A Decision from Bishop Rickel

The Road Ahead: A Decision from Bishop Rickel

Printable PDF Version | En Español Dear Ones, A little over a year ago we embarked together on a journey of discernment and listening. This journey was sparked by a vow I made in the episcopate election of 2007 in which I stated I would probably leave this position in 10-12 years. If you have watched the videos I have made about this, and/or attended many of the “Walk Again” listening sessions of this past year, you know about how

Bishop Rickel Responds to the Shooting in Santa Clarita

Bishop Rickel Responds to the Shooting in Santa Clarita

Dear Ones, I am deeply saddened by news of the shooting this morning at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, CA that has claimed the lives of two teenagers and injured three more. As is often the case in the immediate aftermath of such horrific events, we know very little about the shooter’s motivations and more details will doubtless be revealed in the coming days and weeks. And as is often the case, we will hear the usual litany of

Sadness, Anger, Grief: Bishop Rickel Responds to the Shootings in El Paso and Dayton

Sadness, Anger, Grief: Bishop Rickel Responds to the Shootings in El Paso and Dayton

Dear Ones, Yesterday, I was just about to blog some reflections on the Camino after being off the trail and home, and that will come… but it seemed so trivial when I received the word of yet another mass shooting in our country. I completely understand why the Mayor of El Paso felt the need to say the words to his fellow citizens, “Don’t worry, we are all safe.” But I had to wonder, how can any of us make

Immigration Crisis: Follow-Up and Additional Resources

Immigration Crisis: Follow-Up and Additional Resources

Dear Ones, The situation involving children, and truly all those seeking asylum on our border, continues to evolve but our office has continued to investigate and inquire and we now have more information to share. Before I do that, I want to say that I have had so many ask what can be done, and what they can do specifically. I continue to put Cristosal on any list when this is asked. I serve on its Board, and have for

Immigration Crisis: Bishop Rickel’s Statement and Advocacy Resources

Immigration Crisis: Bishop Rickel’s Statement and Advocacy Resources

Dear Ones, Like many of you, I was horrified by the report detailing the conditions undocumented children are forced to endure after crossing the border and being taken into federal custody. No matter our political differences, I believe we all can agree as Christians that no child should be subjected to these squalid living conditions. Many of you have asked for ways to provide aid and assistance to the children in federal detention, and while my office seeks to find

Bishop Rickel’s Statement on the New Zealand Mosque Shootings

Bishop Rickel’s Statement on the New Zealand Mosque Shootings

Dear Ones, I was deeply saddened by news that two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand were subjected to horrific violence when shooters entered these houses of worship during Friday prayers. Several individuals are in custody and police in Christchurch are still investigating the motivations behind the attack. We don’t have much more information at this point. While we wait for more information, I would like to reaffirm our support for our Muslim brothers and sisters, and I urge all people