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The Crisis in Ukraine and Ways to Help

The Crisis in Ukraine and Ways to Help

Dear Ones, As the situation in Ukraine continues to unfold, the humanitarian crisis caused by Russia’s invasion of a sovereign nation becomes more dire by the day. It is so easy to feel helpless in the face of such monumental, potentially world-altering events. But we are a people who pray, who are united in our common prayer, who believe that prayer does change things. So I ask you to continue to join me in praying for the people of Ukraine,

Bishop Rickel’s Statement on the Invasion of Ukraine

Bishop Rickel’s Statement on the Invasion of Ukraine

Dear Ones, Like many of you, I have been watching the news these past weeks with sickening dread as Russian forces have moved inexorably toward war and the invasion of Ukraine. There has been no justification for this act of brutal violence, hostility, and naked aggression. Already, innocent lives have been lost in this needless bloodshed. Throughout Europe, around the world, and indeed, within Russia itself, anti-war demonstrations are rising up to protest this assault on a sovereign, democratic nation.

Bishop Rickel’s Statement on the HBCU Bomb Threats

Bishop Rickel’s Statement on the HBCU Bomb Threats

Dear Ones, As many of you are well aware by now, yesterday, on the first of February and the first day of Black History Month, several of our historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) were terrorized with bomb threats. Sadly, this incarnates the reality that we still have a long collective way to go to reach Beloved Community and that any notion that we can now stop talking, working, and struggling toward it is an illusion. I want to say

Declaración del señor Obispo Rickel sobre el veredicto en el caso Ahmad Arbery

Declaración del señor Obispo Rickel sobre el veredicto en el caso Ahmad Arbery

English Estimados, El día de hoy, el jurado del juicio de Ahmad Arbery ha emitido su veredicto y ha declarado culpables de casi todos los cargos a los hombres responsables de la muerte de Arbery. Tal como lo ha dicho nuestro Obispo Primado, aunque este veredicto no devuelve a Ahmaud Arbery a su familia y a sus seres queridos, éste proporciona una medida de justicia de un sistema que con demasiada frecuencia ha negado la justicia a nuestros hermanos BIPOC

Bishop Rickel’s Statement on the Verdict in the Ahmad Arbery Case

Bishop Rickel’s Statement on the Verdict in the Ahmad Arbery Case

Español Dear Ones, Today, the jury in the Ahmad Arbery trial has returned its verdict and found the men responsible for Arbery’s death guilty on nearly all counts. While this verdict does not, as our Presiding Bishop has said, bring Ahmaud Arbery back to his family and loved ones, it does provide a measure of justice from a system that has too often denied justice to our BIPOC siblings. I echo the prayers and pleas of our Presiding Bishop and

Declaración del Obispo Rickel sobre el veredicto en el caso de Kyle Rittenhouse

Declaración del Obispo Rickel sobre el veredicto en el caso de Kyle Rittenhouse

In English Amadas y amados, Me dio mucha tristeza escuchar el veredicto rendido el día de hoy en el juicio de Kyle Rittenhouse, el joven que viajó hasta Kenosha, Wisconsin el año pasado y con un arma mató a dos personas e hirió gravemente a una tercera. El incidente dejó al descubierto muchos de los problemas con los cuales seguimos batallando como país, y los cuales intentamos ignorar con demasiada frecuencia: temas de justicia racial, justicieros blancos, y la violencia

Bishop Rickel’s Statement on the Kyle Rittenhouse Verdict

Bishop Rickel’s Statement on the Kyle Rittenhouse Verdict

En Español Dear Ones, I was saddened to learn of the verdict today in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, the young man who traveled to Kenosha, WI last year and fatally shot two people, seriously injuring a third. The incident brought to the surface many of the issues that our country wrestles with – and all-too-often attempts to ignore – around racial justice, white vigilantism, and gun violence. Rittenhouse came to Kenosha, heavily armed, as part of a mob of

Lifting COVID Restrictions in the Diocese of Olympia

Lifting COVID Restrictions in the Diocese of Olympia

To all the Faithful in the Diocese of Olympia, To say this past year has been interesting hardly covers it, but indeed it was. Both pandemics of COVID and Racial Injustice have tested us as a country, a people, and a Church. I cannot commend you enough for the way you all worked together, with me, and with those locally to keep our people safe. I want to sincerely thank you for that. As the miraculous vaccines have come online

A Covenant to Root Out Racism

A Covenant to Root Out Racism

Dear People of the Diocese of Olympia and beyond, At our Diocesan Convention last October 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

A Statement on the Atlanta Spa Shooting from Bishop Rickel and Bishops United Against Gun Violence

A Statement on the Atlanta Spa Shooting from Bishop Rickel and Bishops United Against Gun Violence

Dear Ones, As many of you know, I am part of Bishops United Against Gun Violence, group of more than 100 Episcopal bishops working to curtail the epidemic of gun violence in the United States, and together we have issued the followed statement regarding Tuesday’s hate crime and horrific act of violence and terrorism which claimed the lives of eight persons of Asian descent. On Tuesday, another white man who should not have had a gun shot and killed seven