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Convention 2019 Elections and Resolutions

A closeup of a handheld electronic voting device, held by two hands

At our 2019 Diocesan Convention at the Lynnwood Convention Center, we elected representatives to Diocesan Council, Standing Committee, and the diocesan offices of archivist and records manager, treasurer, and historiographer. We also elected our deputation to the 2021 General Convention of The Episcopal Church! See our complete list of elections below. Diocesan Council The Rev. Connie Carlson (St. Andrew, Seattle) | Be Attitudes Regional Ministry | Clerical Order Stuart Case (St. Barnabas, Bainbridge Island) | Peninsula Regional Ministry | Lay

2019 Convention Awards

2019 Convention Awards

At the 109th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia, held November 8-9 at the Lynnwood Convention Center, a series of awards were given to members of our community: the Ky Chen Employee Excellence “No Problem” Award, the Bishop’s Cross Award, and the Bishop’s Preaching Award. Bishop’s Preaching Award Any sermon preached in any congregation (by a preacher from any order) in the Diocese of Olympia from the First Sunday of Advent, 2018 (December 2, 2018) through September 01, 2019, 

Winning Sermon of the 2019 Bishop’s Preaching Award

Winning Sermon of the 2019 Bishop’s Preaching Award

From the Rev. Rich Weyls of St. Andrew, Seattle: Volunteering at the Uptown shelter in Chicago was a monthly ritual for me during my seminary years.  I would take a commuter train and the EL to get to Uptown, a transitional neighborhood that was known for drive-by shootings and random violence.  The shelter, itself, was on the main drag so I usually felt safe enough.  I was in my late 20’s, at the time, so I still had a strange

Bishop Rickel’s Convention Eucharist Sermon

Bishop Rickel’s Convention Eucharist Sermon

The reading today from the Acts of the Apostles begins with the 12 disciples saying, or at least having these words put into their mouths, “It’s not right that we should neglect the word of God in order to wait tables.” That seems kind of like a slight to me. As if that lowly work of waiting tables, we might say this is one of the first whisperings of delusions of grandeur about those in leadership in the church. We

Bishop Rickel’s Convention Address

Bishop Rickel’s Convention Address

So good to welcome you all again to the 109th Convention of the Diocese of Olympia with our theme, People of the Way: Our Year of Pilgrimage, Listening, and Obedience. In Flat Rock, North Carolina, just outside Kanuga, sits the great poet and writer Carl Sandburg’s home and farm. It’s a beautiful place, pretty much left as it was when it was turned over to the National Park Service. Whenever I’m at Kanuga, I never miss going there, hiking the