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Ask a Librarian: Books for These Times

Ask a Librarian: Books for These Times

From Sue Tait, Diocesan Librarian: How do we consider the challenges ahead, challenges to the church, our congregations, ourselves? Three recent books provide some thought provoking responses. Books written before 2020 can see hopelessly naïve now, speaking of a world that no longer exists. That is not true of all of them of course, as Alice Scannell shows us in her book below. But one of our tasks of the future will be to apply learnings developed in a more

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From Sue Tait, Diocesan Librarian: There are certainly plenty of “introductions” to the bible available, and here is another one, published this year from Church Publishing – Blessed to Bless: An Introduction to the Bible, by Tim Sean Youmans (Church Publishing, Inc., 2020. CUR 220.61 You). The author is department chair at Casady School in Oklahoma City, a pre-K through 12th grade Episcopal college preparatory school, and curriculum for middle school students includes a four-year survey of the Bible. Youngmans invited parents

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From Diocesan Librarian Sue Tait: In 2016, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America (305.8 Ken) was received with acclaim and won the National Book Award. In 2020, Jason Reynolds, who is a very big deal in literature for young people, “remixed” that book in Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You (305.8 Rey) – in partnership with Kendi. His book is not just a synopsis, although they cover the same ground; Reynolds claims often that this is not a

Grants Available to Initiate or Expand Outreach to Young Adults

Grants Available to Initiate or Expand Outreach to Young Adults

The Episcopal Church offers grants each year to support innovative approaches to reaching young adults. These grants are intended to provide funding for an Episcopal ministry in a congregation that is seeking a new relationship with or currently engaging young adults on and off college campuses. Grants range from $100 – $30,000 and are for the 2021-2022 academic year. Deadline for submitting grants is November 20, 2020. There are four categories of grants: Young Adult Ministry Grants: to provide seed

Faith Formation Survey

Faith Formation Survey

We invite those of you in faith formation ministries – whether you are paid, volunteer, or a rector who wears many hats – to share with us your faith formation experience through this brief, ten-minute survey. Your input will help us with two main goals: to gather and make available data on the compensation, hours, and roles of faith formation ministers in the Diocese of Olympia; and to find out what faith formation ministers need so the diocese can better

Lost with a Purpose Wrap-Up

Lost with a Purpose Wrap-Up

Traditionally “6-Day” takes place in person at Camp Huston and has served as the culminating event for youth as they graduate high school and transition into young adulthood. Capturing the key touchstones of a long-standing diocesan program and reimagining it in a virtual format was quite the challenge! Participants received a program supply box for the weekend’s activities in the mail featuring a camp T-Shirt, arts and crafts, props, activities, and a portable worship kit complete with custom alter cloth

Create Your Own Pilgrimage!

Create Your Own Pilgrimage!

Even though this summer’s Youth Creation Care Pilgrimage was cancelled due to the pandemic, the Youth Pilgrimage planning team still wants to encourage everyone to embark on their own personal pilgrimage – no matter their age! Take your very own “DIY Pilgrimage” this year by visiting our pilgrimage website! You’ll find suggestions for local treks to do alone or in small groups, and we’ve included thought-provoking discussion questions and ideas for music, poetry, prayers, and readings to help make it

Webinars from the Diocese of Olympia

Webinars from the Diocese of Olympia

During this time of remote gathering, the Diocese of Olympia has been holding a series of webinars on a wide range of topics, including stewardship, faith formation, and specific topics related to regathering once our buildings open once again. Here you can find an archive of our past webinars, grouped by topic, if you would like to revisit the material, or if you missed the webinar the first time around. ReGathering Webinars <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden;

Godly Play in a New Way: A Better Together Webinar

Godly Play in a New Way: A Better Together Webinar

While Sunday school as we once knew it is on hold, Godly Play storytelling can continue thanks to Zoom and a little ingenuity. The Reverend Kay Flores, St. Timothy, Chehalis, a long-time Godly Play trainer, demonstrates how you can improve your Godly Play outreach with a document camera, a technique which better showcases the sacred stories. Kay draws from her own experience, and that of other trainers from around the country, in offering tips and making recommendations on how best

Racial Equity Reading List

Racial Equity Reading List

During the Diocese of Olympia’s Town Hall on June 7, Bishop Rickel made reference to a number of books dealing with issues of racial justice and racism that individuals can read to learn more for themselves, to share with others, or even to start virtual discussion groups in their congregations. Sue Tait, our Diocesan Librarian, has compiled the list of titles mentioned by Bishop Rickel and added several others which might be helpful for individuals wishing to learn more. America’s