Bishop Rickel Responds to Florida Shooting

Bishop Rickel Responds to Florida Shooting

Dear Ones, Our nation has once again been devastated by the deadly effects of gun violence. It was indeed a stunning collision of time to have this happen as we were in the process of the beginning of Lent, and on Ash Wednesday specifically. One of the most compelling photos of the horror yesterday was a very distraught parent clutching another one, with her ash cross clearly visible on her forehead. Just minutes before she had those ashes placed there,

Ashes to Go 2018

Ashes to Go 2018

On Ash Wednesday, February 14, churches across the Diocese of Olympia will be offering “Ashes to Go,” a new approach to a centuries-old Christian tradition. Ashes to Go is a nationwide movement that has clergy and lay people visiting transit stops, street corners, coffee shops, and college campuses to mark the foreheads of interested passers-by with ashes and invite them to repent of past wrongdoing and seek forgiveness and renewal. In the Christian tradition, Ash Wednesday marks the start of

Update on Earthquake from Bishop Lai of the Diocese of Taiwan

Update on Earthquake from Bishop Lai of the Diocese of Taiwan

Shortly after hearing the news of the 6.4 earthquake in Taiwan, Bishop Rickel reached out to the bishop of the Diocese of Taiwan, Bishop David Lai. Bishop Lai shared the following report. Please keep Bishop Lai and all our fellow Taiwanese Episcopalians in your prayers as they recover and serve their fellow sisters and brothers in their recovery. Thank you all for your concern about the Hualien earthquake on Taiwan’s east coast. This is my update on the situation, as

New Clergy Calls in the Diocese of Olympia

New Clergy Calls in the Diocese of Olympia

We are pleased to announce the call of two clergy to positions within the Diocese. The Rev. Kay Flores has been called as rector of St. Timothy, Chehalis and the Rev. Wren Blessing as Rector at Grace, Bainbridge Island. Please join us in welcoming them to their new positions. The Rev. Kay Flores The Rev. Kay Flores has recently moved from the Diocese of Wyoming to become the rector at St. Timothy. Most recently, Kay worked for the Diocese of

Urgent Challenges in Refugee Resettlement

Urgent Challenges in Refugee Resettlement

The Refugee Resettlement Office of the Diocese of Olympia needs your help! Every year for the past three decades, the Diocese of Olympia’s Refugee Resettlement Office has helped resettle hundreds of families fleeing war, famine, and persecution. Their resettlement efforts include finding and furnishing apartments for new arrivals, meeting families at the airport, providing cultural orientation, helping with food and clothing and medical needs, enrolling children in school, supporting job searches, and offering English classes. As with most refugee resettlement

The Diocese of Olympia Seeks Canon for Faith Formation: 35 & Under

The Diocese of Olympia Seeks Canon for Faith Formation: 35 & Under

Canon for Faith Formation: 35 & Under The Diocese of Olympia (Seattle, Western Washington) is seeking a part time Canon for Faith Formation: 35 & Under to lead the strategic planning and oversight of diocesan children’s ministry, youth ministry, campus ministry, and young adult ministry. The Canon develops and provides resources to support 35 & Under ministry efforts in the local congregations and assists in providing networks and connections between ministries and congregations working in these areas. The Canon coordinates

Reflecting on a Heart of Wholeness: Good Shepherd, Vancouver

Reflecting on a Heart of Wholeness: Good Shepherd, Vancouver

As this year’s annual “Heart of Wholeness” healing and teaching weekend approaches at the beginning of February, the community of Church of the Good Shepherd in Vancouver, WA reflect on the blessings that have flowed from this event in previous years. Annually held at Good Shepherd, Vancouver, this conference has historically been attended by over 100 people. In addition to Washington attendees, people have traveled from California, Ohio, North Carolina, and even Florida! In 2015, the Rev. John Rice taught

Bishop Rickel’s Letter to the State Senate on Abolishing the Death Penalty

Bishop Rickel’s Letter to the State Senate on Abolishing the Death Penalty

To the Senate Law and Justice Committee Members, I write this knowing that I will be in the Holy Land and unable to attend in person when you hold a public hearing on SB 6052, a bill to abolish our death penalty. I urge you, in the strongest way, to pass the bill out of committee. I feel great hope that with as much bipartisan support as has been shown, we have finally found something, and a very important something

Abolishing the Death Penalty

Abolishing the Death Penalty

The following comes from the Bishop’s Task Force on the Death Penalty: Our state Senate is poised to repeal the death penalty, replacing it with life without parole. This Thursday, the Senate’s Law & Justice Committee approved sending Senate Bill 6052 to the whole Senate, a historic moment as it is first time since the death penalty went into effect in 1981 that an abolition bill has cleared a “gatekeeping” committee. At its 2015 General Convention, the Episcopal Church reaffirmed

New Missioner for Agrarian Ministry – Brian Sellers-Petersen

New Missioner for Agrarian Ministry – Brian Sellers-Petersen

We are pleased to announce that Brian Sellers-Petersen has been appointed by Bishop Rickel to the new position of Missioner for Agrarian Ministry for the diocese. While he will be working limited hours, he is available to work with churches on the development of their agricultural ministries. The prologue to his letter of agreement spells out the initial vision of this position. The Missioner for Agrarian Ministry will develop and carry out a ministry of regular support and education, planning formation