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Advocacy for the Homeless

Advocacy for the Homeless

From Don Fornoff, Member of the Bishop’s Task Force on Homelessness: “Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?” And I trust that we all say “I will, with God’s help.” As our Baptismal Covenant is our guide, I could not resist starting off this e-news piece with such an important part of outreach. The Bishop’s Task Force on Homelessness has, since it’s inception, trained it’s eye on Olympia to help instigate and follow-through

Clergy Transitions in the Diocese of Olympia

Clergy Transitions in the Diocese of Olympia

It is a time of transition within our diocese, and we have a new clergy transition to announce. The Rev. Janet “Jani” Wild has accepted a call as rector of St. Paul’s Bellingham. A native of Michigan and graduate of Alma College (BA), Jani has made her home in California for the last 30 years. Jani has worked in a variety of jobs; physical therapy assistant, silkscreen company owner, film production assistant, facilities technician, Emergency Medical Technician, and was director

Updates from the Racial Justice Audit Task Force

Updates from the Racial Justice Audit Task Force

From the Racial Justice Audit Task Force: In October the Racial Justice Audit Task Force gave a presentation at the 2022 Diocesan Convention detailing the work that Bishop Rickel charged us to do. In that presentation we promised that we would follow up with each congregation to gather input for a report that the Task Force would present at our next Diocesan Convention on October 27-28, 2023. We promised that we would ask all congregations in the diocese to read

Community Request: Support South Sudanese Orphans Displaced by Floods

Community Request: Support South Sudanese Orphans Displaced by Floods

The Rev. Mary Bol of St. John’s South Sudanese Church requests the support of the Circles of Color and the Diocese of Olympia as she travels to South Sudan from late January to mid-February. Planting The Seeds For Tomorrow Child Rescue Orphanage in Wangulei, Twic was destroyed earlier this year following the fourth year in a row of severe climate change-induced flooding. The children have been displaced to different camps within South Sudan, with the majority now located in the

Clergy Transitions in the Diocese of Olympia

Clergy Transitions in the Diocese of Olympia

It is a time of transition within our diocese, and we have a new clergy transition to announce. The Rev. Elise Johnstone has accepted a call as rector of St. John the Baptist, Seattle. Rev. Johnstone joined St. John the Baptist in August of 2021 as their priest-in-charge. Prior to joining St. John’s, she served as the Canon to the Ordinary of the Episcopal Diocese of Lexington, Kentucky, where she had served since 2014. Previously, she served as priest-in-charge of

Clergy Transitions in the Diocese of Olympia

Clergy Transitions in the Diocese of Olympia

It is a time of transition within our diocese, and we have a new clergy transition to announce. The Rev. Jennifer Cleveland has accepted a call as rector of St. Augustine’s-in-the-Woods, Freeland. Rev. Cleveland was raised in the Puget Sound Region with a life-long connection to Lopez Island in the San Juan Islands. During her 28 years as an ordained Episcopal priest she has worked in Yakima to develop a multi-lingual worship program, been an associate pastor for youth and

Giving Thanks to the Unhoused

Giving Thanks to the Unhoused

From Don Fornoff, Member of The Bishop’s Task Force on Homelessness: The Bishop’s Task Force on Homelessness has for 3 years been outlining ways in which the Diocese’s parishes can face up to the monumental concerns over homelessness. It can be daunting taking action about such a complicated social problem. Providing shelter space. Safe parking. Advocacy to local and state entities. Providing affordable housing. All these services to include many other services of outreach are being successfully utilized by some

Clergy Transitions in the Diocese of Olympia

Clergy Transitions in the Diocese of Olympia

It is a time of transition within our diocese, and we have new a clergy transition to announce. The Rev. Rachel Endicott has accepted a call as interim rector of St. Andrew’s, Seattle. Rachel was born in the U.K. to a priest father and musician/teacher mother. After receiving a BA in Psychology from Scripps College and an MBA from National University, Rachel worked doing market research in the medical device market and provided community education and administration in the not-for-profit

Missioner for Climate Care and Climate Justice John Kydd at COP27

Missioner for Climate Care and Climate Justice John Kydd at COP27

Image by https://www.cop27.eg/assets/img/cop27-logo.svg, Fair use, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=72213177 Our very own Missioner for Climate Care and Climate Justice, John Kydd, is part of The Episcopal Church’s delegation to the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (more commonly known as COP27) in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt this year. You can find John’s reflections, prayers, and updates at the links below.

Office of the Bishop Seeks Staff Accountant

Office of the Bishop Seeks Staff Accountant

The Office of the Bishop is looking for a fulltime Staff Accountant to join our four-person accounting team. The Staff Accountant reports to the Canon for Finance and is responsible for general ledger fund accounting, as well as payroll tracking and processing. They will assist the Senior Accountant with tasks related to maintaining the financial records in the general ledger system of the organization. To apply, submit cover letter, resume, and written references to: staffaccountantposition@ecww.org. FULL DESCRIPTION