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PRIDE Month in the Diocese of Olympia

PRIDE Month in the Diocese of Olympia

Join the Diocese of Olympia for 2024 Seattle Pride events! Make connections at the Episcopal booth at Pride in the Park and march in the Seattle Pride Parade behind the Episcopal banner. Here are the details (register below for more information): Seattle Pride in the Park – Saturday, June 1: Kick off Seattle’s 50th annual Pride Month celebration at Volunteer Park on Capitol Hill. Noon – 7:00 pm. Booth coordinated by Saint Mark’s Cathedral. Register to volunteer for a time

2024 Congregational Development Grants

2024 Congregational Development Grants

To accompany and better assist the development of our congregations, we are offering small grants of up to $8,000 that will be given out as soon as they are approved. These grants will be reviewed and approved by our Congregational Development Grants Committee and dispersed quarterly (until our annual funding runs out). The due date for the first round of applications is Friday, May 24, the second is Friday, August 9, and the third is Friday, November 22. You may

Cathedral Day 2024

Cathedral Day 2024

Cathedral Day is a “family reunion” for Episcopalians from across western Washington. It’s a time for connecting across congregations and experiencing all your cathedral has to offer. This year’s Cathedral Day celebrates the idea of pilgrimage, with Saint Mark’s serving as your sacred destination. Our Christian tradition holds dear the spiritual practice of making pilgrimages that profoundly shape our understanding of what it means to follow Christ. One need not travel across the globe to do so; one need only

Congregation Leadership Conference

Congregation Leadership Conference

April 6, 10:00 am | Online Join other clergy and congregational leaders for the Congregation Leadership Conference – a combination of plenary sessions and breakout workshops on such topics as: Volunteer Leadership; Leadership Description and Roles (Wardens, Treasurers, Vestries/Bishop’s Committees, Clergy); Different Models of Being Congregations; Narrative-Based Budgeting: Connecting Money and Mission; Stewardship and Use of Property; Financial Stability and Financial Responsibilities; Basics for Treasurers: Accounting Software, Audits, Standards; Conflict and the Role of Leadership; Best Practices for Vestries/Bishop’s Committees;

Ordinations to the Transitional Diaconate

Ordinations to the Transitional Diaconate

On December 9, 2023, The Most Rev. Melissa Skelton ordained six new transitional deacons at Saint Mark’s Cathedral in Seattle: Phillip Lienau, Theresa L. Newell, Lisa Bozarth Ozaeta, Martin William Pommerenke, III, Myra Ryneheart Corcorran, and Robert Gary Stevens. It was a time of joy and celebration for all involved. You can see photos of the service below. Previous Next All photos by Robert Winkle

Celebrating the Life of The Rev. Canon Jerry Shigaki

Celebrating the Life of The Rev. Canon Jerry Shigaki

On November 18, members of the Diocese and Seattle’s Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community gathered with family at Saint Mark’s Cathedral in Seattle to celebrate the life of The Rev. Canon Jerry Shigaki. Congregations and ministers whose lives he touched offered words and music in many tongues in gratitude for Canon Shigaki’s work of truth-telling, supporting, and gathering Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Episcopalians in Ethnic Ministries and more recently, via the Circles of Color. The service was

Support United Thank Offering and Episcopal Migration Ministries with the Great EpisGOpal Race

Support United Thank Offering and Episcopal Migration Ministries with the Great EpisGOpal Race

Join other Episcopalians for a fundraising event in anticipation of the Thanksgiving caloric onslaught! Take a walk, go for a run, swim some laps, shred your board, swoosh your skis, paddle your canoe/kayak/sup – whatever gets your body engaged – all in support of the United Thank Offering (UTO)and Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM). The Rev. Greg Peters has formed a team from the Diocese of Olympia and is extending an invitation for anyone to join in. While he has signed

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. Dr. Maria McDowell has accepted a call as Rector of Christ Church, Tacoma. The Rev. Dr. Maria McDowell has lived in Los Angeles, Iowa City, and Boston but is always drawn back to the blue-green trees, mountains, and ocean of the Pacific NW and her hometown of Portland, Oregon. Maria was raised in the Russian Orthodox Church (OCA) and has

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. Joseph Wolyniak is honored to be called as Vicar of St. David Emmanuel in Shoreline, WA. His first Sunday will be November 19. Joseph concurrently serves as a remote member of the pastoral staff at Christ Church, Denver, where his focus is on whole-life discipleship – utilizing small-group formation resources as a pilot church of Practicing the Way. He’s been

Saint Mark’s Receives $100,000 Grant to Address Seattle’s Growing Affordable Housing Needs

Saint Mark’s Receives $100,000 Grant to Address Seattle’s Growing Affordable Housing Needs

Trinity Church Wall Street has awarded a $100,000 grant to Saint Mark’s to fund feasibility and predevelopment costs in exploring affordable housing on campus. The grant will span a six-month period through April 2024 and support the completion of key assessments of the St. Nicholas site, such as financial feasibility, geotechnical surveys, and environmental and historic building rehabilitation studies. “Navigating the affordable housing process requires a collaborative effort, and Saint Mark’s is grateful for the support of Trinity Church Wall