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. Eldwin (Ed) M. Lovelady has been called as Vicar of St. Benedict, Lacey and The Rev. Ruth Anne Garcia as Senior Associate Priest at Epiphany, Seattle. Please join us in welcoming them to their new positions. The Rev. Eldwin (Ed) M. Lovelady Ed is a 22-year military veteran who retired in 1990. He graduated from The School of Theology of the University of

Reflections on Indigenous People’s Day

Reflections on Indigenous People’s Day

From The Rev. Rachel K. Taber-Hamilton, Indigenous Network in the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia On May 4, 1493, at the urging of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain, Pope Alexander VI confirmed their right of possession of all newly discovered lands in the Americas. Even at that point in time, 524 years ago this year, the Christian conquest of the new world was well under way. Alexander’s papal bull was a continuation of what is now called the Doctrine

Bishop Rickel Responds to Las Vegas Shooting

Bishop Rickel Responds to Las Vegas Shooting

Dear Ones, Like you I awoke Monday morning to the horrifying news of the senseless slaughter of innocent citizens in Las Vegas by a lone gunman, tremendously over armed with firepower that, in my mind,  should not be allowed in the hands of anyone but our military and our police force. On that same morning I was scheduled to leave for a week of fellowship and bonding with several of our clergy in the mountains, and out of all TV

Bishop Rickel Responds to Ruling in Lawsuit to Block Seizure of Homeless Property

Bishop Rickel Responds to Ruling in Lawsuit to Block Seizure of Homeless Property

On Wednesday, October 4, Federal Judge Ricardo Martinez denied class certification and a preliminary  injunction sought in a lawsuit The Episcopal Diocese of Olympia joined earlier this year with the ACLU, Real Change, Trinity Episcopal Church and several unhoused individuals against the City of Seattle and the Washington State Department of Transportation.  The case alleges that the city and Department violate the constitutional rights of people living outside by seizing and often throwing away their property without adequate notice or

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. Joseph Peters-Mathews has been called as Vicar of St. Joseph-St. John, Lakewood and The Rev. Canon Robert R. Rhodes as Associate Rector to St. Paul, Seattle. Please join us in welcoming them to their new positions. The Rev. Joseph Peters-Mathews The Rev. Joseph Peters-Mathews began as Vicar of St. Joseph-St. John, Lakewood on September 17. He was ordained deacon in the Diocese of

Field of Dreams Becomes Reality – St. Antony of Egypt, Silverdale

Field of Dreams Becomes Reality – St. Antony of Egypt, Silverdale

Located on seven acres of pastoral farmland in Silverdale, the building site on Old Frontier Road is a field of dreams for St. Antony of Egypt’s Episcopal Church. The new church building has been designed to reflect the Northwest-style of simplicity and fine architecture. Tall fir trees have been donated and specially milled by local workers. The timbers and beams have been hand selected to re-emerge into the life of the sanctuary and appointed areas about the church. One feature

Las Vegas

Las Vegas

We are all shocked and horrified by the deadly shooting in Las Vegas that claimed the lives of 59 people and wounded more than 500. Gun violence and this senseless loss of life is an issue that is close to Bishop Rickel’s heart. Bishop Rickel would normally have already issued a statement and reflection on the tragedy. Bishop Rickel is currently away on a week-long, clergy backpacking trip and is out of cell phone and internet range. A statement from

Finance Assistant and Insurance Coordinator Lori Hardow

Finance Assistant and Insurance Coordinator Lori Hardow

Tucked into the back corner of the Office of the Bishop, otherwise known as Diocesan House (D-House), Lori Hardow works away as the office’s Finance Assistant and Insurance Coordinator. In addition to her daily work on accounts payable and the tracking of assessment reports and payments, Lori helps clergy and lay employees sort through their medical benefits and assists lay employees navigate their pensions. After two and a half years in the position, she enjoys interacting with the parishes and

Diocese of El Salvador Library Initiative

Diocese of El Salvador Library Initiative

In January of this year, the Anglican Episcopal Church in El Salvador began a seminary to train future priests and other church leaders. The initial class consisted of six students, and the program included a combination of long-distance learning via Skype and work with local instructors. The El Salvador Companion Committee of the Diocese of Olympia is initiating a project to help build up the Seminary’s library so that students can have the best possible resources to help train them

To Set the Captive Free: 2017 Province VIII Deacons Conference

To Set the Captive Free: 2017 Province VIII Deacons Conference

Marriott Renaissance Reno, NV | November 9-November 11 REGISTER Keynote Speaker Karen McCreary, Executive Director Emerita, Utah ACLU Additional speakers and facilitators include: The Rev Charles Wynder: TEC Missioner for Social Justice and Advocacy – Conference topic: Mass Incarceration Anna Thomas:  Strategic Communications Manager, ACLU of Utah – Conference topic: School-to-Prison Pipeline Andrea James is a formerly incarcerated woman who is the founder and executive director of the National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women & Girls – Conference topic: Mass Incarceration Eddie