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Congregation Leadership Conference

Congregation Leadership Conference

March 9, 10:00 am | St. Margaret’s Bellevue 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

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

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. Chris McPeak is thrilled to accept a call to serve as rector of Good Samaritan Episcopal Church in Sammamish, WA. His first Sunday will be All Saints’ Sunday, November 5. A native of the Puget Sound region, Chris is overjoyed to live so close to both mountains and ocean, with plenty of green and water all around. Chris has had

Bring Christmas to a Seafarer!

Bring Christmas to a Seafarer!

Every year, the Seattle Seafarers Center (Mission to Seafarers) provides over 1,000 “ditty bag” gifts stuffed with basic personal necessities to merchant seafarers. These bags are one way we give thanks for these essential and often hidden workers, and help seafarers celebrate the holidays while they are far from home. Help make a seafarer’s Christmas by providing them with a ditty bag to say thank you! There are many ways to participate: you can sew drawstring bags, knit hats, purchase

Visit from Bishop Ernie Moral of the Episcopal Diocese of the Southern Philippines

Visit from Bishop Ernie Moral of the Episcopal Diocese of the Southern Philippines

The Diocese of Olympia is delighted to welcome Bishop Ernie Moral, his wife Mrs. Shirmen Moral, and Mr. Gideon Bustamante, the Regional Development Officer at Episcopal CARE Foundation Inc. Bishop Moral, the Bishop of the Diocese of the Southern Philippines (EDSP), and his party will visit us for two weeks in late September and early October, primarily focusing on Creation Care learning exchange and potentially expanding our partnership. Bishop Moral will also assist with worship and present and attend workshops