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Bishop Rickel Affirms Support for Transgender Persons

Bishop Rickel Affirms Support for Transgender Persons

Dear Ones, On Monday of this week, it came to light that the United States Department of Health and Human Services is attempting to redefine the legal definition of sex as “either male or female, unchangeable, and determined by the genitals that a person is born with,” under Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, which prevents discrimination on the basis of sex in any education program that receives government assistance. This would remove essential federal recognition and

Crisis Escalating in Aberdeen

Crisis Escalating in Aberdeen

The following comes from the Rev. Sarah Monroe and Aaron Scott of Chaplains on the Harbor, Westport: Residents of the largest homeless encampment in Aberdeen are facing an eventual sweep (https://komonews.com/news/local/aberdeen-shutting-down-homeless-camp-on-chehalis-river) with no clear indication of a new site to which they will be relocated. Mayor Larson recently released a statement indicating that all social service providers and advocates (including clergy) will now require a permit from the city before visiting the camp. The city also recently installed a gate to

Convention Workshops 2018

Convention Workshops 2018

On Friday, October 26th, the Diocese of Olympia will be offering three workshop sessions (10:00-11:00am, 11:15am-12:15pm. and 1:00-2:00pm) prior to the 2018 Diocesan Convention at DoubleTree by Hilton, Seattle Airport. Read below for more information on all of the workshop offerings! 101: Getting Ready for Luke. Cascade 5-6—Session 1. Lectionary Year C starts in December, and with it another year that the Sunday readings will take us through the Gospel of Luke. Join Matthew Moravec, St. Andrew, Tacoma; Sue Tait

Diocese of Olympia’s Carbon Footprint Report

Diocese of Olympia’s Carbon Footprint Report

The Board of Directors of the Diocese of Olympia, Inc., recognizes its fiduciary responsibility to shareholders in the James F. Hodges Diocesan Investment Fund (DIF) to be a shareholder advocate of positive investment by the DIF in renewable energies.  As a result, the Board agreed to commission a study of the carbon footprint of DIF investments, and the results of that study are attached in an executive, annotated report. Highlights of the report are: The electrical utility we own is

Child Care at Convention: Register Now & Child Care Providers Wanted

Child Care at Convention: Register Now & Child Care Providers Wanted

Through a collaboration between local churches and the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia, we will be able to offer child care on-site at General Convention at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, SEATAC. Care will be provided on Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27 to coincide with convention activities. Get more information and pre-register your children below by Friday, October 19. PRE-REGISTRATION We are also currently recruiting child care providers, especially people who have experience and are known in a local

Christ Church, Seattle Begins Sensory Eucharist

Christ Church, Seattle Begins Sensory Eucharist

From Geneva Wall of Christ Church, Seattle: Christ Church Seattle is welcoming families of children with sensory differences and special needs to join us in a monthly Eucharist worship service specially designed with your child’s needs in mind. For some families, going to church is not an option because of worries that a child will be too noisy or disruptive. Please come, and bring your child! If your child can’t sit for long, they can wander around. If your child

Diocesan Altar Guild Offers Vestments and Much More to Local Congregations

Diocesan Altar Guild Offers Vestments and Much More to Local Congregations

Is your parish missing liturgical vestments that seem too costly to replace? We may have what you need at a very low, second-hand price – or maybe free! Have you wondered if a certain item, or style would work? We do loans of 1-24 months, with allowances for special situations. We have many excess chasubles which are available free – one per parish or institute. Check out our A – Z List of Resources & Supplies on the Diocesan Website. You

St. Andrew, Seattle: Diet for a Holy Planet

St. Andrew, Seattle: Diet for a Holy Planet

From Margo Rogers at St. Andrew, Seattle: In autumn we celebrate harvest, homecoming, and the feasts of St. Francis and our patron St. Andrew. God’s abundant gifts of food, friends, and family are gathered at Thanksgiving tables. Fall is the perfect season to think about food. We must eat to live. When food is plentiful, we also eat to nourish community and celebrate life. In the last century our diet and our food system have changed dramatically, in ways that

Welcoming Members of the Seattle Service Corps!

Welcoming Members of the Seattle Service Corps!

The Diocese of Olympia is pleased to welcome six new faces to the Seattle Service Corps! We kicked things off on Tuesday, September 18, with a welcome dinner and tour of Diocesan House with Bishop Rickel! This year’s members of the Seattle Service Corps are Guy Crumpler from the United Kingdom (Mission to Seafarers), Tony Noyes from Oregon (Mission to Seafarers), Rosa Gibson from Virginia (Friends of the Children), Nicole Silvernale from Renton (Kids 4 Peace and Saint Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle), Sarah

Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral presents Immigration Reform in Washington State with Attorney General Bob Ferguson

Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral presents Immigration Reform in Washington State with Attorney General Bob Ferguson

Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, with a long history of involvement in immigration and refugee resettlement, presents Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who will share his thoughts on the current state of immigration both locally and nationally. The event, on Wednesday, October 17, 7:00–8:30pm, includes a follow-up panel discussion moderated by The Right Rev. Greg Rickel, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia, with Marcos Martinez, Executive Director of Casa Latina; Estela Ortega, Executive Director of El Centro de la Raza; and