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Announcing New Dean of Iona School

Announcing New Dean of Iona School

Maureen Crawford, Director of Adult Faith Formation and Dean of the Iona School in the Diocese of Olympia, is stepping down and graduating along with the first group of Iona Olympia students to graduate. We are extremely grateful for all the work Maureen has done on behalf of the diocese during her four years with us. Please join us in wishing her all the best in her future endeavors. While we are sad to see Maureen go, we are very

Important Information Regarding the Former Site of St. George, Seattle

Important Information Regarding the Former Site of St. George, Seattle

On August 9, 2019, representatives from Tent City 3 approached our Diocesan Property Manager, the Rev. Dennis Tierney, about the possibility of relocating to the site of the former St. George’s Episcopal Church in the Lake City neighborhood of Seattle. Plans for Tent City 3’s next site had fallen through, and the group needed to move to a new location in eight days. This was the third request since July of 2019 by groups seeking to use the site for

Nominations for General Convention Delegates

Nominations for General Convention Delegates

The 2019 Annual Diocesan Convention will elect our deputation to the 2021 General Convention to be held in Baltimore, Maryland. A full description of the work of the General Convention and the role of deputies is provided in document B.2 Overview of Nominations for General Convention. This fall may seem early for this election, but The Episcopal Church canons require deputations be elected at least 12 months in advance of the event, so waiting until the  fall of 2020 is too late

Preaching Across the Divide: An Episcopal Preaching Foundation Conference

Preaching Across the Divide: An Episcopal Preaching Foundation Conference

Saint Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle | October 3-4 | Sponsored by the Office of the Bishop – Registration Fees and Conference Meals Provided In today’s divisive political environment, it’s more important than ever to find ways of preaching that engages all of our parishioners – no matter their political beliefs. The Office of the Bishop is pleased to host a skills-based preaching conference for all clergy and licensed preachers in the Diocese of Olympia. Developed and presented by the Episcopal Preaching

Sadness, Anger, Grief: Bishop Rickel Responds to the Shootings in El Paso and Dayton

Sadness, Anger, Grief: Bishop Rickel Responds to the Shootings in El Paso and Dayton

Dear Ones, Yesterday, I was just about to blog some reflections on the Camino after being off the trail and home, and that will come… but it seemed so trivial when I received the word of yet another mass shooting in our country. I completely understand why the Mayor of El Paso felt the need to say the words to his fellow citizens, “Don’t worry, we are all safe.” But I had to wonder, how can any of us make

2019 Bishop’s Preaching Award: Submissions Now Being Accepted

2019 Bishop’s Preaching Award: Submissions Now Being Accepted

Any sermon preached in any congregation (by a preacher from any order) in the Diocese of Olympia from the First Sunday of Advent, 2018 (December 2, 2018) through September 01, 2019,  is eligible for consideration. The winner will be announced at the 2019 Diocesan Convention and will be awarded $1,000. Sermons must be submitted by email to mkoski@ecww.org with the preacher’s name and contact information in the email and with the sermon attached as a Word or PDF file. The

Saint Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle Compline Services to be Sung by Women’s Compline Choir in August

Saint Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle Compline Services to be Sung by Women’s Compline Choir in August

The Compline Choir at Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in Seattle, the men’s choir which has sung the popular night prayer service of Compline every Sunday at 9:30pm for over 60 years, will take a rare hiatus in August to make a pilgrimage to two of England’s most prominent and historic cathedrals: Canterbury and Salisbury. While the men’s choir is away, on August 11, 18, and 25 the Compline service will, for the first time at the cathedral, be sung by

Prayers for Youth Creation Care Pilgrimage

Prayers for Youth Creation Care Pilgrimage

On behalf of the liturgy and music team of the Creation Care Pilgrimage, we would be grateful for all within the diocese to include the creation care pilgrims in their prayers this week as they are sent out from Saint Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle on August 4 at the 11:00am service. The pilgrims will return on Saturday, August 10. “Lord, we give thanks for the teens and adult leaders who are making a Creation Care Pilgrimage this week from our Cathedral

Former Presiding Bishop Schori to Speak Across the Diocese

Former Presiding Bishop Schori to Speak Across the Diocese

The Diocese of Olympia is delighted to host the former Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, the Right Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori in Seattle and on the Olympic Peninsula as part of her participation in the diocesan Youth Creation Care Pilgrimage. During the course of the pilgrimage, she will speak at the following churches: Sunday, August 4, 11:00am | Saint Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle Join us for Sunday morning worship; Bishop Katharine will deliver the homily. Sunday, August 4, 7:00–8:30pm |

Final Sweep Update from Aberdeen

Final Sweep Update from Aberdeen

From Aaron Scott, Diocesan Missioner for Anti-Poverty Organizing and Organizer with Chaplains on the Harbor: The City of Aberdeen carried out its final eviction and demolition of the Chehalis River encampment this week. Chaplains on the Harbor clergy stood with camp residents: to witness with them as they watched their small homes get bulldozed, to assist folks with relocating, and to offer pastoral support in the wake of this forcible displacement. Many long-time camp residents had hoped to exercise their