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Global Mission Grants Open

Global Mission Grants Open

Do you have a parish-based partnership in a developing country somewhere around the world?  Funds are available to assist you in that ministry through our Diocesan Mission Grants program.  At the 2015 Diocesan Convention we reaffirmed our commitment to support the UN’s development goals (now known as Sustainable Development Goals – SDGs) as criteria for global mission grants. This is consistent with the mission goals of The Episcopal Church, and with our baptismal covenant “to seek and serve Christ in

2021 Congregational Development Grant Applications Now Open

2021 Congregational Development Grant Applications Now Open

As of July, our Congregational Development (CD) Grants process in the Diocese of Olympia is now open. CD Grants is a granting program designed to help congregations make steps or leaps forward in their development by funding specific projects related to congregational health, faithfulness, and effectiveness. All congregations in good standing in the Diocese of Olympia are eligible to apply for these grants. This year as a direct response to COVID-19 and the dramatically shifting landscape of congregational life during

Chaplains on the Harbor Update: Aberdeen City Council Stands Against Racism

Chaplains on the Harbor Update: Aberdeen City Council Stands Against Racism

In the wake of Chaplains on the Harbor’s recent confrontation with armed and hostile counter-protestors, the Aberdeen City Council–for the first time ever–issued a public statement condemning systemic racism and racial injustice. Included in the statement is an explicit recognition that, while legal, armed open-carry counter protesting has a chilling effect on people’s constitutionally protected right to freedom of assembly. The statement passed despite significant division within the council on these issues. You can read full coverage of the council’s

St. Timothy, Chehalis Paints with Ben Galagan

St. Timothy, Chehalis Paints with Ben Galagan

From the Rev. Kay Flores of St. Timothy, Chehalis: St. Timothy Episcopal Church in Chehalis, Washington had such fun painting with residents of Chehalis West Assisted Living Facility during May! Ben Galagan, who lives in Cody, Wyoming, is an artist and a camp counselor friend of the church’s rector, Kay Flores. Kay, who is NOT an artist, enjoyed painting with Ben in an online class a while ago. Kay convinced Ben to teach the class via Zoom. With the help

Announcing the Call for Nominations for 2020 Diocesan Election

Announcing the Call for Nominations for 2020 Diocesan Election

While decisions for this year’s diocesan convention are being finalized, the Nominations Committee is beginning its process to identify candidates for election to Diocesan Council and the Standing Committee at convention. This year the Nominations Committee is actively seeking qualified candidates for the following positions: For Diocesan Council (by region) for 3-year terms: Lay representatives from Evergreen, Be Attitudes, and Columbia regions Clergy representatives from Eastside, Peninsula, and Sno-Isle regions Note: Incumbents from Rainier (lay) and Willapa (clergy) are standing

A Vigil in Memory of George Floyd and All Victims of Racism

A Vigil in Memory of George Floyd and All Victims of Racism

A Vigil in Memory of George Floyd and All Victims of Racism Gather outside in front of the church with the ringing of the church bell(s), if available. Welcome: Thank you as we gather to remember George Floyd and all the victims of racism, and also pray to overcome the pandemic of racism as it infects us, our community, the nation, and the world. Invocation: In the name of God our creator, who made us in God’s own image and called us

Racial Equity Reading List

Racial Equity Reading List

During the Diocese of Olympia’s Town Hall on June 7, Bishop Rickel made reference to a number of books dealing with issues of racial justice and racism that individuals can read to learn more for themselves, to share with others, or even to start virtual discussion groups in their congregations. Sue Tait, our Diocesan Librarian, has compiled the list of titles mentioned by Bishop Rickel and added several others which might be helpful for individuals wishing to learn more. America’s

One Diocese, One Church, One Day to Worship Together

One Diocese, One Church, One Day to Worship Together

We are more than individual churches, we are a diocese – more than 26,000 Christians following the way of Jesus together across Western Washington. On June 7, the Office of the Bishop in the Diocese of Olympia will hold one worship service for our entire diocese. Designed to bring together all Episcopalians in Western Washington to worship as one, connect to each other, and meditate on all the ways we stay connected and stay church, this Sunday will also give

From the Episcopal Public Policy Network: Why Advocate Now?

From the Episcopal Public Policy Network: Why Advocate Now?

From The Episcopal Church’s Public Policy Network: We have heard from many of you over the past week – sharing your stories of protesting, expressing outrage at the injustices that continue, and asking what you can do. There are, of course, many ways to show up in this moment: you can join protesters peacefully marching for an end to police brutality; you can educate yourself about how to be an anti-racist; you can pray and lament alongside those who are

Resources to Support Protesters and Racial Equity in Western Washington

Resources to Support Protesters and Racial Equity in Western Washington

Dear Ones, These are trying times for everyone, but none more than the people of color of this country, who have never achieved equality or justice though a light has been shined on that disparity so many times, before our lifetimes, and in our lifetimes. The responsibility for changing this is on us all, but most especially the white person. We have the greatest responsibility to use our privilege to work toward a solution. I thank you all, so many