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To Look as Fresh as Paint – Protect and Beautify: Occasional Paper on Property Management in the Diocese of Olympia Series

To Look as Fresh as Paint – Protect and Beautify: Occasional Paper on Property Management in the Diocese of Olympia Series

Humans have painted things from the time when they first created things. Humans have painted themselves before they created things. To paint is to adorn and beautify but also to protect and preserve. It is deeply embedded in our human consciousness. Cave paintings date back thousands of years. The earliest known sculptures were painted. The interiors of ancient temples and churches were painted. The exteriors of stone buildings were painted. Paint has the properties of protection and beautification. A thin

Eye of Providence or Spy Among Us – Cyber Security Today: Occasional Paper on Property Management in the Diocese of Olympia Series

Eye of Providence or Spy Among Us – Cyber Security Today: Occasional Paper on Property Management in the Diocese of Olympia Series

The “Eye of Providence” is a symbol that appears on the Great Seal of the United States. It is meant to depict the benevolent Eye of God watching over the affairs of the United States. It is an ancient symbol known in many cultures. But there is now in the world a very real “eye of providence” and its intent toward human beings is less benevolent. As of 2022, there are 6.7 billion smartphones in the world. 83.7% of the

Keys and Gates – Managing Security While Welcoming the Stranger: An Occasional Paper on Property Management in the Diocese of Olympia Series

Keys and Gates – Managing Security While Welcoming the Stranger: An Occasional Paper on Property Management in the Diocese of Olympia Series

Revelation 21:21 – “The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate being made from a single pearl.” Matthew 16:19 – “I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be found in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Photo by Nerene Grobler on Unsplash These two biblical quotes raise the odd notion that heaven is a gated community. Apparently, there are gates to heaven, whether to

When the Earth Shakes – Earthquake Preparedness: Occasional Paper on Property Management in the Diocese of Olympia Series

When the Earth Shakes – Earthquake Preparedness: Occasional Paper on Property Management in the Diocese of Olympia Series

From the Rev. Dr. Dennis S. Tierney, Property Manager “Suddenly there was an earthquake, so violent that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were open and everyone’s chains were unfastened.” (Acts 16:26) Earthquakes were well known in the Bible because they were known in the Middle East as that part of the world lies at the joining of three tectonic plates. But, in the Bible, earthquakes were understood to be divine acts of theological

Breathe on Me, Breath of God – Reflections on Safe Church Ventilation in COVID-19 Time (Updated for 2022): An Occasional Paper on Property Management in the Diocese of Olympia Series

Breathe on Me, Breath of God – Reflections on Safe Church Ventilation in COVID-19 Time (Updated for 2022): An Occasional Paper on Property Management in the Diocese of Olympia Series

From the Rev. Dr. Dennis S. Tierney, Property Manager “Breathe on me, Breath of God, Fill me with life anew, That I may love what Thou dost love, And do what Thou wouldst do.” (Edwin Hatch, 1878) In July 2020, the diocese prepared and distributed a document about safe practices for churches to follow about air quality in a time of COVID-19. This document updates that information. It is based on a webinar on Indoor Air Quality that was held

The Occasional Papers on Property Management Program

The Occasional Papers on Property Management Program

From the Rev. Dr. Dennis S. Tierney, Property Manager, Diocese of Olympia January 2022 The Diocese of Olympia is pleased to announce a new program for leaders of all congregations in the diocese that will provide advice and information about property management issues of importance and interest. These occasional papers will be based on actual experiences of congregations in the diocese and will provide advice and best practices for the buildings and grounds of our respective congregations. Background In the

Water, Water, Everywhere But Not a Drop to Drink: An Occasional Paper on Property Management in the Diocese of Olympia Series

Water, Water, Everywhere But Not a Drop to Drink: An Occasional Paper on Property Management in the Diocese of Olympia Series

From the Rev. Dr. Dennis S. Tierney, Property Manager This paper is one of a planned series of occasional papers about property management designed for congregational leaders in the Diocese of Olympia. Each paper will feature an aspect of property management and will be based on actual experiences and events, suitably masked to protect the innocent. Photo by Sven Brandsma on Unsplash The title of this paper is taken from Coleridge’s poem, “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.” This paper