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The People of the Diocese of Olympia: Treasurer’s Report

The People of the Diocese of Olympia: Treasurer’s Report

September 15, 2007, a new day in the life of the Diocese of Olympia when we welcomed Bishop Greg Rickel as our new Diocesan.  We have come a long way in our financial journey with Bishop Greg’s leadership.  In 2007 our assessment rate was at 18%; in 2012 we were able to lower it to 17.5%; 2016 we lowered it to 16%; then 15% the following year and in 2018 to 14.5. The budget in 2006 was about $6million in

The People of the Diocese of Olympia: A Governance Overview

The People of the Diocese of Olympia: A Governance Overview

Governance includes the boards, councils, commissions and events that provide overall leadership for the Diocese of Olympia. The authority of the Diocese is vested in and exercised by the Bishop, the Convention and the Standing Committee. We are governed by a Constitution and Canons: The Constitution is the fundamental document by which a diocese works. It describes who we are and, among other things, our relationship to the wider church. The Canons are our regulations and rules for implementation and

The People of the Diocese of Olympia: Listening Process Responses

The People of the Diocese of Olympia: Listening Process Responses

Throughout the spring, members of the Episcopal Branch of the Jesus Movement in Western Washington were asked: Who are we now? What do we need to move forward towards our vision? People gathered in churches in Bellingham, Olympia, Seattle, Sequim, and Vancouver for prayerful conversation and learning. An online survey for those who couldn’t make it to Saturday events was also offered. About 450 people attended the WalkAgain events and another dozen responded to the online survey. This process generated

Discernment Resources

Discernment Resources

PRAYER AND DISCERNMENT RESOURCES GUIDE (PRINTABLE PDF) Why discernment? Discernment has been a part of Christian spirituality from its conception. Critical to discernment is the virtue, “Wisdom” (in Greek, Σοφία, Sophia). In ancient Greek culture, Wisdom was pictured as a woman. Philo, an ancient Hellenized (Greek-speaking) Jew, used the term “Logos” (word) to talk about Wisdom as it appeared in the Hebrew Scriptures. This image of Wisdom became a foundational part of the Gospeller John’s explanation of who Jesus was:

Prayer Resources

Prayer Resources

PRAYER AND DISCERNMENT RESOURCES GUIDE (PRINTABLE PDF) A Collect for the Year of Listening Lover of Souls, you sent your son Jesus Christ to show humankind how to live abundantly and dwell in your heavenly kingdom; be with our Bishop Greg, as he ponders your will for his life, and pour out your wisdom and grace upon each member of the Diocese of Olympia as we listen obediently for how we might proclaim the mighty power of your love and

Lenten Book Selection: Book of Common Prayer Resources

Lenten Book Selection: Book of Common Prayer Resources

From Diocesan Resource Center Director, Sue Tait Physical Resources Welcome to the Book of Common Prayer  by Vicki K. Black, 2005 (264 Bla) The series, “Welcome to…”, provides an overview and introduction to aspects of Episcopal worship.  Here The Rev Vicki Black looks briefly at prayer book history, the various parts of the current prayer book and offers a concluding section on “Tools for Prayer and Study : the lectionary, prayers, catechism, and historical documents.”  Also included are questions for