During this time of remote gathering, the Diocese of Olympia has been holding a series of webinars on a wide range of topics, including stewardship, faith formation, and specific topics related to regathering once our buildings open once again. Here you can find an archive of our past webinars, grouped by topic, if you would like to revisit the material, or if you missed the webinar the first time around. ReGathering Webinars ReGathering Considered: Legalities and Practicalities Soon it will
The following appeal comes from Aaron Scott, Missioner for Community Organizing and Organizer with Chaplains on the Harbor. Dear friends, I’m reaching out to ask if you can help us keep the lights on at Chaplains on the Harbor. As we continue to build power with poor and homeless leaders in Grays Harbor County, we’ve been faced with escalating repression and financial strain. We have grown wildly in 2018 and are working overtime to meet our new capacity needs. We are
When Sasha entered The Charlotte House Domestic Violence Shelter, one of St. James Family Center’s programs, she had no idea what she was going to do. The staff at the Charlotte House spent time with Sasha, assessing her situation, providing for her families basic needs and giving her time to look at possible options to begin to create a life for herself and her children free from fear and violence. Sasha’s children were ages three and five, so St. James
You have a special opportunity this Christmas season in the Diocese of Olympia to make a real difference in the lives of some of the most vulnerable among us with Gifts of Hope: Alternative Christmas Giving. Our Jubilee Center in Auburn focuses on the needs of immigrants that are facing threats to their well-being and in some cases, their very lives. The Auburn Jubilee Center is a catalyst, which draws together people from all walks of life to form partnerships
This is a basic lineup of ideas for Earth Sunday. Some of these are initiatives that can be kicked-off on this Sunday, then to be followed throughout the year. Others are awareness actions.
The time is now to start planning for your congregation’s annual giving campaign! Bishop Rickel and I often have referred to the annual giving campaign as the “Fall-Beg-athon” because that’s what it can feel like when we relegate this spiritual formation ministry to extracting money from members for church budgets. After all, we’re not giving to budgets, we give to support ministry in our church community and to express love, dedication and gratitude to God.
Holistic Stewardship is rooted in Baptismal theology and Baptismal theology oozes from each of the readings on the Feast of the Baptism of our Lord this week (see texts here). The problem I see is that we don’t have a very deep understanding of Baptismal theology so we often miss the implications of it in our lives after baptism. And therefore, deep meaning of these texts for our faith and congregational communities.
Kristine Miller’s and Scott McKenzie’s new book Bounty: Ten Ways to Increase Giving at Your Church is aptly titled, but it delivers so much more than ten ways to increase your congregation’s giving. They have laid out a guide for stewardship ministry leaders to lead others, and be led, from merely being givers into the transformative blessings of generosity. They deliver straight talk about money, its place in our lives, and its place in the congregational conversation that demystifies the
Simple Changes: Faith and Food during Lent Suggestions for Compassionate Eating to Help Our Planet The problems of climate change, global hunger, and factory farms can seem overwhelming. Yet some of the most important decisions we make for our planet – our daily choices about food – are the ones within our most immediate and personal control.