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Lent 2024: A Message from Bishop Skelton

Lent 2024: A Message from Bishop Skelton

Greetings, people of the Diocese of Olympia. From John’s Gospel: “Unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone, but if it dies, it produces much fruit.” You may notice that the visual we’re using for Lent is a picture of the Northwest woods with a large, really a huge fallen tree across whatever might be seen as a path, a fallen tree already in the process of becoming new life. For me, Lent is

Remembering The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Message from Bishop Skelton

Remembering The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Message from Bishop Skelton

“For nonviolent response, it seems, does not come naturally to many of us, especially when we feel threatened and subject to the potential violence of others, something that some people feel all the time. And so today, as we remember Dr. King and all he stood for, I thought it best simply to read to you and to myself five of the basic characteristics of nonviolent resistance.” Bishop Skelton offers reflections as we remember The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King,

Epiphany 2024: A Message from Bishop Skelton

Epiphany 2024: A Message from Bishop Skelton

If you look up the word epiphany in Wikipedia, one of the entries you’ll find is author James Joyce’s use of the term. This is how he defined it in terms of what he was doing in his stories. An epiphany, he said, is, and I’m quoting here, …a sudden spiritual manifestation, whether from some object, some scene, some event, or some memorable phase of the mind, the manifestation of which is out of proportion to the significance of whatever

Christmas 2023: A Message from Bishop Skelton

Christmas 2023: A Message from Bishop Skelton

You’ve probably heard that some Christian churches in Jerusalem have officially canceled their typical Christmas celebrations. And you can perhaps understand why. In solidarity with the current suffering of children in Gaza in particular, their idea is that celebrating Christmas in the typical way seems somehow inappropriate this year. We’re not doing that here, of course, but here’s the thing to remember in the middle of our Christmas cheer, whatever form it may take for us: The story of the

Advent 2023: An Advent Message and Appeal from Bishop Skelton

Advent 2023: An Advent Message and Appeal from Bishop Skelton

Greetings, People of the Diocese of Olympia. I have an idea. During the season of Advent, the season of waiting and looking forward to the coming of Jesus born in an animal stall, how about we do something for people, to use Luke’s language, who are looking for room at the inn? Let me say more. The Refugee Resettlement Office of this Diocese, that resettles hundreds of refugees from all over the world each year, is in need of funds

Thanksgiving 2023: A Message from Bishop Skelton

Thanksgiving 2023: A Message from Bishop Skelton

Greetings, everyone. Praise God from whom all blessing flow Praise God all creatures here below Praise God above the heavenly host Praise God and Word and Holy Ghost. You probably recognize these words in some form as what we call “the Doxology,” that is, words of thanks and praise to God for everything. Thanks and praise to God is, of course, on my mind as I think about the Thanksgiving holiday. And in these times of ours, I can’t help

Transgender Day of Remembrance 2023: A Message from Bishop Skelton

Transgender Day of Remembrance 2023: A Message from Bishop Skelton

Greetings, People of the Diocese of Olympia, Today is the Transgender Day of Remembrance – a time when we honor the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. If you go on the GLAAD website (formerly known as the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation but now pursuing a broader mission), you can view a list of the people killed each year on account of their transgender or non-binary identity. What you will

Lent: A Message from Bishop Skelton

Lent: A Message from Bishop Skelton

Greetings, People of the Diocese of Olympia. I’ve long been a fan of the author, Belden Lane, and he is the author of an important book in my life entitled, “The Solace of Fierce Landscapes,” which by the way is the best title of a book ever. In that book, Lane talks about the connection between desert or wilderness spirituality and what he himself experiences during his many walks and hikes in the wilderness. About this, Lane quotes late 19th

A Greeting from Bishop Skelton

A Greeting from Bishop Skelton

“In my experience, times of transition are emotional times, times when we can bounce around between feeling grief, confusion, excitement about a new thing about to happen, all within moments of each other. If you’re feeling any or all of these things, know that it’s normal, at least that’s what I tell myself.” Bishop Skelton offers her greetings as she begins her time as Bishop Provisional for the Diocese of Olympia, as well as her approach to serving as Bishop