From Naomi Woodrum, Diocese of Olympia EYE Coordinator: We are excited to introduce the team representing the Diocese of Olympia at the Episcopal Youth Event (EYE) in Maryland, July 4-8. EYE is a gathering for youth ages 15-19 from around the world who assemble on a college campus to learn, laugh, and worship together. Its focus and mission are to help develop these young people’s leadership skills, spiritual practices, and early stages of vocational discernment. Our delegation is sending five
From Sue Tait, Diocesan Librarian: There are certainly plenty of “introductions” to the bible available, and here is another one, published this year from Church Publishing – Blessed to Bless: An Introduction to the Bible, by Tim Sean Youmans (Church Publishing, Inc., 2020. CUR 220.61 You). The author is department chair at Casady School in Oklahoma City, a pre-K through 12th grade Episcopal college preparatory school, and curriculum for middle school students includes a four-year survey of the Bible. Youngmans invited parents
From Diocesan Librarian Sue Tait: In 2016, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America (305.8 Ken) was received with acclaim and won the National Book Award. In 2020, Jason Reynolds, who is a very big deal in literature for young people, “remixed” that book in Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You (305.8 Rey) – in partnership with Kendi. His book is not just a synopsis, although they cover the same ground; Reynolds claims often that this is not a
Traditionally “6-Day” takes place in person at Camp Huston and has served as the culminating event for youth as they graduate high school and transition into young adulthood. Capturing the key touchstones of a long-standing diocesan program and reimagining it in a virtual format was quite the challenge! Participants received a program supply box for the weekend’s activities in the mail featuring a camp T-Shirt, arts and crafts, props, activities, and a portable worship kit complete with custom alter cloth
Even though this summer’s Youth Creation Care Pilgrimage was cancelled due to the pandemic, the Youth Pilgrimage planning team still wants to encourage everyone to embark on their own personal pilgrimage – no matter their age! Take your very own “DIY Pilgrimage” this year by visiting our pilgrimage website! You’ll find suggestions for local treks to do alone or in small groups, and we’ve included thought-provoking discussion questions and ideas for music, poetry, prayers, and readings to help make it
The Office of the Bishop is pleased to announce that a new staff member is joining us in our work of serving the Diocese of Olympia. Alex Flannagan has just stepped into the role of Youth Ministry Coordinator and will be working with our Faith Formation Team. As Youth Ministry Coordinator for the Diocese of Olympia, Alex Flannagan will oversee all activities for pre-teens and teens (6th-12th grades), including winter and spring weekend retreats and summer activities. He’ll work alongside
From Denise Brumbaugh, Youth Ministry Coordinator: As we work in these times of separation and long for connection and community, I want to remind you that the Youth Ministry arm of the Office of the Bishop is here for you. There are several ways youth and youth leaders can be in community with each other even though we are physically not together. This is particularly important when schools and extra-curricular activities are cancelled. Follow us on Instagram @ecwwyouth. Youth are
Summer is coming… Every year at this time, I re-read “Doing Nothing is Something,” an essay by Anna Quindlen. Written more than a decade ago, this article still rings true today: doing nothing is something for kids.
Camp Huston, the Diocese of Olympia’s Episcopal Camp in Gold Bar, offers children ages 6 to 16 a chance to be…kids. Every child who attends Camp Huston’s summer programs will: Develop a sense of self in the world, Discover their place in nature, Build self esteem, Grow into leaders, And most of all, HAVE FUN with new and old friends.
We are in the final countdown for our 6-Day Conference to be held at Camp Huston June 19-25, 2013. Registration is still open and applications are being accepted for high school youth who have completed grades 9-12. There will be fabulous food, fun, music, small groups and worship.