Episcopal Service Corps: This is the Year

Episcopal Service Corps is a network of intentional communities across the Episcopal Church that invites young adults to spend one year living in Christian community while engaging local justice initiatives, discerning vocation and developing leadership skills.

Each Episcopal Service Corps community is centered on a “Rule of Life” designed to deepen relationships among participants through the practice of shared meals, prayers, and lives. Exactly how this practice is lived out is different in each program. Additionally, Episcopal Service Corps members serve in the local community, working with an area nonprofit, such as a school, parish, organic farm, homeless shelter, after-school program, refugee resettlement organization, or hospitals, depending on the needs in the local setting.

All Episcopal Service Corps programs provide housing and utilities. Additionally, Corps members receive a small individual stipend, grocery stipend, health insurance and transportation assistance throughout their year of service.

Episcopal Service Corps programs are in more than 20 communities across the United States, several of which continue to accept applications for the 2018-2019 year. Among these are:

  • Assisi House (Concord, NH)
  • Deaconess Anne House (St. Louis, MO)
  • Johnson Service Corps (Chapel Hill and Durham, NC)
  • Lawrence House Service Corps (South Hadley, MA)
  • LEVN: Lutheran Episcopal Volunteer Network (Davis/Sacramento, CA)
  • Life Together (Boston, MA)
  • Seattle Service Corps (Seattle, WA)
  • SSJE Monastic Internship Program (Cambridge, MA)
  • Saint Hilda’s House (New Haven, CT)
  • The Road (Atlanta, GA)


Seeking Sample Liturgies

The diocesan Commission for Liturgy and the Arts is (again) seeking sample liturgies from congregations.  We are hoping to create a document that shares best and creative practices for some of the less common – but important – liturgies of our worship lives.  If you have liturgies for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil, and/or Celebration of New Ministry about which you are particularly excited, please send them to Sabeth Fitzgibbons at the link below.  If you’re especially proud of something in your bulletin, please highlight and explain.


I AM Exhibition: An East-West Art Exhibition of Premier Middle Eastern Women Artists

Saint Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle |  Exhibition: June 10-August 7 

An East-West contemporary CARAVAN art exhibition designed to address stereotypes and challenge misconceptions featuring 31 premier Middle Eastern women artists from 12 countries visually celebrating the rich, diverse and pivotal contributions that Middle Eastern women make to the enduring global quest for harmony and peace.  Curated by Janet Rady.


Tacoma Pride Festival 2018

Pacific Ave and S 9th St., Tacoma | July 14, 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Tacoma Pride is happening again in the LGBT community, and Episcopalians in Pierce County are full participants! Pick up a button that proclaims “Proud Episcopalian” at our booth. Christ Episcopal Church pioneered the booth at the festival five years ago, and other churches have happily joined in and gotten enthusiastic support from clergy and congregations. Parishes besides Christ Church are St. Matthew, N.E. Tacoma, St. Andrew, Tacoma, and St. Joseph & St. John, Lakewood. For the full docket of events in Pride Week as well as some great pictures, click the link below. 


Imaging the Story Retreat

St. Andrew’s House,  Union | July 22-27, 2018 | $1,120 

This creative course offers a “deep dive” into what it means to be creaturely. Visual and literary art “tells slant” the salvation story, helping us to stumble across it afresh, and inviting us to participate in it through our own art-making. No artistic experience is necessary, and all supplies, lodging and meals are included. The course is led by Gill Sakakini and Karen Case-Green, co-authors of the recent book of the same title. Gill, an artist and teacher who studied at Regent College, has taught at the Grunewald Guild and the Carey Theological Institute. She is now training to be a priest in the Church of England at St. Mellitus College, London. Karen Case-Green is a preacher and writer who holds an MA in Christianity and the Arts from King’s College, London. She has contributed to Ministry Today (2008), Text Message (2014) and Learning to Love (2014).

“Gill Sakakini and Karen Case-Green reawaken us to the astonishing story of the God who created us and who came among us in the flesh. With compelling tools, practices, and points of entry, they invite us into a daring journey: to behold the world and the God who has not abandoned it but who still seeks to take flesh in the world through us. They are visionary stewards of the sacred imaginations God has entrusted to us.”
– Jan Richardson, artist and author


St. Andrew’s Work & Play Weekend

St. Andrew’s House, Union |  July 20-22 | $75/person

A retreat cancellation has given us the opportunity to offer a special weekend at St. Andrew’s, July 20-22. We have lots of projects, both inside and out, that we rarely get to, and we’d love to invite folks to work beside us, dream about the future with us, and get a chance to just get away. All for just $75/person! Come with clothes for both work and play.

Schedule (all meals, Friday evening – Sunday morning, provided)
Friday – Tapas Dinner & Visioning Activity
Saturday – Work in the morning, Free Time to play in afternoon
Sunday – Morning Prayer (optional)


Camp Huston

Gold Bar, WA | Summer 2018

Register now for Camp Huston. The Diocese of Olympia’s own summer camp runs programs for children in grades 1-10, as well as a leadership development program for those who have completed the 10th grade. Scholarships are available. Register before March 15 to automatically receive the early bird discount of $30 per camper. 

  • Counselor Training: June 26 – July 5
  • Discovery Camp 1 & Horse Camp 1: July 7-13
  • Missoula Children’s Theater Camp: July 15-20
  • Discovery Camp 2 & Intermediate Horse Camp: July 29 – August 4
  • Mini Camp: August 6-9
  • International Discovery Camp & Buckaroo Camp: August 12-18

If you have questions or would like to request a brochure, please email Alex Flannagan or call at 360-793-0441. 


A Holy Waste of Time:
Self-Discovery Retreat for Young Adults

St. Andrew’s House, Union | Aug 17, 4:00 PM – Aug 19, 1:00 PM | $85

With day to day life making so many demands on our time and energy, it’s easy to forget the importance of rest. Remind yourself about the renewing power of relaxation by joining us for A Holy Waste of Time! Young adults (ages 18 – 35) from throughout the Diocese of Olympia are invited to this annual weekend of fun, friendship and faith at St. Andrew’s House, a gorgeous rustic lodge situated with a breathtaking view of the Hood Canal and the Olympic Mountains just beyond.

In the spirit of time-wasting, feel free to choose your own adventure: kayak, paddle-board, and swim the beautiful calm waters of the Hood Canal, take a hike on the forest trails nearby, or simply read in the lodge or sun on the deck. We’ll also offer some optional activities: yoga, beginning ukulele classes, and arts ‘n’ crafts. Each evening we’ll gather to share and celebrate the ancient rite of Compline.

Creative home-style cooking is a St. Andrew’s House tradition; meals include nurturing entrees of locally-sourced foods and delicious fresh desserts.

The per-person price includes two night’s lodging and all meals and activities. Single/couple/family bedrooms are available – please specify your preference. Kids are welcome.

Sign-up now; this event sells out quickly!


Suicide: Warning Signs and How to Respond

St. Dunstan, Shoreline | August 23, 7:00pm – 9:00pm | $10

Many of us have been through dark times, or watched others suffer. We don’t always know how or when that darkness might lead to suicide. As a society, we’re becoming more aware of mental health, mental illness, and suicide, through the news, social media, exposing these issues and allowing us the opportunity to respond and help. What does real help look like? It can feel awkward or scary when we don’t know what to do. This training will give practical, simple steps that genuinely help.

Facilitated by Renee Cox, this workshop will focus on:

  • warning signs and symptoms of suicidal thinking and actions;
  • suicide prevention;
  • risk groups for suicide and suicidal behaviors; and
  • intervention:
    • how to talk to the person that you suspect is feeling this way;
    • how to most appropriately respond and intervene;
    • appropriate treatments.

If you experienced an encounter with someone suicidal and you feel comfortable sharing your story anonymously, please complete this personal narrative submission form. Renee will use these scenarios during the workshop to address the particular concerns of those in attendance.


 Come and See… Go and Tell/Cursillo

Dumas Bay Conference Center, Federal Way | October 19-21 | $100
Come and See… Go and Tell offers an experience of spiritual renewal. Guests will experience God’s unconditional love while deepening their understanding of Jesus’ teachings. Stories of faith presented on the weekend encourage living out our baptismal covenant in the world. Guest cost of $100 includes all retreat materials, all meals and snacks and 2 night’s lodging.