College Ministry in the Diocese of Olympia

The Diocese of Olympia has two thriving campus ministries: Sanctuary at the University of Washington and EPIC at Western Washington University.

Is your congregation sending new students to either of these schools in the fall? Our campus chaplains, the Rev. Shelly Fayette at UW and the Rev. Josh Hosler at WWU, look forward to meeting them! Please encourage these students to get in touch with our chaplains before they arrive at school so we can give them a warm welcome.

And encourage them to check out the websites below for these communities.

SANCTUARY     EPIC


Singing the Church’s Song

Christ Church, Tacoma | September 16, 9:00am-12:00pm

The Diocesan Commission for Liturgy and the Arts presents “Singing the Church’s Song,” a training workshop for Music Directors, Choir Members and Clergy. The following workshops will be offered: Episcopal Music 101 and Singing the Psalms (for Music Directors), Choral Singing and Vocal Techniques (for Choir Members), and Chanting the Liturgy (for Priests and Deacons).

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Enneagram – Beyond the Basics

Saint Mark’s Cathedral – Bloedel Hall, Seattle | September 22, 6:30-8:30pm; September 23, 9:30am-3:00pm | $50 Registration for 2-Day Workshop, Includes Saturday Breakfast and Lunch

The Enneagram is an ancient personality typing system composed of nine personality styles or “types.” Each of us gravitates to and adopts one of these styles in childhood. Every style inhabits a distinct worldview and set of motivations that influence how a person moves through the world. Friday evening is accessible to those with no prior experience with the Enneagram, but will also be beneficial for those who have worked with it before. Saturday will dive deeper into the Enneagram. This experiential workshop will illuminate how nine personality types relate to each other. Knowing another’s way of looking at the world and the underlying motivations of each type can help us understand how and why we are different from one another. Together we will explore contrasting tendencies within the Emotional and Thinking Centers of our own ‘Body Intelligence’, learning to correlate the high and low side of each type’s Passions/Virtues and Fixations/Holy Ideas. Employing the “higher aspects” of all Types is essential when using the Enneagram for transformation.

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Come and See… Go and Tell – Cursillo

Dumas Bay Conference Centre, Federal Way | October 20-22 | $100 Registration

Cursillo is the Diocese of Olympia’s expression of the global Cursillo/Fourth Day ministry. On a weekend retreat, a guest encounters overwhelming love as a beloved child of God, accompanied by Christ’s healing and grace, leading to discovery of what it means to live out one’s baptismal covenant and be radically sent by Jesus into the world. Further growth evolves through on-going participation in small group activities. For an application and more information, please email below.

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Mission Trip to El Salvador

October 17-24 | $600-650 airfare; $600 food, lodging, transportation, interpreter services

The Diocesan Companion Committee for El Salvador is organizing a mission trip to El Salvador with Bishop Rickel this October. Our ministry as friends of the church in El Salvador is informed by a theology of accompaniment: to walk with the people as Jesus walked with the people of his time.  This means putting the poor at the center of any liberative ministry project, listening to their needs, their goals and desires, and living with and breaking bread with the poor. The Anglican Episcopal Church in El Salvador is doing important work in a country facing many challenges. This is your opportunity to help build bonds between our two dioceses and support their ministry of evangelism, justice, and education.

Tentative itinerary includes:

  • A meeting with the Mission Committee of the Anglican Church in El Salvador (IAES)
  • Tour of historic sites in San Salvador, including the tomb of Archbishop Oscar Romero
  • Visit to two Salvadoran women’s and LGBT rights organizations run by the government
  • Dinner with members of the IAES Ministry of Sexual Diversity
  • Visit to the UN High Commission on Refugees and International Organization for Migration
  • Visit to Cristosal, human rights-based non-profit organization
  • Attend a gathering of the Ministry of Sexual Diversity at the Church of San Juan Evangelista in San Salvador
  • Attend worship at the urban parish of San Mateo

To sign up for this trip or for more information, contact Alan Christensen (committee chair): afisguy_2000@yahoo.com