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Fierce Conversations Leadership Training

St. Anne, Washougal | November 16-17
St. Benedict, Lacey | December 7-8
Fridays, 9:00am-5:00pm; Saturday, 9:00am-4:00pm | $35 Diocese of Olympia Clergy or Consultant; $205 Non-Diocesan Participant

“While no single conversation is guaranteed to change the trajectory of a career, a company, a relationship, or a life… any single conversation can.” Training in Fierce Conversations will provide you with tools to transform the conversations that are central to your success. 

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Where’s My Faith?
A Retreat for Grades 6-9 

St. Paul, Bellingham | November 16-18 | $35 Registration, Scholarships Available

What do you believe? Join other youth from across the diocese for a weekend exploration of faith and whatever you may or may not believe. The fall retreat is a safe place to ask questions about religion and spirituality, reason and science. Learn how to find your own faith and then own that faith around others as we explore scripture, tradition, and reason – along with learning what a three-legged stool has to do with the Episcopal tradition!

Register today and join us for fun, conversation, and community!

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Annual Mission to Seafarers Ditty Bag Day

St. John the Baptist, West Seattle | November 17, 10:00am-12:00pm

Each year during the Christmas season we say thank you to the seafarers on merchant vessels calling at the Port of Seattle by giving them Ditty Bags.  These are filled with practical items that convey the love, concern, and compassion of our local churches to the seafarers working to bring us the items we use and wear on a daily basis. Making and filling these ditty bags provides our church congregations with an opportunity to take part in an international and ecumenical outreach ministry. Join us as we serve people all over the world in a single morning! Check our website to see what supplies we’re still in need of.

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Thanksgiving Day Eucharist

Saint Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle | November 22, 10:00am

Saint Mark’s Cathedral invites you to a celebration of the Holy Eucharist at the cathedral on Thanksgiving Day. This is a feast day for the church, and what better way to give thanks for the blessings of our lives than to join together in worship? Put the turkey in the oven before bringing your family to your cathedral, then continue with the family feast, football, or whatever traditions you enjoy on this special day.


Youth Leadership Connect Events

Camp Huston, Gold Bar | November 30-December 1; 7:00pm arrival Friday, 8:00am start time Saturday, 11:00am departure time Sunday
St. Andrew’s House, Hood Canal | December 28-30; 7:00pm arrival Friday, 8:00am start time Saturday, 11:00am departure time Sunday

Connect: with friends, with your own formation, with your faith.

Are you a youth leader, youth group volunteer or, a priest that carries leadership responsibility in youth ministry? Then this weekend is for you! We want to invite you to a retreat where you will be ministered to, equipped for the ministry you are in at home, and connected to others who do this work. This retreat is a gift to you for all you do on behalf of our youth. Treat yourself!

Everything in the program is voluntary – you can participate in the things you need. It will be good networking, lots of listening, some teaching, a variety of worship, leisurely meals, and breathing space in the program to network with youth leaders from all over the diocese. There are so many churches with so much good to offer. This weekend will consist of sharing and helping each other in living out a missional youth ministry in our churches and providing input on how the Office of the Bishop can assist you. If there is interest and need, we can also offer Safeguarding Trainings on Friday evening.

Both facilities offer great opportunities to withdraw and spend time with God. To maximize your ability to attend there is no cost, but spaces are limited. We are offering it at two different times in two different locations to make it easier for you to participate. You can come for all or part of the retreat. Saturday has the bulk of the content, so if you can only come for one day, that’s the day. Register by November 20th below.

CAMP HUSTON: 11/30-12/1

ST. ANDREW’S HOUSE: 12/28-12/30


Israel/Palestine Educational events

Western Washington faith leaders are very pleased to offer at no cost three different educational events in the area this fall to foster a deeper understanding about issues pertaining to the Israel/Palestine conflict.  In late October, there will be a visit by Pilgrims for Peace advocates Mae Cannon, Sami Awad and Jessica Montell. From November 8-13, a group of three graduates and a teacher from the Mar Elias School (founded by Archbishop Elias Chacour) will be speaking as peace ambassadors.  And on November 15-18, writer and activist Alison Weir will be casting light on what Americans don’t know but should know about US/Israeli relationship.  As Christians seek to stand in solidarity with efforts to promote human rights and a just peace in Israel/Palestine, these speakers provide an avenue for opening minds and hearts to the harsh realities on the ground and what we can do in response as followers of Jesus. While these events are all free, there will be an offering taken to offset costs and support their educational work.

November 15-18 – Alison Weir: Writer and Activist  
(Contact: Jim Kutz (360) 503-9845  j.a.kutz@gmail.com)

November 15

  • 4:30-7:00pm: Event with area clergy and social ministries staff at the Office of the Bishop

November 16      

  • 6:00pm: Presentation: “Justice for All: What Don’t Americans Know about Israel- Palestine” at Trinity Lutheran Church, Lynnwood

November 17

  • 7:30-8:00am:  Radio interview with Mike McCormick, KEXP
  • 9:00am-4:00pm: Kairos Puget Sound Coalition Conference at Seattle Mennonite Church

November 18

  • 12:00pm: Presentation: “Marching to Zion: The Zionist Reality in Modern Israel.” at Everett 1st Presbyterian Church