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The Diocesan chaplains are appointed by the Bishop to serve in pastoral ministry to retired clergy, spouses/partners, and surviving spouses. The goals of this ministry, facilitated by the Church Pension Group Pastoral Care Department, are:

  • To help foster a sense of connection among members of the retired clergy group through pastoral outreach (visits, telephone contact, and correspondence).
  • To offer periodic gatherings (in-person and virtual) as times for learning, connection with the Bishop, social networking, and worship together.
  • To share information and resources among the Bishop and staff, Clergy Pension Group, and retired clergy households across the diocese, and assist in maintaining current contact information.
  • To network with other chaplains in Province VIII and across the Episcopal Church to share best practices and new developments.

In 2021, our chaplains team:

  • Added two new members and continued to organize and develop goals as a newly-formed team.
  • Corresponded periodically with all retired clergy and spouses/partners on record across the diocese.
  • Provided direct pastoral response and follow-up as indicated.
  • Created and facilitated three virtual programs for retired clergy and spouses/partners to meet new retired colleagues, hear updates from Bishop Rickel, learn new information, engage in mutual support and prayer.
  • Participated in continuing education and networking activities with other chaplains from Province VIII and across the Episcopal Church.
  • Helped facilitate orientation and transition to new the Group Medicare Advantage Plan with CPG staff.
  • Updated retirees’ contact information for Diocesan and CPG records.

For 2022 and beyond:

  • Continue building relationships with and among retired clergy and spouses/partners across the Diocese, with particular attention to support for surviving spouses and those transitioning into retirement.
  • Provide opportunities to gather virtually — and when possible, to gather in-person regionally — for education and information sharing, mutual support, prayer, and input to the chaplains team.
  • Continue to be a conduit between the Bishop, diocesan staff, CPG staff and the retired clergy community of this Diocese.
  • Invite 1-3 additional chaplains (lay or clergy) to join this team.
  • Explore ways to share the wisdom, experience, and spiritual gifts of retired clergy and spouses/partners with the rest of the Diocese.
  • Develop awareness and relationships with congregational clergy regarding the chaplains’ function and goals in serving retired clergy households.

All inquires should be directed to the Rev. Edie Weller at ebweller53@Q.com.

Chaplain Team:

  • The Rev Robert Dunn; St. Aidan’s, Camano Island | Chaplain for Whatcom, Skagit, Island & San Juan Counties
  • The Rev. Kate Kinney; Grace, Bainbridge Island | Chaplain for Clallam, Jefferson & Mason Counties
  • The Rev. Dick Loop; St. Peter’s, Seaview | Chaplain for Thurston, Lewis, Cowlitz, Clark, Skamania, Pacific, Wahkiakum & Grays Harbor Counties
  • Ms. Marilyn Loop; St. Peter’s, Seaview | Chaplain for Thurston, Lewis, Cowlitz, Clark, Skamania, Wahkiakum, Pacific & Grays Harbor Counties
  • The Rt. Rev. Gregory Rickel; Saint Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle | Bishop and Staff Representative
  • The Rev. Edie Weller; Saint Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle | Coordinator of Chaplains Team and Chaplain for Snohomish, King, Pierce and Kitsap Counties