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In the cosmology of North and South American peoples, Turtle Island is the geographic region covering Canada, United States, Central America, and South America. Join together online Sunday, April 25, to worship Jesus with Episcopalians from all over the Diocese of Olympia led by our Circles of Color and focused on the languages, cultures, and experiences of the First Peoples of Turtle Island, with a specific focus on communities from within Province 8. This online service is a chance for diocesan-wide worship, learning, connection, and conversation, as well as an opportunity to give our working clergy a Sunday off from preaching and presiding.

The One Service will include a Town Hall webinar after worship with Bishop Rickel and members of Circles of Color to process the worship experience and go deeper into dialogue around issues of race and culture in our diocese, with special attention to the experiences of Indo-Hispanic/Indigenous peoples and a specific focus on communities from within Province 8. All are welcome, and congregations are encouraged to “attend” together in whatever ways you can – viewing parties, online watch parties, or whatever means are safe and responsible given the state of the pandemic at that time.

A musical prelude featuring music from churches across the diocese will begin at 10:00am and the liturgy will begin at 11:00am.


  • 10:00am – Musical Prelude of Music from Around the Diocese
  • 11:00am – Liturgy Begins
  • 12:30pm – Town Hall with Bishop Rickel and Members of Ethnic Ministries Circles of Color


  • BOLETÍN DE SERVICIO (En español)
  • ONE SERVICE OFFERTORY (All offering funds will go to Indigi-Aid, an organization that benefits indigenous communities in North Dakota, South Dakota, Alaska, and Navajoland Area Mission as a response to the Covid-19 crisis. Select “One Service” on the dropdown menu under “Giving Options.”)

Town Hall Resources and Links

One Service for Turtle Island

8 thoughts on “One Service for Turtle Island

  • April 25, 2021 at 12:08 pm

    Thank you for this very moving service today – the music, Carla’s sermon, everything. The Postlude music brought tears to my eyes – what a different country we would be living in if we hadn’t tried to completely eradicate the Indigenous peoples who were here before white settlers arrived, a much richer culture and society. It breaks my heart.

  • April 25, 2021 at 12:18 pm

    A beautiful and powerful One Service for Turtle Island. Will the webinar be available afterwards on recording?

    • April 25, 2021 at 1:51 pm

      Thanks for your kind words. And yes, the Town Hall will be made available by the end of the week.

  • April 25, 2021 at 2:25 pm

    I would like to have the internet connection for future people to watch the Mass and the conversations for todays program. How can one pull up todays service and conversations on their computer? Don Ibsen

    • April 27, 2021 at 10:47 am

      Hi Don,

      The service is still available at the links above, and the Town Hall conversation will be available on this page by the end of the week. Thanks!

      Josh Hornbeck
      Canon Missioner for Communications

  • April 26, 2021 at 11:05 am

    What a wonderful service! I was very moved by hearing prayers and Scripture in indigenous languages, and the sermon was superb!
    Thanks to all who worked on this.

  • April 26, 2021 at 2:32 pm

    The Prelude, Liturgy and Sermon were deeply moving. For an ethno-European Episcopalian (me), it’s uncomfortable to read the history of Christianity’s spread through empire, colonialism, military force, etc. rather than by the simple message of love. Seeing today those of Jesus’ “other flocks,” that is: those whose ancestors were not living in Palestine 2000 years ago, is proof that the shortcomings of our human species can be overcome by the love of God for all of the Creator’s children.


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