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Bishop Rickel: Support for those affected by the Eastern Washington fires

In a July 22 pastoral email, Bishop Greg Rickel provided an update about the fires in Eastern Washington, with information from Bishop Jim Waggoner, Bishop of Spokane. Rickel said, "I have been in daily contact with Bishop Waggoner. He has been moving around that diocese to various sites that have been hard hit. He has relayed to me his desire to hear from the local clergy in the affected areas and to assess the needs. Katie Mears, Episcopal Relief & Development, and Dave Baylor, our diocesan disaster coordinator, have also been working with them. Read more »

Outside Church Walls - The Power of Why

This past weekend I worshiped at an Episcopal church in Savannah, Georgia. It became apparent this small congregation had experienced a split in the past year, and were in a process of re-evaluating their purpose. During announcements at the end of the service, a working group reported on their plan for reconciliation: small groups of remaining parishioners would visit every person who had left, with an emphasis on listening.
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Supporting Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem’s Response in Gaza

Episcopal Relief & Development is supporting the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem’s Al-Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza City with funding for food and fuel as it responds to urgent needs during the current crisis. Despite structural damage to the hospital from the impact of Israeli airstrikes, Al-Ahli staff have maintained round-the-clock presence and care for those who have been wounded. Further adding to the strain are shortages in medical supplies and fuel for electrical generators. The hospital’s food supplies are stretched as they provide for patients, their families, hospital staff and those from the community seeking aid. Read more »

Prayers for the Holy Land and Our Southern Border

In his latest blog post, Bishop Greg Rickel talks about two current human crises: the Middle East and specifically Jerusalem and Gaza situation, and that on our southern borders. They are both situations where, as Episcopalians, we can have a direct impact and connection and to offer information on how anyone who wishes might help. Read the post here. Read more »

Mission to Seafarers Annual Benefit Luncheon

Date: Saturday, August 23, 2014

Time: 11:00am

Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 11:00am - 2:00pm

The Mission to Seafarers (MTS) and its Board of Directors cordially invite you to our Annual Benefit Luncheon, hosted by the Princess Cruises Community Foundation aboard the Star Princess at Pier 91, Smith Cove Cruise Terminal. Saturday, August 23, 2014. Minimum requested donation per person is $100; pre-registration is required. All proceeds benefit The Mission to Seafarers.

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Nina Boe, YASC missionary - My work in Brazil

Hello from Rio! Now that things have calmed down a little, I can write a bit about the last few weeks, and my first month back in Brazil – because, amazingly enough, it’s already been a month! So what’s been happening? What am I doing, after all?

[Nina Boe is a member of St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in West Seattle. This is her second year of mission work in Brazil with the Episcopal Young Adult Service Corps (YASC), a program of the Episcopal Church for young adults ages 21-30 to spend a year in international service. Her first year was in the Anglican Diocese of Sao Paulo. You can read more at her blog, or check out this video.]

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Andrea McMillin appointed Canon to the Ordinary in the Diocese of Northern California

The Office of the Bishop [Diocese of Northern California] has announced that the Rev. Andrea McMillin will be joining its staff as the new Canon to the Ordinary beginning September 1, 2014.

"This is a wonderful day for Andrea McMillin and a sad one for me and the Diocese of Olympia," said Bishop Greg Rickel. "Still I rejoice that this puts her in a place to utilize her remarkable skills with which she has graced us these past years."  Read more »

Church Property Dispute Comes to a Graceful End as Covenant Agreement Concludes

Episcopal diocese, departing Anglican parishes reach agreement with no court action. The Episcopal Diocese of Olympia and two Anglican churches that left the Episcopal Church in 2004 have reached an amicable settlement that returns all property to the diocese while making it possible for all parties to continue with their ministries.

St. Charles Church, Poulsbo and Grace by the Sea, Oak Harbor disassociated from the Episcopal Church in 2004 and placed themselves under the authority of an Anglican bishop in Brazil.
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Training for Eucharistic Visitors and Eucharistic Ministers; Saturday, July 26 at Good Samaritan, Sammamish. Visitors - 9 am-12 pm, Ministers - 12:30-3:30 pm; lunch provided if attending both sessions. Cost $5/session; preregister and pay at the door.


St. Andrew, Seattle, hosts a Sizzling Summer Cooking class, by Marja Murray, Center Chef at St. Andrew’s. This 3-class series starts Wednesday, July 30.


St. Mark's Cathedral hosts journalist Alison Weir: Parallels in the creation of Israel and Israel’s Latest Assault on Gaza; Saturday, August 2, 7 pm.


St. Mark's Cathedral presents Voices Across the Divide - a powerful documentary and oral history - and Q&A with film director, Dr. Alice Rothchild; Thursday, August 14, 7 pm.


St. Columba, Kent, Celebration of Mutual Ministry with the Rev. Alissa Newton; Tuesday, August 19, 7 pm.


Trinity Parish in downtown Seattle has an immediate opening for a part-time Full Charge Bookkeeper. Flexible days; 16-20 hours/week. Minimum 3 years experience. Salary DOE.


St. Luke, a neighborhood church in Tacoma, is seeking part-time (12-15 hours/week) Youth Minister, lay or ordained, to serve teens in grades 6-12. Applications accepted by mail; deadline August 15.


Ascension, Seattle, seeks a part-time (20 hours/week) Director of Children and Youth Formation; qualified candidate will be a committed Episcopalian with proven leadership skills in providing Christ-centered education to children and youth.


St. Mark's Cathedral announces a Visual Arts ministry exhibit - Sanctuary Art Center: art as an agent for healing.
The Sanctuary Art Center is a multi-faceted art studio for homeless and
street involved youth. The exhibit runs through August 18.