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Remembering the Philadelphia Eleven

Bishop Greg Rickel invited two women clergy to join him for a conversation to remember and celebrate the Philadelphia Eleven, the first women ordained to the priesthood in the Episcopal Church, July 29, 1974. The Rev. Canon Janet Campbell, ordained 25 years, was in the first group of three women ordained in the Diocese of Long Island. The Rev. Sarah Monroe, at the time of filming, had been ordained as a priest for two months.

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Nominations open for 2014 preaching and website awards

2014 Bishop's Preaching Award: Any sermon preached in any Diocese of Olympia congregation from the First Sunday of Advent, 2013 (December 1, 2013) through The Feast of the Transfiguration (August 6, 2014) is eligible for consideration. Winner announced at the 2014 diocesan convention; $1,000 award. Submissions encouraged from lay preachers as well as clergy; one sermon per preacher.

Evangelism Commission's 2014 Congregation Website Award. Worked hard on your website this year? Nominate yourself, or a church whose website you like! Any Diocese of Olympia congregation website live anytime from the First Sunday of Advent, 2013 (December 1, 2013) through the Feast of the Transfiguration(August 6, 2014) is eligible for consideration. Winner announced at the 2014 Diocesan Convention; award is the services of a professional photographer for one day at the congregation. Read more »

Support for those Affected by the Eastern Washington fires: How you can help

In a July 25 pastoral email, Bishop Greg Rickel said, "I just received word from Bishop Jim Waggoner of the Diocese of Spokane regarding the fires in eastern Washington and how we might contribute to the immediate relief and ongoing rebuilding of the suffering communities. I urge you to read it and respond as you can to our beloved neighbors." You may donate online through the Diocese of Olympia here: Eastern Washington Fire Relief (link also under Make a Donation in the right hand column of the Home page), or send checks directly to the Diocese of Spokane offices designated for the Disaster Relief Fund: 2014 fires, 245 E 13th Ave, Spokane, WA 99202.   

Letter from Bishop Jim Waggoner: For over two weeks we have been facing widespread, devastating fires in the Diocese of Spokane, the greatest damage and immediate threats to life occurring in Central Washington. Late yesterday I was able to speak with leaders in Brewster, Leavenworth, and Omak who confirmed that while fires are increasingly contained, they still threaten, and immediate response continues as longer term recovery efforts increase. Read more »

Diocese of Olympia cleric receives fellowship for poverty alleviation

The Rev. Sarah Monroe has received a one-year $24,000 Domestic Poverty Fellowship for social justice and advocacy work for The Episcopal Church, announced Samuel McDonald, Episcopal Church Director of Mission and Deputy Chief Operating Officer. Focusing on the Anglican Marks of Mission Mark 4 and Mark 5, the 2014
Justice and Advocacy Fellowships are sponsored by the Episcopal Church Read more »

Child Migrant Crisis: A Message from Hannah Perls, our missionary in El Salvador

In sharing an update from Diocese of Olympia YASC (Young Adult Service Corps) missionary Hannah Perls, Bishop Rickel said, "As we hear lots of information from inside our country about the growing numbers of fleeing children and youth on our borders, I asked Hannah for a view from Central America."

Last week in El Salvador there were 13 murders within 12 hours, many within 10 minutes walking distance of my house here in San Salvador. The thing is, I had no idea until I saw the newspaper the next morning. El Salvador has recorded over 2,000 murders in 2014 alone, but I never see it because of a few very intentional lifestyle choices. I only travel in private taxis or in cars with friends. I live in a gated community with a guard who patrols at night in a house where you have to unlock three separate doors to get in. I avoid buses and the most dangerous areas of the city. If I walk at night, it's always with a large, male friend and only in areas I know. Read more »

Bishop Rickel ordains five to the priesthood July 22 at St. Mark's Cathedral

On Tuesday, July 22, the Rt. Rev. Gregory H Rickel ordained Jennifer King Daugherty, John Forman, Josh Hosler, Laura Murray, and Alissa Newton to the sacred order of priests. Family, friends, their sponsoring congregations, the clergy of the diocese, and well-wishers filled St Mark’s Cathedral on the Feast of St Mary Magdalene to celebrate this momentous moment in the life of church. 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 »

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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.

 

Mideast Focus Ministry at Saint Mark’s Cathedral hosts How can Jews and Christians Talk about Israel/Palestine: The Rev. Michael Kinnamon; Tuesday, August 5, 7 pm. Kinnamon is former General Secretary of the National Council of Churches.

 

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.

 

Christ Church, Tacoma, presents Third Fridays at Noon Recital featuring Samuel Libra, organist. Friday, August 15, 12:10 pm; donation at the door.

 

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.

 

Church of the Resurrection, Bellevue, hosts its 3rd Annual Neighborhood Fair. Bouncy house, face painting, magician, kids games; tasty cuisines and Winegar's gourmet ice cream. Saturday, September 6, 10 am-4 pm.

 

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.