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to the Episcopal Church in Western Washington.

We are over 31,000 people in more than 100 churches. We are building strong communities of faith. We are striving to be good stewards of all our resources: our time, our talents, our treasures and our Earth. We are deepening our relationships with youth and young adults, and with others: in the Holy Land, Latin America and all around the world.

We are inclusive. We are growing and learning. We are stewards. We are evangelists. We are on mission. We are the church in the world.

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Communications Director Position Open

The Diocese of Olympia (Seattle, Western Washington) is seeking a fulltime Communications Director to lead our overall communications efforts, both external and internal. The Communications Director will continue development of our social media activities and digital content; provide website content creation and curation, as well as event promotion and public/media relations. The Communications Director will work directly with the bishop to identify communication opportunities and the best channels to give voice to the bishop’s ideas, issues and activities. Read more »

SDG Grants Applications are Open

At the 2015 Diocesan Convention we reaffirmed our commitment to support the UN's development goals (now known as Sustainable Development Goals -- SDGs) as criteria for global mission grants. This is consistent with the mission goals of The Episcopal Church, and with our baptismal covenant "to seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbor as ourselves." Read more »

Welcome back, Poulsbo

“Oh, what a night it is,” said Vicar Craig Vocelka, referring not only to the celebration of Maundy Thursday, but also to the joyful first service of Faith Episcopal Church in the Poulsbo church.

It was a homecoming for some who were former members of St. Charles. Brenda Toth was one of those coming “home.” As woodworkers, Brenda and her husband joined St. Charles after being brought in to fix up some doors. She is excited to get in and fix the church up once again as the new home of Faith Church. Read more »

Baseball with the Bishop

Baseball-with-the-bishopGrab your mitt on Saturday, June 11 and join Bishop Rickel to watch the Tacoma Rainiers play the Reno Aces.

Start with meeting the players and collecting autographs, then head to your reserved seat to watch the excitement. A baseball meal and game program are included with your ticket. After the game, kids can run the bases. 

When: Saturday June 11. Gates open 4 p.m. game starts at 5:05 p.m.
Where: Cheney Stadium, Tacoma
What: $14.50 ticket includes reserved seat, hot dog meal, and game program Read more »

Spring Junior High Youth Conference

Date: Friday, May 20, 2016

Time: 7:00pm

Dates: 
Friday, May 20, 2016 - 7:00pm - Sunday, May 22, 2016 - 12:00pm
Cost: 
0-35 dollars
Location: 
St. Columba Episcopal Church, Kent

A fun, faithful, and friend-filled conference for those in grades 6-9. Conference includes faith exploration, fun, and fellowship, through contemporary music, worship, small group conversations, games, workshops and special activities. Meet youth from around the diocese, make new friends, reconnect with old ones, and live into a larger Christian community. Spring Theme: Ninja!

Deadline to Register is Sunday, May 15th midnight Find out more »

Southern Social Justice Experience for 8th-12th Graders

Date: Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Time: 12:00pm

Dates: 
Tuesday, July 5, 2016 - 12:00pm - Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 12:00pm
Cost: 
800 (400: family, 400: fundraising)
Location: 
Memphis, TN

Southern Social Justice Experience this summer for 8th-12th graders:

- Visit Central High School Historic Site (and possibly meet with members of the Little Rock 9)

- Experience Clinton Presidential Museum and Heifer International Headquarters

- Visit important places in Memphis area including the National Civil Rights Museum

- Visit the home of key figure in the Civil Rights movement, Medgar Evers Find out more »

A Holy Waste of Time Young Adult Retreat

Date: Friday, August 12, 2016

Time: 6:00pm

Dates: 
Friday, August 12, 2016 - 6:00pm - Sunday, August 14, 2016 - 1:00pm
Cost: 
45.00 dollars
Location: 
St. Andrew's House in Union, WA

Young Adults (18-35) will be gathering August 12-14, 2016 at St. Andrew's House, our beautiful retreat house on the Hood Canal. Enjoy time with others or by yourself kayaking and swimming the warm(ish) waters of the canal, hiking under the rain forest canopy, reading in the lodge, and sunning on the deck. Find out more »

Free Course to Learn About World Religions

Continuing with the Meet Your Neighbor video series theme, we want to share with you a new free online course developed by Harvard University. Read more »

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Upcoming Diocesan Events

Poverty Workshop
Wednesday, May 4

 

A Conversation about Gender/LGBTQ Issues and
Cultural Competency

Wednesday, May 4 

 

Fierce Conversations
June 1-2 

 

Baseball-with-the-bishop

Baseball with the Bishop
June 11
Cheney Stadium, Tacoma

 

 

2016 Diocesan Convention
Information

October 21-22, 2016
 Hilton Seattle Airport and Conference Center

 

 
2015 Diocesan Convention Wrap Up