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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 people under 35, and with others: in the Holy Land, Latin America and all around the world.

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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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Stewardship and Development Office present Living Wi$ely, a Faith-based Personal Finance Workshop, beginning Sept. 12

Canon Chris HarrisWe have invited Canon Chris Harris of the Diocese of San Diego and a former tax attorney to present this course in faith-based thinking about money in conjunction with our Stewardship and Development office at St. Stephen's in Seattle on Sept. 12 & 13.  In a culture that teaches our net-worth is equal to our self-worth and that more stuff is the key to happiness, what in the world are we supposed to do in a recession?  One place to start is to change our thinking... Read more »

African American Committee Family BarBeQue

Date: Saturday, September 20, 2014

Time: 12:00pm

Dates: 
Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 12:00pm - 3:30pm
Location: 
Diocesan House

All are welcome. Meat and drinks provided; bring a salad, side dish or dessert to share. Tours of Diocesan House will be available. Répondez s'il vous plaît (RSVP) by September 19 to Roberta Newell 253-383-7279 or rnewell@post.com. Find out more »

High School Youth Conference (HYC)

Date: Friday, September 26, 2014

Time: 7:00pm

Dates: 
Friday, September 26, 2014 - 7:00pm - Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 12:00pm
Cost: 
35.00
Location: 
St. Andrew's Church, Port Angeles

Friends, faith, music, worship, games, workshops, conversation and just hanging out at the dance are all a part of this fantastic weekend for youth in grades 9-12. Come join the fun and meet people who, through Jesus Christ, see the goodness in all of us. Find out more »

Diocese of Olympia Position Opening: Canon for Finance & Property

The Episcopal Diocese of Olympia is currently seeking applicants (lay or ordained) for the fulltime position of Canon for Finance & Property. Reporting to the diocesan bishop, the Canon directs and manages the financial and property affairs of the diocese. This position oversees insurance needs, compliance with IRS and applicable federal, state and local regulations, and risk management assessment. The Canon serves as a resource to congregations and ministries within the diocese to insure that the congregations' fiscal matters follow accepted procedures and comply with applicable laws and regulations. This staff person collaborates with the Canon to the Ordinary and Board of Directors regarding work on diocesan loan programs, leases, major redevelopment projects, mission construction projects and deferred maintenance programs. Read more »

Bishop's Society Event 2014 celebrates with a Garden Party

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Bishop’s Society Members* are invited to join Bishop Greg Rickel for a late Summer Garden Party at Robinswood House, 2430 145th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA 98007. Wednesday, September 3, 2014 from 6:30–9:00 pm. 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 two-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 »

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Around the Diocese

St. Matthew/San Mateo, Auburn, hosts a Dessert Mystery Theater Experience; Friday-Saturday, August 22-23, 7 pm. Enjoy improvisational theater; help solve the crime, and enjoy cake as well. Tickets $10-$15.

 

Join Bishop Rickel and members of St. Thomas, Medina, as they celebrate the Ebsworth Life Center Dedication; Saturday, August 23, 4 pm.

 

Opening reception for Epiphany and Advocacy an art exhibit at Saint Mark’s Cathedral, Sunday, August 24, 12:30-2 pm. Exhibit runs through September 7.

 

Saint Mark’s Cathedral will observe an Octave of Prayer for Peace,
August 24- 31 in Thomsen Chapel. With special intention on these last
eight days of August, come to pray for peace in our world.

 

Blessings for the Journey- Bishop Rickel will join local faith and environmental leaders to blessing a totem pole carved by Lummi Nation House of Tears carvers. Saint Mark’s Cathedral, Friday, August 29, 11 am.

 

St. Andrew, Tacoma hosts a Celebration and Open House; Saturday, August 30, 1 pm to celebrate a new elevator and upgrades to "Open our Doors to All."

 

St. Paul, Seattle, Celebration of New Ministry with Deacon Stephen Crippen; Sunday, August 31, 10:15 am reception followed by 11:15 am Eucharist.

 

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.

 

The Center at St. Andrew, Seattle, offers open registration for Fall Gentle Yoga. Daytime classes begin Sept. 8 and continue through November 19.

 

Grace Church, Bainbridge Island, presents Concerts at Grace Church featuring Saint Paul de Vence; Friday, September 12, 8 pm (no host bar and fundraising raffle at 6:30 pm).

 

All are invited to a community "Barn Raising” at St. Stephen, Oak Harbor, Saturday, September 13, 9 am-3 pm. Jobs for all skill levels. Lunch provided, please RSVP how many will attend and include what skills (if any) you will  bring.

 

St. Luke, Renton, hosts an inaugural English Fete featuring sales of traditional English foods, beers and sweets, classic English carnival games, and more; Saturday, Sept. 13, 11 am-4 pm; free.

 

St. Mark's Justice Ministry and the Mental Health Chaplaincy offer Understanding Trauma with Barbara Bennett, PhD; Saturday, September 13, 9 am-2 pm; St. Mark's Cathedral.

 

Join a team from Saint Mark’s Cathedral at the 2014 Seattle AIDS Walk on Saturday, Sept. 27. Walkers from the wider diocese are invited to join the team.