Wear Orange Today in Solidarity Against Gun Violence

"Today many in this country and in our church are showing their solidarity in a hope that we, collectively, will move and act to decrease gun violence in our society." With this, Bishop Rickel encouraged those around our diocese to support #WearOrange by posting photos to the Bishop's United Against Gun Violence Facebook page. Read more »

Fierce Conversations

The Office of the Bishop invites clergy to Fierce Conversations, a two-day workshop on how to have the vital conversations that interrogate reality, provoke learning, resolve tough challenges and enrich relationships. While no single conversation is guaranteed to change the trajectory of a career, a congregation, a relationship, or a life…any single conversation can. Read more »

A Conversation about Gender/LGBTQ issues and Cultural Competency

The Office of the Bishop and the Faith Formation Office invite you to a conversation on gender/LGBTQ issues on Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 1-4 PM in Bloedel Hall at St Mark’s Cathedral (1245 Tenth Avenue East/Seattle WA 98102). There is no cost to attend this workshop. Read more »

Poverty Workshop

The Office of the Bishop in partnership with the School University School of Theology and Ministry invite you a Poverty Simulation Workshop, Wednesday, 4, 2016, 9 AM-12 PM in Bloedel Hall at St Mark’s Cathedral (1245 Tenth Avenue East/Seattle WA 98102). There is no cost to attend this workshop. 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 »

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. Religious Literacy: Traditions and Scriptures is the first course in the Word Religions Through Their Scriptures series looking at different faiths and beliefs. Read more >>

New Pastoral Resource on Perinatal Bereavement Contains Local Contribution

More than 1 million women suffer fetal loss each year, yet most mothers will struggle to find words to share their grief or describe their experience. The Reverend Danae Ashley, Associate Priest at St. Stephen's, Seattle has contributed a chapter to a new pastoral resource: Still a Mother: Journeys through Perinatal Bereavement. The book includes pastoral care points, as well as appendices with prayers and do's and don'ts when ministering to someone who is going through perinatal bereavement or is struggling with their fertility journey. Read more »

Lent Reading for 2016

Not in Gods NameBishop Rickel has chosen Not in God's Name: Confronting Religious Violence by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks for his 2016 Lent Reading.

In the book, Rabbi Sacks argues the premise that if religion is perceived as being part of the violence problem, then it must be part of the solution. Read more »

Special Clergy Lenten Retreat: Telling Our Stories

Some stories get told over and over again in our faith tradition, in our culture, and in our lives.
Whether they're found in the story of the Exodus, the Parable of the Prodigal, in the TV show Lost, or in Harry Potter, these stories get repeated because they help us wrestle with our own questions, fears, and hopes. Read more »

Ashes to Go and Lent Resources

This year Ash Wednesday is on February 10. We've put together some resources for Ash Wendesday, Ashes to Go and Lent. 

AmeriCorp Role at the Refugee Resettlement Office

The Episcopal Church, through its refugee resettlement service, Episcopal Migration Ministries, is launching a new program in partnership with ten local resettlement agencies across the country. This program will provide our Refugee Resettlement Office with a Refugee Resettlement Volunteer Manager. Read more »

How You Can Help the Refugee Resettlement Office

Our Refugee Resettlement Office has welcomed around 25 new refugee families in the last six weeks. While we’re excited to welcome these people into Washington, it was more than we were expecting and we need your help. One of the biggest things to help refugees settle into their new homes and lives is to have a job. There are two ways you can help the refugees get jobs. Read more »

TV Eucharist on Hiatus to Move Studios

TV EucharistThis week saw the final TV Eucharist taping at King Broadcasting’s Dexter Avenue studios.

King Broadcasting will be moving the end of this month to its new location in Seattle’s SODO neighborhood, opposite Safeco Field. TV Eucharist will be taped and broadcast from there. Read more »

Anglican Primates Meeting Issues Communiqué

Yesterday, the Primates of the Anglican Communion voted to impose sanctions on the Episcopal Church. These sanctions will be in force for three years and limit the Episcopal Church's abilities to vote and some participation in the committees and structures of the communion. Read more »

Staff Changes at the Office of the Bishop

The new year has brought some changes and opportunities to the Office of the Bishop team. Last week, we welcomed Kelly Phelan as the new Canon for Children's and Family Ministries, shared with St Mark's Cathedral. In other moves, Maureen McLaughlin-Crawford has accepted the role of Dean with our new diocesan school, in addition to her role with the Faith Formation team. More details on the school to come. Bianca Smith's role in Communications has changed from Content Manager to Interim Communications Director.  Read more »

Meet our Muslim Neighbors

The words are getting dangerous. Fear is winning. Some among us are becoming self fulfilling prophets, playing into the hands of those who wish us harm, instead of living out of our “better angels.”

Bishop Rickel recently met with Arsalan Bukhari of CAIR-Washington to discuss the current situation for Muslims in the United States and what we, as Christians, can do to support our neighbors.  Read more »

Bishop Rickel's Address at the 105th Convention

Bishop Greg RickelI am part of the Jesus movement because it is in Jesus where our nightmares can be transformed into the dream God has for us all. That would be my tweet, my Twitter message. It is just 6 characters shy of the 140 character limit on Twitter. I had to work at it for a while, to get it down to those words.

I will tell you they are words that I shamelessly stole from the installation sermon given by our 27th Presiding Bishop Michael Curry at his installation on All Saints Day, just a few weeks ago. If you have not watched that sermon, I hope you will. It is on YouTube, and I thought it was as close to perfect as he could have made it on that day. He inspired me and it was so good I almost said, let’s just show that, and then I will get up and say, “Yeah, Amen, that!” Read more »

Video: Presiding Bishop calls for prayer in response to Paris violence

Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church releases video calling people to prayer in response to the violence in Paris, France. [Video] Read more »

Woolly Hat Day

The Mission to Seafarers (MTS) celebrated Woolly Hat Day on Sunday, Oct. 18. Woolly hats not only keep seafarers warm, but are a symbol of care and support. There is an army of knitting volunteers both worldwide and here in western Washington, and the collected hats are handed out to seafarers visiting our centers and distributed during our ship visits. Read more »