Greg Hope receives Refugee Microenterprise Champion Award

Greg Hope, director of our diocesan Refugee Resettlement Office (RRO), was recognized for his dedication to assisting refugees. The Refugee Microenterprise Champion Award, presented during the 2015 Office of Refugee Resettlement conference, specifically acknowledged Hope’s contribution to providing business opportunities for refugees in the U.S. Since 2003, through the RRO’s JumpStart Fund, over 375 refugees have started and grown their own businesses. Read more »

Gratitude Changes Everything: Let it Flow!

Saint Mark's Cathedral and the Stewardship Office are partnering to bring the Rev. Corky Carlisle to Seattle on October 17, from 9:00am - 12:00pm to lead a morning workshop at Saint Mark’s Bloedel Hall entitled, “Gratitude Changes Everything: Let It Flow”.   Read more »

Chaplains on the Harbor Seeks Donations

Supportive Housing Campaign. On Sept. 1, thanks to seed money from the Diocese of Olympia, Chaplains on the Harbor moved two new/expecting moms and one dad out of tent city and into rental housing with room for up to three mothers, their partners and children. This Supportive Housing Campaign has set a goal to raise $12,000 to house these parents for the remainder of the year as they work to regain and maintain custody of their children, which was jeopardized due to homelessness and poverty issues. It will take $1,000 per month to cover the rent -- of which seed money has already covered the first two -- along with furnishing and maintaining the home. [Donate Now] Read more »

Hurricane Katrina 10 Years On

The events of August 29, 2005 changed everything. A city was devastated, lives were lost, bodies and souls were injured, structures and landscapes were flattened. Homes, businesses, churches, and public facilities found themselves under 8-12 feet of water that wouldn’t go away. The worst of some people came out in looting and vandalism; the best of others came out in spontaneous help for total strangers. Read more »

Office of the Bishop becomes a Safe Place

safe-place-seattleWe all know the Office of the Bishop is a safe place, but now it's an official Seattle Police Department SAFE PLACE. Any LGBTQ (and others) people who are feeling threatened can take refuge in the Office and remain until the police arrive.

Prayers for Charleston

Prayers for CharlestonThe people of Charleston South Carolina and especially those directly affected by Tuesday's act of gun violence, are in our thoughts and prayers. Whatever the motive, we have once again witnessed the senseless loss of life, this time in a house dedicated to the praise and worship of the God of peace. Read more »

General Convention 78

The 2015 General Convention runs from June 25 through July 3 in Salt Lake City, Utah. We have our official delegation attending to represent our diocese, a youth contingent, and others.

There's a lot going on, so check back here daily to see what everyone is up to. If you have a Twitter handle or blog to add to the list, please email

2015 MDG Grants Process Now Open

The Millennium Development Goals Committee is accepting applications for 2015 grants. In order to qualify, the proposal must be for international work in areas where people live at or below the $1 per person per day level, be sponsored by a congregation in our diocese, and must address one of the following Millennium Development Goals:
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Vacation Bible School 2016


Have you made your summer plans? See who's offering Vacation Bible
School this year. We're adding to the list so if your congregation is
hosting a VBS and would like to be added to the diocesan website VBS list, please complete this form. Read more »

Helping St Stephen's, Oak Harbor with a New Beginning

St Stephen's AppealSt. Stephen's, Oak Harbor is celebrating a new beginning! After a seven-year covenant due to a property dispute, negotiations resulted in the loss their cross and baptismal font. We are asking for Gifts of Thanksgiving to help the church raise funds needed to replace these items. View Bishop Rickel's video as he talks about the new beginning and where pictures of the Read more »

Help us to help others - giveBIG

GiveBigSupport our Episcopal Community Action ministries by rallying your friends to give early and give often online at the Seattle Foundation’s giveBIG event today. 

All day you can watch your gift grow because the donations you make to our Episcopal Community Action (ECA) ministries through our page on The Seattle Foundation's website today will be stretched further thanks to the Seattle Foundation and generous giveBIG sponsors, who will match a share of every contribution. Read more »

Earthquake in Nepal

Episcopal Relief & Development (ERD) is working with the ecumenical ACT Alliance in Nepal and local partners in northern India and southwest China regarding urgent needs and assessment efforts following the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck near Kathmandu on the morning of April 25 and subsequent quake on May 12. An April 27 Read more »

Chaplains on the Harbor stands with homeless over evictions in Aberdeen

For the past year and a half, Chaplains on the Harbor, has ministered on the streets of Aberdeen. The Rev Sarah Monroe began this ministry walking the streets with a backpack of sandwiches, building relationships on the streets and in homeless camps. Over the past week, the largest of these semi-permanent camps along the Chehalis River running through town – in the ruins of old mills and pilings – has been issued eviction notices. People had been given until March 31 to clear out, with no options for where they can go next. Read more »

Crossing the Seas to Care for Creation


A delegation from the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Philippines (EDSP) is currently touring our Diocese. The visit is part of our joint program “Caring for All Creation,” and our carbon offset program.

Episcopal Relief & Development 75th Anniversary Celebration!

YOUR international aid organization, Episcopal Relief & Development, is celebrating 75 years of healing a hurting world and our diocese is joining the party with our 75th Anniversary Campaign. As unveiled at our Diocesan Convention, the 75th Anniversary Campaign is part celebration, part awareness-raising, and part fundraising.     Read more »

A Book Review by Bishop Greg Rickel: The Soul's Journey

As we begin our Lenten journey I would commend a new book, just out, "The Soul's Journey: An Artist's Approach to the Stations of the Cross" by Kathrin Burleson, with contributions by our Presiding Bishop, the Most Rev. Katherine Jefferts Schori and many others from across the church that will inspire you both in sight and words. Read more »

Seattle Church Goes Solar

Saint Andrew, Seattle, is an environmentally conscious congregation that will become even more green in 2015. The church installed solar panels that will connect to the Seattle City Light grid on Friday, February 27.  Located in Seattle’s Green Lake neighborhood, St. Andrew’s has steadily increased its energy efficiency since 2008. “We hope our project will inspire other churches to embrace clean energy alternatives,” said The Rev. Read more »

Welcome to new diocesan staff

Lori Hardow & Bianca SmithBishop Greg Rickel has announced the appointment of three new diocesan staff members. Lori Hardow, previously administrative assistant for the College for Congregational Development, has been appointed Diocesan House Receptionist. While her main role is to greet visitors and meeting attendees, and handle the busy diocesan phones, Lori’s responsibilities will also include database and clerical responsibilities. Bianca Smith joins the diocesan staff as our part time Content Manager (previously a contract position). Her role includes creating and curating stories in both words and pictures for our social media networks and website. Maureen Crawford has been appointed Director for Adult Faith Formation, with responsibility for providing tools, opportunities, and support – in cooperation with other ministries – for spiritual growth and renewal. All three began their work in mid-February. Pictured: Lori Hardow & Bianca Smith. 
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2015 Lenten Resources

It's never too late to find your Lenten resources!  There are a wide variety of options this year from books to devotionals to social media and more.