Grace Church, Bainbridge Island calls new rector

Grace Episcopal Church announced that it has called a new rector, the Rev. Tommy J. Dillon, II, currently rector of St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church in San Francisco, CA; he will begin July 15, 2015. Grace’s outgoing priest, the Rev. William R. Harper, will retire on Sunday, April 26, 2015, after 30 years as an ordained minister of the Episcopal Church and 20 years as rector of Grace.
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Continuing the conversation on Fossil Fuel Divestment

On Global Divestment Day, February 14, 2015, the Bishop’s Committee for the Environment released its response to the January 15, 2015, decision by the Board of Directors to continue investing in fossil fuel stocks. Read it and more information about the divestment effort here. Join in the conversation! Read more »

Office of the Bishop looking for a CRM Administrator

The Episcopal Diocese of Olympia is currently seeking applicants for the half time position of CRM Administrator. Reporting to the Internet Strategist, the CRM Administrator is responsible for the overall content and support for the CiviCRM Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) system for the Diocese of Olympia. The successful candidate is not necessarily a technologist, but a person with a broad understanding of the organization and its needs, someone who will be a go-to person for the users, someone who has skills using online technology and the curiosity and expertise to use CiviCRM and proactively assist users. The CRM administrator bridges the gap between the CRM system and the users who interact with it. Read more »

Super Bowl Challenge raises over $40,000

ERD 75thThanks to all of you and our fellow Episcopalians in Massachusetts for giving generously to the Super Bowl Challenge 2015. Episcopal Relief & Development (ERD) asked us not to give the final team totals, but the final collective total instead. Together we raised $41,812, besting our $31,000 total last year! Read more »

Board of Directors announces decision on divestment from fossil fuel in the Diocesan Investment Fund

The January meeting of the diocesan Board of Directors was dedicated to the issue of divestment from fossil fuels in the James F. Hodges Diocesan Investment Fund (DIF). The Board declined to direct the DIF Committee to divest of fossil fuel equities, instead directing the DIF Committee to “regularly monitor equities in companies which provide alternative energy sources, and actively invest in them as they are found to meet the investment policy guidelines.” Read more »

Province VIII Bishops Meet in Navajoland

Bishop Rickel joined with the Province VIII (our province in The Episcopal Church) bishops in Navajoland, a missionary diocese of the Episcopal Church and part of Province VIII. He posted two blogs reflecting on his time noting, "We are here to learn, to listen, and to truly engage and attempt to partner in deeper ways with this beautiful land and people." Check out the blog posts here. Read more »

Photo Essay by the Rev. Jim Friedrich

The online magazine of The Episcopal Cafe website has published a photo essay by the Rev. Jim Friedrich on "perceptions of church." Two of the photographs were taken in this diocese. Read more »

Chaplains on the Harbor

Chaplains on the Harbor, a new ministry and designated mission station in Grays Harbor county, was introduced at the November Convention, during which this short video was shared. You can also read the latest blog by the Rev. Read more »

Convention 2014 Wrap-Up

Convention 2014 head tableSo that All might See Jesus, was the theme for the 2014 Diocesan Convention held November 7-8. The altar, table designs, and head table backdrop were crafted from recycled mattress components from Spring Back Mattress Recycling NW, a division of the Northwest Furniture Bank; Spring Back principally employs men who have recently been released from the prison system, providing them not only with work, but with job skills and dignity. The backdrop supports the convention theme and, when seen from different angles, reflects versions of the face of Jesus. Read more »

Bishop's United Against Gun Violence issues briefing paper

Bishop's United Against Gun Violence is a voluntary network of over 50 active and retired bishops of The Episcopal Church; Bishop Greg Rickel is a member of this network. Initially formed in the wake of the August 2012 shootings at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek Wisconsin and the December 2012 school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, Bishops United explores means of reducing the appalling levels of gun violence in our society and advocates policies and legislation that save lives. Read more »

Mental Illness/Mental Health Task Force established

A group of concerned individuals in the Diocese of Olympia has come together to form a diocesan Mental Illness/Mental Health Task Force. Their goal is to create awareness about mental health challenges and identify resources to support those who are struggling, as well as those who are caregivers, family members, clergy, and congregation members. A first step is to identify, through a survey, what strengths and resources parishes and missions around the diocese have in place, as well as to discover challenges faced. Read more »

Pastoral Update from Bishop Greg Rickel on the Marysville Shooting; resources for talking with youth

Bishop Rickel issued the following pastoral update:O God our heavenly Father, you have blessed us and given us dominion over all the earth: Increase our reverence before the mystery of life; and give us new insight into your purposes for the human race, and new wisdom and determination in making provision for its future in accordance with your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Yesterday, once again, one of the major issues of our time came not close to home, it came home. As I said following Sandy Hook, Seattle Pacific, and the other shootings we have endured, I so pray we do not get used to this; I fear we are reaching that point as the list is getting longer. Yes, there are many angles on this issue, but this one cannot be avoided: Guns in our society, the ease of access, especially in the hands of our children, are a serious issue for us as a country.  Read more »

Promised Land or Land of Promise?

The Episcopal Bishop's Committee Israel/Palestine offers the following document and reflection:

Over the many years of ongoing conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, most of the attention has been on times of intense military conflict. Very little attention has been paid to the lives of ordinary people during and between periods of combat. Nor to the peace-making efforts of the Christian Church and non-governmental agencies that work quietly behind the scenes to bring about justice and an end to violence. Read more »

Together we accomplish more than we can on our own: St. Stephen's Barn Raising

While Barn Raisings were a common occurrence in rural North America in the 18th and 19th centuries, they are not so prevalent now. What’s good for the community is often secondary to what’s good for the individual. However, it’s different in the Body of Christ. The diocesan family came to a Barn Raising held at St. Read more »

Great resources on the TV Eucharist website

The diocesan-sponsored TV Eucharist program's webpage has been updated. Here you can find a list of which congregations are scheduled for upcoming Sundays, read the story behind this unique 41-year old ministry, view (and print out) the service used, help support this vital ministry, as well as find out what is required to participate in a taping. Read more »

Liturgical Arts at St. John Gig Harbor

Join Bishop Rickel as he talks with members of the Liturgical Arts Team, Del Hansen, Mary Shepard, & Timmie Parker; rector, Eric Stelle; and congregation members, Janet Knight, Pamela Raney, Lauretta & Russell White. Read more »

Resources for Earthquake Awareness and Preparedness

In recognition of September as National Preparedness Month, and recalling the 6.1 magnitude earthquake that struck Napa and the surrounding communities in the upper San Francisco Bay area just three weeks ago, it’s more than timely to remind everyone of best practices to follow when the earth shakes, and to re-visit some helpful resources. Read more »

Faith Communities turn out to support Lummi journey

The cornerstone of northwest Native American art, the totem pole, became a cross-cultural rallying point last Friday as a large crowd welcomed the 19-foot totem to Saint Mark’s Cathedral in Seattle. The event marked the halfway point of a 2,500-mile bi-national journey by members of the Lummi Nation to demonstrate the strength and diversity of opposition to a proposal by Gateway Pacific Terminals that would locate North America’s largest coal terminal at Xwe’chi’eXen, the Lummi name for Cherry Point, near Bellingham.

The Seattle event featured remarks by Bishop Greg Rickel and a welcome by Ken Workman of the Duwamish Tribe in Lushootseed, the language of the Salish people. All in attendance were invited to join in blessing the 19-foot western red cedar totem pole. Read more »

MDG Grants process opened

MDG Grants are available for work related to the fulfillment of Millennium Development Goals by congregations. These grants are to help supplement the work of congregations engaged in global mission work. Applications are considered on a rolling basis and will be awarded before the end of 2014. Please fill out the application form and send to the MDG Grants committee at the email address indicated. If you have questions, please call the Rev. Read more »

Oso Mudslide - five months later

Oso MudslideIn a letter to members of the Diocese, the Rev. Janet Loyd from Church of the Transfiguration in Darrington, thanked all who donated to the relief and recovery efforts following the March Oso mudslide and provided an update on the progress toward recovery, saying, "Through our combined efforts, the Episcopal Church has dispersed approximately $35,000 to date, quiet donations from people and congregations. Read more »