April 2, 2021
A Note from Communications Office
Dear community of the Diocese of Olympia,

While we continue to navigate the uncertainty and ever-evolving situation of this current health crisis, our weekly diocesan newsletter, Across the Diocese, will remain slightly truncated and be focused on sharing out resources, important information, points of connection between our worshiping communities, and virtual events for the benefit of the entire diocese.


Josh Hornbeck
Canon Missioner for Communications
Better Together - All Videos Now Available!
If you missed Faith Formation's mini-conference - Better Together - you can now catch both incredible keynote presentations and all of the amazing workshops!

Follow the link below for all of the great content that will help you come away with a renewed enthusiasm for faith formation in 2021.
One Service for Turtle Island - Save the Date!
April 25

In the cosmology of North and South American peoples, Turtle Island is the geographic region covering Canada, United States, Central America, and South America. Join together online Sunday, April 25, at 11:00am to worship Jesus with Episcopalians from all over the Diocese of Olympia led by our Circles of Color and focused on the languages, cultures, and experiences of the First Peoples of Turtle Island, with a specific focus on communities from within Province 8. This online service is a chance for diocesan-wide worship, learning, connection, and conversation, as well as an opportunity to give our working clergy a Sunday off from preaching and presiding.

The One Service will include a Town Hall webinar after worship with Bishop Rickel and members of Circles of Color to process the worship experience and go deeper into dialogue around issues of race and culture in our diocese, with special attention to the experiences of Indo-Hispanic/Indigenous peoples and a specific focus on communities from within Province 8. All are welcome, and congregations are encouraged to “attend” together in whatever ways you can – viewing parties, online watch parties, or whatever means are safe and responsible given the state of the pandemic at that time.

More details coming soon!
Registration for The College for Congregational Development Summer Hybrid Intensive Open Now
Now is the time to register for this year’s intensive session of the The College for Congregational Development. We are trying something new this year: a shorter intensive time together in person preceded by five weeks of online learning. All participants will engage in a five week course of online learning beginning May 1 which will include 1.5 hours weekly on Zoom as well as video assignments, light reading, and one homework assignment that involves visiting a congregation they do not currently attend (online visits are okay!). These five weeks of online learning will allow us to be together for a shorter time in person, and to try out a new venue (Fort Worden, Port Townsend, WA) where physical distancing and pod-housing are available. We will also be accepting 50 participants this year, in order to avoid crowding any indoor spaces. The College in Olympia is very hopeful that many of our participants will be vaccinated by the second week of June, but we are making these changes to ensure that we can provide a safe environment for all our participants regardless of vaccine status in this year as we transition out of pandemic into whatever life looks like next.

Here is the information you need to know: Please register as soon as possible, as space is limited, but no later than April 16. Online learning begins the week of May 2. Please plan to spend 1.5 hours engaged in learning on Zoom, with up to one additional hour per week (on average) viewing learning videos or engaging in reflective work. In-person learning at Fort Worden will begin the afternoon of Monday June 14, and conclude by noon on Friday June 18. If you have questions about any of this please do not hesitate to contact Canon Alissa Newton – anewton@ecww.org.
Prayer Banners for Lent at Saint Mark's Cathedral
Now through April 3

Everyone who feels a connection to Saint Mark's Cathedral, Seattle is invited to contribute to a display of prayer banners around the labyrinth—a tangible and tactile expression of our prayers, both personal and communal. Make your own using a strip of cloth, or use the materials provided in the bin on the cathedral's front patio. Complete instructions are located on the cathedral website. Then make a prayer pilgrimage to Saint Mark's and add your visible prayer to the others displayed around the outdoor labyrinth.
Help Out without Going Out
Looking for a way to help out St. Luke's Edible Hope Kitchen from the comfort of your own home? Check out their Amazon Wishlist! You can find the link below, on their website, or Facebook page. Every donation goes towards keeping the kitchen stocked and safe so Edible Hope Kitchen can continue to serve the needs of the Ballard community.

Please make sure all donations are delivered during business hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-1:00pm
Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt
St. Germain, Hoodsport | April 3, 12:00pm

St. Germain, Hoodsport holds their Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt. Masks and social distancing required.
COVID-19: Requirements, Recommendations, and Resources
The following page contains requirements, recommendations, and resources for churches in the Diocese of Olympia put together by the Office of the Bishop as a response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
YouTube Subscriber Drive
With the continuing COVID-19 crisis and churches across the diocese continuing to stream their services on Facebook and YouTube, we’re launching a subscriber drive for our church’s YouTube channels. When YouTube channels reach 1,000 subscribers, it opens up additional possibilities – including the ability to live-steam with a mobile device. So help us support our churches in Western Washington by following the links below and subscribing to their YouTube channels!
Online Formation Classes and Events
During this continued time of online gathering, churches across the diocese have being offering online formation events and classes. Follow the link below to see current offerings and find links to submit your church's online formation events!
Webinars from the Diocese of Olympia
During this time of remote gathering, the Diocese of Olympia has been holding a series of webinars on a wide range of topics, including stewardship, faith formation, and specific topics related to regathering once our buildings open once again. Here you can find an archive of our past webinars, grouped by topic, if you would like to revisit the material, or if you missed the webinar the first time around.
Live-Streaming Services
Across the Diocese
As more of our churches have moved to live-streaming their services, we've created a directory of our churches with services times and links to where you can join for Sunday morning and weekday prayer.
Youth Nights
Sundays | Grades 6-9, 6:00pm | Common Worship w/ High School, 7:00pm | Grades 9-12 Stay Until 8:30pm

Join other youth from all across Western Washington gather for online games and activities, discussions, guest speakers, and worship.
Youth Ministry Leadership Meetings
First Thursdays, 10:00am

Join other youth ministry leaders across the diocese for a monthly leadership meeting!
Sacred Ground: Cultivating Connections Between Our Food, Faith and Climate
April 21, 7:00pm

How can our food choices reflect our deepest values and beliefs? Join Saint Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle for a virtual community discussion on food justice via Zoom. Sacred Ground will explore how the ways we grow, harvest, share, and repurpose food can forge deeper spiritual connections and invite new opportunities to participate in our community. Panelists will include: Nyema Clark (Nurturing Roots), Stephen Dorsch (Common Acre), a representative from Oxbow Farms, and Aaron Scott (Chaplains on the Harbor). Sacred Ground is hosted by Creation Care and Faith Formation ministries in connection to Earth Day and Faith Climate Action Week.

  • 7:00-8:30pm - Program
  • 8:30-9:00pm - Optional After-Chat
Clergy Retreat
May 2-5

Clergy of the diocese, please mark your calendars and plan to attend our online Clergy Retreat, focused on rest and renewal.
Mediation Skills Training Institute (MSTI) Refresher Course
May 11 and June 12, 7:00am

For those who have already taken the Mediation Skills Training Institute (MSTI), they are pleased to offer a new one-day event: the MSTI Refresher Course!
The following job opportunities are now open at churches and organizations across Western Washington.