September 10, 2021
Striving for Justice & Peace:
The 111th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia
Online | October 29-30

Will you strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of every human being?
I will, with God’s help.

Join us for the 111th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia as we attempt to live into the promise made in our Baptismal Covenant to strive for justice and peace, respecting the dignity of all. It will be a time to gather virtually in community for workshops and worship, a time to assemble remotely once more as we do the work of the diocese. Join us as we gather together once more as the Body of Christ - with God’s help.
Locally Centered Ministries:
St. Paul’s Bellingham’s Safety Pouches
"This is an ideal, self-perpetuating ministry for spreading through our churches where the pouches can be made in each parish. It provides a simple, practical way for parishioners to get involved in outreach."

We’re sharing the stories of ministries in congregations around the diocese, celebrating the incredible work being done on the local level. In this local ministry profile, John Hoyte of St. Paul’s, Bellingham speaks about their Safety Pouch ministry.
New Clergy in the Diocese of Olympia
The Diocese of Olympia is blessed to welcome new clergy to our ministry. Br. Chris McNabb, an Episcopal priest and member of the Order of Francis and Clare, is joining the staff at St. Andrew’s, Seattle, as part-time Missioner for Contemplative Ministries. Chris will help lead and re-imagine the Sunday evening Contemplative Service in the spirit of Taize, at St. Andrew’s, Seattle.

Please join us in welcoming Br. Chris McNabb to the diocese.
Resettling Afghan Refugees:
Webinar Recording and Resources Now Available
Are you looking for information about how to help Afghan refugees coming to our area? Watch this conversation with staff from the Diocese of Olympia’s Refugee Resettlement Office to learn more about their efforts to resettle refugees from Afghanistan during this humanitarian crisis and ways that you can get involved.
Global Mission Grants Now Open
Deadline September 30

Do you have a parish-based partnership in a developing country somewhere around the world? Funds are available to assist you in that ministry through our Diocesan Mission Grants program.
Episcopal Relief & Development: Support the Hurricane Relief Fund
On Sunday, August 29, sixteen years after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, Hurricane Ida made landfall in the same region. This Category 4 storm brought flooding and damaging winds that caused a loss of water to hundreds of thousands and a loss of electricity to over 1 million people. Episcopal Relief & Development is working closely with the Diocese of Louisiana and other regional partners in what will be a long-term response. Your generous gift will help alleviate suffering for the most vulnerable residents impacted by Hurricane Ida. Please visit the link below to make a gift today.
UBE Pacific Northwest Welcomes New Secretary
The Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Union of Black Episcopalians is excited to welcome The Rev. Dcn. Jackee Martinez of Springfield, Oregon as their new Secretary, effective immediately.
Dcn. Jackee is an experienced secretary for non-profits and has a demonstrated history of strength and commitment to ministry in the Diocese of Oregon. They were fortunate that she drove to Portland to participate in their first Juneteenth Service in-person rather than using Zoom!
FEMA to Help Pay Funeral Costs for COVID-19-Related Deaths
FEMA is providing financial assistance to people who paid funeral costs after losing someone to COVID-19. For many individuals and families, this aid could be vital. If you know anyone who is grieving a COVID-19 death, please share this information: To apply for funeral assistance, call FEMA at 844.684.6333, Monday through Friday, 6:00am to 6:00pm Pacific.
Convention 2021:
Baptisms and Deaths
Before September 15, please submit to the Rev. Josh Hosler ( your congregation’s lists of baptisms and deaths since October 1, 2020. In addition to a written list, please submit an audio file of somebody reading each set of names slowly and prayerfully. The printed names will be included in our Convention materials, and the recorded names will be used during one of our Convention liturgies. If you had no baptisms or no deaths, please be sure to report that.
2021 Bishop's Preaching Award: Call for Entries
It’s again time for preachers or for those who have heard an outstanding sermon to nominate a preacher and a sermon for the 2021 Bishop’s Preaching Award.

Find out all of the details by following the link below!
Ky Chen & Bishop's Cross Award Nominations
The Office of the Bishop has issued a call for nominations for two diocesan awards: the Ky Chen for outstanding employees, and the Bishop’s Cross for those whose lives embody the spirit of Christ. If you know of a person deserving of either award, talk with your church office or leadership about submitting a nomination. The awards will be announced during the 2021 Diocesan Convention. Nomination submissions are due no later than September 17. Nominations must be submitted using the form linked below.
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
New Time: 6:30-8:00pm

Join other youth from all across Western Washington gather for online games and activities, discussions, guest speakers, and worship.

NEW AGE BREAKDOWN: Grades 6-12, with breakout groups for middle school and high school.
Youth Ministry Leadership Meetings
First Thursdays, 10:00am

Join other youth ministry leaders across the diocese for a monthly leadership meeting!
The ECWW Contemplative Practices Online Community
Our online contemplative group practices are like those offered at many in-person churches in the diocese, but primarily serve contemplatives from small churches/communities without in-person resources or for whom current in-person meeting times aren’t convenient. Please see the practice pages for in-person contemplative practice opportunities and let us know if you’d like to have your in-person meeting information included. Feel free to join as convenient for you. It would be very helpful as we plan our programming to hear about how our schedule suits yours. If we have enough interest around an additional day/time, we may be able start a new group. Please contact Sylvia Sepulveda at or 206.325.4200 x2042.
Oración de la Mañana | Spanish Morning Prayer
Martes, 10:00am | Tuesdays, 10:00am

Únase a la Oración matutina de Saint Luke's en Renton por medio de Zoom, esta será dirigida por Libe Arellano. | Join St Luke’s, Renton for Morning Prayer on Zoom, led by Libe Arellano.
Children & Families Ministry Leadership Meeting
September 22, 12:00pm

Join us and connect with Children & Families Ministry leaders from around the diocese in order to pause, plan, share and learn.
Meaningful Movies:
Youth v Gov Screening
September 23, 5:00pm

Join us for an online screening of YOUTH v GOV - a timely, hopeful film of America's youth taking action to address the climate crisis - co-sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia's Youth Ministry and Climate Task Force.
Japanese Convocation Conference 2021
September 24, 4:00pm; September 25, 2:00pm
$20 Registration

Japanese Convocation Conference 2021: Coming Together in Agape is a virtual conference for all people, whether you are of Japanese descent or not, to hear updates about historically Japanese Episcopal Churches and communities, and to celebrate and lift up the Japanese/JA community.
David: The Faces of Love
September 28, 4:00pm

David: The Faces of Love, written by Fred Northup, tells of the searing, glorious, tragic and always moving love that the Biblical great, King David, shares in friendship, passion, and family relationships.
Mindful Poetry
September 28, 6:00pm

Join us for Mindful Poetry - a monthly group practice during which we experience and enjoy poetry in contemplative companionship.
Holy Hikes
Join us as we gather on trails up and down the I-5 corridor to hike and share readings from scripture, prayers, silence, conversation, and (when there’s a priest on hand) the bread and wine of the Eucharist. Sometimes all it takes to change the world is a little time experiencing nature in community with fellow travelers.

See the full schedule and list of trails at the link below.
Holy Eucharist and Verger Ingathering
September 26; 11:00am | Saint Mark's Cathedral, Seattle

Join Saint Mark's Cathedral, Seattle for Holy Eucharist, diocesan verger ingathering, and a worship service that will serve as the closing worship for the annual conference of the Vergers Guild of the Episcopal Church.
Sunday Stairway Walks – 20s and 30s
September 26; 2:00pm | St. John the Baptist, Seattle

Explore different neighborhoods and Episcopal parishes within Seattle with other young adults from around the diocese.
Ditty Bag Day 2021
November 20; 9:30am | St. John the Baptist, Seattle

Join Mission to Seafarers, Seattle and other volunteers from around Puget Sound as we make ditty bags for international seafarers who will be far from home during this holiday season.
The Practice of Authentic Allyship for Clergy
September 30; 9:00am | Trinity, Everett | $75 Registration

Explore with Pastor Priscilla Paris-Austin, the Rev. Rachel Taber-Hamilton, and Pastor Terry Kyllo the role of clergy in the practice of authentic allyship.