July 29, 2022
Bishop Rickel's Lambeth Conference 2022 Reflection with Trepidation
Irrigation Systems or Irritation Systems
An Occasional Paper on Property Management in the Diocese of Olympia Series by The Rev. Dennis Tierney, Diocesan Property Manager.
Episcopal Church Condemns Israel’s Oppression of Palestinians
The Episcopal Church voted at the 80th General Convention to condemn Israel’s occupation and oppression of Palestinians and urge the United States to take action to oppose Israeli laws and practices that result in unequal rights for two peoples. The resolution was initially drafted in the Diocese of Olympia and passed at its convention last fall.
A Message from Bishop Rickel
Bishop Rickel reflects on his time as Bishop of Olympia and shares plans for the future.
The Rev. Rachel Taber-Hamilton Elected Vice President of the House of Deputies
The Rev. Rachel Taber-Hamilton was elected Vice President of the House of Deputies of the Episcopal Church in Baltimore at the 80th General Convention.
Spirituality of Aging Lectures
In a society that celebrates youthful energy and productivity, we have largely dropped any value for the distinctive features of the second-half of life. But clearly God made a world in which the process and experience of aging is a defining feature, which means God must value it. Join Fr. Eric Stelle of St. John’s, Gig Harbor for a 3-week class that explores the inherent spiritual worth of knowing ourselves as aging creatures, and the potential of this being a healing, maturing, and redeeming season of life.
A Call for Nominations for 2022 Diocesan Convention
To prepare for elections at diocesan convention (October 21-22, 2022), the Nominations Committee is now calling for candidates to represent our diocese in four areas: Diocesan Council (4 regional positions clergy or lay and 1 Lay at-large)Standing Committee (1 lay, 1 clergy, and 1 clergy unexpired term)the Commission on Ministry (One Deacon position), and at General Convention 2024 (4 clergy and 4 lay, plus 4 alternates in each order). If you’d like to propose someone for consideration to serve on any of these groups, we encourage you to email the Committee Chair, The Rev. Nic Mather at nic@sslv.org by Friday, August 5th.  Our committee will identify and confirm the slate of candidates for election that we have received by Tuesday, September 6th (45 days prior to the proposed date of convention). By canon, additional nominees may be recognized at convention. If you have questions about this process, please contact The Rev. Nic Mather at nic@sslv.org. Thank you very much for your help in this effort on behalf of our diocese!
Talley Breedlove - Seattle Service Corps Intern
Talley Breedlove is a Seattle Service Corps Intern and has been working at St. Luke’s Edible Hope Kitchen since this past September. She is leaving us this month and this is a reflection of her time working at Edible Hope Kitchen.
Honoring Your Faith — Today, Tomorrow, and Always
Have you considered creating a legacy gift to support the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia? Legacy gifts in your will or other estate plans are powerful ways to support our faith community for generations to come and cost nothing to give today.

To make this process simple, the Diocese of Olympia partners with FreeWill to offer members of our community a free estate planning resource. You can use this online tool to write your legal will, for free in 20 minutes or less and protect the people, communities, and ministries you love — forever.
Bishop's Leadership Conference 2022 - Resources Available!
Slide decks and resources from some presentations at the Bishop's Leadership Conference are now available on our website, with recordings of select workshops and plenaries to be made available in the coming weeks! See more about planned renegotiation, hybrid community, messy church, and stewardship at the link below!
Online Formation Classes and Events
During this continued time of online and hybrid 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.
Cursillo Prayer & Share
July 30, 10:00am | Online via Zoom

Cursillo Renewal: Come and See, hear from people whose lives have been enhanced by their retreat experience.
Climate Conversations - What You Can Do About Water
August 2, September 5, & October 4, 5:30pm | Online via Zoom

One-hour monthly Zoom conversations about things people can do in their everyday lives relating to energy usage to reduce their carbon footprint and reverse climate change.
Worship Wednesday
Wednesdays, 7:00pm

Come together with youth grades 6-12 for time to pray, contemplate, focus, share, and be together in and with the Spirit.
Youth Ministry Leadership Meetings
First Sundays, 2:00pm

Join other youth ministry leaders across the diocese for a monthly leadership meeting!
Episcopal Youth Ministry Network
Third Thursdays, 10:00am

A meeting for any adult human engaging at the parish, diocesan, provincial, or regional level of Episcopal Youth Ministry.
Godly Play Trainings
August 27 & Sept 17, 8:30am - 5:30pm | Good Shepherd, Federal Way | $155 or half-off with Promo Code DioOlympia

If it's time to get ready for Godly Play in fall or if you're simply interested in exploring the Godly Play method and philosophy, join your colleagues from across the Diocese at any one (or all three) of these wonder-filled training sessions.
August 27: Spirituality of the Child & the Parables
September 17: Supporting the Circle of Children and Liturgical Action Lessons
Camp Huston
Summer Camp 2022
June 23-August 13

Join us at Camp Huston this summer! Register today - there's something for everyone!
A Holy Waste of Time Retreat
August 19-21 | St. Andrew's House

Adults in their 20s & 30s are invited to join us for our annual end-of-summer, weekend retreat at beautiful St. Andrew's House, on the waters of the Hood Canal
Youth Retreat - Care for Creation
Sept 2-4 | Camp Huston | $75

Gather and meet with youth from other churches in the diocese his Labor Day weekend for a Youth Retreat focusing on Care of Creation.
Jazz in the Courtyard
July 30, 7:30pm | Christ Church, Tacoma

Jazz in the Courtyard presents Cara Francis, July 30, 2022 at 7:30pm.
Third Friday Concert
August 19, 12:10pm | Christ Church, Tacoma | $10

Third Friday Concert: Organist Dana Robinson at 12:10pm on August 19.
Gospel Fest
September 10; 9:00am, 7:00pm | St. Margaret's. Bellevue

St. Margaret’s Gospel Fest will be led by four very experienced music performers, leaders, and educators.* The workshop will be from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., with lunch being provided. A concert will follow at 7:00 p.m.
St. Luke's Affordable Family Housing Presentation
Sept 18, 11:30am | St. Luke's, Seattle

Learn about an exciting new venture to provide affordable family housing on church land in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle.
Walk In Love: A Marriage Prep Workshop for Busy People
August 13, 9:00am | Online via Zoom | $275 Registration

This online pre-marital workshop utilizing the Prepare-Enrich Assessment and materials will help you strengthen your relationship to feel better prepared to go into your marriage with your eyes wide open and hearts full of joy.
England & Scotland Pilgrimage
September 15-28 | England & Scotland | $4,700 Registration

The 2022 UK Pilgrimage visits important spiritual & heritage roots of the Episcopal/Anglican faith.
Discover Refreshing Cyprus
October 2-14 | Larnaca, Cyprus | $2,600 Registration

Join this pilgrimage to the island of Cyprus with its natural beauty and sites related to the New Testament, history, archaeology, culture and more!
Portugese Camino Pilgrimage
April 14-24, 2023 | Portugal & Spain | $2,895 Registration

Ten day walking pilgrimage to the traditional burial site of St. James in Santiago, Spain departing from Porto, Portugal on April 14, 2023.