June 17, 2022
Juneteenth 2022: A Message from Bishop Rickel
Bishop Rickel offers his reflections on Juneteenth, sometimes referred to as America’s Second Independence Day. “Let this be a day when we celebrate progress, but also a day we don’t let ourselves off the hook for all that remains.”
Office of the Bishop Schedule Next Week
The Office of the Bishop will be closed on Monday, June 20, in observance of the Juneteenth holiday. On June 21-22, Diocesan Staff will be attending a staff retreat at Seabeck Conference Center. D-House in Seattle will be closed on those days. If you need immediate assistance during that time, please email info@ecww.org and we’ll make sure it gets directed to the appropriate individual. The phones and office will reopen on Thursday, June 23.
Two important resolutions from our Convention going to General Convention
Last fall, our Diocese overwhelmingly passed two resolutions regarding Palestinian rights. One is a resolution for General Convention that condemns Israel’s occupation and oppression of Palestinians and urges our government to take action in opposition. The other is an Education Resolution, directing us in our own Diocese to learn more about the Palestinian situation.
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, 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!
To Look as Fresh as Paint – Protect and Beautify
An Occasional Paper on Property Management in the Diocese of Olympia Series by The Rev. Dennis Tierney, Diocesan Property Manager.
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!
Are You Interested in Online Ministry? 
There is a new group conversation starting on Twitter. There is so much we can do, but we have to crowdsource the information. There is no way that we should all learn the same lessons on our own. Let's Talk!!

If you want to add your story and hear other stories about how to make online ministry work, join this community.
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.
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.
Social Sunday
Sundays, 1:00pm

The equivalent of after-church coffee hour - just for youth!
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.
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 ssepulveda@ecww.org or 206.325.4200 x2042.
Mindful Poetry - Homecoming
June 21, 6:00pm

Come and travel with us in a pursuit of poetry - our once-monthly group practice focuses on the mindful reading of verse, concentrating on sensory experience and spiritual connection.
Children's & Families Ministry Leadership Meeting
June 29, 12:00pm | Online via Zoom

Connect with Children & Families Ministry leaders from around the Diocese! This quarter’s guest speaker, author Talitha Aho, will delve into how to provide spiritual care for children and youth in the context of environmental crisis. Register now and we'll send you a copy of her 2022 book: In Deep Waters: Spiritual Care for Young People in a Climate Crisis.
Ordinations to the Priesthood
June 29, 6:30pm | Saint Mark's Cathedral & Livestream

By the grace of God and the People of God consenting, The Rt. Rev. Gregory H. Rickel, Bishop of Olympia, will ordain Linzi Stahlecker to the Priesthood. Your prayers and presence are invited.

Congratulations to James Ayuen, Mary Bol, Daren Chidester, Baudelina Paz, Allen Hicks, and Pam Tinsley, who were ordained Priests on June 13!
Rise Up
June 19, 5:00pm | St. Luke's, Renton

Join the Church in the World for a Summer Solstice and Juneteenth Liturgy, June 19 at 5:00pm!
Diocese of Olympia at the Seattle Pride Parade
June 26, 11:00am | Downtown Seattle

Episcopal LGBTQIA+ members, friends, family, and allies! You're invited to march with the Diocese of Olympia in the Seattle Pride Parade!
Re-Dedication of Church Property at former site of St. George's in Seattle
June 30, 2:00pm | 2212 NE 125th St., Seattle, WA 98125

The Board of Directors of the Diocese of Olympia and Thornton Creek Community by the Cottage Company cordially invites you to the Secularization of a Consecrated Building and the Re-Dedication of Church Property.
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
Concerts at 6:26
Wednesdays in June, 6:00pm | St. John's, Gig Harbor

St. John's, Gig Harbor invites you for a weekly concert series Wednesdays in June: "Concerts at 6:26pm", preceded by plainchant evensong at 6:00pm.
Ukraine Relief Benefit Concert
June 18; 7:00pm | St. Andrew's, Aberdeen

St. Andrews, Aberdeen will host a concert on Saturday, June 18 at 7:00 p.m., featuring music of Ukraine, to benefit Episcopal World Relief and Development, for Ukraine relief.
Holy Trinity Ukranian Orthodox Mission Visit
June 26; 4:30pm | Epiphany, Seattle

Visit Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Mission in the chapel of Epiphany Parish Seattle, for discussion on Ukrainian Orthodoxy and how to support the people of Ukraine.
Spanish Language Immersion Program
July 23-August 6 | Cuernavaca, Mexico | $2,200 Registration

Learn to speak Spanish in Cuernavaca, Mexico with companions from the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon!
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.