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March 10, 2023

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Bishop Transition Website Live and Search Committee Applications Open

The Joint Board for Bishop Transition of the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia is very pleased to announce the launch of our official transition website and the opening of applications for our Bishop Search Committee. You can find information and a timeline about the transition process, our Charge to the Bishop Search Committee, and application forms for joining the search committee. The deadline to apply for the search committee is March 31.


Lent, Holy Week, and Easter Services Across the Diocese

Are you looking for Lent, Holy Week, or Easter services - either near you or with virtual accessibility accommodations? Check our service listing at the link below. More will be added in the coming weeks, so check back often!


Cathedral Day 2023: Living Water

April 22, 9:30 am | Saint Mark's Cathedral, Seattle

Cathedral Day is a celebration of the community of the Diocese of Olympia—a "family reunion" for Episcopalians from across western Washington, when confirmations, receptions, and reaffirmations are celebrated, followed by a festive food truck lunch and afternoon activities for all ages.


Don’t Rain on my Parade:

An Occasional Paper on Property Management

"Rains do ruin parades and buildings but rain brings life to the earth. This paper is about the dangers of water when it goes where it is not wanted. When that happens, buildings are damaged, programs disrupted, and unplanned expenses are incurred. And water damage always seems to occur at the worst possible moment in the life of a church – Christmas Eve, Easter morning, or an hour before a major funeral."

The Rev. Dr. Dennis S. Tierney, Diocesan Property Manager, shares the latest in our ongoing series of occasional papers on property management with some strategies to prevent water damage in church buildings.


Creation Care Advisory Announcement

A small group of members from various parishes has come together to form an advisory group focused on Creation Care. Learn more about what you can look forward to in April - or Earth Month!


Episcopal Peace Fellowship Prayers for Ukraine

From Art Mabbott:

Every Tuesday evening at 5:30 pm PST, Episcopal Peace Fellowship shares The Compline with all who wish to join. During that service, this prayer for peace in Ukraine is prayed.

Holy God, open our eyes to a fresh vision of a peaceful world, along with the will to seek alternatives to revenge and violence. Awaken in us compassion for the victims of war: soldiers of all  nations, grieving families, civilians, the wounded creation. Open wide the eyes of world leaders, especially in our own country, to see a path toward peace between Ukraine and Russia, and in all conflicts that tear apart the one human family. Grant us eyes wide open to peace. AMEN

Live & Work at

St. Andrew's House

Spring through Summer, 2023

Live and work at St. Andrew's House for two to six weeks! Housing & food provided in exchange for 10 hours work a week of various tasks; opportunity of additional paid work or credit for future retreats as well. Timing and length of stay, type of work negotiable. We have enjoyed having Diocesan folks join our community! Contact Dan at for more details.

2023 College for Congregational Development

June 25-30 | Fort Worden, Port Townsend | $850 Registration

Registration is now open for our weeklong summer session for The College for Congregational Development June 25- June 30 at Fort Worden, Port Townsend. We have a limited number of spots to please register as soon as you are able. For more information visit If you have any questions, please contact Matt Koski or the Rev. Canon Alissa Newton. Registration link is below.


Love * Sex * Loss:

Can Faith Help?:

Companion Webpage Now Accessible

How do faith and sexuality co-exist? Where does The Episcopal Church stand on issues of gender and LGBTQIA+ inclusion? How about the Diocese of Olympia?

In the recent series: Love * Sex * Loss: Can Faith Help?, priest and therapist, the Rev. Danae Ashley, delves into these very questions and many more. Check out the companion webpage to hear from priests who speak frankly about their struggles reconciling faith and sexuality; to find resources compiled by the series planning team; and to enjoy a robust Q & A, with questions posed by series participants and fearlessly answered by the Rev. Hillary Kimsey. 


Items and Books Available from

Church of Our Savior, Monroe

There are a number of items available from the former building of Our Savior, Monroe to churches and individuals who are interested in them. Available are:

  • an electric organ;
  • an altar; and,
  • church chairs with kneelers.

If you would like any of the above items, or have any questions, please contact the Rev. Dennis Tierney at

Additionally, the library from Our Savior, Monroe has been moved to the Office of the Bishop and is being made available for any churches or individuals who would like to add these titles to their own libraries. Please come to Diocesan House during regular business hours to peruse the available titles by April 15.

Christ the King Crucifix Available from St. Dunstan's, Shoreline

A large Christ the King carved figure mounted on a stained wood cross (6'8" by 4') that can be hung from two hefty chains, one on each side of the cross-piece. This Christ the King Crucifix hung from the rafters in the Sanctuary of St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church for many years until their recent remodel. Condition is excellent. The Crucifix is hard to lift and could weigh 70 pounds. Pickup only.

For more information, please contact Christopher J. Johns, treasurer, at or 562.884.3761.

Liturgical Poetry from features a poem for each Sunday and special holy day in the three-year liturgical cycle. Each poem is inspired by a reading from the Old Testament, Psalm, Epistle, or Gospel. Postings since December 2, 2018.

Diocese of Olympia churches may reprint any poem, by permission of the poet.


Volunteer Search Committee for Episcopal Church LGBTQI+ and Women’s Ministries Staff Officer

The Episcopal Church Office of Reconciliation, Justice, and Creation Care invites volunteers for the search committee for a new staff officer for LGBTQI+ and Women’s Ministries, as mandated by the 80th General Convention. Committee members will help to cast a vision for the position, solicit and interview candidates, and make a hiring recommendation.


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.


Climate Conversations – Reuse

March 14, 6:30 pm

One-hour monthly Zoom conversations about things people can do in their everyday lives to reduce their carbon footprint and care for creation.


Taizé Prayer

March 14, 7:00 pm | Saint Mark's Cathedral, Seattle

Join Saint Mark's Cathedral on Tuesday, March 14, at 7:00 pm for Candlelit Prayer with music from Taizé.


“Is Christianity Worth Saving?” A One-Day Interactive Event with Brian McLaren

March 17, 9:30 am | Saint Mark's Cathedral, Seattle | Regular Registration, $39; “Bring a Friend,” $69; “Team” (up to five people), $99

Join renowned leader Brian McLaren for a dynamic interactive event exploring the future of Christian faith in the 21st century.


Holy Hikes

March 18, 10:00 am | Hamlin Park, Shoreline

Join us at Shoreline's oldest and largest park for our March Holy Hike with new friends from around the diocese!


Youth & Families Ministry Leadership Meeting

March 29, 12:00 pm | Online

All who lead children, youth and families ministries are welcome to this quarterly gathering, hosted by the Diocese of Olympia! Grab your lunch and let's meet via Zoom to share best practices and strategies for starting or strengthening your ministry.


Youth Adventure: Holy Week Pilgrimage

April 2-7 | Holden Village, Lake Chelan | $450 Registration (Scholarships Available)

6th – 9th graders are invited on a once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage to the remote wilderness community of Holden Village, on Lake Chelan, during Holy Week.


COP27 Discussion

April 5, 7:00 pm

Learn more about COP27 and connect with others from the diocese interested in Creation Care.


Local Climate Action

April 19, 7:00 pm

Join others from the diocese in discussing local climate action and future opportunities to support one another in this important work.


Courage on the Threshold Retreat

June 2-4 | St. Andrew's House, Union | $550 Early Bird Registration; $690 Regular Registration

Courage on the Threshold: Embracing Life's Changes with Integrity & Grace - a weekend retreat at St. Andrew's House.


Saint Mark’s Cathedral Choir School Summer Camp

July 10-14, 16 | Saint Mark's Cathedral, Seattle | One Senior Chorister: $325 Additional Senior Chorister: $275 Junior Chorister: $175 (Scholarships are available for families who find full tuition a hardship at this time)

Saint Mark's Choir School summer camp is a great opportunity for your child to grow in confidence as a singer, develop excellent musical skills as a chorister and sing wonderful choral repertoire in the cathedral's acoustic.



Slow Religion/Matthew

Tuesdays, 4:00 pm | Online via Zoom

Slow Religion/Matthew is a slow, careful reading and sharing of the Gospel and its commentaries.


‘I Am My People…’

Tuesdays through March 28, 6:30 pm | St. Luke's, Renton

Join St. Luke's, Renton for a study entitled 'I Am My People...' The Story of Esther.


Biber’s Mystery Sonatas in Thomsen Chapel

March 18, 7:30 pm; March 19, 2:30 pm | Saint Mark's Cathedral, Seattle | $20-25 Tickets

Baroque violinist Tekla Cunningham will perform the Mystery Sonatas by Heinrich Ignaz von Biber (1644-1704), joined by Henry Lebedinsky on organ and harpsichord, and David Morris on viola da gamba and lirone.


Remorse: Finding Joy through Honest Apology

March 23, 6:30 pm | St. Paul's, Seattle

The Rev. Stephen Crippen of St. Paul's, Seattle invites the wider diocese to his book launch on March 23, 6:30pm, to hear about his new book, Remorse: Finding Joy through Honest Apology.


Should I Stay or Should I Go?

March 25, 9:30 am | St. Margaret's, Bellevue

Where can I get information to help me make good decisions about residential options as I (we) age? Or, as a younger adult how can I assist my parent(s) in making these decisions?


The Fruit of Silence: featuring John Rutter’s Requiem

March 25, 8:00 pm | Saint Mark's Cathedral, Seattle | $5-30 Tickets

The Seattle Choral Company presents The Fruit of Silence: featuring John Rutter's Requiem at Saint Mark's Cathedral, Seattle.



Portuguese Camino Pilgrimage

April 14-24 | 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.


Celtic Pilgrimage to Scotland and England

June 3-15 | Scotland & England | $4,500 Registration (Double occupancy ,$650 single suppl.)

Follow in the footsteps of the northern saints of Britain as we journey to Iona, Whithorn, Durham, and Lindisfarne (Holy Island).



Listening with the Spirit

September 20-April 30 | The Priory Spiritual Retreat Center | $4,300 Registration

The Priory Spirituality Center's offers a two-year formation program, Listening with the Spirit, on zoom for clergy or lay people who feel called by the Spirit to be Spiritual Directors.



Safe Church Online Update

In accordance with The Episcopal Church’s Safe Church, Safe Communities program, Universal Training is now offered for certification for Children/Youth and Vulnerable Adults. Universal Safe Church training fosters a culture of safety and inclusion for all people and covers a broad overview of issues of vulnerability, power, and healthy boundaries. Universal Safe Church training is designed to equip all people to live out their Baptismal Covenant.



The following job opportunities are now open at churches and organizations across Western Washington.