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May 19, 2023

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The Bishop Search Committee Has Begun Its Work!

The Bishop Search Committee has begun its work! We met for the first time during our retreat on May 12-13. The time together was spent in getting to know one another and to further clarify and define our role(s) in the search process. The Committee is committed to keeping you informed as information is available throughout the search. Information will be shared on the diocesan website and periodically in the weekly diocesan newsletter.


Convene 2023 – Save the Date!

September 30 | Everett Community College

Reconnect with Episcopalians from across the Diocese, and join us for this exciting new event open to everyone! Gain new resources and support, and spend time learning from and networking with churches from every corner of Western Washington! Convene 2023 will feature multiple workshop sessions throughout this day-long opportunity for learning and connection, preparing us all for the future of our communities, helping us discover (and rediscover!) new ideas, and giving us the time and space to share information about programs and ministry opportunities.

Convene 2023 is designed for leaders, potential leaders in congregations and interested others – clergy, staff, vestries and bishop’s committees, administrators, members of convention, and anyone who wants to reconnect with others in the Diocese over ways to strengthen our congregations. So put together a team from your congregation and get ready to join us on September 30 as we Convene at Everett Community College.


Convention 2023 - Save the Date!

October 28 | Online

Join us for a streamlined, online only Convention this year as we focus on the essential business of the Diocese. We’ll hear required reports from previous conventions including Equity, Inclusion & Justice in Diocesan Clergy Pay Scale and Diocesan Research on Indigenous Boarding Schools. We’ll also have a Convention Address from Bishop Provisional Melissa Skelton.

So save the date and prepare to join us for this special online-only business session of Diocesan Convention. Elected members of the convention, clergy, lay delegates from congregations, and delegates at large will attend via our dedicated Convention Platform, while alternates and guests will be able to view the live-stream.


Seattle Pride Weekend: Parade, Events, & More

June 24-25

LGBTQIA+ folx, friends, family members, and allies, let's show up at this year's Pride events as joyful and proud Episcopalians who know the meaning of hospitality and the wide embrace of God’s love.


Archdeacon Gen’s Farewell Gathering

June 10, 2:00 pm | Diocesan House

Join us as we say Bon Voyage and Thank You to The Ven. Gen Grewell for her nearly 14 years as Archdeacon of the Diocese of Olympia.


Ordinations to the Priesthood

June 21, 6:30 pm | Saint Mark's Cathedral, Seattle

By the grace of God and the People of God consenting, The Most Rev. Melissa Skelton, Bishop Provisional of Olympia, will ordain four new priests.


Congregational Grades: What Are They? Why Do They Matter?

Hear members of the diocesan Personnel Commission and bishop’s staff discuss Congregational Grades (and the impact on clergy salaries) that will take effect for 2024.

It's Always Stewardship Time!

Creating a habit of talking about stewardship of our whole lives makes it easier to link financial stewardship with all the kinds of stewardship in our congregational lives. The Diocese pays for an annual membership in TENS (The Episcopal Network for Stewardship) so that every congregation has access to a wealth of stewardship resources - downloadable, customizable letters, stewardship campaign timelines, webinars, bulletin inserts, and more! Check out the website at the link below and use the 2023 password to access this year's campaign materials (in English and Spanish): Jeremiah9:17


News from the Front: On Reducing Homelessness

"The Bishop’s Task Force exists because we are faith-based, looking to assist the down and out in our communities. We have faith that we can make things better for the people currently in and heading toward homeless."

The latest update from the Bishop's Taskforce on Homelessness examines the national issue of homelessness and Washington State's recent efforts to address the issue.


Call for A Season of Pentecost for Gun Violence Prevention

The Episcopal Peace Fellowship (EPF) calls The Episcopal Church to A Season of Pentecost for Gun Violence Prevention. This is a call to deepen our commitment as people of faith to confront the epidemic of gun violence through action at the grassroots level, in our parishes and dioceses.


Camp Huston Hiring Summer Camp Resident Staff 

June 25-August 19

Want to be part of the team that makes all the magic happen at summer camp? Apply to be part of our resident staff team and help make Camp Huston great, all summer long! Ages 18 and older, no camper experience necessary.


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 [email protected] for more details.

Seattle Choral Company Seeks Office Space to Rent

The Seattle Choral Company, which is an Artist in Residence at Saint Mark's Cathedral, is looking for space to rent for a small office and choral music library. Willing to contract by the year. A room of approximately 500-600 square feet should be adequate. Staff of two. Limited use. Would prefer direct outside access and a location in north Seattle. Must move to occupy by August 31.

Interested? Please call director Freddie Coleman at (206)356-7456.

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.


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; and,
  • an altar.

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

Donation of 1967 Gulbransen Counsel Electronic Organ

It is a 1966 Gulbransen electronic organ in the Olympia area is available for donation to a local congregation that can arrange for its transportation. It is in excellent condition and has been recently serviced. To make pickup arrangements, please contact Dick Zais at: [email protected] or 509.480.1234.

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.


Dinner with the Bishop for Young Adults

May 22, 6:00 pm | Diocesan House, Seattle

Let’s celebrate summer!

On one of the longest days of the year, join The Most Rev. Melissa Skelton for a fabulous dinner (tacos with all the fixings provided by Nurturing Roots Farm), music, and tours of the beautiful Leary mansion, home to Diocesan staff in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle. This very casual event is for people in their 20s & 30s. Dinner is free with donations to Nurturing Roots Farm welcome. Please share out the invitation!


Dr. Christena Cleveland and the Black Madonnas: The Pilgrimage of a Womanist Theologian

May 24, 6:45 pm | Saint Mark's Cathedral, Seattle

The Rev. Canon Carla Robinson will lead a discussion of Dr. Christena Cleveland's book God is a Black Woman, in preparation for Dr. Cleveland's upcoming visit in June.


Holy Hikes

May 27, 10:00 am | Beaver Falls, OR

Experience God's handiwork in the natural world by joining this contemplative and family-friendly trek to Beaver Falls, OR with Holy Hikes of Western Washington.


Underhill House Listener Training

May 31, 12:00 pm | Underhill House, Seattle

If you’re looking for a new way to serve, Underhill House, a quiet place to pause for prayer, is offering Listener Training. If you have questions or would like to sign up, please contact Susan Dean at [email protected].


Courage on the Threshold Retreat

June 2-4 | St. Andrew's House, Union

$640 Registration

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


Mothered by God: Divine Feminine and the Black Madonna

June 3, 9:00 am | Saint Mark's Cathedral, Seattle | $65 Registration

Join Dr. Christena Cleveland as she explores the Divine Feminine, especially in the context of her 400-mile walking pilgrimage across central France in search of ancient Black Madonna statues.


Juneteenth Liturgy & Potluck BBQ

June 17, 12:00 pm | Saint Mark's Cathedral, Seattle

The Black/African American Circle invites you to a special Juneteenth liturgy and potluck BBQ at Saint Mark's Cathedral!


ECW Opening Our Hearts Retreat

June 23-25 | Wasatch Center at the Episcopal Church Center of Utah, Salt Lake City | $175 Early Bird Registration; $200 Regular Registration

Province VIII Retreat and Business Meeting. A time of renewal, inspiration and sisterhood in a beautiful, peaceful setting. Music, food, friendship, worship, Taize, speakers, and social time. All women from Province VIII are welcome. Representatives from Province VIII UTO, CPC, GFS, DOK, and other ministries offer guidance, resources, music and inspiration.


Camp Huston Summer Camp 2023

July 3 - August 19 | Camp Huston, Gold Bar | $480-765 Registration

Join us at Camp Huston for summer camp 2023!


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.



Palestine on the Edge: What Do We Do Next?

May 20, 2:00 pm | Saint Mark's Cathedral, Seattle

Join Saint Mark's Cathedral, Seattle's Mideast Focus Ministry as Miko Peled and Maya Garner report on the complex and fast-moving events in Israel Palestine.


Organist Una Hwang in Concert

May 21, 3:00 pm | St. Dunstan's, Shoreline

Organist Una Hwang will bring St. Dunstan's organ to life with a diverse and engaging program that features a transcription of Smetana's orchestral tone poem “The Moldau."


Organ Concert of Queer and Female Composers

June 3, 3:00 pm | St. John's, Olympia

Susan Bloomfield-Spangler and St. John's, Olympia present an organ concert of queer and female classical composers.


Concerts at 6:26 pm

Beginning June 7, 6:00 pm | St. John's, Gig Harbor

Join St. John's, Gig Harbor for the second annual series of concerts on Wednesdays in June and early July beginning at precisely 6:26 pm preceded by Plainchant Evensong at 6:00 pm.



Portuguese Camino

May 22-June 1 | $3,183 Registration

Walking pilgrimage from Porto, Portugal to Santiago, Spain on the Portuguese Camino Central Route, May 22 to June 1, 2024.



The Prophetic Tradition in the Time of Neo-Fascism Featuring Dr. Cornel West

May 28, 11:00 am | Rainier Arts Center, Seattle

Join this ecumenical service, hosted by Valley and Mountain Fellowship, featuring Dr. Cornel West to combat the growing white Christian Nationalist movement. 


This Shining Night: Music & Poetry for a Summer Evening

June 10, 8:00 pm | Seattle First Baptist Church, Seattle | $5-$30 Tickets

The Seattle Choral Company, led by their founding artistic director, Freddie Coleman, announces the final concert of their 41st season, titled “This Shining Night: Music and Poetry for a Summer Evening,” uniting four living American composers on themes of love and innocence. 


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.