February 12, 2021
A Note from Communications Office
Dear community of the Diocese of Olympia,

While we continue to navigate the uncertainty and ever-evolving situation of this current health crisis, our weekly diocesan newsletter, Across the Diocese, will remain slightly truncated and be focused on sharing out resources, important information, points of connection between our worshiping communities, and virtual events for the benefit of the entire diocese.


Josh Hornbeck
Canon Missioner for Communications
One Service for Turtle Island - Save the Date!
April 25

In the cosmology of North and South American peoples, Turtle Island is the geographic region covering Canada, United States, Central America, and South America. Join together online Sunday, April 25, at 11:00am to worship Jesus with Episcopalians from all over the Diocese of Olympia led by our Circles of Color and focused on the languages, cultures, and experiences of the First Peoples of Turtle Island. This online service is a chance for diocesan-wide worship, learning, connection, and conversation, as well as an opportunity to give our working clergy a Sunday off from preaching and presiding.

The One Service will include a Town Hall webinar after worship with Bishop Rickel and members of Circles of Color to process the worship experience and go deeper into dialogue around issues of race and culture in our diocese, with special attention to the experiences of Indo-Hispanic/Indigenous peoples. All are welcome, and congregations are encouraged to “attend” together in whatever ways you can – viewing parties, online watch parties, or whatever means are safe and responsible given the state of the pandemic at that time.

More details coming soon!
Better Together: A Faith Formation Mini-Conference
March 13, 9:00am | $25 Registration

Better Together is for those who are deeply involved with faith formation in its many aspects – programs, special events, curriculum, liturgy, music, arts, service, outreach, social justice, and community building.

We know how difficult this last year has been for the church, and how you’ve had to adapt and innovate to provide a virtual offering. Let’s share best practices and also consider what the future might look like once the pandemic subsides.

We have two brilliant keynote speakers lined up: author and faith leader Jeff Chu who currently coordinates the international Evolving Faith conference, AND racial justice advocate and trainer, Iyabo Onipede, who puts her Masters in Divinity to work as co-director of the non-profit, Compassionate Atlanta.

Interspersed with these dynamic presentations are over 12 workshops covering faith formation for children and families, youth, and adults; the craft of music, art, and liturgy; and – new this year – the virtual church.

Presented by the Office of the Bishop's Faith Formation Team.

Registration is $25 per person and includes a gift book. Scholarships are readily available. Musicians attend for free.
Registration for The College for Congregational Development Summer Hybrid Intensive Open Now
Now is the time to register for this year’s intensive session of the The College for Congregational Development. We are trying something new this year: a shorter intensive time together in person preceded by five weeks of online learning. All participants will engage in a five week course of online learning beginning May 1 which will include 1.5 hours weekly on Zoom as well as video assignments, light reading, and one homework assignment that involves visiting a congregation they do not currently attend (online visits are okay!). These five weeks of online learning will allow us to be together for a shorter time in person, and to try out a new venue (Fort Worden, Port Townsend, WA) where physical distancing and pod-housing are available. We will also be accepting 50 participants this year, in order to avoid crowding any indoor spaces. The College in Olympia is very hopeful that many of our participants will be vaccinated by the second week of June, but we are making these changes to ensure that we can provide a safe environment for all our participants regardless of vaccine status in this year as we transition out of pandemic into whatever life looks like next.

Here is the information you need to know: Please register as soon as possible, as space is limited, but no later than April 16. Online learning begins the week of May 2. Please plan to spend 1.5 hours engaged in learning on Zoom, with up to one additional hour per week (on average) viewing learning videos or engaging in reflective work. In-person learning at Fort Worden will begin the afternoon of Monday June 14, and conclude by noon on Friday June 18. If you have questions about any of this please do not hesitate to contact Canon Alissa Newton – anewton@ecww.org.
Church Lay Staff in COVID Times: A Meeting with Our Bishop
February 25, 10:00am

Working for the church in COVID time is especially challenging. This is a time for the lay staff of our churches to meet with the bishop and talk about what has been hard, how the Office of the Bishop can support you, and learn about some shared resources for those who are employed by our congregations.
The Way of the Cross: Free Video & Reflection Guide
The Department of Lifelong Learning at Virginia Theological Seminary is pleased to offer a video version of The Way of the Cross and a reflection guide in both English and Spanish (coming soon). Through scripture, art, and music, the video invites us to walk with Christians of every generation on a virtual pilgrimage, meditating on our Lord’s passion and death. Permission is granted for unlimited use of this video.
Presidents Day Volunteers Needed
Join St. Luke's Edible Hope Kitchen this Presidents Day as they continue to serve their neighbors. The National Guard will be receiving a much deserved break, so there will be room for extra volunteers! Sign up using their online registration link below.
Lay Ministry Training Center
The Lay Ministry Training Center has been founded by Doug Smith and Tara Potter to train lay ministers to assist their clergy in ministering to the hurt, sick, and troubled members of their parishes.
Episcopal Relief & Development Focuses on Lament in 2021 Lenten Meditations
In response to the unprecedented events of the past year, Episcopal Relief & Development’s 2021 Lenten Meditations share deeply personal reflections on the theme of lament from a diverse group of writers. Many of the authors share experiences related to a variety of issues including disease, violence, racial injustice, and poverty.
Recipes Wanted
Faith Formation in the Diocese of Olympia is collecting crowd-pleasing recipes that are easy to make for large groups. Bonus points if the recipe can be made allergen/restriction friendly. If you're interested in contributing to this project, please contact the Seattle Service Corps intern at afergeson@ecww.org from now until February 26.
Choir Robes Available
St. Margaret’s, Bellevue, has 34 adult choir robes for donation to anyone who might be able to use them. The robes are of standard length and in excellent condition. Please contact Eileen Treusch at etreusch@gmail.com to request a few or all of the robes, and she will coordinate delivery. 
COVID-19: Requirements, Recommendations, and Resources
The following page contains requirements, recommendations, and resources for churches in the Diocese of Olympia put together by the Office of the Bishop as a response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
YouTube Subscriber Drive
With the continuing COVID-19 crisis and churches across the diocese continuing to stream their services on Facebook and YouTube, we’re launching a subscriber drive for our church’s YouTube channels. When YouTube channels reach 1,000 subscribers, it opens up additional possibilities – including the ability to live-steam with a mobile device. So help us support our churches in Western Washington by following the links below and subscribing to their YouTube channels!
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
Sundays, 7:00pm

Join other youth from all across Western Washington gather for online games and activities, discussions, guest speakers, and worship.
Youth Ministry Leadership Meetings
Third Thursdays, 10:00am

Join other youth ministry leaders across the diocese for a monthly leadership meeting!
Bondad Amorosa / Loving Kindness
15 de febrero, 9:30 am / February 15, 9:30am

Bondad Amorosa es una reflexión virtual en español y en inglés. En este retiro nos vamos a enfocar en el mensaje del amor radical de Jesús. / Loving kindness is a virtual reflection in Spanish and English. In this retreat we are going to focus on Jesus’ message of love.
Prayer and Share (Virtual)
February 20, 10:00am

Join us for a Zoom virtual Prayer and Share sponsored by the Come and See/Cursillo Community to pray and celebrate the New Year.
Diocese of Olympia Vergers Meeting
February 20, 11:00am

Vergers, Sacristans, and anyone interested are invited to join us for a virtual meeting to discuss the formation of a diocesan chapter of The Vergers Guild!
Saint Mark’s Music Series: Concert à 3
February 26, 7:30pm

Join Saint Mark's Cathedral, Seattle for this live-streamed concert featuring three towering talents in the Puget Sound Region joining forces to offer a varied program of music for voice with bowed and plucked strings.
Tree Planting/Carbon Offset Partnership in the Philippines
March 16, 10:30am

Join us to learn more about the Diocese of Olympia's Tree Planting/Carbon Offset Partnership with the Diocese of Southern Philippines.