April 23, 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
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, with a specific focus on communities from within Province 8. 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 and a specific focus on communities from within Province 8. 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.

  • 10:00am - Musical Prelude
  • 11:00am - Liturgy Begins
  • 12:30pm - Town Hall

Follow the link below for the full schedule and links to access the service, live Spanish interpretation, live American Sign Language interpretation, call-in numbers for those with limited internet access, service bulletins, and the Town Hall.
Diocese of Olympia Seeks Canon for Finance
Come work with us! The Office of the Bishop in the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia is seeking a Canon for Finance.

The Canon for Finance reports directly to the bishop and is a member of the bishop’s Executive Team. The Canon for Finance oversees all fiscal and accounting activities of the Diocese of Olympia including budgeting and forecasting processes, financial analysis, reporting and financial planning, accounting operations, insurances, compliance with IRS and applicable federal, state and local regulations, and risk management assessment. This position also serves as a resource to congregations and ministries within the diocese to ensure that the congregations’ fiscal matters follow accepted procedures and comply with applicable laws and regulations. At an exciting time in our history, the successful candidate will transition this office to a (mostly) digital enterprise with a staff that is experiencing a combination of in-person and work-from-home. The Diocese of Olympia recently recommitted itself to the goal of anti-racism. The Canon for Finance will support leadership as it realigns budgets with the stated goals of diversity and inclusion.

Find out more below!
Better Together - All Videos Now Available!
If you missed Faith Formation's mini-conference - Better Together - you can now catch both incredible keynote presentations and all of the amazing workshops!

Follow the link below for all of the great content that will help you come away with a renewed enthusiasm for faith formation in 2021.
Camp Huston:
Summer Camp 2021
June-August, 2021

Join Camp Huston for the 2021 Summer Camp season! Registration is now open!
Foosball and Air Hockey Tables Available
Saint Margaret's, Bellevue, has a full-size foosball table and a full-size air hockey table, and both are up for grabs. Both items work well, but they are currently stored in a hallway with the legs off, so the pictures are not the best. Please contact Sonja Lindberg (slindberg@saintmargarets.org) if you are interested in either of these!
Help Out without Going Out
Looking for a way to help out St. Luke's Edible Hope Kitchen from the comfort of your own home? Check out their Amazon Wishlist! You can find the link below, on their website, or Facebook page. Every donation goes towards keeping the kitchen stocked and safe so Edible Hope Kitchen can continue to serve the needs of the Ballard community.

Please make sure all donations are delivered during business hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-1:00pm
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.
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 | Grades 6-9, 6:00pm | Common Worship w/ High School, 7:00pm | Grades 9-12 Stay Until 8:30pm

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

Join other youth ministry leaders across the diocese for a monthly leadership meeting!
The Practice of Authentic Allyship
April 27, May 4, & May 11; 6:30pm

Learn what authentic allyship is, what it is not, and key skills, strategies and awarenesses to stand with others; gain a better understanding of the caste system in the US and how it impacts all of us; practice sharing your own story of why you want to stand as an ally; and learn some guidelines for conversation with your family and your groups in this workshop from Paths to Understanding.
Clergy Retreat
May 2-5

Clergy of the diocese, please mark your calendars and plan to attend our online Clergy Retreat, focused on rest and renewal.
Mediation Skills Training Institute (MSTI) Refresher Course
May 11 and June 12, 7:00am

For those who have already taken the Mediation Skills Training Institute (MSTI), they are pleased to offer a new one-day event: the MSTI Refresher Course!
Saint Mark’s Music Series:
All-Bach on the Flentrop Organ
May 15, 7:30pm

For the final concert of the 2020-21 Music Series - and the second All-Bach Concert of the pandemic - join Hannah Byun, Wyatt Smith, Susanna Valleau, and Johann Sebastian Bach for a free, live-streamed concert of organ favorites from the mighty Flentrop organ of Saint Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle.