September 16, 2022

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2022 Preaching Award Submissions Now Open

October 1 Deadline

It’s again time for preachers or for those who have heard an outstanding sermon to nominate a preacher and a sermon for the 2022 Bishop’s Preaching Award!


Ky Chen & Bishop’s Cross Award Nominations

The Office of the Bishop has issued a call for nominations for two diocesan awards: the Ky Chen for outstanding employees, and the Bishop’s Cross for those whose lives embody the spirit of Christ. If you know of a person deserving of either award, talk with your church office or leadership about submitting a nomination. The awards will be announced during the 2022 Diocesan Convention. Nomination submissions are due no later than September 22. Nominations must be submitted using the form linked below.


2023 COLA and Congregational Grades Update

The Commission on Personnel has two important pieces of information to share so that clergy and congregational leaders can begin working with vestries, Bishop's committees, and diocesan convention delegates. The Commission is sharing this information now so that congregational leaders can budget and plan for 2023 accordingly.

1 - The proposed COLA for 2023 is 10.1%. The Commission on Personnel bases the COLA proposal on the year-over-year (June 2021-June 2022) increase in the Consumer Price Index for the Seattle metro area. The Resolution will come out with the diocesan convention materials, and there will be a hearing about it in advance of convention.

2 - Congregational grades will not change in 2023. Recognizing that 2021 Parochial Report data still reflects pandemic conditions, the Commission on Personnel recommended that Diocesan Council freeze congregational grades at 2022 levels through the end of 2023. Diocesan Council approved this recommendation in March 2022.

Questions? Contact Sabeth Fitzgibbons, Personnel Commission chair (

Gathering Baptism & Necrology Names for Diocesan Convention

As we prepare for Diocesan Convention 2022, it is time once again to gather the names of those in our congregations who have been baptized – and those who have died – since October 1, 2021.

Find out more by following the link below.


Clergy Transitions in the Diocese of Olympia

It is a time of transition within our diocese, and we have new a clergy transition to announce.

The Rev. Bill Fulton has accepted a call to work with the people of St. Germain’s, Hoodsport as their part-time vicar.


Introducing Gabriel Arrington, Diocesan Communications Intern

The Office of the Bishop is pleased to welcome Gabriel Arrington [he/they] to the Diocese of Olympia as a Communications Intern.

Help us welcome Gabriel to the diocese!


Seeking Program Coordinator for Multicultural Ministries

The Canon for Multicultural Ministry and Community Transformation and Ethnic Ministries Circles of Color (EMCC) are now seeking a Full Time Program Coordinator for Multicultural Ministries and Community Transformation!

Find out more by following the link below!


Help Your Fall Pledge Campaign

Having the sudden realization that the pledge campaign needs to be ready to go in mere weeks? No worries!!

Our diocese pays for an annual membership in TENS (The Episcopal Network for Stewardship / so that any congregation in the diocese can access the wealth of easy-to-use materials TENS prepares each year. Check out the website for a library of useful articles, past webinars, and even full campaign packages with letters, bulletin inserts, and pledge cards ready to go. The 2022 Campaign theme is "More Than Enough" and you can access the easy to use members-only materials with the password Luke9:17 (case sensitive, no spaces). Most campaign materials are available in Spanish.

Questions?  Contact Sabeth Fitzgibbons, TENS board member (

College for Congregational Development Weekend Sessions

September 30 - October 1 | Dumas Bay Centre, Federal Way | $850 Registration

The College of Congregational Development is a comprehensive training program. It seeks to nurture and develop congregational development practitioners from within existing parish lay and clergy leadership.


Podcast and Webinar on Dr. Mark Lloyd Taylor's book, So Fill Our Imaginations

Dr. Mark Lloyd Taylor’s new book, So Fill Our Imaginations (Wipf and Stock Publishers), gathers twelve sermons he preached at St. Paul’s (Seattle), wraps them in a memoir around their composition and delivery, reception and subsequent agency, and reflects theologically on preaching itself. Mark is professor emeritus of theology at Seattle University, has served St. Paul’s in many roles including Associate for Liturgy and Godly Play teacher, and is a licensed preacher in this diocese. In collaboration with the Center for Ecumenical and Interreligious Engagement at Seattle University, Mark has recorded a podcast on the book and will present a webinar on September 22, 2022.


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.


A Message from Bishop Rickel

Bishop Rickel reflects on his time as Bishop of Olympia and shares plans for the future.

Bishop's Leadership Conference 2022 - Resources Available!

Slide decks and resources from the presentations at the Bishop's Leadership Conference are now available on our website, along with links to recordings of select workshops and plenaries. See more about planned renegotiation, hybrid community, messy church, and stewardship at the link below!


Free Portable Sandbox and Rolling Book Cart

Resurrection, Bellevue is giving away a small portable plastic sandbox on wheels with wood trim and a two-handled lid. Dimensions are approximately 24.5"x24"x6".

They are also giving away a 3-shelf rolling book cart. Beige with brown trim on outer sides. Dimensions are approximately 36"x36.5"x12.5". If interested, please contact Resurrection, Bellevue’s parish administrator, Kirsten, at 425.746.0322 or at

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.

Slow Religion/Matthew

Tuesdays beginning September 20, 4:00pm | Online via Zoom

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


Climate Conversations - What You Can Do On The Carbon Tracker

October 4, November 1, & December 6; 5:30pm | Online via Zoom

One-hour monthly Zoom conversations about things people can do in their everyday lives relating to energy usage to reduce their carbon footprint and reverse climate change.

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.
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.

Children & Families Ministry Leadership: Quarterly Gathering

September 28, 12:00pm

It's time for the quarterly gathering of leaders in Children & Families Ministry from around the diocese! Grab your lunch and let's meet via Zoom to share best practices as we launch into the new program year.


Godly Play Training

September 17, 8:30am - 5:30pm | Good Shepherd, Federal Way | $155 or half-off with Promo Code DioOlympia

If it's time to get ready for Godly Play in fall or if you're simply interested in exploring the Godly Play method and philosophy, join your colleagues from across the Diocese at this wonder-filled training session.

September 17: Supporting the Circle of Children and Liturgical Action Lessons


Exploring Indigenous Theology with the Rev Canon Mary Crist, Ed.D.

September 17, 9:30am | Saint Mark's Cathedral, Seattle

In this Saturday morning workshop, offered in person OR online via Zoom, the Coordinator of Indigenous Theological Education in the Department of Ethnic Ministries of the Office of the Presiding Bishop will explore concepts in Indigenous theology, such as “two-eyed” seeing, vision quests, and sacred stories. Free and open to all; registration required.


Heart of the Table

September 18, 5:00pm | Nurturing Roots Farm, Seattle

Join us for a farm-fresh dinner on-site at Nurturing Roots Farm together with others in their 20s & 30s from around the Diocese of Olympia.


AAPI Circle Celebration Liturgy

September 24, 12:00pm | Holy Cross, Redmond

All are welcome to join the Asian American and Pacific Islander Circle for a service of celebration and joy!


The Holy Land: What’s Next?

September 24, 1:00pm

The Mideast Focus Ministry of Saint Mark's Cathedral, the Bishop’s Committee for Justice & Peace in the Holy Land, and Kairos Puget Sound Coalition present this symposium—in person and online via Zoom—which brings together prominent voices from different religious backgrounds to ask where the struggle to achieve justice and peace in the Israel-Palestine goes from here.


The Concert for the Human Family

September 24, 7:30pm | Saint Mark's Cathedral, Seattle

The Episcopal Church presents a concert of genre-bending original music that bridges jazz, hip-hop and bluegrass, performed by a multicultural team led by Nashville pianist and composer Kory Caudill and hip-hop artist Wordsmith. 


Tell Me the Truth About Racism

September 29, 10:00am | Diocesan House

The creative minds behind "Tell Me the Truth About Racism" will be in Seattle and you’re invited to watch them demo their new curriculum and hear from them about their anti-racism work with children and families.


Ditty Bag Stuffing Day 2022

November 19, 10:00am | St. John the Baptist, Seattle

Join with others from around Puget Sound to make Christmas care packages for international seafarers who will be in Puget Sound during the holidays.


More than Pretty Flowers: A Liturgical Arts Workshop

September 17, 10:30am | St. John's,Gig Harbor

Come learn how, with a few learned techniques, altar flowers can move beyond "pretty decorations" to become visual metaphors.


St. Luke's Affordable Family Housing Presentation

September 18, 11:30am | St. Luke's, Seattle

Learn about an exciting new venture to provide affordable family housing on church land in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle.


Organ Dedication Concert

September 18, 3:00pm | St. Dunstan's, Shoreline

Join the St. Dunstan's community as they celebrate the installation of their new organ with the Dedicatory Recital, presented by Aaron David Miller, world renowned organ recitalist and improviser.


St. Luke's Edible Hope Kitchen Fundraiser

October 13, 5:30pm | Lagunitas Brewery

Edible Hope Kitchen's annual fundraiser at Lagunitas Brewery is back with food, beverages, entertainment, and exciting raffle items!



Bishop Rickel's Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

Join Bishop Rickel as he leads his 10th (and last as Diocesan Bishop of Olympia) pilgrimage in January of 2023 to the Holy Land with an additional excursion to Jordan. The first 11 days will be the “Holy Land 101” standard pilgrimage through Israel/Palestine, and part two is a Jordan extension to include Petra, and Jerash, and other sites in the country of Jordan. Part one runs from January 16-January 27th , and the Jordan extension continues through January 31st. The brochure for this pilgrimage can be found here.


Discover Refreshing Cyprus

October 2-14 | Larnaca, Cyprus | $2,600 Registration

Join this pilgrimage to the island of Cyprus with its natural beauty and sites related to the New Testament, history, archaeology, culture and more!

Visit The Holy Land In Depth

October 29-November 13 | Holy Land | $3,850 Registration

See the Land of Milk and Honey that includes many of the sacred and historically significant locations related to both the Old and New Testaments with the added bonus of meeting with women from different religions along the way to learn about their lives and beliefs.


Portuguese Camino Pilgrimage

April 14-24, 2023 | 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, 2023 | 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).


Carve Out Time for God

September 23-25 | Seabeck Conference Center | $100 Registration

A Women Retreat, “Carve Out Time for God”, presenter Paula Mitchell from 4 PM September 23 to September 25 at 1 PM at Seabeck Retreat Center for only $100.


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