November 19, 2021
Updates from the Refugee Resettlement Office
The Diocese of Olympia's Refugee Resettlement Office (RRO) is continuing to provide support for Afghan refugees arriving in Western Washington. Greg Hope, the RRO's Executive Director, has provided an update on their efforts and discusses ways individuals and churches and support their work.
And we've created a home on the diocesan website for all updates from the Refugee Resettlement Office in the coming months. You can find them all at the link below.
Striving for Justice & Peace:
The 111th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia
Will you strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of every human being?
I will, with God’s help.

The 111th Convention of the Diocese of Olympia may be over, but you can still revisit highlights from our time together - including Bishop Rickel's Convention Address, the 2021 Convention Awards, Convention Liturgies, Reports and Presentations, and more! And workshop recordings have been added as well! So make sure to catch up on the parts of Convention you missed!
Seeking Canon for Multicultural Ministry and Community Transformation
Ethnic Ministries Circles of Color and the Office of the Bishop are seeking a Full Time Canon for Multicultural Ministry and Community Transformation. The Canon will support ethnic congregations, including the development of such congregations, and will engage the larger communities on issues of racial justice and reconciliation. The Canon will be in active relationship with the Ethnic Ministries Circles of Color network and with the Office of the Bishop. The search team will be receiving names until December 15, 2021.

View the full job description below.
Hiring Faith Formation Staff:
Recommendations & Resources
Last year the Office of the Bishop surveyed people from around the diocese who do Faith Formation work. Now those survey findings have been published! If you are in the planning stages of hiring staff people in faith formation, this page can provide insight into making decisions about job descriptions, wages, health-care, and more.
Chaplains on the Harbor Fall Appeal
"In the midst of the losses, we continue to grow hope and healing... We couldn’t do any of it without your incredibly open hearts and minds. We are so grateful for your prayers, support, and generosity."

Learn more about this past year at Chaplains on the Harbor, and help them provide shelter, dignity, and survival this fall!
Making Peace with Nature: Heeding the Call of Indigenous Peoples
During COP26, The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion were part of a conversation on "Making Peace with Nature: Heeding the Call of Indigenous Peoples." This event brought together religious coalitions and Indigenous leaders to discuss how best to protect the planet. You can view the full event here and read more at the link below.
Prophetic Voices: Preaching and Teaching Beloved Community
Across our church and our society, we are having profound dialogues about race, truth, justice, and healing. Coming this Advent, Prophetic Voices: Preaching and Teaching Beloved Community explores where that dialogue intersects with our faith. Join The Episcopal Church and invited guests (including the Rev. Rachel Taber-Hamilton!) as they share prophetic voices and explore the readings for each week of Advent and Christmas Day through the lens of social justice.

Find out more and listen to the first two episodes now!
Episcopal Relief & Development Launches Year-End Match Campaign
Episcopal Relief & Development is kicking off its annual Year-End Match, offering supporters the opportunity to transform lives with twice the impact this holiday season. Thanks to a very generous group of donors, contributions that Episcopal Relief & Development receives between now and the end of the year will be doubled, dollar for dollar, up to a total of $650,000.
UBE Pacific Northwest Fall Membership Campaign
The Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Union of Black Episcopalians is now halfway to their goal of 10 member registrations by Thanksgiving!
Please go to the link below to support the Mission and Vision of The Pacific Northwest Chapter through 2022!
Online Formation Classes and Events
New Updates: 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
New Time: 7:00-8:30pm

Join other youth from all across Western Washington gather for online games and activities, discussions, guest speakers, and worship.
Youth Ministry Leadership Meetings
First Sundays, 2:00pm

Join other youth ministry leaders across the diocese for a monthly leadership meeting!
The ECWW Contemplative Practices Online Community
Our online contemplative group practices are like those offered at many in-person churches in the diocese, but primarily serve contemplatives from small churches/communities without in-person resources or for whom current in-person meeting times aren’t convenient. Please see the practice pages for in-person contemplative practice opportunities and let us know if you’d like to have your in-person meeting information included. Feel free to join as convenient for you. It would be very helpful as we plan our programming to hear about how our schedule suits yours. If we have enough interest around an additional day/time, we may be able start a new group. Please contact Sylvia Sepulveda at or 206.325.4200 x2042.
Oración de la Mañana | Spanish Morning Prayer
Martes, 10:00am | Tuesdays, 10:00am

Únase a la Oración matutina de Saint Luke's en Renton por medio de Zoom, esta será dirigida por Libe Arellano. | Join St Luke’s, Renton for Morning Prayer on Zoom, led by Libe Arellano.
Mindful Poetry
November 23, 6:00pm

For our next session of Mindful Poetry, we’ll enjoy how songs and lyrics become the poetry of our life - join in, all are welcome!
End of the Line: The Women of Standing Rock Online Screening
November 27, 2:00pm

Join Ethnic Ministries Circles of Color and Meaningful Movies Project offered by the Diocese of Olympia's online screening of END OF THE LINE: THE WOMEN OF STANDING ROCK, a film that captures history in the making, as a small group of Indigenous women establish a peaceful camp in protest of the $3.8 billion oil pipeline construction that threatens their land, water, and existence.
St. Andrew’s House Advent Sunday Services Online
Sundays, November 28-December 19, 4:30pm

Join retired Episcopal priest Paul Reitmann and St. Andrew's House Director Dan Oberg for a brief prayer service on Zoom, each Sunday afternoon of Advent.
Jesus and Buddha Meet in Stillness
December 2; 11:30am

Join us for this new four-week online series - an interspiritual exploration of meditation and contemplative prayer.
Children & Families Ministry Leadership Meeting
December 8, 12:00pm

In the midst of planning for Christmas, take a pause and gather with your colleagues from around the diocese to talk about what's happening in Children & Families Ministry leadership and to hear from our featured speaker, Wendy Claire Barrie.
Holy Hikes
Join us as we gather on trails up and down the I-5 corridor to hike and share readings from scripture, prayers, silence, conversation, and (when there’s a priest on hand) the bread and wine of the Eucharist. Sometimes all it takes to change the world is a little time experiencing nature in community with fellow travelers.

See the full schedule and list of trails at the link below.
Ditty Bag Day 2021
November 20; 9:30am | St. John the Baptist, Seattle

Join Mission to Seafarers, Seattle and other volunteers from around Puget Sound as we make ditty bags for international seafarers who will be far from home during this holiday season.
The “O” Antiphons Liturgy, 2021
November 28, 7:00pm | Saint Mark's Cathedral, Seattle

Join Saint Mark's Cathedral, Seattle for this year's "O" Antiphons Liturgy, a moving and evocative entrance into the Advent season of prayerful expectation, which will be live-streamed, as well as open to in-person worship by pre-registration only, with proof of vaccination or recent negative COVID test required.
The Rev. Dr. Mark Jefferson Preaching at Grace Church Bainbridge Island
November 21, 8:00 & 9:30am | Grace, Bainbridge Island

Join Grace, Bainbridge for special guest, the Rev. Dr. Jefferson, a powerful scholar and preacher, proclaiming the Good News with prophetic insight during this time of global upheaval, conflict, and transformation.
Guest Sermon by the Rev. Dr. Carey Anderson of First AME
November 21, 9:00 & 11:00am | Saint Mark's Cathedral, Seattle

Join Saint Mark's Cathedral, Seattle as longtime pastor of First AME Church, the Rev. Dr. Carey Anderson, will preach at Saint Mark’s Cathedral.
Tapestry presents “Starry Night”
December 5, 4:30pm | Saint Mark's Cathedral, Seattle

The Saint Mark’s Cathedral Music Series presents the first concert of the 2021-22 season: Tapestry, a Boston-based ensemble of women's voices, in a program resonating deeply within the season of advent.
Sing & Play Along Messiah
December 12, 2:30pm | St. Michael & All Angels, Issaquah

Join St. Michael & All Angels, Issaquah and sing, play, or hear the Christmas portion of G. F. Handel’s Messiah!