News from the Diocese
- Youth Nights
- Youth Ministry Leadership Meetings
- Bishop Rickel Issues Statement on COVID-19 Vaccine
- The College for Congregational Development Summer
- The Bible You Thought You Knew Podcast
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. Find out more . . .
First Thursdays, 10:00am Join other youth ministry leaders across the diocese for a monthly leadership meeting! Find out more . . .
Bishop Rickel Issues Statement on COVID-19 Vaccine
Bishop Rickel has issued a brief statement about the COVID-19 vaccine and his intentions to be vaccinated once it is his turn.
"While I have not received my COVID-19 vaccination yet, I will most certainly take the first opportunity I have to get it, no matter which one I am offered, and I hope all of you will consider doing so as well."
"That said, the New York Times calculator and others I have filled out say I am only 268 millionth in line to get it! So, it may be a while, and that is just fine with me as long as front line workers, teachers, and people in underserved and harder hit areas get it first. I am being patient, but I want to be clear, I do plan to get it, and I hope all of you, as you can, will too."
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.
The Bible You Thought You Knew Podcast
The Rev. Dr. Frank Anthony Spina, Emeritus Professor of Old Testament at Seattle Pacific University and former Priest Associate at St. Margaret’s, Bellevue, launched a podcast in December 2020 entitled: The Bible You Thought You Knew. These free audio presentations download every Tuesday on your favorite podcast listening platforms, such as Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google Podcasts, iTunes, etc. Look for Frank’s website below for added features. Frank is currently Priest Associate at St. Michael’s, the Episcopal cathedral in Boise, ID.