Week of May 13, 2012
This Week:
MDG Grants, Church and Social Media and More!
Workshops, Classes and Special Events
Music and the Arts
Employment and Volunteer Opportuniities
Looking Ahead: Save the Date
Huston Center
Commission for Church in the World announces 2012 application cycle for Millennium Development Goal Grants

Grants are given for projects outside of the United States; work must address at least one of the eight Millennium Development Goals and empower communities towards sustainability. Please contact Dianne Aid at for application and guidelines, or visit here. Deadline for receiving applications is May 15 for distribution of funds in June of 2012.


The Church and Social Media: An Evening with Meredith Gould 6-9 p.m. Thursday, May 17
at Diocesan House and throughout the diocese
via videoconferencing sites
So you've accepted social media into your hearts and you're beginning to employ them as part of your church's communication strategy. What are the Gospel underpinnings for ministry in social media? Are your current efforts effective? Could they use a shot in the arm? What would that look like?
Meredith Gould, Ph.D. is a sociologist who works as a digital strategist and communications consultant to faith-based, mission-driven organizations as well as the healthcare industry.  She's an active blogger, the author of eight books, including The Word Made Fresh: Communicating Church and Faith Today.  Gould has in-the-trenches church communications experience at the parish and diocesan levels.
Passionate about using social media to build community, she founded the weekly ecumenical church social media chat on Twitter, served as Abbess of The Virtual Abbey on Twitter for two years, and recently published Getting #Married: Using Social Media to Celebrate the Sacred.  She also serves on faculty for the Social Media Residency Program for the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media.

Send in your URLs, twitter handles and Facebook pages ahead of time so Meredith can provide a real-time evaluation of your work. Bring your questions and your gadgets (laptops, tablets, smart phones). We'll all be connected through the miracle of modern technology and the various Tandberg videoconferencing sites throughout the diocese. Meredith will make her presentation from Diocesan House in Seattle but those wishing to participate without commuting into King County may do so in Bellingham, Port Angeles, Olympia and Longview.

Join us for an exciting evening of creative conversation. Space is limited, so please register soon. If you cannot attend Thursday evening, the ELCA Southwestern Washington synod invites you to attend a similar event on Tuesday, May 15at St. Mark Lutheran, Lakewood, or their synod workshops on Saturday, May 19 in Vancouver.

Presented in partnership with the Southwest Washington synod of the ELCA and the Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Methodist Church. Register Now:

Port Angeles

Regional Resource Day
on Liturgy takes place
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 19 at St. John, Olympia

Come and see.
Join other congregations for a day of training, networking and sharing resources about liturgy. Presentations by the Rev. Dr. Samuel Torvend, chair of the diocesan Liturgy & Arts Commission and author of Daily Bread, Holy Meal: Opening the Gifts of Holy Communion, and by the Rev. Canon Janet Campbell, Canon for Liturgy.

Trainings for licensed ministries of Worship Leader and Eucharistic Visitor will be available, along with workshops for lectors, altar servers and more. The Diocesan Resource Center will have an on-site library of books available to borrow.

Presented by the Diocesan School for Ministry and Theology, with the Commission on Liturgy and Arts.

Register on-line or R.S.V.P. to  Shannon Jergenson at or 206-325-4200/800-488-4978, ext. 2039. The cost is $20 for adults, $10 for youth and children. Lunch and snacks are included and scholarship assistance is available. No child care is available at this event.

Spring Regional Meetings set
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Although each region sets its own agenda and items will differ from region to region there will be several items on all agendas:
  • Budget and Finance Committee presentation on the spring version of the 2013 budget.
  • Nominations Committee presentation on 2012 elections with special emphasis on elections for the restructured Diocesan Council - as approved at Convention 2011.
  • A convention overview including the roles and responsibilities of convention members.
  • Election of a youth delegate to represent the region.
Be Attitudes
7 p.m. Tuesday, May 15
St. Luke, Seattle

Sno Isle
10 a.m. Saturday, May 19
St. Alban, Edmonds

Mount Baker
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 19
Christ Church, Anacortes

2 p.m. Sunday, May 20
St. John, Olympia

2-4 p.m. Sunday, May 20
St. George, Maple Valley

10 a.m. - noon
Saturday, June 2
St. Joseph-St. John, Lakewood

2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 3
St. Luke, Sequim

3:30-5 p.m. Sunday, June 3
St. Stephen, Longview
(Baird House)

Holy C
7 p.m. Tuesday, June 5
St. Mark's Cathedral, Seattle
Skinner Hall

9:30-11:30 a.m.
Saturday, June 9
St. Thomas, Medina

Go Green: Learn more about Green Grants, Carbon Offset Mission Partnership
The Bishop's Committee for the Environment's 2012 Green Grant applications are now available online. Churches can turn off their energy-wasting T12 fixtures forever, replace inefficient EXIT signs or worn weather-stripping around doors and windows ... the possibilities are endless. Preference will be given to new applicants. Work must be complete and payment request submitted by Nov. 2.

The committee suggests that churches that haven't yet replace T12 fluorescent fixtures do so this year. Utility rebates for replacing T12s will go away after 2012 and replacement tubes for the old fixtures will become more expensive. Submit the simple two-page application found on the Bishop Committee for the Environment's page; for a Microsoft word version, e-mail

In partnership with the Office of the Bishop and the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Philippines, the committee also is developing a carbon offset project. Learn more about it, and the new covenant relationship with the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Philippines here.

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Workshops, Classes and Special Events

Building Community to End Environmental Racism: Register now for the ninth annual Seattle Race Conference 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday, May 12 at Seattle University's Pigott Hall. The Seattle Race Conference serves as a hub to unite organizations and individuals in a cohesive movement to eliminate racism, the culture of white supremacy and other systems of oppression. Participants normalize discussion and action in opposition to racism and other forms of oppression; support, showcase and assist in the growth of individuals and organizations to create community based on equity and justice. Keynote address by Yalonda Sinde, executive director of the Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs. Learn more and register online at

Please join the Tacoma area Lutheran and Episcopal congregations for their fifth annual Ascension Day celebration at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 17 at Christ Episcopal Church, 310 N. K St. in Tacoma. Pastor Mark Woldseth from Gloria Dei Lutheran church will preach. A festive reception will follow the service in Wells Hall. All are cordially invited to attend. Carpooling is recommended. Clergy are invited to vest and process, white stoles.

The Center at St. Andrew, Seattle offers African Rhythms Coffee House 7:30-10 p.m. Friday, May 18. African drummers Frank Anderson and Tyler Richart along with international recording artist and singer Chava Mirel will bring their friends and flair for an exciting evening of music and dancing. Join with your own instrument if you wish for a great night of music. Snacks and beverages provided. No reservations required. Suggested donation is $10. All are welcome at the Center. For more information, contact or 206-523-7476. 

George Center for Community offers Companionship Training facilitated by Katherine Eaton, Mental Health Chaplaincy 9 a.m. - noon Saturday, May 19.
What is companionship? Companionship, as a practice, is a side-by-side compassionate attendance given in a neighborly way to a person who is struggling with the isolating issues that life can bring. Through the nourishment of a hospitable welcome, the intention of the trained companion is to listen consciously and with openness and awareness, to the stories and difficulties of others; and to enable at least a momentary reprieve, and to encourage at best a strengthening for the journey ahead, whatever it may be. The Mental Health Chaplaincy is committed to the training of companions in a variety of settings and is designed to facilitate the compassionate inclusion and awareness of the commonness of the human endeavor both within communities of faith as well as in the wider marginal communities in which we live. We believe that in our commonality, we walk through our struggles better together than we do alone. George is located at 2212 NE 125th St. in Seattle's Lake City neighborhood. Suggested donation is $10. To register or for more information, contact Elizabeth Maupin at

The Economic, Legal and Moral Costs of War: A Forum on Israel, Palestine and the United States featuring Richard Falk 7 p.m. Saturday, May 19 at University Temple United Methodist Church in Seattle.
Falk is Princeton emeritus, international law expert and United Nations Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Sponsored by St. Mark's Mideast Focus Ministry and the Episcopal Bishop's Committee on Israel/Palestine and others. University Temple United Methodist Church is located at 1415 NE 43rd St. NE in Seattle. For more information, contact Randy Urmston at or 206-315-9146.

An Invitation to the Spiritual Journey: An Exploration of What Draws Us to God and What Holds Us Back with the Rev. John P. Gorsuch June 1-2 at St. Elizabeth, Burien.
Refresh yourselves with this rare opportunity to explore your own spiritual journey. Plan to spend Friday evening from 7-9 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Workshop cost:  $20/ person.  Scholarships are available.  Reservations  accepted until May 22 or until the workshop is filled. Please plan to attend the entire workshop. Catered lunch provided, vegetarian option available, or bring your own lunch. To reserve a place at the workshop, or for questions, contact the Rev. Betsy Seeger, 206-427-3980 or e-mail

Sea Sunday is June 3 this year. Imagine the life of the seafarer: At sea for up to 10 months at a time as part of a crew of 20-30 sailors from as many as half a dozen nationalities and religions. All too often they miss important family events: birthdays, graduations, weddings, births and funerals. Frequently alone and isolated, and gaining shore leave occasionally, they may have but a few short hours to handle personal business, shop for daily necessities, and perhaps call home. And the job is a dangerous one-the third most dangerous in the world by some accounts. They are fortunate when in Seattle to be greeted by the Mission to Seafarers, part of a global network that offers practical, emotional and spiritual support. Our Seafarers' Center near Harbor Island can provide a home away from home where they can enjoy time away from their ship, relax, make phone calls or communicate via Internet. Sea Sunday, June 3, is a day set aside in the Church calendar to remember the brave and dedicated men and women who keep our global economy afloat. Through special services, congregations around the world celebrate the vital contribution seafarers make to all our lives, and pray for them, their families and those that support them.  Please give generously.

St. Paul, Seattle and the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology are pleased to welcome liturgical anthropologist Gertrud Mueller Nelson to Seattle, June 8-9. Nelson attended the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich and is an internationally known artist, lecturer and the best-selling author of "To Dance with God" and "Here All Dwell Free." She writes and speaks on myth and ritual, the sacred in everyday life and celebration with the family. A children and family educators workshop is offered 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at St. Paul (15 Roy St., Seattle), which, exclusively for ministers and educators, seek to address the joys and challenges found in the day-to-day realities of ministry to children and families for the sake of renewing a sense of wonder, commitment and creativity as we seek to build meaningful and generative communities in our congregations and parishes. Cost is $20. To register contact Jeffrey Batstone at From 7-8:30 p.m. Friday at St. Paul (15 Roy St., Seattle), Nelson offers To Dance with God: Family Ritual in the Home. Drawing from her vast experience and expertise in the history, psychology and spirituality of ritual in general and Christian ritual in particular, Nelson will offer parents, friends and ministers of children and families an evening to explore how we might move beyond superficial piety toward developing formational rhythms and rituals in the home that connect us to the meaning and flow of life. This lecture is free and open to the public. From 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday, June 9 at the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology (2501 Elliott Ave., Seattle), Nelson offers Here All Dwell Free: Fairy Tales as Metaphor for Healing and Spiritual Formation. This conference will explore the connection between our lives and the fairy tales that have bubbled up from the deepest part of our collective unconscious and what can be learned as we seek to live lives in holy freedom and fresh grace. Concerned with the inner development of women as well as the repressed feminine in men, Nelson finds her guide in Jungian archetypal truth residing in familiar fairy tales. Cost is $50 general admission, $35 students. To register, go to Here All Dwell Free.

Music and the Arts

Taize service 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 16 at Epiphany, Seattle. Sung with the Epiphany choir. Epiphany offers an opportunity to experience the contemplative beauty of worship in the style pioneered by the ecumenical monastic community in Taize, France. These quiet, simple services of readings,
meditative singing and prayer welcome us to a deeper, calmer experience of rest and renewal in the healing presence of God. This worship style is created to feed the soul in the midst of our turbulent lives. Come and relax into the setting of candle light, quiet music and prayer as spring is being revealed in the Pacific Northwest as it has throughout Christendom. For more information, visit

Andrew Lovejoy (mandolin/vocals) and Simon Crisman (hammered dulcimer/vocals) in concert 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 18 at Grace, Bainbridge Is. Lovejoy and Crisman play a lovely blend of traditional-bluegrassy-roots music. Their easy and sweet style will make you smile. Don't miss this special, intimate musical evening at Grace Church. Tickets are by donation-suggested $8-15-available at the door. For more information, visit 

Shifting Borders: Ellen Berdinner on display through May at the Gallery at Grace, Bainbridge Is. A dual citizen of the United States and Ireland, Berdinner studied welding, forging and sculpture at Pratt Institute and Cold Hanworth Forge in Lincolnshire, England. Recycled and reclaimed materials play a significant role in her work. "I am interested in how lines and shapes interact with light and space," she explains. "Shadows and light play an important role in my work, both physically and metaphorically, by providing an added dimension, one that suggests underlying movement and the constancy of change." Berdinner lives on the Hood Canal in Poulsbo with her husband, and spends her Friday afternoons teaching art. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 8-11 a.m. Sunday and by appointment. For more information, visit or


Youth and Young Adults

Attention young adults: Join others in their 20s and 30s for a Habitat for Humanity build 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 19 in Renton. No tools or experience are needed. Training provided. Reserve your spot by contacting Carolyn Lukens at


Young Adult Festival at General Convention takes place July 5-10 in Indianapolis. The Young Adult Festival at General Convention is an opportunity for 18-30 year olds to see and experience the workings of General Convention. With worship, fellowship, workshops, some shared meals and housing, the festival makes attending and engaging General Convention easy and fruitful. This year's event will offer opportunities for both rookies and experienced advocates to make great use of their time in the company of other young adults from across the church. There will also be offerings for leaders, bishops and deputies to interact and learn from participants about ways to engage young adults in the future and the present of the church. The cost of participation is $275 for a double, $425 for a single and $100 for commuters. This covers five nights of hotel, five breakfasts, two receptions, one celebration dinner, visitor access to GC, workshops, worship and all other programming. For more information, contact Jason Sierra, Officer for Young Adult Leadership and Vocations at the Episcopal Church Center, at or 646-316-0783. 


Young adults age 18-30: What are your Dreams of Church? Dreams of Church is a video project being launched on behalf of the House of Deputies by its president, Bonnie Anderson; technology consultant, Sean McConnell; and special projects manager, Lydia Kelsey Bucklin. Young adults between the ages of 18 to 30 are invited to post 60- to 90-second video clips, answering the following: "Describe the religious community or church of your dreams, and how you will participate in it." Submitted video clips will be shown in the House of Deputies at General Convention 2012. Members of all denominations and faiths are welcome to participate. Participants are encouraged to speak in their preferred language (we will provide translation for future use, if necessary). Creativity is welcome, including original poetry, music, art and personal testimonies. Use a tripod to maintain a still shot during filming, if possible. Audio should be clear, with no background noise or music. Begin the video with your name, age, diocese or state of residence, whether you are Episcopalian or if not your religious affiliation (if any). To share videos, go to and click on "Join Vimeo." After you join, go to and click on the "Join this group" button. Upload a video to your account. Click on the button under your video that says "+Add to..." then check the box that says "General Convention House of Deputies." For more information contact Lydia Bucklin at   

Why Serve 2012: A Vocational Discernment Conference for Young Adults of Color June 6-10 at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Va. Young adults of color age 18-30 are invited to examine their gifts and explore opportunities at this retreat titled Discerning God's Call. Sponsored by Virginia Theological Seminary and the Episcopal Church Center offices of Asian American Ministries, Black Ministries, Latino/Hispanic Ministries, Native American Ministries and Young Adult Ministries. Among the topics to be explored are The New Community, Identity and Advocacy. Cost is $65 which includes meals, lodging, conference fees; fee does not include travel. Registration deadline is May 15. Why Serve Conference info and registration is available at For more information, contact Angie Cabanban at or 212-716-6186.


Employment and Volunteer Opportunities

Seeking animal-friendly volunteers: Do you feel a calling to help improve the plight of endangered species, farmed food animals and/or domesticated animals? The Bishop's Committee on the Environment is forming a task force (short-term committee) to plan materials/activities to implement Resolution D015, Merciful and Humane Treatment of God's Creatures, passed at the 2009 General Convention. This resolution calls upon the diocese to "provide information to educate our congregations about decisions that would affect the lives and health of endangered species, farmed food animals and domesticated animals." Let's meet (online or in-person) to develop materials/activities and share our work with churches in time for St. Francis day this coming October.  Interested? Questions? Contact


Emmanuel, Mercer Is. seeks director of children, youth and family ministry. An energetic and passionate individual who loves working with children, youth and families, this person will be approachable and attentive toward understanding and caring for their needs. A committee of parishioners, in partnership with the rector, is in the developmental stages of reinvigorating our youth and family ministry. This position will require a leader who can work effectively with staff, parishioners and the advisory committee; recruit and coordinate multiple volunteers; manage multiple tasks and schedules; develop and build support for current and new programs; develop and manage communication tools; and champion for the needs of kids, youth and families. For more submission guidelines and more info, go here:


Associated Ministries (Tacoma) seeks program assistant. The Paint Tacoma-Pierce Beautiful (PTPB) program assistant is responsible for providing administrative and clerical support.  Salary Range:  $13.56-15/hr. (DOE), part time, 16 hrs a week on average. Seasonal April through early October. Application must include cover letter, a resume addressing position requirements, and a sheet containing three references sent to:  Associated Ministries, 1224 S I St., Tacoma WA 98405 or   


Accompanist needed for church worship and church choir on Sunday mornings and for a weekly rehearsal time (Wednesday evening). Music scope includes traditional hymns, contemporary songs, gospel and choruses. Preference would be someone accomplished in both piano and organ.  Salary dependent on experience.  Please send resume to Grace Baptist Church, 2507 N Vassault, Tacoma 98406 or


Episcopal Retirement Communities (ERC) seeks fundraising director. Looking for an outgoing, well-organized individual to raise awareness of the ERC and ERC Foundation and to create and kick off the fundraising campaign for the foundation. This is a one-person department which may expand over time. The individual must be a self-starter, enjoy working independently, be comfortable speaking in front of groups, meeting one-on-one with people and asking for money. Computer literacy required. Flexible work schedule with some weekend and nights required. The director is responsible for the ERC Foundation fundraising; however, may be asked to provide "expert" assistance to the communities. Requirements: prior fundraising experience; knowledge of Microsoft Office software; knowledge of the Episcopal Church; Christian values; hardworking, organized and creative; fun person. The director reports to the CEO/president of ERC and works closely with the ERC Foundation board of directors. ERC's main office is located in Bremerton, Wash. Salary will depend on experience and knowledge. If interested, please e-mail or mail a cover letter along with your resume, salary history and three references to: ERC, Attn: Beverly Maine, 703 Callahan Dr., Bremerton, WA  98310 or 


Travel. Volunteer. Make a difference. Volunteers needed for 13th annual trip to Belize Jan. 11-20, 2013. Another medical, dental, and construction mission trip is planned; the organizers need people who are willing to make a difference. No special skills are required; only an open heart and the willingness to serve. Cost: approx. $1,200 including airfare and lodging in comfortable air-conditioned, hot-water hotel rooms. A wide range of skill sets are needed to complete this mission. Specific medical skills needed are specialty and/or general physicians, radiologists, pharmacists, nurses or others with any medical experience and dentists. Equally important are non-medical volunteers such as construction workers and other people who are willing to assist with the medical, dental or construction team. If you are interested and want to get involved, contact the Rev. Peter Kalunian at or 206-854-0612.   


Trinity, Everett seeks sexton. The position is 15 hours per week and hourly rate is between $10.50 and $12, depending on experience. The job details are available at Work Source WA: Job Detail.  Resumes should be sent by May 23 to   


ppenn@er-d.orgCindy Coe, Christian formation consultant and author of the Abundant Life Garden Project curriculum, has written a liturgy to be used on Rogation Days for the blessing of church/community gardens.  She also blogged about it for Episcopal Relief & Development - you can read her post here. To access the liturgy, please click here and enter your name and email (and church/diocese if applicable), and then you'll be able to view and download the PDF. Questions or comments?  Please e-mail Pamela Penn, Episcopal Relief & Development Program Officer for Church Engagement, at

Organ available from St. James, Sedro Woolley. Other items also available, including an altar, bishop's chairs, benches and pews. For more information, contact Bill Goodenough, diocesan Board of Directors Property Representative, at 206-325-4200 ext. 2014 or

Updated Manual of Business Methods for congregations available from Episcopal Church Finance Office. The Episcopal Church Finance Office has updated major sections and chapters of the Manual of Business Methods in Church Affairs, available for downloading at no charge at Section topics include Financial Management, Internal Controls, Taxes and the Episcopal Church, Bookkeeping, Clergy Discretionary Funds, Audit Guidelines for Congregations, Risk Management and Insurance, Parochial Reports and Records Management. Additional chapters and appendices will be updated during the course of 2012.  Spanish- and French-language editions are also being updated and will be available in mid-June. Also available is the 2011 Trust Fund Book, downloadable at no charge at Issued annually, the Trust Fund Book provides an update on the trust fund portfolio and investment activities of The Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society of The Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America. For more information contact Barnes at

Looking Ahead: Save the Date

Spiritual Formation in the Home: PLU Summer Theological Conference takes place June 18-20. "Formation in faith begins and is nourished in the home, not in the church." Participants in this conference will be invited to consider the significance of that claim by exploring dramatic changes in the American home over the past fifty years, testing a flexible model of Christian life in the home, and examining the practices which nurture a vital and robust faith in the "domestic church." Through presentations, small group work and workshops, the 2012 Summer Conference will chart fresh ground for congregational leaders eager to support a resilient faith in daily life. Daily prayer, wonderful meals and delightful camaraderie mark this annual conference. Leaders include Teresa Ciabattari, Ph.D., Nathan Frambach, Ph.D. and Samuel Torvend, Ph.D. A limited number of full scholarships are available for congregational staff members (lay and ordained) who care for family and/or children ministries. Some partial scholarships are still available for rectors, vicars and priests-in-charge. Please contact Ms. Kim Kennedy-Tucker, conference registrar, at or 253/535-7424. More information about the conference can be found at  

Join Integrity Puget Sound and St. Mark's Cathedral, Seattle as part of the Episcopal presence at this year's Pride Parade Sunday, June 24.
Organize a contingent from your church or just come yourself. Be out and proud about your faith and church that is truly welcoming and inclusive. General parade details are available at Information about the Episcopal group will be posted on the cathedral website as it becomes available. For now, save the date and let us know your plans. Contact deacon Earl Grout at  

Baseball with the Bishop is back on July 28.
Tickets must be purchased by June 25. For more information, visit


Vancouver School of Theology holds its Summer School the first two weeks of July (2-6, 9-13) in beautiful British Columbia on the campus of the University of British Columbia.  Our theme this year is Leadership for a time like this and the courses, taught for credit or audit, are for everyone.  Visiting faculty will teach a variety of courses relating to the pressing topic of leadership in the church and by the church.  The Poetics of Preaching, Leading Congregational Change, Turning Toward the World - Missional Church, Women Breaking Boundaries, Connecting Job and Vocation, Building Communities of Care, Leadership and Context and Living Faithfully in a Fragmented World are the course titles. There will also be an Iona Pacific course on the topic of Religion, Science Fiction and the Problem of Evil. Instructors include Paul Scott Wilson, Darrell Guder, Teresa Latini, Peter Short, Beth Theunissen, Nancy Calvert-Koyzis, Tamsen Glover, Jonathan Wilson and Francisco Pena, Hussein Keshani and Robert Daum.  The Thursday evening of each week of Summer School a round table discussion on the topic of leadership will be held.  All visiting faculty and students and members of the larger community are welcome to attend. Two of our courses will be held in a weekend retreat format: one with Martin Brokenleg, Benedictine (July 6-8), and the other with Douglas Burton-Christie, Practicing Paradise (July 20-22). For more information on courses and registration, go to the Vancouver School of Theology website. 

The 62nd Sewanee Church Music Conference takes place July 9-15 at the University of the South and the DuBose Conference Center in Monteagle, Tenn. The Sewanee Conference is the oldest and largest Episcopal music conference in the country and can accept only 150 registrants. Two full scholarships are available to first-time attendees. Keith Shafer, Director of Music and Organist of St. Paul's Church, Augusta, Ga. is the director and the primary faculty include Huw Lewis (Chair of the Organ department, Hope College, Holland, Mich., and Director of Music and Organist of St. John's Episcopal Church, Detroit), Bruce Neswick (Organ Faculty, Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University), and the Rev. Matthew Moretz (Associate Rector at St. Bartholomew's, New York City), who will serve as conference chaplain. Complete information and a downloadable registration form are available at the conference website or by contacting the registrar, Ellen Jones, 423-887-7594 or


Register now for CDSP's Anglican Immersion summer program July 15-27 in Berkeley, Calif. Church Divinity School of the Pacific launched the Anglican Immersion last summer: two weeks of classwork, liturgy and community, specifically designed to provide formation in an intensive experience for all orders of ministry. Register now for either track in its entirety and receive $150 discount. Track One course listing:  Introduction to Practical Theology with the Rev. Dr. Susanna Singer (2 CEUs) - $225;    Fundamentals of Worship with the Rev. Dr. Lizette Larson-Miller (2 CEUs) - $225; Old Testament: Special Topic with Dr. Donn Morgan (4 CEUs) - $475. Track Two course listing (please note: Completion of Track One coursework is required before Track Two can be taken): Leadership in Ministry with the Rev. Dr. Susanna Singer (2 CEUs) - $225; Liturgical Leadership with the Rev. Dr. Lizette Larson-Miller (2 CEUs) - $225; Old Testament: Special Topic with Dr. Donn Morgan (4 CEUs) - $475. For more information, visit 

Island Beat: A Music and Nature Camp for kids age 9-14 takes place July 16-20 at Emmanuel, Mercer Is. This week is about exploration and discovery: exploring rhythm, sounds, nature awareness and skills, and our own creative spirits; discovering the natural abilities within each camper. Camp takes place 6-8 p.m. Monday evening and 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. Based on Victor Wooten's Bass Nature Camp (only for 9- to 14-year-olds) held annually in Nashville, Tenn., this day camp is designed as a weeklong immersion experience. It will inspire their imaginations and develop their musical abilities and self-esteem through instruction, games, outdoor activities, reflection and informal jam sessions employing percussion, voice, instruments and recording equipment. Registration open now. A maximum of 30 participants. The cost is $295. Scholarships are available. Much more info and registration is available at

Church Divinity School of the Pacific offers Art and the Theological Imagination July 23-26. How can visual art help us think more deeply about theology? Dive into theology beyond words and texts. Using images from Latin American colonial art, this class explores a variety of theological topics ranging from the Trinity, to the Virgin Mary and to the Body of Christ.  How do such images, speaking from their cultural time and place, also speak to theology and practice of Christians today? More than just looking at images, this course also discusses what possibilities exist by expanding one's theological imagination. With Mark D. Jordan, Frank T. Griswold, Kathryn Tanner and Jackie Winter. Registration deadline is Sunday, July 1. Early registration is $225, $275 otherwise. GTU students: $125. For more information, contact the Rev. Michelle Meech, director of CALL, at 510-204-0727 or

Join St. Columba, Kent for a Pilgrimage to the Land of the Holy One in October 2012.
St. Columba's is sponsoring a journey to the Land of the Holy One, visiting Israel and the Palestinian Territories in October of this year.  The pilgrimage departs on Oct. 3 and returns on Oct. 17. Pilgrims will visit Nazareth, the Sea of Galilee, Acre, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Masada, Qumran and Tel Aviv (among other sites). Pilgrims will also worship with the Anglican congregations in Raineh and Jerusalem. The pilgrimage is $4000 per person (double occupancy), and this includes airfare, ground transportation, hotels, entry fees and at least two meals most days. St. Columba's invites fellow Episcopalians (and your friends/family) to consider this wonderful journey. You can learn more by visiting Please e-mail St. Columba vicar J.R. Lander at for more information.

Launching CCSP Cascadia Sustainability Semester January 2013. Well-known author Shane Claiborne calls CCSP Cascadia, " a space where you can reimagine the way we live."  Come join the inaugural CCSP Cascadia semester Spring 2013 and reimagine new community-based ways to live ... new ways to become agents of sustainable change through organic gardening, social entrepreneurship and creation of resilient local communities. CCSP Cascadia is located half way between two urban centers of sustainability innovation, Seattle and Vancouver, B.C. Situated on 40 forested acres on Camano Island by the Salish Sea, the Cascadia program offers abundant opportunities for sea kayaking and backpacking in the Cascades as well as discovering a clearer sense of the call of the Creator God on your life. Cascadia is CCSP's first North American-based program, and the first Christian off-campus study program exclusively focused on sustainability.  Cascadia core courses include: God and Nature: Theology of Community and Creation Care; Social Entrepreneurship and Environmental Justice; and Global Environmental Studies. Sustainability electives are Native American Worldview: Conceptual Models of Stewardship and Sustainability; and Sustainability Internship/Field Study. This cutting-edge program is a partnership between CCSP and Mustard Seed Associates (MSA).  Like all CCSP's programs, Cascadia's mission is to be "agents of, and to participate in, God's shalom, particularly through care of creation." It is overseen by CCSP's academic committee, and is run using CCSP's educational philosophy and policies. Thus, CCSP Cascadia is a CCSP program through and through, only it is managed day-to-day by the visionary and dedicated MSA team. This spring CCSP Cascadia was introduced to CCSP's supporting schools for approval, and so far the reception has been positive.  The first college coordinator responded, "It looks impressive! I am sure we will be able to get approval without too much difficulty."  This inaugural class at CCSP Cascadia on Camano Island is limited to 12 students for our January 2013 semester.  So, if you are interested or know of a student who might be, please contact us immediately. We will quickly send you a detailed description of CCSP Cascadia and answer any questions you may have ranging from field placement to recreational opportunities in the Northwest. Contact team leader, Dr. Tom Sine, today with your questions and/or the names of other students who might also value receiving information about CCSP Cascadia:  206-524-2111. Register by Oct. 31.


Huston Center, Gold Bar, WA

Online registration now available for Huston's year-round events and family camps!
Huston is always looking for new Counselor Training participants for the 10-day session June 27-July 6.  
May 19: Open House Picnic and BBQ (also celebrating the ministry of the Rev. Stephen Moore, who is retiring as chaplain after 20 years) 
May 19-20: Staff Retreat 
June 27-July 6: Counselor Training 
July 8-14: Discovery Camp 1 & Horse Camp 1 
July 22-28: Discovery Camp 2 & Horse Camp 2 
July 30-Aug. 2: Mini Camp 
Aug. 5-10: Missoula Children's Theater 
Aug. 12-18: International Odyssey Discovery Camp & Buckaroo Camp 
Aug. 30-Sept. 3: Sisterhood Quilters 
Aug. 31-Sept. 3: Labor Day Family Camp 
Oct. 31-Nov. 4: Huston Scrapbookers 
Nov. 22-25: Thanksgiving Family Camp 
Dec. 7-11: Quilters Holiday 
More information and online registration for these fun-filled events can be found at
Register online at for find more information about each event at our general website   

For more information, visit Camp Huston online, call 360-793-0441 or e-mail assistant director Sam Borkovic at or director Bill Tubbs at


St. Andrew's House, Union, WA

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Bayne Cottage available to clergy and lay persons of the diocese, winter rates extended through May 

Take advantage of our special winter rates through May 31: $95/night weekday, $150/weekend night for up to four persons.  Lots of good nights are still available. Book yours now!

Summer Nights at Bayne: Incredible value, incredible place
$125/night weekdays, $175/night weekends. 

Bayne Cottage Available Dates: 
May 4-6, 2012 
June 1-3, 2012 
June 15-17, 2012 
July 9-15, 2012 
Open Lodge Dates: 
May 7-10, 2012 
May 24-31, 2012 
 July 9-17, 2012 
 July 26-29, 2012 
 Aug. 23-26, 2012  

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Photo Contest 2012: Win a retreat at Bayne Cottage 
We are currently accepting digital photos of your time at St. Andrew's House. A two-night stay (family or personal) at Bayne Cottage is in store for the winner of the photo contest. Submit your digital photo to St. Andrew's House before Oct. 15, 2012. Women from the Mission Creeks Corrections Center will select the winner. Two photos are accepted from each person, so choose well and best of luck! Send your photos to 

  Vacation with a Difference 2012
A welcoming spot for a seashore retreat, St. Andrew's House is open to singles, couples, families and groups seeking fellowship, rest and renewal during selected weeks this summer. With its panoramic views of Hood Canal and the beautiful Olympic Mountains, St. Andrew's House is the perfect place to refresh your senses in a pristine setting. Guests can explore the lush gardens, stroll on the beach or relax on the front porch with its breathtaking views. Affordable rates include all lodging, three meals daily and transportation to and from off campus excursions. Whether you have been coming for years or have always been meaning to check it out, now is the time to put St. Andrew's House in your summer plans! 


 Wish List 
*    Golf Cart/Utility Vehicle 
*    Electric Piano for Chapel 


For more information, visit St. Andrew's House online or e-mail director Jeff Gruber at 


Norah M. Joslyn
Director of Diocesan Communications
The Episcopal Church in Western Washington
206.325.4200/800.488.4978, ext. 2037
Diocese of Olympia

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