Interim Update from the St. Nicholas Redevelopment Exploratory Committee—July 2021

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Earlier this year the committee, with vestry approval, engaged a developer to submit a proposal for redevelopment of the St. Nicholas property. (Read more about that process here.) Following a four-month period of due diligence and building study, the proposal was received in June for redevelopment of St. Nicholas into market rate condominiums. The committee was disappointed with the valuation of the property in the proposal and was concerned with the lack of alignment between market rate housing and the cathedral’s mission.

The committee recommended to the vestry that we not proceed with this proposal at this time, but instead explore more deeply two alternative uses: 1) affordable housing and 2) preserving the building for eventual expanded parish use. The vestry unanimously concurred with that plan.

We will take the next 6–12 months to study feasibility of affordable housing potential on the property while also projecting more accurate costs to address deferred maintenance, seismic upgrades, and roof replacement and how we might finance those costs through rental income, bank loan, and/or capital fundraising. Either of these alternative uses would take several years to unfold, and there is no sense of urgency to come to a decision in the short-term.

The committee remains committed to seeking the highest and best use for the property that furthers the cathedral’s mission, either on the property or with proceeds from the property to be used in ministry elsewhere. We will continue to provide updates to the parish at key points in the process. If you have questions in the meantime, please address those to Dean Thomason or to Committee Chair John Hoerster at: stnicholas@saintmarks.org

Back-to-School Picnic on the Cathedral Lawn with Backpack Blessing

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 6-7:30 P.M.

We all know that the last year and a half has been hard for everyone, but especially for kids. Now, as the new school year looms, many challenges remain. To mark this milestone, all are welcome to a back-to-school gathering on Friday evening, September 3—to reconnect in person, to have some fun together, and to lift up and honor the amazing kids of our community. Bring a blanket and your own picnic dinner. The cathedral will provide dessert for everyone and a variety of fun activities. Bring your backpacks to receive a blessing! Contact Rebekah Gilmore with questions.

Clean Cars 2030 Coalition Rally

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 14, 12 P.M.

Saint Mark’s is honored to host a Clean Cars 2030 Coalition rally sponsored by Coltura on Saturday, August 14 at 12 p.m. There will be music, art, food, speakers, and an EV parade and car show at this family-friendly outdoor event. Anyone who has an electric car is welcome to hop in the parade and you can meet in the parking lot at 10:30 a.m. to decorate. If you are able, bring your family by EV, bike, bus, or light rail to show your love for clean transportation! RSVP on Facebook here.

Updated Guidance on Masks—July 28, 2021

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A Message from Dean Thomason

July 28, 2021

Updated Guidance on Masks—"Recommended but Not Required"

Dear friends,

There is a saying in health care: “the only constant is change…” The pandemic has required much of us, but perhaps above all it has required us to be nimble and adaptive as the circumstances change. It is no secret that our nation has not topped this hill on COVID just yet, largely due to a confluence of factors—the arrival of new variants, many choosing to remain unvaccinated despite sound science, and increased activity including travel and public gatherings.

Last Friday King County public health officials recommended all of us resume wearing masks when gathering indoors for public events. Some of us did so last Sunday, and I will ask the liturgical ministers to model the recommendation beginning this Sunday. Tuesday the CDC made a similar recommendation for regions with high infection rates, including Seattle. It is worth noting these are recommendations, not requirements, for vaccinated persons, and I write here to communicate the same language for all public gatherings at Saint Mark’s, including worship services. We recommend all persons wear masks when together, including all who are vaccinated. We will not require it unless the directive from public health officials adopts that language, which they may very well if we do not reverse the trend in infection rates.

Please note: the distanced section on the south side of the nave has plenty of space for additional people to be seated there. All should be masked and distanced in that section regardless of vaccination status. For the rest of the nave, where vaccinated persons may sit who choose not to be distanced, we recommend you wear you mask, but that is your decision at this time.

I know this is a frustrating setback, and you may feel you are being adversely impacted for the irresponsibility of others, but we are in this together, and there is a sense of taking on this extra burden now, to avoid a heavier burden later. Be safe, please, and take care.

Blessings and peace,

The Very Reverend Steven L. Thomason
Dean and Rector

Women’s Compline on the 9th Sunday after Pentecost, 2021

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Women's Compline on The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost | July 25, 2021, 9:30 p.m.

Saint Mark’s Cathedral and the Compline Choir are thrilled at tonight’s return of the Women’s Compline Choir of Saint Mark’s. The choir made their debut in 2019, but was reduced to a quartet of singers in the summer of 2020. Now the full choir returns—16 of the most skilled choral musicians in the Seattle region. 

The order of service and repertoire for this evening’s office can be found here.

LEAFLETS

  • The Service Leaflet contains all you need to fully participate in each liturgy from home.

COFFEE HOUR

  • Monthly Newcomers Coffee (first Sunday of every month only): Immediately following the Sunday morning service, come meet people and ask questions at a special virtual coffee hour with clergy over Zoom. Join using this link. The next offering will be Sunday, June 6.
  • Virtual Coffee Hour via Zoom has now come to an end, with the resumption of in-person coffee following the morning services. (No food just yet...)

NEWSLETTER

  • The weekly cathedral newsletter contains important announcements, offerings, and events. Click here to add yourself to cathedral emails lists.

IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE

  • Compline will reopen for in-person attendance on August 22, 2021. Sunday morning services are now open to all without pre-registration.

OTHER WAYS TO WATCH

  • If you experience any problems with the video player on this page, you may wish to try joining the simultaneous stream on Facebook or YouTube instead.

ARCHIVES 

  • Video of past services can be seen here.
  • Audio and printed text of sermons can be found here.

Support the Mission and Ministry of Saint Mark's Cathedral

If you watch and enjoy our live-streamed or archived services, please consider making a donation in support of the mission and ministry of this cathedral.

You may also donate using the Venmo mobile app from your smartphone (search for @SaintMarksCathedralSeattle ) Thank you for your generosity.

Looking for the Livestream video archive? It now has its own page here

The 9th Sunday after Pentecost, 2021

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LEAFLETS

  • The Service Leaflet contains all you need to fully participate in each liturgy from home.

COFFEE HOUR

  • Virtual Coffee Hour: Immediately following the Sunday morning service, everyone is welcome to gather in a Virtual Coffee Hour over Zoom. Join using this link.
  • Monthly Newcomers Coffee (first Sunday of every month only): Immediately following the Sunday morning service, come meet people and ask questions at a special virtual coffee hour with clergy over Zoom. Join using this link. The next offering will be Sunday, July 4.

NEWSLETTER

  • The weekly cathedral newsletter contains important announcements, offerings, and events. Click here to add yourself to cathedral emails lists.

IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE

  • Limited in-person worship has now resumed. You must register in advance to attend in person. Read more, including how to register for an upcoming service, here.

OTHER WAYS TO WATCH

  • If you experience any problems with the video player on this page, you may wish to try joining the simultaneous stream on Facebook or YouTube instead.

ARCHIVES 

  • Video of past services can be seen here.
  • Audio and printed text of sermons can be found here.

Support the Mission and Ministry of Saint Mark's Cathedral

If you watch and enjoy our live-streamed or archived services, please consider making a donation in support of the mission and ministry of this cathedral.

You may also donate using the Venmo mobile app from your smartphone (search for @SaintMarksCathedralSeattle ) Thank you for your generosity.

Looking for the Livestream video archive? It now has its own page here

Funeral Liturgy for Linda Donato | July 24, 2021

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LEAFLETS

  • The Service Leaflet contains all you need to fully participate in each liturgy from home.

COFFEE HOUR

  • Virtual Coffee Hour: Immediately following the Sunday morning service, everyone is welcome to gather in a Virtual Coffee Hour over Zoom. Join using this link.
  • Monthly Newcomers Coffee (first Sunday of every month only): Immediately following the Sunday morning service, come meet people and ask questions at a special virtual coffee hour with clergy over Zoom. Join using this link. The next offering will be Sunday, July 4.

NEWSLETTER

  • The weekly cathedral newsletter contains important announcements, offerings, and events. Click here to add yourself to cathedral emails lists.

IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE

  • Limited in-person worship has now resumed. You must register in advance to attend in person. Read more, including how to register for an upcoming service, here.

OTHER WAYS TO WATCH

  • If you experience any problems with the video player on this page, you may wish to try joining the simultaneous stream on Facebook or YouTube instead.

ARCHIVES 

  • Video of past services can be seen here.
  • Audio and printed text of sermons can be found here.

Support the Mission and Ministry of Saint Mark's Cathedral

If you watch and enjoy our live-streamed or archived services, please consider making a donation in support of the mission and ministry of this cathedral.

You may also donate using the Venmo mobile app from your smartphone (search for @SaintMarksCathedralSeattle ) Thank you for your generosity.

Looking for the Livestream video archive? It now has its own page here

9/11 Anniversary Interfaith Service

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An Interfaith Prayer Service of Healing & Hope

on the 20th year commemoration of the 9/11 attacks

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 3 P.M., in the cathedral nave, and livestreamed

co-sponsored by

  • The Church Council of Greater Seattle
  • Temple De Hirsch Sinai
  • St. James Cathedral
  • Saint Mark’s Cathedral

As we prepare to observe the 20th commemoration of the 9/11 attacks and their aftermath, we reflect on what our traditions regard as the passing of a generation. The young of that moment have come of age in the shadow of those fallen towers, as the adults of that time have witnessed a world profoundly transformed by that fateful day.

But particularly as we move from this last pandemic year into hope and healing ahead, it is important to honor those first responders—healthcare workers, firefighters, law enforcement officers, and others—who ran toward the abyss as most sought refuge—who gave the last full measure of their devotion as sacrifice for our safety—who put service to others above concerns for self.

Now, two decades later, when our own first responders have faced so much over the past year, we come together to honor them, as well, with gratitude for their dedication.

Please join us on Saturday, September 11, at 3 p.m. at Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, for an opportunity to share grief and gratitude, to offer hope and healing, to forge the scars of conflict and loss into the sacredness of wholeness and peace.

Mutual Ministry Goals Community Meetings

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An Invitation from Dean Thomason


Dear friends,

Come create our new way forward!

Earlier this year the Vestry forged a key document—our Mutual Ministry Goals—which are designed to inform and guide our work as a community. These three goals center upon the work of justice, creation care, and intergenerational ministry as we plot a course of lifelong spiritual formation for every person in this cathedral community. They are intended to touch every aspect of our common life.

So important are these that the Vestry has restructured its Standing Committees to include these three scopes, and every ministry group is being asked to embrace these goals and reflect on the work in light of them. I write today to encourage each household, and each person, to embrace them in your life as well.

To that end, and to learn more about the goals and action items arising from them, we have community meetings planned in the coming weeks via Zoom. You are welcome to attend any or all; I encourage each person who claims Saint Mark’s as your spiritual home to attend at least one of these. Here is the schedule:

 

Restorative Justice & Systemic Change

SUNDAY, JULY 11, 2–3:30 P.M.
Join using this link.

 

Worship & Prayer (and the ways all three goals inform our worship experiences)

SUNDAY, JULY 18, 1:30–3 P.M. (Note the earlier start this week.)
Join using this link.

 

Intergenerational Ministries

SUNDAY, JULY 25, 2–3:30 P.M.
Join using this link.

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Canon Walter Brownridge presents: From Prisoners of Pandemic to Prisoners of Hope

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From Prisoners of Pandemic to Prisoners of Hope: A Day of Reflection on Being Church in our Emerging Reality

SATURDAY, JULY 24, 9:30 A.M.–12 P.M., in-person in Bloedel Hall or virtually via Zoom. Register here or below. 

led by The Rev. Canon Walter Brownridge, Saint Mark’s Theologian-in-Residence

“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.”  —Desmond Tutu

The past 16 months have been traumatic for many of us, and on so many levels. Pandemic, climate signs of foreboding, and a renewed cycle of racial reckoning. As COVID-19 recedes, in some way, we may feel divided. Some of us may feel that our energies are depleted, and others are eager to leave our isolation and enjoy the summer, and life returning to a sense of normalcy.

Yet, this may be a good time reflect and ask questions of meaning, faith, healing, and that big word: Hope. People in the midst of dark times, as the quote from Archbishop Tutu above notes, certainly need hope. I contend that we need hope when coming out of a difficult period and into the unknown. So yes, we must remain Prisoners of Hope. Together we will explore how hope is a muscle—that must be exercised as a spiritual discipline.

This program will be offered in person in Bloedel Hall OR virtually via Zoom. Register to attend using this link or the form below:

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Sunday Evening Community Labyrinth Walk

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SUNDAYS, STARTING AUGUST 1, 7–9 P.M., on the outdoor labyrinth in front of the cathedral

The outdoor labyrinth has been a treasured resource for many in the cathedral community and the broader neighborhood, more than ever during the closure of the cathedral building. Now, while the evenings are long and warm, the organizers of Saint Mark's Labyrinth Ministry invite everyone to an informal community labyrinth gathering on Sunday nights. Drop by any time between 7 and 9 p.m. Ministry members will be on hand to talk about the history, meaning, and spiritual significance of the Labyrinth.

On August 1, 8, and 15, you are welcome to stay until 9:30 p.m. and listen to the radio broadcast of the Office of Compline together. Beginning August 22, you are welcome to stay and attend Compline in person! Please contact Walter Stuteville with questions, or if you'd like to help out: wstuteville@comcast.net

Women’s Compline on the 8th Sunday after Pentecost, 2021

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Women's Compline on The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost | July 18, 2021, 9:30 p.m.

Saint Mark’s Cathedral and the Compline Choir are thrilled at tonight’s return of the Women’s Compline Choir of Saint Mark’s. The choir made their debut in 2019, but was reduced to a quartet of singers in the summer of 2020. Now the full choir returns—16 of the most skilled choral musicians in the Seattle region. 

The order of service and repertoire for this evening’s office can be found here.

LEAFLETS

  • The Service Leaflet contains all you need to fully participate in each liturgy from home.

COFFEE HOUR

  • Virtual Coffee Hour: Immediately following the Sunday morning service, everyone is welcome to gather in a Virtual Coffee Hour over Zoom. Join using this link.
  • Monthly Newcomers Coffee (first Sunday of every month only): Immediately following the Sunday morning service, come meet people and ask questions at a special virtual coffee hour with clergy over Zoom. Join using this link. The next offering will be Sunday, June 6.

NEWSLETTER

  • The weekly cathedral newsletter contains important announcements, offerings, and events. Click here to add yourself to cathedral emails lists.

IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE

  • Compline will reopen for in-person attendance on August 22, 2021. Sunday morning services are now open to all without pre-registration.

OTHER WAYS TO WATCH

  • If you experience any problems with the video player on this page, you may wish to try joining the simultaneous stream on Facebook or YouTube instead.

ARCHIVES 

  • Video of past services can be seen here.
  • Audio and printed text of sermons can be found here.

Support the Mission and Ministry of Saint Mark's Cathedral

If you watch and enjoy our live-streamed or archived services, please consider making a donation in support of the mission and ministry of this cathedral.

You may also donate using the Venmo mobile app from your smartphone (search for @SaintMarksCathedralSeattle ) Thank you for your generosity.

Looking for the Livestream video archive? It now has its own page here

Night Prayer with the 20s & 30s Group

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SECOND AND FOURTH MONDAY OF EACH MONTH, 7 P.M.

The 20s & 30s at Saint Mark's host prayer together over the phone on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 7 p.m. This liturgy, which usually ends around 7:15, will be offered over the phone. Once a month, participants are invited to gather on the labyrinth in addition to the call-in option.

When Night Prayer was launched, the service was based on the liturgy in the New Zealand Prayer Book. In July 2021, a new order of service began to be used, based on a liturgy from Corrymeela.

View or download the NEW order of service here.

Please email Emily Meeks to receive the call-in information and liturgy for the service.

Here are the upcoming dates:

  • Monday, July 26*
  • Monday, August 9
  • Monday, August 23*

[* Denotes in-person gathering on the labyrinth in addition to audio.]

CONSPIRE 2021 at Saint Mark’s

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CONSPIRE 2021: The Final in a Seven-Year Series

Me / Us / the World:
Living Inside God's Great Story

A livestreamed conference hosted locally at Saint Mark's Cathedral

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 THOUGH SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26

Join in person in Bloedel Hall, or from home via Zoom.
Advance registration required. Fee: $20, includes refreshments across the three-day conference.

Featuring conference presenters James Finley, Barbara Holmes, Jacqui Lewis, Brian McLaren, Richard Rohr, and Mirabai Starr.


In this time of great unknowing, how do we expand our sense of self to include love, healing, and forgiveness—not just for ourselves and those like us, but for the entire world? Join thousands of spiritual seekers across the world for an interactive global gathering to experience God’s love, grace, and compassion.

Without the great stories that free us, we remain trapped in small cultural and private worlds. True transcendence frees us from the tyranny of I Am and the idolatry of We Are.
—Fr. Richard Rohr

Learn more here.


Register by filling out the form below. The $20 registration fee may be paid online at saintmarks.org/give, by check mailed to the cathedral at 1245 10th Ave E, Seattle WA 98102, or
contact Erik Donner to pay another way: 206.323.0300.

Fill out my online form.

Compline from Saint Mark’s Seattle, for RSCM America’s 2021 National Course

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Compline from Saint Mark’s Seattle, for RSCM America’s 2021 National Course | July 17, 2021, 5:30 p.m. Pacific/8:30 Eastern

Saint Mark’s Cathedral and The Compline Choir were honored to be invited by the Royal School of Church Music – America, to contribute a pre-recorded office of Compline to be premiered during their 2021 online Summer Training Course. The service was filmed over two days in April 2021, following pandemic safety protocols and with a strictly limited number of participants: three senior choristers and four members of the Schola (or youth choir) of the Choir School, led by choir school director Rebekah Gilmore, eight adult members of the evensong choir, led by Canon for Cathedral Music Michael Kleinschmidt and eight members of the Compline Choir led by Dr. Jason Anderson.

The complete order of service and repertoire may be seen here.

LEAFLETS

  • The Service Leaflet contains all you need to fully participate in each liturgy from home.

COFFEE HOUR

  • Virtual Coffee Hour: Immediately following the Sunday morning service, everyone is welcome to gather in a Virtual Coffee Hour over Zoom. Join using this link.
  • Monthly Newcomers Coffee (first Sunday of every month only): Immediately following the Sunday morning service, come meet people and ask questions at a special virtual coffee hour with clergy over Zoom. Join using this link. The next offering will be Sunday, June 6.

NEWSLETTER

  • The weekly cathedral newsletter contains important announcements, offerings, and events. Click here to add yourself to cathedral emails lists.

IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE

  • Compline will reopen for in-person attendance on August 22, 2021. Sunday morning services are now open to all without pre-registration.

OTHER WAYS TO WATCH

  • If you experience any problems with the video player on this page, you may wish to try joining the simultaneous stream on Facebook or YouTube instead.

ARCHIVES 

  • Video of past services can be seen here.
  • Audio and printed text of sermons can be found here.

Support the Mission and Ministry of Saint Mark's Cathedral

If you watch and enjoy our live-streamed or archived services, please consider making a donation in support of the mission and ministry of this cathedral.

You may also donate using the Venmo mobile app from your smartphone (search for @SaintMarksCathedralSeattle ) Thank you for your generosity.

Looking for the Livestream video archive? It now has its own page here

Compline Reopens to the Public August 22

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The Compline Choir and Saint Mark's Cathedral are overjoyed to announce that in-person attendance at the Office of Compline will resume on August 22, 2021. 

There will be no preregistration or screening required. Unvaccinated attendees will be requested to wear masks, and a "distanced section" will allow those who wish to remain distanced from others to do so.

The Compline Choir and Saint Mark's Cathedral wish to express our deep gratitude to all those who have continued to support the institution of Compline during these long months of closure.


Compline Hospitality Ministers Needed

To support the reopening of Compline services to the public, the cathedral and the choir are seeking volunteers to serve as Compline Hospitality Ministers. These ministers will serve in teams of two, and play a crucial role in making Compline a welcoming and comfortable experience for all. Each team of two would serve about one Sunday per month. It's a wonderful opportunity for couples to volunteer together. To learn more, please contact Cathedral Sacristan Michael Seewer (mseewer@saintmarks.org).

Compline on the 7th Sunday after Pentecost, 2021

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Compline on The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost | July 11, 2021, 9:30 p.m.

See the Order of Service here. Each week's repertoire can be found here.

LEAFLETS

  • The Service Leaflet contains all you need to fully participate in each liturgy from home.

COFFEE HOUR

  • Virtual Coffee Hour: Immediately following the Sunday morning service, everyone is welcome to gather in a Virtual Coffee Hour over Zoom. Join using this link.
  • Monthly Newcomers Coffee (first Sunday of every month only): Immediately following the Sunday morning service, come meet people and ask questions at a special virtual coffee hour with clergy over Zoom. Join using this link. The next offering will be Sunday, June 6.

NEWSLETTER

  • The weekly cathedral newsletter contains important announcements, offerings, and events. Click here to add yourself to cathedral emails lists.

IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE

  • Compline will reopen for in-person attendance on August 22, 2021. Sunday morning services are now open to all without pre-registration.

OTHER WAYS TO WATCH

  • If you experience any problems with the video player on this page, you may wish to try joining the simultaneous stream on Facebook or YouTube instead.

ARCHIVES 

  • Video of past services can be seen here.
  • Audio and printed text of sermons can be found here.

Support the Mission and Ministry of Saint Mark's Cathedral

If you watch and enjoy our live-streamed or archived services, please consider making a donation in support of the mission and ministry of this cathedral.

You may also donate using the Venmo mobile app from your smartphone (search for @SaintMarksCathedralSeattle ) Thank you for your generosity.

Looking for the Livestream video archive? It now has its own page here

Sunday Stairway Walks for 20s/30s

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SUNDAYS, JULY 11, AUGUST 8 & SEPTEMBER 26, 2 P.M.–5:15 P.M., pre-registration required

Did you know that Seattle has 650 publicly accessible stairways? In the early 1900s, property developers in hilly Seattle would construct public stairways for convenience and to improve access to trolly lines. Now, these scenic passageways provide opportunities to discover off-the-path views through Seattle neighborhoods.

Join with other young adults from around the Diocese of Olympia to explore and learn about different neighborhoods and Episcopal parishes within Seattle. Routes will draw inspiration from Seattle Stairway Walks and range between 2.5–4 miles at an easy pace. The walks start and end at the parish, with an opportunity to connect with clergy and other participants. We’ll also have an opportunity to learn more about the parish, meet clergy and enjoy refreshments after the walk. 

Contact Emily Meeks (emcmeeks@gmail.com) or Michael Perera (perera.michael@gmail.com) with questions.

Register using this link

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Thursday Morning Eucharist Returns to Thomsen Chapel

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The Thursday 7 a.m. service of Holy Eucharist in Thomsen Chapel, followed by a community breakfast, has been attended by a faithful congregation for many years. Early in the pandemic, this service transitioned to an online service of Morning Prayer via Zoom. Having continually provided an opportunity for worship and fellowship during the long months of isolation, it is now time to return to Thomsen Chapel... but with a new schedule.

Beginning Thursday, July 15, an in-person service of Holy Eucharist will be offered at 7 a.m. in Thomsen Chapel on the first and third Thursdays of the month. On other Thursdays (second, fourth, and fifth Thursdays), online-only Morning Prayer will continue. Find the Zoom link to join at saintmarks.org/prayer. Fellowship and breakfast will follow the service as usual.

Other weekdays services of the Daily Office—Evening Prayer M–F at 6:30 p.m., and Wednesday Morning Prayer at 8:30 a.m.—will remain online-only at this time. Stay tuned for further updates!

Compline on the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost, 2021

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Compline on The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost | July 4, 2021, 9:30 p.m.

See the Order of Service here. Each week's repertoire can be found here.

LEAFLETS

  • The Service Leaflet contains all you need to fully participate in each liturgy from home.

COFFEE HOUR

  • Virtual Coffee Hour: Immediately following the Sunday morning service, everyone is welcome to gather in a Virtual Coffee Hour over Zoom. Join using this link.
  • Monthly Newcomers Coffee (first Sunday of every month only): Immediately following the Sunday morning service, come meet people and ask questions at a special virtual coffee hour with clergy over Zoom. Join using this link. The next offering will be Sunday, June 6.

NEWSLETTER

  • The weekly cathedral newsletter contains important announcements, offerings, and events. Click here to add yourself to cathedral emails lists.

IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE

  • Limited in-person worship has now resumed. You must register in advance to attend in person. Read more, including how to register for an upcoming service, here.

OTHER WAYS TO WATCH

  • If you experience any problems with the video player on this page, you may wish to try joining the simultaneous stream on Facebook or YouTube instead.

ARCHIVES 

  • Video of past services can be seen here.
  • Audio and printed text of sermons can be found here.

Support the Mission and Ministry of Saint Mark's Cathedral

If you watch and enjoy our live-streamed or archived services, please consider making a donation in support of the mission and ministry of this cathedral.

You may also donate using the Venmo mobile app from your smartphone (search for @SaintMarksCathedralSeattle ) Thank you for your generosity.

Looking for the Livestream video archive? It now has its own page here

The Rubric: Spring 2021 Issue

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The new issue of The Rubric contains stories, reports, and reflection by, from, and about the community of Saint Mark's during these extraordinary times. Read full-screen using the reader below, or download a full pdf here. Click the titles below to read individual stories.

Contents of the Spring 2021 issue include:

VACCINES & MUSIC: A HEALTHY AND UPLIFTING COMBINATION
A COVID-19 vaccine clinic in the cathedral nave 

IS THE PANDEMIC PROMPTING NEW CONSIDERATIONS FOR HOLY COMMUNION?
Dean Thomason on the Eucharist during and after COVID-19 

COMING BACK TO A NEW NORMAL
The Rev. Malcolm McLaurin returns to the Pacific Northwest 

PROJECTING JUSTICE
Saying the names of those killed by police

A THEOLOGIAN'S STORY
Saint Mark’s Theologian-in-Residence in his own words

BUILDING A CHARGE
The gift of an electric vehicle charging station

LAND ACKNOWLEDGMENT
Recognizing the first people of Seattle

Saint Mark’s Seeks Candidates for Two New Positions

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The Cathedral is now accepting applications for two new positions a Canon for Intergenerational Ministries (full time) and a Program Coordinator for Intergeneration Ministries (part time). Following on from the Mutual Ministry Goals recently adopted by the Vestry, these two positions will have responsibility for a comprehensive program for the formation of disciples of all ages, including intergenerational experiences of worship, formation, fellowship, and justice work.

See the complete job descriptions and instructions on how to apply at: saintmarks.org/employment. Please distribute this information to anyone you know who may be interested!

Cathedral Worship UPDATE, June 28, 2021

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WELCOME HOME, EVERYONE!

STARTING JULY 4, 2021

JOIN SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP

WITHOUT PRE-REGISTRATION


Check out this brief (4-minute) video to hear Dean Steve explain these long-awaited changes:


Many of the restrictions on in-person worship at Saint Mark’s have been lifted!

  • Pre-registration, screening upon arrival, and limits on number of worshippers is ending.
  • Fully vaccinated worshippers may discontinue masks and distancing indoors, if you wish (honor system).

However:

  • There will be a designated “distanced” section for those unvaccinated, or any persons who wish to remain masked and distanced during worship.
  • If you have any symptoms of illness, please stay home!
  • The common cup will not resume just yet.
  • Livestreaming of the 11 a.m. service will continue.
  • Compline will remain closed to the public for a few more weeks.

See you on Sundays!

Compline on the 5th Sunday after Pentecost, 2021

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Compline on The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost | June 27, 2021, 9:30 p.m.

See the Order of Service here. Each week's repertoire can be found here.

LEAFLETS

  • The Service Leaflet contains all you need to fully participate in each liturgy from home.

COFFEE HOUR

  • Virtual Coffee Hour: Immediately following the Sunday morning service, everyone is welcome to gather in a Virtual Coffee Hour over Zoom. Join using this link.
  • Monthly Newcomers Coffee (first Sunday of every month only): Immediately following the Sunday morning service, come meet people and ask questions at a special virtual coffee hour with clergy over Zoom. Join using this link. The next offering will be Sunday, June 6.

NEWSLETTER

  • The weekly cathedral newsletter contains important announcements, offerings, and events. Click here to add yourself to cathedral emails lists.

IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE

  • Limited in-person worship has now resumed. You must register in advance to attend in person. Read more, including how to register for an upcoming service, here.

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A Creation Care Reflection by Doug Thorpe

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by Doug Thorpe

June 21, 2021

In late May, an article in The  New York Review of Books tells me that “a national poll showed that 28 percent of Republicans agreed that ‘things have gotten so far off track, true American patriots may have to resort to violence in order to save our country.”  And what’s driving this fear and anger?  According to political scientist Robert A. Pape, the answer is “fear of the Great Replacement”—meaning, of course, that “minorities are progressively replacing white populations due to mass immigration policies and low birthrates.”

In short, racial grievances.

I’m reading this the day after attending—in person!—the cathedral’s 9 a.m. service, officiated by our friend and former Saint Mark’s staff member Malcolm McLaurin, the first African American man in this diocese to be ordained to the priesthood.

Which is good news—and also, of course, sobering news, given that this cathedral has stood for almost a century.

Well, we are a majority white congregation, and a majority white denomination. Which just means that we have to work harder to forge relationships across racial and ethnic boundaries, which we can do in part by sharing in work that crosses over.

For example:  Environmental Justice.

A small summertime example:  Bill McKibben tells us in his weekly New Yorker eblast that a ten-degree-Fahrenheit jump in temperature during the warm season was associated with an increase in emergency-room visits for “mental-health disorders, self-injury/suicide, and intentional injury/homicide.” Both these effects show up more strongly in this country in Black and Hispanic patients—probably, as Dr. Rupa Basu explained (She’s the chief of air-and-climate epidemiology at California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment), because those groups disproportionately live in low-income neighborhoods. “They’re often in areas where there are more fossil-fuel emissions, fewer green spaces, and more blacktop and cement, which really absorbs and retains the heat,” she said. “And also living closer to freeways. That exacerbates air pollution. And, with the heat, that’s a synergistic effect. It’s environmental racism that leads to these differences in exposure.” Some people, she added, bristle at hearing that: “Someone said to me, ‘Oh, so now we’re breathing different air?’ And I said, ‘Yes, that’s exactly right. We can track it down to the Zip Code level.’” Call it critical race epidemiology.

There are things we can do, and Saint Mark's is actively seeking for these large and small solutions. And so it was a small pleasure that, on the same day that our parish celebrated the calling and ordination of Malcolm, we also joined together in the cathedral parking lot and blessed—yes, blessed—the new charging station for electric cars. In doing so we honored the legacy of Jim Mulligan, one of the founders of Earth Ministry and a long term supporter of Creation Care at the cathedral.

As Jim’s widow Ruth said in her comments, Jim would surely have found the humor in the situation: I mean, putting a plaque on a charging station is not exactly like having your face carved on Mount Rushmore. But, as Ruth also said, Jim liked to work behind the scenes, quietly, and yes, with a good sense of humor.

And so there we were, gathered together in the parking lot on a warm June morning.  One small step, as one of our astronauts once said.  But it was a step that put him on the moon.  That’s where small steps can lead.


Longtime Saint Mark's parishioner and former vestry member Doug Thorpe is Professor Emeritus of English at Seattle Pacific University.

 

Ruth Muligan speaks at the E.V. charging station dedication, June 20, 2021.

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