A World-Premiere Commission for the O Antiphons Liturgy

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O Antiphons is a beloved annual liturgy of music and pageantry that marks the beginning of Advent —the season of longing, vigilance, and expectation in preparation for Christmas—which this year is offered Sunday, November 28, at 7 p.m.. The form of this liturgy that was invented here is now used in churches around the world.

An exciting element of this year's service will be the world premiere of a newly commissioned anthem, conceived and written expressly for the Saint Mark's Cathedral Choir, for the O Antiphons liturgy, and for our space. The work has been composed by Dr. Zanaida Robles of Los Angeles, a renowned vocalist, conductor, clinician, and adjudicator, and a fierce advocate for diversity and inclusion in music. The anthem, titled Ecstatic Expectancy, responds in both content and feeling to the O Antiphons liturgy, while offering a meditation on the evocative verse from Psalm 85: Mercy and Truth have met together; Righteousness and Peace have kissed each other.

This project was supported by the Saint Mark's Vestry, and was not funded by a particular donor—the commission came from the cathedral music program's own resources.


About the composer

Dr. Zainda Robles holds a doctorate from the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California. She is currently a performing arts instructor at Harvard-Westlake Upper School in Studio City, CA, as well as the director of music at Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church in Pasadena, CA. Read her complete biography and learn much more at her website.

Check out a few of of her compositions here:

Linzi Stahlecker appointed as Curate in 2022

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A Message from Dean Thomason

Dear friends,

It is my delight to share the news that Bishop Rickel has appointed Linzi Stahlecker to serve a two-year curacy-in-training program at Saint Mark’s Cathedral. Her first day will be January 16, 2022. She is a candidate for the priesthood in this diocese, having been raised up in the community of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Lower Queen Anne. She is scheduled to be ordained a transitional deacon in December, and as a priest next June.

Linzi is a native of London, England, a 1993 graduate of the University of London. She immigrated to the U.S. in 2001 and earned her Master of Divinity earlier this year from Seattle University. Her work history affords an array of life experience—birth doula, mindfulness program leader, corporate executive for Eddie Bauer, and television researcher and producer.

In our tradition, curates are newly ordained priests serving in an internship of sorts as they continue their formation. Linzi brings many gifts to this role, and she will be a capable member of the team of clergy engaging the full array of parish priestly ministry. We are glad for the appointment, and we look forward to her ministry in our midst. One additional note: at my invitation, she was guest preacher at Saint Mark’s in July of this year, and you can listen to her sermon on a very difficult text.

Please join me in welcoming Linzi, her husband Troy, and their teenaged children to the cathedral community. I am,

Yours, in Christ,

The Very Rev. Steven L. Thomason
Dean and Rector

 


A Message from Linzi Stahlecker

Dear people of Saint Mark’s,

I have followed a somewhat circuitous path into ordained ministry, yet it is a path on which I have lived a lot and learned even more. I look forward to sharing stories from my journey and to hearing yours, to serving and learning together in community, worshipping alongside you, and proclaiming the gospel amongst you. January can’t come soon enough!

I am grateful to Bishop Rickel for this appointment, and to the Dean for his welcome—I could not be more thrilled to be joining the cathedral community. Thanks be to God!

With love,

Linzi Stahlecker


In addition to the audio recording and printed text available here, Linzi's sermon begins at 25:30 in the following video.

Convention on Climate Change Events

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Attend Virtual COP26 Public Events

From October 31 through November 12, 2021, 120 political leaders will gather in Glasgow, Scotland, for the United Nations 26th Conference of Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP26), which feels to many like the last chance for coordinated global action to prevent the most catastrophic consequences of human-caused climate change. Saint Mark's Parishioner and American Geophysical Union president-elect Dr. Lisa Graumlich has been invited to be part of The Episcopal Church delegation to this potentially historic meeting. You are invited to register and attend the public events below.

 


Episcopal Climate Advocacy at the UN: COP26 Kick-Off with the Presiding Bishop’s Delegation  

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28, 1 P.M. EDT (10 A.M. PST), Register here 

Join the Episcopal Presiding Bishop’s Delegates to the United Nations 26th Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP26) and our partners for this public launch event! Participants will meet our delegates and get an introduction to global climate advocacy through a faith lens, just in time for the start of COP26 on October 31st, 2021. We will share Episcopal policy priorities and advocacy strategies, and invite the whole Episcopal Church to join in prayer and witness for this critical global conference.

 


Liturgy for Planetary Crisis: Episcopal Worship Service during COP26 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 11 A.M. EDT (8 A.M. PST) Register here 

Please join in prayer and worship with our Episcopal Presiding Bishop’s Delegation and all who have been present in witness and advocacy at this global climate conference. This service is open to all and will focus on the need for swift, just action to bring us back into right relationships across the human family and with all of God’s creation. The liturgy will draw on our Episcopal tradition and beyond and will offer strength to the community at COP26.

 


COP26 Closing Event: Report Back from the Presiding Bishop’s Delegation 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2 P.M. EDT (11 A.M. PST) Register here 

As the 26th Conference of Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change draws to an end on November 12th, gather with Episcopal advocates and ecumenical partners for this closing event. Our Presiding Bishop’s Delegation will offer reports from their witness at the conference, as well as top line summaries from the negotiations. We will finish with a faith-led vision of the future for Episcopal advocacy around climate change.

Hymnathon!

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Hymnathon! - a message from Canon Kleinschmidt

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30, 8-6 P.M.

Saint Mark’s Evensong Choir of children, youth and adults plan to be in England next August to sing daily Evensongs in Chichester and Bristol Cathedrals. They are dedicating as much of their own resources toward the total cost of their pilgrimage as they can. However, they need to raise some additional funds so that the trip is affordable for all. To that end, they are singing a Hymnathon on Saturday, October 30, from 8am to 6pm. They will sing at least one stanza of all 720 hymns in our hymnal! You are invited to join in the fun. Get three friends to sponsor you for a dollar per hymn and sing a hundred of them. At our pace, it will take you less than an hour and you will have brought us $300! For more information, please visit the Hymnathon Table at coffee hour.

Organ by Night

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This favorite late-night musical event has now returned: post-Compline organ music!

These informal mini-concerts have introduced generations of Seattleites to the power and beauty of a real pipe organ. All are welcome to listen in the nave, or join the organist in the loft to see what playing an instrument of this size is really like. (The radio program, "The Organ Loft," which airs on KING-FM immediately following Compline each week, was inspired by this tradition.)

The new iteration of this offering, called Organ by Night, will be offered on the third Sunday each month. Stay tuned for further announcements about the schedule of upcoming organists.

 

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 17, 10:00 P.M. (after Compline)

On October 17 Canon Kleinschmidt will join in celebrating the 65th anniversary of The Compline Choir by offering Messiaen's Vision of the Eternal Church. Then, in anticipation of Halloween, he will play two brief pieces associated with phantoms: Alain's Fantasmagorie, and Bach's famous Toccata and Fugue in D minor.

 

PAST EVENTS

SUNDAY, AUGUST 22, 10:00 P.M. (after Compline). For the first Organ by Night on Sunday, August 22, Canon Michael Kleinschmidt will offer music on the Flentrop organ from Suites by G. H. Handel, Louis-Nicholas Clerambault, and Florence Price.

Treasures of the Cathedral: Everett DuPen

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Have you ever noticed the wood carvings located just as you enter Bloedel Hall from the west doors of the building? For the small prayer card included in this year's stewardship mailing, the stewardship committee selected a detail from this work, depicting Jesus telling his disciples to cast their nets on the other side of their boat, as recounted in the Gospel of John, chapter 21. (Click the photo to enlarge.) The entire work, titled Christ the Good Shepherd, is the work of sculptor Everett DuPen (1912–2005).

DuPen taught for many years at the University of Washington, and his work can be be seen in public installations throughout the Seattle area, notably the Fountain of Creation, located at Seattle Center between the Arena and the Northwest Rooms (now the KEXP studios), the carved walnut screens at the entrance of Seattle Municipal Tower, and the fountain at the Pritchard Building at the state capital in Olympia.

Throughout his career, however, he had a special affinity for creating art for churches, and his work includes the stunning 30-foot by 20-foot carved plaster relief altarpiece at St John the Baptist in West Seattle, the baptismal font at Emmanuel Mercer Island, a crucifix for St Stephen's in Laurelhurst, and over a dozen others. An interesting brief documentary on the life and work of DuPen may be seen below.

Christ the Good Shepherd was commissioned when Cathedral House was constructed in the late 1950s and is dedicated to the memory of Julius Harold Bloedel and Mina Prentice Bloedel, whose generosity made the construction of Cathedral House possible. While Mina Prentice Bloedel had been a devoted member of Saint Mark's Parish for many years, her husband Julius was not an Episcopalian. He reached out to the then-Dean Saint Mark's, The Rev. John C. Leffler, after Mina's death in 1951, and in gratitude for that relationship he made a gift to the cathedral of $50,000.

There are two interesting facts about this gift recounted in Dean Leffler's writings. First, the gift was designated specifically for stained glass windows in the cathedral. Following Julius' death in 1957, Dean Leffler asked his son Prentice Bloedel to allow the gift to be used on the construction of Cathedral House instead. He agreed, on the condition that a work of art in be commissioned in his parents' memory—resulting in the DuPen carvings, and in the naming of "Bloedel Hall." The second fact about the gift is that it was given in the form of IBM stock, which the cathedral sold almost immediately. IBM's historical stock price information only goes back to 1972, but an extremely rough estimate would be that that $50,000 worth of IBM stock in 1957 would be worth well over $20 million today.

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Get to Know the Service Corps!

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 17, 10 A.M., Bloedel Hall

Join the 2021-2022 cohort of Seattle Service Corps in Bloedel for a Q&A and an opportunity to get to know them better. Now that they're almost two months into their program year, learn about their impressions of Seattle, service, and life in intentional community.


Meet Lindsay!! Lindsay will be spending her service year working for Earth Ministry/Washington Interfaith Power & Light 🌎🌍🌏:

Hi there! My name is Lindsay Bell and I’m so excited for my year in Seattle Service Corps! A little bit about me...

I was born in England, but spent pretty much my whole life in Northern Virginia, just outside DC. I am from a family of 5; I’m the middle child with one older sister and one younger brother.

I went to school in San Diego at UCSD and studied public health (after changing majors 4 times— I’d have 5 majors if I could!). I enjoy playing volleyball, reading, eating good food, hiking, and hanging out with my dog Goose.

Some random things I love: moss, mountains, English breakfast tea, goats, the smell of fall, and a good used bookstore. I’ve been on a bit of an adventure for the past five months, working on organic farms in Ireland and Maine, and visiting as many national parks as possible on a road trip across the country. It’s been a lot of fun, but I’m excited to get back to work and start learning and building fellowship here in Seattle!


Meet Talley! Talley will be spending her year working for both Edible Hope and Seeds of Peace:

Hi y’all, my name is Talley. I’ve lived all over the southeast and Midwest but consider myself an Appalachian woman and call western NC home.

I’m a cradle Episcopalian and a priest’s kid, having been an acolyte, choir member, helped in the nursery, been to happening, and many other youth events and camps.

In 2017,  I graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in Global Studies, concentration in Peace, Conflict, and Human Rights Studies, and minors in Chinese (Mandarin) and German.

Pre-COVID, I was participating in the Episcopal Church’s international young adult service corps program (YASC) stationed in the Northern Philippines. I was evacuated in March 2020 and have been working as a parish administrator along with 3 other jobs during COVID. I’m excited to get to Seattle and experience city life again- i.e. food options!


Meet Emily! Emily is spending her year working at Mercy Housing Northwest:

Hello, I'm Emily! I was born and raised in the southwest as a third generation Arizonan. I recently graduated from Northern Arizona University with a B.A. in English and Comparative Religion and with a minor in Museum Studies.

My time in college was spent developing a passion for cultural heritage work through jobs at my university’s library and archives, as well as an internship at its art museum. I was also an active member at LCM | Canterbury, NAU’s Episcopal and Lutheran Campus Ministry, where I was received into the church just this past May, and discovered the Episcopal Service Corps for the first time.

In my free time, I can always be found with a book in hand or perusing local thrift shops looking for yet another new jacket. I'm looking forward to developing community with my fellow corps members and adjusting to the Seattle weather!


Say hello to Julia! Julia is spending her year working with Mission to Seafarers:

Hello! My name is Julia, and I grew up mostly in Providence, Rhode Island, although I spent a couple years in Vancouver, BC as a kid.

I attended Tufts University and studied English and Computer Science, and for the last few years I have been working at a software company in the Boston area. After discerning a career change, I am excited to move back to the beautiful northwest and spend the year with the Seattle Service Corps!

In my free time, you can often find me outdoors, or in the kitchen; I am looking forward this year to exploring Seattle via bike and finding some good hiking spots, and also sharing the results of my various cooking and baking experiments with new housemates. I also love making music, and I hope to find an outlet to play music with other people in Seattle, whether a worship band or a bluegrass jam group.

I look forward to connecting with the Saint Mark's community soon and getting involved in the life of the church!


Meet Sophia! This year Sophia will be working with Northwest Immigrant Rights Project:

Hi all! My name is Sophia Greenberg and I use she/her pronouns. I’m coming to Seattle by way of unceded Munsee Lenape land in Rockland County, NY.

I just finished my bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Psychology from Wellesley College in Massachusetts and I hope to end up in law school after my year with SSC with the ultimate goal of a career in public interest law.

In my free time I enjoy playing lots and lots of board games, making playlists for my loved ones on Spotify, listening to all kinds of podcasts, and walking/hiking/meandering. I also love spending time with young people, which keeps me up to date with the latest news in important subjects like Cocomelon, Fortnite, and Tiktok trends.

One of the best things I’ve done recently is teaching a Lego-based Sunday School class! I’m most looking forward to being so close to the mountains and the coast at the same time, enjoying the PNW weather, drinking lots of coffee, becoming a Kraken and Sounders fan, and sharing in worship and fellowship with everyone at Saint Mark's.


Say hello to Laura! She is spending her year working at Real Change News:

I am excited to go from the shores of Lake Michigan and the Mississippi River to the Pacific Northwest.

I am joining Seattle Service Corps after graduating from Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana. I grew up in the land of Lincoln and lived in Rockford, Illinois and Edwardsville, Illinois (near St. Louis).

As a person who majored in history and minored in sociology and communication, I am looking forward to having my time in Seattle be a part of my personal context. When not being surrounded by cornfields, I enjoy hiking, photography, and coffee shops.

Connections: The American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 10, 10:10-10:50 A.M., in person in Bloedel Hall or via Zoom

Hosted by the Mideast Focus Ministry, Saint Mark's welcomes John Lent, Executive Director of American Friends of the Diocese of Jerusalem, for a conversation about the work of AFEDJ in the West Bank and Gaza and an up-close assessment of the current situation in Israel-Palestine and the broader region. The Cathedral and Diocese have long been supporters of AFEDJ; currently Bishop Rickel serves as chair of the board, so we are particularly grateful for this opportunity to reconnect with this important partner.

John is an experienced non-profit, education and corporate leader. He started his career as a teacher and worked in educational publishing for many years in New York City. He served as Executive Director of New Leaders, a national non-profit that recruits and trains school leaders in partnership with many of the largest urban school districts in the country. Before joining AFEDJ, John was COO of an educational technology company in New York. John is active in his Episcopal parish, where he has served as vestry member, warden, member of the rector search committee, Sunday school teacher, chair of the discernment committee and stewardship committee chair. Watch a brief video with John below.

AFEDJ is a nonpolitical, nonsectarian 501(c) (3) organization dedicated to transforming lives of the vulnerable and displaced in the Middle East through support of the schools, hospitals, and centers for children with disabilities that are owned and operated by the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem in Palestine, Jordan, Israel, Syria and Lebanon. Since 1988, AFEDJ donors have contributed more than $30 million to the Diocese of Jerusalem’s humanitarian institutions. Learn more at www.afedj.org.

Come to Bloedel Hall between the 9 and 11 a.m. services to watch the discussion, or join using this Zoom link.

Wisdom School 21/22 Opening Plenary: A Spirituality of Desire

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2021, 6:45 P.M.–8:15 P.M., in person in Bloedel Hall and via Zoom.

Dean Thomason introduces the theme for The Wisdom School at Saint Mark's 21/22 program year.

Desire is often understood as existing in the realm of carnal experience, and is therefore to be denied or rejected. But mystics know a deeper truth—that desire is at the core of our spiritual awareness and informs all that we do and are, in response to God’s desire for us, or alternatively, as a shadow that hinders that union through false attachments. Dean Steve Thomason will draw on art, poetry, science, and theology, including writings of the mystics, exploring desire as a deeply-seated (and perhaps divinely hard-wired) spiritual gift that enables us to engage the Other in life-giving union while also reflecting on ways we fall prey to false attachments meant to fill the spiritual whole that only God can fill. No fee. In-person attendees must be vaccinated. 


Click here to download the Powerpoint slides from this presentation.

References related to this presentation include:

  • Coakley, Sarah. The New Asceticism: Sexuality, Gender, and the Quest for God. Bloomsbury, 2015
  • Gudorf, Christine. Body, Sex, and Pleasure: Reconstructing Christian Sexual Ethics. Pilgrim Press, 1994.
  • Guenther, Margaret. The Practice of Prayer. Cowley, 1998
  • May, Gerald. Will and Spirit: A Contemplative Psychology. HarperOne, 1987.

Nominate a candidate for Vestry or Diocesan Convention

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Now Open: Nominations for candidates for the Saint Mark’s Vestry and for Delegates to Diocesan Convention 2022

The Vestry is a group of laypeople elected by the parish who, along with the Rector, supervise and sustain the finances, facilities and grounds of the Cathedral. New members are needed for both the vestry and to act as delegates at this year's Diocesan Convention.

Members of the Nominating Committee will be in the back of the Nave each Sunday in October to answer questions and accept names of those interested. If you would like to nominate someone or would like more information about either of these important roles, please send an email to nominations@saintmarks.org or look here.

2021 St. Francis Day Outdoor Liturgy with Blessing of the Animals

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2021, 4:30 P.M., on the outdoor labyrinth and front lawn

On Saturday, October 2, Saint Mark's will once again offer its beloved Saint Francis Day tradition. A few years ago this offering was moved from Sunday morning to Saturday afternoon, and the outdoor celebration has a truly festive community atmosphere. Dogs, cats, bird, bunnies, ponies, chickens, and all creatures great and small are welcome!

The event will again feature contributions from acclaimed Seattle musician James Falzone, and this year, music will also be offered by the young choristers of Choir School. The service will include prayers for healing humanity’s relationship with the earth, and for all the creatures who share the earth with us. Following the service, animals can receive an individual blessing from a priest if desired.

All are invited to attend, with or without their animal companions. Stuffed animals are also welcome to be blessed, as are photographs of pets who would not find attending the event a blessed experience.

Animals should remain leashed or kenneled. Following current recommendations regarding outdoor events with crowds, all attendees must remain masked at all times, and are requested to maintain social distance as much as possible. You are welcome to bring your own chair to use on the lawn, although chairs will also be provided.

UPDATE: Video may be seen below

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Code Red For Humanity: Reflections on the IPCC Report 6th Assessment Report on Climate Change

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UPDATED WITH VIDEO OF THE EVENT

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 7 P.M. via Zoom

The recent IPCC report shows that heating from humans has caused irreparable damage to Earth that could worsen in the years to come. Come learn about causes, potential impacts and response options while reflecting how we may find hope in our collective efforts for change.

Saint Mark's parishioner and American Geophysical Union president-elect Lisa Graumlich will lead us in making sense of these findings and explore how we may move forward with this information.


Click here to download the slides from the presentation.

Click here to download a list of references and resources.

A video of the event can be seen below :

PLEASE NOTE: Like all cathedral gatherings, both in person and online, this event began with a Land Acknowledgment. However, it was inadvertently not recorded, and so does not appear in the video above. Saint Mark’s Cathedral acknowledges that we gather on the traditional land of the first people of Seattle, the Duwamish People, who are still here, and we honor with gratitude the land itself and the life of the Duwamish Tribe.

Wendy Claire Barrie Called as New Canon for Intergenerational Ministries

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A Message from Dean Thomason

Dear friends,

It is my great delight to announce that Wendy Claire Barrie has accepted the call to serve as Canon for Intergenerational Ministries at Saint Mark’s Cathedral in Seattle. She will begin her work November 1, 2021. Her visionary leadership and vast experience in lifelong spiritual formation and her passion for intergenerational ministry will complement the many gifts our formation team already brings into these areas, and as a lay person herself, she has a keen commitment to the ministry of all the baptized.

Wendy has served more than 25 years in parish-based formation ministry in California, New York and Connecticut, and she has a wealth of experience with many curricula, including Godly Play and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Since March 2020, she has served as Acquisitions Editor and Christian Formation Specialist for Church Publishing, and recently guided the revision of the highly-regarded Journey to Adulthood curriculum. Wendy is a nationally-renowned speaker and teacher in the field of lifelong spiritual formation, and her latest book, The Church Post-Sunday School: How to be Intergenerational and Why It Matters, is due out next summer. She is no stranger to Saint Mark’s, having spoken here in 2017 about home-based faith practices, drawing on her earlier book, Faith at Home: A Handbook for Cautiously Christian Parents. The topic is as timely as ever as we lean into new ways of being Church in the post-pandemic world. She and her husband Phil will move from Brooklyn, New York, to Seattle in the coming weeks while their son Peter continues his education at Bard College.

Ms. Barrie’s call is the culmination of a robust search process in which an extraordinary committee of gifted leaders of Saint Mark’s diligently worked with an excellent pool of applicants, prayerfully discerning unanimous support for Wendy’s call. I am very grateful to committee members Carmen Brady, Maria Coldwell, Cadence Cole, Sonjia Gavin, Emily Meeks, and Peter Snyder. Please join me in thanking them for their good work, and please join me in welcoming Wendy and Phil to the Saint Mark’s community. I am,

Gratefully,

The Very Rev. Steven L. Thomason
Dean and Rector

 


A Message from Wendy Claire Barrie

When I read the position description for this new role, I took immediate notice because, truly, it sounds like my dream job! I was formed by growing up in an intergenerational church—St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Laguna Beach, California—and I’ve brought that experience into my Christian formation work wherever I’ve gone. My family and I are eager for this new adventure. One thing I have missed about parish ministry is holding other people’s babies during Sunday sermons, and one thing Phil and I are hopeful about finding in Seattle is a larger kitchen than we’ve had in Brooklyn. (I have been doing a lot of anxiety baking the last 18 months!) I’m so happy to be coming to Saint Mark’s. I can’t wait to see what we will dream and build here together, as followers of Jesus from all ages and stages of faith.

Thanks—

Wendy


Learn more about Wendy here.

20s/30s: Art and Jazz Event

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14, 7:30 P.M., at Epiphany Parish in Madrona

Join an evening of Art & Jazz with other young adults from around the Diocese (7:30–9 p.m.). View art from local artists affiliated with Vibrant Palette Art Center and listen to jazz piano from Jeremy Bacon in the Chapel at Epiphany Parish, Seattle. Artwork will be available for purchase to support Vibrant Palette's mission to empower artists with disabilities and build a more inclusive arts community in Seattle. Light refreshments provided. Questions? Email Emily Meeks (emcmeeks@gmail.com).

Sunday Stairway Walks for 20s/30s

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2 P.M.–5:15 P.M., pre-registration required

(PREVIOUS WALKS OCCURRED ON JULY 11, AUGUST 8 & SEPTEMBER 26)

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. 

  • OCTOBER 17: St. Paul's and "Southwest Queen Anne"

Cobblestone lanes, historic landmark homes, and expansive views mark this 4.1 mile walk starting from St. Paul’s. Join other young adults from around the Diocese of Olympia to explore and learn more about Southwest Queen Anne with stops at the Wilcox Wall, Parsons Garden and Kerry Park. We’ll also get a brief background and tour of St. Paul’s from Rev. Nat Johnson. Light refreshments provided. Participants have the option of attending a 5 pm service. Learn more and register here. The route is based on this walk.

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

Register using this link

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Jim Pannell to leave his role as Director of Operations

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A Message from Dean Thomason

Dear friends,

Cathedral Director of Operations Jim Pannell has resigned to take a new role in San Francisco which he describes in some detail below. We are sad to see him leave, but we wish him well in his new ventures. He came to Seattle from San Francisco just two years ago, and the pandemic intervened just months after he arrived, but he pressed through with grace and good will, and we are grateful for his work among us. His leadership has been key to ensuring our pandemic-related precautions are safely implemented and maintained. His last day on the job will be Friday October 8, 2021. Please join me in thanking him for his service, and sending him with our best wishes as he begins this new role.

While such transitions are always challenging, we are fortunate to have in Canon Marda Steedman Sanborn in her interim role with us this fall. Marda served six years as Canon to the Ordinary for the Diocese of Olympia, and in that role had many of the responsibilities that are part of the Director of Operations portfolio. Marda has graciously offered to assume many of the key operational responsibilities in the interim as we conduct a search for a new Director. I will assume some as well, which is to say, we have a plan to ensure key support services are not interrupted.

I also want to specifically acknowledge the skillful work that David Wagner, Chris Brown, Stephen Eddy, Adam Conley, and Erik Donner bring to their operational roles. They are competent, hard-working, and self-motivated, and I have great confidence in them. Indeed, I am very grateful for them for all the ways they support this community behind the scenes, ensuring that the cathedral mission and ministries can flourish.

We will post a new Director of Operations position this week with every hope to have a new person in the role before the end of the year. In the meantime, if you have questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me. And again, we are grateful for Jim’s work and his time with us. I am,

Gratefully,

The Very Rev. Steven L. Thomason
Dean and Rector

 


A Message from Jim Pannell

I’m a big believer in serendipity. Some call it luck. To me, it is an openness to the unexpected. I recently experienced one of those serendipitous events when three weeks ago I was contacted by an independent high school - The Bay School of San Francisco. This was an unexpected, out of the blue, email asking if I would talk to them about an opportunity at the school.

I have been very happy in my two years at Saint Mark’s, with no expectation to leave, look for another position, or disrupt the happy state our family has been in since coming to Seattle. However, I always think it is often a good idea to at least listen. And, fifteen days later, following three Zoom calls, and a quick 24 hour visit to San Francisco, I received an offer from The Bay School to serve as their Chief Financial & Operations Officer. On Sunday afternoon I accepted that position and let Dean Thomason know of my intention to depart in a few weeks.

This was an extraordinarily difficult decision. But, after a lot of conversation and consideration with my family, we decided together that this was also an opportunity from which I should not walk away. With the excitement of a new position comes the sadness of departing a place and people I love. One that pursues a mission that is close to my heart. I am going to miss all of you.

I am grateful for the opportunity to come to St. Mark’s and have learned so much under the leadership of Dean Thomason. Serving with you would have been so much harder if not for my direct reports – Adam Conley, Stephen Eddy, and David Wagner. It has been an honor to serve with all of you, the entire staff, and the beloved parishioners at Saint Mark’s.

As a final note, if I had not come to St. Mark’s and spent the past two years focused on non-profit management, I do not think that The Bay School of San Francisco would have called me to this role. I have learned so much from each of you and your wisdom, intelligence, generosity, kindness, and love have all contributed to this new chapter in our life as a family.

With gratitude,

Jim

Meet your Cathedral Yoga Instructor!

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Wendy first came to Saint Mark's in 1996, and has been involved in Cathedral Yoga since its very beginning in 2013. For those who think that yoga teachers are all super-flexible contortionists, it may be interesting to know that Wendy has both scoliosis and spinal stenosis. In 2020, after experiencing terrible pain, she went through serious back surgery— a laminectomy in the lumbar region. After a lot of healing she is now pain-free and practicing yoga as she has been for over 50 years!

How did you first get involved in yoga?

I loved the first yoga class I attended in 1964 in Boston. I then always went to yoga classes wherever I was—in Manila and Sydney and then here in Seattle. Through the years I experienced many different types of yoga and studied with a lot of yoga "stars". Finally I did my teacher training with Ana Forrest and Shari Friederickson.

What are your goals for a Cathedral Yoga class?

My goals for Cathedral Yoga are to have people receive a visceral sense of the sacred, to leave feeling better than when they came, relaxed and stretched out.

If someone was on the fence about attending Cathedral Yoga for the first time, what would you say to them?

Individuals have told me over the years how much they enjoy yoga on the altar platform. No other yoga setting can compete!

The idea of attending a yoga class can be intimidating to someone who has never done it before, but it's worth the adventure. Cathedral Yoga is always taught in a way that will be rewarding for people of all levels, including absolute beginners. Some have found that practicing in the huge space of the cathedral nave actually make them less self-conscious than they feel in the smaller space of a typical yoga studio!


Cathedral Yoga is offered every Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the cathedral nave. Please contact Gregory Bloch at gbloch@saintmarks.org with any questions.

 

 

20s/30s Pop-up “Questioning Together” and Compline

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3, 7:30 p.m. in Leffler House

Where is God When Bad Things Happen? We’ll discuss this previously discussed question in the lens of a pandemic year in a special edition of Questioning Together.

Join us for a BYO dinner and conversation at 7:30 p.m. (bring your own, drinks provided) followed by an hour of Questioning Together starting at 8 p.m. For those interested, a group will go to Compline together at 9:30 p.m.

Questions? Email Emily Meeks (emcmeeks@gmail.com) or Seyi Akanni (seyi.akanni@gmail.com).

Seattle Service Corps “Pantry Pounding” and Porch Reception

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 12 P.M., Leffler porch

Join the Seattle Service Corps on the front porch of Leffler after the 11 a.m. service for conversation and refreshments hosted by the newly-arrived 2021–2022 cohort! All are invited to bring a "Pantry Pounding" gift to help provision the service corps for the coming year. The wish list items may be seen and signed up for here. Gifts that you can sign up for include kitchen staples like flour, sugar, and oil, but also a bicycle, sleeping bags, or a guitar! Questions? E-mail Adam Conley at aconley@saintmarks.org.

Autumnal Poetry Reading, hosted by Creation Care

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3, 10:10-10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall

Fall is upon us with leaves changing, crisper nights, and fruits for foraging. Drawing from a selection of autumnal poems, parishioner and English professor Doug Thorpe will guide us in a time of reading and reflection to discover creation themes and connections.

View a PDF of the poetry read at the event here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Choral Evensong in Celebration of Saints Francis and Clare of Assisi

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3, 4:30 P.M., in person and livestreamed

Continuing the celebration of Creation launched with the Blessing of Animals on October 2, Saint Mark's Cathedral commemorates the lives of Saints Clare and Francis of Assisi in Choral Evensong on the Eve of the Feast of Saint Francis. The intergenerational Evensong Choir will offer H. Walford Davies' magical setting of Psalm 121, I lift up my eyes to the hills, John Rutter's beloved setting of For the beauty of the earth, and Stanford's stately settings of the Songs of Mary and Simeon in the key of C.

If you are new to Choral Evensong, learn more about the liturgy and choir here. You can get a taste of the sound of the Evensong Choir in the video below, from 2019.

The Rev. Eliacín Rosario-Cruz called as Cathedral Canon

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A Message from Dean Thomason

Dear friends,

It is my great delight to share the exciting news that The Reverend Eliacín Rosario-Cruz has accepted the call to serve as Canon and Priest Associate at Saint Mark’s Cathedral. Eliacín (pronounced “ay-lee-uh-SEEN”) is no stranger to Saint Mark’s, having served as Adult Faith Formation Associate here 2005–2008, and he was ordained a priest in the cathedral in 2015. Since ordination he has served St. Luke’s~San Lucas Episcopal Church in Vancouver, WA, and, more recently, as rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Snohomish since September, 2017.

He is a graduate of Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry, and is also a trainer with the College for Congregational Development. His interests include intercultural competency in congregational systems, intersectional justice, and liberation theology. He is a native of Puerto Rico, and his bilingual gifts figure prominently in his ministry.

As Cathedral Canon he will join fellow clergy in our collaborative design of parish ministry, taking his place as preacher, pastor, and teacher, while also serving as a member of the senior leadership team exercising administrative leadership as well. Eliacín’s passion for restorative justice and systemic change lends well to his playing a key and timely role in our community’s efforts in that expression of ministry, and I look forward to his witness and voice in our midst as we plot the course forward together. His first day at Saint Mark’s will be October 26, 2021.

Please join me in welcoming Eliacín, his wife Ricci Kilmer, and their three teenagers, Catherine (Catie) Rosario-Kilmer, Eliacín Gabriel Rosario-Kilmer, Elías Oscar Rosario-Kilmer.

The Very Rev. Steven L. Thomason
Dean and Rector


A Message from The Reverend Eliacín Rosario-Cruz

Dear friends,

It is with great joy that I have accepted the call to join you in ministry and service at Saint Mark’s. I am looking forward to being in community with you. I accepted this call because of your intentional desire to be agents of justice and love in the community with integrity and creativity. I am thrilled to join you in the many ways you show God’s love to your neighbors. See you soon!

Que el Señor omnipotente y misericordioso: Padre, Hijo y Espíritu Santo, los bendiga y los guarde. Amén.

—The Rev. Eliacín Rosario-Cruz

Forum in Response to the Afghanistan Crisis: Sahar—Education for Afghanistan Girls

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Response to the Afghanistan Crisis: Sahar—Education for Afghanistan Girls

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2021, 7— 8:30 P.M., via Zoom, registration required.

The distressing reports out of Afghanistan in recent days are horrifying. Twenty years ago Sahar was launched in northern Afghanistan as an NGO serving girls. More than 250,000 girls have been educated in 18 schools in the region, and programs to reduce early marriage and build male allies took root. Saint Mark’s member Ginna Brelsford led this project until last year, and remains actively engaged with new leaders—two Afghan women here in the U.S. whose families are still in Afghanistan. Join this forum to learn more, to receive updates from the region where the schools, now closed, have had such an impact. While the future remains unclear, and the safety of the Sahar staff is of grave concern, there is hope that the education these women have received will continue to have positive impact, even in such difficult times.

Ginna will be joined by Sahar’s Program Manager, Shogofa Amini, a native of Mazar-e-Sharif who has been working with Sahar since 2018, as well as Executive Director Malahat Mazaher. Learn more about Shogofa, Malahat, and Ginna below.

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Pastoral Care Hotline Update: New Number

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The phone number for the Pastoral Care Emergency line has changed.

Now, instead of a special number, those in need of urgent spiritual care can simply call the cathedral main phone number, and then request extension 100. A member of the clergy will answer, or call back as soon as possible. Outside of normal office hours, this information will be included in the outgoing voicemail message.

24/7 Pastoral Care Hotline: 206-323-0300 ext. 100

Examples of a pastoral care emergency might include: a loved one in the hospital, an unexpected bereavement, or any time you need to speak to a priest urgently.

Radix 6 Opening Plenary: Encounters with God in Times of Transition

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 7–8:30 P.M., via Zoom 

This fall, the theme for Radix 6, Encounters with God in Times of Transition, draws inspiration from selected scripture stories and accompanying artwork to invite reflection on current events and how we live and move and have our being in this time. All are welcome to the opening Plenary Presentation, whether or not you plan to participate in the small groups.

Register to receive the Zoom link for the Plenary using this link. (This is different than the link to sign up for a small group.)


SMALL GROUPS MEET: ONCE A WEEK STARTING THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 19, THROUGH OCTOBER 31. Register for a small group here

Learn more about Radix groups here. Deadline to register for a small group: September 15.

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