The Pentecost Evangelist Banner

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In the season after Pentecost each year, a stunning quilted banner is displayed on the reredos.

First displayed at Saint Mark’s in 2017, this striking banner depicts the symbols of the four evangelists (the Four Living Creatures from the book of Ezekiel). It was made in the 1980s by Northwest textile artist and sculptor Margaret Hays.

Margaret Hays was born into a  family of women artists in 1931. She received her MFA in 1975 from the University of Washington. Her passion was sculpting with fabric and liturgical art was her primary subject, with an emphasis on mother and child. Throughout her career as an artist, she contributed much to churches across the Diocese of Olympia. She was a member of St. John’s, Snohomish. She died peacefully in 2016 at the age of 85.

The evangelists banner was displayed for many years at St. Hilda-St. Patrick Episcopal Church in Edmonds, WA, but was ultimately given to the Diocesan Altar Guild. The Altar Guild gifted this banner to Saint Mark’s Cathedral in 2017. It was repaired and restored in 2017 by Saint Mark’s members Sandra Piscitello and Jo Ann Bailey, and Diocesan Altar Guild chair Sherry Garman, and has been displayed every year in this season since then.

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Dean’s Message on Land Acknowledgment

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Dean Thomason sent the following message to the community regarding the creation and intention behind the cathedral's Land Acknowledgment. Much more information can be found at Saint Mark's Land Acknowledgment page.


A Message from Dean Thomason

Dear friends,
You may have noticed in recent months more occasions when we have begun our worship or meetings with a Land Acknowledgment:

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. 

Over the last year a Vestry-appointed ad hoc group has worked to develop the Land Acknowledgment we are now using. It was adopted unanimously by the cathedral Vestry in April of this year, and every group at Saint Mark’s—every ministry, every gathering, every committee—is encouraged to begin your time together with this Land Acknowledgment. The Vestry is committed to this action and many more as we seek to deepen our relationship with and support for the Duwamish People. You can read more about that, and the process that led to this action, on the website, but I hope and expect you will embrace this work as well, with intention.

Words matter, and this is the work of justice to which we are called as a community of faith, and as individuals. If it feels awkward at first to say the words, as I suspect it might for some, I beseech you to press on, keep saying them, and remain open to the conversion that can happen when the words help form you into a new awareness.

In my conversation with Duwamish tribal chair (and descendent of Chief Seattle) Cecile Hansen as part of this process, she spoke of the tribe’s desire to gain federal recognition; the desire to see the economic, ecological, and social harms perpetrated against her people be corrected; the desire to be in relationship with groups like Saint Mark’s Cathedral who are willing to recognize and respect the first peoples of the land on which we gather. I assured her of our commitment to that relationship and that respect for her and the Duwamish people. I made that commitment on behalf of this wonderful community, and I hope you will stand with me and the Vestry in this cause. There is much more to come.

Your Brother in Christ,

The Very Reverend Steven L. Thomason
Dean and Rector


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Seattle Service Corps Year-End Conversation

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16, 7 P.M., via Zoom

Join this year’s SSC cohort for an evening of conversation and Q&A to learn more about their service year experience, learnings, impressions of Seattle in a pandemic, and what they’re doing next. Please pre-register using this Zoom link.


Blessing and Sending

SUNDAY, JUNE 27, during the 11 A.M. service

The seven women of this year's SSC cohort—Caroline, Kylee, Taylor, Amanda, April, Grace, and Stephanie—will mark the conclusion of their service year with a blessing and sending during the 11 a.m. service on June 27. Whether watching via livestream or in person, your prayerful witness will help lift and send our service corps members as they move into the next chapter of God’s call for their lives.

Tent City Returns to Campus

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Share / Wheel's Tent City 3 was last located on the cathedral campus during the summer of 2020. On June 15, Tent City will return to the cathedral campus to house up to 100 homeless men and women. The portable, self-managed Tent Cities are democratically organized. They operate with a strict Code of Conduct which requires sobriety, nonviolence, cooperation and participation. Saint Mark's parishioners are encouraged to provide support to residents through a variety of ways. Stay tuned for more about how you can help these unhoused members of our community.

Tent City 3 will be in residence here for 12 weeks. Move-out will be September 8.

Read more about Tent City from 2020 here.


UPDATE (June 18, 2021)

Tent City 3 arrived in the cathedral parking lot last Tuesday. The site is currently housing approximately 35 people, substantially less than in previous years. Interestingly, only four of the current residents were living in the community when it was at Saint Mark's last year. Here are some views of this year's move-in process:

A Cathedral Cookbook for Covidtide

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RECIPES DUE BY JUNE 15, 2021
As we inch forward into a post-pandemic existence, we all had experiences that involved preparing food at home. To memorialize this piece of the pandemic experience, every household is invited to send one (only one please) recipe that you found especially meaningful for you. You are welcome to include a brief comment (not to exceed 50 words) that offers some context if you like. We will organize this and make the cookbook available in digital format for free. Please send your one recipe to cookbook@saintmarks.org no later than June 15, 2021. (If you’d like to be part of a small group to work on this project, let Dean Thomason know).

Ordination Liturgy for Malcolm McLaurin

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Ordination Liturgy

TUESDAY, JUNE 15, 6:30 P.M., via livestream
God willing and the people consenting, Bishop Rickel will preside at the ordination of new priests, including Saint Mark’s own Malcolm McLaurin, Charissa Bradstreet (Epiphany, Seattle) and Gerry Brennan (St. James, Cathlamet).

Former Cathedral Canon Malcolm McLaurin is sponsored for ordination to the priesthood by Saint Mark’s Cathedral and the Diocese of Olympia.

Projecting Justice at Saint Mark’s

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Justice means they would still be alive today. 

May 25 marks the anniversary of the murder of George Floyd, a watershed moment that has re-energized an ongoing nationwide movement and sparked an urgent conversation about the role of policing in our state. In Washington, about 40-50 members of our communities—disproportionately Black, Brown, Indigenous, and AAPI—are killed each year by police officers. That must change.

Beginning on May 25, the Saint Mark’s cathedral building will become a public monument. With the approval of the Vestry, and in collaboration with the ACLU of Washington State, the names of citizens killed by police will be projected onto the façade of the cathedral, in letters over three feet high. With the exception of George Floyd, all the names will be people from Seattle and Western Washington. In this way, Saint Mark’s will use its most visible asset—the cathedral building itself—to “say their names” in this extraordinarily public way, in order to spark discussions and move towards meaningful change in our own community and region.

In the 2021 legislative session, ACLU-WA collaborated with the Washington Coalition on Police Accountability, a coalition which centers the voices of impacted family members whose loved ones have been killed by police. Their work seeks to bring us towards justice by preventing the unnecessary and unjust killing of others by police. Through lobbying, organizing, and policy efforts, the Washington state legislature passed 14 bills on policing, aimed at reducing police violence.  

Special thanks to Spokane Community Against Racism (SCAR) for designing and building our equipment.

Learn more: 

ProjectingJustice.org

Washington Coalition for Police Accountability 

Washington Coalition for Police Accountability Facebook 

ACLU-WA Policing Blog Series 


Updates:

This article contains reflections by Dean Thomason on meeting the family of Herbert Hightower Jr., who visited the cathedral to see their loved one's name projected on May 26.


Victims and Dates of Light Projections: 

May 25 – George Floyd
May 27 – Tommy Le and Mi’Chance Dunlap-Gittens
May 28 – Joel Nelson and Billy Langfitt 
May 29 – Iosia Faletogo and Samuel Toshiro Smith
May 30 – John T. Williams and Stoney Chiefstick
May 31 – Renee DavisCecil Lacy Jr, and Daniel Covarrubias
June 2 – Leonard Thomas and Said Joquin
June 4 – Enosa “EJ” Strickland and Giovonn Joseph-McDade 
June 5 – Matthew Folden and Patrick West
June 6 – Ryan Smith, Damarius Butts, Che Taylor, and Shaun Fuhr 
June 7 – Kevin Peterson Jr, Clando Anitok, and Carlos Hunter 
June 8 – Juan Rene Hummel, Clayton Joseph, Oscar Perez Giron, and Michael Pierce

INFORMATION ABOUT THE NAMED INDIVIDUALS

NOTE: Additional information to be added soon.

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MAY 26

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    Charleena Lyles weighed 100 pounds. She was 14 weeks pregnant with three of her 4 children at home when she was killed by Seattle police. Police allege she was holding a paring knife.  They had recently been to her apartment and were aware she struggled with behavioral health issues.  

  • Herbert Hightower Jr. was killed in 2004 by Seattle police while experiencing a mental health crisis. Police claimed Herbert had two knives when they approached him and have changed their story multiple times, first stating that Herbert was walking towards them and they were remorseful for not using non-lethal weapons, then changing it to he was running towards them and they were no longer remorseful. The family learned one of the knives claimed to be found on the scene was a round-edged butter knife. The family still does not know what happened, and no one has been held accountable. Herbert was only 25 years old.  

MAY 27

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    Tommy Le was shot and killed by police in Burien in 2017. The King County Sheriff's office initially claimed that he was shot while charging at the police with a knife. They later admitted the no knife was involved at all, and that he was shot in the back. An autopsy suggests that he was in fact lying face down on the ground when he was shot. He was 20 years old, 5'4" tall, and described by his family as "nerdy." Office of Law Enforcement Oversight found "serious gaps" in the investigation into the killing, and King County settled a lawsuit with his family in March of 2021. 

  • Mi’Chance Dunlap-Gittens was 17 years old when he was shot in the back while running away from plainclothes police officers in Des Moines, WA, in a botched sting operation in 2017. Mi'Chance was completely innocent of any crime whatsoever—the police were attempting to arrest another teenager (who, as it happens, was also innocent). It is unclear if he ever knew that the men attacking him were police. King County apologized for the killing, and the case led to the implementation of body cameras and dash cams by the King County Sheriff's Office. But the chain of blunders on the part of the police that led to his death should never have occurred. 

MAY 28

  • Joel Nelson’s death in 2016 should not have occurred. Joel was unarmed and police de-escalation should have been used in his incident. The Thurston County Sheriff needs to learn from Joel’s case and implement a transparent process for investigations. Five years later conflicts of interest proving family relationships involved in the Sheriff’s office are still a major role in investigations.
  • Billy Langfitt was 28 years old when he was killed by a Pierce County Sheriff Deputy near Graham Washington, in 2018. Billy was experiencing a mental health crisis and was unarmed when he was shot. The deputy made no effort to de-escalate or use less lethal force.   

MAY 29

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    Iosia Faletogo was shot by Seattle Police officers the afternoon of December 31, 2018. He was pulled over for a traffic stop and fled the scene on foot. Six officers chased him, tackled him, and held him down. He had a gun on his person, and complied with commands to drop it and not reach for it. One officer shot him point blank in the head, although the officers heard Iosia say “not reaching.”

  • Samuel Toshiro Smith was severely impaired by drugs and alcohol and holding a knife when he was shot by a police officer in Seattle in 2015. Body camera footage shows that he was killed less than two seconds after being given a warning by police. He had no chance to respond. No attempt was made to calm, de-escalate, control, or simply evade the situation. Non-lethal weapons were not employed. The officer's choice to end Sam's life was not inevitable.   

MAY 30

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    John T. Williams was a seventh-generation woodcarver of the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nation. On August 30, 2010, a Seattle police officer saw him walking across a street in downtown Seattle holding a small pocket knife, which was later found to be closed at the time. The officer shouted "Hey! Put the knife down!" and less than five seconds after the first "Hey," the officer shot him dead. 

  • Stoney Chiefstick was killed in a crowd gathered for a fireworks celebration on July 3, 2019, in Poulsbo, Washington. The officer who killed him made no effort at all to de-escalate and instead rushed him and killed him. There was no conversation, no effort to move the crowd, no use of alternatives. He was alleged to have had a screwdriver. Stoney Chiefstick’s death was unnecessary.  

MAY 31

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    Renee Davis was killed in her own bed in October of 2016 by two King County deputies. Those deputies were called for a welfare check and were there to make sure she was safe during a mental health crisis, yet they killed her in the presence of her children. The officers had their guns out before approaching her door, did not de-escalate, take time, or secure the safety of anyone involved before they kicked her bedroom door open and killed her. The officers’ actions were found reasonable.   

  • Cecil Lacy Jr. was killed September 2015 by a Snohomish County Sheriff Deputy and Tulalip tribal police. He was walking, unarmed, committing no crime, having no criminal history. He died from asphyxia while prone, cuffed, with the deputy sheriff on his back. Cecil’s last words were “I CAN’T BREATHE.” Cecil was killed on his own reservation. Cecil left three kids, a wife, mother, grandchildren.   
  • Daniel Covarrubias was killed in Lakewood in April 2015, holding a cell phone when he was killed and the officers took no effort to use de-escalation tactics. He was in a mental health crisis. He was killed within seconds of officers arriving on the scene. The shooting was deemed justified by the department. 

JUNE 1

  • Jackie Salyers was killed by Tacoma Police Department, the officers shooting at the vehicle she was allegedly driving towards them, claiming their lives were in danger. This death and cover up in early 2016 illustrates the failures of police investigating police, and the disregard for Native Americans. Native Americans have the highest rate of fatal encounters with police.   
  • Bennie Branch was checking on his mother who was living in her vehicle at the time, when Bennie was shot and killed by Tacoma Police Department. This shooting in September 2019 has so many facts in dispute, it needs an independent investigation, and a jury to weigh these facts. Bennie was unarmed and shot in his back while running away.

JUNE 2

  • Leonard Thomas was unarmed, holding his son, when a SWAT sniper shot him in Fife Washington on the porch of his home in 2013. Three of the officers involved in killing Leonard were found civilly liable in federal court and a jury found that their egregious actions were directly responsible for Leonard’s unnecessary death. All three of these officers have been promoted and still have their badges and jobs. 
  • Said Joquin was killed during a Lakewood traffic stop in 2020 by one of the same officers who had been found responsible for the wrongful death of Leonard Thomas seven years earlier. Said was suspected of rolling through a stop sign. Police justified the killing by claiming he had "lowered his hands" after being ordered to keep them in air. The man who was in the passenger seat during the killing says that this is a lie. Officer Mike Wiley should have been removed from the police force after his misconduct in 2013. 

JUNE 3

  • Jesse Sarey was killed in Auburn, WA, on May 31, 2019 by Officer Jeff Nelson, who had multiple complaints of excessive force. Jesse was the third person he killed. The King County prosecutor has filed second degree murder and first degree assault charges and the officer was arrested. Jesse was only 25 years old.
  • Isaiah Obet was, according to claims made by the police, attempting to commit a carjacking in June of 2017, armed with a small knife. Officer Jeff Nelson arrived, ordered his police dog to attack, and shot Isaiah in the chest. While lying on the ground, having been mauled by a dog and with a bullet already in his chest, Isaiah posed no threat. Nevertheless, Officer Nelson stood over Isaiah and fired a second shot directly into his head. The Auburn Police Department awarded Officer Nelson its Medal of Valor for thwarting the carjacking. The City of Auburn settled a lawsuit brought by Isaiah's family for $1.25 million.
  • Brian Scaman was the first of the three people shot by Auburn Police Officer Jeff Nelson, killed during a traffic stop in 2011. The officer claimed that he was being attacked, and yet Scaman was shot in the back of the head.

JUNE 4

  • Enosa “EJ” Strickland was shot by Auburn police in May 2019 while waiting with police for a ride to pick him up. No crime had been committed. According to the police, Strickland allegedly obtained a knife belonging to one of the officers, although it remains unclear how that happened. The officers  claim they were unable to deescalate or restrain EJ, and instead fired a single shot into the back of his head.  
  • Giovonn Joseph McDade was killed in Kent in a traffic stop in June 2017. He was not committing a crime and was unarmed when he was killed. The vehicular pursuit was unnecessary. He was 20 years old. An officer standing beside Giovonn’s car shot him twice.   

JUNE 5

  • Matthew Folden was killed in Wenatchee in a grocery store parking lot in July 2017. Matt was agitated and is alleged to have threatened people with a pocket knife. He was killed within 13 seconds of the police arriving on the scene. Matt was 31 years old, had a history of drug use and co-occurring mental health issues, was a local musician and tattoo artist, and was a father and part of a loving family.
  • Patrick West was a loving husband, father, son, brother, and friend who suffered from bipolar disorder. Police were called to his home in Montesano in April 2019 for a welfare check when he was experiencing a mental health crisis. Patrick was alone in his own home and had not committed any crime. The local police activated a multi-jurisdictional tactical response team, which surrounded his home with armed officers, snipers, and an armored vehicle.  Patrick was shot in the back and shoulder after tactical officers breached the door to his home with a battering ram. He was holding a piece of steel from his workshop.

JUNE 6

  • Ryan Smith was killed in May 2019 after his girlfriend called 911 saying, "He needs help." Rather than providing help, police broke the door down, and six second later he was shot 12 times, as his girlfriend yelled "do not shoot!" Seattle's Office of Police Accountability concluded both officers had acted in a "lawful and proper" manner. 
  • Damarius Butts was shot and killed by Seattle police following a report of an armed robbery at a downtown convenience store. Nineteen-year-old Butts and his 17-year-old sister reportedly stole doughnuts, chips and a 12-pack of beer, showing the clerk a handgun on the way out. According to police officers chased him, and a police officer was struck in the protective vest with a round. Butts died from multiple gunshot wounds. His family believes that have never found out what really happened.
  • Che Taylor was given conflicting demands by Seattle Police, and he had his hands up when they shot him and left him to bleed to death. He was unarmed. Che was killed in February 2016, and his brother and sister founded Not This Time to advocate for other families facing the difficulties of navigating the system after a police-involved shooting.   
  • Shaun Fuhr was holding his child and running away from police when he was killed in Seattle in April 2020. It appears that deadly force was not necessary and it was used in a reckless and indifferent manner. There were other alternatives that day that would have kept Shaun alive. 

JUNE 7

  • Kevin Peterson Jr. was shot in the back in October 2020, while running away from Clark County Deputies. Kevin was 21 years old. He did not fire a single shot, yet police claimed he fired first, and immediately posted this misinformation on their website. Officers included these lies in their report. Kevin’s life mattered, and the truth matters.   
  • Carlos Hunter was shot and killed in March 2019 while seat belted in his car, dragged to the ground, handcuffed. He was left to bleed to death. The police use the traffic stop to serve a warrant; and the police found no evidence of a crime in their search of his home or car. Carlos was the third Vancouver, Washington resident killed in a three-week stretch. 
  • Clando Anitok was killed in January 2020 in Spokane after an officer attempted to stop him for a missing headlight. A traffic stop turned into a car chase. The officer claims he attempted to use a Taser, but it "malfunctioned." Clando was unarmed. He was shot once in the head.

JUNE 8

  • Juan Rene Hummel was killed in July of 2020 after policed received a call reporting someone slashing tires. (It remains unclear whether Juan or anyone else was actually slashing tires.) He was killed within seconds of encountering the officer. He was 25 years old.
  • Clayton Joseph was 16 years old when he was shot and killed in Vancouver, WA, in February 2019. He was holding a knife at the time. Non-lethal means of stopping him were not attempted.
  • Oscar Perez Giron was killed by a King County Sheriff’s deputy after being removed from a Sound Transit light rail train for failing to pay fare in June 2014. Police claim he pointed a handgun at the police, but his family disputes this version of events.
  • Michael Pierce was killed in February 2019 in Vancouver, WA, while holding what police believed were handguns. The guns turned out to be fake—the officers were never actually in danger. He had been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and was living on the street.

COVID Vaccine Clinic in the Cathedral Nave (or Parking Lot)

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UPDATE: The June 24 clinic has been cancelled. Please check back for further updates. 


At some appointments, your vaccine will be accompanied by live music on the Flentrop organ.

Saint Mark's is thrilled to be opening our doors to host a series of COVID-19 vaccine clinics in the sacred space of the cathedral nave, beginning this Thursday, April 29!

This clinic is offered in partnership with 6M Geriatrics and Hospital Medicine, a clinic located on First Hill.

At this time, the vaccine clinic will be in the cathedral nave at the times listed below. (Note that the registration links below do not explicitly list the location as Saint Mark's, but be assured that all 6M clinics at the following times are at the cathedral. Be sure to scroll down to see all the available slots.)

  • THURSDAY, APRIL 29, 9 A.M.–3:45 P.M.
  • WEDNESDAY, MAY 5, 4 P.M.–8 P.M.
  • THURSDAY, MAY 6, 9 A.M.–3:45 P.M.
  • WEDNESDAY, MAY 12, 4 P.M.–8 P.M.
  • THURSDAY, MAY 13, 9 A.M.–3:45 P.M.
  • THURSDAY, MAY 20, 9 A.M.–3:45 P.M.
  • THURSDAY, MAY 27, 9 A.M.–3:45 P.M.
  • THURSDAY, JUNE 3, 9 A.M.–3:45 P.M.
  • THURSDAY, JUNE 10, 9 A.M.–1 P.M. (note new hours)
  • THURSDAY, JUNE 17, 9 A.M.–1 P.M. 
  • THURSDAY, JUNE 24, 9 A.M.–1 P.M. 

Stay tuned as additional times are added. New times will appear here as they become available. The Wednesday evening clinics are "drive-thru" in the cathedral parking lot.

Making a reservation in advance is strongly recommended. IF there are spaces and vaccine doses available, walk-up appointments may also be possible.

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Creation Care: Carbon Tracker Training

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UPDATE: A Complete video of the presentation is now available below.

Written instructions are available here.

For help navigating the video above, please refer to this video timeline, or click "view on youtube" and refer to the chapters in the video description.

THURSDAY, JUNE 3, 7-8:30 P.M., via Zoom

Saint Mark’s Cathedral has the bold goal of achieving a net-zero carbon footprint by the year 2030 – both for its facilities and for its congregation. We have encouraged our members to use the carbon tracker adopted by the Episcopal Church at www.sustainislandhome.org to measure your carbon footprint, and the St. Mark’s community group on the site now includes 66 households - that’s great! Now we have an opportunity to learn more about this tool to reduce our carbon footprint, save money, and have fun doing this together as a community. Thursday evening, June 3 from 7-8:30pm we will have the developer of SustainIslandHome, Lisa Altieri, with us for a training on the tool – how to explore the site more to find ways that we can reduce our household carbon footprints. If your household isn’t signed up yet, there will be an opportunity to do that, as well. Join us via Zoom on June 3 to help Saint Mark’s achieve a net-zero carbon footprint together as a community. Register to attend here.

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¡Encuentro! Meet People in El Salvador and Hear about the Work on for LGBTQ Rights and Safety

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¡Encuentro! Meet Each Other!
Meet People in El Salvador (via Zoom) and Hear First-Hand Their Stories—and Stories from four Saint Mark’s Folks, too!

SATURDAY, JUNE 5, 2:30–4:30 P.M. via Zoom: email Canon Nancy Ross for link: nross@saintmarks.org

Meet people and hear first-hand their stories of living in El Salvador, and hear the personal stories from four Saint Mark’s community members, too, for mutual sharing, as we kick-off Pride Month together with an Encuentro (gathering to get to know each other). It’s a chance for us to learn more about the situation in El Salvador, where many members of the migrant community in U.S. come from, and to hear about the Diocese of El Salvador’s work to advance LGBTQ+ rights, as we celebrate individuals’ stories and share in solidarity with LGBTQ+ members. Saint Mark’s is a supporter of the Anglican Church of El Salvador’s Santa Marta Center project, to offer shelter and services for LQBTQ+ youth and young adults, many of whom have been kicked out of their homes or deported. The Anglican Church of El Salvador is one of the few open and affirming churches in a region that has historically been (and continues to be) very hostile to LGBTQ+ people. Let’s meet each other with gratitude for this chance to begin an ongoing relationship. Email Canon Nancy Ross for the link: nross@saintmarks.org.

CDC Shifts and Masks at Church

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Dear friends,

Yesterday’s statement from the CDC announcing that masking and distancing would no longer be necessary for those who are vaccinated comes as a breath of good news. It bears hope on the wind around us that maybe we are approaching an end to the pandemic, and it encourages everyone to be vaccinated against the coronavirus. In effecting this change, the CDC looked to science and the small risk of infection and transmission that persists for those who are vaccinated while also leaving room for states, local public health officials, and businesses and venues to decide when and how to implement changes to current policies. I am glad for this, but I also know it will create some confusion.

Bishop Rickel, on the call with clergy yesterday, exhorted us not to abandon masks and distancing in worship just yet. I agree with him, and so, while we are looking to a new horizon when relaxation of those requirements may occur, we are not there yet. If you come to church, you will be required to continue to wear your mask and follow the safety guidelines.

You may say, “But the CDC said I don’t have to wear a mask…” That is the headline, but not the full story, and not everyone who attends worship at Saint Mark’s is vaccinated. I know you are tired of this; I am, too. We are not wearing the mask for ourselves, but for those around us, and the disease is still very dangerous, even deadly, for those as yet unvaccinated, including our children. Wearing the mask still in public worship is about serving others—or to place it in our covenantal context—it is about seeking and serving Christ in others, and loving your neighbor as yourself.

Governor Inslee has identified the end of June as a potential date on which we, as a society, may lift many restrictions. We will reevaluate when there is new local direction. We will find our way as a community. This means there are exciting developments to consider at Saint Mark’s—the return of other liturgies, the gathering of ministry groups at the cathedral, and the return of community groups who use the cathedral as a place of meeting as well. I want to assure you that the cathedral leadership and staff are well along in planning for those eventualities, with a keen eye to everyone’s safety.

So, for now, you will still need to register to attend worship, as we have since mid-March. There is room for more—no need to stay away, there is room for YOU! And when you are here, look around you and see who else is there, and know you wear the mask for them, for just a little longer. Look at those leading worship, and know they are striving to do “this” the best they know how, and with deep care and concern for you. I’m asking you to bear it all with grace and good humor. A new horizon is approaching, and we’ve come this far. Let’s press on, shall we? Thank you.

Faithfully yours,

The Very Rev. Steven L. Thomason
Dean and Rector

 

Pentecost “Way of Love” Revival Weekend

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The Episcopal Church greets Pentecost with One in the Spirit, a Way of Love Revival Weekend designed to fan the flames of hope, celebrate difference, honor creation, foster beloved community, and send people toward Jesus’s Way of Love. At 1 p.m. on the Feast of Pentecost itself—Sunday, May 23—a special worship service will be streamed, featuring elements submitted by a number of Episcopal institutions, including Saint Mark's.

SUNDAY, MAY 23, 1 P.M., streaming here as well as on the cathedral's website

Revival Worship Service (Featuring Contributions from Saint Mark's)

The entire Episcopal Church is invited to a virtual Pentecost Way of Love Revival Worship Service on Sunday, May 23, at 4 p.m. Eastern, 1 p.m. Pacific. The spirit-filled celebration will draw on the gifts, testimonies, songs and voices of Episcopalians in cathedrals and communities across the church. Saint Mark's was honored to be one of the few communities invited to contribute to this liturgy, along with indigenous churches in Navajoland and South Dakota, Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral, Washington National Cathedral, and Christ Church Cathedral in St. Louis, MO. The Pentecost Way of Love Revival Worship Service will be aired on the Episcopal Church’s various web channels, including Facebook and episcopalchurch.org, in addition to Saint Mark's own livestream page.

The weekend also includes two additional offerings:

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Creation Care Connect: A Conversation with Elizabeth Hawkins in El Salvador

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MONDAY, MAY 24, 6 P.M., via Zoom

 

THE CREATION CARE MINISTRY & 20s/30s GROUP PRESENTS:

Creation Care Connect: A Conversation with Elizabeth Hawkins in El Salvador

All are welcome to join in a conversation with Elizabeth Hawkins, a cathedral community member who has been living and working in San Salvador since 2019. She will share her perspectives with a Creation Care focus from her view living in El Salvador. Join using this Zoom link.

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Racial Justice Audit and Webinars

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RACIAL JUSTICE AUDIT REPORT & RESOURCES NOW PUBLIC

After two years and more than 1,300 surveys, the ground-breaking Racial Justice Audit of Episcopal Leadership is now available to the wider church and public.

Conducted by the Mission Institute in partnership with The Episcopal Church’s Racial Reconciliation and Justice Team, the audit focused on two key questions: who makes up the leadership of the church; and what are their experiences of race and racism in their leadership roles?  The Mission Institute team mined the data for key insights about race and power and offered long-term recommendations.

The audit identifies nine “patterns” of systemic racism – ranging from the historical context of church leadership to current power dynamics — that will also be highlighted in three public webinars in May and June.

You are invited to read, reflect, and share the full report available here.

Similarly, the executive summary is available here.

The new bilingual Racial Justice Audit website features report information and a host of related resources at this link.

Find other resources and announcements from the Racial Justice Team of the Episcopal Church here.


UPCOMING RACIAL JUSTICE AUDIT WEBINARS:  

The Racial Justice Team is also hosting three webinars introducing the report and diving deeper.  Register for any/all of the webinars by clicking on the dates below, or by visiting the main Racial Justice Audit website.

Spirited Women Present: Progressive Psalm Writing Together

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Participate NOW to share at a gathering on SUNDAY, JUNE 13, 1–2:30, via Zoom

The Spirited Women’s next women’s gathering is focused on writing and exploring a created psalm together. The practice is writing a “Progressive Psalm,” where each woman will write one verse (two lines) of a psalm of Praise/Gratitude prior to the gathering on June 13, and submit her verse to be put together with others’ to create a modern and personal psalm unique to Spirited Women.

At the meeting on Sunday, June 13, each will have the opportunity to talk about her verse and what inspired her. More details and suggestions/instructions on writing your verse here. Please submit your verse to Mary Segall by Sunday, June 6, or contact her with questions: mesegall@icloud.com. Register for the Zoom using this link.

Seattle Service Corps Newsletter #2

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Check out the second issue of the newsletter created by the members of the Seattle Service Corps! In their words:

In this newsletter, you will find stories, musings, and lessons gained from our experiences in Seattle, introductions to a few of our corps member’s service placements, as well as one of our favorite recipes we’ve made for our community meals. We hope you enjoy it!

Click in the lower right of the reader below to read the report full-screen.

Click here to download a pdf.

Youth Watch Party: 2040

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Youth Watch Party: 2040
SUNDAY, MAY 16, 7 – 9 P.M., via Zoom.
How old will you be in 2040? What will this world look like for you then? Youth, let's watch this entertaining and engaging documentary together and talk about it. We are God's hands in this world. How will we respond with hope to the climate crisis? Check out this YouTube trailer, and then email Rebekah Gilmore to receive the Zoom link to watch!

Updated Music Series Concert: All-Bach on the Flentrop Organ

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Hannah Byun, Wyatt Smith, and Susanna Valleau, organists

FRIDAY, MAY 14, 2021, 7:30 P.M.

For the second year in a row, COVID will prevent Alex Weimann from traveling across the Canadian border from his home in Vancouver to come and play the Flentrop. As a result, Alex Weimann’s All-Bach performance is now postponed to May 13, 2022 - a performance we will all greatly anticipate.

This year, three of Seattle’s finest young organists will take turns performing in this annual concert of appreciation for Capellmeister Bach. For the final concert of the 2020-21 Music Series -- and the second All-Bach Concert of the pandemic -- join Hannah, Wyatt, Susanna, and Johann Sebastian for a livestreamed concert of organ favorites from the mighty Flentrop organ of Saint Mark’s Cathedral.

Liturgical Ministers Training, Eastertide 2021

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SATURDAY, MAY 8, 9 A.M. - 12 P.M., via Zoom 

Interested in Liturgical Ministries? Liturgical Ministries include those ministries that are active in worship on Sundays and through the week, including lectors, altar guild, hospitality ministers, acolytes, etc. (Learn more here.)

Dean Thomason and Cathedral Sacristan Michael Seewer will host a Liturgical Ministers Training on Saturday, May 9 via Zoom. All current and aspiring liturgical ministers are invited to attend. Registration is required, and you will receive the Zoom link via email once you register.

The training will be divided into three portions:

  • First portion from 9–10 a.m.: discussion for acolytes, lectors, hospitality ministers (including former ushers and greeters).
  • Second portion from 10–11 a.m.: Plenary for everyone facilitated by Dean Thomason.
  • Third portion from 11 a.m.–12 p.m. for Eucharistic ministers, Eucharistic visitors, altar guild, and vergers.

Please click here to register, and please note that correct time that you should plan on joining as noted above!

Dismantling Racism Training from Absalom Jones Center (UPDATED)

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Absalom Jones

WEDNESDAY, MAY 12, 6:30 P.M., via Zoom

UPDATE: Follow-up Conversation to Absalom Jones Center “Dismantling Racism” Training

If you participated in a session of the day-long Absalom Jones Center’s “Dismantling Racism” program, come join in a follow-up conversation via Zoom with your fellow Saint Markians. Dean Thomason, Canon Daugherty, and Canon Ross have all taken the training and look forward to talking with others who participated at any point these past three months, to share about our thoughts, feelings, and take-aways. If you would like to join the conversation, please email Canon Ross: nross@saintmarks.org.

And if you are interested in registering for the Absalom Jones Center “Dismantling Racism” training, there are still dates available in the coming months: https://www.centerforracialhealing.org/training  This great program out of Atlanta is focused on increasing racial understanding, healing, and reconciliation. Although there is no charge to take the training, pre-registration is required no later than one week in advance. (And note: it’s offered Eastern Time, so starts at 6 a.m. for us West Coasters!)


TRAININGS VIA ZOOM RUN FROM 6 A.M. TO 1 P.M. PACIFIC TIME
SELECTION OF DATES AVAILABLE, BEGINNING IN AUGUST

CATHEDRAL DISCUSSION GATHERING ON WEDNESDAY, MAY 12

While the world is meeting via Zoom, the Saint Mark’s community has an opportunity to participate in Dismantling Racism Trainings with The Absalom Jones Episcopal Center for Racial Healing in Atlanta, Georgia, focused on increasing racial understanding, healing, and reconciliation. Let’s take advantage of this significant resource – and then share our learning and reflections in an upcoming Zoom gathering on the evening of Wednesday, May 12 at the cathedral! The Absalom Jones Center provides tools and experiences that allow faith communities to engage in dismantling racism through education, prayer, dialogue, pilgrimage, and spiritual formation.

Six people per date from one community are permitted to sign up for a seven-hour training, which is scheduled on many upcoming weekdays and Saturdays. Although there is no charge to take the training, pre-registration is required no later than one week in advance. Register here. (Note that Zoom classes are offered only until it is safe to meet in person again, as classes are filling up quickly, so sooner is better!) Questions? Contact: Canon Nancy Ross: nross@saintmarks.org.

Quarantine Quire Camps, 2021

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SENIOR CHORISTER CAMP

REGISTERSenior Chorister Camp registration here.

AGES: rising 3rd grade–8th grade

CAMP DATES: July 11-14, 2021

  • Sunday, July 11, 3–4:30 p.m.: Camp kickoff (masked/distanced at the cathedral)
  • Monday, July 12–Wednesday, July 14, 10–11:40 a.m. daily: Camp via Zoom
  • Wednesday, July 14, 4:30 p.m.: Final Zoom Choral Evensong

TUITION: No tuition fees will be charged for camp 2021.

 


SCHOLA HIGH SCHOOL CAMP

REGISTER: Schola Camp registration here.

AGES: rising 9th-12th grade, and younger newly changed-voice tenors/basses

CAMP DATES: August 2-6, 2021

  • 7–8:30 p.m. daily
  • This camp may be a hybrid in-person/Zoom if state and cathedral guidelines allow. Stay tuned!

TUITION: No tuition fees will be charged for camp 2021.

 

Questions? Email the Choir School at choirschool@saintmarks.org

One Service for Turtle Island: A Liturgy for the Diocese of Olympia

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One Service for Turtle Island: A Liturgy for the Diocese of Olympia
SUNDAY, APRIL 25, 11 A.M.
10:00 A.M. - Musical Prelude
11:00 A.M. - Liturgy Begins
12:30 A.M. - Town Hall
Connect here.

In the cosmology of North and South American peoples, Turtle Island is the geographic region covering Canada, United States, Central America, and South America. Join together online Sunday, April 25, at 11:00am to worship Jesus with Episcopalians from all over the Diocese of Olympia led by our Circles of Color and focused on the languages, cultures, and experiences of the First Peoples of Turtle Island, with a specific focus on communities from within Province 8. This online service is a chance for diocesan-wide worship, learning, connection, and conversation, as well as an opportunity to give our working clergy a Sunday off from preaching and presiding.

The One Service will include a Town Hall webinar after worship with Bishop Rickel and members of Circles of Color to process the worship experience and go deeper into dialogue around issues of race and culture in our diocese, with special attention to the experiences of Indo-Hispanic/Indigenous peoples and a specific focus on communities from within Province 8. And join us beginning at 10:00am for a musical prelude featuring music from churches across the diocese! All are welcome, and congregations are encouraged to “attend” together in whatever ways you can – viewing parties, online watch parties, or whatever means are safe and responsible given the state of the pandemic at that time.

Follow the link below for the full schedule and links to access the service and the Town Hall.

FULL SCHEDULE AND LINKS

 

NOTE: Special Saint Mark's Cathedral Worship at 9 a.m. instead of 11 a.m. on April 25
REGISTRATION OPENS 9 A.M. MONDAY, APRIL 19 Registration links found here.
In order that all may participate in the One Service for Turtle Island: A Liturgy for the Diocese of Olympia on April 25 at 11 a.m., the cathedral will offer its Sunday morning liturgy at 9 a.m. on that day, instead of 11 a.m. as usual. This liturgy will be available via livestream at 9 a.m. (with a video recording available soon after the service concludes), or you may register to attend in person. A link to join One Service for Turtle Island at 11 a.m. will be posted on the cathedral's usual livestream page.

UPDATED! Jesus and the Disinherited—Community Lenten Book Study

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Canon Walter Brownridge leads Q&A and concluding reflections 

SUNDAY, APRIL 11, 12:30-2 P.M., via Zoom. Register at this link

 


Introductory presentation by Canon Brownridge occurred SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 1-2 P.M., via Zoom. See video below. 

Community discussion with small breakout groups occurred WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24, 6:30-8 P.M.

Gather via Zoom on February 28 at 1 p.m. with Saint Mark’s Theologian-in-Residence, The Rev. Canon Walter Brownridge, for an introduction to acclaimed African-American religious leader and theologian Howard Thurman’s legacy (watch here or above). Canon Brownridge’s presentation leads off an invitation to read for Lent Thurman’s foundational work Jesus and the Disinherited, exploring the Gospel as a manual of resistance for the poor and disenfranchised. (You may recall that Canon Brownridge discussed Thurman in his sermon of January 17.) We will follow up on March 24 for an online discussion of the book together with Saint Mark’s clergy at 6:30–8 p.m.

Howard Thurman was a pastor, teacher, preacher, writer, and mystic. He played a guiding role in many social justice movements and organizations of the twentieth century. His writings formed the spiritual foundation for the modern, nonviolent civil rights movement and he was a key mentor to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In Jesus and the Disinherited, Thurman interprets the teachings of Jesus through the experience of the oppressed and discusses nonviolent responses to oppression.

Register for the concluding discussion on March 24 at this link. Questions? Contact Canon Jennifer Daugherty at jkdaugherty@saintmarks.org.

Radix 5: Spring 2021—New Groups Now Forming

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Update: a video of the opening plenary plenary is now available.

OPENING PLENARY: SUNDAY, APRIL 25, 7 P.M. via Zoom. 

New Radix Small Groups forming in April—All are welcome to register!

The theme for this six-week series is Centering Women’s Voices, and draws on the inspiring stories of six women from Scripture as they speak their wisdom into our lives today.


OPENING PLENARY: SUNDAY, APRIL 25, 7 P.M. via Zoom. 

GROUPS MEET: STARTING THE WEEK OF APRIL26. Sign up using this link. Deadline to register: April 20.

In January of 2020 the cathedral launched The Radix Project: Small Groups/Deep Roots. Since then more than 250 people have participated in small groups, meeting weekly for six weeks to share their stories, reflect on Holy Scripture and sacred art, and pray for one another with intention. This offering lent itself perfectly to the transition to an online-only offering when the pandemic happened, and this next six-week iteration will also take place via Zoom. New groups are formed for each series, and you are encouraged to sign up whether or not you have participated in the past.

More information is available on the Radix Project webpage, where material from previous iterations of the Radix Project are now posted, and where materials for the upcoming series will be posted as they become available. There is no fee to participate, but pre-registration is required.

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