Midnight Breakfast following the Easter Vigil

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SATURDAY, APRIL 8, after the Easter Vigil Liturgy (approx. 11:30 p.m.) at Lost Lake Cafe (on Capitol Hill—10th Ave between Pike and Pine)

All are welcome to join members of the 20s/30s group for a late-night breakfast following the Easter Vigil! After the service concludes, and Easter has been proclaimed, we will celebrate at Lost Lake Cafe in Capitol Hill. It will be a joyous feast. Questions or more information? Contact Luke Abdow at: labdow@saintmarks.org

Find Lost Lake Cafe on Google Maps here.

Earth & Spirit: Sunday Forum with Gordon Miller

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SUNDAY, MARCH 19, 10:10 A.M., Bloedel Hall

In this Sunday morning Forum on 19 March, on the eve of the vernal equinox, Saint Mark’s parishioner and Emeritus Professor of Environmental Studies at Seattle University Gordon Miller will share ideas and images from two of his books: Wisdom of the Earth, which displays relatively unknown ecological riches of the Christian tradition, and The Metamorphosis of Plants, his photographic edition of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s 18th-century botanical classic that encourages readers to look beyond the surface of the natural world to its nonmaterial depths.

Special Compline of Memorial & Lament

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THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 19, 9:30 P.M., in the cathedral nave, livestreamed, and broadcast on Classical KING

This Sunday marks the three-year anniversary of the closure of the cathedral and the suspension of in-person liturgies due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While on the surface most aspects of our lives and the life of the cathedral are "back to normal," the grief, loss, and division from that difficult time remain. Our tradition teaches the importance, even the necessity, of lament as a response to such painful events. The Office of Compline this Sunday will be offered with special intention for all that we have lost—and the relationships that were broken—during the events of 2020–2022. The service will begin with the chant from the Office of the Dead, Requiem aeternam, sung in procession with incense, and will conclude with a presentation of Lamentations, written in 1973 for the Compline Choir and solo cello. Cathedral member Page Smith, the cellist for whom the work was written, will join the choir, as will Dean Steve Thomason. Join in person or via livestream for this special observance. Please note that incense will be used.

UPDATE: The service may now be seen and heard here.

Out of the Ashes: A Story of Recovery and Hope

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22, 2023, 6:45–8:15 P.M., in person in Bloedel Hall and online via Zoom. Optional community dinner at 6 p.m. ($6/child; $8/adult; $25/max. family).

Sallie Crotty is a writer, educator, and mental health advocate. Her mission is to help erase the stigma surrounding mental health. Author of the 2022 memoir Out of the Ashes: A Story of Recovery and HopeSallie will talk about the essential role that her faith plays in her healing from and living with mental illness. She’ll also share insights from other writers. Sallie and her husband moved from Texas to Seattle in 2019 and joined Saint Mark’s in 2020.

Program is free. Optional community dinner served at 6 p.m. ($6/child; $8/adult; $25/max. family).


20s/30s Agape Meal on Maundy Thursday

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THURSDAY, APRIL 6, 5:30 P.M., Leffler House

The 20s/30s Group will gather for an Agape Meal in Leffler House before the Maundy Thursday liturgy. An Agape Meal is a Christian fellowship meal recalling the meals Jesus shared with his disciples during his ministry. We will use the prayers found in the Book of Occasional Services to bless our meal. We will have vegetarian lentil soup and salad to share, and other simple, vegetarian dishes are welcome—bread, vegetables, hummus, nuts, cheeses, etc.

Please RSVP to Luke Abdow at: labdow@saintmarks.org

The order used for this dinner can be found in The Book of Occasional Services.

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Liturgical Ministers Training, Lent 2023

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SATURDAY, MARCH 25, in the cathedral nave. Start time varies by ministry—see below. Registration requested.

On Saturday, March 25, Dean Thomason and Cathedral Sacristan Michael Seewer will host a Liturgical Ministers Training in the Cathedral nave. All current and aspiring liturgical ministers are invited to attend, and active liturgical ministers are asked to attend one of these trainings at least once every 3 years. Please register to attend using this form. The training will be divided into three sessions:

  • 9 a.m. SESSION 1: For acolytes, lectors, ushers, and greeters.
  • 10 a.m. SESSION 2: Plenary for everyone, facilitated by Dean Thomason.
  • 11 a.m. SESSION 3: For Eucharistic ministers, Eucharistic visitors, Altar Guild, and vergers.

Make a note of the correct start time for your particular ministry. Please email Cathedral Sacristan Michael Seewer with questions: mseewer@saintmarks.org

Saint Mark’s Schola and the Early Music Youth Academy Present: Baroque Choral Favorites

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SATURDAY, APRIL 1, 4 P.M., in the cathedral nave

The Early Music Youth Academy chamber orchestra, part of Seattle Historical Arts for Kids, joins forces with the teen choristers of the Saint Mark's Cathedral Schola for a program of glorious Baroque choral-orchestral favorites. This short and sweet concert of favorite highlights from Baroque choral-orchestral masterworks will include movements from Vivaldi's Gloria, Handel's Messiah, and (especially appropriate for Lent) Pergolesi's Stabat Mater. String students using period bows are joined by their colleague on Baroque bassoon and by guest artist coach Henry Lebedinsky, organ, guest artist Brian Shaw, trumpet, and director Shulamit Kleinerman, violin. Saint Mark's Cathedral Choir School Director Rebekah Gilmore will conduct the ensemble joined by the exceptionally skilled young singers of the cathedral Schola.

Admission is free; free-will donations will be accepted at the event in support of music education at Seattle Historical Arts for Kids and Saint Mark's Cathedral.

Easter Memorials & Thanksgivings, 2023

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Each year at this time, all are invited to make a special contribution in honor or in memory of a loved one, in order to help underwrite the beautiful flowers and music of the celebration of the Feast of the Resurrection, which this year includes a full complement of brass and percussion for Charles Villiers Stanford's Te Deum in C, as adapted for the coronation of Edward VII in 1902.

Fill out the form below, or use the paper form in the Sunday service leaflets. Then make a gift in any amount, using the method that is most convenient for you—by check, saintmarks.org/give, or Venmo.

Contributions received by Palm Sunday, April 2, will be acknowledged in the Easter service bulletins. Contact Erik Donner in the cathedral office with questions: edonner@saintmarks.org.

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Vigil at the Altar of Repose, 2023

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MAUNDY THURSDAY, APRIL 6, 9 P.M. until dawn on Friday

The Vigil at the Altar of Repose will happen this year, starting upon the conclusion of the Maundy Thursday liturgy (around 8:45 p.m.) until the following sunrise. This ancient practice is inspired by Jesus' question to his disciples in the Garden of Gethsemene, "Could you not stay awake with me one hour?" As in recent years, this vigil will be an online offering, with a live video available all night. In addition, this year there is also a possibility of keeping watch at the altar in person, depending on the interest expressed by cathedral members.

If you are interested in spending an hour in prayer, please sign up for a slot here no later than Monday, March 20. After that date, an announcement will be made on whether the in-person vigil will be possible based on the available volunteers for the event. Contact Sacristan Michael Seewer with questions: mseewer@saintmarks.org

UPDATE: All slots were filled through 8 a.m.


Biber’s Sorrowful Mysteries in Thomson Chapel

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A presentation by The Saint Mark's Music Series

SATURDAY, MARCH 18, 7:30 P.M., and
SUNDAY, MARCH 19, 2:30 P.M. (two identical performances), in Thomsen Chapel

The Mystery Sonatas (also known as Rosary Sonatas) by Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber (1644–1704) are incredibly virtuosic meditations for violin on Jesus’ birth, death, and resurrection. They comprise three sets: The “Joyful,” “Sorrowful,” and “Glorious” Mysteries. Baroque violinist Tekla Cunningham will perform the whole cycle in various area venues this season, offering Set Two—the intensely expressive “Sorrowful Mysteries”—in the intimacy of Saint Mark’s Thomsen Chapel during the season of Lent. Joining her are Henry Lebedinsky on organ and harpsichord, and David Morris on viola da gamba and lirone. Tickets $20–25: for March 18 (evening) reserve tickets here. For March 19 (matinee) reserve tickets here.

Bilingual Stations of the Cross

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PALM SUNDAY, APRIL 2, 12:30–2 p.m., in the cathedral nave,

20s/30s lunch follows in Leffler House.

All are invited to participate in the ancient practice of collectively walking and praying the Stations of the Cross with the cathedral community, in a bilingual Spanish/English format led by Canon Rosario-Cruz and community members. The service will begin following the conclusion of the Palm Sunday liturgy. The service leaflet for this liturgy may be seen here.

Following the service, there will be a 20s/30s potluck lunch in Leffler, with time for a bilingual reflection and conversation led by member Ross Pearson. Please bring your favorite brunch or snack item to share. Use this sign up form to indicate what you will bring.

RSVP encouraged but not required for brunch. Email Emily at: emcmeeks@gmail.com

A Lenten Quiet Morning 2023

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SATURDAY, MARCH 11, 9:30 A.M. TO 12 P.M., Leffler House

Join Rev. Linzi and SSC Director Luke Abdow for a Lenten Quiet Morning on Saturday, March 11, 9:30 a.m.–12 p.m. A variety of contemplative spiritual practices will be offered throughout the morning in the living room at Leffler House on the cathedral campus—see the schedule below.

Register by emailing Linzi at: lstahlecker@saintmarks.org

Approximate durations for each practice are shown, precise start and end times for each will depend on the flow of the morning. The morning has been curated to feel gentle and spacious, so there will be time for breaks and refreshments between practices.

  • 9:30 a.m. Welcome! 
    • Introductions, a brief introduction to contemplative practice: 10 mins
    • Centering Prayer: 20 mins
    • Ignatian Contemplation: 30 mins
    • Journal Break: 15 mins
    • Sacred Chant (no musical talent or skills required!): 45 mins
    • Contemplative Eucharist: 20 mins
  • 12 p.m. Close 

Care Packet Packaging Party for Unhoused Visitors

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SUNDAY, MARCH 12, 10:10 A.M., Bloedel Hall

As a community that gathers at the height of Capitol Hill, Saint Mark's often welcomes visitors who are unhoused or are otherwise in need of basic supplies. The Vestry recently discussed creating a small care packet for visitors in need with these basic items: hand sanitizing wipes, small water bottle, protein snack, pair of socks, list of social services in the Capitol Hill area, rain poncho, toothbrush, travel-sized toothpaste, small notepad and pen. You are invited to join in this intergenerational gathering to assemble items in gallon size Ziploc bags. At the end of the gathering, the packets will be blessed by a clergy member.

Sign up to bring care packet items here via SignUpGenius. This list provides the specific items and quantities needed. Drop off the materials prior to the event in the nave coffee corner bin or bring them no later than 10:10 a.m. to the Bloedel Hall packing party. Questions? Email Kristen Kelly (klk87@hotmail.com) or Doug Thorpe (dthorpe@spu.edu).

Planning Your Funeral and Preparing Your Will as Lenten Practice

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 10:10–10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall

A Sunday Forum with Dean Thomason

For several years we’ve invited every adult at Saint Mark’s, regardless of age, to engage in the Lenten spiritual practice of planning your funeral and to preparing (or reviewing) your will and estate plans. Making these plans now will be a priceless gift to your loved ones when the time comes. As Christians, we do not deny death as a reality of life, but we deal honestly with the stark truth that we all die. Lent is an especially appropriate time for this, and all are welcome to attend this Sunday Forum, offered between the 9 and 11 a.m. morning services in Bloedel Hall.

Resources for funeral planning are available at saintmarks.org/funeral and will be posted here as the event approaches. Contact Dean Thomason for more information: sthomason@saintmarks.org

Here are the documents regarding funeral planning that will serve as resources for you:

Once you have completed the planning forum, drop off a copy at the Dean’s office, where it will be kept on file, and held in confidence, until the time it is needed (hopefully a long time from now!). Of course, you can retrieve it, amend it, or replace it at any time (and many of us do).

Beginning last year, Dean Thomason broadened the invitation to also include preparation or review of your will. The Diocese of Olympia and the Cathedral Foundation have partnered with Freewill.com, a free online service that guides you, step by step, through the various decisions related to your will, including issues (such as the future of your digital files and online presence), which you may not have considered before. Once you have completed the process, Freewill.com generates a legal document that you can then review with your own lawyer.

The video below, from a program by the Foundation in November 2022, contains a demonstration of Freewill.com starting about one hour into the video, at 1:05:00.

Special Weekday Online Daily Office Services for Lent

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EVENING PRAYER: MONDAY–FRIDAY, 6 P.M., online only via Zoom

NEW! MORNING PRAYER: MONDAY–FRIDAY, 8:30 A.M., online only via Zoom

PLEASE NOTE: On the last Friday in March Evening Prayer will use a different Zoom link.

At 6 p.m. on Friday, March 31 ONLY, join Evening Prayer using this Zoom link instead.

The usual link will be used again following the Holy Week hiatus. (Evening Prayer resumes Tuesday, April 11.)

For the season of Lent, Saint Mark's Cathedral and St. Paul's, Seattle, will be partnering to offer both Morning and Evening Prayer via Zoom, Monday through Friday. Morning Prayer will be offered at 8:30 a.m. and will be hosted by St. Paul's; Evening Prayer will be offered at 6 p.m. and will be hosted by Saint Mark's. Consider committing to attend these online services, so central to the Episcopal liturgical tradition, just for these 40 days, as a Lenten discipline. You may be surprised what you discover.

PLEASE NOTE: In-person Evening Prayer on Wednesdays in Thomsen Chapel is suspended during this season. The Thursday morning 7 a.m. Eucharist/Morning Prayer offering will continue without change.

Join Evening Prayer using this Zoom link. (The Zoom link for Evening Prayer is the same that has been used for some time)

Join Morning Prayer using this Zoom link.

Evening Prayer (whether online or in person) is always cancelled when the cathedral office is closed for holidays or other reasons, or when a special liturgy is being offered in the nave on a weekday evening.

Please email Cathedral Sacristan Michael Seewer with any questions.

Hymns as Spiritual Nourishment

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TWO WEDNESDAYS, MARCH 8 & 15, 6:45-8:15 P.M., in person in Bloedel Hall only. Optional community dinner at 6 p.m. ($6/child; $8/adult; $25/max. family).

A two-part Cathedral Commons forum with Michael Kleinschmidt, Canon for Cathedral Music 

Canon Kleinschmidt will lead a two-part exploration of the wonderful world of hymns on Wednesday evenings, March 8 and 15. Focusing on the hymns we will sing this Lent and Holy Week, the discussion will attempt to answer questions such as: Why do some hymns touch our hearts more than others? What ingredients of word and melody do our most enduring hymns share? How may I participate in singing a hymn in church, even when I am unfamiliar with the melody? How may hymns enrich my own devotional life? We will sing, we will laugh, and we may even shed a tear or two in our exploration together.

UPDATE March 10: You are welcome to attend Part Two even if you missed last Wednesday. In addition, all are invited to a Saint Mark’s Singers Open Rehearsal immediately following the Cathedral Commons presentation. The choir is actively recruiting new members, and now is the time to spend some time with the choir and learn who they are and what they’re all about.

“Is Christianity Worth Saving?” A One-Day Interactive Event with Brian McLaren

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FRIDAY, MARCH 17, 2023, 9:30 A.M.–4 P.M., in cathedral nave; registration required

Cost: Regular, $39 | "Bring a Friend," $69 | "Team" (up to five people), $139.

Join renowned leader Brian McLaren for a dynamic interactive event exploring the future of Christian faith in the 21st century. Is Christianity Worth Saving? is a six-and-a-half hour interactive experience featuring author Brian McLaren. Throughout the three-part event McLaren will be joined by a circle of Seattle-area practitioners, experts, advocates, critics, and audience members who will ask clarifying questions and respond to his insights and observations.

  • SESSION 1—“NO”

Is Christianity Worth Saving? is produced by Off The Map, who've gotten lost so many times they're no longer much afraid. It is co-sponsored by The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology and 3Practice Circles.

Brian McLaren’s book Do I Stay Christian? considers compelling reasons for both staying and going. This is McLaren’s most recent offering among two dozen books that reexamine American Christian beliefs and practices in contemporary terms. McLaren has an acknowledged stake in the conversation. In 2005, Time magazine called him one of the 25 Most Influential Evangelicals in America — a claim that rankles some Evangelicals. Jim Hancock, Henderson’s partner at Off the Map thinks McLaren takes that in stride: "Brian McLaren is a public intellectual from the school that’s fearless without trying to come off as fearsome. He doesn’t rave; he reasons — but with passion and compassion. It’s easier to get that wrong than right... I think he gets it right."

Is Christianity Worth Saving? also occurs a day earlier, on March 16, in Portland, Oregon, at St. Johns Church, with Portland-area participants joining Brian McLaren. IN Seattle, twelve guests will be joining Brian McLaren in conversation. The guests include:

  • Derek McNeil, President & Provost of The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology.
  • Finny Philip, Community Ministry Pastor at North Sound Church in Edmonds Washington.
  • Eliacín Rosario-Cruz, Cathedral Canon and Priest Associate at Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, Seattle.
  • Fred Lynch, hip hop artist, speaker, trainer and film producer living in Dallas Texas; founding member of the rap collective P.I.D. (Preachers in Disguise); is a Lead Trainer for 3Practice Circles.
  • James Wellman, Professor and Chair of the Comparative Religion Program in the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington; founder of the Center of Global Christian Studies.
  • Jun Love Young, CEO of ZUM Communications in Seattle, and founder of Beloved Arise, the first national organization dedicated to celebrating and empowering LGBTQ+ youth of faith; host of the podcast A Change Mindset.
  • Michelle Lang-Raymond, Founder and Executive Director of Seattle’s Acts On Stage; singer/songwriter, playwright, producer, community developer, and former Campus Pastor at Warner Pacific University.
  • Michael Swanson, Territorial Mission Integration Manager for the Salvation Army Central Territory in the U.S. Previously, he was Divisional Social Services Director for the Salvation Army Heartland Division.
  • Namitha Crow, Talent Coordinator in Seattle Washington for the the global health equity nonprofit PATH; founder and former program director for nonprofit, Sinza, in Kampala, Uganda.
  • Pat Thompson, co-founder and Executive Director of YES! Foundation of White Center, Washington.
  • Roxy Hornbeck, creative strategist and, until recently, Assistant Professor of Arts Leadership at Seattle University.
  • Tali Hairston, Director of Community Organizing, Advocacy, and Development at Seattle Presbytery; Director of the Seattle Presbytery’s Lilly Endowment Thriving Congregations grant program; former Director of the John Perkins Center at Seattle Pacific University .

Learn more at the Off the Map website here.

Tickets at this Eventbrite link: $39 for individuals | $69 for two | $139 for groups up to five


Brian D. McLaren is an author, speaker, activist, public theologian, and interrogator of 21st Century American Christian expression. A former college English teacher and pastor, he is a passionate advocate for “a new kind of Christianity”—just, generous, and working with people of all faiths for the common good. He is the author of many books, including A Generous Orthodoxy (2004), A New Kind of Christianity (2010), The Great Spiritual Migration (2016), Faith After Doubt (2021), and, most recently, Do I Stay Christian? A Guide for the Doubters, the Disappointed, and the Disillusioned (2022). In 2005, Time magazine called him one of the 25 Most Influential Evangelicals in America. Learn more about Brian here.

Pre-registration required, and spaces are limited. There are no refunds, but we’ll gladly look for someone who’ll be happy to join us if it turns out you can’t. Register at this link.  


Gareth Higgins: How Not to Be Afraid

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See a the book trailer and a preview of the reading in the brief videos below:


WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2023, 6:45–8:15 P.M., in person in Bloedel Hall and online via Zoom. Optional community dinner at 6 p.m. ($6/child; $8/adult; $25/max. family).

Join us for an evening of storytelling and conversation with Irish writer Gareth Higgins, author of How Not to Be Afraid. 

Brian McLaren says Gareth’s new book How Not to be Afraid is “a beautiful book,” Kathleen Norris says it’s “a necessary book,” and Micky ScottBey Jones says it’s “a much-needed resource for skill-building through our fear and trauma, so that we might create the belonging and communities we desire.” Nadia Bolz-Weber says “I totally trust Gareth Higgins when he writes about his own fear and how it’s actually possible to transform it into something powerful, something capable of healing us and the world.” Pádraig Ó Tuama says “Gareth Higgins is a friend. This book is too.” Find out more at hownottobeafraid.com

A complete video of the event is now available below: 

How Not to Be Afraid

Fear feeds on the stories we tell ourselves, Higgins claims, and in the pages of How Not to Be Afraid, he delves into the mechanisms of fear, as well as the quiet, immense strength of individuals and communities that refuse to let it reign.

Grounded in personal experience and expert reflection on violence, conflict transformation, and trauma recovery, Higgins traces vulnerability as strength to address seven common fears that plague each of us at some point in our lives. By examining such topics as the fear of being alone, the fear of not having enough, and the fear of violence and death, he invites readers into habits of hope rooted in Celtic spirituality and the mysteries of love.

In the rich spiritual, activist, and literary tradition of Walter Wink and Kathleen Norris, Higgins points us toward tenderness, empathy, and gentle encounter with each other and with our deepest and most relentless fears. He shows us how we can replace our narratives of fear and cynicism with better stories. Peace is the way to itself, he reveals, and when we choose this path, our lives will never be the same.

Gareth Higgins was born in Belfast in 1975, grew up during the Northern Ireland Troubles, and now lives in the US. He writes and speaks about the power of storytelling to shape our lives and world, peace and making justice, and how to take life seriously without believing your own propaganda. He is the co-founder of The Porch Community, the Wild Goose Festival, The New Story Festival, and the Movies & Meaning Festival, and leads retreats in Ireland and the U.S. He is passionate about helping people discover the meaning of our own lives, and to learn from each other about how stories help us live better. www.garethhiggins.net

Program is free. Optional community dinner served at 6 p.m. ($6/child; $8/adult; $25/max. family).

20s/30s Questioning Together: Theodicy and Suffering

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 7:30–9 p.m., Leffler House

How do we justify God when there is so much suffering in the world? Come explore these themes at the beginning of Lent with Curate Linzi Stahlecker and 20s/30s member Fraser Reach as we consider transformation and the journey of deeper union with God. Dessert and light snacks provided.

Questions? Email Emily: emcmeeks@gmail.com

UPDATE: "Notes and Quotes" from this discussion can be downloaded here

See images from the presentation below (click to enlarge).

New Ministry Launch: Queer in Chirst

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 10:10 A.M., Bloedel Hall

Queer in Christ, a new ministry forming at Saint Mark’s, welcomes all whether you identify as part of the queer community, you are an ally, or you just want to find out more. We gather together in fellow-ship and friendship while learning more about being queer in the church. Join us on Sunday, February 19 for a forum in Bloedel Hall between the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. services to learn more about this new ministry, what got it started, and what the future looks like. Questions? Contact Sacristan Michael Seewer at mseewer@saintmarks.org or Canon Rosario-Cruz at: erosario@saintmarks.org

UPDATE: A video of this forum is now available:

Concert for the Human Family

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SATURDAY, MARCH 4, 7:30 P.M., cathedral nave. Reserve tickets here ($20–35). Co-sponsored by Abbey Arts, Saint Mark’s Cathedral, and the Office of the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church.

“What movement could begin, what conversation could take the stage, if everything else got out of the way? This Concert for the Human Family event is an inspiring collaborative between award-winning musicians and church leaders who believe in the power of music and storytelling to foster Beloved Community. Experience genre-bending original music that bridges jazz, hip-hop and bluegrass, performed by a multicultural team led by Nashville pianist and composer Kory Caudill and hip-hop artist Wordsmith. All woven with sacred stories to launch conversation around reconciliation, healing and justice in the communities we call home. It’s the power of music, for the sake of love.”

The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences named the first Concert for the Human Family webcast as an honoree in the Event and Live Stream Video category in the 26th Annual Webby Awards in April 2022.

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Queer Theology Workshop with Hugo Alas

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2023, 9-11 A.M., online via Zoom

In this workshop, we will understand what queer theology is, analyze the relationship between theology, sexuality, gender and sexual orientation, and critique the assumptions institutional religions have about gender and sexuality."

En este taller, buscamos comprender qué es la teología queer, analizar la relación entre teología, sexualidad, género y orientación sexual, y criticar los presupuestos de las religiones institucionales sobre el género y la sexualidad.

UPDATE: A complete video is now available: 

About the Facilitator:

Hugo Alas is a member of the Ministry of Sexual Diversity of the Anglican Episcopal Church of El Salvador with advanced studies in Global Queer Theologies from the Higher Institute of Interreligious and Social Studies (ISDEIS) of Argentina. With the Sophia Institute of the USA, he has studied Theology and History of Christianity. He is an industrial engineer with a master's degree in quality management and twelve years of experience as a university professor.

Sobre el facilitador:

Hugo Alas es Miembro del Ministerio de Diversidad Sexual de la Iglesia Episcopal Anglicana de El Salvador. Posee estudios superiores sobre Teologías Queer Globales por el Instituto Superior De Estudios Interreligiosos y Sociales (ISDEIS) de Argentina. Con el Institute Sophia de USA, ha sacado su diplomatura en Teología e Historia del Cristianismo. Es ingeniero industrial y Maestro en Gestión de la Calidad, con doce años de experiencia en docencia universitaria.


Notice that the Second Restated Bylaws were adopted on February 5, 2023

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In 2022, the Washington legislature revised the Non-Profit Corporations Act (RCW 24.03A) which applies to St. Mark’s. The Vestry undertook to revise the St. Mark’s Bylaws to comply with the new statute. The most significant revisions relate to rights of transparency and participation by members in a non-profit.

While The Vestry usually votes on any Bylaws revisions, because the revisions under the new statute impact member rights they were voted on by Parish Communicants in Good Standing at the Annual Meeting on February 5, 2023. The proposal to amend the Bylaws was approved unanimously.

A copy of the revisions to the Bylaws can be found at this link.

2023 Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper with Closing of the Doors

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 6–7:15 P.M., in the cathedral nave. Suggested donation: $6/child; $8/adult; $25/max. family.

Please join us on Shrove Tuesday (a.k.a. Mardi Gras), February 21, in the cathedral nave, to end the season after Epiphany in the traditional way—by gathering in community, eating pancakes, and having fun! There will be live music, crafts, and games. Chef Marc Aubertin and the youth will be preparing our meal, and the members of the Seattle Service Corps will be decorating and assisting in the celebration.

The celebration in the nave will conclude with a brief liturgy to bury the Alleluias and close the great doors until Easter. (This is a treasured tradition unique to Saint Mark's—see some views of what the Closing of the Doors looked in years past below.) Finally, on the patio, palms are burned to create the ashes for the Ash Wednesday services the next day.

Complete Closing of the Doors Liturgy, 2023

Complete Closing of the Doors Liturgy, 2021

Closing of the Doors, 2020

Closing of the Doors, 2019

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