The Doctrine of Discovery: The Episcopal Church, Indigenous Peoples, and the Necessity of Decolonizing Christianity

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 27, 7–8:30 P.M., via Zoom

A Presentation and Discussion with The Rev. Rachel Taber-Hamilton

The Rev. Rachel Taber-Hamilton

Saint Mark’s welcomes The Rev. Rachel Taber-Hamilton, who is Shackan First Nation, Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Everett, and Coordinator of Ethnic Ministries Circles of Color.

The Doctrine of Discovery historically informed the legal premise for justifying the forces of colonialism, including the enslavement of African and Asian peoples as well as the oppression and genocide of indigenous peoples. Rev. Taber-Hamilton will share the historical development of the Doctrine of Discovery, the historical role of the Church, and real-world contemporary examples of its continuing impact. The Doctrine of Discovery remains embedded in the legal policies of the U.S. and colonized nations throughout the world, policies that maintain the theological, political, and legal justification for continued neo-colonialism, including the seizure of land, genocide, oppression, and racism.

The Episcopal Church National Convention in 2009 formally renounced the doctrine and urged dioceses’ reflection and action. Come learn how allies can help deconstruct the effects of the Doctrine of Discovery as a social force in our Church, in our nation, and in our world.

Register to attend here.

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Parish Annual Meeting and Elections, 2021

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Please note the changes made to this year’s Annual Parish Meeting which has been adapted given the cathedral’s closure and the need to conduct our business virtually. All sessions of the Annual Meeting will take place via Zoom.

The Link to cast your vote will be announced in the meeting during Session 2, January 31.


ABOUT VOTING

Parish Communicants in Good Standing are to vote using the electronic link that will be included in the Zoom chat during the reconvened Annual Meeting on Sunday January 31, 2021 at approximately 10:00 AM.
A Parish Communicant in Good Standing who has limited internet or computer access or knowledge, who will join the meeting by phone, or who has any other concerns, can vote by calling Erik Donner in the Cathedral office at 206.323.0300 x 217.  Erik will record your vote anonymously and keep your vote strictly confidential.  You must call between Monday January 25 at 9 a.m. and Friday, January 29 at 4 p.m., to have your vote counted.
Further election rules may be read here.

Overview (see more detailed agenda below)

SESSION 1: SUNDAY, JANUARY 24, 2021, 9:45-10:30 A.M. Join using this Zoom link.
Call to Order, Election Rules (adapted), Report of the Nominating Committee, Nominations from the Floor, then Recess until January 31 at 9:30 a.m.

At the regular coffee hour following the 11 a.m. service in January 24, candidates for Vestry will be present for an informal meet-and-greet.

SESSION 2: SUNDAY, JANUARY 31, 2021, 9:45-10:30 A.M. Join using this Zoom link.
Call to Order, Elections, Reports, then Recess for Worship via Livestream

Dean Thomason's sermon during the service on January 31 will serve as the Dean's Report to the Parish.

SESSION 3: SUNDAY, JANUARY 31, 2021, 11:45-12:30 p.m. Join using this Zoom link.
Awards and Recognitions by Dean Thomason, Closing Prayer, Adjourn

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Illuminated Examen: A Virtual Retreat for Spirited Women

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 12:45–3 p.m.

Illuminated Examen: A Virtual Retreat for Spirited Women

Hear Ye, Hear Ye, the Spirited Women are having another (virtual) gathering—Sunday, February 7 from 12:45 p.m. to 3 p.m. (virtually). The focus is the spiritual practice of the Examen, a way of prayerful reflection from the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits. We will be led by Lorelei Amato, cathedral clergy, and others in exploring a contemplative way of doing Examen by “illuminating” our written reflections through art.  Art skills are not required—you will be provided a template for ideas/designs. Registration and a fee of $11 are required, to cover a packet of materials that will be mailed to you before the event. Register by January 20 using this registration link. Contact Mary Segall (mesegall@icloud.com) or Canon Nancy Ross  (nross@saintmarks.org) with any questions or to receive a scholarship.

Saint Mark’s Music Series 2020–21 Season Announcement

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The 2020–21 Saint Mark's Music contains a variety of offerings, from beloved annual traditions to encounters with the unfamiliar. You can read the series announcement email here. This year, all the event on the Music Series will be livestreamed and viewable for free.

 

Details of the complete series may be found on the Music Series page here. 

 


Highlight include:

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2020, 7:30 P.M.

Flentrop Organ Concert with Canon Kleinschmidt
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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2020, 7:30 P.M.

Native American Flute Songs with Gary Stroutsos
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FRIDAY, JANUARY 29, 2021, 7:30 P.M.

Fritts Organ Concert with John Stuntebeck
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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2021, 7:30 P.M

Concert à 3: with Jillon Dupree, Rebekah Gilmore, & Page Smith
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PALM SUNDAY, MARCH 28, 2021, 4:30 P.M.

Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time
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FRIDAY, MAY 14, 2021, 7:30 P.M.

All-Bach on the Flentrop Organ with Alex Weimann


Check out the Music Series page to learn more!