The Wisdom of Your Body: Finding Healing, Wholeness, and Connection Through Embodied Living

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a Saturday gathering with Hillary L. McBride, Ph.D.

SATURDAY, MAY 6, 2023, 9:30 A.M.–3 P.M., in person in Bloedel Hall and online via Zoom; registration required for either option. Cost: $65 (includes lunch for those in person) 

Many of us have, unknowingly, been sold the story that our minds are superior to our bodies, and that our bodies are barriers to “pure” or “true” spirituality. Together, we will examine how these ideas continue to keep us from wholeness. We’ll explore practices that help us repair the fragmentations we carry inside of us, so that we can truly remember our bodily selves.

Hillary L. McBride is a therapist, researcher, speaker and writer. She holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of British Columbia, with a focus on women’s experiences in and of the body, particularly at significant transitions points. She is the author of Mothers, Daughters, and Body Image: Learning to Love Ourselves as We Are (2017), Embodiment and Eating Disorders (2018), and, most recently, The Wisdom of Your Body (2021). Learn more about Hillary here.

Fee: $65 (for both online and in-person participants). Includes a light lunch and snacks for those participating in person. Registration required; please submit the form below, or here.

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Transgender Day of Visibility

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FRIDAY, MARCH 31, 6:30–7:30 P.M., in person in Bloedel Hall and online via Zoom

Join The Reverend Canon Carla Robinson, Canon for Multicultural Ministries and Community Transformation in the Diocese of Olympia, the Saint Mark's Cathedral Queer in Christ ministry, and others from across the diocese in observance of Transgender Day of Visibility. Learn about why this observance is important, and hear from transgender, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming individuals and allies from our diocese about what the church can do to increase awareness and support of the transgender community as well as what the church can learn from trans people and their experiences. All are welcome!

Canon Robinson will host this event in person in Bloedel Hall. The Zoom option will still be available. No registration is required to attend in person, just show up! Otherwise, if you wish to attend via Zoom, please complete the Zoom registration here to receive your Zoom link.

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.

Exploring Racial Justice in the Episcopal Church

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12, 2023, 6:45–8:15 P.M., in person in Bloedel Hall or online via Zoom; registration required. Optional community dinner at 6 p.m. ($6/child; $8/adult; $25/max. family).

Facilitated by Vinh Do and The Rev. Canon Carla Robinson. Hosted by Saint Mark’s Cathedral; open to all in the Diocese of Olympia and beyond.

In 2021, the Episcopal Church released its Racial Justice Audit documenting the experience of race, racism, and racial identity within church leadership. At the Diocese of Olympia's Diocesan Convention last fall, a task force presented its findings and proposed ways we in this diocese might engage this important work. This forum is designed as part of that work. All cathedral members are encouraged to register to attend, and members from other churches are most welcome also. This is an opportunity to listen, learn and engage in conversation with others as we seek to understand and work towards racial justice in our communities, guided by five questions developed by the Task Force. Contact Canon Carla Robinson for more information.

Program is free, but registration is required for in-person or online participation. Register by submitting the form below, or at this link. Optional community dinner served at 6 p.m. ($6/child; $8/adult; $25/max. family).

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Climate Conversations

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SECOND TUESDAYS, 6:30–7:30 P.M. (NOTE NEW DAY AND TIME), online via Zoom

Looking for practical ways to reduce your impact on the environment? Saint Mark’s Creation Care Ministry is hosting Climate Conversations about everyday things in our lives. These monthly conversations will be held on environmentally-friendly Zoom on the first second Tuesday evening of each month.

Register to participate using this link (same Zoom link each month).

Scroll down on this page to find materials, slides, and videos of past conversations in this series. 


APRIL 11, 2023: Recycle

Recycling sounds easy, and separate waste bins for recycling and food waste make it seem simple. The reality is harder. Figuring out what to do with coffee cups, different types of plastic, digital devices and more becomes complex. We’ll look at a slew of different items that cause consternation when people try to figure out whether they’re recyclable, and we’ll provide answers about what you can do and where you can recycle them.

MAY 9, 2023: Family Fun to Save the Planet

While we often take action as individuals for conservation and reducing climate change, some families are doing even more by collaborating. Whether it’s creating a family carbon footprint, playing digital games to learn about climate change, working together to reduce and recycle or other actions, families learn from each other and do more to save the planet when they collaborate. We will provide examples of how families work together effectively to mitigate climate change and offer examples of family activities to save the planet.

JUNE 13, 2023: Eat Great Meals and Reduce Food Waste

Producing food and getting it from the farm to our table creates nearly a quarter of global greenhouse gasses. Remarkably, nearly 40% of that food is wasted in America. While we may think we are careful, there’s more we can do to reduce food waste. We’ll explain the background of the climate impact of food, discuss simple ways to reduce food wastage and provide examples of what individuals or communities have done to reduce food waste.

JULY 11, 2023: Simple Seattle Solutions to be a Voice for Conservation and Creation Care

Climate change and solutions are constantly being discussed all around Seattle at meetings for the city council, city departments, the Port of Seattle and other public bodies. Writing a letter or even just simply showing up to support conservation and reduction of climate change can make a big difference. Learn how to find out about these meetings and provide your input, whether you’re an introvert who wants to stay behind the scenes or an extrovert who is happy to talk to anyone.   

AUGUST 8, 2023: Find Great Deals for Local Foods and Plant-Based Meals

While many of us think first of going to farmers markets to buy produce from local farms that is far fresher and tastes better, there are other places to purchase products. For people considering a switch to plant-based meals such as Impossible Burgers who don’t find products or see that they cost too much, there are alternatives. We’ll discuss where to buy local produce, where to find plant-based products, and alternatives to better-known plant-based foods such as Impossible that taste great and cost less.

SEPTEMBER 12, 2023: Embracing a Creation Care Mindset

As we go about our daily lives, it’s easy just to continue what we’ve always done and not think about the impacts of our activities on the planet. Some of the most effective ways of caring for creation and mitigating climate change can come from changing our habits, routines and mindsets. We’ll discuss what types of habits may create climate change, look at the impact of changing what we do and then focus on examples and best practices of how we can shift our mindsets and habits to have a positive impact on the planet.

OCTOBER 10, 2023: Insights from Saint Mark’s Carbon Tracker

Using a carbon tracker does more than just tell you how much carbon dioxide your actions are creating at a point in time. Indeed, it’s a tool you can use all the time to get ideas on how to reduce your environmental impact, save money and care for creation. We’ll provide examples of actions suggested on the Carbon Tracker that can help us care for creation, and we’ll discuss how we can use the Tracker more effectively.

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