A Conversation about Intersectionality by Canon Eliacín Rosario-Cruz

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

“We will work to adopt an intersectional approach in all aspects of our common life, remembering that all forms of oppression are connected. We look to educate ourselves, and share with others, the many places where our privilege blinds us from being compassionate to others.”

—from Saint Mark's Statement of Lament and Commitment to Action

“Intersectionality is a lens through which you can see where power comes and collides, where it interlocks and intersects. It’s not simply that there’s a race problem here, a gender problem here, and a class or LBGTQ problem there. Many times that framework erases what happens to people who are subject to all of these things.”

—Dr. Kimberlé Crenshaw

Join Canon Eliacín Rosario-Cruz Wednesday evening for a conversational presentation about Intersectionality and its importance in our congregational life and ministries in the world.


Download the slides from this presentation here.

Check out the short video of Dr. Kimberlé Crenshaw that was shared during the forum here.

Watch a video of the presentation below. (Note: the first few minutes of the event are missing from the recording. We apologize for the inconvenience.)

The COP26 Experience: Heathy Skepticism and Abiding Faith—A Forum with Dr Lisa Graumlich

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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 6:45–8:15 P.M, online only via Zoom

For two weeks in November many of us sat on edge of chairs following updates from the twenty-sixth Conference of the Parties (COP26), more commonly known as simply the climate summit. As it ended, many felt disappointed that our high hopes for an ambitious global plan of action were not fully realized. What happened? Where do we go from here? Please join us for a discussion with Lisa Graumlich who will reflect on her long-time engagement with climate change as well as her recent experience as a COP26 delegate on behalf of the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, participating virtually.

Saint Mark’s parishioner Dave Menz and Grace Episcopal parishioner John Kydd will also be sharing a few insights and photos about their experiences of being in Glasgow among the crowds.


Check out the following resources presented at the event:

Click here to read her letter from the first week of the conference, and here to read her article Loss and Damage: Why these two words hold the key to a just transition in a warming world on the Episcopal Church website.

Christmas Memorials & Thanksgivings

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DONATIONS RECEIVED BY DECEMBER 12 WILL BE PRINTED IN THE CHRISTMAS BULLETINS.

Help underwrite the beautiful flowers and special music of the season by making a special contri­bution in honor or memory of someone. You can make your gift online at saintmarks.org/give, or fill out the form inserted in your bulletin today and make your gift by check. Return the form with your check in the offering plate, to the cathedral office, or by mail (instructions may be found on the form.) Contributions received by December 12 will be acknowledged in the bulletins on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

The 2021 Giving Tree

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GIVING UPDATE:

From online donations to the Giving Tree for Casa Latina and Lowell Elementary,  $5,180 was raised to purchase Target gift cards in $50 or $25 increments. In combination with gift tags that were purchased directly by parishioners, we reached the requests of 100 gift cards for Casa Latina and 75 gift cards for Lowell Elementary.

Additionally, Mary's Place received about 100 gifts from Saint Mark's parishioners.

 

Once again, Saint Mark’s is sharing Christmas joy with families from Casa LatinaLowell Elementary School, and Mary’s Place. Casa Latina and Lowell Elementary School have asked for gift cards this year, and Mary’s Place has requested specific gifts for children, youth, and parents.

The Giving Tree is full of tags, and will be placed in the nave for the next three Sundays. For Casa Latina and Lowell Elementary, pick a tag off the Giving Tree, or donate online at saintmarks.org/give (Choose "Casa Latina & Lowell School Gift Cards" from the list of options.)

For Mary’s Place, visit their Amazon Wish List here, or come by and choose a tag from the Giving Tree.

In this second year of hardship, your generosity means even more to these wonderful families. Please donate online or bring your (unwrapped) gift(s) or gift card(s) back to Saint Mark’s by Sunday, December 12.

You may also donate by mailing a check to Saint Mark’s (with “gift cards” in the memo line), or using the Venmo mobile app (@SaintMarksCathedralSeattle; put "gift cards" in the comment), or by calling Erik Donner at 206.323.0300 x217.

If you have questions about the Giving Tree, please contact Wendy Claire Barrie (wbarrie@saintmarks.org) or call 206.323.0300 x223.

Photo: 2019 Giving Tree in Bloedel Hall.

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Blue Christmas Liturgy

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 7 P.M.

We are told that this is “the most wonderful time of the year.” But for many who are experiencing or have experienced loss, grief, or hardship, the festive season can in fact be particularly painful and alienating. Saint Mark’s has a long-standing tradition of holding space for prayerful care and companionship for those who find the holiday season a painful or difficult time. The "Blue Christmas" liturgy is a special service of Holy Eucharist in Thomsen Chapel, intended to hold a space for whatever you may be going through, while offering the hope of light and peace. This service will be offered in person only. All are welcome.

Candy Cane Lane Walk and Holiday Cheer

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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12, 4:30 P.M.

A tradition since 1949, the houses on this section of NE Park Road in Ravenna transform into Candy Cane Lane, a display of lights and decorations representing traditions and themes from around the world. We’ll meet first at the home of Natalie and Tim Willis (911 Ravenna Blvd NE) from 4:30–5 p.m. for hot chocolate and cookies, and then walk together to Candy Cane Lane at 5 p.m., just a under a mile away. RSVP (appreciated but not required) to Emily Meeks (emcmeeks@gmail.com).

Blossom Abundantly—SSC Storytelling Fundraiser

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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2021, 2 P.M., via Zoom, registration requested.

The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad; the desert shall rejoice and blossom like the crocus; it shall blossom abundantly and rejoice with joy and singing.

— Isaiah 35:1–2a

JOIN US December 12 at 2 p.m. for a one-hour storytelling fundraiser that showcases how Corps members continue to “Blossom Abundantly” in SSC.

Hear stories of growth and formation as our Corps members share their hopes and goals for this year. Hear how they are following the Way of Jesus and discerning their own ministry in the world. Plus, a special appearance by a recent Service Corps Alum!

Download the pdf invitation here

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Special Parish Forum—Statement of Lament and Commitment to Action

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 6:30-8 P.M.

Hybrid gathering: in Bloedel Hall and via Zoom (registration requested for either option so we can plan accordingly)

Earlier this year the Vestry unanimously adopted the Statement of Lament and Commitment to Action as a guide for our important work as individuals and community as we strive for justice and peace and respect for every human being. It is a substantial document with a broad range of statements leading to actionable ways we are called to live and act in the world. In the special parish forum, to which all are invited and encouraged to attend, we will reflect together, unpack the document, and break into groups which will focus on specific areas of work including:

    1. Addressing Homeless and Hunger in Seattle,
    2. Cathedral innovations for Reparations,
    3. Racial Justice and Healing,
    4. Global Justice ministries,
    5. Immigration Ministries,
    6. Networking with Affiliate Partners in Ministry.

View a complete video of the forum below.

Download the presentation slides here (pdf).

Download the litany prayed during the forum here (pdf).

Friends Talking: Pastor Carey Anderson

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The conversation between Pastor Anderson and Dean Thomason may be seen below. You can watch Pastor Anderson's sermon in the video of the service here. Audio of his sermon will be available here, as well as a printed text when it is available.


SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 21

Guest Sermon: 9 A.M. &11 A.M. EUCHARISTS

"Friends Talking" Forum with Pastor Anderson in Conversation with Dean Steve: 10:10–10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall

Longtime pastor of First AME Church The Rev. Dr. Carey Anderson will preach at Saint Mark’s Cathedral, at both the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. services, as part of our deepening commitment to the relationship between Dean Steve and Pastor Carey, and our two faith communities. (Dean Steve has been invited to preach at First AME in January 2022.)

Rev. Dr. Carey G. Anderson is the Senior Minister of First AME Church, Seattle, WA, where he has served since November 2004. Prior to his appointment at FAME, Pastor Anderson was Pastor of St. Paul AME Church in Wichita, KS from 2000-2004, and had been the Pastor of Bethel AME Church in Reno, Nevada from 1984 to 2000. Pastor Anderson holds a B.A. Degree from California State University, Hayward; a Master of Divinity Degree from Pacific School of Religion Theological Seminary, Berkeley, CA; and a Doctor of Ministry Degree from St. Paul School of Theology, Kansas City, MO. He serves or has served on the boards of Habitat for Humanity, The City of Seattle's Equitable Communities Initiative Task Force, the Communities of Concern Commission (Executive Committee Vice Chair), the King County Regional Homelessness Authority, and others. He is renowned for his preaching and leadership in the Seattle faith community and for his commitment to restorative justice. Welcome, Pastor Anderson!

 

Thanksgiving Day Eucharist 2021

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 10 A.M.

Please join together 10 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day for a service of Holy Eucharist, with prayers of gratitude for the abundance of the harvest and all the blessings of this life. Dean Thomason will preach and preside, with musical offerings by Canon Michael Kleinschmidt. You can put your turkey in the oven, then come to the cathedral or join the livestream to offer your thanks to God, and be finished with plenty of time to make the stuffing.

The “O” Antiphons Advent Liturgy, 2021

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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2021, 7 P.M., in person in the cathedral nave, or livestreamed at saintmarks.org/livestream

Please note: For the sake of safety, pre-registration is required to attend this year's "O" Antiphons liturgy, and proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID test* must be presented. More information about this policy may be read at saintmarks.org/advent

 

The annual "O" Antiphons Liturgy is considered by many to be a highlight of the liturgical year at Saint Mark's. The particular form of this liturgy that we use was invented here, first presented in 1986, and is today used by churches around the world. It is similar to a "Lessons & Carols" service, but rather than presenting a linear narrative from scripture, it is structured around seven medieval antiphons, each beginning with the word "O ," which also form the basis of the hymn "O Come O Come Emmanuel."

The liturgy is a poetic exploration of resonant images of Christ found in the antiphons—star, key, root, cornerstone—while drawing the connections between the first advent of Jesus, when he came into our world 2,000 years ago, with both the long-expected coming of the Christ at the end of time, as well as the coming of Christ into the human heart. This beloved cathedral tradition provides a moving and evocative entrance into the Advent season of prayerful expectation.

Incense is used. This year's event will feature the world premiere of a commissioned anthem by Dr. Zanaida Robles; learn more here.

* Following King County guidelines, a negative COVID test must be a professionally-administered PCR test, with the test taken in the prior 72 hours. Rapid antigen test is not acceptable for admission.

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“Spreadable Hope” 20s/30s Advent Event

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2, 6 P.M., Leffler House

Drop-in to decorate and frost cookies at Leffler House for an Advent gathering to benefit Edible Hope. Frosting and decorations will be provided. Bring your own pre-baked sugar cookies either homemade or bought. We recommend trying this go-to recipe from Jade Bawcom-Randall. Decorated cookies will be delivered to Edible Hope on Friday, December 3. There will also be an opportunity for those who want to volunteer for the morning meal at Edible Hope from 7-9 am on Friday, December 3. Email Emily Meeks (emcmeeks@gmail.com) with questions or if interested in volunteering.

Advent/Christmas Worship Update—November 8, 2021

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Dean Thomason has prepared this brief (3-minute) video message below with important updates regarding the large Advent and Christmas liturgies.
In summary: five services—"O" Antiphons, The Pageant of the Nativity, and the Christmas Eve services at 4 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 11 p.m.—will require that worshippers register online in advance, have total attendance capped, and require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test (PCR test administered less than 72 hours before the event) for those 12 and older. Other services, including Christmas Day, will not require pre-registration or screening.

Please Note

For the safety of all, The “O” Antiphons Liturgy, Pageant of the Nativity, and Christmas Eve services only will require pre-registration, and will follow King County guidelines for large indoor events—proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test* will be required for admission.

Register to attend The "O" Antiphons service here. Note that when you register, you will be given the option of sending your proof of vaccination in advance, which will speed up the check-in process on the evening of the event. Look for instructions in the confirmation email you receive when you register.

Pre-registration and screening will not be required for other events, including Christmas Day. All must be masked at all times while inside the cathedral buildings (except when leading worship).

The designated "distanced" and "undistanced" sections of the nave will remain. Unvaccinated worshippers are asked to sit in the "distanced" section, but it is available for anyone who wishes to stay apart from others for any reason. Please note, however, that for all services, including those which require pre-registration, the distanced section is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so you may wish to arrive early.

* Following King County guidelines, a negative COVID test must be a professionally-administered PCR test, with the test taken in the prior 72 hours. Rapid antigen test is not acceptable for admission.

 

Find the complete schedule of events, registration links, and the most up-to-date information at:

saintmarks.org/advent

Youth Bonfire & Neighborhood Trash Pickup

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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 3–5:30 P.M.

Youth are invited to join the 2021 youth confirmation class in picking up trash along 10th avenue. Come along to help maintain our beloved earth. When we've cleaned up the neighborhood, we will gather for a fall bonfire, short vespers liturgy, and snacks.

Meet: 3 p.m. on the cathedral front lawn

Bring: Work gloves, mask, camp chair

End: 5:30 p.m.

Choral Evensong in celebration of All Saints and commemoration of All Souls

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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 4:30 P.M.

In person and livestreamed at: https://saintmarks.org/worship/live-stream/

Saint Mark's Cathedral invites one and all to join in prayer and praise at nightfall to celebrate All Saints, and to commemorate the lives of all those whom we love but see no longer. Saint Mark's Evensong Choir will offer a setting of the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis by Philip Stopford, composed in 2014 for the Evening Choir of St. Anne's Cathedral, Belfast, Ireland, and sung here for the first time on this occasion. In addition, the choir will offer Grayston Ives' warmly resonant setting of Isaac Watts' reassuring hymn, There is a land of pure delight.

Choral Evensong is a treasure among Christian liturgies in the Anglican tradition. At Saint Mark's, this choir is composed of select Choir School Senior Choristers, the Cathedral Schola, and adults from the Cathedral Choir. Learn more about the Evensong Choir here.

Kuhon Raigo-zu IV for organ -- a meditation on Paradise and The Pure Land, by Hina Sakamoto

Immediately after Choral Evensong on November 7, Canon Kleinschmidt will offer the North American premiere of a 12-minute work for pipe organ by Hina Sakamoto (born 1968), called Kuhon Raigo-zu IV. It is in three movements, each of which incorporates the Gregorian melody of the commendation anthem, In Paradisum, from the Requiem Mass. Kuhon Raigo-zu, was inspired by a famous painting in the Byodoin Temple in Kyoto in which the Buddha Amida descends on a cloud to escort a faithful disciple at the moment of death into the Pure Land, or Paradise. Hina Sakamoto resides in Yokohama, Japan. Many of her compositions for organ are based on Gregorian themes. All of them display exquisite craftsmanship.
Read more about the piece here: Kuhon Raigo-zu IV commentary
These notes by the composer were written for a performance in Yokohama given by the work's dedicatee, Hatsumi Miura, in November 2020, and are translated by Steven Dieck.

Nominate a candidate for Vestry or Diocesan Convention

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

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

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

Hymnathon!—A Fundraiser for the Evensong Choir Pilgrimage, 2022

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

Saint Mark’s Evensong Choir of children, youth and adults plan to be in England next August to sing daily Evensong services in Chichester and Bristol Cathedrals. They are dedicating as much of their own resources toward the total cost of their pilgrimage as they can. However, they need to raise some additional funds so that the trip is affordable for all. To that end, the choir is hosting a Hymnathon on Saturday, October 30, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Evensong choir members and others will sing at least one stanza of all 720 hymns in our hymnal! You are invited to join in the fun. For more information, please visit the Hymnathon Table at coffee hour.

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Convention on Climate Change Events

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COP26 KICK-OFF: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28, 10 A.M. PST, Register here

COP26 WORSHIP SERVICE: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 8 A.M. PST, Register here

COP26 CLOSING EVENT: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 8 A.M. PST, Register here 

UPDATE: The Episcopal Church's Creation Care office has published a piece by Dr. Lisa Graumlich titled COP26 — What to watch for? What to pray for?.

 


Attend Virtual COP26 Public Events

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

 


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

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28, 10 A.M. PST, Register here

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

 


Liturgy for Planetary Crisis: Episcopal Worship Service during COP26 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 8 A.M. PST, Register here 

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

 


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

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 11 A.M. PST, Register here 

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

19th Annual Community Multi-Faith Summit

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2 P.M.

Faith—Science—Sacred Activism. Hear from leaders of various faiths, including First Peoples, Buddhist, Jewish, and Christian, as they share how their faith tradition calls them to act on climate change. And then join in the discussion with panelists about actions communities can take together to be part of hopeful solutions. This online-only event is co-sponsored by Saint Mark's.

Register here, or contact Marjorie Ringness or Libby Carr if you have questions.

View the PDF flyer here.

A World-Premiere Commission for the O Antiphons Liturgy

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PLEASE NOTE: "O"Antiphons Liturgy requires pre-registration and requires proof of vaccination or recent negative COVID-19 test* (see details below). This service will be livestreamed.

* Following King County guidelines, a negative COVID test must be a professionally-administered PCR test, with the test taken in the prior 72 hours. Rapid antigen test is not acceptable for admission. 

Pre-register here.


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

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

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


About the composer

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

Check out a few of of her compositions here:

Organ by Night

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

The return of in-person Compline services also marks the return of another favorite late-night musical event: post-Compline organ music! These informal mini-concerts have introduced generations of Seattleites to the power and beauty of a real pipe organ. All are welcome to listen in the nave, or join the organist in the loft to see what playing an instrument of this size is really like. (The radio program The Organ Loft, which airs on KING-FM immediately following Compline each week, was inspired by this tradition.) A Q&A in the loft usually follows the performance.

The new iteration of this offering, called "Organ by Night," will be offered once a month, on the third Sunday of each month.

  • August 22, 2021: Canon Michael Kleinschmidt
  • October 17, 2021: Canon Michael Kleinschmidt
  • November 21: John Stuntebeck
  • December 19: Dr. Jason Anderson
  • January 16, 2022: Cathedral Music Intern Lucas Jindra
  • February 20:
  • March 20:
  • April 17:
  • May 15:

PAST EVENTS

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 19
For this December iteration of Organ by Night, Compline Choir Director Jason Anderson will offer works by Near, Rippen, Walcha, Pachelbel, and Diemer.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 21
In anticipation of the season John Stuntebeck will improvise and play compositions on Advent themes by Marcel Dupré, Rebecca Groom te Velde, and Dieterich Buxtehude.

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

SUNDAY, AUGUST 22
For the first Organ by Night on Sunday, August 22, Canon Michael Kleinschmidt will offer music on the Flentrop organ from Suites by G. H. Handel, Louis-Nicholas Clerambault, and Florence Price.

Treasures of the Cathedral: Everett DuPen

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

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

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

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

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

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Get to Know the Service Corps!

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UPDATE: Video may be seen below

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

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UPDATED WITH VIDEO OF THE EVENT

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

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

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


Click here to download the slides from the presentation.

Click here to download a list of references and resources.

A video of the event can be seen below :

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

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