Wendy Claire Barrie Called as New Canon for Intergenerational Ministries

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A Message from Dean Thomason

Dear friends,

It is my great delight to announce that Wendy Claire Barrie has accepted the call to serve as Canon for Intergenerational Ministries at Saint Mark’s Cathedral in Seattle. She will begin her work November 1, 2021. Her visionary leadership and vast experience in lifelong spiritual formation and her passion for intergenerational ministry will complement the many gifts our formation team already brings into these areas, and as a lay person herself, she has a keen commitment to the ministry of all the baptized.

Wendy has served more than 25 years in parish-based formation ministry in California, New York and Connecticut, and she has a wealth of experience with many curricula, including Godly Play and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Since March 2020, she has served as Acquisitions Editor and Christian Formation Specialist for Church Publishing, and recently guided the revision of the highly-regarded Journey to Adulthood curriculum. Wendy is a nationally-renowned speaker and teacher in the field of lifelong spiritual formation, and her latest book, The Church Post-Sunday School: How to be Intergenerational and Why It Matters, is due out next summer. She is no stranger to Saint Mark’s, having spoken here in 2017 about home-based faith practices, drawing on her earlier book, Faith at Home: A Handbook for Cautiously Christian Parents. The topic is as timely as ever as we lean into new ways of being Church in the post-pandemic world. She and her husband Phil will move from Brooklyn, New York, to Seattle in the coming weeks while their son Peter continues his education at Bard College.

Ms. Barrie’s call is the culmination of a robust search process in which an extraordinary committee of gifted leaders of Saint Mark’s diligently worked with an excellent pool of applicants, prayerfully discerning unanimous support for Wendy’s call. I am very grateful to committee members Carmen Brady, Maria Coldwell, Cadence Cole, Sonjia Gavin, Emily Meeks, and Peter Snyder. Please join me in thanking them for their good work, and please join me in welcoming Wendy and Phil to the Saint Mark’s community. I am,

Gratefully,

The Very Rev. Steven L. Thomason
Dean and Rector

 


A Message from Wendy Claire Barrie

When I read the position description for this new role, I took immediate notice because, truly, it sounds like my dream job! I was formed by growing up in an intergenerational church—St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Laguna Beach, California—and I’ve brought that experience into my Christian formation work wherever I’ve gone. My family and I are eager for this new adventure. One thing I have missed about parish ministry is holding other people’s babies during Sunday sermons, and one thing Phil and I are hopeful about finding in Seattle is a larger kitchen than we’ve had in Brooklyn. (I have been doing a lot of anxiety baking the last 18 months!) I’m so happy to be coming to Saint Mark’s. I can’t wait to see what we will dream and build here together, as followers of Jesus from all ages and stages of faith.

Thanks—

Wendy


Learn more about Wendy here.

20s/30s: Art and Jazz Event

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14, 7:30 P.M., at Epiphany Parish in Madrona

Join an evening of Art & Jazz with other young adults from around the Diocese (7:30–9 p.m.). View art from local artists affiliated with Vibrant Palette Art Center and listen to jazz piano from Jeremy Bacon in the Chapel at Epiphany Parish, Seattle. Artwork will be available for purchase to support Vibrant Palette's mission to empower artists with disabilities and build a more inclusive arts community in Seattle. Light refreshments provided. Questions? Email Emily Meeks (emcmeeks@gmail.com).

Sunday Stairway Walks for 20s/30s

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2 P.M.–5:15 P.M., pre-registration required

(PREVIOUS WALKS OCCURRED ON JULY 11, AUGUST 8 & SEPTEMBER 26)

Did you know that Seattle has 650 publicly accessible stairways? In the early 1900s, property developers in hilly Seattle would construct public stairways for convenience and to improve access to trolly lines. Now, these scenic passageways provide opportunities to discover off-the-path views through Seattle neighborhoods.

Join with other young adults from around the Diocese of Olympia to explore and learn about different neighborhoods and Episcopal parishes within Seattle. Routes will draw inspiration from Seattle Stairway Walks and range between 2.5–4 miles at an easy pace. The walks start and end at the parish, with an opportunity to connect with clergy and other participants. We’ll also have an opportunity to learn more about the parish, meet clergy and enjoy refreshments after the walk. 

  • OCTOBER 17: St. Paul's and "Southwest Queen Anne"

Cobblestone lanes, historic landmark homes, and expansive views mark this 4.1 mile walk starting from St. Paul’s. Join other young adults from around the Diocese of Olympia to explore and learn more about Southwest Queen Anne with stops at the Wilcox Wall, Parsons Garden and Kerry Park. We’ll also get a brief background and tour of St. Paul’s from Rev. Nat Johnson. Light refreshments provided. Participants have the option of attending a 5 pm service. Learn more and register here. The route is based on this walk.

Contact Emily Meeks (emcmeeks@gmail.com) or Michael Perera (perera.michael@gmail.com) with questions.

Register using this link

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Jim Pannell to leave his role as Director of Operations

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A Message from Dean Thomason

Dear friends,

Cathedral Director of Operations Jim Pannell has resigned to take a new role in San Francisco which he describes in some detail below. We are sad to see him leave, but we wish him well in his new ventures. He came to Seattle from San Francisco just two years ago, and the pandemic intervened just months after he arrived, but he pressed through with grace and good will, and we are grateful for his work among us. His leadership has been key to ensuring our pandemic-related precautions are safely implemented and maintained. His last day on the job will be Friday October 8, 2021. Please join me in thanking him for his service, and sending him with our best wishes as he begins this new role.

While such transitions are always challenging, we are fortunate to have in Canon Marda Steedman Sanborn in her interim role with us this fall. Marda served six years as Canon to the Ordinary for the Diocese of Olympia, and in that role had many of the responsibilities that are part of the Director of Operations portfolio. Marda has graciously offered to assume many of the key operational responsibilities in the interim as we conduct a search for a new Director. I will assume some as well, which is to say, we have a plan to ensure key support services are not interrupted.

I also want to specifically acknowledge the skillful work that David Wagner, Chris Brown, Stephen Eddy, Adam Conley, and Erik Donner bring to their operational roles. They are competent, hard-working, and self-motivated, and I have great confidence in them. Indeed, I am very grateful for them for all the ways they support this community behind the scenes, ensuring that the cathedral mission and ministries can flourish.

We will post a new Director of Operations position this week with every hope to have a new person in the role before the end of the year. In the meantime, if you have questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me. And again, we are grateful for Jim’s work and his time with us. I am,

Gratefully,

The Very Rev. Steven L. Thomason
Dean and Rector

 


A Message from Jim Pannell

I’m a big believer in serendipity. Some call it luck. To me, it is an openness to the unexpected. I recently experienced one of those serendipitous events when three weeks ago I was contacted by an independent high school - The Bay School of San Francisco. This was an unexpected, out of the blue, email asking if I would talk to them about an opportunity at the school.

I have been very happy in my two years at Saint Mark’s, with no expectation to leave, look for another position, or disrupt the happy state our family has been in since coming to Seattle. However, I always think it is often a good idea to at least listen. And, fifteen days later, following three Zoom calls, and a quick 24 hour visit to San Francisco, I received an offer from The Bay School to serve as their Chief Financial & Operations Officer. On Sunday afternoon I accepted that position and let Dean Thomason know of my intention to depart in a few weeks.

This was an extraordinarily difficult decision. But, after a lot of conversation and consideration with my family, we decided together that this was also an opportunity from which I should not walk away. With the excitement of a new position comes the sadness of departing a place and people I love. One that pursues a mission that is close to my heart. I am going to miss all of you.

I am grateful for the opportunity to come to St. Mark’s and have learned so much under the leadership of Dean Thomason. Serving with you would have been so much harder if not for my direct reports – Adam Conley, Stephen Eddy, and David Wagner. It has been an honor to serve with all of you, the entire staff, and the beloved parishioners at Saint Mark’s.

As a final note, if I had not come to St. Mark’s and spent the past two years focused on non-profit management, I do not think that The Bay School of San Francisco would have called me to this role. I have learned so much from each of you and your wisdom, intelligence, generosity, kindness, and love have all contributed to this new chapter in our life as a family.

With gratitude,

Jim

Meet your Cathedral Yoga Instructor!

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Wendy first came to Saint Mark's in 1996, and has been involved in Cathedral Yoga since its very beginning in 2013. For those who think that yoga teachers are all super-flexible contortionists, it may be interesting to know that Wendy has both scoliosis and spinal stenosis. In 2020, after experiencing terrible pain, she went through serious back surgery— a laminectomy in the lumbar region. After a lot of healing she is now pain-free and practicing yoga as she has been for over 50 years!

How did you first get involved in yoga?

I loved the first yoga class I attended in 1964 in Boston. I then always went to yoga classes wherever I was—in Manila and Sydney and then here in Seattle. Through the years I experienced many different types of yoga and studied with a lot of yoga "stars". Finally I did my teacher training with Ana Forrest and Shari Friederickson.

What are your goals for a Cathedral Yoga class?

My goals for Cathedral Yoga are to have people receive a visceral sense of the sacred, to leave feeling better than when they came, relaxed and stretched out.

If someone was on the fence about attending Cathedral Yoga for the first time, what would you say to them?

Individuals have told me over the years how much they enjoy yoga on the altar platform. No other yoga setting can compete!

The idea of attending a yoga class can be intimidating to someone who has never done it before, but it's worth the adventure. Cathedral Yoga is always taught in a way that will be rewarding for people of all levels, including absolute beginners. Some have found that practicing in the huge space of the cathedral nave actually make them less self-conscious than they feel in the smaller space of a typical yoga studio!


Cathedral Yoga is offered every Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the cathedral nave. Please contact Gregory Bloch at gbloch@saintmarks.org with any questions.

 

 

20s/30s Pop-up “Questioning Together” and Compline

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3, 7:30 p.m. in Leffler House

Where is God When Bad Things Happen? We’ll discuss this previously discussed question in the lens of a pandemic year in a special edition of Questioning Together.

Join us for a BYO dinner and conversation at 7:30 p.m. (bring your own, drinks provided) followed by an hour of Questioning Together starting at 8 p.m. For those interested, a group will go to Compline together at 9:30 p.m.

Questions? Email Emily Meeks (emcmeeks@gmail.com) or Seyi Akanni (seyi.akanni@gmail.com).

Seattle Service Corps “Pantry Pounding” and Porch Reception

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 12 P.M., Leffler porch

Join the Seattle Service Corps on the front porch of Leffler after the 11 a.m. service for conversation and refreshments hosted by the newly-arrived 2021–2022 cohort! All are invited to bring a "Pantry Pounding" gift to help provision the service corps for the coming year. The wish list items may be seen and signed up for here. Gifts that you can sign up for include kitchen staples like flour, sugar, and oil, but also a bicycle, sleeping bags, or a guitar! Questions? E-mail Adam Conley at aconley@saintmarks.org.

Autumnal Poetry Reading, hosted by Creation Care

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3, 10:10-10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall

Fall is upon us with leaves changing, crisper nights, and fruits for foraging. Drawing from a selection of autumnal poems, parishioner and English professor Doug Thorpe will guide us in a time of reading and reflection to discover creation themes and connections.

View a PDF of the poetry read at the event here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Choral Evensong in Celebration of Saints Francis and Clare of Assisi

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3, 4:30 P.M., in person and livestreamed

Continuing the celebration of Creation launched with the Blessing of Animals on October 2, Saint Mark's Cathedral commemorates the lives of Saints Clare and Francis of Assisi in Choral Evensong on the Eve of the Feast of Saint Francis. The intergenerational Evensong Choir will offer H. Walford Davies' magical setting of Psalm 121, I lift up my eyes to the hills, John Rutter's beloved setting of For the beauty of the earth, and Stanford's stately settings of the Songs of Mary and Simeon in the key of C.

If you are new to Choral Evensong, learn more about the liturgy and choir here. You can get a taste of the sound of the Evensong Choir in the video below, from 2019.

The Rev. Eliacín Rosario-Cruz called as Cathedral Canon

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A Message from Dean Thomason

Dear friends,

It is my great delight to share the exciting news that The Reverend Eliacín Rosario-Cruz has accepted the call to serve as Canon and Priest Associate at Saint Mark’s Cathedral. Eliacín (pronounced “ay-lee-uh-SEEN”) is no stranger to Saint Mark’s, having served as Adult Faith Formation Associate here 2005–2008, and he was ordained a priest in the cathedral in 2015. Since ordination he has served St. Luke’s~San Lucas Episcopal Church in Vancouver, WA, and, more recently, as rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Snohomish since September, 2017.

He is a graduate of Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry, and is also a trainer with the College for Congregational Development. His interests include intercultural competency in congregational systems, intersectional justice, and liberation theology. He is a native of Puerto Rico, and his bilingual gifts figure prominently in his ministry.

As Cathedral Canon he will join fellow clergy in our collaborative design of parish ministry, taking his place as preacher, pastor, and teacher, while also serving as a member of the senior leadership team exercising administrative leadership as well. Eliacín’s passion for restorative justice and systemic change lends well to his playing a key and timely role in our community’s efforts in that expression of ministry, and I look forward to his witness and voice in our midst as we plot the course forward together. His first day at Saint Mark’s will be October 26, 2021.

Please join me in welcoming Eliacín, his wife Ricci Kilmer, and their three teenagers, Catherine (Catie) Rosario-Kilmer, Eliacín Gabriel Rosario-Kilmer, Elías Oscar Rosario-Kilmer.

The Very Rev. Steven L. Thomason
Dean and Rector


A Message from The Reverend Eliacín Rosario-Cruz

Dear friends,

It is with great joy that I have accepted the call to join you in ministry and service at Saint Mark’s. I am looking forward to being in community with you. I accepted this call because of your intentional desire to be agents of justice and love in the community with integrity and creativity. I am thrilled to join you in the many ways you show God’s love to your neighbors. See you soon!

Que el Señor omnipotente y misericordioso: Padre, Hijo y Espíritu Santo, los bendiga y los guarde. Amén.

—The Rev. Eliacín Rosario-Cruz

Pastoral Care Hotline Update: New Number

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The phone number for the Pastoral Care Emergency line has changed.

Now, instead of a special number, those in need of urgent spiritual care can simply call the cathedral main phone number, and then request extension 100. A member of the clergy will answer, or call back as soon as possible. Outside of normal office hours, this information will be included in the outgoing voicemail message.

24/7 Pastoral Care Hotline: 206-323-0300 ext. 100

Examples of a pastoral care emergency might include: a loved one in the hospital, an unexpected bereavement, or any time you need to speak to a priest urgently.

Radix 6 Opening Plenary: Encounters with God in Times of Transition

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 7–8:30 P.M., via Zoom 

This fall, the theme for Radix 6, Encounters with God in Times of Transition, draws inspiration from selected scripture stories and accompanying artwork to invite reflection on current events and how we live and move and have our being in this time. All are welcome to the opening Plenary Presentation, whether or not you plan to participate in the small groups.

Register to receive the Zoom link for the Plenary using this link. (This is different than the link to sign up for a small group.)


SMALL GROUPS MEET: ONCE A WEEK STARTING THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 19, THROUGH OCTOBER 31. Register for a small group here

Learn more about Radix groups here. Deadline to register for a small group: September 15.

Intergenerational Hike to Twin Falls

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UPDATE: Check out the Creation-themed liturgy shared at the event here, and some photos below: 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2021,  2 –5:30 P.M.

Let’s hike together! All ages are welcome on this 3 mile roundtrip hike to Twin Falls as we take time to connect, move and pray in nature after church. We’ll meet at the trailhead at 2 p.m. and finish by 5:30 p.m. Bring your water, snacks and appropriate gear - we recommend good hiking shoes, layers, sunscreen and a hat.

Register to attend here!

Questions? Contact Emily Meeks (emcmeeks@gmail.com). 

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Liturgical Ministers Training

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Online Liturgical Ministers Training, September 18

On Saturday, September 18 from 9-noon is a recommended Liturgical Ministers Training on Zoom for everyone, including those who are interested in getting involved in liturgy for the first time. Every liturgical minister is asked to attend this training once every three years. (We offer this training twice a year: in Eastertide, and after Labor Day).  If you are able to attend and you haven't yet registered, please sign up here, and you will be emailed a link to attend the Zoom meeting. And please note the time(s) of the sessions you are interested in so you know when to attend. The training will be divided into three sessions:

  • 9–10 a.m. SESSION 1: For acolytes, lectors, ushers, and greeters.
  • 10–11 a.m. SESSION 2: Plenary for everyone, facilitated by Dean Thomason.
  • 11 a.m.–12 p.m. SESSION 3: 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!

In-person Liturgy Walk-through, September 11

On Saturday, September 11 at 1 p.m. is an OPTIONAL liturgy walk through in the cathedral nave. This training is intended only for currently-serving liturgical ministers. We will meet at 1 p.m. in the nave and walk through a nave liturgy together. This is helpful for anyone who'd like to go through the steps of a service and have the opportunity to ask questions as we move along. If you'd like to attend and haven't yet signed up, please sign up here. If you are not able to attend, no need to let me know! This is optional.

Community Conversation on the Formation Consultant’s Report

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UPDATE: Community Forum on WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 6:30–8 p.m., via Zoom

Community Conversation on the Formation Consultant’s Report

In May and early June of this year, we held several Listening Groups with our Formation Consultant, Jamie Martin Currie, who captured a great deal of information and insights from these groups and the parish survey (which had more than 200 providing input). Thanks to all who participated. The report delivered in late June has a great deal of information and several recommendations which we have embraced, and all in the Saint Mark’s community are invited to participate in a follow-up conversation about the report. Join using this Zoom link.

Read the full consultant's report here. 

Read Dean Thomason's initial announcement of this survey below:

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Back-to-School Picnic on the Cathedral Lawn with Backpack Blessing

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 6-7:30 P.M.

We all know that the last year and a half has been hard for everyone, but especially for kids. Now, as the new school year looms, many challenges remain. To mark this milestone, all are welcome to a back-to-school gathering on Friday evening, September 3—to reconnect in person, to have some fun together, and to lift up and honor the amazing kids of our community. Bring a blanket and your own picnic dinner. The cathedral will provide dessert for everyone and a variety of fun activities. Bring your backpacks to receive a blessing! Contact Rebekah Gilmore with questions.

Special Parish Forum on the Statement of Lament and Commitment to Action

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UPDATE: This event has been rescheduled for November 17, 2021. Learn more and register here.


WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2021, 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, and
  6. Networking with Affiliate Partners in Ministry.

Please register in advance using the form below, whether to plan to attend in person or online via Zoom. If you choose the online option, a Zoom link will be emailed to you directly in the days before the event.

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9/11 Anniversary Interfaith Service

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Download a pdf flyer here.

This event has been cancelled


An Interfaith Prayer Service of Healing & Hope

on the 20th year commemoration of the 9/11 attacks

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 3 P.M., in the cathedral nave, and livestreamed

co-sponsored by

  • The Church Council of Greater Seattle
  • Temple De Hirsch Sinai
  • St. James Cathedral
  • Saint Mark’s Cathedral

As we prepare to observe the 20th commemoration of the 9/11 attacks and their aftermath, we reflect on what our traditions regard as the passing of a generation. The young of that moment have come of age in the shadow of those fallen towers, as the adults of that time have witnessed a world profoundly transformed by that fateful day.

But particularly as we move from this last pandemic year into hope and healing ahead, it is important to honor those first responders—healthcare workers, firefighters, law enforcement officers, and others—who ran toward the abyss as most sought refuge—who gave the last full measure of their devotion as sacrifice for our safety—who put service to others above concerns for self.

Now, two decades later, when our own first responders have faced so much over the past year, we come together to honor them, as well, with gratitude for their dedication.

Please join us on Saturday, September 11, at 3 p.m. at Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, for an opportunity to share grief and gratitude, to offer hope and healing, to forge the scars of conflict and loss into the sacredness of wholeness and peace.

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Baptisms on August 8, Feast of the Transfiguration

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Join the community of Saint Mark’s in blessing and welcoming several new members of the Body of Christ when they are baptized on Sunday morning, August 8. This year, we will observe the Feast of the Transfiguration and have a special baptismal feast day to accommodate those whose baptisms were delayed by COVID. This is in addition to the four baptismal feast days designated by the Book of Common Prayer: Easter Vigil, Pentecost, All Saint’s Day, and the Baptism of Our Lord.

Please note that incense will be used at the 11 a.m. service. The 9 a.m. service will be incense-free.

Sunday Evening Community Labyrinth Walk

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SUNDAYS, STARTING AUGUST 1, 7–9 P.M., on the outdoor labyrinth in front of the cathedral

The outdoor labyrinth has been a treasured resource for many in the cathedral community and the broader neighborhood, more than ever during the closure of the cathedral building. Now, while the evenings are long and warm, the organizers of Saint Mark's Labyrinth Ministry invite everyone to an informal community labyrinth gathering on Sunday nights. Drop by any time between 7 and 9 p.m. Ministry members will be on hand to talk about the history, meaning, and spiritual significance of the Labyrinth.

On August 1, 8, and 15, you are welcome to stay until 9:30 p.m. and listen to the radio broadcast of the Office of Compline together. Beginning August 22, you are welcome to stay and attend Compline in person! Please contact Walter Stuteville with questions, or if you'd like to help out: wstuteville@comcast.net

Interim Update from the St. Nicholas Redevelopment Exploratory Committee—July 2021

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Earlier this year the committee, with vestry approval, engaged a developer to submit a proposal for redevelopment of the St. Nicholas property. (Read more about that process here.) Following a four-month period of due diligence and building study, the proposal was received in June for redevelopment of St. Nicholas into market rate condominiums. The committee was disappointed with the valuation of the property in the proposal and was concerned with the lack of alignment between market rate housing and the cathedral’s mission.

The committee recommended to the vestry that we not proceed with this proposal at this time, but instead explore more deeply two alternative uses: 1) affordable housing and 2) preserving the building for eventual expanded parish use. The vestry unanimously concurred with that plan.

We will take the next 6–12 months to study feasibility of affordable housing potential on the property while also projecting more accurate costs to address deferred maintenance, seismic upgrades, and roof replacement and how we might finance those costs through rental income, bank loan, and/or capital fundraising. Either of these alternative uses would take several years to unfold, and there is no sense of urgency to come to a decision in the short-term.

The committee remains committed to seeking the highest and best use for the property that furthers the cathedral’s mission, either on the property or with proceeds from the property to be used in ministry elsewhere. We will continue to provide updates to the parish at key points in the process. If you have questions in the meantime, please address those to Dean Thomason or to Committee Chair John Hoerster at: stnicholas@saintmarks.org

CONSPIRE 2021 at Saint Mark’s

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UPDATE: Due to safety considerations around gathering in one space for eight hours at a time, the cathedral has made the difficult decision to cancel the in-person gathering for CONSPIRE. All registrants will be invited to participate virtually. Please note that those who have registered through Saint Mark's will not be able to experience the interactive elements of the weekends events. (Previous years' CONSPIRE offerings have not had interactive elements.) For the full interactive experience, you will need to register through C.A.C. directly. Please contact Dean Thomason with questions.


CONSPIRE 2021: The Final in a Seven-Year Series

Me / Us / the World:
Living Inside God's Great Story

A livestreamed conference hosted locally at Saint Mark's Cathedral

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 THOUGH SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26

Join in person in Bloedel Hall, or from home via Zoom.

PLEASE NOTE: Bloedel Hall has reached capacity and registration is now closed for in-person participate. Register at the link below to join in virtually from home.

Advance registration required. Fee: $20, includes refreshments across the three-day conference.

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Night Prayer with the 20s & 30s Group

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SECOND & FOURTH MONDAY OF EACH MONTH, 7:30 P.M.

The 20s & 30s at Saint Mark's host prayer together over the phone on the second and fourth Mondays of each month, now at a new time: 7:30 p.m. The liturgy usually ends around 7:45.

On the fourth Monday of the month only, participants are also invited to gather in person, in addition to the call-in option. Participants are welcome on these Mondays to participate in Cathedral Yoga at 6:30 p.m., and then participate in the liturgy immediately following.

In the summer months, the fourth-Monday in-person gathering will be offered outdoors on the labyrinth and front lawn. (Rain location: Leffler Sun room.)

When Night Prayer was launched, the service was based on the liturgy in the New Zealand Prayer Book. In July 2021, a new order of service began to be used, based on a liturgy from Corrymeela.

View or download the NEW order of service here.

Please email Emily Meeks to receive the call-in information and liturgy for the service.

Here are the upcoming dates:

  • JUNE 13 [call-in only]
  • JUNE 27 [in-person or call-in]
  • AUGUST 11 [call-in only]
  • AUGUST 25 [in-person or call-in]

Updated Guidance on Masks—July 28, 2021

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UPDATE: Following the most recent directive from the Governor, once again masks are required for everyone while indoors, beginning Sunday, August 22. The announcement below is no longer accurate. 


A Message from Dean Thomason

July 28, 2021

Updated Guidance on Masks—"Recommended but Not Required"

Dear friends,

There is a saying in health care: “the only constant is change…” The pandemic has required much of us, but perhaps above all it has required us to be nimble and adaptive as the circumstances change. It is no secret that our nation has not topped this hill on COVID just yet, largely due to a confluence of factors—the arrival of new variants, many choosing to remain unvaccinated despite sound science, and increased activity including travel and public gatherings.

Last Friday King County public health officials recommended all of us resume wearing masks when gathering indoors for public events. Some of us did so last Sunday, and I will ask the liturgical ministers to model the recommendation beginning this Sunday. Tuesday the CDC made a similar recommendation for regions with high infection rates, including Seattle. It is worth noting these are recommendations, not requirements, for vaccinated persons, and I write here to communicate the same language for all public gatherings at Saint Mark’s, including worship services. We recommend all persons wear masks when together, including all who are vaccinated. We will not require it unless the directive from public health officials adopts that language, which they may very well if we do not reverse the trend in infection rates.

Please note: the distanced section on the south side of the nave has plenty of space for additional people to be seated there. All should be masked and distanced in that section regardless of vaccination status. For the rest of the nave, where vaccinated persons may sit who choose not to be distanced, we recommend you wear you mask, but that is your decision at this time.

I know this is a frustrating setback, and you may feel you are being adversely impacted for the irresponsibility of others, but we are in this together, and there is a sense of taking on this extra burden now, to avoid a heavier burden later. Be safe, please, and take care.

Blessings and peace,

The Very Reverend Steven L. Thomason
Dean and Rector

Canon Walter Brownridge presents: From Prisoners of Pandemic to Prisoners of Hope

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From Prisoners of Pandemic to Prisoners of Hope: A Day of Reflection on Being Church in our Emerging Reality

SATURDAY, JULY 24, 9:30 A.M.–12 P.M., in-person in Bloedel Hall or virtually via Zoom. Register here or below. 

led by The Rev. Canon Walter Brownridge, Saint Mark’s Theologian-in-Residence

“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.”  —Desmond Tutu

The past 16 months have been traumatic for many of us, and on so many levels. Pandemic, climate signs of foreboding, and a renewed cycle of racial reckoning. As COVID-19 recedes, in some way, we may feel divided. Some of us may feel that our energies are depleted, and others are eager to leave our isolation and enjoy the summer, and life returning to a sense of normalcy.

Yet, this may be a good time reflect and ask questions of meaning, faith, healing, and that big word: Hope. People in the midst of dark times, as the quote from Archbishop Tutu above notes, certainly need hope. I contend that we need hope when coming out of a difficult period and into the unknown. So yes, we must remain Prisoners of Hope. Together we will explore how hope is a muscle—that must be exercised as a spiritual discipline.

This program will be offered in person in Bloedel Hall OR virtually via Zoom. Register to attend using this link or the form below:

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