20s/30s Explore West Seattle Day

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SATURDAY, APRIL 15, meet at the catehdral at 9:30 a.m. to carpool

All 20s/30s are invited to join in this exploration of distant and exotic West Seattle. The group will visit the Duwamish Longhouse, eat lunch, and spend some time helping with cleanup along the West Duwamish Greenbelt by removing invasive plants in Pigeon Point Park. The day will end in the afternoon with a visit to St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church to walk their labyrinth.

  • 9:30 a.m. - Meet at Saint Mark’s for those who want to carpool
  • 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m. - *Update* Instead of exploring Puget Park later in the day, we will explore Pigeon Point Park and help with cleanup along the West Duwamish Greenbelt by removing invasive plants in the urban forest led by the DNDA-Nature Consortium.
  • 12:30 p.m. - Lunch. If the weather is nice, we'll have a picnic outside.
  • 1 p.m. - Visit the Longhouse (close by to Pigeon Point) as we contemplate the work we have just done in helping restore land and the ongoing work of the Duwamish to honor sacred spaces of their tribal heritage.

Optional: for those who would like, we will have the opportunity to end our day with reflection on the labyrinth at St. John the Baptist Episcopal.

What to bring:

  • Long pants and close toed shoes are required for the service activity
  • Water - We will bring some granola bars and fruit for snacks

To participate, submit the sign up form here: https://forms.gle/FkveMHfq5Lfdu3vx8

20s/30s Questioning Together: Efficacy of Prayer

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SUNDAY, APRIL 30, 7:30 P.M., Leffler Living Room

Come join a discussion with The Rev. Linzi Stahlecker and Fraser Reach as we explore the efficacy of prayer. Afterwards, some may wish to go to Compline together. Questions? Email Emily Meeks: emcmeeks@gmail.com


Lenten Lake Plunge with the 20s/30s and 40s/50s

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SATURDAY, APRIL 1, 5–6 P.M., Madison Park Beach, 1900 43rd Ave E, Seattle

Saint Mark’s 20s/30s and 40s/50s groups invite you to an unusual gathering on the shore of Lake Washington at Madison Beach.

Come experience the enlivening power of a cold water dip and its possible invitation as we enter into Holy Week. We'll gather below the boathouse by the beach area.

You may want to check out some of the possible benefits of cold water dips here! Warm refreshments provided. Bring your own towel and warm clothes. We will meet at the Madison Beach Bathhouse at Madison Park Beach. There are restrooms to change in, if you’d like.

Questions? Email Rev. Linzi Stahlecker: lstahlecker@saintmarks.org

UPDATE: Check out some photos below! (click to enlarge) 

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.

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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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

Dig Deeper—Exploring Food Justice with 20s/30s

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  • SATURDAY, APRIL 22, following the Cathedral Day confirmation liturgy, about noonCathedral Day Smoothie Bike 
  • SATURDAY, JUNE 17, 12 P.M.Juneteenth Celebration at Saint Mark’s Cathedral
  • THURSDAY, JUNE 22, 6 P.M.Dinner with the Bishop at Diocesan House in the historic Leary Mansion
  • TBA – Heart of the Table Dinner & Liturgy – Location TBD
  • TBA – Farm Days – Location TBD

About Dig Deeper 

Come explore ways to grow, harvest, share and repurpose food in community and advocate for a more just food system. Dig Deeper will provide opportunities for young adults to produce and share nutritious foods with others while learning techniques and practices that reclaim land and restore habitats.

Dig Deeper is a food justice initiative made possible by a grant from The Episcopal Church’s Young Adult and Campus Ministry to Saint Mark’s Cathedral. Saint Mark’s is partnering with the Diocese of Olympia and Nurturing Roots Farm to create opportunities for young adults to participate in the work of food justice. 

Learn more at ecww.org/dig-deeper or contact Emily Meeks (emcmeeks@gmail.com).


Nurturing Roots has not been able to renew their lease and will be looking for a new location for the farm. To best support their farm Nurturing Roots in this transition, we will be rescheduling new dates for farm work days (originally scheduled for April 16 and 30 and June 18). To best support Nurturing Roots in this transition, we will be rescheduling new dates for farm work days (originally scheduled for April 16 and 30 and June 18). Nurturing Roots will be onsite for Cathedral Day on Saturday, April 22 featuring a smoothie bike and information on farm fresh fruit and vegetables. . Follow and support Nurturing Roots’ displacement journey on Instagram (@nurturingrootsfarm). 

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).

All Desires Known: A Theology of Sexuality

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A 20s/30s Conversation with Dean Steve Thomason

SUNDAY, MARCH 19, 7:30–9 pm, Leffler House

Nothing is more human than our sexuality. The world can send many signals about the body, sex and sexuality that can be confusing or toxic.  In this conversation with Dean Steve Thomason, we'll discuss a theology of sexuality and how it can deeply resonate with the divine mystery and the gift of desire that flows from it. We'll consider how an understanding of sexuality does not have to be distorted and can be life-giving as we lean into our inherent goodness as sexual beings. Do you have questions you may like to see explored? Email Luke Abdow (labdow@saintmarks.org) in advance. Light refreshments provided. Afterward, some may choose to go to Compline together.

UPDATE: Resources shared by Dean Steve Thomason: 

Advent & Apocalypse: A 20s/30s Discussion Series

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SESSION 2: SUNDAY, JANUARY 8, 7:30–9 P.M., Leffler House (Note new time)

How does our anticipation for the birth of Christ reflect the seismic significance of the incarnation? In this two-part series, we’ll explore the Advent and Christmas season in the context of the apocalypse and how this may change our preparation with Rev. Linzi Stahlecker and Fraser Reach. We'll end in time for the option to attend the Contemplative Eucharist Compline together. Questions? Email emcmeeks@gmail.com

Dessert and warm beverages provided. Even if you didn't attend the first part of the discussion, you are more than welcome to join session 2 on January 8!


The slides from Session 1 can be seen here.

The slides from Session 2 can be seen here.

20s/30s Cooking Circle

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 27, 6:30-9 P.M., Bloedel Hall 

Prepare and share a meal together. The menu will have a Lebanese theme and we’ll learn several cooking techniques from trained chefs Luke Abdow, Marc Aubertin, and Deborah Person. Questions? Email Luke: labdow@saintmarks.org

Fee: $15, includes resources and food. Financial assistance available if needed.

UPDATE: Check out the recipes from the event here. See some photos below. (Click to enlarge)

20s/30s Candy Cane Lane Walk and Holiday Cheer 2022

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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 Penny and Rob Reid (6114 21st Ave NE) from 7–8 pm. for hot chocolate and cookies, and then walk together to Candy Cane Lane, just a under a mile away.

Please note: Penny and Rob live less than a mile from the Roosevelt light rail station. Also, plan to dress warm—the forecast is for chilly temps ahead!

RSVP (appreciated but not required) to Emily Meeks (emcmeeks@gmail.com).

“Spreadable Hope”: An Advent Gathering to Benefit Edible Hope

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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 7:30–9 P.M., Leffler House

Young adults, drop-in to decorate and frost cookies at Leffler House for an Advent gathering to benefit Edible Hope. Frosting and decorations will be provided along with a custom hot chocolate and tea station. 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, which is also a site placement for the Seattle Service Corps. Questions? Email Luke Abdow (labdow@saintmarks.org).

The Return of 20s/30s Sunday Stairway Walks

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23, 3–5:30 P.M., meet at Trinity Parish on First Hill (registration required)

In the fall of 2021 the 20s/30s Group from Saint Mark's gathered for a series of Sunday urban hikes inspired by the book Seattle Stairway Walks, and incorporating tours of different Episcopal parishes in the area. They were a great chance to connect with our neighbors and siblings in the Diocese of Olympia, and to discover new nooks and crannies of Seattle's urban landscape.

On October 23 this popular offering will return, with a tour of the "mother church" of the Diocese of Olympia, Trinity Parish on First Hill. The group will begin with a brief presentation and tour from Dr. Lisa Graumlich, deacon-in-training, and then wind our way up and around to explore the architectural details of the rapidly-transforming Seattle waterfront and downtown, finishing up with refreshments back at Trinity. Questions? Email Emily Meeks (emcmeeks@gmail.com)

UPDATE—Here are some photos from the event (click to enlarge): 


About the Stairway Walks

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 trolley 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. 


  • Comfortable shoes
  • Water 
  • Sun glasses/sun screen
  • Masks for when entering a parish

Below: A photo from the August, 2021, Stairway Walk: Saint Mark's Cathedral and “The Olmsted Vision”

20s/30s Game Night

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 7–9 p.m., Leffler House

Bring your favorite game and a snack or appetizer to share. Betsy Heimburger will have a selection of games on hand, and you are invited to bring your favorite to share with the group, too. A light meal will be provided.

Contact Emily Meeks with questions: emcmeeks@gmail.com

Pop-Up 20s/30s Night Prayer: Bilingual Liturgy

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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 7:30–8:30 p.m., Thomsen Chapel

Experience Night Prayer through a bilingual liturgy. 20s/30s parishioner Elizabeth Hawkins will be with us from El Salvador and Canon Eliacín Rosario-Cruz will also be joining.

An order of service will be posted here when it is available.

After the liturgy, there will be an opportunity for light refreshments and conversation.

Contact Emily Meeks with questions: emcmeeks@gmail.com

Meet the 22/23 Seattle Service Corps

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2, 10:10-10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall

Join the 2022-2023 cohort of the Seattle Service Corps in Bloedel for a Q&A and an opportunity to get to know them better. Learn about their stories and what drew them to SSC and life in intentional community, and hear their impressions of Seattle so far. Check out this article introducing each of these amazing young people, recently posted by the Diocese of Olympia.

Luke Abdow Called as Seattle Service Corps Program Director

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Dear friends,

It is my great delight to announce that Luke Abdow has accepted the call to serve as Program Director for the Seattle Service Corps and as staff support for the vibrant 20s & 30s ministry group.

Luke is a native of Massachusetts and served as a fellow in an Episcopal Service Corps program in Boston for two years, 2016 to 2018. Prior to that he served in the Fulbright Scholars program as an English teacher in Senegal, and he has experience as a community organizer, a food service worker, and a chef and baker. He comes to Saint Mark’s from nearby North Bend, where he is the Food Services Director and Head Chef at Rainbow Lodge Retreat Center. He was a researcher and co-author of the Racial Justice Audit of the Episcopal Church, which is part of the broader church-wide initiative, Becoming Beloved Community: The Episcopal Church’s Long Term Strategic Commitment to Racial Healing, Reconciliation, and Justice. He is a 2014 graduate of Tufts University with a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies and Community Health. He will begin his role at Saint Mark’s Cathedral in early October.

Mr. Abdow’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 Luke’s call. I am very grateful to committee members Scott Hulet, Fraser Reach, Hannah Hochkeppel and Lynette Hatscher, and to Canon Barrie for guiding the process. I hope you will join me in thanking them for their good work, and please join me in welcoming Luke to the Saint Mark’s community. I am,


The Very Rev. Steven L. Thomason
Dean and Rector

20s/30s Heart of the Table

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Gather around the table at Nurturing Roots for an evening of conversation, food and liturgy with other young adults. Located in Beacon Hill, Nurturing Roots is an urban farm committed to community, self-sufficiency, food empowerment, social justice and education.

Tickets are $10 with 100% of sales going to benefit Nurturing Root programming. Register here (https://heartofthetable.eventbrite.com/). For questions or more information, email Emily: emcmeeks@gmail.com

20s/30s Explore Bainbridge Day

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Let’s take a day trip to Bainbridge! We will take a tour of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church with a break for coffee and conversation. Next, we’ll visit the Japanese Exclusion Memorial to reflect and remember those forced to leave their home for internment camps. We’ll enjoy lunch at the home of John Simmons and Scott Hulet with the option for exploring a trail to the Halls Hill labyrinth, Blakely Harbor, and a historic cemetery.

For those wanting to carpool, we will meet at 7:30 a.m. at Saint Mark’s. RSVP (encouraged but not required) to Emily: emcmeeks@gmail.com

UPDATE: Click the photos below to enlarge.

“Scripture & Empire”: A 20/30s Summer Study and Discussion Series

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THREE MONDAYS: JUNE 6, JUNE 20 & JULY 4, 7–8:30 p.m., via Zoom

How does understanding the historical and cultural context of empire shape our faith and create opportunity for new liberation?

Reading list

This summer we will examine the tensions between political power and justice through scripture and supplemental texts with opportunity for reflection and discussion. Canon Eliacín Rosario-Cruz will join us in exploring these themes together.  Attendees are encouraged to attend all three sessions but it is not required—join as you can.

If you are interested in participating, please email Adam Conley (aconley@saintmarks.org) or Emily Meeks (emcmeeks@gmail.com).

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