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Although the cathedral building is closed, the community of Saint Mark's continues! In the words of Dean Thomason, "I wonder if we might see this time as not only a challenge but also an opportunity—to see it as being afforded a time in which life is changed, and to ask ourselves, for what purpose?" 

This page will contain reflections to read, video to watch, suggestions of activities to engage in, invitations to virtual meet-ups, and more. Check back often, as new content will be added all the time. Click on the title or images to see each post's own page, or to leave a comment.

Members of the cathedral community (wherever they may be) are encouraged to join the private Facebook group Saint Mark's Cathedral Community Life during the Closure. In this group members can connect and share in a more informal way. For those who do not use Facebook, content from the group will be posted on this page regularly.


Virtual Coffee Hour, Every Sunday via Zoom
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On Sundays immediately following the morning worship service, let’s join together for a Virtual Coffee Hour via Zoom. Take some time to connect, catch up, reflect, and just see each other’s faces! Thanks to Peter McClung for hosting this much-needed opportunity. The link was recently emailed to the Saint Mark’s … Read More

#VoteFaithfully Letter Writing Event
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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 19, 7 P.M., via Zoom GET-OUT-THE-VOTE! Please join a group of Saint Mark’s community members who are gathering via Zoom on Wednesday evening, 7-8 p.m., to write letters of encouragement to infrequent voters across the country. To participate: RSVP to Deacon Emily Austin eaustin@saintmarks.org, and register with VoteForward … Read More

Introduction to Sunday’s Hymns: August 9, 2020
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On Thursday, August 6, Associate Organist John Stuntebeck introduced the hymns that will be sung at the 11 a.m. morning liturgy on August 9, 2020, the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost. This introduction was presented live on Facebook. The hymns discussed are: All people that on earth do dwell [Hymn #377]; … Read More

Statement on Hiroshima Anniversary
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SAINT MARK’S CATHEDRAL CALLS FOR NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT AT 75th ANNIVERSARY OF BOMBING OF HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI This August marks the 75th anniversary of the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima, on August 6, and Nagasaki, on August 9, 1945. As the world community remembers and addresses the ongoing threat of nuclear aggression, … Read More

Dedication Liturgy of Memorial Benches
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SUNDAY, AUGUST 2, 5:30 P.M. On the first Sunday in August, at 5:30 p.m., you are invited to attend (via livestream or in person) a brief service of dedication and blessing of four benches that have been placed around the perimeter of the labyrinth on the front lawn of Saint … Read More

Cathedral Bees Update
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The cathedral building has two beehives on the roof of Bloedel Hall. Thanks to beekeeper Rob Reid, our bees are thriving! Scroll down to view pictures. Your prayers for the health of our hives are welcome. For more information about protecting pollinators, visit this link. If you are interested in … Read More

Flentrop Organ Workshop Open House
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The Flentrop Orgelbouw, founded in Zaandam in the Netherlands in 1903, created the organ for Saint Mark’s Seattle in 1965, and is still producing world-class instruments in 2020. On Saturday, July 18, 2020, the firm presented a virtual open house via YouTube livestream, during which they presented a tour of … Read More

A New Liturgical Pattern for Summer
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For a period of time this summer, Saint Mark’s Cathedral will adapt the rhythms of its Sunday Morning livestreamed liturgy. On July 19 and 26, the cathedral will offer a service of Morning Prayer instead of Holy Eucharist, harking back to the standard practices of the Church until the last … Read More

Taking Up Our Responsibility for Racial Justice
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Photo by Tim Pierce via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0 SERIES MEETS FOUR WEDNESDAYS, JULY 15 & 29, and AUGUST 12 & 26, 7 P.M Registration for this offering is now closed. However, you are invited to view the video of the plenary presentation, and follow along using the syllabus below.  … Read More

The Women’s Compline Choir Returns
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TWO SUNDAYS, JULY 19 & 26, 9:30 P.M., broadcast live on KING-FM, and livestreamed  After the historic and moving all-women Compline services offered last summer, plans were made for a repeat offering in the summer of 2020. The 21 women who participated last year cannot gather now, but a choir consisting only … Read More

Sandra Smith: A Reflection on Mask Worry
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Back in March, Sandra Smith submitted the very first reflection posted on the cathedral website on the events that were then rapidly unfolding, from her perspective as an immune-compromised person. Now, three months later, she has submitted the following thoughts about the current situation. I believe all people in our … Read More

The Wisdom of Children: An Audio Project from Saint Mark’s
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The Wisdom of Children is an audio project recorded in June, 2020, featuring the voices of the children of the Saint Mark’s Cathedral community. Listen now using the embedded player below, or read on for other ways to listen. LISTEN NOW: A MESSAGE FROM DEAN THOMASON Dear friends, Several weeks … Read More

Seattle Multifaith Clergy Lament & Prayer for Racial Justice
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FRIDAY, JUNE 5, 12 NOON This Friday, June 5, at noon, a group of Seattle clergy from many faith traditions will gather on the terrace and steps of St. James Cathedral to pray and observe eight minutes, 46 seconds of silence while the Cathedral’s funeral bell tolls. Rev. Dr. Kelle … Read More

Confronting Racism—Working for Change: A list of resources and recommendations
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Gospel Work: An Introduction to Anti-Racism work in the diocese of Olympia. The Seattle Clergy Moment of Lament & Prayer for Racial Justice was livestreamed Friday, June 5 at 12 noon. See video of the event below: On May 22, 2019, The Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers, author of Radical Welcome and … Read More

Dean Thomason: Racial Violence and God’s Call to a “New Normal”
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Confronting Racism—Working for Change: (A list of antiracist resources, references, and recommendations compiled by cathedral staff) Statement from the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, The Most Rev. Michael Curry Statement from the Bishop of Olympia, The Rt. Rev. Greg Rickel Statement from Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry on President … Read More

A Pentecost Video Reflection from Dean Steve
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“I will, with God’s help.” In preparation for the Feast of Pentecost, 2020, The Very Rev. Steven L. Thomason invites the community of Saint Mark’s Seattle to reflect on the Baptismal Covenant of our denomination’s Prayer Book. Featuring voices from the congregation.

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