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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.


Reopening Plan is now available
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On Wednesday, September 8, an email message was sent to the cathedral community with information concerning the eventual reopening of the cathedral building and resumption of in-person worship. Dean Thomason announced over four months ago, in May, that “we will not be among the first churches to reopen.” As of now, there is no date set to reopen. But a committee of staff and volunteers has worked hard to think through what it will look like when the cathedral’s doors … Read More

Tuesday Bible Study Returns
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EVERY TUESDAY, 11:30 A.M.–1:30 P.M., currently meeting via Zoom, although a return to in-person meetings is under consideration Tuesday Bible Study provides a weekly conversation around the scripture readings for the following Sunday. It has recently re-launched using the Zoom platform. Each week a discussion is facilitated and lively conversation ensues as people share their thoughts about the lessons. The group meets from 11:30–12 p.m. for social time and 12–1:30 p.m. for study and prayer over the lectionary readings for the … Read More

Feeding Ministry Update Summer 2020
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Saint Brigid’s Banquet/Saint Martin de Porres Ministry Report Saint Marks Episcopal Cathedral, August 2020 Hello to all the supporters of Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral’s ministry to the Saint Martin de Porres shelter on Alaskan Way in Seattle! I hope that you are enjoying your summer. I wanted to report to our wider group of supporters and volunteers as to what has been happening during July and August for our ministry. We have had a very busy two months! We are as … Read More

A Season of Creation
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SEPTEMBER 1–OCTOBER 4, 2020 Saint Mark’s and the greater Episcopal Church joins Christian churches across the world in celebrating the Season of Creation September 1 – October 4. From the Season of Creation website: “The Season of Creation is a time to renew our relationship with our Creator through repenting, repairing, and rejoicing together. During the Season of Creation, we join our sisters and brothers in the ecumenical family in prayer and action for our common home.” Be inspired by watching Presiding Bishop … 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, the Vestry of Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral Parish in Seattle has released a resolution “calling upon U.S. policymakers to determine a timely process for the dismantling of existing U.S. nuclear … 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 Mark’s Cathedral. These benches are given in loving memory of four long-time members of the cathedral who have recently died—The Rev. Canon Mike Jackson, Randy Revelle, Kathie Moen, and The … Read More

Cathedral Bees Updates—Summer 2020
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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 helping out with the bees, contact the cathedral and we will put you in touch with Rob. Sundays & Beyond Update August 30, 2020 The bees and beekeepers have been … 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 their workshop, presented videos and sound recordings illustrating their work, answered live questions from viewers, and revealed their current project, a large instrument for the Royal Birmingham (U.K.) Conservatoire. View … Read More

A New Liturgical Pattern for Summer
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UPDATE 8/18: With the return of a Sunday Morning service of Holy Eucharist on August 23, the cathedral’s experiment with Morning Prayer has concluded. Eucharist will be continue to be offered every Sunday as we enter the fall season. Please reach out to the cathedral or to Dean Thomason directly and let us know what your experience of this liturgy was like. For a period of time this summer, Saint Mark’s Cathedral will adapt the rhythms of its Sunday Morning … Read More

Taking Up Our Responsibility for Racial Justice
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Photo by Tim Pierce via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0 THIS SERIES MET IN JULY AND AUGUST, 2020 Although this offering is now concluded, you are invited to view the video of the plenary presentation, and explore course materials below.  At this critical moment in our nation’s and community’s history, we are confronted again with fresh knowledge of longstanding racial injustice – in policing, the justice system, health care, housing, education, the Church, and many other sectors of our common life. … 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 of Rebekah Gilmore and three other singers will offer Women’s Compline once again on two Sundays in July. These services will be livestreamed on the cathedral website and on Facebook Live. Like … 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 human community do matter, especially the vulnerable and oppressed. We must keep ourselves safe. For people who don’t chose to mask, I have felt righteous indignation with my inner bully/tyrant … 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 ago, in the throes of feeling the acute loss of human interaction, it washed over me how much I missed hearing the voices of children in my life—the murmurs of … 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 Brown, Lead Pastor, Plymouth Church, will speak and invite all to the time of silence. Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral will be represented at the event by Dean Steve Thomason. Learn … Read More

Confronting Racism—Working for Change
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Anti-Racism Learning Resources What can I do? There are articles galore, lists galore, books galore – no dearth of resources and actions online and in publications. It’s not about you doing everything; it’s about all of us doing something. You are encouraged to be willing to be uncomfortable, to read challenging works from sources you may not ordinarily seek out, and to be intentional in doing both the inner work and the active work in the world that we are … 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 Donald Trump’s use of a church building and the Holy Bible Dean Thomason’s message about the Seattle clergy prayer service and march planned for Friday, June 5 Read Dean Steve … Read More

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