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“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 … Read More

Climate Conversations
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FIRST TUESDAYS, BEGINNING JUNE 7, 5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m., online via Zoom Looking for practical ways to reduce your impact on the environment? Saint Mark’s Creation Care Ministry is hosting Climate Conversations about everyday things in our lives. These monthly conversations will be held on environmentally-friendly Zoom on the first Tuesday evening of each month from 5:30–6:30 p.m. Here’s the schedule for the next few months. JUNE 7: What you can do about Food (with Marc Aubertin & Richard Hartung) | … Read More

Ride/Run/Roll at Seward Park on Trinity Sunday
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SUNDAY, JUNE 12, 3:30-5:30 P.M., Seward Park, Lake Washington Blvd. S., Seattle Calling all bikers, scooters, walkers, rollerbladers, runners, unicycles and so forth to join in a Trinity Sunday Ride/Run/Roll around Seward Park in Southeast Seattle. We will meet on the lawn near the Seward Park Playground at 3:30. Look for a St. Mark’s banner and table to find us! From there, we will head around the Seward Park 2-mile paved and flat loop. Celebrate the turn to Ordinary Time … Read More

Starting Over in Prayer with Fr. Martin L. Smith
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UPDATED WITH VIDEO WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1, 9:30 A.M. to 2:30 P.M., Bloedel Hall and online via Zoom, registration required These difficult COVID years have left many of us in need of a “reboot” in our prayer. Join us for a time of reflection, prayer, and discussion, about being emotionally honest with God just now, and open again to more real intimacy with God. Fr. Martin L. Smith is well known throughout the Episcopal Church and beyond for his roving ministry … Read More

Interfaith Prayer Vigil and March Decrying Gun Violence
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THURSDAY, JUNE 2, 6:30 P.M, starting at Temple De Hirsch Sinai, 1511 East Pike St. On Thursday, June 2, all people of faith are invited to come together in a prayer vigil for the victims of the massacre in Uvalde. We will gather at 6:30 p.m. at Temple De Hirsch Sinai at 1511 East Pike Street, and then march to St. James Cathedral where we will continue to pray, remember the victims, and strengthen our resolve to end the scourge of … Read More

Made in Faith: Forum on Clothing and Sustainability
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UPDATED WITH VIDEO AND SLIDES WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 6:45-8:15 P.M., online via Zoom only Join Creation Care for a special forum featuring parishioner Clara Berg, fashion historian and curator, and Richard Hartung, sustainable writer/blogger to discuss connections between clothing, the environment and our faith. We’ll share ways to buy less, choose well and make clothes last. UPDATE: The slides form this presentation may now be seen here. A video can be seen below:

Dean’s Message on the School Shooting in Uvalde, Texas (May 25, 2022)
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UPDATE: Bishop Greg Rickel’s message to the Diocese about the shooting may be read here.  Dear friends, “Shocked-but-not-surprised…” That’s the sad truth of the reaction many have expressed in the wake of another mass shooting in this nation—the 213th of this year. According to the Gun Violence Archive, the numbers tell a certain story: 213 mass shootings in the U.S. in 2022 through May 24 (the 144th day of the year) [source; source] 693 mass shootings in 2021 Mass shootings … Read More

Spiritual Practices as Balm for the Soul: A Forum with The Rev. Dr. Hillary Raining
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UPDATED WITH SLIDES AND VIDEO WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 6:45–8:15 P.M., online via Zoom only We are living in a moment of great cultural and spiritual change. At times it can feel like there are countless factors working against us to add stress to our lives. Yet, in our spiritual traditions we have a great wellspring of practices that can ground us in the Holy Sprit if we turn to them. In this presentation, The Rev. Dr. Hillary Raining, Saint Mark’s 2022 Theologian in … Read More

Rabbi Daniel Weiner of Temple De Hirsch Sinai
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UPDATED WITH VIDEO GUEST SERMON: SUNDAY, MAY 22, at the 9 and 11 a.m. services “FRIENDS TALKING” FORUM: 10:10–10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall Rabbi Daniel Weiner has led the congregation of Temple De Hirsch Sinai, our neighbors on Capitol Hill, since 2001. Among his many roles and accomplishments he has placed a special emphasis on interfaith and ecumenical efforts, and has collaborated with Dean Thomason on multiple occasions over the last ten years. In March, Dean Thomason preached at Temple De … Read More

Beekeeper Forum & Blessing of the Hives
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SUNDAY, MAY 29, 10:10–10:50 a.m., Bloedel Hall  The cathedral beekeepers will share about their ministry and the current state of the bees who live on the roof above Bloedel, and we’ll conclude with a blessing of the hives. Note: Doreen Tudor’s birthday celebration, previously announced for this time, will be rescheduled for a later date. See a video introduction to the beekeeping ministry from Fall 2020 below:

A Rogation Day Liturgy
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WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 6:45–8:15 P.M., in person only, outdoors on the cathedral grounds Rev. Stahlecker, Canon Rosario-Cruz, and Canon Barrie will lead this intergenerational, prayerful exploration of the tradition of Rogation days, an ancient practice, dating from the 5th century, of blessing and giving thanks for the earth which sustains us. The service begins with a blessing of Leffler House gardens, followed by a procession with stations, and concludes with the Great Litany (including the Supplication for use “in times … Read More

Face Masks Again Required for Worship (May 12, 2022)
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A MESSAGE FROM DEAN THOMASON MAY 12, 2022 As you have likely observed in recent days, the number of people we know contracting COVID has increased substantially. Since April 12 (just one month ago) the King County daily infection rate has more than doubled! The good news—those who are fully vaccinated experience a relatively mild illness for the most part, and hospitalization rates have not risen in commensurate ways. The bad news—vaccinations and booster shots do not seem to carry … Read More

Book Study—The Church Cracked Open: Disruption, Decline, and New Hope for the Beloved Community
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UPDATE: Wendy and Eliacin have prepared the following list of links and references: Resources for going deeper into the topics of this book study [pdf] FOUR SUNDAYS, BEGINNING MAY 15, 12:30–2 P.M., in Bloedel Hall and via Zoom, registration required Join Canon Rosario-Cruz for a book study of The Church Cracked Open: Disruption, Decline, and New Hope for the Beloved Community by The Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers. This book looks in an honest and hopeful way at the history of … Read More

Adam Conley to Depart Staff to Enter Seminary
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MAY 12, 2022 A MESAGE FROM DEAN THOMASON I write to share the news that Adam Conley will be leaving his position in early July to enroll in seminary this fall, having been named a postulant for the priesthood by Bishop Rickel earlier this year. We are sad to see him depart from his role on the cathedral staff, but we bless him wholeheartedly in this turn to the next phase of his spiritual journey. He is and will be … Read More

Welcoming New Archivists to the Cathedral and the Diocese
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MAY 12, 2022 The cathedral extends a warm welcome to our archives intern for the spring quarter, Eve Kausch, and to the new Diocesan Archivist, Erik Bauer. Together they are taking up the formidable task of organizing over a century’s worth of files documenting the cathedral’s history. Eve Kausch is a graduate student in the Master of Library and Information Science program at the University of Washington. They are primarily interested in working in archives, especially those which engage with … Read More

A Video for Good Shepherd Sunday
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The Fourth Sunday of Easter is known as “Good Shepherd Sunday” because each year the Gospel selection is on the theme of Jesus as the Good Shepherd, and Psalm 23 (“The Lord is my shepherd”) is always appointed as the psalm for the day. Saint Mark’s and our amazing videographer Chris Brown have now been livestreaming cathedral liturgies for over 5 years, and in that time the choirs of the cathedral have sung Psalm 23 in many different guises: Anglican … Read More

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