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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.


Palestine on the Edge: Where Do We Go From Here?
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SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2 P.M., in person in Bloedel Hall or online via Zoom Hosted by Amnesty International: Campaign for Palestinian Human Rights [Pacific NW]; co-sponsored by Saint Mark’s Mideast Focus Ministry, The Bishop’s Committee for Justice & Peace in the Holy Land of the Diocese of Olympia, and Kairos Puget Sound Coalition Please join this Saturday afternoon conversation with Miko Peled, Israeli-American activist for justice and author of The General’s Son: Journal of an Israeli in Palestine, and Maya … Read More

Youth Group Pizza, Hang-Out, and Body Prayer
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Youth Group Pizza, Hang-Out, and Body Prayer with Saint Mark’s Coolest Grandma Betsy Bell SUNDAY, MAY 7, 5:30–7 P.M., cathedral nave Betsy has probably hiked more mountain miles than you’ve walked in your life. She’s fantastic. After we fill you up with pizza, Betsy will lead us in Qi Gong practice and Body Prayer. Don’t know what that is? Good. Come try out a very different way to ground yourself in the Holy. Sign up here so we order enough … Read More

Transitions in COVID Precautions—May 2023
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A MESSAGE FROM DEAN THOMASON MAY 3, 2023 Dear Friends, As you likely know, the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency declared by the federal government in 2020 will be expiring on May 11. It has been a long, arduous journey, and we are keenly aware that more than 1.1 million Americans have died from the disease. Sensible precautions will remain in place—stay home if sick, consider testing and follow protocols for isolation, get vaccinated, etc. But the broad public health guidelines … Read More

Bake for Lowell Teachers!
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DROP-OFF ON SUNDAY, MAY 7; sign up requested. Help us honor teachers at Lowell Elementary School during Teacher Appreciation Week! The teachers of Lowell Elementary, where a disproportionate number of students face challenging family circumstances, work extremely hard all year, and the cathedral is thrilled to be able to express our appreciation in this way. A neighboring PTA has gifted a coffee cart to Lowell on Monday, May 8, so the cathedral community has been asked to provide baked goods (muffins, cookies, … Read More

Behind the Seams: Ugly Clothes with 20s/30s member Clara Berg
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SATURDAY, MAY 13, 2–3 P.M., MOHAI and White Swan Public House. Sign up required. Hosted by 20s/30s—All are welcome  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder! The aesthetics of fashion are constantly changing and with it our perception of what looks good. We’ll join MOHAI Curator of Collections and 20s/30s member, Clara Berg, for an in-person, one-hour session to view the historic fashions in MOHAI’s collection which were once stylish but don’t translate well to our modern eyes. What … Read More

Sacred Listening as a Transformational Practice
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UPDATED WITH VIDEO WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26, 6:45–8:15 P.M., presenters online via Zoom. Optional community dinner at 6 p.m. ($6/child; $8/adult; $25/max. family). Please note: The presenters, Rev. Stahlecker and Canon Rosario-Cruz, will be leading this forum online via Zoom. The Wednesday evening community dinner will be served in Bloedel Hall 6–6:30 p.m. as usual. Those who wish to attend the dinner and then participate in the forum will join together in Cathedral House Room 210. Facilitated by The Rev. Linzi Stahlecker & The Rev. … Read More

Flower Arranging as a Spiritual Practice Cancelled
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UPDATE: This forum has been cancelled. The community dinner will be offered 6–6:30 p.m. as usual.   WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19, 6:45–8:15 P.M., in person in Bloedel Hall only. Optional community dinner at 6 p.m. ($6/child; $8/adult; $25/max. family).   The members of the Flower Ministry create exceptional arrangements in the nave and chapel each week, taking the beauty in nature and transforming it, through human reason and skill, into striking displays—as a service to the community and as an offering … Read More

Radix 10: Gratitude
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UPDATED WITH VIDEO The Tenth Iteration of The Radix Project OPENING PLENARY: SUNDAY, APRIL 23, 2023, 7–8 P.M., online via Zoom only SMALL GROUPS MEET: ONCE A WEEK STARTING THE WEEK OF APRIL 24, THROUGH JUNE 4. Groups will meet online via Zoom OR in person. The Radix Project is an opportunity to gather in small groups, share their stories, reflect on Holy Scripture and sacred art, and pray for one another with intention. The project was created to provide a way … Read More

Exploring Racial Justice in the Episcopal Church
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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12, 2023, 6:45–8:15 P.M., in person in Bloedel Hall or online via Zoom; registration required. Optional community dinner at 6 p.m. ($6/child; $8/adult; $25/max. family). Facilitated by Vinh Do and The Rev. Canon Carla Robinson. Hosted by Saint Mark’s Cathedral; open to all in the Diocese of Olympia and beyond. In 2021, the Episcopal Church released its Racial Justice Audit documenting the experience of race, racism, and racial identity within church leadership. At the Diocese of Olympia’s Diocesan … Read More

The Wisdom of Your Body: Finding Healing, Wholeness, and Connection Through Embodied Living
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a Saturday gathering with Hillary L. McBride, Ph.D. SATURDAY, MAY 6, 2023, 9:30 A.M.–3 P.M., in person in Bloedel Hall and online via Zoom; registration required for either option.  Many of us have, unknowingly, been sold the story that our minds are superior to our bodies, and that our bodies are barriers to “pure” or “true” spirituality. Together, we will examine how these ideas continue to keep us from wholeness. We’ll explore practices that help us repair the fragmentations we … Read More

Transphobia has no place in the Christian Church
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Links: Saint Mark’s Statement of Lament and Commitment to Action (2021) Saint Mark’s Queer in Christ Ministry launch  A Message from Dean Thomason Dear friends, Haters will hate…and yet we have another story to tell! As we approach Holy Week and the heart-heavy task of walking with Jesus to the cross and beyond, I am keenly aware of the harm that is done when religion is misused to justify crimes against humanity. The One we follow was killed by the … Read More

Holy Week Liturgies at Saint Mark’s, 2023
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A note about pandemic safety: There will be no pre-registration or screening at the door for any of this year’s services. At this time, masks are recommended (not required) in the cathedral buildings. Learn more here. The designated “distanced section” in the nave, where all must remain masked and distanced, remains available. The following services will be livestreamed: Palm Sunday 11 a.m. Palm Sunday Choral Evensong Palm Sunday Compline Chrism Mass Tenebrae Maundy Thursday Good Friday noon Good Friday 7 p.m. The … Read More

Lenten Lake Plunge with the 20s/30s and 40s/50s
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UPDATED WITH PHOTOS 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 … Read More

Tree Removal Update
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A large elm tree in front of the St. Nicholas building has deteriorated in recent years due to Dutch Elm Disease (the disease which has killed over 75% of all the elm trees in North America over the last hundred years). Certified arborists and the City of Seattle concluded that the tree was irreparably diseased and had become a fall risk, so earlier this week Kemp West Tree Service carefully felled the tree, navigating the power lines and trolley lines … Read More

Transgender Day of Visibility
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UPDATED  FRIDAY, MARCH 31, 6:30–7:30 P.M., in person in Bloedel Hall and online via Zoom Join The Reverend Canon Carla Robinson, Canon for Multicultural Ministries and Community Transformation in the Diocese of Olympia, the Saint Mark’s Cathedral Queer in Christ ministry, and others from across the diocese in observance of Transgender Day of Visibility. Learn about why this observance is important, and hear from transgender, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming individuals and allies from our diocese about what the church can … Read More

Reflections on the Holy Land Pilgrimage
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UPDATED WITH VIDEO WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29, 2023, 6:45–8:15 P.M., in person in Bloedel Hall and online via Zoom. Optional community dinner at 6 p.m. ($6/child; $8/adult; $25/max. family). Walking in the footsteps of Jesus, in the land of the Holy One, is a transformative journey which thirty souls from the cathedral community recently made. As Christians, we are all called to make pilgrimage as a spiritual practice, drawing on sacred experiences, near and far. This special forum is designed to share a … Read More

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