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Canon Kleinschmidt’s Sabbatical Report to the Community
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SUNDAY, AUGUST 29, 7-8:30 P.M., via Zoom Canon for Cathedral Music Michael Kleinschmidt has returned from his sabbatical, and has some interesting stories to share about his sabbatical excursions! During his time away he: …devoted himself to learning new organ repertoire by non-white and non-male composers. …learned how to play a keyboard with 15 keys per octave, rather than the usual 12. …made a focused study of 20th-century American organs that were built in the style of 17th- and 18th-century … Read More

Discerning What’s Next in Your Life—a Communal Process for Your Consideration
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Many people have reported how the pandemic has prompted reflection on what is important in life…and what’s next. How do you discern such decisions about work, relationships, vocation, life transitions, etc., and see it through the lens of your spiritual journey? Is God calling you to a new thing, and how do you discern that? Drawing on a Quaker model of holy listening and mutuality, a small group of 5-6 people covenant for a prescribed period of time to confidentially … Read More

Holy Honey: A Cathedral Bees Update
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Honey from the cathedral beehives has been harvested! Thanks to beekeepers Rob and Penny Reid, with help from Jaime, Yoshi, and Keiko, who collected honey from the hives in the cathedral kitchen at the end of July 2021. The honey is separated from the wax using a hand-cranked machine that spins the frames at high speeds. The Cathedral Breadbakers Guild are now using our bees’ honey in their loaves prepared for communion every Sunday. “Bee prepared” for honey to be … Read More

Clean Cars 2030 Coalition Rally
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SATURDAY, AUGUST 14, 12 P.M. Co-hosted by Earth Ministry/Washington Interfaith Power & Light Saint Mark’s is honored to host a Clean Cars 2030 Coalition rally sponsored by Coltura on Saturday, August 14 at 12 p.m. There will be music, art, food, speakers, and an EV parade and car show at this family-friendly outdoor event. Anyone who has an electric car is welcome to hop in the parade and you can meet in the parking lot at 10:30 a.m. to decorate. … Read More

Baptisms on August 8, Feast of the Transfiguration
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Join the community of Saint Mark’s in blessing and welcoming several new members of the Body of Christ when they are baptized on Sunday morning, August 8. This year, we will observe the Feast of the Transfiguration and have a special baptismal feast day to accommodate those whose baptisms were delayed by COVID. This is in addition to the four baptismal feast days designated by the Book of Common Prayer: Easter Vigil, Pentecost, All Saint’s Day, and the Baptism of … Read More

Sunday Evening Community Labyrinth Walk
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SUNDAYS, STARTING AUGUST 1, 7–9 P.M., on the outdoor labyrinth in front of the cathedral The outdoor labyrinth has been a treasured resource for many in the cathedral community and the broader neighborhood, more than ever during the closure of the cathedral building. Now, while the evenings are long and warm, the organizers of Saint Mark’s Labyrinth Ministry invite everyone to an informal community labyrinth gathering on Sunday nights. Drop by any time between 7 and 9 p.m. Ministry members … Read More

Interim Update from the St. Nicholas Redevelopment Exploratory Committee—July 2021
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Earlier this year the committee, with vestry approval, engaged a developer to submit a proposal for redevelopment of the St. Nicholas property. (Read more about that process here.) Following a four-month period of due diligence and building study, the proposal was received in June for redevelopment of St. Nicholas into market rate condominiums. The committee was disappointed with the valuation of the property in the proposal and was concerned with the lack of alignment between market rate housing and the … Read More

CONSPIRE 2021 at Saint Mark’s
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UPDATE: Due to safety considerations around gathering in one space for eight hours at a time, the cathedral has made the difficult decision to cancel the in-person gathering for CONSPIRE. All registrants will be invited to participate virtually. Please note that those who have registered through Saint Mark’s will not be able to experience the interactive elements of the weekends events. (Previous years’ CONSPIRE offerings have not had interactive elements.) For the full interactive experience, you will need to register … Read More

Night Prayer with the 20s & 30s Group
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NEW TIME! SECOND AND FOURTH MONDAY OF EACH MONTH, 7:30 P.M. The 20s & 30s at Saint Mark’s host prayer together over the phone on the second and fourth Mondays of each month, now at a new time: 7:30 p.m. The liturgy usually ends around 7:45. On the fourth Monday of the month only, participants are also invited to gather in person in Leffler Sun Room, in addition to the call-in option. Participants are welcome on these Mondays to participate … Read More

The Wisdom School 2021–22 Season Announcement.
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See the complete 2021–22 Season Schedule here.    The Wisdom School is now entering its sixth year. The complete schedule may now be seen at saintmarks.org/wisdom, and the full season brochure can be downloaded as a pdf. Highlights include: Opening Plenary: A Spirituality of Desire Facilitated by Dean Steve Thomason WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2021, 6:45 P.M. Following Jesus to a New Counter-Cultural, Post-Pandemic Normal A Saturday gathering led by Bishop Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, the first black woman to be elected a … Read More

Updated Guidance on Masks—July 28, 2021
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UPDATE: Following the most recent directive from the Governor, once again masks are required for everyone while indoors, beginning Sunday, August 22. The announcement below is no longer accurate.  A Message from Dean Thomason July 28, 2021 Updated Guidance on Masks—”Recommended but Not Required” Dear friends, There is a saying in health care: “the only constant is change…” The pandemic has required much of us, but perhaps above all it has required us to be nimble and adaptive as the … Read More

Canon Walter Brownridge presents: From Prisoners of Pandemic to Prisoners of Hope
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From Prisoners of Pandemic to Prisoners of Hope: A Day of Reflection on Being Church in our Emerging Reality SATURDAY, JULY 24, 9:30 A.M.–12 P.M., in-person in Bloedel Hall or virtually via Zoom. Register here or below.  led by The Rev. Canon Walter Brownridge, Saint Mark’s Theologian-in-Residence “Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.”  —Desmond Tutu The past 16 months have been traumatic for many of us, and on so many levels. … Read More

Women’s Compline
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POST UPDATED WITH VIDEO SUNDAYS, JULY 18 & 25, 9:30 P.M., broadcast/livestream only In the summer of 2019, the Office of Compline was chanted by an ensemble of women for the first time in the six-decade history of Compline at Saint Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle. These beautifully-sung services were deeply moving to many. In the word of choir director Rebekah Gilmore, “We have many decades—generations worth of women who have wanted to sing Compline at Saint Mark’s.” And so the decision was made … Read More

Compline Reopens to the Public August 22
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UPDATE 8/19/21: Masks will be required for everyone while inside the cathedral building until further notice. The Compline Choir and Saint Mark’s Cathedral are overjoyed to announce that in-person attendance at the Office of Compline will resume on August 22, 2021.  There will be no preregistration or screening required. Unvaccinated attendees will be requested to wear masks, Masks will be required for everyone and a “distanced section” will allow those who wish to remain distanced from others to do so. … Read More

Mutual Ministry Goals Community Meetings
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An Invitation from Dean Thomason Dear friends, Come create our new way forward! Earlier this year the Vestry forged a key document—our Mutual Ministry Goals—which are designed to inform and guide our work as a community. These three goals center upon the work of justice, creation care, and intergenerational ministry as we plot a course of lifelong spiritual formation for every person in this cathedral community. They are intended to touch every aspect of our common life. So important are … Read More

New Podcast Series: Cathedral Conversations about Race
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Saint Mark’s is proud to present a special podcast offering co-produced by Michael Perera and Cara Peterson, Cathedral Conversations About Race. In it, Michael and Cara talk with each other and other non-white Saint Mark’s parishioners about their experiences navigating a majority-white world, at the Cathedral and beyond. The first episode will be released on Sunday, June 20, and episodes will be released every two weeks. In the first episode, released Friday, July 16, Michael and Cara themselves will discuss … Read More

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