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Creation Care Tips!
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The Creation Care Ministry will be offering tips on a variety of topics related to carbon reduction in the cathedral newsletter this season.  Heat Pumps In spite of their name, heat pumps are a way to cool AND heat your home, and they have a lighter impact on our planet. According to Energy.gov, heat pumps can reduce the electricity you use to heat your home by as much as 65%! The IRS offers a tax credit of up to $2,000 … Read More

2024 Annual Parish Meeting & Elections
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LINKS: 2023 Annual Meeting The Cathedral Vestry Vestry Archive (meeting minutes, reports, financials, etc) SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 12:30–2 P.M., Bloedel Hall and via Zoom Documents distributed at the meeting (links will be updated as documents become available): Candidates for Vestry and Convention Delegate (also available as a pdf) 2024 Meeting Agenda Last Year’s Annual Meeting Minutes 2023 Annual Report UPDATES: The slate of candidates for Diocesan Convention Delegate was approved by acclamation. The new Vestry members elected were: Martha Craig, … Read More

A Forum on the Book of Common Prayer
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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24, 6:45–8:15 P.M., in person in Bloedel Hall or online via Zoom. Optional community dinner at 6 p.m. ($6/child; $8/adult; $25/max. family) The Book of Common Prayer (BCP) shapes how Saint Mark’s worships, what we believe, and how we see the world and ourselves in the Episcopal tradition. It is designed to inform every aspect of our lives in rich ways. Join in for a discussion to learn more about its history, language and theology and explore ways … Read More

Two Forums on Ignatian Spirituality
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Resources Books Seeing With the Heart by Kevin O’Brien, SJ The Ignatian Adventure by Kevin O’Brien, SJ The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything by James Martin, SJ What is Ignatian Spirituality? by David Fleming, SJ   Apps Reimagining the Ignatian Examen The Examen with Father James Martin on America Media Hallow (Look for these: The Daily Examen, Daily Contemplation with Fr Timothy Gallagher, Spiritual Exercises with Fr Timothy Gallagher, Imaginative Prayer with Fr Timothy Gallagher)   Podcast An Ignatian Life with Andy Otto on God … Read More

Twelfth Night Eucharist & Burning of the Greens, 2024
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FRIDAY, JANUARY 5, 7 P.M., in the cathedral nave and parking lot In our tradition, the celebration of the Feast of Christmas lasts twelve days, beginning December 25 and ending on January 5 (that is, the day before the Feast of the Epiphany on January 6). The evening of the last day of Christmas is known as “Twelfth Night,” and is an opportunity for festivity and reflection. All ages are invited to celebrate the end of the Christmas season on … Read More

Greenbelt Update—Fall 2023
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Guy Oram, the Saint Mark’s Greenbelt Work Party Volunteer Coordinator, had written this summing-up of the work that was done on the Greenbelt in the recent series of work parties: The colors of fall are giving way to frost and filtered light in the Greenbelt as winter approaches. The Saint Mark’s Creation Care Ministry is working with the Seattle Green Partnership and Forest Stewards Robert Hayden and Joey Baumgartner to support the recovery and restoration of the 9-acre woodland greenbelt … Read More

The Saint Mark’s Cathedral Merch Store!
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The Saint Mark’s Cathedral Merch Store is now live and open for business! You can now order a tee shirt, sweatshirt, shopping bag, coffee mug, apron, or sticker with the cathedral logo, or a unique rose window bandana, from the print-on-demand service Teespring. The cathedral makes a small profit on each sale. Makes great gifts! Order soon for delivery by Christmas. Additional items and designs are planned for the future. If you’d like to see samples of the items in person, … Read More

2023 New Year’s Eve Labyrinth Walk with Compline and Midnight Eucharist
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LABYRINTH WALK SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31, 6 P.M. to MIDNIGHT. The Office of Compline will be chanted at 9:30. Midnight Eucharist at the center of the labyrinth, observing the Feast of the Holy Name. Since 1999, Seattle’s most peaceful New Year’s tradition. As the old year passes and a new one begins, take time in the quiet, candle-lit space of the cathedral nave to pause, look inward, and experience a large indoor labyrinth laid out in the nave. Invitations to other … Read More

Poetry of the Season with Prof. Doug Thorpe
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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17, 10:10 A.M., Bloedel Hall Winter solstice brings the first day of winter and a return of more sunlight. Drawing from a selection of poems connected to light, parishioner and English professor Doug Thorpe will guide us in a time of reading and reflection to discover creation themes. A slideshow of light-inspired photos from Saint Mark’s parishioners will also be shared. Notes from the Forum Presenters: Prof. Doug Thorpe, Sarah Reeves, (resident Lopez Island), returning member Dr. Kate … Read More

2023 Christmas Memorials & Thanksgivings
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DONATIONS RECEIVED BY DECEMBER 19 WILL BE PRINTED IN THE CHRISTMAS BULLETINS. Help underwrite the beautiful flowers and special music of the season by making a special contri­bution in honor or memory of someone. Please fill out the form here or below, or use the paper form inserted in your bulletin on Sunday. Then you can make your gift online at saintmarks.org/give, or donate by check in the offering plate, to the cathedral office, or by mail (instructions may be found … Read More

Paul’s Letters to the Early Church (and Us)—Wednesday Forum with Dean Thomason
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A Wednesday evening series with Dean Steve Thomason TWO WEDNESDAYS: JANUARY 10 & 17, 2024, 6:45–8:15 P.M., in person in Bloedel Hall or online via Zoom. Optional community dinner at 6 p.m. ($6/child; $8/adult; $25/max. family) UPDATED DESCRIPTION: Responding to broad interest expressed for a class on Paul’s letters following a sermon last summer, Dean Thomason offers this two-week series to explore major themes of Paul’s epistles, why they are so prominently esteemed in the Christian tradition, and why they … Read More

Friends Talking: Life in Palestine in This Time of War
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UPDATED WITH VIDEO Dean Thomason and Palestinian Priest Fr. Fadi Diab in Conversation SUNDAY, DECEMBER  10, 10:10 A.M.–10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall and on Zoom Fr. Fadi Diab serves as rector of St. Andrew’s Anglican Church in Ramallah in the West Bank. He and Dean Thomason have forged a friendship since Fr. Fadi preached at Saint Mark’s last July, and their email exchanges of prayerful support and mutual affection have deepened since October 7 and the start of the war in Gaza. Fallout from the war and ongoing hardship … Read More

The Greening of the Cathedral, 2023
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MONDAY, 10 A.M.–2 P.M. (or until finished), in the cathedral nave The parish family of Saint Mark’s will come together on Monday, December 18 for The Greening the Cathedral, that is, helping Chris Brown clean and decorate our sacred space with evergreen garland, wreaths, and trees for the celebration of the birth of Christ. The bows won’t be added until December 23, but the space will be filled with greenery for the Pageant on December 20. Families with kids and people of … Read More

Alternative Gift Market, 2023
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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3, following the 9 and 11 a.m. services, in person only in Bloedel Hall. Bring, Buy, Enjoy! We hope everyone will consider being a part of this year’s Alternative Gift Market. BRING a Christmas gift for one of the local organizations we’re supporting, BUY a Christmas gift for a loved one, ENJOY delicious treats and hot drinks available for purchase. We’re excited for this fun morning of community and connection. Check back often as this page is being … Read More

QuiC Advent Devotional Writing Series—Making Manifest
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Join the Queer in Christ ministry for an Advent devotional writing series using the book Making Manifest: On Faith, Creativity, and the Kingdom at Hand by Dave Harrity. All are invited, you do not have to identify as queer or be a part of the Queer in Christ ministry to join this series! All you need is a desire to write and reflect, and share the experience with others. The book we are using, Making Manifest: On Faith, Creativity, and the Kingdom … Read More

Isaiah, the Prophet of Advent
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THREE WEDNESDAYS: NOVEMBER 29, DECEMBER 6 & 13, 2023, 6:45–8:15 P.M., Presenters on Zoom. Optional community dinner at 6 p.m. ($6/child; $8/adult; $25/max. family).  led by The Rev. Hillary Raining, Ph.D., The Rev. Canon Jennifer King Daugherty, and Canon Wendy Barrie Join former Saint Mark’s Theologian-in-residence, The Rev. Dr. Hillary Raining, for this three-session series centering on the wisdom of the Prophet Isaiah. Each section will focus on an essential and living affirming theme from this book of prophecy. We will … Read More

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