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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.

 

A Creation Care Reflection by Doug Thorpe
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by Doug Thorpe June 21, 2021 In late May, an article in The  New York Review of Books tells me that “a national poll showed that 28 percent of Republicans agreed that ‘things have gotten so far off track, true American patriots may have to resort to violence in order to save our country.”  And what’s driving this fear and anger?  According to political scientist Robert A. Pape, the answer is “fear of the Great Replacement”—meaning, of course, that “minorities … Read More

DEEPER DIVE: A New Series, Third Sunday of the Month
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DEEPER DIVE A New Saint Mark’s program exploring the Church, faith, and spirituality THIRD SUNDAY OF THE MONTH VIA ZOOM: APRIL 18, MAY 16, JUNE 20, 12:30–2 P.M. Mark your calendars and join Cathedral clergy via Zoom for a DEEPER DIVE into the ways the Episcopal Church worships, the way we practice and grow in faith, and the ways we experience and evolve in Spirit – with time for learning, questions, and discussion together JUNE 20: Who Do You Say … Read More

Dedication of the Cathedral’s new Electric Vehicle Charging Station
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SUNDAY, JUNE 20, 10:15 A.M. Gather on the upper south parking lot and around the Peace Pole as we dedicate the new EV Charging Station in memory of long-time member Jim Mulligan, who was a pioneer in creation care and environmental justice efforts. The brief ceremony of about ten minutes falls between the two Eucharists that morning. Here is an article from the Most recent issue of The Rubric about this wonderful gift to the community: “Building a Charge: The … Read More

“Is EfM for Me?”—An Introduction to Education for Ministry
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UPDATE: View video of this event below WEDNESDAY, JUNE 23, 7 P.M., via Zoom If you have attended Saint Mark’s for some time, you have probably heard about Education for Ministry many times—especially this time of year when registration for the upcoming session is open. If you are new to Saint Mark’s, you might be hearing about EfM for the first time. But what it is really like to participate in an EfM class? What sort of work is required? … Read More

An Introduction to Saint Mark’s Statement of Lament and Commitment to Action
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On May 25, 2021, the cathedral Vestry unanimously adopted a Statement of Lament and Commitment to Action, a revised and expanded statement of principals for this community. This document has been in the works for many months, and builds on the cathedral’s 2016 Statement, titled Renewing Our Covenant—which for many years has been posted on the church’s front doors—and A Covenant to Root Out Racism, created in Diocese of Missouri and adopted by the Diocese of Olympia at the 2020 … Read More

The Pentecost Evangelist Banner
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In the season after Pentecost each year, a stunning quilted banner is displayed on the reredos. First displayed at Saint Mark’s in 2017, this striking banner depicts the symbols of the four evangelists (the Four Living Creatures from the book of Ezekiel). It was made in the 1980s by Northwest textile artist and sculptor Margaret Hays. Margaret Hays was born into a  family of women artists in 1931. She received her MFA in 1975 from the University of Washington. Her … Read More

Dean’s Message on Land Acknowledgment
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Dean Thomason sent the following message to the community regarding the creation and intention behind the cathedral’s Land Acknowledgment. Much more information can be found at Saint Mark’s Land Acknowledgment page. A Message from Dean Thomason Dear friends, You may have noticed in recent months more occasions when we have begun our worship or meetings with a Land Acknowledgment: Saint Mark’s Cathedral acknowledges that we gather on the traditional land of the first people of Seattle, the Duwamish People, who … Read More

Seattle Service Corps Year-End Conversation
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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16, 7 P.M., via Zoom Join this year’s SSC cohort for an evening of conversation and Q&A to learn more about their service year experience, learnings, impressions of Seattle in a pandemic, and what they’re doing next. Please pre-register using this Zoom link. Blessing and Sending SUNDAY, JUNE 27, during the 11 A.M. service The seven women of this year’s SSC cohort—Caroline, Kylee, Taylor, Amanda, April, Grace, and Stephanie—will mark the conclusion of their service year with a … Read More

Tent City Returns to Campus
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Share / Wheel’s Tent City 3 was last located on the cathedral campus during the summer of 2020. On June 15, Tent City will return to the cathedral campus to house up to 100 homeless men and women. The portable, self-managed Tent Cities are democratically organized. They operate with a strict Code of Conduct which requires sobriety, nonviolence, cooperation and participation. Saint Mark’s parishioners are encouraged to provide support to residents through a variety of ways. Stay tuned for more … Read More

A Cathedral Cookbook for Covidtide
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RECIPES DUE BY JUNE 15, 2021 As we inch forward into a post-pandemic existence, we all had experiences that involved preparing food at home. To memorialize this piece of the pandemic experience, every household is invited to send one (only one please) recipe that you found especially meaningful for you. You are welcome to include a brief comment (not to exceed 50 words) that offers some context if you like. We will organize this and make the cookbook available in … Read More

Ordination Liturgy for Malcolm McLaurin
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TUESDAY, JUNE 15, 6:30 P.M., via livestream God willing and the people consenting, Bishop Rickel will preside at the ordination of new priests, including Saint Mark’s own Malcolm McLaurin, Charissa Bradstreet (Epiphany, Seattle) and Gerry Brennan (St. James, Cathlamet). Former Cathedral Canon Malcolm McLaurin is sponsored for ordination to the priesthood by Saint Mark’s Cathedral and the Diocese of Olympia.

Projecting Justice at Saint Mark’s
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photo by Brian Smale Justice means they would still be alive today.  May 25 marks the anniversary of the murder of George Floyd, a watershed moment that has re-energized an ongoing nationwide movement and sparked an urgent conversation about the role of policing in our state. In Washington, about 40-50 members of our communities—disproportionately Black, Brown, Indigenous, and AAPI—are killed each year by police officers. That must change. Beginning on May 25, the Saint Mark’s cathedral building will become a public monument. … Read More

COVID Vaccine Clinic in the Cathedral Nave (or Parking Lot)
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UPDATE: The June 24 clinic has been cancelled. Please check back for further updates.  At some appointments, your vaccine will be accompanied by live music on the Flentrop organ. Saint Mark’s is thrilled to be opening our doors to host a series of COVID-19 vaccine clinics in the sacred space of the cathedral nave, beginning this Thursday, April 29! This clinic is offered in partnership with 6M Geriatrics and Hospital Medicine, a clinic located on First Hill. At this time, … Read More

Creation Care: Carbon Tracker Training
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UPDATE: A Complete video of the presentation is now available below. Written instructions are available here. For help navigating the video above, please refer to this video timeline, or click “view on youtube” and refer to the chapters in the video description. THURSDAY, JUNE 3, 7-8:30 P.M., via Zoom Saint Mark’s Cathedral has the bold goal of achieving a net-zero carbon footprint by the year 2030 – both for its facilities and for its congregation. We have encouraged our members … Read More

¡Encuentro! Meet People in El Salvador and Hear about the Work on for LGBTQ Rights and Safety
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¡Encuentro! Meet Each Other! Meet People in El Salvador (via Zoom) and Hear First-Hand Their Stories—and Stories from four Saint Mark’s Folks, too! SATURDAY, JUNE 5, 2:30–4:30 P.M. via Zoom: email Canon Nancy Ross for link: nross@saintmarks.org Meet people and hear first-hand their stories of living in El Salvador, and hear the personal stories from four Saint Mark’s community members, too, for mutual sharing, as we kick-off Pride Month together with an Encuentro (gathering to get to know each other). It’s a … Read More

CDC Shifts and Masks at Church
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Dear friends, Yesterday’s statement from the CDC announcing that masking and distancing would no longer be necessary for those who are vaccinated comes as a breath of good news. It bears hope on the wind around us that maybe we are approaching an end to the pandemic, and it encourages everyone to be vaccinated against the coronavirus. In effecting this change, the CDC looked to science and the small risk of infection and transmission that persists for those who are … Read More

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